Category: Informed Comment

Shooting yourself in the foot – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By their own admission, Coalition politicians don’t bother reading reports to inform their opinion before they shoot their mouths off – Abbott with the BHP Olympic Dam report, Pyne with the original Gonski report, MacDonald with the Forgotten Children report, Kelly with the Finkel report – they have their ingrained ideological views that will not…

Source: Shooting yourself in the foot – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: They still think it’s about them. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

”With 10 years now elapsed no party in the history of Australian politics has been so pathetically incompetent with its policy failure on climate change than the Liberal, National parties. Policy failure of this magnitude in some other countries would invoke street protests.

Source: Day to Day Politics: They still think it’s about them. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

This self-serving bunch of boondogglers will be the death of us – literally – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Even before they could possibly have read Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s energy report, the coal cheerleaders from the backbench of the Coalition have come out swinging. Tony Abbott jumped the gun, saying two days before the report was even released that “Anything that makes it impossible for us to bank new, efficient coal-fired power stations…

Source: This self-serving bunch of boondogglers will be the death of us – literally – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Hanson, Trump, and tactless words. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wednesday 7 June 2017 Christopher Pyne is often called ‘The mouth who roared’ because of the way he feigns indignation. His reaction are certainly ‘over the top’ at times. Some people, in order to push their own agendas, are much the same: so quick off the mark that they can often get their facts wrong and…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Hanson, Trump, and tactless words. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The clean coal con gets another airing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Here we go again on the never ending fight by the Coalition to prop up the fossil fuel industry. Josh Frydenberg announced yesterday that he will seek to change the rules governing the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to allow it to invest in carbon capture and storage technology. Mr Frydenberg told reporters that carbon capture…

Source: The clean coal con gets another airing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: The Trump Report No. 16 … 9 days of mayhem. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tuesday 30 May 2017. He called it the best nine days of his Presidency. “Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!” The world saw it as 9 days of buffoonery by a man ill prepared to mix it with world leaders. The highlight was when he…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The Trump Report No. 16 … 9 days of mayhem. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Finding the pathway to humanity – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A few weeks ago, an international peace conference was held in Cairo at Al Azhar University, the most prestigious centre of learning in the Sunni Muslim world. Speaking at the invitation of its grand imam, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, to an audience of some 300 religious leaders, professors and scholars from Egypt and several other countries…

Source: Finding the pathway to humanity – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Noam Chomsky Looks at How the System Is Rigged to Ensure That Corporations Always Win – Book Excerpt – Truthdig

The philosopher’s new book, “Requiem for the American Dream: The Ten Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power,” is a primer in his analysis of the faults of the American political and economic system.

Source: Noam Chomsky Looks at How the System Is Rigged to Ensure That Corporations Always Win – Book Excerpt – Truthdig

Day to Day Politics: The Trump Report No. 15 – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Thursday 18  May 2017 Only in America. Where else in the world would people deliberately elect as their President a man who is an acknowledged racist, sexist, a sexual predator, a homophobe, a xenophobe, a conspiracy theorist, a bully, an imposter, con man and would-be dictator. This of course raises the obvious question as to…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The Trump Report No. 15 – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Respectful debate – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As our politicians hurl abuse at each other across the chamber each day, they laugh and sneer and interject but it means nothing to them.  It’s all about looking for a witty line, a grab they might put on the news.  It’s all about the politics as Scott Morrison explained when asked why the debt…

Source: Respectful debate – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Coalition pays tribute to Labor policy. – » The Australian Independent Media Network| No tribute to Reality

Thursday 11 May 2017 After four years of denial Scott Morrison has finally admitted that the Government actually did have a revenue problem. Just when he went through this cathartic experience is unknown. Further, in the absence of any ideas of his own, he conceded that Labor did, and the easiest way around his economic problems…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Coalition pays tribute to Labor policy. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day To Day Politics: The Catholics won’t let it happen. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Saturday 6 May 2017 1 At this time last year Leigh Sales got it right when she asked the Treasurer; “What was the point of your three years in office?” On the eve of an election it was a relevant question to ask a government who in order to gain office accused the Government of…

Source: Day To Day Politics: The Catholics won’t let it happen. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Weird scenes inside the Abbott mind – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I didn’t think it was possible but Tony Abbott is getting worse. He is now claiming that a “cultural cowardice” at the heart of public institutions such as the ABC and the public service has caused people to abandon the major parties and mainstream political leaders have failed to promote the “virtues and benefits” of…

Source: Weird scenes inside the Abbott mind – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Gonski 0.5 – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As the details of Malcolm Turnbull’s “new” announcement to “stop the arguments” about school funding emerge, it is worth revisiting how we got into this position. On August 29, days before the 2013 election, Christopher Pyne said ”you can vote Liberal or Labor and you’ll get exactly the same amount of funding for your school”. By…

Source: Gonski 0.5 – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Whoops, their hypocrisy is showing badly. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday 30 April 2017 1 Remember the phrase ”spending like a drunken sailor” and how the conservative parties aided and abetted by the power of the Murdoch press would shout their gutter vile comments about debt and deficit? Here are a few examples. It’s been going on for years. “Skyrocketing deb out of control.” “We…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Whoops, their hypocrisy is showing badly. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Mass said for the death of truth in government. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Monday 1 May 2017 A conservative government was elected on September 14 in the year of our Lord 2013. Later a requiem mass for the death of truth in the mainstream media and government was held at old Parliament House Canberra. The service was conducted by Archbishop Murdoch and assisted by an Abbott. The eulogy was…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Mass said for the death of truth in government. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Secret Documents Reveal a Constellation of American Military Bases Across Africa – Truthdig

While the U.S. maintains a vast empire of military installations around the world with huge, hard-to-miss complexes in Europe and Asia, bases in Africa have been far better hidden.

Source: Secret Documents Reveal a Constellation of American Military Bases Across Africa – Truthdig

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 an issue frankly for the credibility of the ABC, Fairfax and others, and I think…

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

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 Degradation of the Presidency – Truthdig

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 I have written about it unendingly but the political person who lives within me tells…

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

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 on the road to defeat and what they should do to turn it around. …

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

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 programs not influenced by commercial imperatives. But it seems the government’s appointees to the board…

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

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 terminate the interview when he sees fit. And is it any wonder.  When One Nation…

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

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 ever does. That aside I wanted today to discuss the future of the former Prime…

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

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 fact that the average Australian female worker loses nearly all of her take-home pay in…

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

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 business. And I might add  that when he does it generally favours a rightish ideology. Ostensibly…

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

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 is $483,080 million. The ATO’s latest corporate tax transparency report showed 36 per cent of…

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

‘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 became known as “Tex” because there was a story he’d been a gun-runner in Texas.

Source: ‘We have more in common than we have differences’

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 cabinet.” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, for example, “comes from Goldman Sachs, a major investment firm where he was for almost 20 years,” Chomsky observed.

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

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 attack with a video #PrayForLondon hashtag as a way to “solve the problem”.  When asked…

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