the current Minister of Foreign Affairs of Conch Kingdom. Acid Rap was banned from running in the last election, so as his Lead Diplomat I stood up and ran for the position. I well be sending my Lead Diplomat here shortly to run the day to day operations of the embassy. I request that the EU send an ambassador to our forum at http://conchkingdom.bbforum.co/forum7.html?sid=454... to open an embassy as well.
Regarding your first question, with all due respect, I would simply say that I disagree with the wording of your question. Once again, we do not accept the categorisation of those on the ship – especially not all of them – as ‘refugees’. Furthermore, we argue that Pravoslaviya did not breach either the human dignity or the right to life clauses of the UDoHR. I would not want to take up any more of the court’s time by simply restating my arguments with respect to those clauses, but if the court has any further questions about specific aspects of those arguments, I’d be happy to answer them. Likewise, in response to your second question, we believe that none of the Navy’s actions were contrary to any clause of the Constitution, as we interpreted it and continue to interpret it. I would, again, not want to take up any more of the court’s time by restating those interpretations, but if the court has any questions about specific aspects of those interpretations, I’d be happy to answer them. At present I am uncertain how I can respond to either of these questions beyond just repeating my case. As for your third question, we submit that sovereignty is sovereignty. That includes the right of a member state to guard and defend its own borders against any intruder; against any case of someone crossing its border without having gone through the official, regular channels. If this court were to decide that anybody not deemed ‘dangerous’ must be allowed to cross a member state’s border, regardless of whether they do so through the official channels or not, then member states would not have control over their own borders – and that would make a mockery of their sovereignty.
I had hoped to give an address to the European Union announcing the regional government's planned budget and to send my New Year's wishes to all of those who live in our fair Europe. That, however, has been put on hold. There is no doubt that you will have heard of the torpedo strike on a Kaasian refugee boat by the Pravoslaviyan government. My heart goes out to all of the victims of this act, of which there are no survivors. Our deepest condolences to the family members of those lost, whose hope of a better life rested on the shoulders of the people who have made the journey to other countries.
We must look at ourselves at a time like this. The Dromund Kaas situation has gone on since 2012, and the European Union has not been made aware of the situation in Dromund Kaas beyond media reports in Angleter and the Duxburian Union, which have come inconsistently and with large intervals of time in between. That is an unacceptable blemish on the face of Europe. That's why I am announcing today that in the New Year, I urge the Council to ask the leadership of both nations about the status of Dromund Kaas and to demand that regular updates be provided so that we as a community can do our best to help the suffering humanity of the millions of trapped citizens. Unlike in my home nation, the United Kingdom, the choices in their life are far more dire. Instead of where to shop or what restaurant to go to, or where they want to go on holiday, their choice is either to try and survive as insurgent terrorist groups poison the minds of their youth, or risk everything to better their life in neighbouring countries like Pravoslaviya, Australia, Angleter, and the Duxburian Union, which many times risking death at sea.
Our civilisation as a common European people rests on how we treat the most vulnerable in our society, and whether or not we do the right thing by all people. We have a choice to make as a region: do we allow this to continue with no attention or no care, or do we seek for solutions to these problems so that we can help the Kaasian people be restored to humanity. I know what my choice is. I challenge national governments and private citizens across Europe to make theirs.
An Interview With Tanya Plibersek (Deputy Prime Minister) and Conservative Leader Christopher Pyne
Patricia Karvelas: Hello, and welcome to Karvelas. The Parliament has returned from its summer break and we are back with new policies. Hillary Clinton unveiled new policies in a big speech at the Business Council this week, where she looks to expand her infrastructure agenda and promote more small business start ups with the Australian Business and Investment Bank. The Progressives are showing that they are serious about managing the economy and have taken a rather centre-right approach to most economic issues, which may have come as a surprise to some of their base, who would have rather had them take a more Labour approach to the economy. We have with us today two big guests, and we're excited to have them. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education Tanya Plibersek has been gracious to come on the show and talk with us as well as Conservative Leader Christopher Pyne. No, not at the same time, but maybe another time, they will come in and debate.
Our first guest is the current Deputy Prime Minister, teaming up with the Progressive Left wing of the APP and uniting in the first ever girl power leadership team in an Australian government ever with Prime Minister Hillary Clinton. Welcome, Madam Deputy Prime Minister.
Tanya Plibersek: Thank you, Patricia. It's delightful to come on the show.
PK: Now, there's actually quite a lot to talk about. You're almost a year old Government, and you have passed on several key reforms. Public infrastructure bank, the citizens' payment scheme in place of welfare, the free prescriptions scheme. Now, you guys are diving deeper into managing the economy, and some may say this is looking more like a centre-right government economically than a progressive one. Treasurer Wayne Swan has come out and said that he will be looking at savings measures and tax cuts for the middle class at the next budget in May. Are the critics and commentators right?
TP: I wouldn't say that, because what Conservative government, which is the centre-right party in Australia...which Conservative government would put $60 billion into starting a public investment bank? Which Conservative government would put free prescriptions on the table for Australians in Medicare? Which Conservative government would put into effect a carbon emissions scheme or a native title court? These all have economic repercussions and we really are working to make Australia a beacon of progressivism in Europe. You can have it both ways. You can be economically responsible AND champion progressive causes like equality of opportunity, fairness in the eyes of the law, and a world that will work for us in the future rather than subjecting the planet to further burning of fossil fuels.
PK: Let's talk about the first, the public infrastructure bank. We have seen the New South Wales government and the Victorian government come to the table with proposals for multi billion dollar transportation projects, including high speed connections between Sydney and Melbourne. The Government must be pleased with that result, but some will still say you aren't being Progressive enough.
TP: I'd like to see you ask the Aboriginal people whom now got a voice in the legal matters regarding land ownership in the regions. I'd really want someone to ask the people who otherwise could have died with unaffordable prescriptions even with previous Government subsidies. I would dare someone to tell the start-up business that will get access to nearly $60 billion in capital to get on their feet with low interest rates. It is the cornerstone of our party to make sure we can fully fund and protect the programmes we need and make the Government work more efficiently.
PK: After the win in the Northern Territory elections, you've got Western Australia and Queensland elections coming up. The Progressives are poised to really push the Conservatives out in Western Australia, and in Queensland, your party could be the king maker if the Parliament is hung. The Presidential election has your party in the commanding lead over Andrew Kligenberg. It's a good time to be a Progressive, isn't it?
TP: We are so honoured that the Australian people are giving us a chance to show how much the Progressives can help them achieve the best in their lives. The people are tired of the Conservative and Labour stranglehold on politics, and we are the first third party to come into Government across Europe. We want to show that there is a third way possible, that you don't have to spend recklessly like the left or deal with the social policies of the right.
PK: There are reports out there that the Government will not have seen the revenue it is expecting from the current tax scheme, largely from multinational corporations that are in the Duxburian Union. That shortfall could put the previous year's budget in the hole by about $6 billion dollars. What will you do to fix that, because growing the deficit by $24 billion isn't exactly going to show economic responsibility.
TP: I'm not the Treasurer, but I know that we are looking at the tax code especially and how we are taxing business including tax on revenue. Closing loopholes and setting up arrangements with the Duxburian Union are top priority for the Clinton Government. We have to make sure that when those businesses sell in Australia, the revenue they make is taxed in accordance with Australian law. We want to work with all parts of the Parliament in a consultation on tax policy, including the Conservatives.
PK: Alright, thank you Deputy Prime Minister. Our time is up. Thank you for coming on the show.
TP: Thank you for having me.
PK: Now we have the Opposition Leader and Conservative Party Leader Christopher Pyne, a proud South Australian who is going to be looking at the numbers in Queensland and Western Australia and cringing a bit. But, he can take pride that the New South Wales and South Australian Governments are both very popular heading into 2017's meat of the political year. Nice to have you on the show.
Christopher Pyne: Oh well, PK, that's a bit harsh of an opening. We're the second party in Australia right now, beating Labour by 7 points, and only behind the Government by 3 nationally. I do agree that we have fabulous governments in South Australia and in New South Wales. I think we'll get a majority in Western Australia and Queensland as well.
PK: I don't think you will enjoy that the Progressives caught up in states where we thought your party would wrap it up.
CP: Look, PK, the Western Australia election campaign started last week. They vote at the end of March. Colin Barnett is a fantastic Premier, and I think he will get his re-election.
PK: Alright, I will concede that to you. First on the agenda is what you will do in the federal Parliament. Now you heard from Tanya Plibersek that the Government is looking to work with you and other parties on a major lift in tax reform. Will you cooperate with the Government on that in the House and the Senate?
CP: Look, Patricia, I want tax reform for Australia, so if the Government is really seriously considering that for their next budget and as one of their big reforms, I'd be happy to offer the Conservative plan for tax to the Treasurer, to the Finance Minister....but look, we have to see what the Government does. I don't believe that Hillary Clinton will do meaningful reforms to the tax system, because the Progressives would rather tax businesses and job creators in Australia out of being able to create jobs and shrink the economy to prove a political point. In a way, they are just an extension of the Labour Party on tax. It's all the same tax and spend from the left, just packaged in a slick way with the Clinton Government. If the Australian people really want tax reform, there is only one party that will make sure we do it in a way that will help the economy.
PK: So you don't think the Prime Minister and the Treasurer are serious about this. I mean, a $6 billion potential deficit depending on whether or not the right amount of tax was collected across the economy would spur anyone into action.
CP: But let's look at their record. The new welfare scheme that they have touted as a centrist idea tried in the United Kingdom...the Government didn't do what the UK Government did, which was to means test the whole thing. She's just giving everyone across Australia the same amount of money, whether they need it or not. That's a big waste of taxpayer money on an attempt to redistribute wealth. You might as well have called the APP the Socialist Party of Australia, because that's what they're doing.
PK: So, what would your policies be on that. You have commented that you would repeal the free prescription scheme and the citizens' payment, so what would you do instead to help Australian families. Forgive me for saying this, but your message of economic stability was not cutting through to the voters at the last election, which is why you lost it.
CP: No, Patricia, we didn't lose the election because of that. We lost the election because Hillary Clinton decided in the last week to form an alliance with the Greens and First Nations, to later assimilate them into the larger APP, and form Government.
PK: That has been the talking point on the right, but the point is that you would not have been able to form Government anyway. As the largest party, the Progressives would have had the first opportunity, like they did, and could have formed government either with Labour or with the Greens and First Nations. You lost. You could have been the largest party, in which case you could have had the chance. You weren't, so that means you lost any way you look at it.
CP: But had Hillary Clinton....
PK: Okay, we're going to have to end it there. Thank you for being on the show, Christopher Pyne, Opposition Leader and Leader of the Conservative Party.
CP: Thank you, Patricia. Maybe we can talk more policy instead of just a bit of misinformation.
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