Kev Gives the Lebs a big Bribe

Australian politics is shameless, especially when it comes to bribing the special interests groups.

Kevin Rudd is chucking pots of cash at the Lebanese community in Sydney.

AT least $20 million in grants will be given for aged care facilities in western suburbs seats as Labor continues to woo Sydney’s Muslim and Lebanese Christian communities.

The government has pledged $10 million for the Lebanese Muslim Association to build an aged care home, expected to have 80 to 100 beds, near the Lakemba Mosque to help “culturally and linguistically diverse” seniors. 

Last night, another $5 million was promised to the Maronite Eparchy of Australia after earlier giving the same amount to the group’s Our Lady of Lebanon Aged Care Hostel in Harris Park and to establish Saint Charbel’s Care Centre in Punchbowl.

The moves are being seen as an attempt to protect safe Labor heartland seats, such as Immigration Minister Tony Burke’s electorate of Watson, Blaxland, held by Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare, Labor backbencher John Murphy’s seat of Reid and Parramatta’s Julie Owens.

The government is worried about a repeat of the backlash at the state election, the presence of Liberal candidate and honorary Bangladeshi consul-general Anthony Khouri in Mr Clare’s seat and Muslim candidates running for Clive Palmer’s party.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show there are 20,853 Muslims in the Lakemba state electorate – almost one in four people. Nationally, Muslims account for one in almost 50 people.

 


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  • Mediaan

    British politics is also quite shameless. Obviously corrupt.

    Recall the publication of bizarrely high state salaries in the UK in 2010, and the useless idiot people who turned out to be getting paid most?

    About about 170 public servants over there who turned out to be earning more than twice what the Prime Minister was earning were two of the least successful and most suspect public servants in the country. Not only were they getting more than double what David Cameron got, but they were in the highest five government salaries of all.

    They were the CEO of the scandal-rocked failing UK Border Agency (immigration chief) and the head of IT at Work and Income, which had also been for years plagued with troubles and failures.

    Well, at least Cameron in Britain published the top 17 state salaries. Time we did here.

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