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  1. Yak
    13,672 Posts.
    ....answer me this.

    We have the US President here and addressing our Parliament. He gets heckled by the morons you support.

    The hairy armpit brigade protests wherever they can - nowhere near a shower, that's for sure.....

    And you guys luv it....you see this as the great imposer of control over others - the US - getting their come-uppance.

    Hmmmmmmm........

    And about China????...the larget totalitarian and oppresive regime in the world....you got nothing to say.

    Hmmmmmmmm.......

    So........ lets see how China deals with derision, ridicule and political say WHILST here in Australia.

    Read this article and get back to me. At least one tosser, Brown found enough backbone to speak out against it - unlike the rest of you left-handed sheep!

    How Hu silenced the house
    By Steve Lewis
    October 25, 2003

    JUST before 9.30am yesterday, the Foreign Minister of China, Li Zhaoxing, pulled up at Parliament House in his chauffeur-driven limousine.

    He headed straight for the office of Neil Andrew, the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    One of China's most influential political operatives had made the short drive from the five-star Hyatt Hotel to deliver a personal message from Chinese President Hu Jintao - a message that threatened a diplomatic crisis.

    Hu was due to address the parliament at 10am. But there was a hitch.

    Hu was concerned the Greens would repeat Thursday's dramatic interruption of George W.Bush's speech. The Chinese had carefully scrutinised the list of "guests" invited by each member and senator and noted the names of several dissidents including Chin Jin, chairman of the Federation for a Democratic China.

    While the US President had dismissed the Greens' protest as proof of a vibrant democracy, the Chinese were not as charitable.

    According to well-placed sources, the English-speaking Li signalled that Hu would not proceed with his parliamentary address unless assurances could be given that it would not be disrupted.

    A crisis of unthinkable proportion was playing out before Andrew and the other presiding officer for the parliament, Senate President Paul Calvert.

    The extraordinary action - to threaten to jettison Hu's historic address to a joint sitting of the national parliament - was typical of the strong-arm tactics the Chinese have displayed over the past few weeks, as they sought to suppress any form of protest or criticism of the Hu visit.


    Andrew and Calvert, whose largely ceremonial role was to escort the Chinese President to the parliamentary chamber, had no time to waste.

    They provided Li with the best assurances they could that the three "guests" of the Greens - Chin and two Canberra-based Tibetans - would be barred from entering the public galleries.

    Instead, they had assigned the three Greens' guests to the glassed-in chamber which normally houses groups of visiting school children.

    The Chinese, so successful at suppressing freedom of speech in their homeland, had convinced the Australian parliament to do the same.

    The several hundred guests who were being ushered to their seats - plus most of the 200-plus MPs and senators who had been transported back to Canberra for the visits of Bush and Hu - were mostly unaware of the high-stakes diplomatic game taking place behind closed doors.

    Neither did Chin, nor the the local Tibetans until they tried to enter the public galleries.

    They were whisked up behind the glass on the school deck after frantic calls between harried Chinese security personnel and staff of the Speaker's office.

    Eventually, Hu arrived late at the parliament, waiting for assurances from his Foreign Minister that his speech would be heard in respectful silence.

    Also arriving late was the President's wife, Hu Liu. She did not take her seat - at the front of the public gallery - until John Howard had begun his brief introductory remarks to the Chinese President. It was perhaps the most noticeable public sign of the frantic behind-the-scenes jostling that had gone on.

    Andrew, who will retire from federal politics at the next election, was not commenting yesterday on these extraordinary events.

    But the Greens, led by their high-profile leader Bob Brown, were doing plenty of talking.

    According to Brown, Speaker Andrew is guilty of cowering in the face of bully-boy tactics by the Chinese.

    "This is the Howard Government ceding sovereignty and the Speaker selling out to the agents of a dictatorship," Brown said.

    "It is totally unacceptable. Speaker Andrew owes the nation an explanation and an apology."
 
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