Category: Australia’s Shame

Australia – Third World Country – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s Shame

I stepped off the plane this week, finding myself in an oppressive third world country. It was dirty and I felt shame seeing the suffering continue and I was gob smacked when I received the water bill. Whilst I was away and my house was empty I accumulated over $200 worth of charges which included shifting my ‘shit’ at $38 and services charges of almost $130. I also saw my regulars struggling, received numerous phone calls for assistance and watched another family fall apart. On the bright side a highly respected veterans advocate friend of mine saved a veteran’s life.

I was back in a third third world country – that country was Australia, my Australia!

Source: Australia – Third World Country – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Murdoch bias is boiling Australian democracy

Bias exhibited by the Murdoch press is having too much political influence and slowly degrading our democracy, writes Dr Victoria Fielding. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD the fable of the boiling frog? The tale goes like this. If a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump straight out. But if it is placed in tepid water and the heat slowly rises, the frog will stay cooking in the water until it is boiled to death. The frog fails to pick the exact moment the water became dangerously hot. This analogy is a great way of understanding how Australian democracy is being boiled in the water of Murdoch media bias. For many years, we have known the once tepidly biased Murdoch media was “dialling up” its bias. News reporting, commentary and opinion at Murdoch outlets were increasingly biased towards conservative ideas and right-wing political campaigning.

Source: Murdoch bias is boiling Australian democracy

The corral sea: Australia adrift in the Pacific as China builds a friendship circle – Michael West

Manasseh Sogavare

In 2013 Abbott killed Radio Australia. He Cut Foreign Aid and commercialized it, turning it into a Q uid pro Quo program. Fiji warned us that LNP policies were alienating our Pacific relationships. Since then  Morrison has shown little interest and has had a tin ear. We even saw the lack of regard with which he treated the French a Pacific neighbor. Basically treating them like mushrooms. in the dark and feeding them bullshit.

The sun may have set on Australian leadership in the Pacific. In 2019 I passed through French Polynesia, the Cook Islands and Tonga. Much of the experience was beautiful, although living conditions, including shipping crates as accommodation, spoke of the poverty that is just below the surface. But what struck home was the sight of the two wharves in Nuku’alofa, Tonga: the old crumbling one built by Australia, and the impressive new structure built by China.

Australia and India struggle to break through ‘’curry, cricket and the Commonwealth’’. In the Pacific it seems to be climate, China and condescension. The week’s events show that Australia and Pacific nations live in separate worlds. What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. – Cool Hand Luke

Source: The corral sea: Australia adrift in the Pacific as China builds a friendship circle – Michael West

Net Zero Transition: China, world leave Australia behind on climate – Michael West

Climate wars. Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Image: Alex Anstey

The latest Coalition climate catastrophe, Senator Matt Canavan declaring national net zero policy “dead,” rings alarm bells for what’s ahead if the Morrison government is returned to office. Meanwhile, our new rival in the Pacific region, China, is seizing the mantle of climate leadership. Blair Palese reports on Australia’s greatest failure as a nation.

Source: Net Zero Transition: China, world leave Australia behind on climate – Michael West

Inspired by Australia’s inhumanity, UK plans to send refugees to Rwanda

The Morrison Model of Asylum,

As broadcast on the BBC ‘s World Service on 15 April, the policy of asylum seeker deterrence is just about moving a problem elsewhere. By creating a policy whereby asylum seekers and refugees who arrive in UK territory without a visa are sent to Rwanda does nothing to address the global consequences of conflict. It simply moves the problem to a developing nation. And what of the needs of Rwandans? “Out of sight, out of mind” strategies have (in Australia’s experience) led to astounding abuse and massive national shame.

Source: Inspired by Australia’s inhumanity, UK plans to send refugees to Rwanda

Australia Helped Indonesia Cover Up Atrocities in East Timor

Australia also supported the slaughter of a Million Indonesians in the overthrow of Soekarno in  the 60s and swept it under the carpet.

A key ally of Suharto at the time, the Australian government helped do Indonesia’s bidding. Among other things, this meant criticizing Australian activists who relayed stories of starvation, cruelty, and murder following East Timor’s annexation. One of these activists, Peter Job, has since pored over declassified documents proving that Australian politicians and civil servants lied to the public while helping to facilitate some of the worst atrocities of the Suharto regime. He spoke to Jacobin about his research, and his recent book, A Narrative of Denial: Australia and the Indonesian Violation of East Timor.

Source: Australia Helped Indonesia Cover Up Atrocities in East Timor

If “no poverty” is the goal, why are we prepared to look the other way? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The first of these goals is “No poverty”. Source – Wikipedia However, Australia has the 16th highest poverty rate out of the 34 wealthiest countries in the OECD – higher than the average for the OECD; higher than the UK, Germany and New Zealand. People living in poverty in Australia often miss out on essentials such as food or a roof over their heads. Children living in poverty often miss out on items such as school excursions. If “no poverty” is the goal, why are we prepared to look the other way? We know that poverty exists, we know how to fix it, and yet we tolerate keeping people down. Why?

Source: If “no poverty” is the goal, why are we prepared to look the other way? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison’s arrogance toward South Pacific fuels China tensions

The Coalition’s fumbling of foreign policy has resulted in a dangerous display of bravado as tensions escalate over the China/Solomon Islands security agreement, writes Bruce Haigh.

Source: Morrison’s arrogance toward South Pacific fuels China tensions

Human Rights Commission facing downgrade over Morrison appointments

The Morrison Government has been accused of stacking AHRC top jobs, resulting in the Commission potentially losing its top-tier status, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.

Source: Human Rights Commission facing downgrade over Morrison appointments

The war in Ukraine: Nuclear power, weapons and winter – » The Australian Independent Media Network

And the Australian government’s pursuit of submarines powered by weapons-useable, highly-enriched uranium undermines global non-proliferation efforts. If it’s okay for Australia’s military to have access to weapons-useable nuclear material, then it’s okay for the world’s other 190-or-so countries to have access to weapons-useable nuclear material. What could possibly go wrong? Detailed information on nuclear threats resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is posted at https://nuclear.foe.org.au/ukraine/

Source: The war in Ukraine: Nuclear power, weapons and winter – » The Australian Independent Media Network

UN doesn’t ‘hold out’ hope Australia will act on climate change

 

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres recently named Australia a “hold out” on setting stronger emissions reduction targets, writes Michael Mazengarb.

Source: UN doesn’t ‘hold out’ hope Australia will act on climate change

For Albanese to succeed the PM had to fail: Scott Morrison did not disappoint

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Morrison claims he’s for the “Quiet Australians”. Well, why have those Quiet Australians risen up against him? Because he’s shamed us in so many ways domestically, globally, and morally. He can’t go anywhere without the Quiet Australians screaming at him.

He’s dragged us down, down down on Climate, Aged Care, Diplomacy, Asylum Seekers, Refugees, Women. Let alone, pensions, wages,  our history, Robodebt, NBN, Racism, need I go on?. The fact is at Easter even strongest practitioners of Christianity today aren’t Morrison White, definitely not Nationalists, assimilationists, or one-eyed historians. They are indigenous, colored, ethnic, multicultural and are a far more welcoming mob than Morrison’s. It’s why Morrison doesn’t dare walk the streets or enter pubs but prefers the narrow lens of his edited media controlled cameras.

It’s time for Anthony Albanese to get some credit. The Prime Minister is calling the election and Albanese is exactly where he planned to be. Ahead. Under years of intense pressure to find some inner mongrel, to get more aggressive, Albanese stayed calm and carried on with his plan.

Source: For Albanese to succeed the PM had to fail: Scott Morrison did not disappoint

‘They are lying’: UN chief attacks Australia’s climate approach

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The world looks at Australia and says “They are Lying”

The United Nations secretary-general says Australia and other countries intent on increasing fossil fuel production are dangerous radicals. António Guterres made the comment while launching a new global climate change report urging the world to hit the accelerator on the transition to renewable energy. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, released on Tuesday (AEST), says it’s still possible to meet the objectives of the Paris climate pact to limit global warming to well below 2C, preferably to 1.5C. It sets out viable, financially sound options to keep the 1.5C goal alive, with Mr Guterres saying the pace of transition to renewables needs to triple. “We are on a pathway to global warming of more than double the 1.5-degree limit agreed in Paris. Some government and business leaders are saying one thing — but doing another. Simply put, they are lying,” he said.

Source: ‘They are lying’: UN chief attacks Australia’s climate approach

“Perverse:” Australian fossil fuel subsidies will top $22,000 a minute this year | RenewEconomy

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Australian fossil fuel subsidies will top $11.6 billion this financial year, with new analysis shedding light on the extent to which both federal and state governments are actively supporting the continued expansion of the fossil fuel industry. New analysis, published by The Australia Institute on Monday, has estimated that fossil fuel subsidies increased by 12 per cent in the last year – a $1.3 billion increase – driven higher by the Morrison government’s ‘gas-fired recovery’.

Source: “Perverse:” Australian fossil fuel subsidies will top $22,000 a minute this year | RenewEconomy

Australia’s neo-Nazi threat — Revealed: Amongst Us

Their appeal began to grow with the LNP’s encouragement of White Nationalism. Morrison has always favored racist and ethnicist politics since the Cronulla riots. He saw the effects of hate, xenophobic and jingoistic promotion by Alan Jones on 2GB had, and later with the associated Murdoch recruiters like Andrew Bolt and others on Skye News After Dark had encouraging white Australians to neo-Nazi responses and attitudes. Adnrew Bolt wrote and said he wished Australian Christian youth showed the same comittment as the Barcelona terrorists. They have given voice and platforms to homegrown White Nationalists and voices imported from overseas. Voices barred from other democracies because they were known to promote violence. .

As neo-Nazism continues to be a growing problem in Australia, it’s important to be aware of the dangers it presents. Digital editor Dan Jensen checks out a new documentary taking us inside the world of right-wing extremism.

Source: Australia’s neo-Nazi threat — Revealed: Amongst Us

Unions angry at court ruling that restricts use of the iconic Eureka flag – ABC News

a blue eureka flag with a white cross and southern cross flies above a red brick building at dusk

The LNP’s attack and cultural censorship of the pride Australia’s workers take in their history seems more important to the LNP than the rapid deployment of our ADF in emergency situations. This is typical of Colonial actions to stamp out any Union pride.

Unionists say it is “deeply offensive” that construction workers have effectively been banned from displaying the Eureka flag at certain worksites.

Source: Unions angry at court ruling that restricts use of the iconic Eureka flag – ABC News

Almost half the massacres of Aboriginal people were by police or other government forces, research finds | Indigenous Australians | The Guardian

A tinted lithograph depicting the Waterloo Creek massacre by the New South Wales military mounted police.

The first national project to record mass killings on the Australian frontier has found that around half of all massacres of Aboriginal people were carried out by police and other government forces. Many others were perpetrated by settlers acting with tacit approval of the state. The final findings of the eight-year long Colonial Frontier Massacres Digital Map Project show that conflict was widespread and most massacres were planned, in a deliberate attempt to eradicate Aboriginal people and Aboriginal resistance to the colonisation of the country.

Source: Almost half the massacres of Aboriginal people were by police or other government forces, research finds | Indigenous Australians | The Guardian

I am leaving Australia’s torture chambers after nine years – but what I have is the worst kind of freedom | Mehdi | The Guardian

Mehdi

Morrison’s Compassion

My freedom is the worst kind of freedom. I can’t be happy for long. Happiness feels selfish and wrong when my friends sleep in a detention centre with tears and sighs and wake up in detention with tears and sighs.

Source: I am leaving Australia’s torture chambers after nine years – but what I have is the worst kind of freedom | Mehdi | The Guardian

The Ukraine War and the “Good” Refugee – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison shames Australia yet again

Distant Australia, whose participation in the illegal war against Iraq which produced refugees and asylum seekers that would eventually head towards the antipodes, is now offering to accept a higher intake of refugees from Ukraine and “fast track” their applications. The same politicians speak approvingly of a system that imprisons asylum seekers and refugees indefinitely in Pacific outposts, promising to never resettle them in Australia. The subtext here is that those sorts – the Behrouz Boochani-types – deserve it.

In the words of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), “The Morrison Government has presided over the dismantling of Australia’s refugee intake, leaving Australia unable to adequately respond to emergencies,” with 2022 “marking the lowest refugee intake in nearly 50 years.” True, the global pandemic did not aid matters, but COVID-19 did little in terms of seeing a precipitous decline in refugee places. Australia’s refugee intake cap was lowered from 18,750 persons in 2018-2019 to 13,750 in 2020-2021.

The reduction of such places has taken place despite Canberra’s role in a range of conflicts that have fed the global refugee crisis. Australia’s failure in Afghanistan, and its imperiling of hundreds of local translators and security personnel, only saw a half-hearted effort in opening the doors. The effort was characterized by incompetence and poorly deployed resources.

The grim reality in refugee politics is that governments always make choices and show preferences. “Talk of moving some applications ‘to the top of the pile’ pits the most vulnerable against each other,” opines the critical founder of the ASRC, Kon Karapanagiotidis. “This is a moral aberration and completely out of step with the Australian public.”

 

Source: The Ukraine War and the “Good” Refugee – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Amnesty calls on Australia to condemn Israel after Morrison dismisses apartheid claim | Australian foreign policy | The Guardian

Prime minister Scott Morrison dismissed Amnesty International’s report on Israel conducting apartheid against Palestinians, saying ‘no country is perfect’

Morrison doesn’t look in the rear vision. Israel’s history since 1967 has been a constant image of a State becoming less perfect so much soit appeared to be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. Today it controls world’s biggest concentration camp consisting of in the main 2M women and children. It supplies arms and spyware to the worlds extreme despots. Every decade it has become less Liberal, cosied up closer to right-wing regimes and is now clearly an Apartheid State. Israel hasn’t improved but has diminished the lives of its Christian and Muslim citizens while illegally occuping the lands of surrounding States and territories and it continues to do so. The 66% majority of Jews around the world, the diaspora, aren’t listening to the call to come home and settle in Israel and increasingly believe Israel has shamed them and Judaism.

China’s on the other hand has improved the lives of 1.3 billion people and there’s Morrison and Dutton Australia’s noted concentration camp guards maintain they haven’t and supporting them. Morrison’s whitewash of Israeli crime “nobody is perfect”. While social life is worse for 25% of Israel’s citizens and national service a mandate. Chinese health, education, income, and freedoms have improved for 99,5% of China’s on every social metric. How many millions do we see free to roam the world and aren’t aren’t running away boosting Morrison’s economy compared with Palestinians. Under Morrison’s watch skilled Australians have been leaving Australia and we have shrunk and slid down in comparison to other OECD countries on all economic and social metrics while having grown on the global corruption polluters indexes, particularly to when the ALP were running the country during the GFC. That’s fact and not just propaganda.

Scott Morrison told reporters “no country is perfect”, in response to Amnesty’s 280-page report on Israel. A spokesperson for the foreign affairs minister, Marise Payne, told Guardian Australia: “We do not agree with the report’s characterizations of Israel, and we remain a firm supporter of the state of Israel.”

Source: Amnesty calls on Australia to condemn Israel after Morrison dismisses apartheid claim | Australian foreign policy | The Guardian

Rising rents across regional NSW fuels homelessness and worker shortages – ABC News

Man in car driver's seat of van.

Josh Frydenberg brags about the employment figures he’s achieved for Australia. What he calls employment however is for is for an increasing number of people barely survival.

When Garry Wallis clocks off from work as a carer he doesn’t drive home. He parks in a suburban car park in Wollongong in the NSW Illawarra region where he sets up for the night. “I am nearly 60 and I have prostate problems, so a toilet is really important for me,” he says. “The toilet near here gets locked at 7 o’clock at night and doesn’t open again until seven [in the morning] so you sort of have to hold it until then.” It’s the small things that get to him since he started sleeping rough, like not being able to do his washing or use a bathroom overnight. man in front of van Garry Wallis says the pay from his work as a carer isn’t enough to afford a home in Wollongong.(ABC Illawarra: Tim Fernandez) But the $500 a week he earns as a full-time carer isn’t enough to cover the rapidly rising cost of renting a home. “At the moment I’m homeless because I only get the carer’s allowance,” he says. “It is not enough to rent and eat at the same time.”

Source: Rising rents across regional NSW fuels homelessness and worker shortages – ABC News

Australia opens more places for Afghan refugees after scathing report

Thousands of Afghans flocked to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to escape the country after coalition forces pulled out.

Alex Hawke tidying up Morrison’s failure to act when necessary. How will Australia settle Afghans they simply left behind. Australia’s shameful claim was “they didn’t have the papers”? The very papers this government withheld in the face of an emergency they knew that was coming.

Australia will prioritise more than 15,000 Afghan refugees through its humanitarian and family reunion programs over the next four years amid claims it has been “dishonourable” by leaving hundreds of interpreters and other citizens at high risk of brutal reprisals from the Taliban.Federal Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Friday the government would resettle Afghans with links to Australia as either former locally engaged employees or employees of Australian non-government organisations as well as women and girls, ethnic minorities and LGBTQI+ citizens.

Source: Australia opens more places for Afghan refugees after scathing report

State versus State, gas mate versus gas mate, a fossil fuels bonanza with a planet on the line – Michael West Media

Kurri Kurri gas plant

Emissions targets are dead. Corrupt governments in hock to their corporate donors are accelerating fossil fuel projects despite international condemnation, economic logic and the future of the planet. Michael West reports on Kurri Kurri gas plant and the slew of new projects.

Source: State versus State, gas mate versus gas mate, a fossil fuels bonanza with a planet on the line – Michael West Media

Novak Djokovic’s exemption to play the Australian Open sparks fury and confusion – ABC News

Novak Djokovic claps with tears in his eyes

Australians have reacted with fury and confusion after tennis star Novak Djokovic revealed he had received a travel exemption to play in the Australian Open. Djokovic has consistently declined to reveal his vaccination status, and as a result looked unlikely to be allowed to play in the tournament. However, the Serbian star revealed on Instagram on Tuesday that he had received a medical exemption. The Australian Open and the Victorian government confirmed the exemption on Tuesday night, stating a review had been carried out to confirm Djokovic had “a genuine medical condition that meets the criteria for an exemption”. The decision was met with fury by Australians on social media.

“Novak Djokovic is the greatest tennis player ever. Forget Laver, Agassi, Federer, Sampras, Nadal, McEnroe, Connors and Borg for Novak has won 20 Grand Slams and 87 titles and a billion dollars without us knowing he had a debilitating medical problem,” Australian rules football great Kevin Bartlett wrote.

Source: Novak Djokovic’s exemption to play the Australian Open sparks fury and confusion – ABC News

The known unknown: Inside Australia’s $3 billion food fraud puzzle

Food fraud is suspected to be a $3 billion industry in Australia.

Corporate crime slap on the wrist Indigenous crime incarceration and we declare systemic racism and class bias doesn’t exist.

Regulation needs more teeth. At the moment, there aren’t really harsh penalties associated with product fraud, says Ms Lester. “If you get caught, it becomes a media story and you get a slap on the wrist, but there’s not really a way to regulate that.” This is more the case when the product is being exported. “That requires a global response. It’s not something we can turn around easily.”

Source: The known unknown: Inside Australia’s $3 billion food fraud puzzle

Meet the Mining Billionaires Ransacking Australia

The super-profitable mining industry in Australia has produced a new class of ruthless billionaires. Their fortunes tower above those of the nation’s other business elites, and they’ve used this wealth to shape the political landscape in their interest.

Source: Meet the Mining Billionaires Ransacking Australia

Australia standing proud — and increasingly alone — as property haven for international criminals  – Michael West Media

We saw how Vanstone and Guy cozied up to Australia’s Mafia Dons. They certainly weren’t the ALP being offered incentives.

Australia is cementing its name as a haven for money-launderers in global regulatory circles. Now that former laggard America is reforming however, the 64 billion dollar question is: will Canberra finally leap into action? Nathan Lynch examines how Australia has been exposed by the changing climate in Washington.

Source: Australia standing proud — and increasingly alone — as property haven for international criminals  – Michael West Media

Dozens of children still locked up in Don Dale over festive period

Dozens of children are likely to spend Christmas behind bars in the Northern Territory’s infamous Don Dale youth detention centre, four years after the government agreed to close it. Inmate numbers climbed to 44 in recent months after the NT government toughened youth bail laws earlier in the year. Darwin lawyer John B Lawrence SC is representing an 11-year-old Indigenous boy on remand in the former men’s prison. “It’s disgusting that a child so young is in custody and away from his family over the holidays,” he said on Wednesday. “But it’s a fact and it’s appalling that we accept and let this happen in Australia”.

Source: Dozens of children still locked up in Don Dale over festive period

How Minnesota’s Foster Care System Reminds Native Moms of a Racist Legacy – Mother Jones

Australia’s Indigenous have told us they have lived with this generational fear for 200 years. America laid down the model over 400 years ago and which we still maintain the vestigages of it today. People like Stan Grant and others have described how they experienced much the same as their  forebears and many still do today. Equal isn’t equal much to Australia’s shame.

Australia follows when it comes to Indigenous Australia and shames us with political gaslighting and denial

“For the families that we work with, it’s constantly living in a state of fear,” says Nord. “Grandma was in the system and now Mom is in the system and now the child is in the system… How can we expect our community members to even start healing?” Nord, who is a Navajo and Hopi Indian descendant, has experienced that fear herself. In February of 2015, Nord temporarily lost custody of her 6-year-old daughter after a social worker determined she “was in imminent danger.” It took two years to get her back.

Source: How Minnesota’s Foster Care System Reminds Native Moms of a Racist Legacy – Mother Jones

Only a Democratic Overhaul Can Put an End to the Corruption of Australia’s Political Class

Every month, it seems a new corruption scandal emerges in Australian politics. These improprieties are not exceptions to the norm, they are the natural outcome of a two-party system that serves the wealthy elite.

Source: Only a Democratic Overhaul Can Put an End to the Corruption of Australia’s Political Class

$16 billion in secret Coalition spending sets up bitter election battle

government spending Josh Frydenberg

Hours after a newspaper exposé shone another light on the Coalition government shamelessly funnelling discretionary grants to electorates it holds or wants to win, Labor leader Anthony Albanese warned of a “frenzy” of skewed spending before next year’s election. He probably didn’t expect that less than 24 hours later, his prediction would be starkly laid out in black-and-white line items on Treasury papers.

Source: $16 billion in secret Coalition spending sets up bitter election battle

Jailing Former Immigration Ministers: Denmark’s Inger Støjberg – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Dutton and Andrews come to mind and what it was they got away with when Immigration Ministers

Immigration ministers in other countries should take note but the lessons of this case are unlikely to be learned in Australia. Down under, immigration officials act with brutal impunity confident that their callous decisions are unlikely to ever face stern judicial eyes. No Australian immigration minister has faced proceedings for culpability in returning people to lands they have fled, only to endure torture, persecution and disappearance. Or for ruining the mental health of asylum seekers locked in indefinite captivity in a subsided Pacific concentration camp system. They have set the standard, and countries like Denmark have been inspired. Støjberg might well count herself unlucky.

Source: Jailing Former Immigration Ministers: Denmark’s Inger Støjberg – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Time to end the ‘criminality with impunity’ of Australia’s immigration detention regime – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The unfitness for office of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his coalition government now stands comprehensively exposed. Yet the apparent criminality of Liberal-National cruelty to immigration detainees has somehow remained largely unexposed, unprevented, and unpunished for nearly a decade.

Source: Time to end the ‘criminality with impunity’ of Australia’s immigration detention regime – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Migrants Are Increasingly Crossing the English Channel—and Dying Along the Way | Washington Monthly

Migrants' Boat

Howard,Abbott, and Morrison’s legacy lowered the bar on how refugees and asylum seekers should be treated globally. They inspired Trump’s wall and Australia has never been seen in the same light ever since. It’s certainly not the place of a “fair go”. Abbott was still promoting his inhumane policies in the UK even recently while in the guise of a ” unpaid trade advisor”. These national leaders raised the bar on Australia’s shame, and lowered the one on our our pride, and international image in the worst of all possible ways.

At the end of September, nearly 700 migrants and refugees were rescued from an overloaded 50-foot boat limping in off the coast of Lampedusa. And just three weeks ago, 75 people drowned in those blinding turquoise waters. As long as wars continue to displace people and repressive governments deny them basic rights like freedom of thought, protection from torture, and an education, they will continue to risk everything for a chance at a better life.

Source: Migrants Are Increasingly Crossing the English Channel—and Dying Along the Way | Washington Monthly

Where there are Tailings, No Grass Grows: Serbians Protest against Rio Tinto – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Rio Tinto has achieved what it set out to do in Australia recently blow up one of our Major Heritage sites and get away with it and carry on. The mining corporation is now promising the Serb’s wealth, and fortune if they are allowed to destroy their natural environment, why? They simply see a profit in it.

A large protest movement is taking shape in Serbia, centred on the importance of clean water, air, soil and observance of sound environmental regulations. The month of November saw protesting efforts that involved blocking roads in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Užice, Loznica and Kruševac, amongst others. Rio Tinto, environmental vandal par excellence, has shown, along with other mining giants, a marked tendency to ignore local grievances and fears while flattering gullible authorities with promises of a glittering future. The future for the Jadar valley, outlined by one sceptical ecologist, Mirjana Lukić Anđelković is suitably dark. The company, she told the morning program TV Nova S “Wake Up” in March this year, promises to mine for six decades and “make a mountain of tailings.” Where there are tailings, “there is no grass, nothing grows.”

Source: Where there are Tailings, No Grass Grows: Serbians Protest against Rio Tinto – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The hidden world of power and influence: donors pay top dollar for a seat at Ministers’ table – Michael West Media

political donations

“We don’t live in a democracy anymore. We live in a plutocracy. The Australian political system is a wholly owned subsidiary of big corporations.” Investigation by Stephanie Tran, Ashley Sullivan and Joseph Chalita reveals donors paying top dollar at political fundraising events for exclusive access to ministers.

Source: The hidden world of power and influence: donors pay top dollar for a seat at Ministers’ table – Michael West Media

Australia’s Future Fund invested in weapons manufacturers that have sold arms to Myanmar military | Australia news | The Guardian

File photo of soldiers standing next to military vehicles in Yangon, Myanmar

The Australian Way

Australia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Future Fund, has invested in a Chinese state-controlled weapons manufacturer that has sold combat aircraft to the Myanmar military, which is accused of crimes against humanity.

Source: Australia’s Future Fund invested in weapons manufacturers that have sold arms to Myanmar military | Australia news | The Guardian

Ultranationalists Are Seeing an Organizing Boom in Australia

There’s a German warning drawn from historic experience. “If 10 people sit and dine with a Nazi you have 11 Nazis dining”

At a recent anti-vaccine rally in Melbourne, observers identified supporters of the Ustaše, a Croatian fascist movement with Nazi-collaborationist roots. It’s no fluke: the radical right is attaching itself to the anti-vaccine movement everywhere.

Source: Ultranationalists Are Seeing an Organizing Boom in Australia

Marise Payne says US and China now need to put climate pact into action

Foreign Minister Marise Payne, who  met her New Zealand counterpart Nanaia Mahuta on Thursday.

Believe it or not from the mouth of this “do-nothing” “we have a plan”government comes the chest beating challenge to the US and China “action is louder than words” na nana nana na!! The arrogance that shames all Australians is something exceptional. This Australian Government has shown it’s stripes and shamed us they have joined the Russians and Saudis as a counter pledge in this existential game of climate chess. While proudly crying “we don’t need to have the planet’s best interests at heart” “That’s the Australian ( MAGA ) Way”

Foreign Minister Marise Payne says she welcomes a climate agreement between the United States and China but it needs to be translated into action, conceding there are still many differences between the world’s two largest emitters.

Source: Marise Payne says US and China now need to put climate pact into action

Australia ranked last of 60 countries for policy response to climate crisis | Australia news | The Guardian

Heavy machinery moves coal

The Australian government’s policy response to the climate crisis was ranked last in an assessment of 60 countries released at the global climate summit in Glasgow. The Morrison government’s lack of policies, high per capita greenhouse gas emissions, weak targets, low levels of renewables and high levels of energy use, saw the country given an overall ranking of 54 among individual countries. Australia’s resources minister, Keith Pitt, said this week that, as a major fossil fuel exporter, the country would continue to produce as much coal as other countries will buy. On the sidelines of the Cop26 talks, Australia has refused to sign a pledge to cut emissions of potent greenhouse gas methane, dismissed calls to phase out coal, refused to improve its 2030 targets, but has promoted gas, carbon capture and storage and hydrogen as solutions.

Source: Australia ranked last of 60 countries for policy response to climate crisis | Australia news | The Guardian

Australia’s Largest University Stole $8.6 Million From Workers’ Wages

Worker action exposed systematic wage theft within Australia’s largest university and forced management to pay staff the millions that had been stolen from them.

Source: Australia’s Largest University Stole $8.6 Million From Workers’ Wages

French ambassador accuses Australia of deceit over submarine deal | Reuters

French Ambassador in charge of the G7 summit preparations Jean-Pierre Thebault speaks on his mobile phone while working in Biarritz, France August 25, 2019. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS/Files

“The deceit was intentional,” Thebault told media in Canberra on Wednesday. “And because there was far more at stake than providing submarines, because it was a common agreement on sovereignty, sealed with the transmission of highly classified data, the way it was handled was a stab in the back.”

Source: French ambassador accuses Australia of deceit over submarine deal | Reuters

Australia refuses to join global pledge led by US and EU to cut methane emissions – ABC News

A power plant emits steam from cooling towers.

More than 100 countries have joined the US and EU in committing to cutting methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 Australia, China, Russia, India and Iran refused to join the global push to cut methane emissions Former PM Malcolm Turnbull said Australia’s climate position was “a joke”

Source: Australia refuses to join global pledge led by US and EU to cut methane emissions – ABC News

Emmanuel Macron issues torpedo strike to Australia during conversation with Scott Morrison – ABC News

French President Emmanuel Macron puts his hand on the shoulder of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

President Macron told the Prime Minister that “Australia’s unilateral decision” to break the contract “broke the relationship of trust between our two countries”. Scott Morrison speaks to Emmanuel Macron French President Emmanuel Macron puts his hand on the shoulder of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison In a phone call French President Emmanuel Macron tells PM Scott Morrison that it is up to Australia to repair the trust between the two nations after the scrapping of Australia’s submarine contract with France. Read more The President says Australia must propose “tangible” actions to “redefine” the bilateral relationship — as well as the two nations’ cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. Tellingly, given the Prime Minister is already on the defensive over his government’s climate change commitments, the President says he encouraged Mr Morrison to adopt emission reduction measures “commensurate with the climate challenge” and cease production and consumption of coal. This is a deliberate strike by the French President at the PM’s carbon credentials on the eve of next week’s Glasgow climate talks.

Source: Emmanuel Macron issues torpedo strike to Australia during conversation with Scott Morrison – ABC News

Britain’s Guantanamo: is Julian Assange a terrorist? – Michael West Media

Julian Assange, Wikileaks

As Julian Assange prepares to face a British court for possibly the last time, threatened with up to 175 years detention in a US supermax prison, his biographer, journalist Gary Lord, explores the latest bizarre twists in the US effort to extradite the Wikileaks founder and the silence of global media.

Source: Britain’s Guantanamo: is Julian Assange a terrorist? – Michael West Media

Australian business talks big on climate, but who’s walking the talk?

At the business end of driving down emissions, who’s walking the talk?

Some Australian companies are at world’s best practice. Medibank, Macquarie, Commonwealth Bank, Cochlear and Brambles are just some of the companies that have emissions per dollar of revenue consistent with the IEA pathway to 1.5 degrees or lower. But, overall, only 24 per cent of Australia’s largest listed companies have emissions consistent with keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees. This compares with 61 per cent of major companies in Britain and 53 per cent in Europe. In other words, three-quarters of Australian companies currently emit at a rate that would lead to temperature increases above 1.5 degrees. And more than a third have emission consistent with a pathway to dangerous levels of warming above 3 degrees.

Source: Australian business talks big on climate, but who’s walking the talk?

The pattern is clear: Australia’s next election will be a competition on cruelty | Behrouz Boochani | The Guardian

Kurdish-Iranian born journalist Behrouz Boochani,  spent spent six years in Australian-run detention on Manus Island before seeking asylum in New Zealand.

In 2021, the refugees who are still exiled to PNG are again abandoned and remain without any future. They are the only side of this story that is continually damaged – it is their lives that have been destroyed and it is their dreams that have been extinguished. This policy of exile has been exposed as an abject failure in a myriad of ways and it is the Australian public’s choice as to whether they want to be manipulated again or not.

Source: The pattern is clear: Australia’s next election will be a competition on cruelty | Behrouz Boochani | The Guardian

Nationhood and the ‘Pure’ Race (part 5) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In summary, this thesis examined that the desire to remain one people without the admixture of other ‘races’ was one of the most powerful forces that impelled the colonists towards Federation and the ‘pure race’ that could be codified. Historians are in no doubt that a central policy of the movement towards Federation was the exclusion of all people considered inferior and unfit for a white country. Federation was the rationale to maintain white superiority and racial homogeneity, and subsequently the first act of the new parliament was the Commonwealth Immigration Restriction Act (1901). Racial discrimination in entry, residence and citizenship provisions were sanctified, and a unified White Australia established. This policy confirmed the racist ideologies based on white supremacy and the dominant perception of Indigenous inferiority and their low evolutionary progress.

Source: Nationhood and the ‘Pure’ Race (part 5) – » The Australian Independent Media Network