THE PALASZCZUK Government — you know, the mob that governs Queensland without having very much business experience or acumen — has backed sugar manufacturer Wilmar International against the wishes of the canegrowers in the Burdekin and Proserpine districts in their push to have their sugar marketed by Queensland Sugar Limited rather than a single desk controlled by — you guessed it — Wilmar Sugar.
In fact, the Labor Government could be said to have gone out of its way to assist Malaysian billionaire Mr Kuok achieve his perceived aims to control the market.
Well, the cat’s out of the bag today with reports via the Australian Electoral Commission register that “Wilmar has banked $11,000 into the accounts of the Australian Labor Party.”
With previous (conservative) governments, such blatant palm greasing would be attacked as “payment for services rendered” — especially by the unbiased national broadcaster that sponges off the taxpayer.
Surely that doesn’t happen in an Australian democracy.
After all, Australia isn’t a Third World nation.