Author: peterimrich

The 7 Deadly Sins of Today’s Conservatives

Some Jews came to CPAC to worship the Golden Calf

Contemporary conservatism has fallen into the seven deadly sins of pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth. This listing of faults originated with Evagrius the Solitary, a fourth-century monk from what is now Turkey. His original list had eight sins, but both pride and vainglory were on it, and subsequent authors collapsed them into seven.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Today’s Conservatives

Money Honey: An Abridged Review of Some Truly Rotten Bastards, From Then and Now | The Smirking Chimp

Which brings us to the present, where the bastards have metastasized and proliferated until the whole country is threatened. The cancerous growth on the dark side of our politics and the mean and brutish side of our natures has swollen to monstrous size.

Money Honey: An Abridged Review of Some Truly Rotten Bastards, From Then and Now | The Smirking Chimp

Capitol Hill Rioter Bragged He Disguised Himself As ‘Antifa’, Fought ‘Bad Cops’ | Crooks and Liars

Capitol Hill Rioter Bragged He Disguised Himself As 'Antifa', Fought 'Bad Cops'

After he texted his brother about his accomplishments on that day, his brother shot back, “What the actual fuck is wrong with you?”, later telling a friend about his brother’s stupidity. The friend later tipped off the FBI.

Capitol Hill Rioter Bragged He Disguised Himself As ‘Antifa’, Fought ‘Bad Cops’ | Crooks and Liars

FBI Director: No Evidence Of ‘Antifa’ Or ‘Fake Trump’ Supporters At MAGA Riot | Crooks and Liars

FBI Director: No Evidence Of 'Antifa' Or 'Fake Trump' Supporters At MAGA Riot

The FBI’s Christopher Wray testified to the Senate earlier today that there is no evidence that Antifa or fake Trump supporters were part of the insurrection against the U.S. government on January 6th.

FBI Director: No Evidence Of ‘Antifa’ Or ‘Fake Trump’ Supporters At MAGA Riot | Crooks and Liars

Kayleigh McEnany, who “lies the way that most people breathe,” joins Fox News | Media Matters for America

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One of the most dishonest Trump flacks joins the so-called “news” network that underwrote her lies

Kayleigh McEnany, who “lies the way that most people breathe,” joins Fox News | Media Matters for America

Rape allegations have shaken Canberra to its core – and may now be hitting the PM in the polls | Peter Lewis | Australia news | The Guardian

Scott Morrison

A double-digit deterioration in perceptions of Scott Morrison’s personal attributes has been wholly driven by female voters

Rape allegations have shaken Canberra to its core – and may now be hitting the PM in the polls | Peter Lewis | Australia news | The Guardian

Michael Gudinski: how a titan of the industry shaped Australian music for five decades

In the book 25 years of Mushroom Records, published in 1998, Michael Gudinski described himself as “Chairman, Mushroom Group of Companies and music fan”. There could be no better description of Gudinski, an icon of the Australian popular music industry, who has died at the age of 68.

Michael Gudinski: how a titan of the industry shaped Australian music for five decades

Why Trump’s Takeover of the GOP is Great for Biden and the Democrats (but a Potential Disaster for America) | The Smirking Chimp

As the Trump Party takes over the GOP, anti-Trump Republicans are abandoning the party in droves – thereby weakening it for general elections while simultaneously strengthening Trump’s hand inside it. It’s great news for Democrats and Joe Biden.

Why Trump’s Takeover of the GOP is Great for Biden and the Democrats (but a Potential Disaster for America) | The Smirking Chimp

Republicans Are Trying to Kill What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act – Mother Jones

In 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion gutting Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which required that states with a long history of discrimination had to approve their voting changes with the federal government. That ruling led to a wave of new voter suppression laws in states including Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas.

Republicans Are Trying to Kill What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act – Mother Jones

Voter Suppression Is The Only Policy Agenda Left for a White Christian Identity Party | Washington Monthly

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It will continue to be the number one GOP priority, regardless of how long Trump holds sway over the party.

Voter Suppression Is The Only Policy Agenda Left for a White Christian Identity Party | Washington Monthly

‘The Time Is Now’: Survey Finds Overwhelming International Support for Greater Environmental Protection Ahead of UN Climate Conference | Common Dreams News

Activists hold a demonstration marking the delayed COP26 U.N. climate negotiations on November 13, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland, (Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)

An international survey conducted by the University of Cambridge and YouGov ahead of this November’s COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference, and published on Monday, found overwhelming support around the world for governments taking more robust action to protect the environment amid the worsening climate crisis.

‘The Time Is Now’: Survey Finds Overwhelming International Support for Greater Environmental Protection Ahead of UN Climate Conference | Common Dreams News

Morocco beats U.S. in Green Energy Future Index with Massive Saharan Solar Plant

The MIT Technology Review has released its Green Future Index. Among Middle Eastern countries, Morocco ranks number one, and it also leads Africa.

Morocco beats U.S. in Green Energy Future Index with Massive Saharan Solar Plant

The Presumption Of Innocence Is Reserved For Those With A Good Lawyer… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Too often we say that someone was cleared of an offence when it was simply that there wasn’t enough proof to convict. O.J. Simpson was found “Not guilty” but I’d suggest that nobody would be prepared to say categorically that he was innocent of the crime. So with no complainant and the police unlikely to proceed, exactly what can happen from here? Mm, well I’m pretty sure the police won’t be proceeding, so we’re left with the Monopoly card. If nobody’s convicted then everyone’s not guilty and entitled to the presumption of innocence and that’s the way it should be, because under this government unless it’s a hanging offence you don’t resign – unless you’re a woman. And the PM asked the alleged man and he allegedly rejected the accusation and that should be enough. I look forward to Martin Bryant’s release any day now…

The Presumption Of Innocence Is Reserved For Those With A Good Lawyer… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison shows us again how much he despises women – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Australian Federal Police have no authority to investigate an alleged crime of sexual assault that was allegedly committed in NSW. The Prime Minister must know this. If he doesn’t, he should perhaps seek advice from his Attorney General, Christian Porter, who would certainly be aware of this. Either mistakenly or deliberately the Prime Minister is not observing the “rule of law” in referring the allegations to the Federal Police. He should have referred them to the NSW Police. He should still refer them to the NSW Police if he is interested in respecting the rule of law and intends to continue to claim he is abiding by that rule. Morrison has done nothing by referring the matter to the AFP other than provide a smokescreen, and some breathing space for himself and the alleged rapist in his cabinet.

Morrison shows us again how much he despises women – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Coalition’s eye-watering debt yields underwhelming results

The Morrison Government’s eye-watering stimulus package has little to show in the way of long-term benefit for the majority of Australians. Tarric Brooker reports. AS THE BULK of the Morrison Government’s coronavirus stimulus package draws to a close, one can’t help but be reminded of a quote from wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

Coalition’s eye-watering debt yields underwhelming results

Litigation Tracker: Pending Criminal and Civil Cases Against Donald Trump

Screenshot_2021-03-01 Litigation Tracker Pending Criminal and Civil Cases Against Donald Trump

On both the criminal and civil litigation fronts, former President Donald Trump faces a bevy of lawsuits and investigations, with more cases likely to follow. Some are civil suits stemming from his pre-presidential business dealings. Others are defamation claims from women he allegedly assaulted. More still are criminal probes and civil actions that scrutinize his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The Chart below tracks all these cases. It will be continually updated as major legal developments occur.

Litigation Tracker: Pending Criminal and Civil Cases Against Donald Trump

‘We will win’: Trump hints at 2024 presidential run in first speech

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The not so united Conservatives

But not everyone supported Mr Trump. A separate question on the poll asked whether Mr Trump should run again in 2024 – getting a mixed result, with 68 per cent saying he should run and 32 per cent opposed or having no opinion.

‘We will win’: Trump hints at 2024 presidential run in first speech

Fact checking Trump’s CPAC speech – CNNPolitics

American Conservative Union Holds Annual Conference In Florida

Trump repeated a bunch of other false claims we regularly heard from him as president, on subjects ranging from trade with China to his stance on the war in Iraq. He also offered up some new false claims about President Joe Biden’s early days in office. We are still going through the transcript of Trump’s remarks, but here is an initial breakdown of some of the things he said.

Fact checking Trump’s CPAC speech – CNNPolitics

Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Should Stand for Solidarity With the Oppressed — Not With Cops and Corporations

From its radical roots in the 1970s, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has gradually been captured by conservative, pro-corporate interests. The festival should be more than a corporate street party: it needs to recover its original spirit by empowering Mardi Gras members.

Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Should Stand for Solidarity With the Oppressed — Not With Cops and Corporations

JobSlayer: gas giants grab $300m subsidy then axe 3000 workers – Michael West

JobSlayer: gas giants grab $300m subsidy then axe 3000 workers – Michael West
Gas industry sacks workers

The Government touts gas as being a key plank of JobMaker, its Covid-19 recession recovery plan. To help “support jobs” the government has given the gas industry $300 million of taxpayers’ money in subsidies. In return, the industry has cut about 3000 workers, more than 10% of it workforce, in a boom production year. Mark Ogge and Elizabeth Minter report.

JobSlayer: gas giants grab $300m subsidy then axe 3000 workers – Michael West

Fight Club, Wolverines and Swinging Dicks – is this what we call “grown-up government”? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When Young Liberals in Chris Hartcher’s Terrigal electorate were inspired by Brad Pitt’s Fight Club to head out late at night on what they called “Black Ops” to tear down opposition election posters, one could perhaps, despite the illegality, dismiss this as kids going a bit too far. The fact that Liberal hopeful Aaron Henry signed his email call-to-action as ”Tyler Durden” (Brad Pitt’s character) shows just how juvenile this crowd were. But when one of them then tried to destroy the career of Sydney Water chief Dr Kerry Schott via an anonymous email detailing a false complaint to the NSW ICAC, they moved from silly kids to dangerous. Carrying on in the same vein, there is a parliamentary group who call themselves the “Wolverines”, a nod to the 1984 Hollywood film Red Dawn, about a team of high school football jocks thwarting a Soviet invasion of the United States.

Fight Club, Wolverines and Swinging Dicks – is this what we call “grown-up government”? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Alleged rape by Cabinet member deflected by Coalition Government

AN ALLEGATION OF the brutal anal rape of a child in 1988 has been made against an unnamed minister in the Federal Government Cabinet. The victim took her own life in June 2020. NSW Police have confirmed that a criminal investigation into the allegation dies with the victim.

Alleged rape by Cabinet member deflected by Coalition Government

The Morrison government is a sewer – » The Australian Independent Media Network

An allegation of the brutal anal rape of a child in 1988 has been made against an un-named minister in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet. The victim took her own life in June 2020. NSW police have confirmed that a criminal investigation into the allegation dies with the victim. Despite their knowledge that police will not investigate because the complainant is dead, government ministers and some journalists continue to claim that the matter must be left to the police. All of them are wrong, according to police.

The Morrison government is a sewer – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thought- Current attention to rape camouflages the wider spread wage and welfare rape that being done. Frydenberg is lubricating it with slap on the wrist wage theft penalties and easier to get debt

Inflation is tipped to outpace wage rises for the next two years.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 1/3/21 Debt slavery in the the “Lucky Country”; The Material world

Calling Walton Family ‘Poster Child for Greed,’ Sanders Says Taxpayers Should No Longer Subsidize Walmart’s Starvation Wages | Common Dreams News

A photograph of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and his family is displayed at the Wal-Mart museum, March 17, 2005 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Today Wal-Mart operates many thousands of stores both in the U.S. and abroad. The fiercely anti-union and media-shy company is a target of critics and the Walton family is now the wealthiest on the planet. (Photos by Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images)

“Walmart, the largest employer in America, is owned by the richest family in America. Their wealth has gone up $50 billion during the pandemic, and they spend millions on themselves. But the company they own starts workers off at $11 an hour. That is outrageous.”

Calling Walton Family ‘Poster Child for Greed,’ Sanders Says Taxpayers Should No Longer Subsidize Walmart’s Starvation Wages | Common Dreams News

The For the People Act | The Smirking Chimp

The For the People Act, numbered in Congress as H.R. 1 and S. 1, would provide for automatic voter registration across the country and would require paper ballots. It would require that early voting be made available, and would expand mail-in voting. It would authorize $1 billion for upgrades to state voting systems. Polling by Data for Progress and Vote Save America shows that the principles in H.R. 1 are very popular, across parties. Sixty-eight percent of Americans approve of the reforms in the bill. Sixteen percent oppose the measure. The items within the bill are also popular. Eighty-six percent of Americans support a plan to prevent foreign interference in our elections; 7% oppose it. Eighty-five percent of us want to limit the amount of politics; 8% oppose that idea. Eighty-four percent of us want more election security; 8 percent do not. Seventy-four percent of us want to see nonpartisan redistricting; 11% do not. Sixty-eight percent want to see 15 days of early voting; 19% do not. Sixty percent want same-day voter registration; 29% do not. Fifty-nine percent want automatic voter registration; 29% do not. Even with the Republican attacks on mail-in voting, fifty-eight percent of us want to be able to vote by mail; 35% do not. Democrats passed a version of H.R. 1 in the previous Congress, but then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to take it up. Now, every House Democrat supports the bill, while Republican lawmakers oppose it.

The For the People Act | The Smirking Chimp

As CPAC Goes, So Goes the GOP. And It’s Not Looking Good. | Washington Monthly

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CPAC is not Conservative

It’s unconfirmed yet whether it was intentional or an unfortunate coincidence, but it seems at least symbolic that even the CPAC stage itself is shaped like a symbol adopted by Nazis and subsequent white supremacist movements.

All of it points to a grim future for the country if the movement currently animating the conservative movement holds majority power over the next decade. Defeat has not chastened the movement, but rather emboldened it. And if CPAC is the predictor it normally is, the next incarnation of Republican power will be even more aggressively racist and authoritarian than its predecessor.

But CPAC isn’t a sideshow. It’s the main stage of the conservative movement, predicting its future behavior in an era of widening asymmetric polarization. CPAC presaged the rise of the Party of Reagan over that of Gerald Ford and Dwight Eisenhower. It heralded the scorched-earth confrontational politics of Newt Gingrich in the Bill Clinton era. It elevated George W. Bush at a time when the mainstream GOP still saw itself more in the mold of John McCain. It celebrated the Tea Party before GOP legislators had fully embraced it. And it promoted openly racist birthers and conspiracy theorists like Donald Trump at a time when the the mainline GOP was producing superficially anti-racist autopsies and promoting candidates like Marco Rubio and Spanish-speaking Jeb Bush. So if we want to know where the Republican Party is heading today, we should pay close attention to CPAC. So what’s the theme now? Where is it going? The answer seems to be doubling down on Donald Trump, white supremacy, insurrection and conspiracy theories. One theme of CPAC this year is unwavering loyalty to Donald Trump, and an insistence that not only is there no conflict within the party over Trump, but anyone who suggests otherwise is a has-been or fifth-columnist attempting to subvert the movement:

As CPAC Goes, So Goes the GOP. And It’s Not Looking Good. | Washington Monthly

Get Rid of the Patents on COVID-19 Vaccines Already

The spread of COVID-19 anywhere on the planet threatens us all, yet Big Pharma’s monopoly on the vaccine supply ensures that people in most of the world aren’t getting inoculated. In this appeal, left-wing figures like Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Rafael Correa, and former Brazilian president Lula call on governments to lift the patents and ensure vaccines are distributed as cheaply and quickly as possible.

Get Rid of the Patents on COVID-19 Vaccines Already

Sexual assault: what can you do if you don’t want to make a formal report to police?

We are currently researching anonymous and confidential options for reporting sexual assault in Australia. It is important people know that making a formal complaint to police is not the only avenue. While it is clear the criminal justice current system needs substantial improvement, we also need to identify alternative ways survivors can be heard.

Sexual assault: what can you do if you don’t want to make a formal report to police?

Whatever the Liberal Party is, it is not a place for women – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day At some time in the human narrative… in our history, the man declared himself superior to women. It must have been an accident, or at least an act of gross stupidity. But that’s men for you. ( John Lord )

Whatever the Liberal Party is, it is not a place for women – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When You Call Me Privileged, It’s Just The Politics of Envy! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When I was younger and in severe financial stress, I observed first hand how people didn’t notice their privilege. When expressing my dissatisfaction with my lack of money, a friend advised me to just forget about it and go out. I reminded her that I just explained that I had no money. “You mean you have NO money?” No, I replied, nothing till I next get paid. Ok, at least I was going to get paid and that would enable me to keep my head above water for long enough to take a breath, so I guess even I had a privilege that I didn’t see. All of which brings me to the recent changes to JobSeeker.

When You Call Me Privileged, It’s Just The Politics of Envy! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Indigenous recognition is more than a Voice to Government – it’s a matter of political equality

The government earlier this year released a discussion paper exploring how an Indigenous Voice to government might work. The Voice to government is not the same as the Voice to parliament that the Uluru Statement from the Heart proposed in 2017. This is because the government doesn’t support the Uluru idea of a distinctive Indigenous body enshrined in the constitution. Instead, it prefers a body set up by an act of parliament. The government of the day could change its powers, or even abolish it, as it pleases. The powers could be expansive, but equally, they could be meaningless. A Voice established under the constitution, meanwhile, would have the authority of the Australian people. This idea has attracted majority support in public opinion polls.

Indigenous recognition is more than a Voice to Government – it’s a matter of political equality

JobKeeper gravy train keeps rolling on for corporate welfare rorters

Some have got off but all to few to call it a trend

Yesterday we kicked off the corporate welfare awards with a round of prizes for some of the most dubious JobKeeper recipients — billionaires, investment bankers and large companies handing out big dividends to shareholders with one hand while taking from the taxpayer with the other. Roll up! The greatest rort on earth is playing out in a company near you Read More Today we continue the theme with another round of accolades for business heavyweights who cashed in on the $100 billion scheme. Some were gracious enough to hand it back — a noble and PR-worthy act. Others couldn’t quite bear to part with the cash. We also give a gong to the little companies that made big profits thanks to the scheme. Here’s hoping they don’t fly under the radar.

JobKeeper gravy train keeps rolling on for corporate welfare rorters

Trump’s niece blasts his ‘chutzpah’ towards her inheritance lawsuit

Trump’s niece blasts his ‘chutzpah’ towards her inheritance lawsuit
Mary Trump, right, has sued Donald Trump, left, and other family members in a Manhattan court.

Donald Trump’s niece has accused him of trying to dodge accountability for defrauding her out of a multimillion-dollar inheritance by claiming she took too long to sue. Lawyers for Mary L. Trump made the accusation on Friday (Saturday AEDT) in a New York state court in Manhattan, where the 55-year-old psychologist is suing the former president, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry and his late brother Robert’s estate. “The offensiveness of defendants’ past conduct – stealing tens of millions of dollars from their own niece – is perhaps surpassed only by the chutzpah of their current arguments for dismissal,” the lawyers wrote.

Trump’s niece blasts his ‘chutzpah’ towards her inheritance lawsuit

Soldiers in Cameroon, a Close U.S Ally, Commit Mass Rape

Cameroon soldiers, Burkina Faso soldiers and Niger soldiers train identifying a enemy, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, Feb. 27, 2019. Hosted by Burkina Faso, Flintlock is designed to strengthen the ability of key partner nations in the region to counter violent extremist organizations, protect their borders and provide security for their people. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dracorius white)

This raid appears to be the worse case of mass rape committed by a U.S. ally in Africa in recent years. Over the last decade, the United States aided Cameroon’s security forces to the tune of almost $224 million, according to Security Assistance Monitor, which tracks U.S. security aid and arms sales. Over that same span, U.S. troops trained elite Cameroonian forces and even saw combat alongside them. The U.S. military also built up a network of outposts integral to drone operations in the region.

Soldiers in Cameroon, a Close U.S Ally, Commit Mass Rape

Erik Prince and the Failed Plot to Arm a Warlord in Libya

In 2019, Erik Prince, the founder of the notorious mercenary firm Blackwater and a prominent Donald Trump supporter, aided a plot to move U.S.-made attack helicopters, weapons, and other military equipment from Jordan to a renegade commander fighting for control of war-torn Libya. A team of mercenaries planned to use the aircraft to help the commander, Khalifa Hifter, a U.S. citizen and former CIA asset, defeat Libya’s U.N.-recognized and U.S.-backed government.

Erik Prince and the Failed Plot to Arm a Warlord in Libya

BossKeeper: ports giant Qube bullies its way into Jobkeeper and plush bonuses – Michael West

Image edited by Alex Anstey

Shipping group Qube Holdings will give back $17m in JobKeeper subsidies but pockets $13.5m and some fancy executive bonuses despite its revenue rising strongly. How did it pull this off? Callum Foote investigates how the Liberal Party-linked Qube gamed the Tax Office.

BossKeeper: ports giant Qube bullies its way into Jobkeeper and plush bonuses – Michael West

COVID is boosting right-wing extremism: Police

A man wearing a 'Proud Boys' shirt and an Australian flag attends the Invasion Day rally in the city on January 26, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.

Right-wing extremist groups are drawing in new members from wellness and anti-vaxxer communities online, using the COVID pandemic and outrage over state border closures as a “recruiting tool” to swell their ranks.

COVID is boosting right-wing extremism: Police

Brittany Higgins exposes PM’s failure to lead

Illustration: Simon Letch
Morrison has his Charlottesville moment “It’s not my fault everyone’s doing it”

The idea that a question so fundamental to our sense of self as a people would arise on his watch would have been absurd a fortnight ago. But it was inevitable once we learned that a young woman who worked for Morrison’s government had been allegedly raped by a colleague in Parliament House. Inevitable because the Prime Minister’s first instinct was to see the story of Brittany Higgins politically. He sensed the issue would be damaging for his government, and took the short cut of denial. He wanted the public to know he wasn’t told by anyone in his office or his ministry before the news broke on February 15. Illustration: Simon Letch Illustration: Simon LetchCredit:The Sydney Morning Herald He has taken that argument to the strangest place of all, where he says he is aware of rumours on the Labor side, as well as his own, but not the specific allegation of a violent crime against Higgins, committed just 50 metres from his own office. “Once again, the Leader of the Opposition can come to this dispatch box, seek to state these matters and seek to pointscore on them,” Morrison told Parliament on Wednesday. “But the issue that is here is the issue that we all must address. These matters, as we know, are not confined to any one side of politics in this building.” That need to be blameless at all times echoes the self-sabotaging stand he took during the black summer of fires, when he said he didn’t hold a hose, mate. He didn’t start the fires, and it was the responsibility of the states to put them out.

Brittany Higgins exposes PM’s failure to lead

There’s no excuse, we need full employment now

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Government needs to create jobs to lower unemployment and raise wages. It’s interest however to keep unemployment and keep wages low. Then blame the unemployed

And here’s something else to remember: the Reserve has begun warning that we won’t get back to meaningful real wage growth until we get back to full employment.

There’s no excuse, we need full employment now

“He said, she said”: How Dutton is attempting to control the narrative – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Dutton’s idea of making things better is, first make them worse,

One of the greatest challenges for a political commentator in recent years has been keeping track of the Morrison government’s lies and obfuscations. These have escalated considerably in the last couple of weeks, since former media advisor Brittany Higgins revealed she had allegedly been raped in Parliament House by a senior staffer. Since then, ministers, MPs, Senators, their advisors and staffers have devoted an inordinate amount of their taxpayer-funded time to covering their backsides about who knew what and when. According to estimates by the ABC’s 7.30 program last night, there appear to be thirty or more people with knowledge of the so-called “serious incident” in 2019, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison conspicuously excluded from the circle of knowledge. The latest government member to speak up is Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton. Dutton is, among other things, the minister responsible for the Australian Federal Police, as well having once served as a police officer in the Queensland Police sex offenders’ squad. You need this background as context for what comes next.

“He said, she said”: How Dutton is attempting to control the narrative – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australian media policy: of the mates, by the mates, for the mates

The broad principle that Democracy needs to regulate private corporations is correct despite whose interests the LNP are working for in this instance Murdoch’s. Even if the broader principle is right but the specific case distasteful Democracy needs to be supported. The war against Murdoch, the LNP and the IPA needs to be attended to in another arena fuck it.

The news media bargaining code is part of the grand tradition of media policy being run in the interests of media proprietors — and with no heed given to the public benefit.

Australian media policy: of the mates, by the mates, for the mates