What I’m wondering this Wednesday is precisely how does our state and federal government have the unmitigated gall to call for a boycott of an ‘ice-cream‘ company by saying they are bad for the Reef related Tourism. This company, Ben & Jerry, are protesting the proposed dumping and dredging on the reef and offering free ice-cream to those protesters who come to have their say, obviously they fall into the category of the ‘evil doer’.
It’s a head scratcher I can tell you. I’ve been noodling this little conundrum for the past 24 hours and I’m still unsure about how things have ended up with what is basically a PR smack-down between Ice Cream and Government.
Whoever picked this battle on behalf of Minister Andrew Powell should be taken in for an immediate psych eval as there is no possible force on earth that could possible guarantee a win against Ice Cream, especially Ben & Jerry who are the kings of the awesome scoop not to mention deeply committed to all of their products and all that goes into making their products meeting Fairtrade standards. [see link for details]
Somehow the government has determined that this nefarious behavior is worse for the Queensland Tourism industry than say dumping 300 million ton of dredged material into part of the Great Barrier Reef. They have even gone as far as bringing the company up in front of the ACCC based on the misleading and deceptive conduct clause.
Yep you heard me THIS government has the balls to stand up and accuse someone of deceptive behavior after being caught lying about the proposed plans for the reef during their election campaign.
Further more they then lied about having scientific evidence provided by the Reef board that proved that no harm would come and then lying about the fact that the Scientific committee provided evidence to the Board that actually vehemently opposed ANY dredging, dumping or expanding of the coal terminal.
Obviously this is NOTHING compare with the sneaky and underhanded giving away of free ice-cream with Huge signs and a website telling people about it. Oh such deception, such intrigue surely rivals the 007 movies at their best. If you’d like to take part in the intrigue then visit them at their Reef Scoop Tour and find when they will be visiting near you and if they haven’t got your town on the list then send them an email and why you’d like them to visit.
Currently the Qld and the Federal government are both working together to make it illegal to protest against proposed economic development using campaigns such as the Divestment Campaign, that is asking people to boycott banks and financial institutions who support the Coal or Fracking Industry, as well as working toward making it illegal for property owners to allow protesters to camp on their lands such as the The Lock the Gate Alliance and at Maules Creek. They don’t seem to feel that asking the public to boycott an ice-cream company because it disagrees with them and has the money and the branding to get noticed as in any way similar to what is being done by protesters in reverse, in fact they see it as an attack that should be met with the police and the courts.
Watching the Environmental Minister blustering away at the terrible iniquity of Ben & Jerry is similar to watching a recalcitrant toddler wheedle his away around bed-time and when failing throwing a tantrum by tossing all his toys around. The only problem is this toddler and his federal little friends can do a great deal of damage before earning a time out in opposition.
Much could be lost and I’m not just talking about the beauty of one of the Greatest Natural Wonders of this World but some amazing scientific discoveries that are being made. For example an amazing and potentially world health changing discovery has recently been made. An article from IFL Science goes on to explain:
Whilst screening the National Cancer Institute’s extract repository, scientists discovered a new class of proteins from a feathery coral found in Australian waters. It transpires that these proteins, called cnidarins, are in fact potent inhibitors of HIV entry into T-cells in laboratory tests.
At a time when over 35 million people worldwide are infected with HIV and current treatments are not curative, focusing on the prevention of new infections is paramount in confronting this global problem. HIV has also presented significant challenges in the development of vaccines and none are so far available.
Contaminating the waters around this area or indeed around Australia could mean a change in the protein that may have negative impacts on future efficacy and that is just one of the many things that we could lose. Of course our Federal government may have been made aware of this if ONLY they hadn’t gutted funding to Research and removed the Ministry of Science and Research – great forward thinking on their part. Or maybe it was, after all they don’t want lots of nasty scientific evidence getting in the way of economic advancement and ‘progress’.
Sadly for them we do live in an age where information is quite literally at our finger tips and what they wish to remain shrouded is cast into the light. For the first time in history the populace has a voice unfiltered through mainstream media and the leanings of the day.
Social media has provided a platform to inform, entertain and just about any darn thing you can think of and EVERYONE who has access to the net has access to the information. This has never happened during any time of flux during this worlds history and our governments are scrambling as well they should.
Let them, bring your voice to the table, learn what they would seek to hide and then choose. I’m not asking you to agree with me I’m asking you to think for yourselves and not allow this government to practice hypocrisy against others and hold those who they are supposed to represent in contempt by not allowing them the right to protest should they disagree.