Category: Australia’s Shame

The irony in the Morrison Government’s political dodgeball – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton during Question Time.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton only managed to get three words into a substantive interview on Insiders last weekend before he started talking about the Opposition.

The question was about who had leaked classified documents from his portfolio. But his answer was all about how Anthony Albanese was only asking questions about the leak because he was trying to distract everyone from Labor’s problems.

This would have to rate somewhere between “marvellous” and “magnificent” on the irony-o-meter, since the only thing anyone in the Government seems to want to talk about at the moment, particularly this week, is the Opposition.

You know? The mob that actually lost the election, not the mob who won it and who are supposed to be springing into action with plans to lead the country forward.

The main topics this week have been the Government’s planned tax cuts, the imminent collapse (according to Mr Dutton) of Australia’s migration regime as a result of a Federal Court decision about the legislation on medical evacuations from Nauru and Manus Island, and the ongoing battle over the future in the Labor Party and the trade union movement of union official John Setka.

via The irony in the Morrison Government’s political dodgeball – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘I am Imran’ | The Saturday Paper

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Imran Mohammed just graduated from high school jailed by the LNP for 5 years in Australia a country that stole opportunity from many people for little more than political self -interest rather than National Interest and pride, Australia’s shame. (ODT)

I thought I’d lost all hope when the Australian government forcibly moved me to Manus Island on October 29, 2013. For so long, my life was controlled. It was not mine. I was not allowed to live the way I wanted. I saw what I didn’t want to see, I ate what I didn’t want to eat. I wore clothes that I didn’t want to wear. I heard what I didn’t want to hear. I slept when I didn’t want to sleep. I was treated in a way I didn’t want to be treated and I lived where I didn’t want to live.

via ‘I am Imran’ | The Saturday Paper

Uncapping uni places boosted opportunity for many — but not rural and Indigenous students

A major new report has found the demand-driven university funding system carried mixed results.

The uncapping of undergraduate university places enabled tens of thousands of people from poorer backgrounds to access higher education but it failed to boost opportunity for Indigenous and rural students and caused a spike in dropout rates, a major new study has found.

via Uncapping uni places boosted opportunity for many — but not rural and Indigenous students

Australia takes from the poor to give to the rich

Australia has become a country that takes from the poor to give to the rich.

If we want to tackle inequality in Australia, the answer is simple. First, we need to end the trickle-up economics by winding back some tax breaks to the very wealthiest people. Next, we need to lift income support. The OECD has already warned that our income support payments are far too low. They are being outstripped every year by the cost of living.

And finally, we need to stop demonising people who need help. Cutting from the poorest must stop.

It is well past time that we end the trickle-up economics, and build a tax system that works for everyone.

via Australia takes from the poor to give to the rich

Old Do Thoughts – Morrison and his team claim to be the world’s most talented.

Why Scott Morrison is paid three times what he’s worth

Fighting Fake News and Griters, 10/6/19; LNP Talent Abbott, Turnbull ,Morrison, Frydenberg, Dutton the highest paid in the world to look after 24 million; Reserve Bank doing the LNP’s work;

AFP’s media raids risk eroding business sector’s confidence in Australia, expert warns – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Australia has a habit of shaming itself on the world stage generally at the hands of the LNP. Kevin Andrews did it Tony Abbott made us a laughing stock and now Peter Dutton’s defence of the AFP raids on the Press have convinced the world we too are like Turkey and Bangladesh. (ODT)
Related Story: Labor should ‘think carefully’ about national security laws in wake of AFP raids, MP says
Related Story: AFP raid was consequence of ‘shining lights in dark corners’, says Buttrose
Related Story: What do the AFP raids mean for journalists and their sources?

Key points:

Australian Industry Group chief says the AFP raids “set back Australia’s reputation internationally”
He is concerned the precedent set by the raids could extend to business
He says the AFP’s reputation has also been damaged

AFP’s media raids risk eroding business sector’s confidence in Australia, expert warns – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Disgrace’: Angus Taylor under pressure after failing to release emissions data | Australia news | The Guardian

 Emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor has failed to meet the deadline to publish Australia’s emissions data. The Greens say the minister could be in contempt of parliament.

“But really it’s no surprise considering Angus Taylor has continually argued against climate action and is part of a government that has continually lied about what their emissions data actually shows, which is that emissions are rising and we’re not on track to meet our international climate commitments.”

Apparently this government has a mandate to operate in secret and will continue to do so. (ODT

‘Disgrace’: Angus Taylor under pressure after failing to release emissions data | Australia news | The Guardian

Coalition’s reef advocate backs massive tree-clearing plan

Liberal MP Warren Entsch is a strong advocate of land clearing, despite the possible effects on the Great Barrier Reef's water quality.

Mr Entsch once owned Olive Vale station, a large Cape York farm north-west of Cairns, and has been a vocal proponent of land clearing on farming properties in north Queensland. Land clearing can create sediment and nutrient run-off and is the main driver of serious water quality problems on the Great Barrier Reef.

Mr Entsch lobbied his government on behalf of a highly contentious proposal to clear 2000 hectares of forest at Kingvale Station on Cape York Peninsula.

The land drains into two rivers that run into the Great Barrier Reef 200 kilometres downstream. Government-commissioned experts have warned that soil erosion from the work is likely to damage the reef.

Mr Entsch told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that despite his new responsibilities he “totally supports” the Kingvale land-clearing proposal.

“It has absolutely nothing to do with my role [as reef envoy],” he said.

via Coalition’s reef advocate backs massive tree-clearing plan

The irony of Australians who laugh about Trump – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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So true : So your going to vote for Trump (ODT)

The way I see it, if you are willing to vote for a Morrison government in next month’s election, despite everything they have done, then you would have been willing to vote for Trump too. So if you laugh at Trump and his supporters, the joke is really on you- and the rest of Australia if we have to suffer another three years of Liberal Government due to your choices.

via The irony of Australians who laugh about Trump – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Lies, obfuscation and fake news make for a dispiriting – and dangerous – election campaign

Why are we so effen American because Murdoch and the IPA want us to be and they are currently steering SS Australia. They want Abbott Back. (ODT)

via Lies, obfuscation and fake news make for a dispiriting – and dangerous – election campaign

Adani no saviour of India’s poor, despite the rhetoric

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When even an Indian member of the Liberal Party can’t bear to listen to this ignorant BS any more (ODT)

My parents are skilled Indian migrants, I’ve been a Liberal Party member since I turned 17, I’m a small-l liberal feminist, and I believe climate change is a national emergency.

Landry argued that profits from the Adani coal mine would be “going to hundreds of millions of Indians who do not have electricity … this is about women and families that are cooking over open fires in huts. They are burning cow dung. There is little ventilation in those huts.”

The poor are also the collateral of Adani’s ongoing expansion. Sixteen residents of four villages recently filed a motion in the Jharkhand High Court to set aside the government’s acquisition of their land (for an Adani project) as fraudulent and illegal. They argue the legally-required consent of 80 per cent of villagers was not obtained. Then there’s evidence of Adani’s shell companies linked to tax havens, proving later charitable giving seems unlikely.Mumbai – the only place Adani is an electricity provider in India – experienced a 50 per cent increase in its electricity bills after Adani took over.

The poor are also the collateral of Adani’s ongoing expansion. Sixteen residents of four villages recently filed a motion in the Jharkhand High Court to set aside the government’s acquisition of their land (for an Adani project) as fraudulent and illegal. They argue the legally-required consent of 80 per cent of villagers was not obtained. Then there’s evidence of Adani’s shell companies linked to tax havens, proving later charitable giving seems unlikely.

So let’s be clear on who Landry and Adani are helping. It isn’t poor Indian women. Pretty simply, there’s no evidence that it’s anybody except themselves and their bottom line.

Adani no saviour of India’s poor, despite the rhetoric

‘What have I done wrong?’: students falsely reported over terrorism

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Identity Politics of the worst kind. Australians being watched some defitinely are in a campaign of political fear started by the LNP and institutionalised. The student was named  the teacher protected (ODT)

In NSW, staff have been trained to spot students at risk, and provided with guidelines for antisocial and extremist behaviour. In the ACT, teachers must report all suspicious student behaviour to a hotline, where information is relayed to police.

Dr Susie Latham, an adjunct post-doctoral fellow at Curtin University who lives in Melbourne, said it was impossible to run neutral programs in a society with rampant levels of Islamophobia.

She has researched a similar program in the UK which mandates that public sector workers, including teachers, report suspicious behaviour.

“Children have been reported for using common arabic phrases, wearing Islamic clothing, receiving toy guns from their parents and one 4-year-old was reported for drawing a cooker bomb that was later found to be a cucumber.”

*name has been changed to protect the student’s identity

via ‘What have I done wrong?’: students falsely reported over terrorism

Federal Budget 2019: Josh Frydenberg’s $7.1 billion surplus has to be seen to be believed

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Here’s a clue – if you’re a taxpayer earning under $40,000, the government assumes you’re not going to consider voting Liberal and if you earn over $120,000 it assumes you’re not going to consider voting for anyone else.
It’s an Advertisement attached to a promise not a reality.(ODT)

via Federal Budget 2019: Josh Frydenberg’s $7.1 billion surplus has to be seen to be believed

Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf’s children out of battle zone after fleeing Islamic State – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Five kids sit on a set of steps.

The Collective Punishment of Children

Somewhere between 3,700 and 4,600 foreign children were taken to Syria to join IS — representing about 10 per cent of all foreigners — and a further 730 were born there to foreign parents, according to the UK-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.

Save the Children estimates that more than 3,500 of those children now languish in the three refugee camps in Syria’s north-east.

The five Sharrouf children were taken to Islamic State territory in Syria by their mother, Tara, in early 2014
Only three children have survived their five-year ordeal, and since mid-March they have been held at the al-Hawl refugee camp in north-eastern Syria
Their grandmother Karen Nettleton is calling on the Australian Government to help her rescue the children, following similar actions by other Western nations

via Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf’s children out of battle zone after fleeing Islamic State – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Man about Warringah: social media weaponised in fight for Tony Abbott’s seat | Australia news | The Guardian

 Promoting Abbott in Warringah

Tony Abbott’s opponent Zali Steggall is sticking to a more conventional strategy of talking about her policies and leaving the attacks to others.

 “So many things that he does the cameras don’t see,” Tani Rickle says.

Please don’t turn your back on him

He’ll knife you

“These far-left activists want to weaken our borders, make our electricity bills more expensive, and divide our nation with the politics of identity and race.” Abbott

He started TEAM AUSTRALIA all Citizens aren’t included.

Muslims Africans Lebanese, LGBTQIs not Included

Man about Warringah: social media weaponised in fight for Tony Abbott’s seat | Australia news | The Guardian

One Nation, guns and the Queensland question: what does it all mean for the 2019 federal election?

The 3 stooges a total blunder and a conspiracy theory being sold. Wake up Australia these are the three Drongos not Amigos (ODT)

Already, Hanson and party colleagues have shifted blame for the Al Jazeera “sting” to a media “stitch-up” and, they claimed, foreign political interference by an “Islamist media organisation”.

Presumably some Hanson adherents will find that plausible – the party has made anti-Muslim rhetoric part of its regular platform. Other One Nation supporters might now question the principles the party claims to stand for.

via One Nation, guns and the Queensland question: what does it all mean for the 2019 federal election?

Christchurch attacks show New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is a leader for our times – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Jacinda Ardern, wearing a headscarf, walks to mourners

via Christchurch attacks show New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern is a leader for our times – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Christchurch shootings: How our politicians used the Overton Window, and allowed white nationalist ideas to make their way into our political debate

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the Greens were playing politics and were as bad as Fraser Anning.

This idea of white persecution is not worth debating on its merits. It should be seen for what it is – a holler to white nationalists, an invocation of hatred and fear of non-white people everywhere, and a threat to the civility and safety of our public debate.

Politicians and the media have been trained carefully in how to talk about and report on sensitive issues which involve safety – specifically suicide, and domestic violence.

Suicide is an informative example: in the media we are extremely cautious in the way we report on it, because, to put it bluntly, the way the subject is treated in public discourse has a direct effect on how many more lives it claims.

It is about time we imposed the same sort of standards on the stoking of racial and Islamophobic hatred in political debate.

Treat it for what it is – a public security issue.

via Christchurch shootings: How our politicians used the Overton Window, and allowed white nationalist ideas to make their way into our political debate

The demise of Acquire: How the ‘big dogs’ in education lost their bite

Why is all of this coming to the surface now?  An effective opposition to a government that began with Tony Abbott that allowed Corporate Crime to flourish and a blinkered view of policy needs for the Nation. Oversight rejected over and over and deregulation a priority. LNP are yet again to hanball the problems to the ALP to fix yet again.(ODT)

At Acquire there was no lack of confidence. Emails started with “Lads” and the directors and shareholders including “Uncle Andy” Demetriou were described as “the boys” who attended “big dog” meetings. Yet Wall’s memo hinted at internal concerns about the sustainability of its business.
Wall’s note cheerfully concluded: “Lads… Let’s make some serious money.”

The demise of Acquire: How the ‘big dogs’ in education lost their bite

Australia’s three million forgotten voters

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Threat Labour can’t ignore advice from Duncan Storrar(ODT)

This is the biggest threat to our democracy.

Everybody thinks Clive Palmer’s texts are silly but where I live they get traction as he is reaching out. His message is a lie but it makes sense to the poor in Whittington, in Geelong and in Corio. We never see most politicians where I live.

But we do have people like the Blair Cottrell crew coming here doing yard maintenance setting up youth groups because they see us as a force to power. Nobody else sees us. This terrifies me. The message they sell is bought here by the masses.

The fact that both the main parties don’t want to deal with poverty will be their demise. So I cry for the poor of this country as we get ignored and used as pawns once again.

The politics in my neighbourhood is all about the Far Right. As nobody in power cares, I fear it will be too late by the time the political class notice that the Far Right is forming an army down here. Their message sells because the Coalition Government and the Labor Party has forgotten us.

And as somebody living in this horrible Great Depression-style poverty that political classes choose for us, I don’t want to live where being like me is dangerous because the Far Right has a foot-hold in my suburb.

via Australia’s three million forgotten voters

Australia Has Spent More Than $1 Million On Sick Refugee Medical Transfer Battles

Nick McKim.

Australia racked up more than $1 million in legal costs in the past seven months over the medical transfers of refugees and asylum seekers from Nauru and Manus Island, a senior home affairs official has said.

The official also confirmed that in 34 cases, sick refugees and asylum seekers were only transferred to Australia following a Federal Court order, and in 17 other cases detainees were only transferred once a court case had commenced.

via Australia Has Spent More Than $1 Million On Sick Refugee Medical Transfer Battles

Death by Video: Morrison Combats Refugees by Film – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A certain literature – and to that, a good deal of ghastly celluloid – has been produced on the subject. All are, in essence, in violation of the United Nations Refugee Convention. No mention on the right to asylum is ever made; nor to the right not to be prejudiced against as an asylum seeker in terms of means of arrival. And that’s merely the start. In gazing at these amateurish compilations of self-entitled guff, one is left with the conclusion that no one involved in this process has ever consulted a human rights manual, let alone familiarised themselves with the hideous post-Second World War period. There was a time when the term Displaced Person was not entirely revolting.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the hardened advertising man of the government, has retreated into something he knows best: the shallow, bucket swilling call of the advert. This is interesting in a way: the same man condemned his opponents for doing something similar when they got on the anti-refugee video show. When Labor, then in government, introduced material to justify its “PNG solution” in July 2013, Morrison claimed that the party was “ramraiding the taxpayer’s ATM”. The then coalition opposition snortingly dismissed the effort by Labor as “propaganda”.

Shortened memories prevail. A two-minute video message is now ambling its way through 10 countries, though it will have to be translated, however accurately, on its crooked journey. “Make no mistake, if you attempt to come to Australia illegally by boat, you will not succeed.” Spare your pennies, insists Morrison. “So do not waste your money or risk your life, or anyone else’s life, for nothing.” Such is the awareness of a person who has never had to consider the throbbing, genuine feeling human rights conjures up in the breast of the oppressed.

via Death by Video: Morrison Combats Refugees by Film – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Suicide at ‘crisis’ levels among Aboriginal children as leaders fear it will become ‘normal’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

via Suicide at ‘crisis’ levels among Aboriginal children as leaders fear it will become ‘normal’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Broome’s booze battle: The Kimberley indigenous population is in crisis

The fact is it’s not just an Indigenous Problem it’s Australia wide. Where conditions of systemic and severe inequality are seen these problems tend to follow. Ice has become the scourge of rural Australia. Problems are visible and exacerbated where the circumstances have been historically Intergenerational yes. But while the dysfunction is immediate and recognizable but is falsely defined as Indigenous and  just historical the immediate context of inequality and opportunity denied.  The systemic nature and growing trend of behaviours despite colour is denied and individuals and culture so easily blamed.

Yes , Social and internalised aspects of racist psychology is absorbed in our total Australian Culture which has been stuck in a colonial time warp that dates back 200 years and no matter race, colour, or ethnicity we are all living it and see it as the norm. However if one looks at our urban enviroment today one might think white folk are becoming more and more Aboriginal. Living rough like in Broome white folk can bee seen everywhere. However as yet not noticably intergenerational.Thats not colour or culture thats inequality, poverty and an inability to stop being sucked down materially.

This isn’t an individual battle that can be won by a few good men this is an integrated battle that recognizes our system need radical change and the accomanying Culture that has trapped us all. It’s a fight for equality and opportunity a can that keeps getting kicked down the road rather than dealt with as our problem. It’s why Broome hasn’t changed but got worse as has Melbourne’s white mob. (ODT)

Findings by State Coroner Ros Fogliani following an inquest into the suicides – including two in Broome – of 13 Indigenous children and young people in the Kimberley released last week laid bare the “urgent need to understand the deep inequalities giving rise to the current poor state of wellbeing of Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region”.

The Coroner referred to the “tragic events” as having been shaped by the “crushing effects of intergenerational trauma and poverty upon entire communities”.

You don’t have to look far to see it for yourself.

But you do have to get off your backside.

via Broome’s booze battle: The Kimberley indigenous population is in crisis

Coalition abandons plan for register to help beat tax avoidance | Australia news | The Guardian

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In 2016 the Panama Papers listed the names of High Wealth Companies and persons holding secret offshore accounts used to launder money and evade tax. Hundreds of Australians came to light in this revelation and all heavy hitters. World leaders fell and politicians resined journalists killed because of this an the LNP government promised a plan for transparency would be put in place. They have abandoned their promise some have denied it ever existed who lobbied to abandon this promise? Who runs this country? (ODT)

Despite explicit promises, Treasury says there was never any commitment to establish beneficial ownership register

via Coalition abandons plan for register to help beat tax avoidance | Australia news | The Guardian

Ignoring international law the Dutton and Morrison way

Australia, what happened to you? How did we become so cruel and hardhearted?

Earlier in the show, when McNeil and Qunun are holed up in Qunun’s barricaded Bangkok airport hotel room – after Thai officials have cancelled her visa to force her home to what she claims is certain death from her family – she finds that her Australian Immigration profile account is strangely shut down.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister David Coleman and Border Force have very serious allegations to answer in relation to this. Unsurprisingly, they did not respond to requests for answers.

But they need to.

Things have become so downright psychopathic in Australia’s border protection regime that we are now in extremis in breaking the basic rules of civilised democracy willy-nilly. All for some profoundly misconceived idea that our electorate will be ruled by fear, fright and division.

via Ignoring international law the Dutton and Morrison way

Forget Good Government. It’s All About Winning – » The Australian Independent Media Network

For the Coalition, it is all about winning, not governing, just winning. Christopher Pyne has said as much. “Politics is trapped in a self-obsessed and panic-prone spiral that is damaging Parliament’s ability to work for the good of voters.” That is code for not being able to get anything of substance done.

He also explained (finally), some of the thinking inside the party room meeting that saw Malcolm Turnbull sacked.

David Wroe in Sunday’s Sydney Morning Herald wrote, “Opening up on last year’s leadership turmoil, Mr Pyne also said Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was “electorally unpopular” outside his home state of Queensland and would have damaged the Liberal Party’s chances of winning the federal election had he been installed as leader.”

One suspects that’s all the Liberal party thinks about….It’s all about winning. Not governing, just winning. Let government take care of itself. Any idiot can govern, but better us idiots than some other idiots.

But here’s the kicker. Never underestimate the ability of the electorate to fall for their rhetoric and vote against its own best interests. For a party devoid of policies and effective leadership, a negative campaign by the Coalition is all they have and for them, as lazy as they are, it’s the path of least resistance, one in which they have form. Remember the ‘debt and deficit’ farce?

But, the results can be devastating for an Opposition. Take note! The election is not won, until it’s won.

Forget Good Government. It’s All About Winning – » The Australian Independent Media Network

13 Young Indigenous People Killed Themselves In The Kimberley And A Coroner Found Intergenerational Trauma Was To Blame

West Australian Coroner Ros Fogliani

The Abbott government cut 117 mill from the Indigenous affairs budget. The NT conservative government redirected fund out and away from The budget allocated for Aboriginal affairs. The media run aggreesive campaigns claiming the dysfunction in Aboriginal communities is of their own making. Andrew Bolt insists Aboriginal Culture is to blame. Completely counter to the findings here (ODT)

In four of the cases, the person who killed themselves had done so not long after a relative had also killed themselves.

Fogliani said that trauma, grief and premature death are experienced at “disturbingly high rates” in Aboriginal communities, and there was a growing preparedness in government and the community to accept that “colonisation had severe and deleterious impacts upon this ancient and traditional culture”.

The coroner handed down 42 recommendations relating to alcohol restrictions for the Kimberley; programs for diagnosing, treating and educating on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder; better mental health and suicide prevention programs and facilites; and ensuring that the Indigenous population is consulted in the development of programs, and brought in to help enact them.

She made those recommendations due to a consistent theme of the inquest that Indigenous people often felt that these decisions were made for them, rather than with them.

Fogliani also said that better mental health services and suicide prevention strategies could have saved the 13.

“The deaths of the 13 children and young persons the subject of this Inquest were all preventable.”

via 13 Young Indigenous People Killed Themselves In The Kimberley And A Coroner Found Intergenerational Trauma Was To Blame

Here’s The Government’s Policy On Medical Transfers From Nauru And Manus To Australia

Nauru.

Scott Morrison refuses to accept the fundamentals of Medicine and The Hippocratic Oath that binds Doctors and their profession. The Conservatives actually have made it clear that they don’t trust doctors and an unqualified Minister is in a better position to make  life or death decisions. Peter Dutton is in that position at present (ODT

In Australia “the benchmark for transferring someone to hospital for appendicitis is not if you’re convinced they have appendicitis, but if there’s a possibility they have appendicitis,” said Dr Phatarfod.

“Many of the cases that go to hospital don’t have it, but it’s better than them rupturing an appendix at home or in a shopping centre where you could have a potentially fatal outcome,” she explained.

In 2014 24-year-old Hamid Khazaei died after contracting an infection in his leg on Manus Island. He presented with flu-like symptoms and was transferred to a Port Moresby hospital three days later, where he had a series of cardiac arrests. The next day he was transferred to Brisbane, but died a week later.

 

via Here’s The Government’s Policy On Medical Transfers From Nauru And Manus To Australia

Scott Morrison slams Bill Shorten at National Press Club address over Manus Island, Nauru medical evaluation transfers

Emergency treatment and an independant Panel is what the Christians define as compassion > Doctors can’t be trusted because their Hippocratic Oath was counter to National Security which has resulted in death and delivered mental illness in  greater proportion that 1200 drownings out of 50,000 boat arrivals. We haven’t the figures to hand because the current government has made it a secret punishable by jail.

The Labor leader is likely to insist on changes that would tighten ministerial discretion. The bill currently gives two doctors the ability to demand refugees on Nauru and Manus Island be brought to Australia for treatment, but gives the immigration minister the ability to require an independent panel review the medical assessment, as well as the authority to overrule any evacuation on security grounds.

via Scott Morrison slams Bill Shorten at National Press Club address over Manus Island, Nauru medical evaluation transfers

Mentally ill and disabled people held in Territory prisons for years without a sentence – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A picture of the four family members outside

Apparently Doctors get in the way of politics medicine mental illness is no excuse for being accused  and unable to stand trial or even be judged. Incarceration at the governments pleasure is what keeps us safe. Mentally ill are kept on Manus for over 5years and children only released before an election and  what was legislated a secret got out. Is this another example of why doctors can’t be trusted? (ODT

Justin Walker has been in prison in Darwin for over six years without a sentence.
Key points:

At least 13 people are in NT prisons because they have been found unfit to stand trial or not guilty by reason of mental impairment
A criminal lawyer says they are in prison because there is nowhere else for them to go
He says some clients plead guilty to avoid indefinite detention

His family is afraid he will not come out alive.

The NT Attorney-General’s office is under fire for allowing mentally ill or disabled people to languish inside already overcrowded prisons for years, simply because there are no other places to put them.

The Territory Government’s handling of indefinite detention for people with a cognitive, psychiatric or physical impairment often leaves individuals locked up for years with no conviction.

Mr Walker, 36, is one of at least 13 people currently in the custody of the NT Correctional Services Commissioner after being found unfit to stand trial or found not guilty by reason of mental impairment.

via Mentally ill and disabled people held in Territory prisons for years without a sentence – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘I take a risk when I get on’: Transgender commuters describe life on public transport

LNP says no to safe schools and the socialization of our children to accept diversity. Tony Abbott declared his sister a poor role model for her kids. His daughter disagreed guess in his eyes  he was the poor socializer (ODT)

Simona Castricum has been spat on, sexually assaulted and mocked on public transport.

The architect and Melbourne University academic, who is transgender, now uses Uber pools or drives whenever possible, to avoid the abuse on Melbourne’s trains and trams.

“I’ve had some of the worst things happen to me on public transport and railway stations,” she said.

“Everything from sexual assault to verbal abuse to being spat on … and being intimidated by people who are too disgusted to sit down next me, so they get up and move.”

‘I take a risk when I get on’: Transgender commuters describe life on public transport

Australian planes involved in Iraqi airstrike which killed civilians – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

RAAF FA-18F Super Hornet

No error on the part of the ADF but imagine that same remark said if a bomb were targeted in retaliation in Australia. Looking for love in all the wrong places Australia. When the Party elected to govern us is so divided the sound of excuses from the ADF and all other heads of Institutions rings hollow. Banking directors the Water Board the  Energy sector all sing to the same tune “it’s not our fault we did no wrong”  (ODT)

ADF officials believe between six and 18 civilians may have been killed, based on estimates of population density
A local man told the ABC the number of civilians killed was 35, including his brother and other family members
Air Marshal Mel Hupfield said the air crew made “no error” in the June 2017 mission

via Australian planes involved in Iraqi airstrike which killed civilians – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘How bad can it be thinking the cops will arrest you because you haven’t paid a bill?’

Unscrupulous operators are taking advantage of a vacuum, says Benson Saulo.

In Aurukun, northern Queensland, locals are hiding from police out of fear they will be arrested for not paying their power bills.

In a market that many banks are unwilling to lend to, the locals turn to payday lenders, consumer leases and quick cash schemes to get themselves out of debt, only to find themselves in a deeper hole than when they started.

Targeted by shonks and shysters, the community in Cape York is one of many Indigenous communities where the number of scams targeting the Aboriginal population have more than doubled since 2016.

via ‘How bad can it be thinking the cops will arrest you because you haven’t paid a bill?’

January 1: Exclusion and the White Australia Policy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Is there a day on the calendar that draws as much debate as January 26? While a large proportion of Australians celebrate this as Australia Day, there is a growing number who refuse to celebrate what they refer to as ‘Invasion Day’. On January 26, 1788 the Union Jack was raised on our shores, and Aboriginal ownership of the land was usurped.

The call to change the date of Australia Day from January 26 has been growing louder each year, to one where all Australians could feel included. January 26 does not offer this to the First Australians. The obvious choice espoused by many is January 1, which celebrates our federation in 1901. But history reminds us that this is as equally insulting to the First Australians as January 26.

via January 1: Exclusion and the White Australia Policy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Murray-Darling basin authority and NSW largely culpable for fish kill, report finds | Australia news | The Guardian

The fish kill on the Lower Darling

The crisis on the Lower Darling, which has seen up to 1 million fish die, is largely due to the decisions by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority on instructions from the New South Wales government, a report by the Australia Institute finds.

It says the reasons for those decisions appear to be about building the case for the new Broken Hill pipeline and the Menindee Lakes project, which will see the lakes shrink and “save” water by reducing evaporation.

“It is clear what has caused the Darling River fish kill – mismanagement and repeated policy failure,” said Maryanne Slattery, senior water researcher with the Australia Institute. “To blame the fish kill on the drought is a cop-out, it is because water releases were made from the lakes when this simply shouldn’t have happened.

“It’s time to stop passing the buck.

via Murray-Darling basin authority and NSW largely culpable for fish kill, report finds | Australia news | The Guardian

Cotton grower Anthony Barlow pleads guilty to illegal pumping of Murray Darling water – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Cotton growing in a field.

A cotton farmer has pleaded guilty to illegally pumping water from the Murray-Darling Basin, after he was charged following an ABC Four Corners investigation.

via Cotton grower Anthony Barlow pleads guilty to illegal pumping of Murray Darling water – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A brief history of Nazism in Australia – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An shrine to Adolf Hitler with a nazi flag on one side and an Australian flag on the other

Radicalisation camps, fight clubs, hate campaigns and covert plans to infiltrate major political parties — this is the landscape for the far right in Australia today.

Some groups, like the Antipodean Resistance, don’t shy away from the Nazi label, with swastikas, Sieg Heil salutes and posters calling for the extermination of Australia’s Jews.

Others — including the Australia First Party, the United Patriots Front, the New Guard — don’t outwardly identify with Nazism but have doctrines littered with fascist ideas.

via A brief history of Nazism in Australia – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

This Man Has Been In Immigration Detention For Nine Years And Is Going To The High Court

Said Imasi.

You don’t get this for manslaughter his crime he arrived without papers in the land of a “fair go” (ODT)

A man who has spent the last nine years in immigration detention is seeking his freedom in the High Court, with a case that challenges one of the court’s most controversial decisions in recent decades. If successful, his case could curb, or even bring an end to, Australia’s internationally criticised system of indefinite detention.

Said Imasi, who believes he is 29, arrived in Australia in January 2010 without a passport or identity documents. In the nine years he has been detained since, Australia has never been able to ascertain his identity.

via This Man Has Been In Immigration Detention For Nine Years And Is Going To The High Court

Did Scott Morrison really stop the boats?

In short, the Government’s offshore detention policy makes no rational sense and therefore we must look at the political reasons for its existence. It then becomes clear that asylum seekers are simply being used for political gain and are political prisoners of the Australian Government.

Are Australians satisfied with innocent people being imprisoned in their name? Is this what we want in a government? If the Government thought Australians did not want them to put asylum seekers in offshore detention, then they wouldn’t, since their reasons for doing so are purely political. Therefore, we should ask ourselves whether we want to let the Government continue believing that this is what Australians want, effectively sending a message to the world that we are a racist country? Do we want to live in a society that collectively abuses the human rights of asylum seekers?

via Did Scott Morrison really stop the boats?