As Julian Assange prepares to face a British court for possibly the last time, threatened with up to 175 years detention in a US supermax prison, his biographer, journalist Gary Lord, explores the latest bizarre twists in the US effort to extradite the Wikileaks founder and the silence of global media.
Source: Britain’s Guantanamo: is Julian Assange a terrorist? – Michael West Media
Some Australian companies are at world’s best practice. Medibank, Macquarie, Commonwealth Bank, Cochlear and Brambles are just some of the companies that have emissions per dollar of revenue consistent with the IEA pathway to 1.5 degrees or lower. But, overall, only 24 per cent of Australia’s largest listed companies have emissions consistent with keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees. This compares with 61 per cent of major companies in Britain and 53 per cent in Europe. In other words, three-quarters of Australian companies currently emit at a rate that would lead to temperature increases above 1.5 degrees. And more than a third have emission consistent with a pathway to dangerous levels of warming above 3 degrees.
Source: Australian business talks big on climate, but who’s walking the talk?
In 2021, the refugees who are still exiled to PNG are again abandoned and remain without any future. They are the only side of this story that is continually damaged – it is their lives that have been destroyed and it is their dreams that have been extinguished. This policy of exile has been exposed as an abject failure in a myriad of ways and it is the Australian public’s choice as to whether they want to be manipulated again or not.
Source: The pattern is clear: Australia’s next election will be a competition on cruelty | Behrouz Boochani | The Guardian
In summary, this thesis examined that the desire to remain one people without the admixture of other ‘races’ was one of the most powerful forces that impelled the colonists towards Federation and the ‘pure race’ that could be codified. Historians are in no doubt that a central policy of the movement towards Federation was the exclusion of all people considered inferior and unfit for a white country. Federation was the rationale to maintain white superiority and racial homogeneity, and subsequently the first act of the new parliament was the Commonwealth Immigration Restriction Act (1901). Racial discrimination in entry, residence and citizenship provisions were sanctified, and a unified White Australia established. This policy confirmed the racist ideologies based on white supremacy and the dominant perception of Indigenous inferiority and their low evolutionary progress.
Source: Nationhood and the ‘Pure’ Race (part 5) – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Recent lockdowns have not signalled that Australia is a police state, though other civil rights abuses raise such questions, writes Dechlan Brennan.
Source: The Australian ‘police state’ is nothing new
The Immigration Restriction Act (1901). This Act came to be known as the ‘White Australia Policy’. Literature is examined that contends that this policy confirmed the racist ideology based on white supremacy and was used to deny citizenship to the Aboriginal people.
Source: Nationhood and the ‘Pure’ Race (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Tony Abbott’s global reach, his pride, influence, and want for a better word a knighthood mirrors his moral position that runs counter to that of his Pope who he simply ignores, disrespects, and doesn’t believe is his Catholic leader. Abbott’s legacy now stretches across the English-speaking world and will shame Australia and our history for years to come for his inhumane influence on Trump and now the UK when it comes down to the desperation of those seeking asylum or in danger at sea.
The (UK ) Bill came into being despite warnings from various Australian lawyers, doctors and former civil servants that their country’s refugee model was hardly the sort of thing that should inspire imitations. In the view of Australian Greens Senator Nick McKim and Benali Hamdache of the UK Green Party, the “New Plan for Immigration imports all the worst parts of the Australian government policy.” This includes the possible establishment of offshore processing (read detention) centres to places ranging from Rwanda to the Isle of Man and the creation of a temporary protection scheme. The Bill takes the battering ram to a range of maritime practices, proposing to criminalise the practice of offering voluntary assistance at sea by targeting “those assisting persons to arrive in the UK without a valid clearance.” That good Samaritan service provided by such bodies as the Royal Lifeboat Institution, which has been accused of being a “migrant taxi service” by its detractors, promises to be roped in.
Source: Britannia Turns Back the Boats – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The issues on which she fought so hard remain as far from resolution as ever. In the thirty years since the royal commission, almost 500 more Aboriginal people have died in custody. To John Pat’s name have been added others whose deaths are etched in shame – Mulrunji Doomadgee, Mr Ward, Ms Dhu. But most are forgotten numbers on a roll without end.
Source: The trailblazer – » The Australian Independent Media Network
dumping France, thereby pi–ing off the whole EU, was a gesture of fealty to the United States, and it is not just about getting nuclear-powered submarines. After all, the French subs are nuclear-powered and were having diesel engines installed for the Australian contract. France offered to keep them as nuclear-powered, but was met with silence from Australia because we were secretly negotiating with the US and UK at the time.
Source: Alan Kohler: What the nuclear submarines deal is really all about
Australia suffers more than one virus. Racism was introduced and has been here with the coming of the Europeans 200 years ago. Covid is just recent. The LNP and it’s ideology might not be as old but it certainly had it’s roots here first along side Racism and has taken root generationally. It has spread and has taken us to war in other places. AUKUS is yet just another of it’s symptoms.
Newly declassified documents reveal that Australia helped the US overthrow Chile’s democratically elected socialist government and install the brutal Augusto Pinochet regime. Chilean exiles in Australia are demanding an apology.
Source: Australia Played a Key Role in Chile’s 1973 Coup. Chilean Exiles Are Demanding an Apology.
China didn’t create this division among allies. But it goes to show just how much this is a new trade deal masquerading as the necessity for defence. For fuck sake the French have a presence in the Pacific but because the are EU have been abandoned with backs turned. Good one Mr Morrison.
A recall of ambassadors is highly unusual between allied countries France said it was unable to trust Australia in talks on a trade deal with the EU The EU is Australia’s third-biggest trading partner
Source: France withdraws ambassadors to Australia and US over submarines deal – ABC News
The Anglo-Speaking White, Christian, covered wagons have circled in the Asia- Pacific. The EU has been dumped unceremoniously and the region’s Asian nations totally ignored in a nuclear agreement declared not to be a nuclear agreement. Morrison, Biden’s “little mate down under, announced this morning. Basically, he’s given pride of place and handed Australia over to the US and UK turning us into the most significant Anglo-American & British nuclear military base, no target, on the planet. One which we have to pay for and build. Now that’s leadership. We are in effect the Mexicans and we are paying for the Biden/Johnson wall.
Can you believe Morrison is building an absolutely new nuclear submarine fleet that’s not a nuclear submarine fleet? He’s torn up the contract the LNP signed with the French less than a decade ago now that’s fucked good-will and future trust all for an Industrial Military trade deal. It does nothing other than in the short term and on the surface make us look and sound more like Kim Jong-un than the “goodies” to the rest of the world and definitely the 51rst State of America. In effect, the LNP have given the keys to the US and UK to invade the nation, have made us their worker bees in their new trade agreement that’s very very different from China’s Silk Belt road
“Australia is not seeking to establish nuclear weapons or establish a civil nuclear capability,” Mr Morrison said.
Morrison sounds like the head of Phillip Morris who declared they were becoming the world’s foremost anti- smoking organization bringing “iQos technology and heat sticks” to the world. Or was that Rupert Murdoch who said his Media had turned the corner and become the world’s foremost media spruiker for Climate Change?
Source: Australia to acquire nuclear submarine fleet in historic deal with US and UK to counter China’s influence – ABC News
On the eve of it’s 48th anniversary, documents just declassified by the Australian National Archives show the extent to which the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) worked closely with the CIA in the lead-up to the Coup-d’état in Chile in September 1973. Story by Peter Kornbluh and Clinton Fernandes. The Australian Government’s obsession with secrecy has a long history. As The New York Times wrote two years ago, “no other developed democracy holds as tight to its secrets.” Just how deep this culture of secrecy goes, is being tested by Professor Clinton Fernandes who has been petitioning for the release of intelligence records on clandestine activity in Chile at the behest of the CIA to overthrow Salvador Allende. In short, 50 years ago, the documents show that the Australian Government set up an intelligence station in Santiago at the behest of the CIA, spied on Allende and conducted covert operations, and then played a role as a liaison between the CIA and Pinochet.
Source: The Other 9/11: secrecy fight over Australian spies helping CIA overthrow Chile’s President – Michael West Media
Sixty one. That’s the additional number of days women currently have to work in a financial year to earn as much as their male counterparts. And when it comes to superannuation, the gender gap gets worse, writes Harry Chemay.
Source: The Nouveau Poor – gender pay gap, super inequality stretched in pandemic – Michael West Media
Overall, the U.S. facilitated evacuation of about 117,000 people who were not U.S. citizens from Afghanistan, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday, although that figure includes more than just SIV applicants. More than 20,000 Afghan refugees were being housed at military bases within the U.S. as of Wednesday, with another 40,000 awaiting processing at military bases abroad, CBS News reported. All refugees and SIV applicants are extensively vetted.
Source: U.S. Left Most Afghans Who Helped Americans Behind | HuffPost
In a world where developed democracies such as Canada, the US and Europe are opening their arms and creating paths to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees (after all we all helped to create the current situation) – Australia says ‘not our problem’ apart from a token airlift. It beggars belief. We can and should be doing much better than this. What do you think?
Source: We should be better than this – » The Australian Independent Media Network
As a scholar specializing in forcible displacement and refugees, I see this harrowing scene unfolding within a broader context of Afghanistan’s long-standing displacement crisis. This includes an unequal sharing of refugees between the developed world and economically disadvantaged countries.
Source: Where do Afghanistan’s refugees go?
Morrison’s ministers are full of excuses about Australia’s unimpressive effort. Defence minister, Peter Dutton, has constantly reiterated the idea that processing the paperwork is a difficult thing indeed, because some of the visa applicants cannot be trusted. Having aided Australian and other coalition forces in the past, they had proved flexible with shifting allegiances. “I’m not bringing people to Australia that pose a threat to us or that have done us harm in Afghanistan.” With such an attitude, shutting the door to the suffering, even to those who were part of the coalition’s absurd state building project in Afghanistan, will do little to trouble an unformed, unimaginative conscience.
Source: Reluctant Acceptance: Responding to Afghanistan’s Refugees – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Twenty years ago, Australian forces followed the US into Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 attacks with a simple mission: to hunt down Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda leadership and remove the Taliban government that had sheltered them. That mission has ended in abject failure. Its costs have been significant: 41 combat-related deaths, 260 wounded, more than 500 veteran suicides, thousands afflicted by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and around A$10 billion expended with precious little to show for it.
Source: Owning up: Australia must admit its involvement in Afghanistan has been an abject failure
Foreign Minister Marise Payne said today all Afghan citizens who were in Australia on a temporary basis would be supported by the government, adding no Afghan visa holder will be asked to return to Afghanistan at this stage. The words “at this stage” fall well short of Australia’s moral and legal obligations to Afghan refugees, and provide little comfort to temporary visa holders. With a range of options to expand protection for people at risk both within and outside Afghanistan, the Australian government must stop attaching qualifiers to its response, and start acting decisively and with humanity.
Source: Afghan refugees can no longer wait — Australia must offer permanent protection now
Defence has elevated “opportunities for Australian companies” over human rights and transparency in weapons sales, as an investigation by Michelle Fahy reveals 187 permits for military exports to Israel.
Source: Defence hides Australia’s weapon sales to Israel amid war crimes investigation into Palestine – Michael West Media
If our politicians plead ignorance what do ASIO and the Federal Police do for the nation? How is it that a couple of investigative journalists do the job we ask our government to do? Don’t they keep telling us what they do is to keep us safe from “Asylum Seekers”. Dutton was eager to send Afghans back and keep Nazis safe
Politicians on both sides have called for Australia’s largest neo-Nazi group to be banned as a terrorist organisation after secret video and audio emerged of its violent inner workings and hopes to provoke a race war. Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said on Monday that the National Socialist Network’s activities were disturbing and warned the threat posed by “extremist nationalist and racist individuals and groups is real and growing”.
Source: Political ambitions and anti-lockdown protests: How neo-Nazis seek to spread influence
When Lendlease finally fesses up, the enablers will saunter off with impunity, pretending nothing ever happened. It was all a mistake. The millions the Big Four audit and tax firms donate to political parties is their shield against accountability. Who wins Bigger Robber? Crown directors and Lendlease, those with legal and financial responsibility, are still there. The Lendlease heist is bigger in dollar terms and the company is yet to fess up. So, Lendlease claims the mantle of Biggest Robber Australia. Its glory even more resplendent as it has paid virtually no income tax in Australia for ten years while forking out high dividends to shareholders and lavishing high remuneration on those who have presided over the robbery.
Source: The Biggest Robber: Crown caught and confessed as cagey Lendlease covers up – Michael West
Morrison, Australia’s PM believed that Covid was simply a common cold and a political opportunity to do do what he’d been doing all along little or nothing. He guaranteed and promised his way to prove he was a Trumpist and QAnon idiot as a consequence we lagged behind the OECD with only 25M to vaccinate. Now he claims we can open up the nation with only 50% vaccinated and even calling that number 70%. (of adults). Australia you have an Fwit for a PM.
A few months ago the slow rollout of vaccines was a major source of controversy in Canada. Not anymore. Amazing what can happen when an ex-president and a major political party aren’t trying to screw things up for everybody else. Americans, once buoyantly optimistic about the pandemic, are now increasingly pessimistic, via Gallup
Source: Canada Surges Past The United States In Vaccinations | Crooks and Liars
Duxton Water executives have been boasting about “beautiful” structural imbalances in Australia’s water market, and potentially dazzling profits from drought. Corporate nut farming is thirsty business and the proliferation of almond farms is poised to whip up prices and crush traditional agriculture in Australia’s food bowl, reports Callum Foote.
Source: Going Nuts: Murray Darling’s “unbelievably beautiful story” for investors a nightmare for farmers, environment – Michael West
Indigenous people are still far more likely to be jailed, die by suicide and have their children removed than non-Indigenous people a year after the new Closing the Gap agreement was signed, according to the Productivity Commission.
Source: Closing the Gap: Indigenous suicide and incarceration rates rising
Much of Australia is back under pandemic lockdown thanks to Coalition mismanagement. The Liberals have used the crisis to bolster big business. Now the workers’ movement needs to champion its own measures to counter the pandemic and rebuild the economy.
Source: Australian Business Has Used the Pandemic to Attack Workers — Now It’s Time to Fight Back
Let’s say a new irrigation scheme is proposed and all the land it’ll take up needs to be cleared — trees felled, soil upturned, and habitats destroyed. Water will also have to be allocated. Would the economic gain of the scheme outweigh the damage to the environment? This is the kind of question so-called “land accounts” grapple with. Land accounts are a type of “environmental account”, which measures our interactions with the environment by recording them as transactions. They help us understand the environmental and economic outcomes of land use decisions.
Source: ‘Environmental accounting’ could revolutionise nature conservation, but Australia has squandered its potential
Colonisation was enacted by all those who came to Australian shores, rich and poor, willing or reluctant, and the inevitable effects on Indigenous people resulted from this collective and continuing process. Colonial legacies such as white privilege and Indigenous disadvantage — exemplified by the Stolen Generations and appalling Aboriginal deaths in custody statistics — are therefore a collective responsibility all Australians must shoulder.
Source: Friday essay: beyond ‘statue shaming’ — grappling with Australia’s legacies of slavery
Henry Reynolds has demolished the apologetic arguments of conservative intellectuals, showing that the British colonization of Australia was a crime even by the standards of its time. Reynolds makes a powerful argument for recognizing Aboriginal sovereignty.
Source: Australia Was Founded on an Act of Genocide. It’s Time to Make Amends.
The UK Health Secretary has just admitted his government’s “moral responsibility” for the UK’s contaminated blood scandal of the 1970s and 1980s. Meanwhile, the Liberal/National government still refuses to apologise and offer financial support to the up to 20,000 victims as recommended 17 years ago by a Senate Committee. And Labor, which has similarly ignored the recommendations, has just acknowledged the “historic injustice” but says it can’t do anything. Why is it so hard for the victims asks Elizabeth Minter? Is it because CSL, the darling of Australia’s business community, lies at the heart of the scandal? “The Government is just waiting for us all to die.”
Source: CSL and contaminated blood scandal: UK accepts ‘moral responsibility’; Australia still silent – Michael West
Melbourne-born man Russell Moore has died in a US prison following a three-decade fight to be returned to Australia. Moore, also known by his adoptive name James Hudson Savage, died at Apalachee Correctional Institution in Florida on June 2.
Source: Indigenous man Russell Moore dies in US prison following 30-year legal fight to come home
Rates of homelessness are rising alarmingly, particularly among Australians aged 65 to 74. The government offered them nothing in the budget, in defiance of the Aged Care Royal Commission recommendations. Jeff Fiedler reports.
Source: More will be Given: home owners rewarded in budget as homelessness continues to surge – Michael West
Suddenly, I heard an Australian accent. On the screen I saw General Angus Campbell standing alongside a map of Australia with a line crossed through it, like a no-smoking sign, broadcasting the menacing messages of Operation Sovereign Borders. I cringed: while I was enjoying unconditional hospitality in my host’s country, an advertisement paid for by my tax dollars warned Sadikalar that he would never be welcome in mine. It was illustrative of a tendency of our government, particularly since the Coalition’s 2013 victory, to both figuratively and literally broadcast images of Australia to the world that diminish our standing.
Source: This is how the world really sees Morrison’s Australia
The secret prosecution and imprisonment of a former intelligence officer was “unprecedented”, reminiscent of authoritarian regimes and should never be repeated, Australia’s national security laws watchdog has been told.
Source: Secret Australian prosecution ‘unprecedented’ and must never happen again, watchdog told | Australia news | The Guardian
It was entirely appropriate that Scott Morrison was on mute when he began his address to Joe Biden’s climate summit overnight. He had nothing to say or offer, and although Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said “Mr Prime Minister I’m not sure we’re hearing you,” the message Morrison was sending the world was clear enough. Morrison may as well just have stuck his middle finger up at the camera. Australia’s already woefully inadequate 26-28% emissions reduction target from 2005 levels by 2030 — set by arch-climate denialist Tony Abbott — now looks irrelevant at best and misleading at worst, regardless of how often Morrison and his ministers say that we will “meet and beat it”. The United States is committed to reductions of 50-52% compared with 2005. The UK is committed to a 78% cut on 1990 levels by 2035. Canada — a resource economy very similar to Australia’s — is committed to 40-45% of 2005 levels by 2030. Norway’s is 50-55% by 2030. Japan is committed to 46% from 2013 levels by 2030. South Korea lifted its target to a 24.4% reduction on 2017 levels by 2030. And the European Union this week ratified its commitment to a 55% cut by 2030.
Source: Australia’s climate-criminal status is on global display. What now?
While Japan faces international backlash over its decision to dump contaminated wastewater, Australia remains quiet due to its part in the Fukushima disaster.
Source: Australian Government quiet over Japan’s nuclear waste condemnation
Anzac Day’s evolution as a national obsession has been cleverly manipulated by politicians, companies, organizations and clubs all trading on the lucrative Anzac brand.
In recent years Prime Ministers of both persuasions have seen political gain in the Anzac legend.
Prime Ministers from Hawke to Howard and beyond have seen political gain in promoting the Anzac myth. An exception was Keating, who rejected the obsession with Gallipoli and turned his attention to Kokoda.
With the heavy pall of the Brereton report’s disturbing revelations of gross misconduct by our elite force in Afghanistan, commemorations should return to quiet reflection; not the noisy spectacles with jingoistic overtones at a time when serious soul searching, beyond the easy clichés, is needed.
Source: “Our national identity has become defined by our participation in wars” – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The British Government seems intent on sustaining its international prominence through deepened links with its former colonies.
Source: Australia could join UK-led international alliance, abandoning Asia
Agricultural bosses and their allies are accusing Australians of being work-shy as they face a post-pandemic labor shortage. But it’s low wages and abusive working conditions that make it hard for them to find workers. The solution is obvious: decent pay for decent work.
Source: Australian Agricultural Bosses Can’t Find Workers. Maybe They Should Try Paying More.