Category: ALP Government,

Guardian Essential poll: Anthony Albanese heading to the holidays on a high note | Essential poll | The Guardian

Anthony Albanese smiling

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.

Source: Guardian Essential poll: Anthony Albanese heading to the holidays on a high note | Essential poll | The Guardian

Rex Patrick: “exceptional circumstances” choke National Anti-Corruption Commission – Michael West

NACC, National Anti-Corruption Commission

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.

Source: Rex Patrick: “exceptional circumstances” choke National Anti-Corruption Commission – Michael West

How Dan Andrews pulled off one of the most remarkable victories in modern politics

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.

Source: How Dan Andrews pulled off one of the most remarkable victories in modern politics

COP27: Australia promotes fossil fuels as pathway to carbon neutrality – Pearls and Irritations

Burning gas burner of a home stove in the middle of which is the flag of the country of Australia. Image: iStock“ ….. to transition towards low-emission energy systems, including by rapidly scaling up the deployment of clean power generation and energy efficiency measures, including accelerating efforts towards the phasedown of unabated coal power and phase-out of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies……

” The inclusion of ‘low emission’ (read gas) fuels means gas is now promoted alongside renewable energy as a pathway to carbon neutrality. The driving force behind this blatant policy regression was middle eastern oil interests/ governments and a compliant Egyptian host (one wonders what extraordinary wisdom led to this choice of country and region for such a critically important meeting of COP which, not surprisingly, was besieged by regional carbon industry delegates). An Australian pushback to this regression was nowhere to be seen nor its absence reported on. Backing up the promotion of gas is the reference to ‘clean’ (read carbon capture and storage (CCS)) energy. No recognition here that, as Australia has found, CCS remains unproven at scale and therefore its cost-benefit unknown – both for gas extraction and coal fired power generation.

Source: COP27: Australia promotes fossil fuels as pathway to carbon neutrality – Pearls and Irritations

Rex Patrick: Government credibility on the line amid Boyle, McBride whistleblower trials – Michael West

Whistleblower laws, David McBride, Richard Boyle

Relentless prosecution of whistleblowers David McBride and Richard Boyle may damage the credibility of Australia’s government on the world stage, writes Rex Patrick. Whistleblower protection laws need urgent reform.

Source: Rex Patrick: Government credibility on the line amid Boyle, McBride whistleblower trials – Michael West

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party throw whistleblowers Richard Boyle and David McBride under a busKangaroo Court of Australia

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party hate  Lwhistleblowers just as much as former Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition hate whistleblowers. That can easily be proven on many grounds including but not limited to the fact that PM Albanese and the Labor Party have continued with the prosecutions of whistleblowers Richard Boyle and David McBride.

Source: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party throw whistleblowers Richard Boyle and David McBride under a busKangaroo Court of Australia

God save Australia because America will not – Pearls and Irritations

USA and China flag on flipped world map.

Despite the best endeavours of Foreign Minister, Penny Wong, to put the relationship with China on a more even keel, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, seems determined to destabilise it.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Weekend Australian on 4 November, Albanese framed China as a threat, citing aggressive intent toward Taiwan and hostile activities in the South China Sea, he advocated strongly for increased defence spending, at a time of budget cuts.

Has he taken this position to avoid being wedged by the Opposition, LNP, or because he has been captured by the US military/industrial lobbyists?

Source: God save Australia because America will not – Pearls and Irritations

PM Anthony Albanese channels Julia Gillard as he fools independent Helen Haines to support a fake National Anti-Corruption CommissionKangaroo Court of Australia

Albo isn’t all that he seems to be!

Anthony Albanese and Labor have already done a dirty deal with Liberal Leader Peter Dutton to support a National Anti-Corruption Commission where all hearings will be in private except in exceptional circumstances. One of the ways they are trying to fool the public into believing that is the norm is by arguing that is what the NSW ICAC do, and therefore acceptable, but they are cooking the books with fake statics.

Source: PM Anthony Albanese channels Julia Gillard as he fools independent Helen Haines to support a fake National Anti-Corruption CommissionKangaroo Court of Australia

Bad intentions: Labor failing to protect whistleblower David McBride

Whistleblower

With Mark Dreyfus’s ancestry, you’d think he’d go out of his way to do something.

The rise of the Albanese government spared hopes of a new deal for people blowing the lid on government malfeasance. It isn’t working out that way for one prominent whistleblower, writes Callum Foote.

Source: Bad intentions: Labor failing to protect whistleblower David McBride

Prepping for a China war: the new arc of militarisation across northern Australia – Pearls and Irritations

USAF B-52 Bomber Image: iStock

Nuclear subs,B52s, but no warheads not even stored here?  Just dinky toys to play and warn with? We seem to have an American mindset, not a Pacific Regional one and are hair-trigger-armed.

In an arc of militarisation across northern Australia, successive Australian governments, in close concert with the United States, have responded to the rise of a newly assertive China in terms that constitute an almost historically irrevocable opposition to any accommodation with China as a regional great power.

Source: Prepping for a China war: the new arc of militarisation across northern Australia – Pearls and Irritations

‘I would get rid of them’: Tanya Plibersek said she was against stage-three tax cuts, constituent claims | Tanya Plibersek | The Guardian

Tanya Plibersek in parliament house, shown looking to the left in three-quarter profile

Longtime Labor supporter says Plibersek told him she disagreed with the decision to keep tax cuts legislated by former Coalition government

Source: ‘I would get rid of them’: Tanya Plibersek said she was against stage-three tax cuts, constituent claims | Tanya Plibersek | The Guardian

Four Corners: Australia becomes US nuclear spear carrier in Asia – Pearls and Irritations

American soldier in uniform and civil man in suit shaking hands with Australian flag on background.

Four Corners last night showed how Australia is becoming ‘a proxy’ or is it ‘a patsy’ for the US in a possible conflict with China. Our actions invite a Chinese response. Sometimes I wonder why the Chinese bother about a reset in relations when we behave so foolishly at the behest of the US. China is not a threat to Australia but our ‘dangerous ally’ keeps goading China to provoke a war.

Last night Four Corners reported:

  • The US is preparing to deploy up to six nuclear capable B-52 bombers to northern Australia, a provocative move experts say is aimed squarely at China.
  • The bombers are part of a much larger upgrade of defence assets across northern Australia, including a major expansion of the Pine Gap intelligence base which will play a vital role in any conflict with Beijing.

Source: Four Corners: Australia becomes US nuclear spear carrier in Asia – Pearls and Irritations

A politically safe budget lacking in courage to tackle energy prices, fossil fuel profiteering, housing

Jim Chalmers and his budget

Unlike Abbott and Hockey’s first budget from hell was meant to prepare the way for sweeteners in three years’ time. It ended both their careers. It was hardly a model of responsibility over the next decade Morrison guaranteed that taking the nation’s debt from $300M to $900+ M without visible benefit. At least the debt under the ALP delivered us the NDIS.

Jim Chalmer’s first Federal Budget was delivered this week. Politically astute, yet containing few surprises or significant reform measures, it was a budget lacking in courage to tackle the big challenges. Kim Wingerei reports.

Source: A politically safe budget lacking in courage to tackle energy prices, fossil fuel profiteering, housing

Boomer Bonus: “Downsizer” the only Budget item of superannuation substance – Michael West

Lobbyland

Superannuation lurks and perks are now so large they are nearing the entire cost of Australia’s aged pension, and Budget 2022 adds just a little bonus to the suite of Baby Boomer bonuses.

Source: Boomer Bonus: “Downsizer” the only Budget item of superannuation substance – Michael West

Jim Chalmers’ ‘restraint’ budget the first stage of a marathon for the treasurer

Jim Chalmers’ inaugural budget plants its feet as solidly as possible in the shifting sands of difficult and unpredictable international and local conditions.

Chalmers promised the budget would be “workmanlike”, not “flashy”, and he’s kept his word. Almost all of it had been pre-issued by the government, including measures and numbers.

Source: Jim Chalmers’ ‘restraint’ budget the first stage of a marathon for the treasurer

Takes the plunge: Tanya Plibersek releases roadmap to fix Australia’s water trading wreck – Michael West

Water Minister Tanya Plibersek has released the “Roadmap” document accepting Australia’s water trading markets are “a market-design car-crash” and backed the findings of the long-awaited ACCC report. Authors of Sold Down the River, Stuart Kells and Scott Hamilton, report.

Source: Takes the plunge: Tanya Plibersek releases roadmap to fix Australia’s water trading wreck – Michael West

Victoria’s Labor Government aims for 95% renewables by 2035

Now that’s a PLAN

Victoria’s Labor Government jacked up its targets for clean energy and emissions reduction, setting the State on course to reach a 95% share of renewables on its electricity grid by 2035 and a 75-80% reduction in emissions by that date.

Source: Victoria’s Labor Government aims for 95% renewables by 2035

Greenwashed: how the new “Middle Arm” fossil fuel hub was rebranded green

Darwin’s Middle Arm project is about subsidising fossil fuels, not “clean energy” and “environmentally sustainable manufacturing.

They have dubbed it “green”, about “clean energy industries” and “environmentally sustainable manufacturing”; yet Darwin’s Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct is all about subsidising fossil fuels. Callum Foote reports. 

Labor has announced a $1.5 billion Budget hand-out for the Middle Arm ‘Sustainable Development Precinct’ in the port of Darwin.

Public subsidies for fossil fuels already run at a heady clip of $10bn a year, if you include fuel subsidies. And despite all the greenwashing and tricky language over the development of a second port for Darwin, the Albanese government has just slotted the fossil fuel industry another $1.5bn, at least.

Source: Greenwashed: how the new “Middle Arm” fossil fuel hub was rebranded green

Prime Minister’s department ordered to come clean on Sports Rorts cover-up – Michael West

Sports Rorts, Rex Patrick

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has been ordered to hand over the Gaetjens Report into the Sports Rorts Affair after a two and a half year fight by Rex Patrick against fake Cabinet confidentiality. Rex Patrick reports.

Source: Prime Minister’s department ordered to come clean on Sports Rorts cover-up – Michael West

Australia eyes ‘front of the quantum pack’ – Michael West

Ed Husic is a self-declared quantum nerd. “I want to make sure we’re at the front of the quantum pack,” the federal industry and science minister told a quantum commercialisation forum at CSIRO’s Lindfield site in Sydney. “It absolutely burns me, when I just recall how there were five countries in the 1940s that built their own computer, and we were one of them and we just gave it all away,” he said.

Source: Australia eyes ‘front of the quantum pack’ – Michael West

Sweet charity: how the big religions scripted a massive tax handout

Will the Albanese government act?

As Scott Morrison’s secret ministries saga demonstrates, Australia is still learning about the profound impact of a decade of highly partisan government, when once independent bodies came to be treated as the political property of the Coalition. 

But will Labor — now back in control of the agency it created — take on the powerful vested interests that have benefitted from a decade of special treatment?

Organisations like the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, a registered basic religious charity, are largely free from accountability.

Source: Sweet charity: how the big religions scripted a massive tax handout

Farhad Bandesh gets the letter – » The Australian Independent Media Network

This sadistic letter (see letter at the bottom of this article) is doing the rounds of Medevac survivors on Bridging Visas. It shows that Labor have yet to end the abuse meted out to those held offshore since 2013. This outrageous immigration stance reduces Labor to the low moral level of Dutton, Morrison and Abbott who used refugees as mere deterrents. Labor’s position is an electoral bonus for the Greens and Teal Independents.

My response:

Source: Farhad Bandesh gets the letter – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s fake National Anti-Corruption Commission fails whistleblowersKangaroo Court of Australia

The key points of the fake National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) are:

1) Bare minimum protection for whistleblowers.

2) They have backflipped on their election promise for public hearings which will now only happen in exceptional circumstances.

3) Massive Breach of Open justice – This is also in part designed to intimidate whistleblowers from not coming forward.

Source: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s fake National Anti-Corruption Commission fails whistleblowersKangaroo Court of Australia

“Massive achievement” but is the NACC anti-corruption commission missing some teeth? – Michael West

A federal integrity body is finally to become a reality. While it’s a significant achievement, there are shortfalls and political hurdles. Callum Foote garners expert opinion on Australia’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) draft legislation. Whistleblower protections and secret hearings are the two big issues.

Source: “Massive achievement” but is the NACC anti-corruption commission missing some teeth? – Michael West

NACC or SNACC? Labor delivers its anti-corruption body but will we get to hear about it? – Michael West

Mark Dreyfus, NACC, ICAC

The day has finally arrived: an Australian government today made good on its commitment to legislate an integrity watchdog, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). But there is one major bone of contention … secrecy. Callum Foote reports on the spectre of a Secret National Anti-Corruption Commission (SNACC).

Source: NACC or SNACC? Labor delivers its anti-corruption body but will we get to hear about it? – Michael West

Angst over corruption watchdog, first Queen’s death, now fear of Dutton deal – Michael West

National Anti-Corruption Commission, Peter Dutton

Transparency International’s global experience knows that too often great anti-corruption reforms get watered down over the years. We need to future proof Australia’s National Anti-Corruption Commission against any risk of being watered down by future governments by ensuring it is independent and its resourcing is shielded from politics

Source: Angst over corruption watchdog, first Queen’s death, now fear of Dutton deal – Michael West

Australia signs global nature pledge committing to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 | Australia news | The Guardian

Carnaby's black cockatoo sitting on a callistemon which has bright red flowers

But it yet has to pledge a Bill of Human Rights

Morrison government refused to sign Leaders’ Pledge for Nature in 2020 but Anthony Albanese signals environment is back as priority

Source: Australia signs global nature pledge committing to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 | Australia news | The Guardian

Republican Albanese imprisoned by royal protocol – Pearls and Irritations

HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, at the Agricultural Society Show, 1977

I was arrested at a visit by then Prince Charles to Alice Springs in 1977 for handing out press statements on Aboriginal living standards. I avoided jail, but the less fortunate Albanese government has been imprisoned by royal protocol and constitutional custom.

Source: Republican Albanese imprisoned by royal protocol – Pearls and Irritations

Falk Lines: Information Commissioner fights for the right to hide information indefinitely, que? – Michael West

Information Commissioner Angelene Falk

Information Commission, Angelene Falk, will argue in the Federal Court that she can take forever to handle FOI complaints. Rex Patrick reports

Source: Falk Lines: Information Commissioner fights for the right to hide information indefinitely, que? – Michael West

Chalmers’ challenge just got a whole lot scarier

Dutton wants to focus on the Culture Wars I wonder Why?

The latest official data on Australia’s economy reveals serious structural problems making all workers poorer.

Chalmers’ challenge

The Treasurer will hand down a detailed federal budget next month which will reveal his intended strategies and expected outcomes. His priority must be to rectify wages, reform the tax system and shift the share of the nation’s booming revenues back into a fair balance.
This may take some years to accomplish fully. If he can get started in October, we will all be very “reasured”.

Source: Chalmers’ challenge just got a whole lot scarier

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese puts Peter Dutton on notice a National anti-corruption bill (Federal ICAC) is coming in a few daysKangaroo Court of Australia

A Federal ICAC that does what it’s meant to will make the Anthony Albanese government, but a Federal ICAC that is nothing more than smoke and mirrors will destroy his government. We’ll all have a good idea of what the Federal ICAC will and won’t achieve when the legislation is made public so I will reserve any judgment until then.

Parliament has been suspended for at least 15 days due to the Queen’s death so the promise to table legislation for a National Anti-corruption Commission next week won’t happen but should happen not long after parliament resumes.

Source: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese puts Peter Dutton on notice a National anti-corruption bill (Federal ICAC) is coming in a few daysKangaroo Court of Australia

In Australia, Workers Are Facing Another Decade of Wage Suppression

Just how much more can wealth and incomes be concentrated?

A jobs and skills summit brought together union, business, and government leaders to address stagnant wages in Australia this week. While some seemingly progressive proposals got much attention, the outcome is set to further undermine pay and conditions.

Source: In Australia, Workers Are Facing Another Decade of Wage Suppression

Jobs Summit should not be a rubber stamp for neoliberalism

The Jobs and Skills Summit will give the opportunity to confront the failures of neoliberalism, especially the belief that rapid population growth is required for our prosperity, writes Kieran Simpson.

Source: Jobs Summit should not be a rubber stamp for neoliberalism

Jobs summit: international students should get four-year visas

You reap what you sow. Dutton told them to go home and they did and aren’t coming back

LNP in Opposition to the ALP Government have left not just the buildin but Australia with an Abbottesque NOPE NOPE NOPE and yes “the sky is falling ” shreik. Nothing new to be seen from the Liberal Party!

Jobs summit: international students should get four-year visas

The previous Australian government told this cohort to “go home” when the pandemic hit. Students who chose to remain were locked out of JobKeeper and JobSeeker.

These actions have tainted our reputation as a global student-friendly destination and mean we need to act now to welcome more international students.

Jobs summit: international students should get four-year visas

Stage-three tax cuts: richest 1% of Australians will save as much as poorest 65% combined, analysis shows | Tax | The Guardian

Albanese stand firm the tax cuts will go ahead. Is he wrond?

Adam Bandt says changes will ‘turbocharge’ inequality as parliamentary budget office analysis finds men will benefit the most

Stage-three tax cuts: richest 1% of Australians will save as much as poorest 65% combined, analysis shows | Tax | The Guardian

Opening 10 new oil and gas sites is a win for fossil fuel companies – but a staggering loss for the rest of Australia

Will the LNP argue too much or too little? Has the ALP caved? What is the % increase?

Research shows 90% of coal and 60% of oil and gas reserves must stay in the ground if we’re to have half a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5℃ this century.

Opening 10 new oil and gas sites is a win for fossil fuel companies – but a staggering loss for the rest of Australia

Jobs summit offers chance to reverse disastrous Coalition decisions

Real mess masked by dodgy statistics

AUSTRALIA’S OFFICIAL jobless rate is now 3.38%, the lowest in nearly 50 years. But all is not well. More than 1.3 million Australians still can’t get enough work to live on, and 474,000 of these can’t find any jobs at all. Job vacancies in May (latest data) were at an all-time high of 480,100 and real wages are still declining.

But help may be on the way in the form of next month’s Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra.

Jobs summit offers chance to reverse disastrous Coalition decisions

Bill Shorten, Labor’s version of Angus Taylor, is doing nothing about the estimated $6 Billion being stolen from the NDIS. Why?Kangaroo Court of Australia

Is this the case?

Bill Shorten, Labor’s version of Angus Taylor, is doing nothing about the estimated $6 Billion being stolen from the NDIS. Why?

Kangaroo Court of Australia

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party need to act

The biggest threat to the Labor Party is themselves and if rusted on Labor Party supporters think turning a blind eye to Bill Shorten will work then they are wrong as those days are long past as the last federal election showed us.

If Labor thinks it’s their turn to govern and act accordingly then they will also lose seats to Community Independents at the next federal election.

Bill Shorten, Labor’s version of Angus Taylor, is doing nothing about the estimated $6 Billion being stolen from the NDIS. Why?Kangaroo Court of Australia

Climate Change Authority releases Review of International Offsets – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What this seems to indicate is back to the Rudd/Gillard future and that comprehensive Carbon Trading Scheme that Tony Abbott’s LNP set out to destroy by calling it a tax. The report echoes the fact that our Nation has lost 10 years of possible progress towards becoming a global leader rather than the number one laggard when tackling carbon emissions.

Climate Change Authority Media ReleaseReleased today, the Climate Change Authority’s Review of International Offsets finds the international carbon market is still evolving in response to the Paris Agreement and calls for publication of a National Carbon Market Strategy that makes the most of this opportunity for Australia to accelerate ambition on emissions reduction.The review finds that while carbon is priced and traded in Australia, the market is fragmented, inefficient and complicated.

Climate Change Authority releases Review of International Offsets – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Be progressive, Albo, don’t implement Stage 3 tax cuts

Labor is pushing ahead with Stage 3 tax cuts to benefit the wealthy, but with so many Australians struggling to make ends meet, IA founder and publisher Dave Donovan argues that the timing couldn’t be worse.

Be progressive, Albo, don’t implement Stage 3 tax cuts

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

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

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

What can history teach us to ensure a successful referendum for A First Nations Voice to parliament?

The Albanese government is moving ahead with plans to hold a first-term referendum on a First Nations Voice. The Prime Minister has attended the annual Garma Festival in northeast Arnhem Land, where the Voice was a key focus.

What can history teach us to ensure a successful referendum for A First Nations Voice to parliament?

To Solve Australia’s Cost-of-Living Crisis, Labor Should Tax Superprofits

The very fact the ALP beleves in Democracy, Bi partisan Government, and Government for everyone guarantees there won’t be any clawback from the rich on behalf of the poor. It’s a formula for the ever increasing wealth and income gaps to continue.

Inflation is eroding paychecks and rising interest rates are hurting people with mortgages. Anthony Albanese’s government could defend workers’ living standards by taxing the rich and controlling prices, but Labor’s neoliberal orthodoxy stands in the way.

To Solve Australia’s Cost-of-Living Crisis, Labor Should Tax Superprofits

The Coalition’s refusal to engage on climate legislation abandons the sensible centre of Australian politics | Trent Zimmerman | The Guardian

The Coalition’s refusal to engage on climate legislation abandons the sensible centre of Australian politics | Trent Zimmerman | The Guardian

The Coalition’s refusal to engage on climate legislation abandons the sensible centre of Australian politics | Trent Zimmerman | The Guardian