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.
People are fleeing wars in which Australia is deeply involved, so our responsibility to provide asylum seekers with a safe home is not an abstract one, writes Sam Brennan.We’re good at giving guns but not at taking in victims of war
Recently, I spotted an article in the Sydney Morning Herald (‘It’s our turn’: Inside the Christian Right conference plotting a political takeover) that left me alarmed for many reasons. Firstly, due to my family history with the values that meant my Old People were slaves in all but name; dispossessed of everything in their lives to make room for the colonies. Or they were simply slaughtered. Christianity enabled slavery for more than eighteen centuries, values that established the White Australia Policy many suggest still exist in the country today. Christianity enabled the racism shown not merely on a historical level, but likewise in the systematic version seen within all aspects of Australian society towards my people.Mere men are not godly beings – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Dutton pilfers taxpayer money $465 to fly to Marochydore for private event. But slams the door shut on a disabled kid.
If Kayaan Katyal didn’t have a disability, he’d likely be an Australian permanent resident by now. But the six-year-old was born with cerebral palsy. For that reason alone, Australia wants to deport him.The Australian kids Home Affairs wants to deport because of a disability
By declining to read the dossier himself, Morrison sent the wrong signal.Scott Morrison sent wrong signal to survivors of child abuse
Historically, men placed themselves above women on ‘matters of importance’ in many cultures, Australia among them. Much has changed in today’s society, that is true, but much still has not. We see many TV shows and movies regarding the past, often there are arranged marriages where the male characters are heavily concerned about how pretty their bride to be is. This sort of narrative aids the misogynistic values placed upon women in today’s society.Women’s Rights: Where Are They? – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Our constitution was originally framed as a ‘secular’ document but successive conservative governments, and a number of unfortunate High Court decisions, have led Church authorities to repeatedly claim (incorrectly) that Australia is a “Christian nation.” It is not.The Irony of Political and Religious Power – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Australia. the US, the UK and the European Union are refusing to waive intellectual property rights to Covid-19 vaccines so developing countries can produce the vaccine locally. This refusal, in the face of vaccine hoarding by rich countries, is likely to cause millions more deaths because of slower access to a vaccine. It is also extremely short-sighted because long delays in global vaccination will enable more powerful variants to emerge. David Legge and Sun Kim report.Vaccine Hoarders: poor countries at risk as Australia & co block Covid vaccine – Michael West
The Original Inhabitants of these lands may have been reduced to a mere 3% of the entire population, but we, the Oldest Living Cultures in the World, are still here. We stand upon Aboriginal Land, why are we solely meeting on Colonial grounds? Australia, we are fellow citizens and it is time you stood by us, on our terms not yours!Australia’s racial terrorism – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Whatever one thinks about the date, I can’t help but wonder why there are so many yobbos running around with Australian flags on their back. The flag wasn’t in existence on when Captain Phillip landed so they should really be running around with a British flag if they wanted to be traditionalists.Australia Day OR Fun With Flags… – » The Australian Independent Media Network
They all come back to the idea that white identity is under threat and one of the ways it can be saved is through rolling back of democracy and the leadership of an authoritarian, preferably a white man,” Dr Droogan said.‘Peddlers of hate’: Australian right-wing extremists celebrate Capitol riots
Well, if not you, PM, then who? Who speaks plainly for Australia’s bedrock values of due process, free and fair elections, the orderly handover of power, respect for courts, multiculturalism?Perhaps the real Scott Morrison just stood up? | The Canberra Times | Canberra, ACT
And it is hard to imagine that the recent actions of the U.S. President, which continue to incite violence and terrorism and refute the wishes of the democratic majority, and even the decisions of the judiciary, would ever be repeated here.Morrison crew backs Capitol coup
Scott Morrison’s ‘distress’, not condemnation of U.S. Congress attack If the PM does not make his allegiances clear, we must assume he supports the seditious actions of outgoing President Trump and his QAnon followers.America’s global authority disgrace as leaders condemn Trump
The Liberal MP Craig Kelly is standing by unsubstantiated claims antifa may have been present in the US Capitol mob, even though the article on which they were based has been corrected.Australian Liberal MP Craig Kelly stands by US Capitol ‘antifa’ claim, despite discredited evidence | Craig Kelly | The Guardian
Calls are growing for the Morrison government to fight for the release of Julian Assange and bring him home after the Queensland-born whistleblower narrowly avoided extradition to the United States on Monday night.Pressure mounting on Scott Morrison to ask US to drop Assange charges
Indigenous women are discouraged from reporting domestic violence by fear of having their children removed and the threat of being left homeless.Reluctance to report family violence ‘a lot worse than we thought’
The term “offshore processing” suggests something industrial, mechanistic. In the field of refugee and asylum seeker policy, it involves detaining humans, their dehumanisation and the vast, prohibitive expenditure of funds from the public purse. As a model, one country has sold it with unshakeable conviction and aplomb: Australia.Selling Australia’s offshore detention regime to the world
Australia is not alone in having a concentrated media market. We can see similar patterns emerging both in the US and in some parts of Europe[i]. But Australia stands out as one of the most concentrated media markets in the world and this increasing concentration has been happening for some time[ii]. There is also the question of why it also appears to be speeding up.The distortion of the Australian public sphere: Media ownership concentration in Australia – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The Australian government’s treatment of Julian Assange has revealed more than a library of leaked documents ever could about how power is exercised in the relationship with the United States, writes Andrew Fowler.Sovereignty eroded: Wiki cables show both Labor and Coalition culpable in Assange persecution – Michael West
Australia, with its “gas-led recovery”, corrupted political process and continuing reliance on fossil fuels for exports and energy, is moving from climate laggard to climate criminal as we head for another record warm year — possibly the warmest ever. Global sanctions in the form of tariffs on every Australian export — not just the limited range of energy-intensive products identified by the EU — to make up for our lack of action is economically justified and morally compelling.Global tariffs the only way to end Australia’s climate criminality
A missed anniversary raises the matter of how well Australians are informed about their society. Alan Austin dons his quizmaster hat once again.Manipulated collective memory makes most Australians much poorer
Recipients of stolen wage entitlements from the Queensland Government say the payments are grossly unfairAdministrators say a methodology that relied on anthropological evidence was used to determine the amountsMen received greater entitlements than women as they were more affected by stolen wage practicesNorth Queensland elders say stolen wages entitlements unfair, much lower than expected – ABC News
Independent Australia has reported on the unconscionable Robodebt fiasco from the outset and its toll continues to mount, despite the recent class action.Porter, Tudge, Robert and Morrison’s shameless Robodebt record
Australia’s history of racism and oppression must be fought against, with lessons to be learned from shifting paradigms around the world, writes Gerry Georgatos.How to change the face of intergenerational racism in Australia
Murder and torture allegations against elite soldiers in Afghanistan have been described as more “evil” and “worse” than the atrocities at Abu Ghraib prison, prompting cries for urgent cultural change within the Australian army.War crimes report details ‘evil’ acts by Australian soldiers
Australia will face mounting international pressure to commit to increased long-term emissions cuts after US President-elect Joe Biden vowed to rally America’s allies for greater action and integrate climate change into his foreign policy and national security strategies.US election 2020: Joe Biden’s climate goals turn up heat on Scott Morrison
Four years into a constant stream of misconduct allegations, it’s hard to know how to process the latest revelations about the actions of Australia’s special forces in Afghanistan.The reputation of Australia’s special forces is beyond repair — it’s time for them to be disbanded
Billionaire mining magnate and political pest Clive Palmer is outspending every other political party in the country on Facebook ads before the Queensland election, sharing discredited claims about a Labor death tax.
683 deaths The Morrison government is not taking the aged-care crisis seriously683 deaths | The Monthly
A US marine says Australians were known to leave “fire and bodies” in their wake in Afghanistan Australian soldiers from 2nd Commando Regiment told the ABC the US Drug Enforcement Administration refused to work with the November platoon in Afghanistan It is unclear if the alleged killing is covered in the Inspector-General of the Australian Defense Force’s inquiry US marine says Australian special forces soldiers made ‘deliberate decision to break the rules of war’ – ABC News
Offshore processing has caused extreme trauma and cost billions that could have gone towards more effective, humane alternativesAustralia’s offshore asylum centres have been a cruel disaster. They must not be replicated by the UK | Jane McAdam and Madeline Gleeson | Opinion | The Guardian
So many issues in recent times, many of them pre-COVID-19, have highlighted how the Australia, which we tried to project to the world in 2000 as a Dinky Di paradise is dead, buried and cremated.(Thank you, Tony Abbott, for the quote! You certainly helped the rot set in!)A ‘Fair Go’ is now a Myth – » 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
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
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
“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
As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, we must reconsider how we value the jobs done by care workersAustralia has sleepwalked into a society where profit trumps quality care | Emma Dawson | Opinion | The Guardian
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
Instead of offering assistance, our political system is one that would sooner incarcerate children in desperate need, writes Gerry Georgatos.Dickensian Australia — homeless orphans and ten-year-old children gaoled
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
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.
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.
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.