So what would our ‘older gentleman’ have us do with his ‘very lovely ladies’ — send them back? If we are going to send immigrants back to where they came from, do we only send the 26% of the population who are first generation Australians away, in which case the UK immigrant is out too? Do we deport the 49% of first- and second-generation Australians which might be a problem if for example Mum comes from Ukraine and Dad comes from Russia? Do we send all immigrants away in which case Australia reverts to being a terra nullus of 60,000 or thereabouts years ago; or do we just agree that the ‘gentleman’ is a bigot rather than a gentleman and welcome the ladies from the Islamic community group while telling the bigot his rant is not welcome?
Nor might we have heard of his submission to build a third childcare unit, which is a remarkable interest in children despite his ongoing and robust resistance to other children in his care receiving medical care. Perhaps his interest is not the children, one might speculate?
Nor might we hear about:
Ex-MP Bronwyn Bishop’s questionable use of helicopters;
The $443 million been given to six people in a laughably named group called the “Barrier Reef Foundation” to get rid of money that might jeopardise an “on paper” budget surplus proposal;
Tony Abbott’s enormous expenses claims, or just about any politician’s expenses nowadays;
Sussan Ley’s coincidental and very rapid decisions on the purchase of Gold Coast property while funded by parliamentary travel entitlements;
Assistant treasurer, Stuart Robert’s family company, receiving 356 Government contracts worth more than $37 million.
Or again, Stuart Robert’s elephantine internet bills;
Nationals MP David Gillespie’s postal office profits which were the subject of an unsuccessful reference by Labor to the High Court.
To have fallen to 7th to 13th on the International Transparency Index – although to over a hundred other nations we are still remarkably high – it is indicative of a systematic weakening of our democracy. We are on a downward track which our Government is responsible for. We are a lucky country compared to so many, a fact we have taken for granted.
The results show that if every Australian adult lined up in a row, the middle person would have a net worth of $US191,453 – about $270,000 at Friday’s exchange rate.
Australia is also home to the 10th biggest cluster of “ultra-high net worth” individuals in the world – people who have accumulated more than $US50 million ($70 million).
Globally, there are 149,890 such fortunate individuals, of whom 70,540 call America home. Australia is home to 2910.
On any given spring day around Australia you can spot cyclists and pedestrians ducking, weaving and running for cover to avoid swooping magpies.
When winning is all that counts( ODT)
Indonesia’s relationship with Australia could be “thrown under a bus” following Canberra’s provocative move to consider relocating its embassy in Israel, a trade expert is warning.
So they say 52% of Australians identify as Christians in the last census what is the percentage if you take the Indigenous, Sudanese and Pacific Islanders out of the mix would the country still be Abbott’s majority Christian nation? Take the nonpractising ones out of the mix and Australia becomes a non-religious nation doesn’t it?( ODT)
In a modern legal context, the transferring of the sovereignty of Australia from the Indigenous people seems even more criminal, writes Peter Kemp.
When Senator Fierravanti-Wells resigned from the Turnbull Ministry in late August, she accused Turnbull of ignoring ‘the conservative base’. So who is this ‘base’?
under a quarter of the crowd at the MCG in late September would represent ‘the conservative Liberal Party base’ that doesn’t support managing emissions and if the truth be known, doesn’t see the imminent danger of unfettered climate change.
Morrison has seen at first hand the damage that Abbott and his bunch of sycophants can do to his political party and the Australian Government. If Morrison’s pitch is about being there for all of us he could start on the right foot by acknowledging the 24,975,000 (or thereabouts) of us not in the Liberal Party’s conservative faction also have a voice. He could demonstrate this by passing legislation and regulation that do care about the economy and environment we are leaving for our kids and telling Abbott and Co to pull their heads in. Then and only then can Morrison start to rebuild democracy in Australia to some semblance of what it should be, rather than assisting to wreck it.
Early expectations among some that he would use his ascension to drag the federal Coalition towards the centre and some sort of meaningful relationship with the contemporary world gradually expired. Moderate swinging voters became disillusioned.
Mr Abbott’s vengeful policy terrorism and Liberal frontbencher Peter Dutton’s prime ministerial ambitions, meanwhile, dragged internal Liberal party politics further and further to the extreme.
In choosing to remain hostage to this right-wing lunge in conservative politics in Australia, rather than standing and fighting to move it back to the mainstream, Mr Turnbull erased his moderate face, destroying his only utility — electoral utility — to the Liberals. He wrecked his prime ministership in the process.
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Australia is still the 51st state of the USA – time for Australian independence from all big powers.
Time we the working people took control of our country, our resources, our wealth, our public utilities and our foreign policies out of the hands of multinational corporations.
There was also an implicit invitation to anyone in the right commentariat prepared to play footsie with despicable views on a free speech rationale: please like me, I am available for short interviews on the Bolt Report.
Anyone who has kicked around alt-right politics understands the potency of the final solution as a bit of rhetorical shorthand. The idea the phrase was invoked by accident is laughable.
By invoking “the final solution” Anning projected himself into territory where his contribution would not be ignored, where the echo chamber would pick it up and blast it into public consciousness, inviting a secondary pile on in the social media space.
Melbourne’s South Sudanese community is fed up with being ‘‘demonised’’ by ‘‘racist’’ media coverage and political commentary about youth crime.
Community leader and lawyer Maker Mayek and a group of suburban mayors say the ‘‘racist fearmongering must be stopped’’ following the high-profile coverage of police incidents involving African-Australian youths.
The mayors, from Darebin, Hume, Whittlesea, Moreland, Yarra, Knox, Monash and Melton, accused the Federal Government of dividing the community and inflaming, rather than working to resolve, racial conflicts. City of Darebin mayor Kim Le Cerf said crime was going down and Victorians are safer than ever.
‘‘This racist fearmongering must be stopped,” Cr Le Cerf said. “Many Victorians feel unsafe simply because they’re told to feel unsafe.
This is the Australia we know
Melton Mayor Bob Turner said his area had 130 different nationalities speaking 76 languages.
“We welcome the diversity coming to Melton,” he said. “It makes us a much richer city.”
‘‘There is such creativity, intelligence and determination in the Sudanese community and Victorians supporting their new neighbours and making them feel welcome is the best way to help.’’
Neither market forces, innovative business techniques, trickle-down economics nor individual determination can withstand drought. No matter what the marketeers throw at it, nothing can make it rain, and a failure to develop public policies which accept the forces of nature, will likely see off this current crop of right-wing nongs.
Turning Japanese and developers and government treating our Koalas as whales (ODT)
Queensland koalas have been translocated under the guise of “scientific purposes” without any evidence of resultant scientific studies. Sue Arnold reports.
THERE ARE OMINOUS signs that the Queensland Government may soon adopt translocation of any koala colony as policy, to ensure developers are not hampered by any necessity to protect habitat.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has demanded Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm pay her compensation and apologise within seven days or face defamation action over six separate statements he has made about her personal life.
Let us be honest: Australia is a nation whose politicians are for the most part drawn from similar socio-economic (and education) backgrounds, covered by journalists who (including myself) come from similar backgrounds, and where any interruption to this course of events – such as when Ricky Muir was elected to the Senate – is greeted with a barely disguised level of condescension that someone not university educated or white collar has deigned to enter the sanctum.
It is a situation of course not solely devoted to income – gender and especially race are also major factors at play. In positions of power we remain a very white, relatively well-paid male nation (and I speak as one of that group).
So the Independant Remuneration Tribunal thinks we have the most valuable PM on the planet. He deserves the sack just for that as does the IRT. Are the 7 million Australian the higest paid workers on the planet? (ODT)?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is the highest-paid politician in the OECD, new figures show, earning up to 10 times the average wage – the second-highest disparity with the majority of workers in the developed world.
Mr Turnbull’s base pay rose to $527,854 a year after the independent Remuneration Tribunal ordered a 2 per cent pay rise for politicians last year, delivering the prime minister a $10,000 pay jump.
The analysis by market research firm IG puts Mr Turnbull above Swiss President Alain Berset, who will earn $483,000 this year, and US President Donald Trump, who has earned $400,000 in his first year in the White House.
An Adelaide Jewish leader is calling for stronger hate crime laws, following a wave of pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic posters and stickers appearing around the city, including on university campuses and at a local synagogue.
Has anyone notified George there are 150 Anglican churches up for sale?(ODT)
The sooner we separate religion and state completely, the better. That will entail getting rid of a Coalition who is so far out of touch with mainstream Australian values that they have become an irrelevant anachronism who should have no place in the halls of power.
Between the 4th August this year, the earliest an election can be called and the 19th May next year, the latest, there is a minefield of events that the Coalition will not want to compete with, in its attempts to stay in power.
The most difficult are the Victorian state election in November and the NSW state election in March 2018. Throw in the AFL and NRL football finals in late September/early October, Christmas, School holidays and Easter and it’s obvious.
Politically speaking, this August or early September is the only clear-air time realistically available for the government to try to redeem itself.
Our boys were fighting for Empire and a White Australia. They held the prevalent attitude of the day, that the White race is superior to others and the British are the best of the Whites. We don’t have to castigate them for absorbing the attitude of the times, but we should rid ourselves of the illusion they were fighting for the paradise of democracy and freedom (for the wealthy) proclaimed in recent times by John Howard and Rupert Murdoch.
Anzac Day is an opportunity to confront our violent frontier past and its shadow today, writes Dr David Stephens.
YASSMIN ABDEL-MAGIED, a young Somali-Australian Muslim woman, was driven out of Australia last year after she implied that the Anzac sacred cow might be ready to graze new territory.
‘Lest. We. Forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine … )’
I thought she was on the right track and I said so, copping some of the bilious and vicious response that she herself received. Yet surely, after a century, we can move beyond dead soldiers and broaden the remembrance focus to other weighty matters, where Australians bear some responsibility and where they should have some interest in making things right.
Such a matter is right in front of us.
One of the most significant findings to emerge from the work of behavioural economists is that human beings would rather go without than be treated unfairly.
This was discovered in a series of experiments involving two people — one of whom had $100 and the other who had nothing.
The most shocking thing about the Banking Royal Commission is how shocked so many profess to be by its findings.
The grandly titled Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry is, daily, hearing more outrageous examples of financial institutions’ shameless fleecing of their clientele.
There’s a war being waged in Australia – on our 4.3 million young people. You hear it in the negative and dispiriting language of our national conversation, from being told to just ‘get a good job’ or ‘cut back on the smashed avo’ as the solution to housing affordability, to Prime Minister Turnbull’s assertion his cabinet is ‘young at heart’ when the average age of that cabinet is over 50. Young people and the issues they face are being trivialised.
A public servant turned whistleblower employed by the Australian Taxation Office has this morning had his home raided by officers from the ATO and the Australian Federal Police, after speaking with a major joint Four Corners and Fairfax investigation into alleged abuse of power by the tax office.
Is there any Australian left who hasn’t complained, or at least rolled their eyes about the state of politics in Canberra? Most of us tend to blame the politicians for all this, but a new analysis of voter data suggests a less comfortable truth. The problem is not just them. It’s also us.
No seriously, why are we still working? Mike Dowson explains in simple terms the great con that keeps you chained to the wheel.
It seems that Mr Joyce has told “The Sydney Morning Herald” that the child’s biological father was “a bit of a grey area”, a revelation which must fill all of us – including Vikki Campion, the child’s mother – with a great sense of relief.
Mr Joyce makes a salient point when he chides “The Daily Telegraph” for assuming that he was, in fact, the father without checking. However, from there I find both my sense of what’s an appropriate comment to make and my knowledge of the facts of life differing from the Honorable Mr Joyce.
Tony Abbott justified a good reason for it
“In confronting these horrible dangers, we know that weakness is the surest path to conflict and unmatched power is the surest means to our true and great defence.”
“Once you start to merge the judicial and the political, you begin to erode the separation of powers. It’s a really regrettable path to go down.”
Has Fairfax Media been offended or showing position in this nations hierarchy of colour? Reactive Racism, Black Racism is a natural and normal reaction to the celebration of the colonization of Australia and the 200 years of color hierarchy oppression and denial that continues through to today. One wonders why and for whom Fairfax media is reporting this? How very right wing Israeli they sound.
“The hardline Indigenous activist” “The Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance ” “the words “F— Australia”, called for the “decolonisation” of the country.” “Ms Onus-Williams’ comments prompted calls for her to be sacked from the Koorie Youth Council,” “”WAR will not rest until we burn this entire rotten settler colony called Australia, illegally and violently imposed on stolen Aboriginal land at the expense of the blood of countless thousands, to the f—ing ground, until every corrupt and illegal institution of white supremacist, patriarchal, capitalist settler colonial power forced upon us is no more,”
“Foreign interference laws in national interest: Hastie”
New laws include register of lobbyists, representatives of foreign governments Catholic bishops say bill is so broad everyday churchgoers could be considered foreign agents Liberal MP says legislation is in Australias interest but no further protections are required
The country also dropped from ninth to 14th in its ranking on gender equality.
Australia, meanwhile, ranked 5th in the world for ‘Quality of Life’, which included measures such as “economically stable”, “a good job market”, and well developed public health and education systems. However it did terribly on the “affordable” measure.
Our worst ranking was under ‘Heritage’, where we lost marks for not having “a rich history”.
The survey respondents also gave us a very poor score when asked if Australia “has great food”.
The response from the Australian Immigration Minister was characteristically sinister and appropriate for a former police officer. With barely veiled menace, Peter Dutton suggested that New Zealand “would have to think about their relationship with Australia and what impact it would have”. “They’d have to think that through, and we’d have to think that through.”
Professor Hocking believes the Queen knew what might happen to the government well before it happened – unlike Whitlam, who was caught completely off-guard by the actions of November 11, 1975.
A global push to save the world from a nuclear armageddon has the backing of more than 120 nations. Australia isn’t one of them. Rewena Mahesh explains. On July 7, a global treaty was adopted at the UN General Assembly to prohibit nuclear weapons. This treaty now sets precedence for a powerful norm that willMore