Category: Australia’s Shame

‘Finally, a life’: Canada comes to the rescue when a refugee family loses hope in Australia | Australia news | The Guardian

Palestinian refugees Dima (right) and Hani,

Canada and NZ show us what Australia isn’t. So what’s the difference the Government and who in particular Abbott, Morrison and Dutton crafted a viscious difference based on irrational FEAR  for little more than 30 pieces of political gold (ODT)

The family are now permanent residents in Canada, welcomed under a Canadian government sponsorship system which is increasingly becoming the final life raft for the refugees left in the limbo of Australia’s infamous offshore processing system.

via ‘Finally, a life’: Canada comes to the rescue when a refugee family loses hope in Australia | Australia news | The Guardian

Why the platypus is at risk of extinction | Salon.com

Screenshot_2020-01-31 Why the platypus is at risk of extinction.pngThe platypus, a beloved emblem of Australia and a symbol of the strangeness of evolution, is at risk of extinction.

That’s according to a new study published in the February issue of Biological Conservation, which suggests the humble beaked mammal is at greater risk of becoming extinct than previously thought. As the tragic bushfires in Australia blanketed the island continent, the platypuses were “invisible victims,” as Atlas Obscura wrote.

via Why the platypus is at risk of extinction | Salon.com

Six Things Indigenous People Want You To Know This Survival Day | HuffPost Australia

People take part in an Gov. Arthur Phillip addresses the first settlers upon landing at Sydney Cove on Jan. 26, 1788, which...

For Indigenous Australians, colonisation meant their sovereignty over the land was never recognised. It meant they were not acknowledged in the constitution and still aren’t. It meant murders, being pushed off their land, racism and institutionalising whole generations of children to “breed out the colour.” It meant that every year for 232 years, on the anniversary of the day Sir Arthur Phillip stuck a flagpole in the sand at Sydney’s Woolloomooloo, Australians would celebrate the colony while Indigenous Australians were made to remember a history that brutalised their culture.

via Six Things Indigenous People Want You To Know This Survival Day | HuffPost Australia

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

 

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