Just now in Oz we have this absolutely *riveting* (not) Utegate Affair. Not our finest moment. The latest is that the email at the centre of it all is a fake – so the Australian Federal Police say. In the meantime just about everyone has been calling on everyone else to resign. It’s better than Home and Away or Neighbours, and has about as much relevance to real issues in Australia.
I really can’t be bothered going into it, but I do note the Used Car Salesman at the centre has by all accounts gained nothing from all the alleged lobbying and mate-grooming: he didn’t get his loan after all.
Let me tell you a story.
In the fifth long year of M’s search for Australian Permanent Residence the application seemed stuck. We’d been warned that if you rang Immigration and complained too often they might, so it was alleged, move your application to the back of the filing cabinet. Well the guy handling our application was generally helpful, but it was still in limbo. At one stage too Immigration managed to lose a vital Chinese document, which led to us mounting an almost cloak-and-dagger operation in Shanghai to get another copy…
So we, especially me, were pissed off, and there was an election coming up and I feared what might happen to Immigration under Howard and Ruddock. So I contacted my local member, Peter Baldwin at the time, to see if he could exert some pressure. Well, a short time later the matter was drawn to the attention of the Minister for Immigration and the Permanent Residence came through at last.
Why is that so different from the Used Car salesman (perhaps) doing something about getting his loan application considered? If he did… Isn’t that what local members of Parliament do, and if you do happen to know the PM and the Treasurer, would it be weird or even reprehensible to mention the issue? If he did.
Let’s hope Parliament manages to get back to doing something useful after this present outbreak of crap.