Category: Australia

Oh the irony – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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?

via Oh the irony – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Comparing Australia’s transparency and corruption with the world

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.

via Comparing Australia’s transparency and corruption with the world

Australians overtake Swiss to lead world in median wealth stakes

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.

via Australians overtake Swiss to lead world in median wealth stakes

If you love feeding magpies, your kindness could be killing them – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Magpie on green grass

On any given spring day around Australia you can spot cyclists and pedestrians ducking, weaving and running for cover to avoid swooping magpies.

via If you love feeding magpies, your kindness could be killing them – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia-Indonesia relationship could be ‘thrown under bus’ over Israel embassy comments – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The friendship between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indonesian President Joko Widodo could be strained.

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.

via Australia-Indonesia relationship could be ‘thrown under bus’ over Israel embassy comments – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scott Morrison vows to change laws on religious freedom but won’t be a ‘culture warrior’ PM

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)

Scott Morrison vows to change laws on religious freedom but won’t be a ‘culture warrior’ PM

Unsettled business: Was sovereignty transferred by cession or conquest?

In a modern legal context, the transferring of the sovereignty of Australia from the Indigenous people seems even more criminal, writes Peter Kemp.

via Unsettled business: Was sovereignty transferred by cession or conquest?

The Base – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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.

via The Base – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Turnbull Government is all but finished, and the Liberals now need to work out who they are – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Malcolm Turnbull as portrayed by Kirsten Button in Friends And Romans (Rainbow Flavour), .

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.

via The Turnbull Government is all but finished, and the Liberals now need to work out who they are – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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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.

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The Coalition has been playing with fire on race, and this is their inferno | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Katter’s Australian Party Senator Fraser Anning makes his maiden speech at Parliament House in Canberra.

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.

via The Coalition has been playing with fire on race, and this is their inferno | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

‘African gangs’ fearmongering slammed by Melbourne mayors as they back Sudanese community

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.’’

 

via ‘African gangs’ fearmongering slammed by Melbourne mayors as they back Sudanese community

Drought, the end of the right, and the Last Man – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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.

via Drought, the end of the right, and the Last Man – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The big koala extinction cover-up

 

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.

The big koala extinction cover-up

Hanson-Young gives Leyonhjelm one week to pay compensation or face lawsuit

 

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.

via Hanson-Young gives Leyonhjelm one week to pay compensation or face lawsuit

Middle-income Australia has a new look, and it’s not pretty | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian

When Malcolm Turnbull became leader of the opposition in 2008, he felt the need to downplay his wealth. He no longer bothers.

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).

Middle-income Australia has a new look, and it’s not pretty | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian

At $528,000 a year, Turnbull’s pay is highest of any leader in OECD

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.

via At $528,000 a year, Turnbull’s pay is highest of any leader in OECD

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Adelaide synagogue targeted with neo-Nazi posters linked to Antipodean Resistance – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Two neo-Nazi posters linked to Antipodean Resistance.

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.

via Adelaide synagogue targeted with neo-Nazi posters linked to Antipodean Resistance – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Coalition religious values are increasingly unrepresentative of most Australians – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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.

via Coalition religious values are increasingly unrepresentative of most Australians – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Get ready! An early election is coming – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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.

via Get ready! An early election is coming – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Howard’s Anzac fictions and the ageing adolescence of Australia

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.

via Howard’s Anzac fictions and the ageing adolescence of Australia

Lest we forget, again, our violent frontier past

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.

She wrote:

‘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.

via Lest we forget, again, our violent frontier past

We’re starting to give up on the ideal of Australia as a nation of equals – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A homeless person sleeping rough.

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.

via We’re starting to give up on the ideal of Australia as a nation of equals – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

EDITORIAL: The ‘shocking’ Royal Commission and the banking mafia

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.

via EDITORIAL: The ‘shocking’ Royal Commission and the banking mafia

Australia’s young people are under attack

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.

via Australia’s young people are under attack

Australia needs to start recycling and reusing its own waste, says industry struggling under China’s ban – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

via Australia needs to start recycling and reusing its own waste, says industry struggling under China’s ban – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

ATO raids tax office whistleblower amid Fairfax-Four Corners investigation

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.

via ATO raids tax office whistleblower amid Fairfax-Four Corners investigation

The fundamental operating model of Australian politics is breaking down

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.

via The fundamental operating model of Australian politics is breaking down

Barnaby Speculates About His Private Life In Public! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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.

via Barnaby Speculates About His Private Life In Public! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Serving two masters? Australia feels heat of Trump’s anti-China push

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, right, listens to President Donald Trump speak during a cabinet meeting at the White ...

“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.”

via Serving two masters? Australia feels heat of Trump’s anti-China push

Peter Dutton says the public should help choose judges and magistrates

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the public should be able to help choose magistrates.

“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.”

Peter Dutton says the public should help choose judges and magistrates

‘Abolish Australia’, says Indigenous group behind ‘invasion day’ rally

Protesters making their way through the CBD.

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,”

 

‘Abolish Australia’, says Indigenous group behind ‘invasion day’ rally

Catholics could be forced to register as agents of Vatican under foreign interference laws, bishops warn – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

“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

 

via Catholics could be forced to register as agents of Vatican under foreign interference laws, bishops warn – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia pips US in global country ranking, thanks to Trump effect

A tourist helicopter circles the Statue of Liberty, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in New York. The statue is closed due to the ...

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”.

via Australia pips US in global country ranking, thanks to Trump effect

The Veiled Threat: Australia’s Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy – » The Australian Independent Media Network|( When a thug remains a thug)

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.”

via The Veiled Threat: Australia’s Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Volcanic’: Evidence of Queen’s involvement in the 1975 dismissal uncovered

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.

Source: ‘Volcanic’: Evidence of Queen’s involvement in the 1975 dismissal uncovered

Tomorrow The World Is Going To Try And Ban Nuclear Weapons. Australia Wants To Keep Them. – New Matilda

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

Source: Tomorrow The World Is Going To Try And Ban Nuclear Weapons. Australia Wants To Keep Them. – New Matilda