Albanese’s foreign policy takes off in spite of critics

Mr Albanese has sought to twin international concerns with those on Australia's doorstep.

The conservative media might be critical but the world and Australians are applauding.

But John Blaxland, a professor of international security and intelligence at the Australian National University, said that Mr Albanese appeared to be distinguishing himself by marrying international engagements with more immediate national interests.

Source: Albanese’s foreign policy takes off in spite of critics

Alan Kohler: Australia’s expensive climate change double whammy

alan kohler climate change

Australia’s net-zero commitment has always just been a matter of us doing our part of the global effort.. But that global effort is now in tatters.

On Thursday last week – June 30 – two documents were published here and in Washington DC that together present Australia with a horrible, very expensive problem.

They were the Australian Energy Market Operator’s new Integrated System Plan and the US Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia versus the Environmental Protection Agency.

In essence the two documents tell us that Australia will fork out hundreds of billions of dollars to transition the electricity system to near-100 per cent renewables to no avail, and we’ll end up paying even more to deal with the effects of global warming.

With slightly more than one per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, Australia’s commitment to have net-zero emissions by 2050 has always just been a matter of us doing our part of the global effort – as we should.

But that global effort is in tatters because the Supreme Court has taken America out of the game. Keeping global warming to less than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial temperatures, and therefore something less than catastrophic, now looks impossible.

That means it is now more important for the Albanese government to develop strategies and allocate funds to deal with impact of climate change than it is to cut emissions, as promised, by 43 per cent by 2030 and to net zero by 2050, as important as those targets still are politically and morally.

It’s now likely that both costs will have to be paid.

Source: Alan Kohler: Australia’s expensive climate change double whammy

You Can’t Have Socialism Without the Working Class

The task of socialists in 2022 is the same as it’s always been, says sociologist Vivek Chibber: to build working-class organization. That requires clarity about the central political role of the working class.

Source: You Can’t Have Socialism Without the Working Class

Karl Marx: his philosophy explained

Along with the Bible he’s argued to be the most read in the world

In 1845, Karl Marx declared: “philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it”.

Change it he did.

Political movements representing masses of new industrial workers, many inspired by his thought, reshaped the world in the 19th and 20th centuries through revolution and reform. His work influenced unions, labour parties and social democratic parties, and helped spark revolution via communist parties in Europe and beyond.

Around the world, “Marxist” governments were formed, who claimed to be committed to his principles, and who upheld dogmatic versions of his thought as part of their official doctrine.

Marx’s thought was groundbreaking. It came to stimulate arguments in every major language, in philosophy, history, politics and economics. It even helped to found the discipline of sociology.

Although his influence in the social sciences and humanities is not what it once was, his work continues to help theorists make sense of the complex social structures that shape our lives.

Karl Marx: his philosophy explained

Shireen Abu Akleh’s family ‘incredulous’ after US finds Israeli gunfire ‘likely’ killed Palestinian journalist | World News | Sky News

In this undated photo provided by Al Jazeera, Shireen Abu Akleh, a journalist for Al Jazeera network, stands in an area where the Dome of the Rock shrine at Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem is seen at right in the background. Abu Akleh, a well-known Palestinian female reporter for the broadcaster's Arabic language channel, was shot and killed while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin early Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (Al Jazeera via AP)

Because Ms Abu Akleh was inconsiderate enough to damage the bullet that killed her no definitive conclusions could be drawn about who fired the shot or what their intent and orders were. Had Ms. Akleh survived the same would have applied, and if nobody was shot no conclusions would have been demanded. Any inconsideration, therefore, lies with the dead journalist who needs to apologize for the fuss she has caused the Israelis.

As with the Israeli IDF, the verdict on Gravity is still out on whether or not an invisible force made the apple fall because nobody saw Gravity do it, or knows its intent.

30 journalists have been killed but far more injured by the IDF since 2000

Ms Abu Akleh is not the first journalist to be killed by Israeli forces – the Paris-based organisation Reporters Without Borders claims that more than 30 journalists, including one Briton, have been killed by the IDF since 2000.

Source: Shireen Abu Akleh’s family ‘incredulous’ after US finds Israeli gunfire ‘likely’ killed Palestinian journalist | World News | Sky News

Research reveals fire is pushing 88% of Australia’s threatened land mammals closer to extinction

About 100 of Australia’s unique land mammals face extinction. Of the many threats contributing to the crisis, certain fire regimes are among the most pervasive.

In a new paper, we reveal how “inappropriate” fire patterns put 88% of Australia’s threatened land mammals at greater risk of extinction – from ground-dwelling bandicoots to tree-climbing possums and high-flying microbats.

Our research also identifies what type of fires are most damaging to threatened mammals, and shows some mammals are suffering due to a lack of fire.

Source: Research reveals fire is pushing 88% of Australia’s threatened land mammals closer to extinction

Recognising Indigenous knowledges is not just culturally sound, it’s good science

For tens of thousands of years, First Nations people have addressed changing weather on this continent and successfully applied their knowledges to land management. Their knowledge and contribution deserve full recognition.

Source: Recognising Indigenous knowledges is not just culturally sound, it’s good science

Gas Lies: as super profits ramp up so too does the fossil fuel propaganda war – Michael West

domestic gas reservation policy

As fossil fuel corporations reap fabulous profits at the expense of Australian gas and electricity customers, the gas lobby is running a propaganda campaign calling for Australia to power the world, help Ukraine, let “the market” do its thing. The reality is there is no properly functioning market and this is all a PR distraction to combat the obvious solution to the crisis, that the government needs to earmark gas supply for East Coast customers. Callum Foote fact-checks the finance press.

Source: Gas Lies: as super profits ramp up so too does the fossil fuel propaganda war – Michael West

Resource sector on winning steak – Michael West

When Australia and China remain the best of enemies and will continue to be

China represents the largest market for Australian resource and energy exports, making up 42 per cent of all exports in 2020-21. The next highest share was Japan at 11 per cent.

Source: Resource sector on winning steak – Michael West

Quick Q: How the media helped James Paterson get his break in politics

James Paterson is determined to make it to the next Richmond Grand Final.

The IPA Murdoch and the Menzies Institute gave him and then removed his training wheels as they did Tim Wilson and others. More will come as it’s the IPA’s goal to be much more than just a think tank.

How did you get your big break? I’ve had many. Tom Switzer first published me in the Spectator Australia as a university student, which led to Nick Cater inviting me to write for The Australian and John Roskam to hire me at the IPA. They may regret it now but ABC’s The Drum had me on many times when I was first starting out and helped hone my media skills. Then a casual Senate vacancy arose unexpectedly in 2016 when Michael Ronaldson retired from the Senate and 450 Victorian Liberal Party members chose me from a field of nine candidates.

Favourite movie of the past decade?
Top Gun Maverick.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The good Lord helps those who help themselves.

Source: Quick Q: How the media helped James Paterson get his break in politics

IDF censorship hits an 11-year low

Border Police officers force a Palestinian cameraman to leave the area during the Palestinian olive harvest, near an illegal outpost close to the village of Burka, West Bank, October 16, 2020. (Oren Ziv)

Israel doesn’t just kill, and incarcerate journalists, poets and authors but applies a censorship regimen to all information, and news disseminated in the State. It tries to control it outside its borders as well.

In 2021, the Israeli military censor barred the publication of 129 articles in the media, and interfered with the content of another 1,313, according to data provided by the censor at the request of +972 Magazine and the Movement for Freedom of Information in Israel. This marks the third year in a row that there has been a decline in the military censor’s activity, which is now at an 11-year low (the entire period for which we have data).

All media outlets in Israel, as well as authors and publishers, are required to submit articles relating to security and foreign relations to the IDF chief military censor for review prior to publication, in line with the “emergency regulations” enacted following Israel’s founding, and which remain in place. These regulations allow the censor to fully or partially redact articles submitted to it, as well as those already published without its review. Media outlets are barred from indicating in any way whether the censor has altered a story. 

The decline in the censor’s work is a small consolation when considering that it regularly interferes in the news we read without our knowledge.

Source: IDF censorship hits an 11-year low

‘Top Gun’: The thinly disguised Pentagon recruitment drive

The link between film and the military-industrial complex has never been more evident than in the ‘Top Gun’ movies— a relentless advertisement for the U.S. defence sector, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.

Source: ‘Top Gun’: The thinly disguised Pentagon recruitment drive

Donald J. Trump, meanest of mean girls: He so doesn’t want to be our friend anymore | Salon.com

Former U.S. President Donald Trump gives the keynote address at the Faith & Freedom Coalition during their annual "Road To Majority Policy Conference" at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center June 17, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Seth Herald/Getty Images)

In case America forgets: Mary told you all the time who her uncle really was but you chose not to listen.

As we have learned from the committee hearings, Trump also understood that his Big Lie about election fraud presented him another opportunity for grift. He reportedly brought in some $250 million from his supporters for a nonexistent election defense fund (which was supposed to investigate nonexistent election fraud), emailing his small-dollar donors dozens of times a day.

Source: Donald J. Trump, meanest of mean girls: He so doesn’t want to be our friend anymore | Salon.com

Culture Shock: Liberal exodus from Canberra into lobbyland as Labor staffers flood in – Michael West

Parliament House Australia

Americanisation of Australian Politics and our Public Service

After 9 years of Coalition rule, a Liberal stampede out of Parliament House means political and social upheaval in the nation’s capital. Out with the old political culture, in with the new. Stephanie Tran reports on the wave of political change.

Once upon a time, a change of government in Australia was an orderly event, at least for public servants. When Gough Whitlam took Labor to power in 1972, he flew from Sydney to Canberra to meet the people known as the ‘’permanent heads’’ of the public service. Men whose names were revered and feared in the national capital: John Bunting, Arthur Tange, Alan Cooley, Keith Waller and Lenox Hewitt. Whitlam had some revolutionary notions for his new government, but he had no intention of challenging those institutions.

Some time in the 50 years since then, the ‘’permanent head’’ has become fiercely aware of his or her (there are women now, unlike in 1972) impermanence as the head of a government department.

Today, the idea that any public servant in the high echelons would have any more permanence than a fleeting political office holder would be seen as laughable. In the case of Gough Whitlam’s top adviser, John Menadue, Menadue even moved seamlessly, despite the drama of The Dismissal, to become Malcolm Fraser’s top aide.

Now, even supposedly independent chiefs in the bureaucracy, let alone politicians’ advisers, are becoming political fodder.

 

Source: Culture Shock: Liberal exodus from Canberra into lobbyland as Labor staffers flood in – Michael West

Labor says new five-year funding for ABC will safeguard against arbitrary cuts and political interference | Australian Broadcasting Corporation | The Guardian

Australia’s communications minister Michelle Rowland outside the ABC headquarters in Sydney

Is the ALP government really ABC friendly or just better than the last mob?

In an interview with Guardian Australia on the eve of the ABC’s 90th birthday, Rowland said the Coalition “completely lied” about not cutting ABC funding in 2013 and the broadcaster had been harmed as a result. But she stopped short of agreeing with Kevin Rudd that the ABC had been “tamed” by cuts and incessant attacks.

Source: Labor says new five-year funding for ABC will safeguard against arbitrary cuts and political interference | Australian Broadcasting Corporation | The Guardian

Australia needs a Bill of Rights – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia is at a crossroads. The decade of Coalition government showed how vulnerable our rights and freedoms could be in the face of a political party radicalised by anti-democratic and illiberal ideas. The Republican Party in America is displaying how quickly rights can be destroyed, even after it was removed from government; we need to protect vulnerable groups within our nation from copycat attacks.

Source: Australia needs a Bill of Rights – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If you think traffic jams are inconvenient wait until you hear about the climate crisis | The Shot

Nothing normal.

Misinformation breeds the misconception that our climate isn’t up shit creek which in turn leads to governments not feeling much pressure to actually do something about it. And even ostensibly left-wing governments need to feel pressure on this issue.  

This is why activists of the sort that pissed off half of car-owning Sydney this week are so important. They serve as a counter-balance to the mainstream narrative that things are just fine and dandy the way they are. Yes, being late on the road sucks, but you should have seen the traffic in Lismore earlier this year. 

Source: If you think traffic jams are inconvenient wait until you hear about the climate crisis | The Shot

Can microdosing psychedelics improve your mental health? Here’s what the science says – ABC News

There’s been a lot of hype around microdosing psychedelics as a potential treatment for depression, anxiety and PTSD — but what does the research actually say about it?

Source: Can microdosing psychedelics improve your mental health? Here’s what the science says – ABC News

J6 committee has ‘loaded gun’ evidence against Trump: legal expert – Raw Story – Celebrating 18 Years of Independent Journalism

J6 committee has 'loaded gun' evidence against Trump: legal expert

“And you would think a reasonable response from a president would be, oh my goodness, let’s make sure the metal detectors are operating properly,” he explained. “He said just the opposite, take them down, let the armed members of the group in, and they can march to the Capitol from there. To do what? To stop the certification of his political opponent’s election win. So in a very real sense, that smoking gun evidence that Donald Trump wanted to lead what we now know is an armed attack on the Capitol. The loaded gun evidence is, the witness tampering information, and you know, witness tampering just strikes at the very heart of the integrity of investigations, whether congressional or criminal.”

Source: J6 committee has ‘loaded gun’ evidence against Trump: legal expert – Raw Story – Celebrating 18 Years of Independent Journalism

Opposition to continue recycling old policies, while the government gets on with the future – » The Australian Independent Media Network

1 Apparently, after being soundly defeated at the election, the Coalition still thinks there is mileage in continuing to oppose climate change while supporting coal. This sort of talk takes us back to the Neanderthal age. It’s flat Earth stuff.

Source: Opposition to continue recycling old policies, while the government gets on with the future – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tanya Plibersek, Australia singled out by Emmanuel Macron at Lisbon climate talks

French President Emmanuel Macron singles out Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek at an event at the UN Oceans Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

Australia’s women are recognized and welcomed around the world. Plibersek and Wong are making a world of difference

 French President Emmanuel Macron has singled out Australia’s new environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, in front of a global audience in Portugal, declaring that Australia was back in action on climate change.

Source: Tanya Plibersek, Australia singled out by Emmanuel Macron at Lisbon climate talks

Let’s Stop This Woke Agenda In Our Schools… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Woke:

adjective

INFORMALUS
  1. alert to injustice in society, especially racism.
    “we need to stay angry, and stay woke

So there you have it!

When certain people talk about their hostility to woke folk, then what they’re actually saying is that they don’t want people to be alert to injustice in society, especially when it comes to racism.

You won’t find this on Sky News After Dark. They appropriated Woke to mean any complaint whatsoever. They intentionally confused it and tried to turn it into a joke by mocking it in an effort to make it meaningless and drain it from any weight of truth.

Staying Woke even means when it’s their unassailable privileges are being threatened. Bolt, Rowan Dean et al simply try to reduce it to a state of meaningless equivalence when reality is great and people complain about it. However, when the facts say otherwise then Woke is to be wise. This is a misogynist world in which women find themselves second class to men who aren’t being attacked underpaid or raped. The hardships the Indigenous face are real and aren’t as Bolt tries to insist victims of their own culture. Woke isn’t simply a term applicable to any complaint he might have about Australian Society because he Dean, Kenny et al simply ain’t….Woke

Source: Let’s Stop This Woke Agenda In Our Schools… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s New Union for Retail and Fast-Food Workers Is Rebuilding Militancy

In its short existence, the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union has already achieved big wins. As conditions continue to decline for Australian workers, RAFFWU is a model of how to stand up to the bosses.

Source: Australia’s New Union for Retail and Fast-Food Workers Is Rebuilding Militancy

How Charles Koch Purchased the EPA Supreme Court Decision

FILE - This June 29, 2019, file photo show Charles Koch, chief executive officer of Koch Industries, at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo. Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch's powerful network that's known for influencing state policy is now targeting education issues. He's also taking on school choice as the movement battles a new wave of hostility from Democrats who oppose charter schools and private school vouchers that use taxpayer money. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

It began with the Citizen’s United Act of 2010 allowing corporations to act as individuals in American politics. The Koch bros took full advantage of buying politicians and judges to do their bidding.

Decades of contributions aimed at influencing the judiciary bought the fossil fuel billionaire the ruling he’s always wanted.

Source: How Charles Koch Purchased the EPA Supreme Court Decision

The Beginning of the End of Regulation | The Smirking Chimp

A final implication of today’s ruling is that the filibuster has to go. If the Supreme Court is going to require that Congress be more active and specific in protecting the environment or anything else, such a goal is implausible when 60 senators are necessary to enact it. Senate Democrats now have it in their power to abolish the filibuster. Today’s case should convince them they must.

Source: The Beginning of the End of Regulation | The Smirking Chimp

Supreme Court ends on a low note: Why we should now be more frightened for their next term | Salon.com

Amy Coney Barrett, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

The 2021-2022 Supreme Court term will go down in infamy. The right-wing majority behaved as if they were kids in a candy store, stuffing their faces with all their favorite goodies knowing there was no one who could stop them and no one who could hold them accountable for having done it. On gun rights, abortion, religion and the environment they took a wrecking ball to the court’s precedents and created bold new tests out of thin air. It was a breath-taking exercise of sheer institutional power — and they’re just getting started.

Source: Supreme Court ends on a low note: Why we should now be more frightened for their next term | Salon.com

Tucker Carlson lists Trump’s coup plotters who he says should never be punished for anything, ever | Media Matters for America

Grainy photo of Tucker Carlson

As long as Carlson plays the role of Trump in Media he’s Murdoch’s man, his sock-puppet, and is paid well for it.

It’s worth underlining at the outset that claims by the DOJ, FBI, and police should be treated with skepticism in all cases, including those below. But that’s not what Carlson was doing in his Wednesday segment. He was manufacturing a narrative out of whole cloth that the DOJ is in reality a secret police force bent on repressing and persecuting conservatives. Both historically and currently, the opposite is true. Police at the local and federal level are far more likely to infiltrate, investigate, and prosecute leftist activists than conservatives. But Carlson wants to convince his viewers they’re a persecuted, oppressed group to justify their grievances and stoke election denialism.

Source: Tucker Carlson lists Trump’s coup plotters who he says should never be punished for anything, ever | Media Matters for America

Donald Trump’s Terrified and Frazzled Newsmax Interview Prompts New Witness Tampering Allegations | The Smirking Chimp

This was once the President of the USA. Just listened to him and the meaning of “whack job” becomes clear, apparent, and self-explanatory.

A visibly agitated Trump complained about Hutchinson’s recounting of his behavior during the insurrection.

Source: Donald Trump’s Terrified and Frazzled Newsmax Interview Prompts New Witness Tampering Allegations | The Smirking Chimp

Reset upset? Albanese’s speech puts paid to post-election hopes

It took 9 years for the LNP to turn China from friend to enemy. During whole of Abbott’s Prime Ministership, they simply asked him to have Murdoch Media tone down the anti-China rhetoric, to no avail. It takes 8 years post-graduate work to get a Phd but Dr. Herscovitch of the ANU suggests Albanese is a failure because he hasn’t turned China around in a month, what’s he on about?

One sandwich doesn’t make a picnic and one statement good or bad isn’t a diplomatic failure or pass. You can’t turn 9 years of purposeful negativity around in a month. Yes, Albanese does have a difficult task after Abbott’s celebrating the Sino- FTA ,set up by the ALP, to Dutton’s beating of war drums and saber-rattling along with Murdoch’s revenge as help. China was far wiser than us they dumped Murdoch,

But if anybody can do it it will be this new government and without any help from the LNP. After all, China doesn’t operate on kneejerk reactions or short a term memory. It’s proven that without participating in the number of wars Australia has, and lost since WW2. China still has considerable investment in Australia.

“Albanese in using this kind of language about China using economic coercion against Australia is just reproducing a lot of the language that was used by Scott Morrison,” said Benjamin Herscovitch from the ANU’s School of Regulation and Global Governance.

Source: Reset upset? Albanese’s speech puts paid to post-election hopes

Refugees and Changing Political Narratives – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s solutions over the last nine years leads one to doubt not just the humanity but the sanity of those who implemented the Morrison solutions. The United Kingdom under the apparently intellectually challenged and spoilt man-child Boris Johnson is merrily heading down the path that Australia created.

The same self-serving populist speak and a rather bizarre solution, sending refugees and asylum seekers to Rwanda. What would we find if we followed the money trails, both in Australia and the United Kingdom? There are still many questions left unanswered and the mainstream media is complicit by giving race baiting and populist propaganda oxygen.

Qantas ditches Sky News from airport lounges as ABC takes flight on 90th birthday | Amanda Meade | The Guardian

The departures board inside the Qantas first class lounge at Sydney airport

The Free Market acts

In what is a fitting 90th birthday present for the ABC, Qantas has inked a new deal with the public broadcaster for ABC news bulletins to screen on Qantas flights and in airport lounges. The arrangement means Sky News Australia will no longer be screened in the airline’s lounges, a development that will please critics of the divisive pay TV channel.

Source: Qantas ditches Sky News from airport lounges as ABC takes flight on 90th birthday | Amanda Meade | The Guardian

Sky-high mortgages, 7.1% inflation, and a 20% chance of recession. How the Conversation’s panel sees the year ahead

Frydenberg and Morrison said they fixed this shit and put us in the best place possible ahead of the rest of the world. No word has been heard from either of them since.

The panel believes Australia will avoid a recession the year ahead, but is much less certain about the United States. It expects real wages to go backward and economic growth to sink.

Source: Sky-high mortgages, 7.1% inflation, and a 20% chance of recession. How the Conversation’s panel sees the year ahead

Local nurse pays more tax than mining company | The Shovel

A Brisbane nurse completing her tax return has calculated that she contributed $13,000 in annual tax payments this year, approximately $13,000 more than the average multi-national mining company operating in Australia.

Local nurse pays more tax than mining company | The Shovel

Bowen slams Morrison legacy as fossil fuels drive jump in Australia emissions

Energy Minister Chris Bowen has criticised the Coalition’s failure to implement effective emissions reduction policies, writes Michael Mazengarb.

Source: Bowen slams Morrison legacy as fossil fuels drive jump in Australia emissions

The Supreme Court has curtailed EPA’s power to regulate Carbon Pollution – and sent a Warning to other Regulators

SCOTUS REBELLION

In a highly anticipated but not unexpected 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on June 30, 2022, that the Obama adminstration’s Clean Power Plan exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority under the Clean Air Act.

Source: The Supreme Court has curtailed EPA’s power to regulate Carbon Pollution – and sent a Warning to other Regulators

Trumpism and the Myth of the “Free Market” | The Smirking Chimp

The Progressive Era, as it was called, welled up because millions of Americans saw that wealth and power concentrated at the top was undermining American democracy and stacking the economic deck. Millions of Americans overcame their cynicism and began to mobilize.

The central question is whether we can do so again. To answer that, though, we need to examine what has happened to the Democratic Party over the last four decades — and why it has so far failed to mobilize a new progressivism. That’s to come.

Source: Trumpism and the Myth of the “Free Market” | The Smirking Chimp

Australian journalists are at war with their audience and the audience says ‘enough’!

Founder and publisher Dave Donovan and managing editor Michelle Pini analyse the widening disconnect between Australia’s concentrated legacy media and its audience.

Australian journalists are at war with their audience and the audience says ‘enough’!

Scrap the digital workhouse. An open letter to Tony Burke. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We know you are new in your job, Tony and face not only the huge demands of your portfolio but a backlog of catastrophic ineptitude and deceit left you by a Morrison government whose criminal negligence of health and welfare was rivalled only by its pandering to corporate oligarchs and its bent for wholesale corruption, but can you, please, reconsider Pbas?

Pbas is the points based system which the Coalition was keen to inflict on job-seekers, a jobactive revamp it promoted as “more flexible” than mandatory job application. It’s not. It’s Liberal propaganda designed to pillory job seekers for being out of work. Lazy dole-bludgers. Political point-scoring. Baked into it is unconscionable, sadistic cruelty and victim blaming. It’s the antithesis of everything we’ve come to associate with Labor.

Scrap the digital workhouse. An open letter to Tony Burke. – » The Australian Independent Media Network