Category Archives: Australian Politics

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Insiders | The Monthly

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Pauline Hanson’s Future

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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

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If Australian conservatives want to copy Trump, embracing Putin is the worst place to start

The Trumpification of the right wing of Australian politics has begun. Source: If Australian conservatives want to copy Trump, embracing Putin is the worst place to start

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Alan Moir- Every Picture Tells a Story

Alan Moir, The Sydney Morning Herald’s political cartoonist, sketches the political unreality. Source: Cartoons by Alan Moir

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EXCLUSIVE: J. Ashby faces defamation action from former One Nation boss

The fury in One Nation circles over Pauline Hanson’s puppet-master James Ashby is now white hot, writes Ross Jones. Source: EXCLUSIVE: J. Ashby faces defamation action from former One Nation boss

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Beware the ‘new conservatives’ motivated by ambition and ego

Labels have never been very useful – and now perhaps less than ever. Source: Beware the ‘new conservatives’ motivated by ambition and ego

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IPA – TruthInNewsMedia

  Posts about IPA written by Barry Tucker Source: IPA – TruthInNewsMedia

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Ron Tandberg

Some of his best work. Source: Ron Tandberg

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Ron Tandberg

Some of his best work. Source: Ron Tandberg  

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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 … Continue reading

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Work and society: Foreigners pitted against locals to keep wages low

Source: Work and society: Foreigners pitted against locals to keep wages low

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our democracy | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

People power can challenge the status quo, but only if we understand our political system has inherent flaws Source: Lies, fearmongering and fables: that’s our democracy | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

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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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Money and mining men behind the shadowy Australian Christian Lobby – Crikey

Who exactly is backing the Australian Christian Lobby? Source: Money and mining men behind the shadowy Australian Christian Lobby – Crikey

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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 … Continue reading

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Abbott versus Turnbull: Undermining as art form

Unlike Rudd’s sledgehammer approach to Gillard, Abbott is a slow, persistent and artfully subtle thorn in Turnbull’s side, writes Mark Hipgrave. Source: Abbott versus Turnbull: Undermining as art form

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Female Labor MPs outnumber Liberal women two to one in new Parliament

The numbers of women in Parliament are increasing – albeit at a glacial pace. Source: Female Labor MPs outnumber Liberal women two to one in new Parliament

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Liberal Party, the IPA and Australia’s agenda

The Conversation’s Dominic Kelly analyses the deep-rooted connections between the Liberal Party and the IPA and their current tiff over superannuation. Source: The Liberal Party, the IPA and Australia’s agenda

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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

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Banking royal commission: Turnbull’s budget policy responds to Labor’s agenda

Increasing inequality has allowed Labor to start doing something it hasn’t done for decades – articulate a worldview. Source: Banking royal commission: Turnbull’s budget policy responds to Labor’s agenda

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

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 … Continue reading

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The struggle for the soul of the party

It looks like there are two Liberal parties, and they don’t much like each other. Source: The struggle for the soul of the party

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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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Day to Day Politics: You probably won’t read this. It’s about Climate Change. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Thursday 17 March 2016 1I have always believed Greg Hunt to be the second biggest liar, behind Abbott, in Australian Politics. On Tuesday morning while driving my grandsons to school he was being interviewed on AM. The previous day it … Continue reading

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