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EASY MARX: Bandt funnels taxpayer cash to Marxist mag that vows not to take government funds

arenaadambandtlootGreens MP Adam Bandt is funnelling taxpayer monies to a far-left-wing publication Arena Magazine that vows it doesn’t take government loot by sending Commonwealth-funded printing works to its printing company.

9-08-2011 10-06-08 AMVEXNEWS has obtained documents that reveal Bandt is sending the Arena company many tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money for printed propaganda distributed in his federal seat of Melbourne.

By doing so, Dr Bandt – whose PhD is in Marxist jurisprudence – is secretly providing taxpayer subsidy to a publication that self-describes as:

…Arena quarterly commenced as a New Left magazine with a commitment to extending Marxist approaches by developing an account of intellectual practices, its subsequent debates and theoretical work, and engagements with media theory, post-structuralism and postmodernism, have led it to develop a range of approaches…Many of the themes the Arena group has explored over the decades relate to those raised by writers like Slavoj Žižek, Zygmunt Bauman and Richard Sennett, and, to some degree, writers associated with the Frankfurt School (a school of neo-Marxist interdisciplinary social theory)

Naturally these offerings from Frankfurt do not enjoy the popularity of that city’s famed schnitzel and torte delights. One of Arena’s operatives told The Australian (off-line) in 2003 that:

The magazine sells about 2000 copies to “thoughtful people”, says Hinkson

‘Sells’ is a loosely applied term in the Frankfurt school, it seems, as many recipients are sent the publication and receive it with as much pleasure as a Greens carbon-tax inflated power-bill as recalled by the wonderful late Age writer Pamela Bone in a takedown of Arena’s Guy (pronounced ‘Gee’) Rundle:

that the copies of Arena regularly sent to me have been unsolicited…

We can also reveal that the company Arena Printing and Publishing Pty Ltd has scandalously failed to file an annual return since 2002, in breach of its obligations under the Corporations Law.

While a separate legal entity from the notorious Arena magazine which is governed by a collective or co-operative, the uncompliant printing company exists to financially support the publication according to its friends at The Age newspaper:

One of the keys to Arena’s survival was the decision about 30 years ago to develop a commercial printery, which has ensured the organisation’s financial independence.

The two entities share its “pre-gentrification” Fitzroy premises, personnel, web hosts and co-mingles other resources.

So the flow of money from taxpayer to front printing company to neo-Marxian magazine is clear enough. But when they are taking printing work from politicians – using taxpayer funds – how “independent” can they really be?

And they have not been honest about it, with the supporters of the Marxist magazine told something else on the organisation’s website:

Arena has never accepted government support of any kind and has been fortunate to have been valued sufficiently by its friends for them to help its development financially in a variety of ways.

As recently as late last year, the supposedly independent Arena was talking up the “Death of Labor” and cheering on those who’d switched to the Greens party.

In future editions, we can hope the self-important people behind Arena – from the Frankfurt school of Neo-Marxist social theory – will appropriate one of the capitalist press’s concepts of transparency and disclosure by marking future utterances on these topics as “ADVERTISEMENT.”


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  1. This would be funny if it didn’t read like the Breivik Manifesto.

    Posted by Attila | August 9, 2011, 11:45
  2. Lefty scum always think they are intellectually superior to everyone else by making the uncomplicated into the complicated.

    “intellectual practices, its subsequent debates and theoretical work, and engagements with media theory, post-structuralism and postmodernism”

    what a load of sh!t.

    Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011, 13:25
  3. If there is clear evidence that the price paid for printing is excessive, there is an offence of defrauding the Commonwealth that could be used against him.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | August 9, 2011, 18:05
  4. I have often thought some government run or taxpayer funded projects have excessive costs. I think some “feather nesting” is often the case.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | August 9, 2011, 19:28
  5. The Lefties block illegal immigrants being transferred to Malaysia.

    They have now stopped therefore 4,000 genuine refugees getting to start a new life in Australia so that 800 wealthy queue jumpers get a change to make an economic migration to Australia.

    HA! The Left really are MAD!

    Posted by Leftist Complexities | August 9, 2011, 20:00
  6. Surely the way to stop the boats is for an ASIS team to go to were the people smugglers operate from and kill them (the people smuggler not the boat people)

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | August 9, 2011, 20:14
  7. I am a respected political strategist.

    Posted by Shambles | August 9, 2011, 21:23
  8. Dr Bandt is not an attractive man; has there ever been an attractive commie?

    Are you attractive Adrian?

    Posted by cohenite | August 9, 2011, 22:28
  9. @ Leftist Complexities – What a perverse statement you have made – 4000 people travelling to Australian territory, some of whom maybe genuine refugees, and we take 800 people who are genuine refugees (that is the arrangement) – but you say the genuine refugees are “wealthy queue jumpers”????

    Posted by Fair go | August 10, 2011, 7:29
  10. Oh and Adrian – are you really suggesting we send Australian spies to Indonesia to shoot Indonesians?

    Posted by Fair go | August 10, 2011, 7:39
  11. Adam Bandt will not be re-elected to the seat of Melbourne. He is a one-term wonder and will soon fall by the wayside as that other useless piece of Sh*t Phil “Oppose the Republic without a directly elected President” Cleary. The reason we do not have an Australian as head of state today.

    The Liberal party will not preference the Greens as they did in 2010. The next Federal Election will be a Double Dissolution and we will see the Greens lose office., They will be exposed for what they are – Extreme radicals dressing in Green tree hugging Koala suites.

    Posted by Bandt Extreamist | August 10, 2011, 9:09
  12. Adrian Jackson has a solution to the people smuggling problem – treat them like Osama and shoot them.

    You actually don’t need to shoot them – just arrest them and bring them to justice in Australia. This would require unprecedented international co-operation with our neighbours but Australia has some leverage if it chooses to exercise it and it should let our impoverished corrupt near neighbours know that any lack of co-operation would be treated as an act of territorial violation and equivalent to a declaration of war.

    It would definitely work if you spent enough time finding the head of the smuggling rings. It would also send a clear message to people smugglers that they will be treated like terrorists.

    Unfortunately, I suspect our gutless government would rather spend billions dealing with the victims than a few tens of millions bringing the ringleaders to justice.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | August 10, 2011, 9:13
  13. Bring in the Federal Police and investigate.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | August 10, 2011, 9:15
  14. Fair Go – the people smugglers are not Indons they are from countries that the boat people come from like Iraq, Only the silly boat crews are Indons and without the people smugglers they will be out of a job too. Its ASIS’s job to kill our countries enemies.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | August 10, 2011, 10:04
  15. Leave Adam alone, no matter what his party says we are still Blood Brothers. Keep your chin up mate I know what you are going through, the Labor party, QLD / NSW ETU, Plumbers are just out to get us both. P.S nice panties.

    Posted by Deaney Weaney | August 10, 2011, 10:18
  16. 1. 800 boat people will be sent to Malaysia to be assessed if they are refugees or not.

    2. 4,000 UNHCR confirmed refugees will be resettled in Australia in exchange.

    The Lefties who want the 800 boat people to stay here have now shut the door on the hopes of the 4,000 genuine refugees being resettled in Australia.

    Shame lefties SHAME !

    Posted by Leftist Complexities | August 10, 2011, 14:09
  17. I think the only refugees who should be allowed to immigrate to Australia are those who are more attractive than Dr Bandt.

    Posted by cohenite | August 10, 2011, 16:25
  18. Only male refugees aged 16-20 should be allowed to immigrate. I will offer accommodation at my place.

    Posted by Craig.L. | August 10, 2011, 16:29
  19. Adrian, I wish I had consulted you first! These know nothings said:

    AFP “People smugglers are individuals or groups who assist others to illegally enter a country. In the case of Australia, people smugglers provide air or sea access”

    SMH – Two Indonesian nationals are accused of smuggling a group of 59 people to Australia. The men each face a charge of bringing 59 non-citizens to Australia from Indonesia between June 1 and June 12 last year.

    The Migration Act 1958 (Cth) – also sets out a variety of offences relating to smuggling. Specifically, sections 232A to 233A relate to the offence of smuggling, including bringing of groups of non-citizens into Australia (20 years)

    Posted by Fair go | August 10, 2011, 16:35
  20. Oh I so agree Craig L just the thought of all those boys get me all hot and sticky.

    Posted by Pissy Chryne | August 10, 2011, 17:04
  21. Very disappointed. The article promised so much. A magazine that was a hotbed of revolutionary fired up activity. So I had a look. This is a pretty cruel thing to say to a Marxist but I thought the magazine was ‘sweet’. Chocolate box socialism even. Nothing that would make your parents nervous.

    Greens members may have some reason to be concerned if an excessive amount was spent on the printing but there is no evidence of that. Presumably the company meets Green guidelines and this is an attempt at a smear.

    Posted by yawn.. | August 11, 2011, 9:13
  22. The Indons can charge their nationals and ASIS can kill the foreign people smugglers – a final solution to the boat people problem. Australia an only charge them if they come to Australia though and most smugglers dont. The smugglers I have seen on TV news and current affairs in Indonesia have all been non Indons from places like Iraq or Iraq.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | August 11, 2011, 10:52
  23. I’m having so much fun in the UK at the moment.

    Posted by Looter Lew | August 11, 2011, 14:05
  24. Adrian, you seem a cando sort of guy; what problems do you envisage with a refugee beauty contest?

    Posted by cohenite | August 11, 2011, 19:25
  25. cohenite – the word in Australia is “bloke” or the now little used “cobber” but definitely not “guy” or dud or buddy or any other Yank slang word.

    All the women see pretty with their faces framed by their head scarf or none at all. The reason they are attractive is that they are not in-breed like some smaller ethnic groups

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | August 11, 2011, 20:24
  26. My blue cobber; I don’t think inbreeding removes attractiveness, it may even enhance it; my understanding is that what inbreeding does do is add appendages, so for those cultures which feature inbreeding would you add or deduct points for extra limbs, eyes etc?

    Posted by cohenite | August 11, 2011, 21:37
  27. No doubt the Greens-dominated inner city councils also send their printing there? That is when they are not busy approving large substandard developments with little open space and zero car parking for the refugees and migrants that they claim to care about.

    Posted by Dennis S. | August 12, 2011, 7:52
  28. I am told by a former warrant officer in the regular army that the highest accolade someone can give a friend is to call them their digger cobber mate. I only have been called this once.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | August 12, 2011, 22:27
  29. Or gee Wenchy you are becoming the Annie Sprinkle of Victorian Politics, isn’t Percy enough?

    Posted by Boofa | August 12, 2011, 22:30
  30. Andrew please don’t let Andee see this site, otherwise those pricks at the CSA will do me over or gee Percy this is all your fault as you want to meet every Bike in town.

    Posted by Boofa | August 12, 2011, 23:50
  31. I only want young men to come to Australia as illegal boat people. And let them stay with me and Partner Paul. We will show them what Australia is all about. Oh yeah. Come on you beautiful boys

    Posted by Brown Bob | August 13, 2011, 22:37
  32. We are all chucking at the front page of The Sunday Age (14 Aug 11); most of all you Andrew I would think.

    Sol Lew is to loose his bay view pool built illegally and without a permit on Crown Land on the seas front at Mornington.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | August 14, 2011, 8:55
  33. That smell infesting your nostrils this morning is from my anus when my Xenical diet medication mixed with grief from my reading of the Age today !

    Posted by Smelly Solly | August 14, 2011, 11:37
  34. Boofa, I am not interested in you anymore. I am now a person of international interest. Even Teddy Boy will be dwarfed by my publicity.

    Posted by Lowrain Woeful | August 14, 2011, 15:31
  35. Wenchy just remind your new friend with benefits, he will need a 40′ plank.

    Posted by Boofa | August 14, 2011, 16:43
  36. Turning to shit for adam.has a similar tone to your other mate DEAN MIGHELL who is on the verge of criminal charges for the theft of union money.Dean will be available for a photo shoot, in the mag in his cricket gear.

    Posted by Shakespeare | August 14, 2011, 17:57
  37. I am solomon Lew. I am above the law that governs you mere mortals because I am filthy rich.

    Posted by Smelly Solly | August 15, 2011, 0:42
  38. Do some of you guys actually find this correspondence stimulating – no wonder our beautiful landscape looks [and smells] like shit warmed up – GET A LIFE

    Posted by Judderhump | August 15, 2011, 6:41
  39. please don’t waste your time trying to moderate my comment

    Posted by Judderhump | August 15, 2011, 6:43
  40. More basless attempted smears of the Right. Sorry Rupert you’re going to have to do better than these rank amateurs.

    The Labor government is democratically elected, suffer in your jocks you Boltists.

    Posted by ironman | August 16, 2011, 4:07


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