Category Archives: Informed Comment

One could be forgiven for thinking this is just another shameful dog-whistling lie – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Spud Duddy is demanding that the ABC and Fairfax apologise to him for doubting his version of events leading up to shots being fired on Manus Island. “These people can take the word of somebody that’s been discredited but that is … Continue reading

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The First 100 Days: Trump and the Degradation of the Presidency – Truthdig

The president’s failure to accomplish little of his agenda during his first months in office is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this short time. Source: The First 100 Days: Trump and the … Continue reading

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Day to Day Politics: Destroying what we stand for. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday 23 April 2017 It’s a lazy Sunday. There’s not much on. Rain is falling on corrugated roof creating a rhythm of thought-provoking questions that are not easily put aside. The word democracy keeps insinuating itself upon me. I know … Continue reading

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Are we already fighting World War 3?

Since Donald Trump arrived in the White House the world has been moving closer to nuclear Armageddon. Source: Are we already fighting World War 3?

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Noam Chomsky: The Real Effect of the Recent U.S. Bombings in Syria and Afghanistan (Video) – Truthdig

Source: Noam Chomsky: The Real Effect of the Recent U.S. Bombings in Syria and Afghanistan (Video) – Truthdig

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The suppository of all wisdom’s verbal diarrhea – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Returning triumphant from his taxpayer-funded pollie pedal ride, Tony Abbott has engaged in a media blitz to pass on his diagnosis of the problems of modern politics. First, he wrote an article in The Telegraph outlining how the Coalition was … Continue reading

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Informed citizens or content consumers – » The Australian Independent Media Network

There is great value in maintaining a national broadcaster that is publicly owned and funded, politically independent and fully accountable. Public ownership brings a distinct difference to the broadcasting system, with national broadcasters required and able to provide comprehensive, innovative … Continue reading

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Rise of the machines: robots are coming for middle-class jobs next

The next advances in automation won’t just affect the low-skilled and low-paid. Source: Rise of the machines: robots are coming for middle-class jobs next

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The single tweet that revealed Trump’s foreign policy

As a general rule, it’s probably wise to ignore what Donald Trump tweets. But I couldn’t help break that rule this week. Source: The single tweet that revealed Trump’s foreign policy

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Australia beckons a war with China

Australia risks sleepwalking into a deadly confrontation with China, writes John Pilger. Source: Australia beckons a war with China

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It’s not the ABC’s fault that you look like idiots – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It was inevitable that James Ashby’s One Nation would fall out with the ABC.  James likes to very much control the questions that can be asked of his band of miscreants, and by who, and he likes the power to … Continue reading

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Hey Dutton/Turnbull, Australians say: #closethecamps and #letthemstay

A new poll shows Australians are “bleating all they want” for the Turnbull Government to close the camps and let asylum seekers stay. Source: Hey Dutton/Turnbull, Australians say: #closethecamps and #letthemstay

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We are heading for the warmest climate in half a billion years | Informed Comment

By Gavin Foster, Dana Royer, and Dan Lunt | (The Conversation) | – – Carbon dioxide concentrations are heading towards … Source: We are heading for the warmest climate in half a billion years | Informed Comment

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Day to Day Politics: The man with the cowboy walk. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Thursday 6 April 2017 1 Trump and Abbott are very much alike in so much as they are liars of the highest standard. What separates their uniquely nefarious qualities is that Abbott admits to it while Trump cannot see that he … Continue reading

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The insidious takeover by the IPA – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When Leigh Sales asked Malcolm Turnbull why Section 18C was getting more attention than things like “out of pocket medical expenses, the fact that suicide rate among teenage girls has gone up 45 per cent in the past year, the … Continue reading

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Rejoining the Canberra Press Gallery: How it happened and what it means

Political editor Dr Martin Hirst talks about being back in the Press Gallery on behalf of IA. Source: Rejoining the Canberra Press Gallery: How it happened and what it means

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Day to Day Politics: Taking credit when none’s due. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday 2 April 2017 1 For all his bluff and bluster, a perpetual smile, together with the occasional stunt, it seems to me that Nick Xenophon really doesn’t achieve much. Such is the case with the Government’s Tax Cuts for … Continue reading

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Fifteen reasons not to give multinational companies a tax cut – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fifteen reasons not to give multinational companies a tax cut The underlying cash balance for the 2016-17 financial year to 31 January 2017 was a deficit of $44,029 million. Net debt is $323,821 million; and Australian Government Securities on Issue … Continue reading

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The unions strike back | The Monthly

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‘We have more in common than we have differences’

The grandmother of Ken Lechleitner Pangarta was a Anmatjere woman who fled to the Tanami desert after the Coniston massacre of 1928. There she came across a half-Swedish, half-Austrian adventurer named Maurice Augustus Marie Lechleitner. To his Aboriginal family, he … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky Makes a Prediction for the U.S. Economy No One Can Afford to Dismiss | Alternet

Legendary linguist Noam Chomsky has a warning for Donald Trump’s supporters; the Trump bump in the market is waning. “Anti-establishment is kind of a joke,” Chomsky concluded. “Take a look at Trump and take a look at who’s appointed for the … Continue reading

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Day to Day Politics: Both beyond redemption. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday 26 March 2017 You have to wonder about the sanity of people like Pauline Hanson. Three weeks ago she advocated parents have their children take a non-existent test before vaccinating  them. She followed that up hours after the London … Continue reading

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Instead of moving mountains, just build us a real NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I am having trouble understanding this energy debate. For starters, we own the resources and we make the rules.  Remembering that would be a good first step. Secondly, it is glaringly obvious that privatisation has not worked to keep retail … Continue reading

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Sadiq Khan: London mayor says terror attacks ‘part and parcel’ of living in a major city | The Independent

Sadiq Khan has said he believes the threat of terror attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city” and encouraged Londoners to be vigilant to combat dangers. Source: Sadiq Khan: London mayor says terror attacks ‘part and … Continue reading

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New media rules will do little to improve diversity in news and current affairs

The glaring omission in the Turnbull Government’s Media Reform Bill is any attempt to control Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. Source: New media rules will do little to improve diversity in news and current affairs

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“Winston Churchill? He’s no better than Adolf Hitler” – Dr Shashi Tharoor. – UKAsian

He may be the subject of worship from London’s Parliament Square to the Oval Office in Washington DC, but Winston Churchill was little more than a mass murderer, with as much blood on his hands as Hitler does. That’s according … Continue reading

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Germany rejects Donald Trump’s claims it owes NATO and US ‘vast sums’ for defence – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Germany says there is no debt account at NATO in response to Donald Trump’s claim it owes vast sums for defence. Source: Germany rejects Donald Trump’s claims it owes NATO and US ‘vast sums’ for defence – Donald Trump’s America … Continue reading

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Hazelwood closure leaves major energy black hole, electricity prices will inevitably rise – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Chris Uhlmann examines how the country entered its policy-induced energy crisis and whether there’s a quick fix to the situation. Source: Hazelwood closure leaves major energy black hole, electricity prices will inevitably rise – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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A history of Section 18C and the Racial Discrimination Act | NITV

While there have been some successful cases brought, less than five per cent of claims made under the Racial Discrimination Act make it to the courts and there the majority of them are dismissed. Section 18C makes it unlawful to … Continue reading

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How the free market failed Australia and priced us out of our own gas supply – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The free market has led to Australia being priced out of its own gas supply, Ian Verrender writes. Source: How the free market failed Australia and priced us out of our own gas supply – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Has this week marked the beginning of the end for the populists? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Two elections, a world apart in the same week, has some delivering the last rites to the wave of populism that has dominated global politics, writes Stan Grant. Source: Has this week marked the beginning of the end for the … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky predicts Donald Trump’s administration will cause another financial crash | The Independent

Noam Chomsky has warned the Donald Trump-fuelled rally in capital markets is coming to a close and another financial crash is on the horizon. The economist, historian and linguist said the President’s “anti-estabishment” status was a “joke” given his establishment … Continue reading

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Breitbart Helped Boost A Man Vying To Become The Next Dutch Prime Minister: Geert Wilders, Dubbed The “Dutch Trump”

Breitbart.com provided a platform for far-right Dutch political leader Geert Wilders, who is running for prime minister of the Netherlands in the March 15 election, by publishing columns he wrote. Wilders used Breitbart to boost his anti-Muslim brand among factions … Continue reading

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Phoney energy crisis merely a ploy to access off-limits gas

The gas industry is desperate to get its hands on supplies that are off limits – especially controversial ones like, say, coal seam gas. Source: Phoney energy crisis merely a ploy to access off-limits gas

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This Young Muslim Engineer Gave A Powerful Speech About Racism In Australia – BuzzFeed News

“This isn’t the Australia I have grown up in.” Source: This Young Muslim Engineer Gave A Powerful Speech About Racism In Australia – BuzzFeed News

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Killing the Great Barrier Reef: A fisherman’s story

A fisherman’s gut-wrenching experience details the ongoing devastation of our Great Barrier Reef caused by mines such as Adani. Source: Killing the Great Barrier Reef: A fisherman’s story

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Every Episode Of Reza Aslan’s ‘Believer’ Will Piss Somebody Off (And It’s Awesome) | The Huffington Post

“At one point or another, everyone’s going to find something to be angry about.” Source: Every Episode Of Reza Aslan’s ‘Believer’ Will Piss Somebody Off (And It’s Awesome) | The Huffington Post

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Day to Day Politics: Politicians getting in the way of good policy. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Saturday 11 March 2017 1 There is no doubt in my mind that the greatest impediment to the future prosperity of Australia is our political system. In particular, conservative politicians. I say conservative because they are more attached to the … Continue reading

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Day to Day Politics: A Society for the Common Good. (Updated) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Friday 10 March 2017 Author’s note. 1 There are some things we write that at a later date when writing on the same subject the words we choose seem inferior to the original ones. It is with this in mind … Continue reading

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Stuart Robert, Paul Marks and buying influence – » The Australian Independent Media Network

No doubt emboldened by the resurgence of Arthur “I don’t recall” Sinodinis, Stuart Robert is apparently lobbying Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to return him to the frontbench at the next significant reshuffle, likely by the end of the year. This … Continue reading

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Crime Reporters And Experts Rip Misleading Trump Immigrant Crime Office

Crime reporters and criminologists say President Donald Trump’s new federal office devoted to crimes committed by immigrants is unnecessary and that creating such an entity is misleading since foreign-born residents actually commit fewer crimes than most native citizens.They also urged journalists covering the issue … Continue reading

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Economist Richard Wolff Explains Marxism – Truthdig

“America’s most prominent Marxist economist” discusses why economic turmoil is making headlines while the stock market booms. Source: Economist Richard Wolff Explains Marxism – Truthdig

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Socialism? Capitalism? Economist Richard Wolff Explains It All. – Truthdig

In an interview with the grass-roots media portal Actvism, Wolff discusses methods of economic organization. Source: Socialism? Capitalism? Economist Richard Wolff Explains It All. – Truthdig

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Why Do Some People Have Money While Others Don’t? – Truthdig

Bankers rig democracy to control the institution of money, says economist Richard Wolff (pictured). Source: Why Do Some People Have Money While Others Don’t? – Truthdig

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The 18C debate: how frequent are racial discrimination complaints? | News | The Guardian

Coalition MPs have repeatedly expressed concerns about the way the Racial Discrimination Act could affect free speech. Here is the data on the number of complaints that are actually made Source: The 18C debate: how frequent are racial discrimination complaints? … Continue reading

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Sorry, Trump, China’s cut-back on Coal Dooms Industry

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Donald Trump has said many foolish things, but his pledge to … Source: Sorry, Trump, China’s cut-back on Coal Dooms Industry

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Scott’s trickle-down fairy dust blown away – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The recently released GDP figures for the December quarter put another nail in the coffin of Scott Morrison’s economic plan. Despite a 16.5% rise in private non-financial corporations gross operating surplus (GOS), compensation of employees (COE) fell by 0.5% this … Continue reading

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American berserk | The Monthly

It will be recognised with slavery and the Civil War. It will be recognised with World War One and the Great Depression. It will be recognised with World War Two. It will be recognised with the 1950s, and the red … Continue reading

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