Category: Australia’s Shame

Robodebt’s privileged perpetrators shamefully punished the poor

Wealthy and privileged public servants and politicians all collaborated to demonise the poor and destroy people’s lives with the Robodebt scheme, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.

Source: Robodebt’s privileged perpetrators shamefully punished the poor

Paul Bongiorno: ‘No’ campaign spoiling to muffle the Voice

Voice

The Prime Minister’s commitment to implement the Uluru Statement From the Heart in full is in grave danger of being derailed by the shorthand title, ‘The Voice’ that we keep hearing about.

Source: Paul Bongiorno: ‘No’ campaign spoiling to muffle the Voice

Australia’s racist Constitution and the Voice – Pearls and Irritations

Torres Strait Islander and Australian flags outside the Australian Parliament House in July 2016.

‘Questions which relate to the whole body of the people, to the purity of race, to the preservation of the racial character of the white population, are Commonwealth questions and should be so exclusively’.

Australia has a racist constitution. It gives the Federal Parliament power to make laws for ‘The people of any race, for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws’. Deemed necessary, that is, by the Parliament itself.

Given the failure of the Morrison and earlier governments to improve Aboriginal welfare (‘Closing the Gap’ remains merely an aspiration) this is not a particularly appealing response. But the fact that Dutton keeps raising questions about the voice designed, it appears, to sabotage the referendum, suggest he will either avoid committing his party either way, or else reluctantly advocate a ‘yes’ vote, so that if the referendum fails he can blame the government’s strategy, tactics and general ineptitude.

We are in for an unedifying six or more months until we get to vote.

Source: Australia’s racist Constitution and the Voice – Pearls and Irritations

26 January echoes with ‘torment’ of First Nation peoples’ ‘powerlessness’ – Pearls and Irritations

It was a wonderful night in Melbourne’s Town Hall!

An Indigenous Nation is a Multicultural Inclusive Nation. Anti- Multiculturalism is anti-Australian and merely a White Colony intruding on Indigenous lands. Be and reflect what you are Australia your not a White Nation and never have been.

The wisdom of the saints for us as individuals also pertains to us as a nation. Wisdom is that, every day, we should ask ourselves this question: “Am I becoming a more loving person?”. Changing the date of Australia Day and embracing the referendum are opportunities to be a more loving nation. The heart has its own wisdom.

Source: 26 January echoes with ‘torment’ of First Nation peoples’ ‘powerlessness’ – Pearls and Irritations

The rest of the world is in disbelief at what the gambling industry has pulled off in Australia. We need real reform | Tim Costello | The Guardian

 A person gambles on a poker machine at a pub in Sydney, Australia, September 19, 2022.

 

For decades it seems Australian politics, especially in NSW, has been dominated by three major entities – the two major political parties and the gambling industry.

The state has half of the nation’s pokies and, incredibly, 35% of the world’s pokies in its clubs and pubs. With such ubiquitous accessibility it is no wonder Australia has the greatest gambling losses in the world – 40% greater than the nation that comes second.

Gambling does the most harm to the people and communities of NSW that Labor is supposed to represent

Source: The rest of the world is in disbelief at what the gambling industry has pulled off in Australia. We need real reform | Tim Costello | The Guardian

Peter Dutton’s approach to referendum on Indigenous voice straight from John Howard’s playbook | Paul Karp | The Guardian

Opposition leader, Peter Dutton (right), with former prime minister John Howard.

When Politics gets in the way of what’s right for the sake of maintaining what’s always been wrong since Invasion Day

Conservatives say the Indigenous voice to parliament could divide Australians – but they’ve found some clever ways of doing that themselves

Source: Peter Dutton’s approach to referendum on Indigenous voice straight from John Howard’s playbook | Paul Karp | The Guardian

The Test cricket docuseries: Usman Khawaja on race and breaking down cricket’s inner sanctum

Fresh from scoring his career best total of 195 runs, Usman Khawaja has opened up about Australian cricket’s race problem.

Racism by White Australians. It can’t be denied it’s an integral but shameful fact in Australian culture.

“Did you grow up supporting the Australian cricket team?” asks Usman Khawaja, before nodding his head in understanding when I, a fellow Pakistani-born Australian, admitted that I didn’t.

Source: The Test cricket docuseries: Usman Khawaja on race and breaking down cricket’s inner sanctum

Big tech takes totalitarian turn on Voice, Tony Abbott warns

tony abbott big tech

Could one ever expected a Yes vote from Tony Abbott who preferred lies as his primary political strategy to gain power?

Facebook has rejected claims by Tony Abbott that it and other social media companies are trying to control how Australians think and vote because they declined to run ads for the ‘no’ side of the Indigenous Voice referendum.

Source: Big tech takes totalitarian turn on Voice, Tony Abbott warns

‘A Sigh of Relief’ as Hundreds of Rohingya Refugees Rescued After Harrowing Sea Journeys

Rohingya refugees in Aceh, Indonesia

The rescue of hundreds of Rohingya refugees by fishers and local authorities in Indonesia’s Aceh province was praised Tuesday as “an act of humanity” by United Nations officials, while relatives of around 180 Rohingya on another vessel that’s been missing for weeks feared that all aboard had perished

Tun Khin, a Rohingya activist and refugee who now heads the Burmese Rohingya Organization U.K., took aim at regional power Australia, which has been criticized for decades over its abuse of desperate seaborne asylum-seekers, nearly all of whom are sent to dirty, crowded offshore processing centers on Manus Island and Nauru to await their fate.

“Australia has too often set a shameful example for the region through its treatment of refugees,” he told the Morning Herald.

“These people are facing genocide in Burma,” Khin added, using the former official name of Myanmar. “It is a hopeless situation for them in Bangladesh, there is no dignity of life there.”

 

Source: ‘A Sigh of Relief’ as Hundreds of Rohingya Refugees Rescued After Harrowing Sea Journeys

‘A month’s wages’: Soaring air fares leave Australians spending Christmas apart or out of pocket | Australia news | The Guardian

Jonathan Brown and family celebrate their premature Christmas.

The distances between Australia’s cities have not grown, but the air fares to reach them this Christmas have, leaving many with a choice of either spending the holidays alone or out of pocket.

Source: ‘A month’s wages’: Soaring air fares leave Australians spending Christmas apart or out of pocket | Australia news | The Guardian

Australia is addicted to fighting other people’s wars – Pearls and Irritations

Five Eyes concept. United Kingdom – United States of America Agreement. Elements of this image furnished by NASA. 3D rendering.

History forgotten, Losers in past conflict, Vietnam, Aghanistan, Iraq, Syria,

How do we explain that half the Australian community thinks we should go to war with China? After twenty years of conflict in the Middle East, will our addiction to war and our insouciance about its consequences finally catch up with us in an American war over Taiwan?

Source: Australia is addicted to fighting other people’s wars – Pearls and Irritations

The lucky country? – Pearls and Irritations

Large group of people forming Australia map and national flag in social media and communication

Australia is the spoilt offspring of an ultra-rich empire who gained wealth through exploitative, brutal means.

Just as the United States perpetuates its own destructive national myths, of exceptionalism and manifest destiny, Australia has its own. “The lucky country,”

Australians repeat to themselves. This book-title-turned-national-narrative is just as worthy of examination.

Source: The lucky country? – Pearls and Irritations

Why we shouldn’t care Lidia Thorpe dated an ex-bikie

On the matter of the recent Lidia Thorpe controversy, I want to state a layperson perspective, one we won’t see much of amidst the swamp of Australian political opinion columns.

Here it is: I don’t give a shit if Lidia Thorpe dated an ex-bikie.

Source: Why we shouldn’t care Lidia Thorpe dated an ex-bikie

Blood in the Archives – Consortium News

1975 saw the shameful death and cover-up of 5 Australian reporters shot and killed in Balibo.

Australia’s role during the Indonesian occupation itself is largely considered as one of passive acceptance, a “blind eye” to events to which it fails to respond.

In fact, as these documents and files clearly show, Australia played a very active role, encouraging the Indonesian intervention before it took place and acting as the Suharto regime’s key propagandist in the international arena while the worst of the atrocities were occurring.

Australian lobbing not only delayed a resolution of the East Timor independence issue, but also curtailed measures to highlight and alleviate the suffering, actions that undoubtedly cost many, many lives. 

The active role that Australia took in supporting the attempted genocide of the Timorese people is still obscure to much of the Australian public. No true reconciliation nor compensation to the East Timorese nation is likely without a true appraisal of the unredacted facts.

Newly declassified files from the National Archives of Australia show how the Department of Foreign Affairs provided PR cover for Indonesia’s genocidal scorched-earth campaign in East Timor, Peter Job reports. By Peter Job Declassified Australia The photographs show a smiling Australian, in

Source: Blood in the Archives – Consortium News

Paul Keating has warned us that ‘our strategic sovereignty is being outsourced to another country, the US’ – Pearls and Irritations

U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin.

It certainly didn’t start with Julia Gillard. Australia sat back and watched the slaughter that took place in the 60s when Indonesia killed some 1 million members of the PKI and attempted genocide of Chinese Indonesians at one and the same time. Meanwhile we sat back and watched and prepared for Vietnam Second Greatest Crime of the Century: The Bloodbath

Michael Pascoe, a few days ago, in the New Daily, in an article titled ‘Worried about Australian sovereignty? Don’t bother, it’s gone.’ drew together what Paul Keating, I and others have been saying recently about Australia becoming a proxy even a patsy for the United States.

The signs are ominous on numerous fronts.

Kishore Mahbubani from Singapore has pointed out that Australia looks like a spear-carrier for the United States.

North Australia is becoming a US military colony. It started with Julia Gillard agreeing with Barack Obama for the stationing of marines in Darwin. It followed last year with the Morrison government at a US/Australia Ministerial meeting committing us to ‘high end war- fighting and combined military operations in the region’ with the United States.

The enormously expensive AUKUS nuclear submarines are not to defend Australia but to be fused with the United States naval forces to contain Chinese submarines on the Chinese coast in the South China Sea. We are paying for a submarine to oblige the Americans rather than to defend Australia. We are choosing the wrong submarine.

 

Source: Paul Keating has warned us that ‘our strategic sovereignty is being outsourced to another country, the US’ – Pearls and Irritations

Federation: A colonial view – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The most “basic flaw in Australian nationalism was its view of race.” (Alomes, 1988:30).

Perhaps then, national identity was enshrined in the White Australia policy: Upon the very isolation of this vast island continent … a unique human experiment might be attempted. As with nowhere else upon the globe, here a distinct biological community might be established, maintained and nurtured within a single geographic entity. If the indigenous peoples continued their perceived decline towards extinction and other migrant races were excluded or expelled, a ‘pure race’ could logically result. From such a vision, the idea of a ‘White Australia’ was born – a society where national boundaries conformed to racial ones – and by the time of Federation, this was no longer so much a matter of debate as a nation-wide article of faith. (Cited in Evans et al, 1997, p 26).

Source: Federation: A colonial view – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Mexico upholds Assange: Your move next, Australia

The President of Mexico recently spoke out in support of Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks founder was honoured with the keys to Mexico City. Australia must do more to bring Assange home, writes Dr John Jiggens.

Source: Mexico upholds Assange: Your move next, Australia

Ten years on from the Misogyny Speech, not much has changed

Ten years on from former Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Misogyny Speech, has media representation of women really improved? Dr Victoria Fielding examines why not much has changed.

Source: Ten years on from the Misogyny Speech, not much has changed

Talkin’ bout a Treaty Republic – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Constitutional recognition was first touted by John Howard prior to losing the 2007 election, then copied by Rudd, Gillard, Abbott (who swore to sweat blood for it) sponsored by Miners, the AFL and NRL under the banner of “Recognise” and now the new Labor Government is still pushing it, whilst keeping the republic as a separate issue, as if unrelated.

Whose land is this republic supposed to operate on? The King of Britain’s land, or Aboriginal Land?

Source: Talkin’ bout a Treaty Republic – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Kumanjayi Walker shooting cop sent ‘racist’ messages

Text messages described as repugnant and racist were sent by the officer who shot dead an Indigenous man in the Northern Territory.

Text messages described as repugnant and racist were sent by the officer who shot dead an Indigenous man in the Northern Territory.

The messages were retrieved from the phone of Constable Zachary Rolfe, who was initially charged with the murder of 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker during an arrest attempt at Yuendumu in 2019.

Constable Rolfe was later acquitted on all charges after a Supreme Court trial.

At a coronial inquest into Mr Walker’s death on Wednesday, counsel assisting Peggy Dwyer read a number of messages sent some months before the shooting.

In one, Constable Rolfe wrote about being allowed to “towel locals up”.

In another, the officer made reference to a “c—s”, a term Sergeant Anne Jolley, the chief officer at Yuendumu, agreed at the inquest was blatantly racist.

Constable Rolfe also referred to “Neanderthals who drink too much alcohol”, which Sergeant Jolley accepted was disgusting and unacceptable.

 

Source: Kumanjayi Walker shooting cop sent ‘racist’ messages

We pay billions to subsidise Australia’s fossil fuel industry. This makes absolutely no economic sense

Fossil fuel subsidies from major economies including Australia reached close to US$700 billion in 2021, almost doubling from 2020, according to new analysis by the International Energy Agency and OECD.

Source: We pay billions to subsidise Australia’s fossil fuel industry. This makes absolutely no economic sense

Asylum seekers languish through the job summit – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Anthony Albanese at the Job Summit

It is heartwarming to watch the stories of people embracing the Canadian nation which has worked so efficiently to grant them safe haven, to reunite them with their family, to make them part of community. As an Australian, it hurts to see our failures thrown into stark relief by the contrast.

Source: Asylum seekers languish through the job summit – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When does neglect under “Sovereign Borders” become a war crime? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We won’t let the Hazaras in Indonesia come here. Yet they have few other options. They certainly cannot go back.Worse, the Hazaras kept at our behest on the streets of Indonesia for a decade are still not obtaining solutions or even adequate day to day support from Australia.Rather than let them arrive and thrive, Australia flips thousands of taxpayer dollars per stranded refugee to IOM rather than bring them here. IOM in turn sell the refugees to the lowest cost service provider or contractor. After a while, these practices resemble people trafficking for profit.I spoke to a couple of Hazaras in Indonesia over the weekend.One, Ghaznavi, is a gorgeous young chap who turned his hand to baking bread and tiling, despite work bans and his very apparent higher education.

Our involvement in the Afghan war makes us accountable for the wellbeing of Afghans. It is no different from the accountability of allied troops for Jewish war orphans in occupied Europe, or those affected by the bombing of Japan, Korea or Vietnam*. The Allies used their homeland to settle scores rather than our own. Even a hardened warrior like Jim Molan should be able to comprehend that.

When does neglect under “Sovereign Borders” become a war crime? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australians will miss a once in a century opportunity if we shirk a referendum on an Indigenous Voice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It is possible. So this is not just the “time to listen to the Voice and act”. It is the time to tell the powers-that-be what sort of Australia we want. We all have a lot to lose if we shirk this referendum and politicians and dissenters should be held to account if they intercede to prevent the emergence of a constitutionally enshrined Voice.

Australians will miss a once in a century opportunity if we shirk a referendum on an Indigenous Voice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Recognising Indigenous knowledges is not just culturally sound, it’s good science

For tens of thousands of years, First Nations people have addressed changing weather on this continent and successfully applied their knowledges to land management. Their knowledge and contribution deserve full recognition.

Source: Recognising Indigenous knowledges is not just culturally sound, it’s good science

Yassmin Abdel-Magied on marriage, her upbringing, and more

Yassmin’s father encouraged her to study engineering: “His traditional masculinity didn’t mean I was told there was one way to be a woman, as he was always supportive of me studying science, maths and tech subjects.”

LEST WE FORGET

The LNP, Murdoch’s Sky and News Newscorp drove this gifted Queenslander of the Year 2015 from the country. Ensuring the loss to Australia of one of it’s most educated, intelligent, and talented citizens. They achieved it with their White, Nationalistic, Anti- Muslim, Misogynistic, Jingoistic, and Racist rants ever publicly focused on an Aussie and shamed us all. Those Neanderthal trolls robbed the country of a role model for Australia’s future with their hate and disregard for basic Human Rights. Sorry, Yassmin.

Source: Yassmin Abdel-Magied on marriage, her upbringing, and more

As children, Steve and Noel weren’t counted as citizens, but that didn’t stop them joining the army and heading to Vietnam – ABC News

Indigenous man in a suit with medals watching an unveiling of a statue.

Queensland is unveiling its first monument dedicated to Indigenous servicemen and women, many of whom fought for a country that did not recognise them as citizens.

Source: As children, Steve and Noel weren’t counted as citizens, but that didn’t stop them joining the army and heading to Vietnam – ABC News

Scott Morrison appointed former Labor MP and Woodside executive Gary Gray as Ambassador to Ireland to cover up the East Timor bugging scandal – Kangaroo Court of Australia

There is a prima facie case to charge former Labor Party MP, and current Ambassador to Ireland, Gary Gray with criminal offences for his role in the bugging of the East Timor (now Timor-Leste) government which started in 2004 and conspiring to have whistleblowers Witness K and Bernard Collaery falsely charged.

Scott Morrison appointed Gary Gray as Ambassador to Ireland in June 2020 to cover up the East Timor bugging scandal to protect Liberal Party cronies such as Alexander Downer and possibly former Prime Minister John Howard.

Source: Scott Morrison appointed former Labor MP and Woodside executive Gary Gray as Ambassador to Ireland to cover up the East Timor bugging scandal – Kangaroo Court of Australia

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

António Guterres 2021.jpg

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