Australia’s racist Constitution and the Voice – Pearls and Irritations

Torres Strait Islander and Australian flags outside the Australian Parliament House in July 2016.

‘Questions which relate to the whole body of the people, to the purity of race, to the preservation of the racial character of the white population, are Commonwealth questions and should be so exclusively’.

Australia has a racist constitution. It gives the Federal Parliament power to make laws for ‘The people of any race, for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws’. Deemed necessary, that is, by the Parliament itself.

Given the failure of the Morrison and earlier governments to improve Aboriginal welfare (‘Closing the Gap’ remains merely an aspiration) this is not a particularly appealing response. But the fact that Dutton keeps raising questions about the voice designed, it appears, to sabotage the referendum, suggest he will either avoid committing his party either way, or else reluctantly advocate a ‘yes’ vote, so that if the referendum fails he can blame the government’s strategy, tactics and general ineptitude.

We are in for an unedifying six or more months until we get to vote.

Source: Australia’s racist Constitution and the Voice – Pearls and Irritations

Rex Patrick: put PwC top of blacklist for government procurement payments – Michael West

PwC

The first thing Abbott did when elected was rid the ATO of some 3000 fully trained corporate tax investigators the best were snapped up by the big 4

Big 4 consultancy PwC has been caught red-handed with partners leaking confidential information, obtained while advising the Federal government on combating tax avoidance, so their multinational clients could avoid tax. As the government ponders its response, Rex Patrick argues it’s time to introduce a procurement blacklist to deal with corporate cowboys.

Source: Rex Patrick: put PwC top of blacklist for government procurement payments – Michael West

Australia’s renewed commitment to neighbourliness is saving lives

The Albanese Government has acted promptly to begin the process of restoring Australia’s reputation in the region, as Alan Austin reports.

Source: Australia’s renewed commitment to neighbourliness is saving lives

90 Seconds to Midnight? – scheerpost.com

90 seconds to midnight clock display.

When Common Sense no longer exist individual interests prevail.

To put it bluntly, soon Russia will be in a position where a single ship could, in a matter of minutes, fire 16 nuclear armed hypersonic missiles at the United States which not only cannot be intercepted by anything in the US arsenal, but also would impact their respective targets before any meaningful evacuation could be conducted. It is, literally, a decapitation weapon. Current Russian nuclear doctrine does not allow for a nuclear first strike; indeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it clear that Russia would not be the first nation to use nuclear weapons in any future nuclear conflict. But he also emphasized that Russia would not be the second, either, meaning that Russia would release its nuclear arsenal without waiting for any US first strike to impact Russian soil.

Source: 90 Seconds to Midnight? – scheerpost.com

Netanyahu Proposes More Guns to Solve Israeli-Palestinian Violence as Tit-for-Tat Attacks Multiply

Netanyahu Proposes More Guns to Solve Israeli-Palestinian Violence as Tit-for-Tat Attacks Multiply

If the Islamic Jihad cell had been planning an attack, as the Israelis maintained, then the raid was not illegal in itself. But it left so many dead bodies behind aside from the those of the three militants, not to mention injured, that the commando tactics appear to have shown reckless disregard for civilian, non-combatant life, which is a war crime.

We will see many more raids involving reckless disregard for human life in the West Bank now that Israeli extremists have been put in charge of 3 million Palestinians. It is as though a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the U.S. had been made Secretary of the Interior with oversight of native Americans.

PM Netanyahu announced that he would meet the challenge of increased violence by issuing Israelis (including the Israeli squatters on Palestinian private property in the West Bank) more guns. He said he would also try to collect ‘illegal weapons.’ That is, the Israelis are heavily armed but the Palestinians helpless. Squatter attacks on Palestinians help account for the high death toll of the past thirteen months.

Source: Netanyahu Proposes More Guns to Solve Israeli-Palestinian Violence as Tit-for-Tat Attacks Multiply

Israel to punish families of Palestinian attackers

Collective Punishment is an instrument of a number of fascist regimes throughout history. Israel is in complete denial that it belongs on such a notable list. However, it’s a practice once condemned by Jews in the past and is now common practice of a State that claims to represent them.

Israel has sealed the home of an east Jerusalem man who killed seven people outside a synagogue, in a preliminary step ahead of the expected demolition of the building, as two Palestinian men died from Israeli fire. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet approved an order to seal the home of a second Palestinian shooter — a 13-year-old boy who wounded two Israeli men in east Jerusalem on Saturday. His Cabinet also took steps toward approving other punitive measures against the families of Palestinian attackers, including potentially stripping them of citizenship rights and deporting them.

Source: Israel to punish families of Palestinian attackers

Thomas Friedman shows that liberal Jews have no Reason left to defend Israel

Friedman urged US President Joe Biden to “save Israel” from becoming a bastion of zealotry. “Israel is on the verge of a historic transformation — from a full-fledged democracy to something less, and from a stabilising force in the region to a destabilising one,” said Friedman. “Can Joe Biden save Israel?” he asked, with the looming possibility of it turning into an “illiberal bastion of zealotry”. In December Friedman wrote another piece in the NYT under the headline “The Israel We Knew Is Gone”. In another column he asked, “What in the World Is Happening in Israel?”

Source: Thomas Friedman shows that liberal Jews have no Reason left to defend Israel

We Tried to Call the Top Donors to George Santos’ 2020 Campaign. Many Don’t Seem to Exist. – Mother Jones

In September 2020, George Santos’ congressional campaign reported that Victoria and Jonathan Regor had each contributed $2,800—the maximum amount—to his first bid for a House seat. Their listed address was 45 New Mexico Street in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

A search of various databases reveals no one in the United States named Victoria or Jonathan Regor. Moreover, there is nobody by any name living at 45 New Mexico Street in Jackson. That address doesn’t exist. There is a New Mexico Street in Jackson, but the numbers end in the 20s, according to Google Maps and a resident of the street.

Source: We Tried to Call the Top Donors to George Santos’ 2020 Campaign. Many Don’t Seem to Exist. – Mother Jones

Should Trump Get Back His Giant Megaphones? | The Smirking Chimp

 

Antitrust laws were enacted more than a century ago to protect our democracy from being undermined by giant corporations. Yet this what Twitter and Meta are now doing. In my view, we should reduce the size and reach of these huge corporate megaphones by using antitrust laws to break them up.

Source: Should Trump Get Back His Giant Megaphones? | The Smirking Chimp

Jackson Pollock’s Blue poles valued at $500 million

Blue poles, by Jackson Pollock.

The most publicly derided acquisition in modern Australian art history has proved to be one of the nation’s bargains of the century.

Jackson Pollock’s Blue poles is now worth a whopping $500 million, according to a new valuation by its keeper, the National Gallery of Australia.

Source: Jackson Pollock’s Blue poles valued at $500 million

Lachlan Murdoch’s big mouth set to cost Rupert Murdoch, Fox and himself $billion in the Dominion defamation caseKangaroo Court of Australia

One of Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch’s defences from any personal liability in the court cases is that in their management roles, they do not tell journalists what to say.

But in the below video, Lachlan Murdoch says that he “works closely with the managers of those newsrooms and it’s important they get the positioning and the messaging right”. Those “managers” would be the editors who work directly with the journalists overseeing what the journalists write. So Lachlan by his own admission is only one step away from directly telling the journalists what to write.

Source: Lachlan Murdoch’s big mouth set to cost Rupert Murdoch, Fox and himself $billion in the Dominion defamation caseKangaroo Court of Australia

Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community | Common Dreams

Jerusalem synagogue attack

Rest assured “collective punishment” is coming to all Palestinians. It’s the Israeli way, Just as the Germans did during WW2 if an individual Palestinian commits a crime all Palestinians get punished.

“We grieve for all this unthinkable loss. And with our grief, we also rage,” said Jewish Voice for Peace. “The Israeli government’s domination and oppression of Palestinians is the root cause of each of these senseless, tragic deaths.”

Source: Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community | Common Dreams

CNN Poll: 73% Say House Republicans Don’t Have The Right Priorities | Crooks and Liars

CNN Poll: 73% Say House Republicans Don't Have The Right Priorities

 

In a new CNN poll released today, 73% of all Americans say that House Republicans do not have the right priorities for Americans.

Source: CNN Poll: 73% Say House Republicans Don’t Have The Right Priorities | Crooks and Liars

Ron DeSantis Prefers to Call His War on Workers a War on “Wokeness”

Ron DeSantis’s crusade against “woke ideology” was always a thinly disguised assault on the rights of Florida teachers and their unions. His recent “Teacher’s Bill of Rights” only makes it explicit.

Source: Ron DeSantis Prefers to Call His War on Workers a War on “Wokeness”

Old Dog Thought- Dutton’s Confusion is Just Illusion

PM challenges Liberals on referendum detail

“Pearson said detail would be in legislation made by the parliament but the referendum was about the constitution.

“It’s the parliamentarians who have the responsibility to come up with the detail,” he told ABC Radio.

“The Australian people are being asked to vote on a constitutional amendment. All of the power lies with the parliament and it’s a complete diversion to demand these details.”…

Fighting Fake News with REAL 29/1/23, Noel Pearson, Dutton,

Politicised attacks are damaging the ABC’s editorial independence

Australians deserve an independent ABC. Not one that purposely mirrors other often politically compromised reporting, like Murdoch media, to avoid “left-wing” labels, writes Dr Victoria Fielding.

Source: Politicised attacks are damaging the ABC’s editorial independence

Linda Reynolds launches defamation action against Brittany Higgins’s partner David Sharaz – ABC News

A woman with short blonde hair and glasses speaking a lecturn in front of an australian flag

Liberal senator Linda Reynolds is suing Brittany Higgins’s partner over tweets he made that she alleges defamed her.

Ms Higgins was working in Ms Reynolds’ Canberra Ministerial office when she was allegedly raped by a colleague.

Subsequent legal proceedings against the accused were abandoned in October and then a planned retrial was dropped by the prosecution.

In fresh court documents lodged in Western Australia’s Supreme Court, Ms Reynolds has accused Mr Higgins’s partner, David Sharaz, of defaming her in two tweets from the account @SharazDavid in January and December last year.

In the writ issued through her lawyer, Martin Bennett, Ms Reynolds alleged the tweets were “falsely defamatory” and thereby caused her “loss and damage”.

The Perth-based senator is demanding Mr Sharaz pay aggravated damages and interest at a rate of 6 per cent since they were published.

Source: Linda Reynolds launches defamation action against Brittany Higgins’s partner David Sharaz – ABC News

Red flags abound for Shine Justice but “no win no fee” law firm no respond, nor PwC – Michael West

Shine Justice, Shine Lawyers

 

Editor’s Note: both Shine Justice and PwC were provided with detailed questions for this story. They declined to be respond. The author of the Shine investment report on which this story is based preferred to remain anonymous.

Being a law firm, Shine’s directors and executives would understand that the Corporations Act requires them to comply with Australian Accounting Standards (AASB). Auditor PwC would also be aware of this. Questions were put to Shine and PwC for this story but there was no response. An offer to meet to discuss the red flags covered by the investment report was also ignored.

Source: Red flags abound for Shine Justice but “no win no fee” law firm no respond, nor PwC – Michael West

Forgotten subscriptions costing billions – Michael West

Its your pocket that’s being picked

Who doesn’t want an extra hundred bucks in their pocket each month, right? Yet Australians are on average throwing away at least that much by paying for subscriptions they’ve either forgotten about or no longer use.

Source: Forgotten subscriptions costing billions – Michael West

Israeli bloodbath in Jenin kills 9 Palestinians | The Electronic Intifada

Hundreds of people carry multiple bodies on stretchers

 

In bloody carnage on Thursday morning, Israeli occupation forces assaulted Jenin refugee camp killing nine Palestinians, including two children and a 61-year-old woman, and injuring dozens more.

Source: Israeli bloodbath in Jenin kills 9 Palestinians | The Electronic Intifada

Netanyahu’s Folly: High Tech Investors pull out of Unstable Israel, as Palestine Authority cuts off Security Cooperation

Israel’s intention is to provoke an all-out war so it can invade the West Bank and annex it as part of the State of Israel.

The new government of Israel under the leadership of Binyamin Netanyahu, which includes the fascist Religious Zionism and Jewish Power blocs, has begun chasing away businesses and investors, has provoked hundreds of thousands of Israelis to protest, and has led to an end of security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, a legacy of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, which are now a dead letter.

Source: Netanyahu’s Folly: High Tech Investors pull out of Unstable Israel, as Palestine Authority cuts off Security Cooperation

Mariupol: the battle-scarred city – Pearls and Irritations

Mariupol

Putin’s Liberation Mariupol in Pictures

How has the battle-scarred Ukrainian city of Mariupol changed after eight months under Russian control? These images were taken by photojournalist Arseniy Kotov half a year apart, in summer and in winter, and show efforts to restore the Azov sea pearl It’s now over eight months since Mariupol – the second largest city of the Continue reading »

Source: Mariupol: the battle-scarred city – Pearls and Irritations

Tucker Carlson Proposes The US Invade Canada To Liberate Them | Crooks and Liars

Tucker Carlson Proposes The US Invade Canada To Liberate Them

“I’m completely in favor of a Bay of Pigs operation to liberate that country,” Carlson said. “Why should we stand back and let our biggest trading partner, the country with which we share the longest border — a great country — why should we let it become Cuba?”

(Canada is not a communist country nor does it have any chance of being one.)

“Like, why don’t we liberate it? We’re spending all this money to liberate Ukraine from the Russians, why are we not sending an armed force north to liberate Canada from Trudeau, and I mean it?” Carlson chimed.

Source: Tucker Carlson Proposes The US Invade Canada To Liberate Them | Crooks and Liars

Robodebt advice would cause damage: lawyer – Michael West

The controversial robodebt scheme would have been fundamentally changed or stopped altogether had independent legal advice been sought on the issue, a royal commission has been told.

The commission examining the Centrelink debt recovery scheme was told such independent advice would have “reputational damage” to the government and the departments administering the program.

Former Social Services principal legal officer Anna Fredericks told the commission that obtaining independent legal advice on the scheme was sought, but tensions between the Department of Social Services and the Department of Human Services prevented it from occurring.

“If independent legal advice had been sought at the time and had full scope and awareness of the program, I have no doubt they would have come to that view (of it being unlawful),” she said.

“It would have undoubtedly led to a redesign or cessation … it would have likely caused reputational damage to those two departments but also to the government.”

 

Source: Robodebt advice would cause damage: lawyer – Michael West

Santos edges in on fracking the Liverpool Plains despite repeated denials

Gunnedah Shire

Santos is denying it, but local farmers on the pristine Liverpool Plains tell a different story. Santos is poised to start fracking in the Gunnedah Basin, Callum Foote reports.

Source: Santos edges in on fracking the Liverpool Plains despite repeated denials

Is Adani the next Enron? What’s the scam? – Michael West

Gautam Adani

A research report published in the US this week cites numerous concerns with Adani’s business structure, accounting practices and its lofty valuation. Echoing Enron – one of the most spectacular corporate failures in recent history – the report even questions how Adani makes money, if at all. What’s the scam?

Source: Is Adani the next Enron? What’s the scam? – Michael West

When Fox Entered the Hen House | The Smirking Chimp

wit

Murdoch was caught red-handed illegally corrupting UK media. Let off by the Tories he fled the UK for America to do the same there, He’s trie and continues to do so in Australia for 47 years. But for the ABC, he has become the least trusted media maggot in the country. However, trusted news and information aren’t his primary business. Rating numbers are. Influence for the moneyed is. Cash and making it flow from the top down the business model. Win or lose doesn’t matter dependence does. Now, Ch9 has joined him in that chase along with Kerry Stokes. All vying to be lifes narrators to the masses for the wealthy and powerful

Fox News is after me again.

This is nothing new. Former Fox host Bill O’Reilly once accused me of being a communist (this was before O’Reilly was ousted after it was reported that he and Fox News paid five women $13 million to settle various sexual misconduct lawsuits).

Source: When Fox Entered the Hen House | The Smirking Chimp

Concerns over escalating violence after Israeli forces kill nine Palestinians during West Bank raid | Israel | The Guardian

Palestinians inspect the remains of destroyed facilities and vehicles, damaged by the Israeli military during the storming of the city of Jenin in the West Bank.

10 deaths were reported including civilians while many more were severely injured. No Israelis were harmed it would seem. Reason for this IDF raid “IDF intelligence” so a “Special Operation” was required.  However, no details or justification are ever given that could substantiate justification for the Israeli raid. The Palestinian Authority has broken off relations with the terrorist State of Israel yet again since they are just as confused. Will the IDF justify its actions in the new dramatic season of the TV series Fauda as a  propaganda feast?

Washington has raised concern over the escalation in Israeli-Palestinian violence after Israeli forces on Thursday killed nine Palestinians during a West Bank raid in the deadliest single day in the territory in decades.

The recent election of the most rightwing government in Israeli history is expected to inflame an already volatile situation. Members of the new Israeli coalition have pledged to accelerate the building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank – a practice that negates the possibility of a two-state solution – and loosen the rules of engagement for soldiers and police.

Source: Concerns over escalating violence after Israeli forces kill nine Palestinians during West Bank raid | Israel | The Guardian

2023 will be make-or-break year for Russia – Pearls and Irritations

Vladimir Putin

The Ukrainian conflict has so far been a proxy war between Russia and NATO. However, the growing number of Western countries joining the conflict and aiming to “strategically defeat” Russia may lead to a direct clash between the Armed Forces of Russia and Western military units. If this happens, the Ukrainian conflict will turn into a Russia-NATO war. Such a situation will inevitably carry a nuclear risk. This is further aggravated by the fact that, acting out of desperation, Kiev authorities may provoke the US-led military bloc to directly enter the conflict.

Source: 2023 will be make-or-break year for Russia – Pearls and Irritations

26 January echoes with ‘torment’ of First Nation peoples’ ‘powerlessness’ – Pearls and Irritations

It was a wonderful night in Melbourne’s Town Hall!

An Indigenous Nation is a Multicultural Inclusive Nation. Anti- Multiculturalism is anti-Australian and merely a White Colony intruding on Indigenous lands. Be and reflect what you are Australia your not a White Nation and never have been.

The wisdom of the saints for us as individuals also pertains to us as a nation. Wisdom is that, every day, we should ask ourselves this question: “Am I becoming a more loving person?”. Changing the date of Australia Day and embracing the referendum are opportunities to be a more loving nation. The heart has its own wisdom.

Source: 26 January echoes with ‘torment’ of First Nation peoples’ ‘powerlessness’ – Pearls and Irritations

Conservatives fight desperate, losing battle against decolonisation of Australia – Pearls and Irritations

Sunrise in Australia; a dramatic contrast of red and black behind the gold disc of the sun; the image is reminiscent of the iconic Australian Aboriginal flag.

Conservatives rail against references to “invasion day”. Ultimately, however, these are the despairing sighs of an old, dying Australia which no longer exists and isn’t coming back.

Source: Conservatives fight desperate, losing battle against decolonisation of Australia – Pearls and Irritations

Mark Dreyfus’ exclusive media diversity club

It’s all about the numbers, Fake News continues to dominate REAL News and the ALP is just as much an ally as the LNP. In that regard, they are Trumpist-rating chasers. Murdoch destroyed News in the UK for ratings and when busted fled to the US. He destroyed News in the US and they live with the consequence today. He struggled in Australia because we had the ABC so he called on the LNP to dilute and weaken what was a bulwark to democracy that kept the bastards honest. With every successive LNP government that safety net to REAL trusted News and information has been broken.

(Image by Dan Jensen) Following the Coalition’s example, News Corp and Nine have been prioritised over small independent publishers in the Albanese Government’s “media roundtable” initiative. Michelle Pini reports.

Source: Mark Dreyfus’ exclusive media diversity club

Hefty pay rises required to beat inflation

Workers need a $7000 pay packet boost to keep up with the soaring cost of living.

Canstar analysis shows the average worker earning $92,030 would need a $7178 increase in annual income to keep pace with inflation, which rose 7.8 per cent annually in the December quarter.

Source: Hefty pay rises required to beat inflation

Distracted by hate, we are robbed – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Stack of Australian currency

We are at a crossroads. The Ultra High Net Worth Individual (UHNWI) class is creating a new international feudal order, assisted by the professional enabler class including politicians in pursuit of their money. One of those enabling mechanisms is the media. In Australia, News Corp serves as the strongest weapon in the creation of their desired world.

Source: Distracted by hate, we are robbed – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fall Guys: a generation of film-makers gutted by Australia bowing as Hollywood’s backlot – Michael West

The Fall Guy

Hollywood blockbusters Fall Guy and Planet of the Apes are filming in Sydney, and sci-fi remake Metropolis in Melbourne – all at high public expense, subsidised by state and federal governments. Is it worth paying for Americans telling American stories? Or would the money be better spent on Australians telling Australian stories? Michael West follows the money.

Source: Fall Guys: a generation of film-makers gutted by Australia bowing as Hollywood’s backlot – Michael West

Did Rupert Murdoch’s new deposition in Dominion case scuttle plans to recombine News Corp. and Fox Corp.? | Media Matters for America

rupert and lachlan murdoch

It’s too early to know if there was any connection between Rupert Murdoch’s deposition in the Dominion case and days later pulling a massive plan to recombine News Corp. and Fox Corp., but the timing of this withdrawal is certainly interesting.

Source: Did Rupert Murdoch’s new deposition in Dominion case scuttle plans to recombine News Corp. and Fox Corp.? | Media Matters for America

Most expensive city for education revealed – Michael West

Australia’s most liveable city is now also the most expensive for public school education.

As more families tighten their belts due to inflation, the cost of education is soaring with some parents to spend upwards of $100,000 just to send their child to school in Melbourne.

Research conducted by the Futurity Investment Group estimates the total cost of a government education in Victoria’s capital will be $102,807 over 13 years for a child starting school in 2023.

That figure is 17 per cent above the national average of $87,528.

 

Source: Most expensive city for education revealed – Michael West

Robodebt scheme ‘set off alarm bells from the get-go’, inquiry hears – ABC News

Terry Carney wears a grey jacket over a blue shirt.

“Had there been public ventilation of what the AAT was ruling … there wouldn’t have been an instant change to or abandonment of the scheme but it would have been a lot quicker than the three or four years that nearly half a million people had to suffer the unlawful raising of debts,” he told the commission.

Source: Robodebt scheme ‘set off alarm bells from the get-go’, inquiry hears – ABC News

Christian Nationalism vs. the Separation of Church and State | The Smirking Chimp

Our Founders felt that religion was something sacred and should always remain so by being kept off-limits to political wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Source: Christian Nationalism vs. the Separation of Church and State | The Smirking Chimp

Israel’s Netanyahu Crumbles before Supreme Court demand he Fire Corrupt Minister, as AG considers Banning Netanyahu Too

Carrie Keller-Lynn at The Times of Israel reports that at Sunday’s Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was forced to fire his minister of health and the Interior, Aryeh Makhlouf Deri, who heads up the ultra-right-wing Shas Party.

Source: Israel’s Netanyahu Crumbles before Supreme Court demand he Fire Corrupt Minister, as AG considers Banning Netanyahu Too

Energy: Fossil fuels fall to record low in power grid as renewables hit new high, AEMO report shows

Coal, the dominant fuel in the east-coast electricity grid, has fallen to its lowest average output on record.

Fossil fuels sank to their lowest-ever levels across Australia’s east-coast electricity mix in the final three months of 2022 as green power supplies overtook black coal’s output for the first time in the history of the grid.

Source: Energy: Fossil fuels fall to record low in power grid as renewables hit new high, AEMO report shows