Category: Australia’s Shame

An Australian Outcry – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Appreciation for Aboriginal art, music and other cultural values has already spread the world over. Might opening these doors wider offset the losses felt by mining giants from denying the destruction of Sacred Sites? Please join your voice to the outcry and help our great country finally save our First Peoples’ Churches, Political Offices, Historical Libraries and Burial Grounds for future generations.

via An Australian Outcry – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Probe launched amid outrage after Aussie govt conservationist revealed to be big-game hunter — RT World News

Probe launched amid outrage after Aussie govt conservationist revealed to be big-game hunter

Why isn’t this on the front pages of Australian MSM? (ODT)

via Probe launched amid outrage after Aussie govt conservationist revealed to be big-game hunter — RT World News

“They’re going to die out anyway” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Yes, I would argue that the total extermination of Australia’s Indigenous people was deliberately intended. If not by the bullet, then by the policies of those governments that saw them as a stain on white purity. God favoured the white man and they set out to do His work.

For those who missed the link to Hancock’s vile proposal …

via “They’re going to die out anyway” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We don’t need China to tell us Australian racism exists – just ask international students | Australian universities | The Guardian

students in front of university building

If Australia wants to welcome Chinese students and the world back, it needs to reflect on the climate into which it is bringing them

We don’t need China to tell us Australian racism exists – just ask international students | Australian universities | The Guardian

Was there slavery in Australia? Yes. It shouldn’t even be up for debate | Thalia Anthony and Stephen Gray | Australia news | The Guardian

In 1891 a ‘Slave Map of Modern Australia’ was printed in the British Anti-Slavery Reporter.

Scott Morrison says protesters should be ‘honest about our history’ but the truth about slavery in Australia is commonly misunderstood

via Was there slavery in Australia? Yes. It shouldn’t even be up for debate | Thalia Anthony and Stephen Gray | Australia news | The Guardian

The Lynette Daley story: A failure in the justice system for Indigenous Australians

The plight of Indigenous Australians is demonstrated by the light sentencing of the two accused murderers of Lynette Daley, writes Rosemary Joiner.

via The Lynette Daley story: A failure in the justice system for Indigenous Australians

All lies matter: Even Abbott’s award

Nothing epitomises the hypocrisy that is Australia’s racism denial like Tony Abbott being awarded a Queen’s birthday medal by a non-Indigenous “independent” panel for his “service” to Indigenous affairs.

via All lies matter: Even Abbott’s award

Essential poll: most Australians believe there is institutional racism in the US but not Australia | Essential poll | The Guardian

Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney

via Essential poll: most Australians believe there is institutional racism in the US but not Australia | Essential poll | The Guardian

Australia says China travel warning ‘unhelpful’ amid escalating diplomatic row – ABC News

People walk down a relatively empty main thoroughfare in Sydney's Chinatown.

Key points:

There have been a number of high-profile racist incidents in Australia targeting Asians during the coronavirus pandemic
Nevertheless, analysts say that China’s travel warning is the latest attempt to pressure Australia into cooperation
Incidents of xenophobia and harassment of foreigners have also been recorded in China during COVID-19

Australia says China travel warning ‘unhelpful’ amid escalating diplomatic row – ABC News

Floyd protests: When I look at America torn apart, I see my own family and Australia’s history of racism

A Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney in solidarity with the protests in the US over the police killing of George Floyd.

Stan Grant can’t not but see that 200 years have passed but Colonial thought and the systems that came with it haven’t changed that much in Australia. To our shame we aren’t able to face the truth of our history which remains an unhealed wound scabbed over rather than pealed back and aired, (ODT)

via Floyd protests: When I look at America torn apart, I see my own family and Australia’s history of racism

Democracy or Dictatorship? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A cursory glance at the government’s recent activities leaves a clear – and unsavoury – impression that the Coalition is intent on ignoring any immediate need to make rapid steps to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Quite the contrary.

They are avoiding listening to any dissenting voices, by excluding any involvement, other than by manufacturing and fossil fuel magnates, in the COVID-19 Commission.

via Democracy or Dictatorship? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Ambassador intervenes after Mike Pompeo warns US could ‘disconnect’ from Australia over Victoria’s Belt and Road deal – ABC News

Quid Pro Quo and the real America raises its imperialistic head with a threat.(ODT)

Ambassador intervenes after Mike Pompeo warns US could ‘disconnect’ from Australia over Victoria’s Belt and Road deal – ABC News

Australia’s Youngest Union Is Organizing Retail and Fast-Food Workers

Some Unions are part of the problem (ODT)

Insecure, underpaid, and often dangerous work is not just a feature of the global health crisis — it’s built into Australian capitalism. Illegal underpayment of workers is a business model for many employers.

Retail and fast food workers face an additional challenge. Unlike the other workforces who can turn to their unions for protection, the largest union that purports to represent workers in these sectors is an active collaborator in their exploitation.

via Australia’s Youngest Union Is Organizing Retail and Fast-Food Workers

Shipbuilder receives $350 million lifeline to construct six new patrol boats during COVID-19 – ABC News

The larger boat is the Cape Class Patrol Boat and the smaller one is a Tender Response Vessel.

Apparently we need more defence than green new energy

via Shipbuilder receives $350 million lifeline to construct six new patrol boats during COVID-19 – ABC News

A Serf in the time of plague … – » The Australian Independent Media Network

From the Barons: “Keep ’em housed. Keep ’em fed. Promise ’em anything to keep ’em quiet. Once the Plague has passed we’ll march right back in again and walk all over ’em. The power, and the entitlement, remains ours!”

via A Serf in the time of plague … – » The Australian Independent Media Network

National security watchdog to probe case of Witness J, who was tried, sentenced and jailed in total secrecy – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An illustration of a man with his head in his hands in a cell

Is Australia the China it accuses of being Secretive?(ODT)

Witness J spent 15 months behind bars in Canberra’s Alexander Maconochie Centre, after being sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court to two years and seven months in jail for serious national security offences.

After being released from jail in August 2019 under strict conditions, including six-monthly regular psychological testing and an overseas travel ban without prior permission, Witness J launched civil proceedings against the ACT Government.

Witness J has used the anonymity of social media to criticise his former employer and the secrecy shrouding his case.

Former independent national security legislation monitor and leading barrister Bret Walker was alarmed by the Witness J case.

“Permanently secret legal proceedings is not the kind of conduct we want an Australian justice system to include,” he told the ABC late last year.

“The public has an interest to know when information is being kept secret from them — it’s not good enough for the public to be told ‘it’s in your interests that you are not told’.”

via National security watchdog to probe case of Witness J, who was tried, sentenced and jailed in total secrecy – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Indigenous Australians must tell the truth, so don’t ask us for fairytales

Adam Goodes, who spoke out against racism - and endured a racist backlash.

Welcome to Australia the man above wasn’t (ODT

It is a question I am often asked. It is as though Australians can’t deal with the truth. They need a bedtime story, a happily-ever-after.

But where is the happily-ever-after for a people who die 10 years younger than other Australians? When you are among the most imprisoned people on Earth? When you have the country’s worst health, employment and education outcomes, where is the good news?

Yes, individuals – myself included – can do well. But don’t let that fool you. Adam Goodes did well and was still laid low.

via Indigenous Australians must tell the truth, so don’t ask us for fairytales

Mainstream media is hiding the truth about koala extinction

The public is being misinformed about the true fate of koalas following the devastating effects of drought and fires, writes Sue Arnold.

IS THERE A CONSPIRACY to hide the fact NSW koalas are on the verge of extinction? Not in 2050 as WWF continues to predict, but in plain sight now.

Given the ongoing evidence of misinformation across mainstream and social media, one could be forgiven for thinking that a U.S.-style misinformation campaign is in full swing.

In reality, the legacy of the bushfires and drought make it almost 100 per cent certain that NSW koalas are facing looming extinction, save for a few small colonies. The only significant colony remaining is in southwest Sydney.

via Mainstream media is hiding the truth about koala extinction

‘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’