By the People and for the People: a Fairer Tax System and Stronger Economy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thoughts for the day

Never in the history of this nation have the rich and the privileged been so openly brazen.The rise of narcissism and inequality and the demise of compassion illustrate the state of the world.( John Lord )

By the People and for the People: a Fairer Tax System and Stronger Economy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Lights out and blinds drawn on the Australian dream as black money fuels house prices – Michael West

Gaping loopholes, earnest advisers and an international reputation for stability have made Australia a place of choice for illicit funds. Despite a crackdown on the foreign ownership of established houses, there are still many ways for crooks to score a piece of the action, no matter which government is in power, writes Nathan Lynch in an extract from his book The Lucky Laundry – how the Aussie economy got hooked on the world’s dirtiest cash.

Lights out and blinds drawn on the Australian dream as black money fuels house prices – Michael West

Kidnapped: billionaires’ loophole swiftly abolished by Greens and Labor, finally – Michael West

Under cover of climate debate, the Greens and Labor swiftly and smartly killed off a longstanding loophole which let Australian billionaires hide their financial affairs. Michael West reports on politicians beating the lobbyists.

We are talking about the “grandfathering” exemption, a loophole standing since 1995 which allowed Australia’s richest families of the time to hide their financial affairs.

Kidnapped: billionaires’ loophole swiftly abolished by Greens and Labor, finally – Michael West

Kevin Rudd says Tony Abbott is wrong on the Voice to parliament

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has launched a scathing rebuke of the emerging conservative campaign against a referendum on an Indigenous Voice to parliament, attacking his longtime rival Tony Abbott for suggesting the body would change Australia’s system of government.

Kevin Rudd says Tony Abbott is wrong on the Voice to parliament

Indigenous Voice debate now reminiscent of controversy before I delivered the national apology

The arc of history bends slowly towards justice but, 15 years on from the national apology to Indigenous people, it’s time to walk the next steps in the long journey to reconciliation. There has already been too much delay since Indigenous leaders signed the Uluru Statement from the Heart five years ago.

Indigenous Voice debate now reminiscent of controversy before I delivered the national apology

Young girl among the dead as Israel launches wave of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip | The New Daily

Young girl among the dead as Israel launches wave of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip | The New Daily

A narrow strip of land where 2.3 million people live on a patch of 365 square kilometres, Gaza has been a constant point of conflict ever since Hamas took control.

The area has since been under blockade, with Israel and Egypt tightly restricting movement of people and goods in and out.

“We have not yet been able to reconstruct what Israel had destroyed a year ago. People didn’t have the chance to breathe, and here Israel is attacking again without any reason,” said Mansour Mohammad-Ahmed, 43, a farmer from central Gaza.

Young girl among the dead as Israel launches wave of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip | The New Daily

Michael Pascoe: Professional classes make billion-dollar tax rorts possible

Michael Pascoe: Professional classes make billion-dollar tax rorts possible

“The key lesson from WA Inc was that the shonks, crooks, spivs and conmen only really thrive with the assistance of the professional classes – the accountants, lawyers, valuers, journalists et al.

“It took at least a culture of acquiescence and, more likely, one of mercenary complicity for the likes of Bond and Connell to prosper.”

I wrote those paragraphs 14 years ago in a chapter on another WA-based fraud story, the Firepower scandal.

They are resurrected in light of Rio Tinto settling its tax avoidance bill with the ATO last month – close enough to $1 billion worth of tax it attempted to dodge on the vast fortune it has made exporting WA iron ore and funnelling the money through its “Singapore marketing hub”.

“Singapore marketing hub” might make it up there with “colourful racing identity” as a useful euphemism.

Michael Pascoe: Professional classes make billion-dollar tax rorts possible

Scandals call into question Guy’s political judgment

The latest scandal again raises questions about Guy’s integrity and judgment.If, as Guy insists, the deal didn’t go ahead, why did he accept the resignation of his chief of staff? And if, as an email seen by The Age indicates, Guy was aware of the proposed contract why did it take him 10 months to act?At best, Guy is a victim of his own carelessness. But in both cases he let ambition or ignorance cloud his political judgment.

Scandals call into question Guy’s political judgment

A reluctant thank you, Mr Christensen: what we learnt about a travelling MP – Michael West

A Federal Police warning to the Coalition government over the conduct of one of its MPs was kept secret until it was too late for his constituents, writes Rex Patrick.

A reluctant thank you, Mr Christensen: what we learnt about a travelling MP – Michael West

Plibersek has a golden opportunity to lead on Murray-Darling Basin Plan

It requires more than just “repair” it needs future proofing;

After the Coalition sabotaged the Murray-Darling Basin for profit, the Labor Government has a chance to repair the damage done, writes Tyler Rotche.

Plibersek has a golden opportunity to lead on Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Climate change vote strands Peter Dutton’s opposition on core issue

LNP’s Bridget Archer crossed the floor on this vote

Perhaps not since the marriage equality vote has the passage of a bill in the House of Representatives carried such a combination of substantive and symbolic import as the Albanese government’s climate legislation.

Climate change vote strands Peter Dutton’s opposition on core issue

Slow, expensive and no good for 1.5° target: CSIRO crushes Coalition nuclear fantasy | RenewEconomy

Australia’s leading scientific research organisation, the CSIRO, has delivered a damning blow against the renewed push by the federal Coalition for nuclear power, saying it is expensive, and too slow to make a significant contribution to any serious climate targets.

Slow, expensive and no good for 1.5° target: CSIRO crushes Coalition nuclear fantasy | RenewEconomy

Yes, Jeremy Corbyn Was Vilified Because He Criticized Israel

Jeremy Corbyn’s critics are once again furious because he stated an undeniable fact. Corbyn was shamefully denounced as a dangerous antisemite primarily because he supported the democratic rights of the Palestinians.

Yes, Jeremy Corbyn Was Vilified Because He Criticized Israel

Joe Biden demands release as Brittney Griner gets nine years

Putin’s War of Vengence. Nine years for a Joint seems to mirror America’s determination to make Julian Assange suffer.

A Russian court has sentenced US basketball player Brittney Griner to nine years in prison for illegal drug possession, the TASS news agency reports from the court in Khimki near Moscow.She was also fined one million roubles ($23,395), according to media reports.

Joe Biden demands release as Brittney Griner gets nine years

Brittney Griner Found Guilty, Sentenced To 9 Years For Drug Possession In Russia | HuffPost Latest News

Griner speaks to her lawyers standing in a cage at a court room prior to a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia on July 26.

One joint and one whistleblower two individuals up against the states of Russia and America

Putin might do a deal and let Griner go after his judiciary sentenced her to 9 years jail. Will he do it for releasing Julian Assange and surprise us all with his humanitarian spirit?. Imagine the positive publicity he’d get. However, would America then do it? Little has changed when it comes to the barbarism of states despotic or democratic in name.

WNBA star Brittney Griner was found guilty and sentenced to nine years in Russian prison Thursday for allegedly having a small amount of cannabis in vape cartridges packed in luggage she brought through a Moscow airport earlier this year.Source: Brittney Griner Found Guilty, Sentenced To 9 Years For Drug Possession In Russia | HuffPost Latest News

Governing for the people: Gough had the guts to get things done

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the election of the Whitlam Government, Victor Kline asks, what would Gough do to solve the chronic deficiencies of our current society?

Source: Governing for the people: Gough had the guts to get things done

Tanya Plibersek says she will block Clive Palmer’s proposed coalmine near Great Barrier Reef | Environment | The Guardian

Tanya Plibersek says she will block Clive Palmer’s proposed coalmine near Great Barrier Reef | Environment | The Guardian

Tanya Plibersek says she will block Clive Palmer’s proposed coalmine near Great Barrier Reef | Environment | The Guardian

Mitch Catlin: Matthew Guy says chief of staff received no extra money

It seems Matthew Guy is twisting what was initially reported. He agreed to the corrupt proposal and a contract was drawn up between Caitlin and the unnamed donor. However, the contract was reported to have been rejected by the said unnamed donor, and not by Matthew Guy or Caitlin. Everyone knew that the contract constituted a transgression of the rules, and whilst it didn’t eventuate the conspiracy nevertheless did. The unsigned contract remains evidence of the intended corruption. Guy should stand down. Conspiracy to commit a crime is a crime no matter if it didn’t occur.

A question remains who leaked the email to The Age, why, and just how divided and corrupt is the current Victorian LNP?

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy says his former chief of staff never signed a contract with any donors to provide funds in addition to his taxpayer-funded salary.

Mitch Catlin: Matthew Guy says chief of staff received no extra money

Adam Bandt hung out to dry, in a solar-friendly way – Michael West

It was a big day for the Albanese government on Wednesday when its 43% emissions reduction targets were guaranteed passage in the Senate. Announcing the news, Albanese and Energy Minister Chris Bowen were grinning from ear to ear.

Adam Bandt hung out to dry, in a solar-friendly way – Michael West

The Voice to Parliament: Why the ‘Detail’ Argument is Bunk – » The Australian Independent Media Network

One of the ‘arguments’ that are brandied about concerning the Voice is ‘lack of detail’. The government is not being precise in its definitions of what these changes would mean in practice. This claim can be laid to rest if one reads the report that serves as the basis for the Voice. In this piece I want to provide some of the ‘missing detail’ by quoting from and analysing the report. Since the media will seemingly not do its job, somebody has to.

The Voice to Parliament: Why the ‘Detail’ Argument is Bunk – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Lamborghini Crisis: Australia crippled by critical shortage of Lamborghinis – Michael West

How was it allowed to get to @#@$#@ this?

Business is calling for urgent government intervention to address crippling shortages of Lamborghinis on the East Coast of Australia, according to an exclusive report in the Australian Financial Review. Michael West reports.

Lamborghini Crisis: Australia crippled by critical shortage of Lamborghinis – Michael West

China begins ‘illegitimate, irresponsible’ live-fire military drills near Taiwan, following Pelosi visit – ABC News

Key points:

  • China’s state broadcaster CCTV says the drills would be held from Thursday to Sunday
  • The exercises will include live firing drills to be held on the waters and in the airspace surrounding Taiwan
  • Taiwan says the drills invade the country’s territorial space and is a direct challenge to free air and sea navigation

China begins ‘illegitimate, irresponsible’ live-fire military drills near Taiwan, following Pelosi visit – ABC News

China begins ‘illegitimate, irresponsible’ live-fire military drills near Taiwan, following Pelosi visit – ABC News

Donald Trump Buried Ex-wife in His Golf Club for a Reason | Al Bawaba

According to several websites that cited tax experts, the Trump family’s choice of his National Golf Club in Bedminster for Ivana Trump’s last resting place on July 20 was a financial maneuver to gain tax benefits, by granting the golf course a gravesite status, and consequently, fall under cemetery regulations in the state of New Jersey, according to which it gets an exemption from taxes.

Donald Trump Buried Ex-wife in His Golf Club for a Reason | Al Bawaba

How To Stop Rightwing Media Lies? | The Smirking Chimp

Sue the bastards

Defamation law may turn out to be America’s most important weapon against rightwing media lies.

On Friday, Infowars star Alex Jones’ parent media company, Free Speech Systems, filed for bankruptcy in the midst of a defamation damages trial underway in Austin, Texas.

How To Stop Rightwing Media Lies? | The Smirking Chimp

Minister’s letter reveals details of allegations against opposition leader

Matthew Guy does what Matthew Guy does best.

On Tuesday afternoon, O’Brien tweeted: “Sick of dodgy politics? So am I. It’s why I’ll fight for more power and more funding for our anti-corruption watchdogs.

”Coalition MPs expressed nervousness about the potential political damage that could be caused by the episode. In particular, they were worried that Guy was susceptible to attacks on political integrity because of the “lobster with a mobster” dinner, where he dined with an alleged mafia boss, and scandals as a planning minister in the Baillieu-Napthine government.

Federal Liberals were also worried if Guy could withstand any further revelations about his involvement in the proposed arrangement with Catlin.

Minister’s letter reveals details of allegations against opposition leader

Question Time, a referendum, boats, more corruption and other matters – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

 

Nothing matters more in life as to live it decently. And you don’t need any form of religious belief or political allegiance to do so. Be as humane as you can possibly be.( John Lord )

Source: Question Time, a referendum, boats, more corruption and other matters – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Capital v labour: where is the poll on neo-liberalism? – Michael West

Illustration of zombie pigs

In Fleet Street they used to call it the Reverse Ferret, to say one thing one day then take entirely the opposite editorial stance the next. And so it is with Nine, News Corp and Anthony Albanese. Michael West on media, government and neo-liberalism.

Source: Capital v labour: where is the poll on neo-liberalism? – Michael West

After Roe, conservatives set their sights on ending no-fault divorce laws | Media Matters for America

A want for a Christian ISIS State has always threatened America’s Democracy and it’s reared it’s head against the separation of powers and Secularism in the USA

Following the Supreme Court’s elimination of the federal right to abortion in June, conservatives have taken aim at other fundamental protections, such as same-sex marriage and access to contraception. But some on the right are resurfacing a different, long-simmering project: stigmatizing divorce, including, in some instances, attacking no-fault divorce laws.

No-fault divorce in the U.S. was first adopted in California in 1969, and New York was the last state in the country to pass a no-fault divorce law, which it did in 2010. Although state laws differ, in general no-fault divorce means that one party can successfully dissolve a marriage without needing to first prove wrongdoing by the other partner – including adultery, abuse, or desertion.

After Roe, conservatives set their sights on ending no-fault divorce laws | Media Matters for America

Gas crisis really a transparency crisis, says architect of the “Trigger” Rex Patrick – Michael West

Gas Trigger, Rex Patrick

As regulator ACCC warns the gas cartel is sending companies to the wall, Rex Patrick demands transparency from government on gas trigger

Source: Gas crisis really a transparency crisis, says architect of the “Trigger” Rex Patrick – Michael West

Gas leak: The massive cost of not taxing companies revealed

Forcing companies that extract gas from Australian waters to pay royalties and a tax upon their surging profits would comfortably add $60 billion to the budget bottom line in coming years, independent modelling finds.

Gas leak: The massive cost of not taxing companies revealed

BP earnings triple on rising energy prices – Michael West

British energy giant BP’s earnings have tripled in the second quarter as the company profited from oil and natural gas prices that soared after Russia invaded Ukraine.

London-based BP said on Tuesday that underlying replacement cost profit, which excludes one-time items and fluctuations in the value of inventories, jumped to $US8.45 billion ($A12.21 billion) from $US2.8 billion ($A4 billion) in the same period a year earlier.

The soaring earnings allowed BP to return billions of dollars to shareholders, with the company boosting its dividend by 10 per cent and announcing it would buy back $US3.5 billion ($A5.1 billion) in shares.

BP earnings triple on rising energy prices – Michael West

The world is ablaze and the oil industry just posted record profits. It’s us or them | Hamilton Nolan | The Guardian

It is useful to think of capitalism as a robotic savant, spectacularly gifted at doing one thing and cripplingly blind to everything else. Global capitalism is an incredible machine for extracting fossil fuels from our planet, refining them, shipping them to every corner of the Earth and making staggering amounts of money doing so. The humming of this machine, the fuel and the money that it spits out, has powered a century of unprecedented production and consumption by the Earth’s first-world nations. Unfortunately the machine is also poisoning us all. But one of its exquisitely evolved functions is to make it almost impossible to turn it off.

The world is ablaze and the oil industry just posted record profits. It’s us or them | Hamilton Nolan | The Guardian

The Fed Should Not Punish Working People for Inflation Driven by Big Oil’s Greed | The Smirking Chimp

The current state of inflation is not domestic. It’s not wages, It’s global and driven by energy pricing greed. It’s Capitalist profit taking advantage and it needs to be stopped in it’s tracks. If the fossil fuel companies had been taxed and profits shared via royalties and higher wages inflation wouldn’t seem such a problem. The Reserve Bank raising interest rates won’t stop it. It’s global and Multinational Global Corporations are causing the price tsunami for their benefit alone.

If you own a car, pay energy bills, or buy groceries, then you have probably noticed that prices are soaring. The cost of food is up 10% and the cost of a gallon of gas is up 50% from a year ago. And in May this year, median monthly rent hit a record high at $2,002. We’re experiencing the highest levels of inflation in 40 years, which is taking a particularly harsh toll on low-income households.

The Fed Should Not Punish Working People for Inflation Driven by Big Oil’s Greed | The Smirking Chimp

Matthew Guy’s chief of staff Mitch Catlin asked wealthy Liberal Party donor for payments

According to the The Age. Matthew Guy’s judgement has fallen short when chosing his staff.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy’s chief of staff asked a wealthy Liberal Party donor to make more than $100,000 in payments to his private marketing business, in addition to his taxpayer-funded salary.

Matthew Guy’s chief of staff Mitch Catlin asked wealthy Liberal Party donor for payments

Can Albanese’s politics of ‘nice’ break News Corp’s outrage machine?

Will Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s shiny “gentler, kinder politics” break News Corp? Or will News Corp, once again, triumph over the paradigm of nice? For the incoming government, it’s political. For News Corp, it’s existential.

Every day, News Corp (and its Fox sibling) makes its money out of the outrage story of the moment. Now, it’s confronting a new narrative: an election read as a direct repudiation equally of the News Corp business model and of the Liberal-National post-Tampa political strategy.

The Germans, as ever, have a word for it (or, in this case, a post-punk song lyric): “Angst, Hass, Titten und dem Wetterbericht” (“Fear, hate, titties and the weather report”). It captures the past two decades of News Corp’s and Australia’s conservative parties. Hate of political opponents and cultural dissidents, fear of the other from asylum seekers to African gangs, sexualised and homophobic panic, climate denial and obstruction.

Can Albanese’s politics of ‘nice’ break News Corp’s outrage machine?

Australian PM: Every US Mass Shooting Has Justified Our Gun Control Measures | Crooks and Liars

America listens to an Australia’s PM not being lobbied or supported by the NRA

25By John Amato — August 1, 2022Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told CNN that, sadly, every mass shooting that occurs on US soil has reinforced their commitment to the gun control measures they implemented in 1996.

Australian PM: Every US Mass Shooting Has Justified Our Gun Control Measures | Crooks and Liars

Just how badly did News Corp’s attacks fail? We count the ways

Is News Corp America taking note of their massive fail in Australia to heart? Are they focusing away from Trump in order to save the same embarassment in the November Midterms they experienced here if they focus on Trump in ther un up. The Democrats would dearly love to see Trump the Nth Korean Russian, Saudi despot loving crime boss center stage supporting his crew of crony GOP sycophants leading up to November. His White Nationalist evangelical camp followers would turn their backs as would the party moderates jump ship.

1% of the attention Murdoch gave to Hilary is being given to Trump’s multiple on multiple crimes currently being revealed by the investigations federal congress and states are presently running. Where and when will Murdoch find another Trump the gift that once kept giving and giving and now isn’t?

The rise of community independents is the standout story of the weekend elections. But it has been accompanied by another major story: the failure of News Corp’s national and capital city outlets to keep the Morrison government in power.

Just how badly did News Corp’s attacks fail? We count the ways

The Real Opposition – » The Australian Independent Media Network

MIA Australia’s LNP Opposition

While the Coalition probably aren’t wishing for a long period on the Opposition Benches in Parliament House, their behaviour so far suggests a different outcome. If your criticism of the government reminds the public why they voted against you in the first place, you’re on a hiding to nothing. While some are offering valuable input and suggestions, including state governments, minor party and independent MPs and sections of the media, the Coalition is fast fading into irrelevance brought about by its own behaviour. We all deserve better.

The Real Opposition – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Inflation! Or is somebody having a lend of us? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I’m no economist but neither am I a fool. When somebody tells me that inflation has taken off in Australia and that the cause is largely due to an escalation in the prices of goods and services driven by wage and salary increases and the costs of production I start to take interest.

For a start it can’t be spiralling wages as they have been stuck in the doldrums for years while corporate profits have surged and executive bonuses have ballooned. So we need to look elsewhere.

Inflation! Or is somebody having a lend of us? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Corporate chiefs warn net zero laggards – Michael West

Much of corporate Australia is outdoing the government on climate ambition but some have little more than motherhood statements and no firm plan to achieve net zero, a business forum has been told.

Corporate chiefs warn net zero laggards – Michael West