Joe knows the banks are stuffed, but only the CEC will act

Published: Tue 30 Nov 2010 02:47 PM
Joe knows the banks are stuffed, but only the CEC will act
Craig Isherwood‚ National Secretary - Citizens Electoral Council of Australia
29th of November 2010
Sinn Féin’s welcome victory in an Irish by-election has escalated the unresolved Irish crisis to the point where the British Inter-Alpha Group of Banks face total bankruptcy and share-price annihilation, which will blow out the Wall Street banks that hold all of their debts, and then what’s left of the world financial system, and finally, it may have dawned on Joe Hockey that Australia’s banks are in deep s**t, Citizens Electoral Council leader Craig Isherwood said today.
“Joe Hockey seems to have stumbled onto the reality that Australia’s banks are stuffed, but unfortunately he has no plans to deal with it,” Mr Isherwood said. “Only the CEC does.”
Mr Isherwood referenced Hockey’s fairly dramatic 22nd November Canberra press conference, when the Opposition Treasurer very soberly stressed, “I think 2011 is going to be a very challenging year in global markets and I think, as I’ve said in Parliament, you will see a tsunami of government debt hitting the markets over the next 12 months. Australian financial institutions are amongst the biggest borrowing banks in the world for their size. I say again, Australian banks are amongst the biggest borrowing banks in the world for their size, and Australia is a massive importer of money. Now, if there is a huge demand for money offshore, with all these governments rolling over their paper and the private sector rolling over its paper, it’s going to create real challenges for the cost of funds in Australia, and it may mean higher interest rates again. So let’s prepare now.” [emphasis added]
In an Australian Financial Review column that day, Hockey also highlighted the extent to which Australia’s private banks were dependent upon government support:
• Australian taxpayers are guarantor for more than $850 billion worth of the banks’ liabilities—$690 billion in deposit guarantees and $163 billion in overseas borrowings guarantees;
• The Reserve Bank of Australia has pumped in $43 billion in very favourable loans;
• $16 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities has been purchased by the Commonwealth Treasury, to prop up smaller lenders, using the excuse of promoting “competition”.
• His conclusion? “… we have world-class banks and a very good financial system.” !!!!!!
Mr Isherwood continued, “It goes without saying that Joe’s been reading the CEC’s press releases—they all do, don’t you Craig Emerson?—but now he’s obviously paying attention. It appears to have finally dawned on him, that if Australia’s banks owe nearly one trillion dollars overseas, half of that on very short, 90-day terms, Australia is totally exposed to the global financial crisis.
“However, he’s prepared to look like an idiot by sticking to the line they are ‘world-class’, and his proposal for a new ‘Son of Wallis’ commission into the banking system to encourage more ‘competition’ amounts to treachery. That’s the very deregulation rubbish that caused the crisis—the 1997 Wallis Committee report was the Australian equivalent of the 1999 reform of Glass-Steagall which gave the banks the green light to expand into all sorts of new areas of financial services—but today it is calculated to enable more looting of Australia to bail out the bankrupt Inter-Alpha banks.
“Take notice of what’s happening in Ireland,” he urged Hockey. “The City of London and the European Central Bank may have thought they could force the Irish government to toe the line and agree to the bailout and thus keep their system up, but the obstinate Irish people have other ideas. Because Sinn Féin—which understands British bastardry better than anyone—refused to sell out Ireland’s sovereignty to the banks, they have won the people’s support. Consequently, the Irish government is on the brink of collapse, and the bailout, as well as the entire Inter-Alpha Group system, will go with it.”
Mr Isherwood concluded, “This is an opportunity for leaders of nations to truly represent the interests of their people, and scrap the globalised financial system which has centred financial control in the City of London and its Inter-Alpha Group of Banks, but can now only continue to exist with government bailouts paid for by brutal austerity imposed on the people. Leaders must write off the trillions in unpayable debts, write off the quadrillions in derivatives obligations and ban their use, protect their people’s living standards, their family homes etc., and reinvest in infrastructure and industry.
“Here’s an idea Joe: read all the way to the end of the CEC’s press releases, click on the link for more information on LaRouche’s proposal for a global Glass-Steagall, and get on with actually changing the system and fixing the economy.”

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