What Peter Dutton and Matthew Guy’s LNP called a DISASTER along with Andrew Bolt and Murdoch’s Sky News.
Melbourne has emerged as domestic tourists’ top destination as the nation’s travel sector bounces back from its pandemic doldrums.
When you think there isn’t much to write about in politics, the system spews out an avalanche of year-ending scandals, policy decisions, election results and reports.
Morrison’s reply to being censured
Scott Morrison, most notorious of all Australia’s prime ministers for his delusions of grandeur, offered up a sermon on the “politics of retribution” in answer to a parliamentary censure motion.
In October, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, told a town hall of civil society organisations in Washington, D.C., that the IMF “is indeed supporting biodiversity. For instance, we have economists that are able to measure the monetary value of an elephant and the value of a whale.”
Georgieva’s comments echo an observation made by Karl Marx in volume one of Capital (1867):
“In England, women are still occasionally used instead of horses for hauling canal boats, because the labour required to produce horses and machines is an accurately known quantity, while that required to maintain the women of the surplus-population is below all calculation.”
What is the monetary value of an orangutan, let alone the survival of the planet? The ruling class might be able to calculate those values, but it is clear that they are unwilling to foot the bill to save the planet.
The National Party’s decision to campaign against a voice to parliament is destructive and wilfully ignorant. Contributors to this decision ignore a history of Indigenous punishment and powerlessness. They criticise a referendum process which has not been published but which they pretend to know. They attribute to the Uluru Statement goals which it does not have.
A voice regarding the world’s most successful Multiracial Democracy
It’s sort of interesting that just a few days ago we had the conservative side of politics telling us that they didn’t have a position on the Voice because they didn’t have enough detail. Now, according to Nationals muppet, David Littleproud, there’s enough detail to announce that they’ll be opposing it.
Whose decision is it and how is it to be made when governments like our LNP was hell-bent on making us a world-class top-10 arms dealer??
The Senate hearing on War Powers reform is scheduled for early December, but reform advocates may be less enthused by the composition of the committee that is handling the inquiry. Zacharias Szumer has talked to many of those involved.
Eisenhower warned that “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”
With Israel swinging Hard Right the question need to be asked.
As western countries are floating the theory that Russia could escalate its conflict with Ukraine to a nuclear war, many western governments continue to turn a blind eye to Israel’s own nuclear weapons capabilities. Luckily, many countries around the world do not subscribe to this endemic western hypocrisy.
In response, defending the interests of working people, communities of color, LGBTQ individuals and families, and other vulnerable sectors of this society will mean alliances between progressives, liberals, and, in some instances, disaffected and distraught anti-Trump, pro-democracy Republicans. There are too many historical examples of authoritarian and fascist takeovers while the opposition remained split and in conflict not to form such political alliances. Nothing is more urgent at this moment than the complete political defeat of an anti-democratic movement that is, all too sadly, still on the march.
The international right is cynical and dangerous. It is crucial we look beyond the surface rhetoric to understand what it represents because Australia is not immune.
Let’s get this out of the way quickly because it’ll allow me more time to be as obnoxious as I can possibly be. I was extremely correct about the Victorian election being a casual stroll in the park for the sitting Premier, unlike, mysteriously, nearly all of my journalistic brethren. The odds-on heavy favourite Daniel Andrews won his third term with a predictable majority no one else in the media seems to have predicted. 🤷♂️
While the Robodebt fiasco is important and warrants a full scale inquiry, it is minor compared to the shocking report outlined by the Government on defence projects. The question therefore begs: are there similar or worst stories hiding in the Department of Defence?
At least one Liberal MP plans to vote with the Albanese Labor government when it moves to censure Scott Morrison over his secret appointment to multiple ministries.
The Minerals Council of Australia has duped Energy Minister Madeleine King into repeating its highly inflated claims of how much taxes its mostly foreign multinationals members pay. Callum Foote reports on an $85 billion PR scam.
Over 100 years and nothing has changed. Payday lending and credit for basic needs have gone through the roof. Debt has even become a substitute for Charity
Today is Giving Tuesday, so here’s a 1913 article by Eugene V. Debs, never before republished, about why the charity balls of the rich will never deliver justice for the poor. As Debs declared, “What the poor need is that the rich shall get off their backs.”
But what I really want to talk about today is something quite different from charitable giving, although often confused with it: It’s called “effective altruism.” Known as EA to its practitioners, effective altruism urges people to give away a large share of their incomes.
Fine as far as it goes. But EA has been going much further.
One of EA’s most influential proponents is the Oxford philosopher William MacAskill, who has urged young people to seek high-paying jobs in finance (or wherever else they can make gobs of money) on ethical grounds, because they can then donate a large portion of their earnings to worthy causes. For example, by becoming a hedge-fund mogul, MacAskill says, you can donate large sums — and create far more good — than you can as a social worker.
“Twelve years after the publication of ‘Cablegate,’ it is time for the U.S. government to end its prosecution of Julian Assange for publishing secrets,” reads the letter signed by the editors and publishers of The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El País. “Publishing is not a crime.”
When the UK abandoned fair play and helped destroy an individual and proved their principles a myth
New information raises further concerns about the politicisation of the WikiLeaks founder’s legal case.
So Noam is a far right Jewish fundamentalist party in Israel that has a connection to the Har Hamor seminary in Jerusalem. One of its leaders is Rabbi Zvi Tau, who seems to have a conspiracy theory that LGBTQ groups have prevented Israelis from implementing Jewish law, the Halakha. He and other leaders of the Noam Party see Israeli toleration for gay and trans people as a falling away from true Judaism. This tolerance is an “attack” they say, on Israeli “values.”
There is no bottom to how low the Murdoch’s Fox News can go.
Fox News’ near-total silence on former President Donald Trump’s meeting with Nick Fuentes and the rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, points to the inroads that white nationalism and virulent antisemitism have made at the network — and the difficulty the Republican Party would have in trying to remove that faction from its coalition.
Six months on from the federal election, the survey of more than 1,000 voters indicates Labor is ahead of the Coalition on the two-party-preferred “plus” measure 51.4% to 43.1%, with 5.5% of respondents undecided.
The Herald Sun and The Age went further than just “dramatic reporting” they became what they’ve always been. Murdoch is an LNP .IPA paid political activist and Costello the new wanna-be-paid Ch9 kid on the block. To say they missed the point is to have missed the point.
For the best part of two weeks, Victorian voters were told by the media that the election on November 26 might result in either a hung parliament or a minority Labor government.
The Greens and Coalition may unite to force a key change to the appointment of the national anti-corruption commissioner, in a move the attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, claims could derail the establishment of the body.
On Monday, the Greens justice spokesperson, David Shoebridge, threatened to support the Liberal amendment requiring bipartisan support to appoint the national anti-corruption commissioner unless Labor agreed to put a non-government member in the chair of the Nacc’s parliamentary oversight committee.
Labor and the Greens are now engaged in a high-stakes game of brinkmanship in parliamentary debate on the signature bill, which the Albanese government promised to pass this year.
Only time will tell if the Nacc will be the ‘big broom’ promised to sweep through our corridors of power Katharine Murphy Katharine Murphy Read more The Liberal amendment proposes that the appointments of the Nacc commissioner and inspector would require “at least a three-quarters majority” of all the members of the joint parliamentary oversight committee.
Labor may rue the day it mired the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in secrecy. Transparency warrior Rex Patrick reports on the “exceptional circumstances” provision which weakens corruption watchdog.
In a historic ruling today, a Queensland court has said the massive Clive Palmer-owned Galilee Basin coal project should not go ahead because of its contribution to climate change, its environmental impacts, and because it would erode human rights.
When Class systematically dissects even those that deserve attention the most it’s used to political advantage to put the brakes on recognition of injustice and halt progressive and just change
“It is important we bring respect to this. This should be a conversation we should be able to have,” he added.
Labor minister Bill Shorten told Nine Ms Burney had been a great advocate for First Nations Australians.
“The issue is about whether or not we put First Nations people on the nation’s birth certificate, the Constitution,” he said.
Barely a word has been spoken by his Coalition colleagues against former Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s secret ministerial power grab, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.
Republican leaders are under fire for their silence on former President Donald Trump’s dinner with antisemitic rapper Ye and white supremacist Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago.
That’s my real worry: A presidential candidate who would welcome Nick Fuentes and Kanye West to dinner at his home is a candidate without sound advice, a candidate who has no one around him to tell him no, or he’s a candidate who doesn’t give a damn.
Whatever the reason, that presidential candidate is untethered. He is surrounded by people as crazy as he is. Which means he’s even more dangerous.
The biggest loser in plain sight. All the overpaid dummies were nowhere to be seen other than Credlin on the night
As Tiffen has written, once News’ tabloid newspapers had a populist touch, profitably balancing sensationalism with credible reporting. Now there is “just a grinding predictability” with the “confected outrage” and the beat-ups rarely hitting home. “Like a one-trick pony, they try ever-bigger versions of the old sensationalist ploys,” which are suffering from the law of diminishing returns.
Curiously, no-one publicly made the obvious point that if this were so, it was also by definition a referendum on the opposition leader, Matthew Guy. If Andrews, seeking re-election for a third term, was putting the Yes case, then Guy was running the argument for No.
Flooding, cyclones and even a Japanese encephalitis outbreak are among the risks facing Australians this summer as a leading climate body warns of a rise in “unnatural disasters”.
“The point for Marx and Engels isn’t the ‘eradication’ of individuals, but of the bourgeoisie as a class — which is to say, of capitalism.”
The COP27 climate change conference has been and gone. The ambitions were modest and the outcomes even more so. The large number of fossil fuel lobbyists in attendance did little to buyo the mood of impending doom. Story courtesy aapX.
The West has largely gotten China’s social credit system wrong. But draft legislation introduced in November offers a more accurate picture of the reality.
The myth of Silicon Valley touts the grit and flair of its tech bro champions. But the chaos of Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover has revealed that there’s no genius or elaborate game of multidimensional chess behind the curtain: just garden-variety capitalists.
Since capitalism’s dawn, power stemmed from owning capital goods; steam engines, Bessemer furnaces, industrial robots, and so on. Today, it is cloud-based capital, or cloud capital in short, that grants its owners hitherto unimaginable powers.
It is now possible to quantify accurately the death toll from the destructive Trump regime, as Alan Austin reports.
As Trump gears up his campaign to return as U.S. President, we can calculate the number of Americans who have died needlessly since his first announced run in mid-2015. The number is 548,800, more than half a million.
Almost no pardon applications ever actually make it to the president’s desk if you don’t go gobble gobble.
Multiple catchments holding months of heavy rainfall paint an unfortunate picture of continued flooding for regional communities in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
Scott Morrison lied to the Australian public, again, when he said he would cooperate with the “Inquiry into the Appointment of the Former Prime Minister to Administer Multiple Departments”. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has allowed Scott Morrison to get away with the lie and he would have known Scott Morrison was lying as soon as the words left Morrison’s mouth.
Mr Morrison refused to meet with former High Court judge Virginia Bell who headed up the inquiry and instead he answered questions via a lawyer.
Virginia Bell handed down her report on Friday the 25th of November 2022. The report starts off with an overview:
One flaw in Morrison’s character, so damaging before the election, is his slipperiness with the truth. Bell pings him on this.
After 3 Jetstar and Virgin cancellations we paid $500 to fly QANTAS and get 2 of us home. What we got was soggy Samosas, a cup of Coffee and seats that didn’t recline for double the price.
Qantas profit estimates just jumped again this week when Alan Joyce threatened to axe regional routes, ramping up pressure on politicians to stop the looming industrial relations reforms. Michael Sainsbury reports.
How Christmas Became Christmas: The Pagan and Christian Origins of the Beloved Holiday.