Category: Australia’s Shame

The stolen generations never ended – they just morphed into child protection | Jacynta Krakouer | Opinion | The Guardian

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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

Murdering Muslims Is Not Extremism. In Australia, It’s Business As Usual – New Matilda

This is the context for the man who murdered dozens of Muslims in New Zealand.

The Australian man did so in the name of a fascist ideology. If he had joined the Australian government, perhaps he wouldn’t be in jail. He could support the large-scale murder of Muslims in numerous countries, on a bigger scale. If he used the right words, he could applaud the policies responsible for the mass murder of Muslims in Yemen, Egypt, Palestine, and more. Then he wouldn’t be considered an extremist. He could fit into the mainstream Australian political spectrum. If he had developed a political career where he fought to boost our military exports to Saudi Arabia, he might be able to retire and be considered a “moderate”.

Being complicit in the threatened murder of millions of Muslims is just business as usual in Australia. It is part of the normal political spectrum. As our record makes clear, a basic premise of our political mainstream is that Muslim lives do not have any value.

When the slaughter of Muslims in New Zealand exits the front pages, Australian foreign policy will continue on as it has. We will continue to be complicit in the murder of Muslims. It just won’t be news anymore.

via Murdering Muslims Is Not Extremism. In Australia, It’s Business As Usual – New Matilda

The Coalition’s cruelty on borders has been exposed – and Jacqui Lambie will decide if it returns | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Jacqui Lambie

Also not mentioned: an unusual personal appeal from the president of the Australian Medical Association to Scott Morrison last September to remove families and children from Nauru, preferably to the Australian mainland, to safeguard their physical and mental health.

Guardian Australia revealed Tony Bartone wrote to Morrison because of “a recent groundswell of concern and agitation across the AMA membership and the medical profession about conditions on Nauru, and the escalation in reports of catastrophic mental and physical health conditions being experienced by the asylum seekers, especially children”. The AMA is standing behind the medevac regime, and urging the government to properly fund the work of the independent health advisory panel that provides the advice on medical transfers.
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The fate of the medevac regime rests with one parliamentarian, the Tasmanian independent Jacqui Lambie, who has told the government she wants the Senate inquiry to play out before she makes a decision. Nobody really knows which way Lambie will jump, but she’s the make-or-break player.

Hearings associated with the inquiry begin next week. The critical vote is expected in November.

via The Coalition’s cruelty on borders has been exposed – and Jacqui Lambie will decide if it returns | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Department of Home Affairs claims PNG asylum seekers attempting suicide after Medevac

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton wants the laws to be repealed.

Australia accuses China of human rights abuses because of it’s re-education programs yet the Conservatives in the LNP not only want to rid us of multiculturalism are anti- safe schools and are ready to imprison asylum seekers for life. Australia’s shame.(ODT)

Asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea are self-harming and attempting suicide following the introduction of controversial medical transfer laws because they see it as the fastest way of getting to Australia, the Department of Home Affairs has told federal MPs.

via Department of Home Affairs claims PNG asylum seekers attempting suicide after Medevac

What the Bureau of Statistics didn’t highlight: our continuing upward redistribution of wealth – Michael West

What the Bureau of Statistics didn’t highlight: our continuing upward redistribution of wealth

We really need to know

Statistics are windows on change. Despite our criticisms, the bureau’s biennial income and wealth survey gives us the best view of inequality we’ve got, but large areas remain foggy.

In research for the Evatt Foundation, we have used data from the Bureau of Statistics, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and national accounts to estimate that, for the first time in more than half a century, the richest 10% of households own more than half of Australia’s private wealth.


Read more: There’s a reason you’re feeling no better off than 10 years ago. Here’s what HILDA says about well-being


The Evatt Foundation’s results seem to stand up well, but governments should really be producing better data themselves.

Inequality and its harmful effects on economic output and stability are growing. We owe it to ourselves to find out by how much.

via What the Bureau of Statistics didn’t highlight: our continuing upward redistribution of wealth – Michael West

Australia’s culture of secrecy has built a complex web that hampers press freedom – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A composite photo of David Anderson and Mike Pezzullo

Closing down Democracy. I think we are turning Chinese and China is becoming more Western and Morrison doesn’t like it(ODT)

via Australia’s culture of secrecy has built a complex web that hampers press freedom – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Pacific Islands Forum: China’s climate pitch angers Australia, US

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China might be using more coal but it’s making the greatest efforts not to. Leaving Australia out in the coal (ODT)

But his hard-line stance during negotiations angered some Pacific leaders, including Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

He said Australia’s position had weakened the Pacific’s position on the climate change, adding it was “disappointing that we could not achieve a unanimous consensus”.

“While there has been a great deal of agreement, it is clear that there are differences of opinion, emphasis and approach between the island nations and New Zealand, on the one hand, and Australia on the other,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama said he would make attempts to persuade Australia to make a more rapid transition from coal to energy sources that “do not contribute to climate change” when he visits next month.

via Pacific Islands Forum: China’s climate pitch angers Australia, US

Clive Palmer outspends McDonald’s, Toyota and Coles to advertise his political party | Australia news | The Guardian

Clive Palmer

 

“Even though UAP did not win a seat, it is clear the big spending had an important influence on the election outcome, and this is influence not by sheer force of ideas, or mobilisation in terms of people, but by money itself, and I think that undermines the fairness of the electoral contest”.

The Melbourne university professor, who is an advocate for caps on election spending for political actors and third parties, said the case study also pointed to the outsized influence of the fossil fuel industry on Australian elections.

He said it was self-evident that Palmer was a mining magnate, and electoral records show fossil fuel companies are among the largest contributors to the major parties.

via Clive Palmer outspends McDonald’s, Toyota and Coles to advertise his political party | Australia news | The Guardian

Alan Jones tells Scott Morrison to ‘shove a sock down throat’ of Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said NZ had an expectation that everyone will do their bit for climate change.

Australia’s Shame characterised by Alan Jones (ODT)

However New Zealand’s primary renewable energy sources are hydro and geothermal power. About 80 per cent of New Zealand’s electricity comes from renewable energy, compared to about 20 per cent of Australia’s.

The broadcaster previously attracted wide condemnation over his comments about former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, which he later apologised for. He said she should be “shoved in a chaff bag” and that her father had died “of shame”.

 Alan Jones tells Scott Morrison to ‘shove a sock down throat’ of Jacinda Ardern

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Jones continues Ardern criticism despite rebuke from Morrison

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Australia removes climate ‘crisis’ from Pacific islands draft declaration | World news | The Guardian

Scott Morrison at the Pacific Islands Forum in Funafuti, Tuvalu

Australia’s Shame Our LNP Government ignores the Knowledge Data and Science and simply change the narrative. It did the same with Asylum Seekers and has redefined thos arriving by boat as”illegals” It has shamed this country as much as the White Australia Policy once did. Removing “climate change Crisis” from the Pacificislands draft declaration along with coal doesn’t change the data or facts but shows Australia is in the business of ideologically politicizing the document to conveniently denying the science and disregarding the lives of the people of the pacific. This government since 2013 has been increasingly distancing itself from our region even NZ and becoming a state of America. The LNP has significantly opened the door to China with their unconcerned approach on the Pacific. (ODT)

“Tuvalu’s prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, told Guardian Australia at a dawn fishing trip on Thursday in the lead-up to the leaders’ retreat that it looked as though Pacific leaders would not be successful in getting the language of “climate change crisis” in the communique, with the draft most likely to describe the current situation as a “climate change reality”.

Australia has succeeded in removing all but one reference to coal on the draft communique of the Pacific Islands Forum, and is expected to be able to get that removed on Thursday as Pacific leaders including Scott Morrison meet to debate the text.

Sources familiar with the negotiations on the communique, which is used for regional policy making, told Guardian Australia that Australia has been working hard during negotiations to soften the language on climate change and has succeeded in many mentions.

via Australia removes climate ‘crisis’ from Pacific islands draft declaration | World news | The Guardian

Conservative Christians running foreign policy are scary – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Just Cloning Around (OTD)

Much has been written about Andrew Hastie’s idiotic comments this week comparing the rise of China to that of Nazi Germany. Having James Patterson come out in support just added to the Nazi theme with his unnerving likeness to the stereotypical Hitler Youth image.

Tony thinks Jesus is still top dog, backed up by the military might of the English-speaking Judeo-Christian Western world crusaders.

Scott Morrison’s foray into the matter was not helpful when he relegated China to “customer” status.

And they wonder why our relationship with China is at an “all-time low”.

via Conservative Christians running foreign policy are scary – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia considering United States request to join coalition to protect oil shipments in the Persian Gulf – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Two armed members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard walk down a passageway on a bright red ship.

JUMP! HOW HIGH WE CRY? AS HIGH AS WE SAY IF YOU WAN US OIL (ODT)

Key points:

The United States has been trying to convince allies to join an international coalition to protect shipping routes
The requests have come following Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker
Australian ministers vowed to keep the country’s foreign policy relationship in lock-step with the US

via Australia considering United States request to join coalition to protect oil shipments in the Persian Gulf – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Casualisation of academic teaching | The Saturday Paper

The casualisation of university teaching is not a stop-gap solution. It is central to the business strategy of modern Australian universities.

At graduation ceremonies at the end of the year, universities will display their students’ achievements to friends and family and give them an opportunity to thank the staff. Most of the people who have taught them won’t be there.

via Casualisation of academic teaching | The Saturday Paper

Understanding the booing of Adam Goodes

Adam Goodes has been wronged by this nation. He is a man of calibre. He is a man who can improve this nation — if White Australia listens to him.

Don’t dismiss watching this film just because you don’t follow sport or AFL. It is not comfortable, but it is important.

Adam Goodes for governor-general?

Understanding the booing of Adam Goodes

Australian Government Fought For 17 Months To Conceal Inappropriate Questioning Of Gay Asylum Seekers

The Department of Government Secrets (ODT)

Australian Government Fought For 17 Months To Conceal Inappropriate Questioning Of Gay Asylum Seekers

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These Are The “Inappropriate” Questions Asylum-Seekers Were Asked By Australia To Prove They Were Gay

It’s just one of those days I feel ashamed to be Australian – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The man nominated by Trump to be the new Secretary of Homeland Security told Fox News that these children are only going to grow up to be criminals so we might as well leave them locked up at the border.

But Trump wants more … and he turns to Australia for inspiration.

via It’s just one of those days I feel ashamed to be Australian – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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