Category: Australia’s Shame

Australia is built on lies, so why would we be surprised about lies about climate change? | Luke Pearson for IndigenousX | Opinion | The Guardian

A bushfire in the town of Moruya, south of Batemans Bay, in New South Wales

via Australia is built on lies, so why would we be surprised about lies about climate change? | Luke Pearson for IndigenousX | Opinion | The Guardian

Sydney’s Penrith the hottest place on Earth amid devastating bushfires

Penrith was the hottest place on Earth on Saturday, reaching a high of 48.9C.

Andrew Bolt fled the country’s “NORMAL” weather. Meanwhile, Morrison who thinks its normal too is calling in the ADF to fight fires while Trump is preparing for war and wanting Australia to do it’s part for the Coalition of the Killing. Can the ADF do both or will Morrison bring back the draft for those on Newstart? (ODT)

Sydney’s Penrith the hottest place on Earth amid devastating bushfires

Climate change: Just 2 per cent of Britain’s power now comes from coal. In Australia, it’s more like 75 per cent

 

Coal-fired power plants are being phased out across the United Kingdom.

London: Renewable energy has overtaken fossil fuels to become Britain’s largest source of electricity in a historic shift that could signal the “beginning of the end” for coal across Europe.

National Grid data released on New Year’s Day revealed coal represented just 2.1 per cent of Britain’s overall electricity output in 2019.

By comparison, black and brown coal fuelled 74 per cent of Australia’s energy mix in 2018.

Climate change: Just 2 per cent of Britain’s power now comes from coal. In Australia, it’s more like 75 per cent

Fact checking Angus Taylor: does Australia have a climate change record to be proud of? | Australia news | The Guardian

Australia’s energy and emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor speaks at the COP25 UN climate talks in Madrid.

Morrison , Dutton and Taylor vying for Australia’s worst (ODT)

According to Taylor, “Australia has strong targets, clear plans, an enviable track record” on climate change, and Australians should be proud of it.

But when overseas groups look at Australia’s record compared to the rest of the world, the assessments come out differently.

The most recent analysis ranked Australia as the sixth worst country on climate change overall.

An analysis by Climate Action Tracker says Australia’s Paris targets are “insufficient” and inconsistent with the Paris goal of keeping global warming well below 2C.

Australia has been placed consistently towards the bottom in the annual Climate Change Policy Index analysis of the world’s top 57 emitting nations.

The most recent analysis ranked Australia as the sixth worst country on climate change overall.

via Fact checking Angus Taylor: does Australia have a climate change record to be proud of? | Australia news | The Guardian

Scott Morrison should resign – » The Australian Independent Media Network

An Excuse for a PM (ODT

When our accidental-Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, took office, he swore an oath to ‘be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her heirs and successors according to law.’

No mention of his duties to his wife and daughters. They are a private matter and, as long as he remains Prime Minister, his duties lie to the high office to which he has (sadly) been elected, and for which it appears he totally lacks competence!

Prime Minister – this is not all about you.

You really don’t have a clue, do you?

It is not about your promises to your daughters.

It is not about sharing the grief of people whom you have let down.

It is not about getting a few more photo ops, showing the caring Prime Minister comforting the distraught property owner who has lost everything.

Or the grieving widow with a young family whose partner died fighting the fires because he cared about his community.

That is all hypocritical flim-flam which highlights your failings.

Australia, along with all inhabitants of this planet, is facing an existential crisis.

The Coalition climate deniers have also been denying their country the ability to take actions which might have – at least to some extent – mitigated the current catastrophic conditions, and without which we can guarantee this is not the end but the beginning of a growing disaster.

Yes – we are not the only country needing to take action – but we are the developed country with the highest per capita level of emissions of greenhouse gases.

Yes – countries like China, India and the USA are lagging behind in taking action, but that does not give us licence to do nothing. Instead it gives us an obligation to put them to shame by showing how a relatively small country can rapidly become carbon neutral.

via Scott Morrison should resign – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Everything is Burning’: Australian Inferno Continues, Choking Off Access to Cities Across Country and | Common Dreams News

Australia is engulfed in flames.

LNP Government, Murdoch Media have all declared this as JUST WEATHER (ODT)

via ‘Everything is Burning’: Australian Inferno Continues, Choking Off Access to Cities Across Country and | Common Dreams News

Andrew Hastie essay urges democracies to engage in political warfare to ‘preserve peace’

Liberal MP Andrew Hastie.

When warmongers become politicians all they know is mongering more war rather than self reflection on why they are assisting in the failure of Democracy. (ODT)

The chairman of Parliament’s joint committee on intelligence and security, Andrew Hastie, says Western nations must wage their own political warfare campaigns “to preserve peace and avoid war” and stop rival authoritarian states from undermining democracy.

“We have returned to an era of great power competition, even constant conflict,” he told Whitehall think tank the Royal United Services Institute.

“The challenge for us in the West is that the character of that competition, being conducted by authoritarian opponents, is attacking our way of life and our freedom in a manner that is remarkably difficult to defeat without undermining the very freedoms we seek to protect.”

via Andrew Hastie essay urges democracies to engage in political warfare to ‘preserve peace’

The Countries With The Highest Levels Of Poverty For Retirees [Infographic]

Where Is Pensioner Poverty Most Prevalent?

Why do we relate to and support America so much? To gaslight the Australian public that we are world leaders and we are (ODT)

The Countries With The Highest Levels Of Poverty For Retirees [Infographic]

Today, Aotearoa New Zealand stands with Behrouz Boochani as a counterpoint to the politics of hate | Golriz Ghahraman | World news | The Guardian

New Zealand Greens MP Golriz Ghahraman with former Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani in Christchurch.

via Today, Aotearoa New Zealand stands with Behrouz Boochani as a counterpoint to the politics of hate | Golriz Ghahraman | World news | The Guardian

NSW Bushfires Wipe Out Half Of Koala Colony, Threaten More | HuffPost Australia

NSW Bushfires Wipe Out Half Of Koala Colony, Threaten

Bushfires have wiped out about half the koalas living on a coastal reserve in New South Wales, experts estimated on Friday, as a record number of intense fires rage around the Australian state.

via NSW Bushfires Wipe Out Half Of Koala Colony, Threaten More | HuffPost Australia

No Australian city has a long-term vision for living sustainably. We can’t go on like this – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Early morning light hits the skyscrapers of Melbourne's CBD, as seen from above.

via No Australian city has a long-term vision for living sustainably. We can’t go on like this – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Official: Australia Committed to U.S. Partnership as Relationship with Beijing Grows More Complex – USNI News

Has anyone noted there is no mention of Vietnam in this speech in which we blindly followed the US into to fight the good war against “Communism”? China wasn’t involved in that war which we lost and drafted our young men to fight. Did we ever hear the LNP Government say sorry? They took us to Aghanistan, Iraq and Syria all at the behest of the USA. Australia has never been a committed member of our region. (ODT)

The alliance between the United States and Australia is a “mateship,” a relationship that began on the battlefields of France a century ago and continued into Afghanistan, Reynolds said. “But it is a bond that much be renewed with every generation.” in meeting the challenges of today and tomorrow.

via Official: Australia Committed to U.S. Partnership as Relationship with Beijing Grows More Complex – USNI News

Working in Australia for $3 an hour — life on the working holiday visa – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Winnie Phillips wearing a black felt hat, looks at he phone.

Welcome to Australia Morrison’s “Where the bloody hell are you? ” is now ” Philausophy”. “We will make you pay” (ODT)

via Working in Australia for $3 an hour — life on the working holiday visa – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The backlash of change – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We have a Minister in Peter Dutton who seems obsessed with sadistically inflicting pain and suffering. The Biloela family could have stayed at home, contributing to the community while all their matters went through the courts.

Instead, two innocent little girls have been treated so badly that we have almost certainly breached our obligations under the UN Convention on Children, while they have probably been as traumatised for life as have the victims of institutional sex abuse.

And the cost to the taxpayer has been exorbitant – certainly more than enough to settle all the excluded refugees in jobs and contributing to the economy!

Australia – the Lucky Country? – I don’t think so!

Australia – the land of the Fair Go? – Only if you are white and wealthy!

via The backlash of change – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Whistleblowers: Australian intelligence officer in trouble with the law

Whistleblower: another Australian intelligence officer in trouble with the law

Excessive government secrecy and repression of whistleblowers and journalists is on the rise. This is a government which persecutes its citizens for doing the right thing. This oped, written befittingly by Name Withheld for Security Reasons, identifies another target whose name is also withheld for security reasons.

Whistleblowers: Australian intelligence officer in trouble with the law

Blacking out your Right to Know

Right to Know Coalition is run out of News Corp’s Sydney headquarters at 2 Holt Street, Surry Hills, and all its material is authorised by News Corp’s corporate affairs, policy and government relations supremo, infamous former Daily Telegraph editor Campbell “Dead Fish” Reid (note the below).

News Corp only began to express concerns about “press freedom” under the Coalition Government when one of its journalists, Annika Smethurst, had her house raided by the Australian Federal Police in June, shortly after the last Federal election. Now, the “Right to Know Coalition” has sprung into action.

Independent Australia strongly supports press freedom. But it does not support a campaign led by a self-serving, amoral and deeply corrupt organisation. An organisation tightly in the grip of a foreign billionaire, Rupert Murdoch, who has so many unanswered questions about his own opaque behaviour.

So much for “your right to know”.

via Blacking out your Right to Know

 

Blowing the whistle on alleged wrongdoing should not destroy your life – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Rex Patrick speaks in the Senate.

via Blowing the whistle on alleged wrongdoing should not destroy your life – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The stolen generations never ended – they just morphed into child protection | Jacynta Krakouer | Opinion | The Guardian

Jacynta Krakouer for IndigenousX

Now that’s an editorial banner worth praise and article worth reading (ODT)

via The stolen generations never ended – they just morphed into child protection | Jacynta Krakouer | Opinion | The Guardian

Send a peace-keeping team where it’s needed most, ScoMo – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The least Australia can do, for starters, is to censure Trump for colluding in Erdoğan’s invasion of Syria; giving the green light to his genocidal plans towards the Kurds. Other nations are already applying sanctions on Turkey. It is imperative we also take a stand against Erdoğan’s invasion before it is too late.

Prevailing on your BFF Donald Trump to resume control of the skies over North-East Syria would be a start while an international peace-keeping team could follow. You can send a team to the Golan Heights on Israel’s border. Surely you can also send a team where it’s needed most.

via Send a peace-keeping team where it’s needed most, ScoMo – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Linda Burney says Australia is the only first world nation with a colonial history that doesn’t recognise its first people in its constitution. Is she correct? – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Linda Burney's claim checks out

via Linda Burney says Australia is the only first world nation with a colonial history that doesn’t recognise its first people in its constitution. Is she correct? – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

United Nations human rights commissioner criticises Australia’s asylum-seeker policies – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A close up of Michelle Bachelet speaking.

via United Nations human rights commissioner criticises Australia’s asylum-seeker policies – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

From Vietnam to Iran: Australian Cannon Fodder? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We, Australia, now have a legion of Veterans from the growing list of America’s wars. Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. With the exception of the Vietnam War, which had the overlay of the National Service Draft Lottery attached to it, most of the military folk that we sent to that steady treadmill of USA war-making, were volunteers.

While only our Veterans can speak for themselves, I very much doubt that they joined up to fight for America.

We should not have been in Vietnam, or Iraq, or Afghanistan. We should decline the invitation (order) to involve ourselves with Iran.

The lives of our service personnel are precious, and those lives should not be wasted in yet another possible war that has nothing to do with us.

It is our children and grandchildren of military age who always pay the price. Politicians like ScoMo or Trump and their historical predecessors, never do.

via From Vietnam to Iran: Australian Cannon Fodder? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott spruiks Western civilisation on the world stage

Such statements would have been accommodated in the Europe of the 1930s, whose obsession with matters of ethnic cleansing did lead to an experiment of mass murder as yet unequalled in the annals of human bestiality.

Such views as those expressed at the Third Demographic Summit in Budapest betray the understanding of men in retreat, desperate figures whose ideas are running out of steam and, in due course, a pulse. Let us hope that their end is not as calamitous as the conditions they are proposing.

Tony Abbott spruiks Western civilisation on the world stage

Murdering Muslims Is Not Extremism. In Australia, It’s Business As Usual – New Matilda

This is the context for the man who murdered dozens of Muslims in New Zealand.

The Australian man did so in the name of a fascist ideology. If he had joined the Australian government, perhaps he wouldn’t be in jail. He could support the large-scale murder of Muslims in numerous countries, on a bigger scale. If he used the right words, he could applaud the policies responsible for the mass murder of Muslims in Yemen, Egypt, Palestine, and more. Then he wouldn’t be considered an extremist. He could fit into the mainstream Australian political spectrum. If he had developed a political career where he fought to boost our military exports to Saudi Arabia, he might be able to retire and be considered a “moderate”.

Being complicit in the threatened murder of millions of Muslims is just business as usual in Australia. It is part of the normal political spectrum. As our record makes clear, a basic premise of our political mainstream is that Muslim lives do not have any value.

When the slaughter of Muslims in New Zealand exits the front pages, Australian foreign policy will continue on as it has. We will continue to be complicit in the murder of Muslims. It just won’t be news anymore.

via Murdering Muslims Is Not Extremism. In Australia, It’s Business As Usual – New Matilda

The Coalition’s cruelty on borders has been exposed – and Jacqui Lambie will decide if it returns | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Jacqui Lambie

Also not mentioned: an unusual personal appeal from the president of the Australian Medical Association to Scott Morrison last September to remove families and children from Nauru, preferably to the Australian mainland, to safeguard their physical and mental health.

Guardian Australia revealed Tony Bartone wrote to Morrison because of “a recent groundswell of concern and agitation across the AMA membership and the medical profession about conditions on Nauru, and the escalation in reports of catastrophic mental and physical health conditions being experienced by the asylum seekers, especially children”. The AMA is standing behind the medevac regime, and urging the government to properly fund the work of the independent health advisory panel that provides the advice on medical transfers.
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The fate of the medevac regime rests with one parliamentarian, the Tasmanian independent Jacqui Lambie, who has told the government she wants the Senate inquiry to play out before she makes a decision. Nobody really knows which way Lambie will jump, but she’s the make-or-break player.

Hearings associated with the inquiry begin next week. The critical vote is expected in November.

via The Coalition’s cruelty on borders has been exposed – and Jacqui Lambie will decide if it returns | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Department of Home Affairs claims PNG asylum seekers attempting suicide after Medevac

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton wants the laws to be repealed.

Australia accuses China of human rights abuses because of it’s re-education programs yet the Conservatives in the LNP not only want to rid us of multiculturalism are anti- safe schools and are ready to imprison asylum seekers for life. Australia’s shame.(ODT)

Asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea are self-harming and attempting suicide following the introduction of controversial medical transfer laws because they see it as the fastest way of getting to Australia, the Department of Home Affairs has told federal MPs.

via Department of Home Affairs claims PNG asylum seekers attempting suicide after Medevac

What the Bureau of Statistics didn’t highlight: our continuing upward redistribution of wealth – Michael West

What the Bureau of Statistics didn’t highlight: our continuing upward redistribution of wealth

We really need to know

Statistics are windows on change. Despite our criticisms, the bureau’s biennial income and wealth survey gives us the best view of inequality we’ve got, but large areas remain foggy.

In research for the Evatt Foundation, we have used data from the Bureau of Statistics, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and national accounts to estimate that, for the first time in more than half a century, the richest 10% of households own more than half of Australia’s private wealth.


Read more: There’s a reason you’re feeling no better off than 10 years ago. Here’s what HILDA says about well-being


The Evatt Foundation’s results seem to stand up well, but governments should really be producing better data themselves.

Inequality and its harmful effects on economic output and stability are growing. We owe it to ourselves to find out by how much.

via What the Bureau of Statistics didn’t highlight: our continuing upward redistribution of wealth – Michael West