The dead hand of colonialism

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29-Jan-2020 11:26 AM


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Thanks to The Signifier for a recent post pointing out the duplicity of the federal government in its unconscionable treatment of the Norfolk Island community. Their hypocrisy is shown by the manner in which they handled the Cocos (Keeling) Islands colony, which was transferred to Australia by Britain in 1955. 

The federal government sought United Nations advice before appointing its first administrator to the Islands in 1977. In 1978, the federal government purchased all of the land in the islands from the Clunies-Ross family, with the exception of their imposing residence Oceania House and its five hectare grounds, which had been colloquially known as The Palace or The Residence by locals. The family even hosted a garden party there for Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.


Unlike its unconscionable treatment of Norfolk Islanders, the federal government agreed to a United Nations plebiscite of locals on their wishes for future governance arrangements, which was eventually held in April 1984. 88% of eligible residents voted for full integration with Australia, probably largely influenced by promises of health and welfare services. 8% supported free association and almost 4% wanted full independence.


This result means that Cocos (Keeling) Islands are now a fully integrated part of the West Island, while the other “Indian Ocean Territory” – Christmas Island – effectively remains a colony ruled from Canberra, as does Norfolk Island.

Yet Canberra has made a wide range of false claims to the United Nations and steadfastly refuses to allow a genuine act of self-determination for Norfolk Island. Maybe there are too many overpaid plum jobs in NI for ignorant bureaucrats and hopes of a lucrative  "vice regal" appointment to Kingston from mediocre failed politicians? 


04-Feb-2020 01:22 PM

The Signifier...

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Cheers Peter ....   I am - sadly - reminded, that Nietzsche's embrace of the concept of"eternal recurrence", stemmed primarily from his sombre, but well-grounded, conviction, that "there are NO Hinterwelten" ('worlds-beyond') ... 'this' [dying] Planet is all we've got - & having just recently re-read André Vink's magisterial opus: 'Al-Hind: The Making of the Indo-Islamic World. Volume 1, Early Medieval India and the Expansion of Islam, 7th-11th Centuries' ...I am further reminded that'high-culture' in this part of the World -[ie. what may well be termed the 'Sanskrit-Cosmopolis' ... with it's epicentre the 'Coromandel-Coast'] ... didNOT begin in 1788 -& YET, as you so eloquently phrase it"the dead hand of colonialism" - emanating from Canberra -eternally recurs, dragging us ever backward to a benighted - 'feudal' - past ... as opposed to ever-onward toward the sunlit uplands of a post-imperial/post-industrial 'FUTURE'  ... a point rather elegantly made some time ago, by that redoubtable yeoman-activist - our very own 'Herward the Woke'  ... aka:   'Norman Yoke':

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Cheers Chris, a clear, concise and plain-speaking analysis of the dire  folly/ies  which Canberra plans to inflict on Norfolk Island ... sooner, rather than later.

Hard to believe that, as recently as the mid-1990's, Dr Michael Jones's classic text on the Australian  'welfare-state' was entering it's 4th edition - & opened proceedings with the memorable line:

"Expanding WELFARE PROGRAMS, are a feature of modern Australia."

vide:'The Australian Welfare State' - Michael Jones - 9781863739542 ... p.1

Nowadays, of course, that same line would have to read:

"Slashing, mutilating & terminating,   WELFARE PROGRAMS, are the central feature of modern Australia."

For those who may be interested in a comprehensive & accessible overview of the history of 'neoliberalism' may I recommend Ben Jackson's most excellent:

STRONG STATE, 1930 –1947 *

vide:   The Free Economy and the Strong State, 1930-47 be continued...


04-Feb-2020 01:24 PM

The Signifier...

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And whilst we're on the topic of good-reads, it is well worth noting that Chris's own book, viz:

Economics, Sustainability, and Democracy: Economics in the Era of Climate Change (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy)

... has received a  highly positive review from - of all people - the highly esteemed Hayekian scholar Paul Dragos Aligica [senior research fellow and senior fellow at the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center]  ... of George Mason University, as per:

Review of Christopher Nobbs’s Economics, sustainability,
and democracy: economics in the era of climate change.
New York: Routledge, 2013, 280 pp


I must confess that - mired in debt & D.I.Y - as I am,[ie. as all vassal-peons of the New Neoliberal Order, are meant to be] ; I have not yet had the opportunity to read Chris's book; ... but I gather that one of his central arguments is that mainstream economics needs to be rejigged according to deep, "ecological principles", if we are to have any hope whatsoever, of salvaging what's left of the Biosphere ... ie. the 'biospherical-imperative' must trump the 'production-for-profit-imperative' ... ie.'economics as if the biosphere mattered' must become the new-new mantra of the global intelligentsia... a concept as popular as a turd in the punchbowl, amongst the apparatchiks of the - 'Canberra-Bubble' - neoliberal plutocracy.

In closing, may I politely inquire of the Administrator why he continuously refers to my Homeland as:

'The Australian Territory of Norfolk Island' ...  ???

The correct nomenclature is  - and has been since at least Saturday, 14 December 1946:

'The Australian-Administered-Dependency & Non-Self-Governing Territory, of Norfolk Island'.

dars et...

Financial Viability 


etc. Signifier...