Category: Australia’s Shame

A personal view of a failed democracy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The old cliché that you get the government you deserve, irks me greatly, because I am fairly sure that a majority of us do not deserve the government we have been lumbered with!

A personal view of a failed democracy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Simpler lending rules for home loans and credit to free up the economy

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will overhaul bank lending rules to make it simpler to decide mortgages and credit card lending.

The promise to change irresponsible lending practices force the LNP to draw up a bill to put the reins on payday lending so that people aren’t simply caught up in the debt trap the LNP in their wisdom are cancelling that bill. Australians already carry am inordinate amount of personal debt an the government are about to increase that. Yes the talk about the abstract but divide peoples lives.

Customers will be promised faster access to loans under simpler rules that aim to free up credit and lift the economy by ending confusion over lending obligations for banks and finance companies.

Simpler lending rules for home loans and credit to free up the economy

 

‘Twiggy’ refuses to rule out destruction of Aboriginal sacred sites

And so, there are mining companies and then there are mining companies. If the sacking of executives at Rio Tinto was an act of contrition, it was at least a step in the right direction. It won’t, however, solve the power imbalance with Indigenous community relations. But FMG’s latest decision is incredibly tone-deaf. It speaks to a parochial desire to deny the sanctity of this place, which many traditional owners recognise and which many non-Indigenous citizens also support.

‘Twiggy’ refuses to rule out destruction of Aboriginal sacred sites

Sri Lankan refugee detained by Australia for 11 years despite government ruling he’s owed protection | Australia news | The Guardian

The Christmas Island immigration detention centre. A refugee who fled brutality in Sri Lanka has been detained by Australia for 11 years. He fears being returned to the isolation of Christmas Island.

“From Alex’s point of view, he’s succeeded in a court proceeding, and yet nothing has happened, that’s a particularly hopeless situation to be in, when you win and your life doesn’t change.”

Sri Lankan refugee detained by Australia for 11 years despite government ruling he’s owed protection | Australia news | The Guardian

Australia has sleepwalked into a society where profit trumps quality care | Emma Dawson | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Care work involves a complex mix of physical and psychological abilities but, due to its roots in the home, it is often dismissed as “unskilled labour”, and accordingly is underpaid.’

As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, we must reconsider how we value the jobs done by care workers

Australia has sleepwalked into a society where profit trumps quality care | Emma Dawson | Opinion | The Guardian

‘National emergency’: urgent leadership needed after fifth Aboriginal death in custody since June | Australia news | The Guardian

large group of marchers with placards protesting deaths in custody

Five Aboriginal deaths in custody since June is a national emergency that needs urgent leadership, the national Aboriginal and islander legal services has said. The death of 49-year-old Sherry Fisher-Tilberoo last week while on remand in the Brisbane watch-house is the fifth Aboriginal death in custody since June, bringing to at least 441 the number of people who have died in custody since the royal commission handed down its final report in 1991.

‘National emergency’: urgent leadership needed after fifth Aboriginal death in custody since June | Australia news | The Guardian

The idea of American exceptionalism has infected Australia

Morrison always wanted evangelicals and Houston in the White House.(ODT)

There is nothing very exceptional about American exceptionalism. Many Americans merely deem themselves exceptional and demand that others do likewise. Australian exceptionalism is risible.

The idea of American exceptionalism has infected Australia

Social media has created an open season on journalists

It’s worth noting that the same week of this press conference, some in News Ltd had been pushing a completely false story that the Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer Brett Sutton had resigned. Headlines around the country in the News Ltd press such as ‘Dan-Made Disaster’ are indicative of News Ltd’s bias and their preoccupation with promoting opinion as news.

After weeks of the national press gunning for the Victorian Premier, while neglecting to hold our Prime Minister to account for the pandemic wrecking ball swinging through the Federal Government-managed aged care sector, amongst other things, public anger at the media hypocrisy was a blister waiting to burst.

The relentless and desperate attempts to “get Dan” by some in the Victorian press was certainly worthy of criticism in my view.

via Social media has created an open season on journalists

“Hey, Bill, your son’s made a racist cartoon!” “Ok, well, he has to get a name somehow!” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why should one be surprised that it’s Murdoch’s National Masthead that published it. (ODT)

So, when Johannes (son of Bill) Leak has his offensive cartoon published in “The Australian” what should one do? I mean, it’s tempting to ignore it because he’s obviously trying to emulate his father and drum up a bit of publicity, and it’s hard to do that when you lack the talent to make perceptive observations with your cartoons so you have to resort to racism in the hope that you’ll actually attract the sort of outrage that will actually alert people to the fact that you are not your father even though you basically copying his style because you never developed one of your own.

Yes, it’s tempting to just ignore it because you feel that outrage must be what he’s after because nobody could be stupid enough to think that it’s acceptable. Still something about the standard you walk past is the standard you accept.

And, like I said before, unless someone disagrees, people might actually think that nobody thinks what they’re saying is wrong.

via “Hey, Bill, your son’s made a racist cartoon!” “Ok, well, he has to get a name somehow!” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Young workers worse off than ever

This is a fair assumption, too, considering for 100 years every new generation of Australians has moved out of their parents’ house with a good wage and started the climb up an ever-growing job ladder.

via Young workers worse off than ever

Closing the Gap: how a captive media failed to question Scott Morrison on defunding – Michael West

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“But here’s the problem: Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison withdrew half-a-billion dollars in funding from delivery of the first set of targets. It’s therefore important to ask: what is their funding commitment for the new set of targets?”

Only one member of the Australian media questioned Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s narrative about the “innocent” failure of Kevin Rudd’s Closing the Gap scheme. This failure of accountability from all major Australian media outlets skirts over the $1 billion in funding cut from Indigenous services. Callum Foote lays down the real numbers in this investigation of yet another instance of media succumbing to Government public relations narratives.

via Closing the Gap: how a captive media failed to question Scott Morrison on defunding – Michael West

Australia’s water market is excluding Indigenous people, study finds | Australia news | The Guardian

The Darling Barka river after the arrival of a flow of water from upstream in February 2020

History repeats itself and has done for over 200 years. Aborigines had less than 1% of bank loans, jobs, capital gains education health. What has changed. They even have less than 1% of the acknowledged history an and Culture of this country. They have been effectively cancelled. (ODT)

Aboriginal people hold less than 1% of all water licences, a form of dispossession that needs urgent redress, researchers say

via Australia’s water market is excluding Indigenous people, study finds | Australia news | The Guardian

New SAS War Crimes Revealed as Australia Braces for Report | The Smirking Chimp

Its complex difficult job doesn’t cut it when the real question was why were we there in the first place? We don’t like Iran, Nth Korea or Cuba but we aren’t invading them. (ODT)

via New SAS War Crimes Revealed as Australia Braces for Report | The Smirking Chimp

My family have been celebrated as pioneers but I knew their colonial history wasn’t fully told | Indigenous Australians | The Guardian

Protesters participate in a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney on 6 June 2020

A Henty speaks with pride:

We have the opportunity to address the violence of colonial systems. To ignore this opportunity is to perpetuate the actions of my forefathers

via My family have been celebrated as pioneers but I knew their colonial history wasn’t fully told | Indigenous Australians | The Guardian

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

“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

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

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