Closing down Democracy. I think we are turning Chinese and China is becoming more Western and Morrison doesn’t like it(ODT)
Closing down Democracy. I think we are turning Chinese and China is becoming more Western and Morrison doesn’t like it(ODT)
Trying on a Trump Morrison is for Captain GetUp’s sexual smearing of Zali but Down on GetUp. (ODT)
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.
“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.
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”.
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.
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”.
JUMP! HOW HIGH WE CRY? AS HIGH AS WE SAY IF YOU WAN US OIL (ODT)
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)Photo: Innes Willox said investors would be unnerved if public servants could access confidential data. (ABC: Jeremy Story Carter)Related Story: Labor should ‘think carefully’ about national security laws in wake of AFP raids, MP says
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
“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
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.
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.
Why Australia’s historical narrative is so incomplete (ODT)
Australia was involved bombing a city of people held as hostage (ODT)
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)
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.
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
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)
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
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.
“It’s not only sexism and it’s not only racism, and it’s not only Islamophobia, but it’s an amplification of all those phenomena.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.