Category: Informed Comment

Day to Day Politics: What Hypocrisy! It’s really staggering. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

those who deny Climate Change and the overwhelming scientific consensus seek to justify their belief by attaching themselves to a minority of science deniers with obscure qualifications or worse-to right-wing shock jocks and journalists with no scientific training what so ever.These people have no way of evaluating the volume of data produced by the various scientific institutions. One of the most outspoken deniers (Andrew Bolt) has, in recent times, been found guilty of deceptive lying in that he defamed some white skinned aboriginals. One has to wonder how many he has told when writing about his favorite topic climate change.Which brings me to the point of this piece: Hypocrisy.Now who said this?

Source: Day to Day Politics: What Hypocrisy! It’s really staggering. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Letting Craig Kelly dictate energy policy is as stupid as letting Tony Abbott destroy the NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The head of the misnamed Coalition backbench environment committee, Craig Kelly, has been all over the media with ever more strident calls to stop all subsidies to renewable energy. His argument, which has been adopted by that jellyfish Frydenberg, is that, if renewables are cheaper then they don’t need subsidies. On June 25, Mr Kelly…

Source: Letting Craig Kelly dictate energy policy is as stupid as letting Tony Abbott destroy the NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: I repeat … our most gutless PM ever. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It has to be said that if Tony Abbott was the worst Prime Minister we have ever had then Malcolm Turnbull has to be the most gutless. What kind of leader would allow some right-wing ultra-fanatics to ride rough shod over his every decision? Decisions that, when as Opposition Leader, he felt strongly about.

Source: Day to Day Politics: I repeat … our most gutless PM ever. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Let’s face it, Abbott is one seriously screwed-up little dude – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Tony Abbott is the genuine article. The conviction politician who will use his muscle to cajole, bully, smash his way through. Abbott’s ability to yell from the rooftops what he believes in is his strength.”Genuine? Conviction? Strength? Surely you jest.Abbott is a politician who changes his mind depending on how the wind blows as Peter van Onselen reminded us in his article “Tony Abbott’s convictions are ever changing”.

Source: Let’s face it, Abbott is one seriously screwed-up little dude – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: My idealism under threat, I think. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday 8 October 2017 Today I again refer back to the launch of “Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir” by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Chancellor of The Australian National University – Launched by the Hon Bob Hawke AC GCL, 23rd Prime Minister of Australia at the National Press Club last Wednesday. “In his…

Source: Day to Day Politics: My idealism under threat, I think. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Ideology versus the Common Good – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Did you know that 10 per cent of Australians now hold more wealth than the other 90 per cent combined? Let me put it another way. The richest one per cent of Australians are collectively wealthier than the poorest 60 per cent. Or try this 62 mega-rich people across the globe now hold as much wealth as 3.6 billion of the world’s poorest. Try this. Australia’s richest person was worth $18 billion, equaling the wealth held by the poorest 10 per cent of Aussies.Here’s some more from an Oxfam report titled “An Economy for the 1%“: The world’s richest 1% now hold more wealth than the rest of the planet. The richest 10 per cent of Australians hold more wealth than the other 90 per cent combined. The gap between Australia’s richest and poorest is accelerating. In 2015, the wealth of Australia’s richest 1% outstripped the poorest 60%. Australia’s richest person is worth more than all of the wealth held by the poorest 10 per cent of Australians. Dr Szoke from Oxfam, the reports writer, said Australia must be part of a global solution to a global problem, and a renewed international focus on corporate tax avoidance would be critical to efforts to address wealth inequality.So isn’t it odd that the Turnbull Government is contemplating increasing the rate of its consumer tax in order to give the same companies a reduction in the amount of tax they pay. Figure that out.

Source: Day to Day Politics: Ideology versus the Common Good – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The aim of scientists, unlike businessmen, lobbyists or politicians, is to find the truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Considering the grave implications of their decisions, you would think that parliamentarians, who have no specific qualifications or expertise, would listen to the best advice available. But no. Experienced public servants who might suggest “that is a bad idea” are replaced by people who advise “this is how you can sell it”.   Experts are ignored…

Source: The aim of scientists, unlike businessmen, lobbyists or politicians, is to find the truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why are we letting the fossil fuel industry make the rules on climate change action? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In an article in today’s Australian, Janet Albrechtsen waxes lyrical about departing boss of the Minerals Council, Brendan Pearson, who she claims was “shoved out of his job as boss of the Minerals Council of Australia by those who prefer feel-good corporate bromides and green myths over energy facts and figures.”These purveyors of “green myths” were, among others, BHP and Rio Tinto who said they had lost confidence in Mr Pearson due to his unstinting advocacy for coal, something Ms Albrechtsen, on the other hand, considers a virtue, Source: Why are we letting the fossil fuel industry make the rules on climate change action? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fear boosts ratings – » The Australian Independent Media Network

There are, and always will be, things we should be concerned about, things we should be working to improve, but they get lost in the political misinformation deliberately fed to us by a government that lacks any integrity, a government who chooses to confect crises and then boast about saving us from dangers that either…

The great Debt and Deficit Disaster that we faced going into the 2013 election has miraculously disappeared (even though the debt has more than doubled) and been replaced by good debt and bad debt. Apparently, when the Labor government invested in stimulating the economy, keeping people in work through the global financial crisis, that was bad debt, but borrowing $400 billion to spend on war machines is good debt.

Source: Fear boosts ratings – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Show us the gas, Barnaby – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I sure hope Leigh Sales takes Barnaby up on his offer to come back and identify these huge onshore reserves that no-one else knows about.And if I was a state premier, I would be having a very serious conversation with the Federal government about how telling lies for political purposes is not helping the nation.

Source: Show us the gas, Barnaby – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tanya Plibersek: ‘Give me a union leader over an investment banker any day’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Deputy Labor leader’s Light on the Hill address highlights growing inequality and takes aim at same-sex marriage postal survey

Source: Tanya Plibersek: ‘Give me a union leader over an investment banker any day’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Maintaining privilege and hierarchy doesn’t allow for truth and empathy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In an article titled Inside the terrifying mind of Tony Abbott, Bernard Keane quotes a study from 2015 which looks into the psychological basis for climate change denial and why one particular demographic — older white males — tends to dominate the ranks of climate denialists. The study identified that “denial is driven partly by…

Source: Maintaining privilege and hierarchy doesn’t allow for truth and empathy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fifty years ago, the film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner challenged social norms by exposing the discrimination faced by inter-racial couples.  In those days, it was considered ‘unnatural’ for whites to marry blacks.  Some people may still feel this way but the wider community has thankfully and rightly moved on from such ignorant prejudice. It…

Source: That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Is Tony never to be credited when he speaks the truth? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Besides being a pathological liar, Tony Abbott is a noted pugilist who in the past has thrown a few himself, particularly at women.At university he kicked in a glass panel door when defeated in an election.Referred to a women Chairperson as “Chairthing”.He was accused of assaulting a women at University and later acquitted. He was defended by a QC and the girl defended herself.Another women accuses him of throwing punches at her. And hitting either side of a wall she was standing against. He says it never happened but others collaborated her story.He threatens to punch the head in of Lindsay Foyle who disagreed with him on a women’s right to an abortion.In 1978 a young teacher by the name of Peter Woof bought assault charges against Abbott. He punched him in the face. It never went anywhere. Abbott was represented by a legal team of six and the young man could not afford to defend himself.And he did punch out Joe Hockey’s lights during a rugby match.

Source: Day to Day Politics: Is Tony never to be credited when he speaks the truth? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Do qualifications matter in politics? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

And after 18 months of appalling governance Abbott the then Prime Minister could not lay claim to any policy that has progressed the nation. His leadership was abysmal and his Ministers were found wanting with a litany of failures in, education, health, environment and the economy. Turnbull’s government has been no better.Both Abbott/Turnbull governments had enough diplomas to staff a university, but both were so intent on implementing a warped right-wing ideology, with a baseless mandate, that they forgot that policies actually mattered. They governed with propaganda calculated to make you feel good about the wrongs being perpetuated on you.

Source: Day to Day Politics: Do qualifications matter in politics? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: If that’s what Oxford teaches … Well? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Thursday 21 September 2017 Never in the history of politics have Australians elected a man so unqualified in the area of science as Tony Abbott. Having demonstrated on many occasions his inability to grasp “Climate Science” and the “NBN” he remains a Luddite of the first order. Now before you point your finger at my…

Source: Day to Day Politics: If that’s what Oxford teaches … Well? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

After the Hurricane, Solar Kept Florida Homes and a City’s Traffic Lights Running | InsideClimate News

By using energy storage with solar panels, homeowners were able to go off-grid, showing how distributed power could speed future storm recovery.

Source: After the Hurricane, Solar Kept Florida Homes and a City’s Traffic Lights Running | InsideClimate News

Fact check: Is there evidence that mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients can help drug users get off welfare? – Fact Check – ABC News

Experts say that, rather than lots of evidence, there is no evidence, here or overseas, to show that mandatory testing will help unemployed drug addicts receive treatment and find jobs.

Source: Fact check: Is there evidence that mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients can help drug users get off welfare? – Fact Check – ABC News

Australia’s energy security sacrificed to the Coalition’s internal power struggle – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As Turnbull theatrically struts around throwing out childish taunts like Blackout Bill and No Coal Joel, it should be remembered that it isn’t Labor who has changed their support for emissions reduction and renewable energy.You cannot privatise an essential utility and then create such uncertainty that the industry effectively grinds to a halt.Our energy crisis can be laid squarely at the feet of a divided Coalition whose own power struggles over the last decade have made it impossible for them to come up with any sort of enduring policy.

Source: Australia’s energy security sacrificed to the Coalition’s internal power struggle – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When Bullshit Baffles Brains – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The ways in which information that is freely available to all, is being ignored both by politicians and media outlets, demonstrates that no matter how well educated we are, we will continue to play right into the hands of those who are really running the country, unless we take a greater interest in what our government and their media allies are doing.

Source: When Bullshit Baffles Brains – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Perpetual outrage about nothing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The outrage follows a similar incident in June when a single parent at St Justin’s Catholic primary school in Sydney claimed “emotional abuse” because of an educational program about the Stolen Generation.As part of a role-playing exercise, students were told their parents were not looking after them properly and the government had ordered they be taken away from their parents..”

“Imagine the outrage of these parents would feel if German where Children in primary schools are regularly taken to concentration camps to be reminded of their inglorious history. In fact today’s German parents in the main welcome the truth of thei past being taught and not hidden. We have hidden our Brutish Colonial past and seem to have retained the  attitudes that went with it. (Old Dog)

Source: Perpetual outrage about nothing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

To those who think the YES campaign is too “in your face” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I know we are supposed to show respect to the NO side in the marriage equality debate but for how long? When Robert Menzies introduced the Marriage Act in 1961, a Country Party senator wanted to change the act to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. The amendment was voted down…

Source: To those who think the YES campaign is too “in your face” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Words left unsaid. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Saturday 9 September 2017 Have you ever written something and felt that you hadn’t finished what you intended to say? Such was the case after I had completed my Friday post; “Out of gas, steam, and no energy for gay marriage.” When I reread it later it seemed empty of conclusion. Now that the High…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Words left unsaid. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Great Australian Swindle – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Christian Marx In case you have been living under a rock or living on a diet of Rupert Murdoch, you will be aware of the massive underemployment and unemployment problem enveloping Australia, and indeed the rest of the Western world. This has not occurred by accident. It has been implemented strategically and systematically by…

Source: The Great Australian Swindle – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Political correctness is not stopping silly people from telling lies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

That bastion of bigotry and bullshit, Miranda Devine, informed us last year that Cheltenham Girls High School had banned the use of gender specific terms like “girls”, “women” or “ladies” and that teachers were told “that if they did not support decisions of LGBTI students they would be breaking the law, would be considered homophobic and were not welcome by the school”.The story was a lie.Every year we hear that Christmas carols have been banned and every year it is shown to be another lie.The Coalition for Marriage aired an ad where mother Cella White, an avid campaigner against the Safe Schools program, tells viewers that her son’s school told him “he could wear a dress next year if he felt like it”.Except it never happened.

Source: Political correctness is not stopping silly people from telling lies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Attacking the ‘socialist left’ is a hard sell – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Coalition have made their strategy quite clear.  They are delving back to the 50s for a reds-under-the-bed scare campaign. Turnbull said Shorten was “thoroughly Stalinist”. Matthias Cormann waffled on about Cold War socialism and “socialist revisionism”, whilst, ever the adherent to today’s talking points, Dan Tehan accused Shorten of being a “would-be East German”…

Source: Attacking the ‘socialist left’ is a hard sell – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Chris Hedges Responds to Criticism of ‘Antifa’ Column – Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists – Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

The Truthdig columnist sits down with Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace to discuss violence between the alt-right and antifascist (“antifa”) movements.

Source: Chris Hedges Responds to Criticism of ‘Antifa’ Column – Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists – Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

Day to Day Politics: The best plunderer of the public purse. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday 3 September 2017 I well recall in 2013 when Tony Abbott faced the ABC’s most capable and ferocious interviewer, Kerry O’Brien, about the benefits of the NBN. He was later to appoint Malcolm Turnbull to destroy it because he didn’t think it served any real purpose other than watching pornography. Anyway, on this night…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The best plunderer of the public purse. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Who supports same-sex marriage in Australia? And who doesn’t? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Data from Australia’s longest-running lifestyle survey shows an overwhelming tide of support toward the rights of same-sex couples within Australian society.

Source: Who supports same-sex marriage in Australia? And who doesn’t? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The threat of terrorism in Australia is a scam that costs us dearly

“In the past two decades, just three people have died as victims of terrorist attacks (broadly defined) in Australia. They were the two victims of the Martin Place siege and the NSW police accountant Curtis Cheng.”

In the same time period, 60,000 people suicided, 24, 700 died in road accidents and 1600 were killed by their partner.

But by all means, let’s pretend terrorism is Australia’s Big Scary Thing.

More Australians have died at the hands of police, lawfully or unlawfully, in 10 years, than from terrorist attacks in Australia in the past 20 years.

Source: The threat of terrorism in Australia is a scam that costs us dearly

The rule of law “is not a smorgasbord to be picked at will” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When newly elected secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, defended the right of unions to take unlawful industrial action, there was outrage. Leigh Sales opened with the loaded question “Do you believe in the rule of law?” “It shouldn’t be so hard for workers in our country to be able to…

Source: The rule of law “is not a smorgasbord to be picked at will” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My generation are a bunch of hypocrites when it comes to political correctness – » The Australian Independent Media Network

According to a recent survey commissioned by Australian Seniors Insurance Agency, 86 per cent of people over 50 believed “having to be politically correct all the time” was ruining society, and 86.6 per cent said it was “inauthentic”. The first thing that struck me when reading that was why an insurance agency would be asking…

Source: My generation are a bunch of hypocrites when it comes to political correctness – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Let’s talk about immigration – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In my opinion, the more diverse, tolerant, inclusive and accepting our society is, the safer we are. People come here knowing what the country is like – why would they try to change it into the country they have left? We are all different. We all have something to offer if accepted and encouraged to do so. We don’t have to look alike or have the same beliefs or eat the same foods.Problems arise when people feel alienated or isolated – all people, not just migrants. It’s no fun when people keep putting you down, not because you have done anything wrong, for just being who you are.

Source: Let’s talk about immigration – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Bannon must go, but after that, Protesters should listen to Bernie | Informed Comment

Steve Bannon ran, and is still likely pulling the strings at, Breitbart, the “Stormfront” in a business suit with a skinny tie. Bannon once characterized it as enabling what he called the “alt right,” by which he meant a slightly more presentable version of the skinheads, KKK, bikers, Neo-Nazis and other far right fringe supremacist groups that might appeal to today’s youth, including the educated.Breitbart has been wildly successful, since conspiracy theories, race resentment, Islamophobia, misogyny and other base emotions have a visceral appeal.I would argue that the success of the Neo-Neo-Nazis calling themselves “alt-” lies in an unconscious class dilemma that they displace onto

I would argue that the success of the Neo-Neo-Nazis calling themselves “alt-” lies in an unconscious class dilemma that they displace onto race.That is, not only must Trump dump Bannon, but so should the youth protesters who have been misled by Breitbart fake news. They should turn instead to a different challenger of the status quo, Bernie Sanders

Source: Bannon must go, but after that, Protesters should listen to Bernie | Informed Comment

Crime and terror in the banks | The Saturday Paper

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Tabcorp was fined $45 million in March for breaching money laundering laws 108 times over five years. AUSTRAC boasted at the time that the ruling was the largest civil penalty in Australian corporate history. Applying the same standard to the 53,760 breaches Commonwealth Bank is accused of would see it staring down the barrel of a $22 billion penalty.

Source: Crime and terror in the banks | The Saturday Paper

Freedom of speech? You gotta be shitting me – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Just to be clear, political correctness is “the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.”Tony seems fixated on protecting the Aussie right to sink the boot in and to keep the bastards out of our pubs – oh no, wait…. that was women and Aboriginals.Tony’s concern for religious freedom comes from the man who thought the burqa should be banned, the man who called for a “religious revolution” inside Islam, declaring “all cultures are not equal”, the man whose government insisted the school chaplaincy program must not fund non-religious counsellors, the man who insists that our laws and our school curriculum should be based on some “Judeo-Christian” heritage.

”Tony seems fixated on protecting the Aussie right to sink the boot in and to keep the bastards out of our pubs – oh no, wait…. that was women and Aboriginals. the man who insists that our laws and our school curriculum should be based on some “Judeo-Christian” heritage.

History Repeats: Abbott walks in the shoes of Bob Santamaria and the NCC Australia’s answer to America’s Senator McCarthy  hunting out the godless left and others ” Old Dog

Source: Freedom of speech? You gotta be shitting me – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia is once again a frightened country. We need to reconstruct our values | Anne Summers | Australia news | The Guardian

Can any of our politicians tell us what the ‘national interest’ is? We have no clear economic policy, population policy, employment policy or immigration policy

Source: Australia is once again a frightened country. We need to reconstruct our values | Anne Summers | Australia news | The Guardian

“Strong leaders” don’t blame others when their plan doesn’t work – » The Australian Independent Media Network

During the 2013 election campaign, Joe Hockey was asked “Should you win the election, at what stage will you own the economy and at what stage will it no longer be Labor’s fault?” He responded “We will own the economy from day one, whether it’s Labor’s fault or not… I’m not afraid to accept responsibility…

Source: “Strong leaders” don’t blame others when their plan doesn’t work – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Abbott makes his intentions known. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

1 In a doorstop interview on a cold and winter day in Canberra the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott made his intentions known as to how he will campaign for the ‘NO’ vote.He intends linking it to free speech.He intends linking it to political correctness.He intends linking it to freedom of religion.It wasn’t my intention to continue with this subject today but I recalled when working on the Republic campaign in 1999 just how dangerous Tony Abbott was. John Howard played good cop and Abbott and Nick Minchin played bad cops.They did so by scare-mongering, lying and fabricating impossible situations like riots with alsatians in the streets.His intention is clear. He will if he can turn the plebiscite into a public brawl on these unrelated issues. He will try to drag Turnbull into an ideological demarcation dispute – separating the right and left of his party.In meat in the middle of Abbott’s sandwich will be lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people whose emotional wellbeing he gives not a thought.How on earth the three things he mentioned are related to a question about marriage equality are beyond me, but the devious Abbott – who couldn’t lie straight in bed – will find a way.

Source: Day to Day Politics: Abbott makes his intentions known. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: The Abbott Solution with Turnbull’s support. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wednesday 9 August 2017 So the best-assembled brains-trust ever in the history of Australian politics has decided to let the issue of Marriage Equality go yet again down the path of a plebiscite. So desperate they are to have the public confirm what is already known that they are prepared to spend up to $170…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The Abbott Solution with Turnbull’s support. – » The Australian Independent Media Network