Category: Australian Politics

Our politicians show an alarming ignorance of the separation of powers | Josh Bornstein | Opinion | The Guardian

Three Turnbull ministers have expressed regret but refused to apologise for their criticism of terror sentencing when hauled before the Victorian supreme court

Source: Our politicians show an alarming ignorance of the separation of powers | Josh Bornstein | Opinion | The Guardian

Turnbull swerves from Mr Globalisation to ‘Australia first’ – but will voters buy it? | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

While it’s clear the government isn’t really abolishing anything, other than the title of the 457 visa, the change in rhetoric is another of the PM’s whiplash-inducing political transitions

Source: Turnbull swerves from Mr Globalisation to ‘Australia first’ – but will voters buy it? | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

For the sake of our children and our planet, we must demand better – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In 2012, former judge and anti-corruption campaigner, Tony Fitzgerald, wrote an article titled The body politic is rotten in which he espoused the view that “ethics, tolerance and civility are intrinsic elements of democratic society and that the politicians’ mutual contempt and aggressive, “end justifies the means” amorality erodes respect for authority and public institutions…

Source: For the sake of our children and our planet, we must demand better – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Secret recording raises new questions over denial of ‘deal’ between One Nation and LNP – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Further evidence emerges in relation to claims about discussions of a private deal between One Nation and the LNP ahead of the next Queensland election.

Source: Secret recording raises new questions over denial of ‘deal’ between One Nation and LNP – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Inside the sick, sad world of the Q Society and the Australian Liberty Alliance | The Saturday Paper

In the wake of their controversial fundraising dinners, the Q Society explain their roots and their paranoid vision of Australia’s future.

Source: Inside the sick, sad world of the Q Society and the Australian Liberty Alliance | The Saturday Paper

The rise of political staffers: how people disappeared from policy advice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Ken Wolff In October Attorney-General Senator George Brandis got into a stoush with Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson which ultimately led to Gleeson’s resignation. At one point Brandis attempted to turn the issue into an argument about what constituted ‘consultation’ but the real issue was that Brandis had decided his office should have control of what…

Source: The rise of political staffers: how people disappeared from policy advice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: The death of truth as we know it. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Monday 14 November 2016 How important is truth in politics? As a writer who happens to love the way words can be constructed to shape a thought, send a message, express love, anger or convey an action I am lost without them. Without them something vanishes from our discourse. Without words the ability to communicate…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The death of truth as we know it. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Meat Barnaby Joyce, Our National leader. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

1 How is it possible for a party that attains 6.4 % of the primary vote to have so much influence on major policies? Or indeed its senior partner and leader? A party that derives approximately the same votes as the Greens, yet has 9 seats in the House of Representatives to the Greens one.…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Meat Barnaby Joyce, Our National leader. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: 19 Applicants for every job. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wednesday 12 October 1 Sometime in September, I cannot remember the date, Social Services Minister Christian Porter, was addressing the National Press Club. He was talking about ‘welfare dependency’ and as is the conservative way, the speech was an announcement around the Government’s concern about ending ‘welfare dependency’ and the urgent need to cut ‘social…

Source: Day to Day Politics: 19 Applicants for every job. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: When did it all go wrong? Part six – ‘If you’re racist, don’t read it’. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Monday 3 October 2016 Author’s Note: Thus far in this series I have covered ‘Where it all began’, ‘Newspapers’, ‘Electronic media’, ‘Rightwing feral opinion’ and ‘Democracy torn asunder’. At the beginning I said that my observations would be random. This one deals with the propagation of racism and is collated from earlier articles I have…

Day to Day Politics: When did it all go wrong? Part six – ‘If you’re racist, don’t read it’. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Where did it all go wrong? Part Seven- Conclusion

 

Day to Day Politics: Here is the answer. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Sunday May 2 2016 1 In my post yesterday I wrote this: And there was Turnbull on Friday doing door stops saying; “Do we want to reduce emissions? Yes we do”. “Do we want renewables? Yes we do”. “All the time knowing that there is not an environmental scientist or an economist who thinks we…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Here is the answer. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Australian Government Respects Goebbels’ Propaganda Principles More Than International Law – New Matilda

Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull may well make you feel ashamed to be Australian, but their use of propaganda would have made Joseph Goebbels proud. “The Fuehrer once more expressed his determination to clean up the Jews in Europe pitilessly. There must be no squeamish sentimentalism about it… We shall thereby render anMore

Source: The Australian Government Respects Goebbels’ Propaganda Principles More Than International Law – New Matilda

Day to Day Politics: Small matters of political truth. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tuesday 27 September 2016 1 A study by none other than the University of Melbourne has found that just one electorate in Australia is against gay marriage. The study shows that MPs are significantly behind public opinion on the subject. It’s just another example of a plebiscite to find out something that is already comprehensively…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Small matters of political truth. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: A Nutt case at the Press Club. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Saturday 25 September 2016 Thinking things were a little quiet politically, I thought I would take some time off to write a series about the ‘Demise of Australian Democracy’. But as they say, “a week is a long time in politics” and all manner of things crept up on me. I will return to that…

Source: Day to Day Politics: A Nutt case at the Press Club. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Let’s learn from the mistakes that created US poverty, not copy them | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

While I’ve been in the US this year, the issue of food insecurity has become a pressing issue. We can’t let Malcolm Turnbull lead us down that path

Source: Let’s learn from the mistakes that created US poverty, not copy them | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

Day to Day Politics. Who would you trust? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Monday 19 September 2016 1 Those with long memories will recall that Sir Robert Menzies said that he had received, in the form of a letter, an official invitation from the South Vietnam government to participate in the war against the communist North. When the cabinet papers were released thirty years later it was disclosed…

Source: Day to Day Politics. Who would you trust? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: “That’s just super” said the rich – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Saturday 17 September “Never in the history of this nation have the rich and privileged been so emboldened”. 1 Not having attended his own Press Conference to announce his backflip on Superannuation, it must have personally outraged the Prime Minister when larger than life Senator George Christensen called his own press conference to announce that…

Source: Day to Day Politics: “That’s just super” said the rich – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Hanson is as Hanson does | The Monthly

One of the things to watch out for in politics is the false binary. Once you start looking for them, you’ll notice, like a word whose definition you’ve just discovered, that they’re everywhere. “Doing nothing is not an option,” politicians will tell you when they’re trying to sell an unpopular policy. Usually, in these situations, the other side isn’t proposing “doing nothing” – they’re just proposing doing something different. But in the zero-sum game of political rhetoric, a detailed explanation of the subtle gradations of various pathways doesn’t get you very far.

Source: Hanson is as Hanson does | The Monthly

Day to Day Politics: What a pack of ineffectual fools. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday 11 September 2016 1 On the eve of Malcolm Turnbull’s first year in office on Wednesday, what has become clear? The thing that is indelible in my mind is that we now know that he wanted the job more than he wanted to implement any sort of personal agenda for the country. That he gave…

Source: Day to Day Politics: What a pack of ineffectual fools. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: The Age of Enlightenment and Free Speech. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Friday 2 September 2016 Free Speech and an Enlightened Society. I have written about free speech, hate, racial discrimination and the state of our democracy on many occasions and this question will not leave me. Why is it, in ‘the name of free speech’ that we need to enshrine, the right to abuse each other,…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The Age of Enlightenment and Free Speech. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Abbott tells Turnbull how to govern. Seriously. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday 28 August 2016 Before Tony Abbott came along Australia had never elected a Prime Minister so ignorant of technology, so ill informed of science, so oblivious of the needs and aspirations of women, and so ideologically out of touch with a modern pluralist society. Both his party and the electorate witnessed his dreadful leadership…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Abbott tells Turnbull how to govern. Seriously. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: ‘Laughably incompetent’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tuesday 23 august 2016 1 Over the weekend the subject of Marriage Equality once again reared its head. Surely enough is enough. If ever a government was laughably incompetent on legislating the will of the people it has to be Turnbull’s. Reports on the weekend suggested that a plebiscite would be held in February. This…

Source: Day to Day Politics: ‘Laughably incompetent’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: I thought we had moved on from ratbag conspiracy theorists like him. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Friday 19 August 2016 Climate Science has always been somewhat of a layperson’s dilemma. Monday night’s Q&A programme yet again demonstrated that there are still conspiracy nutter mentalities who gain prominence by being controversially stupid. When the debate turned to Climate Change even renowned physicist Brian Cox was dumbfounded by One Nation senator-elect Malcolm Roberts’ arguments.…

Source: Day to Day Politics: I thought we had moved on from ratbag conspiracy theorists like him. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: What your own say about you. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wednesday 17 August 2016 I have written copiously about the difficulties facing Malcolm Turnbull and his government. Of course my thoughts are my views that are tinged with the criticism of a leftish perspective so I thought it might be refreshing to collectively read the thoughts of prominent people from the Coalition parties. About the…

Source: Day to Day Politics: What your own say about you. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Not a coherent word did she utter. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Wednesday 20 July 2016 The debacle that was Pauline Hanson on Q&A Monday night serves to remind us just how counterproductive appearances on television by people like her can be. This was manifestly demonstrated by the person who suggested that instead of bringing people together as ‘One Nation’ she was actually dividing us. You cannot…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Not a coherent word did she utter. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The facets of Australian fascism: the Abbott Government experiment (Part 25) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Dr George Venturini* Testing the thesis (continued) 4 (The supremacy of the military/avid militarism) The military remains supreme. Australia’s defence expenditure increased by 50 per cent between 1989 and 2007. The Government allocated $22 billion to the Australian Defence Organisation in the 2007-08 financial year. In the 2006-07 budget the Howard Government announced that…

Source: The facets of Australian fascism: the Abbott Government experiment (Part 25) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Cory Bernardi Slammed After Directing Followers To ‘Pro Rape’ Blogger – New Matilda

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has been inundated with criticism after apparently directing Twitter followers to the website of men’s activist and ‘pickup artist’ Daryush ‘Roosh’ Valizadeh, a self-described “chauvinist” blogger who infamously published an article arguing rape should be legalised on private property. “This article is particularly relevant to many Twitter users. Know thyself…,” Bernardi tweeted,More

Source: Cory Bernardi Slammed After Directing Followers To ‘Pro Rape’ Blogger – New Matilda

Day to Day Politics: The average punter wouldn’t know. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: The average punter wouldn’t know. Friday 13 May So much happens ‘day to day’ in an election campaign. How much of it gets through to the average punter? How much permeates their minds and leaves such an indelible impression that it affects the way they vote? Take this week, for example.…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The average punter wouldn’t know. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Budget blues bullshit, and blunders. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Friday 6 May 2016 You would think that a Prime Minister and his Treasurer who are proposing to cut company tax to 25% over the next ten years would have some idea of what the cost to the taxpayer might be. But no. When the PM was asked in an interview with David Speers on…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Budget blues bullshit, and blunders. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

GetUp raises ghost of Abbott past with campaign against hard right Liberal MPs | Australia news | The Guardian

GetUp’s grassroots campaign is gunning for the Coalition conservatives it says are ‘holding back progress’

Source: GetUp raises ghost of Abbott past with campaign against hard right Liberal MPs | Australia news | The Guardian

Day to Day Politics: My after Easter catch up. Bolt looks to Sky. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Tuesday 29 March. 1 After a short break it’s a bit difficult to know where to start, Oh well, let’s start with Bolt. After 5 years of poor ratings with ‘The Bolt Report’ on 10 it seems he is looking to the sky with a nightly program. Ten apparently refused to continue funding his ratings…

Source: Day to Day Politics: My after Easter catch up. Bolt looks to Sky. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Turnbull’s diversionary tactics. |‘Why would you reward a party who has demonstrably governed so badly in its tenure of governance another three years’

Tuesday 22 March 2016 1 How ironic of Malcolm Turnbull to choose one of Tony Abbott’s pet pieces of legislation to seek a DD election. The irony here of course is that the ABCC legislation is largely based on the Abbott’s shock and awe strategy of creating fear about Labor’s links to Unions. With Unions…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Turnbull’s diversionary tactics. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: I have been Trumped. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Friday March 18 2016 When I wrote my piece titled ‘Only in America: Looking at Trump from Down Under’ I must confess that secretly in the labyrinth of my being I thought the American people were too intelligent to succumb to Donald Trump’s populist outbursts. Stupidly I, like many others, assumed that over time his…

Source: Day to Day Politics: I have been Trumped. – » The Australian Independent Media Network