Category: LNP Corruption

As COVID rips through Australia, is Scott Morrison’s media strategy starting to fail as well?

Why the ABC is so essential!!

Media ownership and diversity are obviously not front-of-mind issues for most of the electorate. But they are not negligible considerations either. Morrison relies heavily on the support of News Corp, which has become a de facto propaganda arm of the government. Anything that unsettles that cosy arrangement would compromise his media strategy and make an already difficult set of circumstances even more awkward.

Source: As COVID rips through Australia, is Scott Morrison’s media strategy starting to fail as well?

Australian researchers condemn government’s ‘political and short-sighted’ funding

A group of 63 Australian Research Council laureates have written to acting Education Minister Stuart Robert with their fears research funding in Australia is becoming “political and short-sighted”

Stuart Robert once again played politics the way a cat burglar does a house or a pickpocket your wallet. He hopes it will go unnoticed. Whether it’s Rolex watches,his personal expenses or NDIS funding Roberts loves to make out he’s the invisible man and wasn’t there. He’s not a representative politician rather than the phantom who only represents himself and his party’s not his electorate or the common good..

The open letter signed by 63 present and former ARC laureate fellows, sent to Mr Robert and ARC chief executive Professor Sue Thomas on Tuesday, said the researchers were “very concerned in the way that applications for 2022 ARC Discovery Projects were managed”. They said the decision came a month late when university research offices were closed and staff would be unprepared to start work by January 1.

Source: Australian researchers condemn government’s ‘political and short-sighted’ funding

Djokovic And Our Strong Borders Or Nobody’s Going To Tampa With Morrison… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why on earth did Dan Andrews grant him a visa? Whoops, state governments don’t grant visas. We granted him a visa based on Dan Andrews say so. The medical review was an independent process. Oh look, a high profile resignation, let’s talk about that instead!!

Source: Djokovic And Our Strong Borders Or Nobody’s Going To Tampa With Morrison… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Number 1 for 2021: The Morrison government is a sewer – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The countdown is over! Number 1 goes to Dr Jennifer Wilson for this article from February 2021 on what would be one of the biggest stories – and one of the biggest scandals – of the year. Congratulations, Jennifer. The Morrison government is a sewer.

Source: Number 1 for 2021: The Morrison government is a sewer – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Using prizes to deter asylum seekers sinks to next level “depravity”

An Australia-bound boat of Sri Lanka refugees waits for help after drifiting into Indonesian waters.

The Morrison Mad-Man’s Plan, Prizes for Detterance sinks Australia to lower depths of depravity. Rewards for “Keep Out” signage in Sri Lanka.

While Australia’s reluctance to meet its human rights obligations is not new, the “Zero Chance” short film competition for 2022 takes our reputation to a new and deeper level of moral depravity. It encourages Sri Lankan filmmakers to come up with videos that might deter their fellow citizens from seeking refuge in Australia via boat. Effectively, the competition proposes that every day Sri Lankans convince their neighbours to relinquish their human rights and win a digital SLR camera or a drone. The suggestion that those who have endured years of suffering may be deterred by a short film, is callous enough. The idea to recruit their fellow citizens to dissuade them from recognising their rights is morally repugnant.

Source: Using prizes to deter asylum seekers sinks to next level “depravity”

Under cover of Christmas, Education Minister Stuart Robert overruled the experts

Stuart Robert took out the trash on Christmas Eve.May be an image of text that says 'Having researchers second guess whether their work will be rejected by the Minister of the day after passing a rigorous assessment process of their peers, is no way to support a research system in a liberal democracy. Christina Parolin Executive Director, Australian Academy of Humanities "'The Beagle Boys by Carl Barks | Beagle, Boys, Uncle scrooge

Like a Beagle Boy serial offender Stuart Robert strikes again

Once again, universities have suffered at the hands of political interference, this time from the acting Minister for Education Stuart Robert who decided to reject six approved research projects. The rejected grants, he said, “do not demonstrate value for taxpayers’ money nor contribute to the national interest”. All were in the humanities: two on climate, two on China, two more on literature. This is not the first time the minister has tried to take out the trash. Who could forget the time Robert was forced to refund $721 million to victims of Robodebt? That too was dropped late on a Friday. Here’s what happened this time.

Source: Under cover of Christmas, Education Minister Stuart Robert overruled the experts

Government defends pork barrel allegations

coalition pork barrel

Morrison admits he doesn’t “govern” for all Australians when he says the LNP are” better represented” when applying for grants. After all, 50% of Australia didn’t vote for him their “needs ” obviously have little or nothing to do with the grants given out. He agrees only politics does. So,his pork-barrelling is quite ok and he’s the better politician because of it. How much a Dervish can he get?

Birmingham claims the LNP supports disability but  only regional areas areas is would seem. He says that despite the fact we know that the current LNP program is to cut the NDIS. Data is data and neither Morrison or Birmingham put up a convincing argument that bribing electorates enhances Democracy , or that they are working for all Australians. When will these pricks stop normalising gaslighting? The biggest distribution of welfare has been Corporate, it’s been direct, and shit, given the increased income and wealth gaps these past 8 years we know how well that’s worked. As a consequence the money comes flowing back by way of donations x5 times that of the opposition and that’s just what is visible. Is it any wonder Andrew Robb quit politics for a $1M pay packet or the many others that are now well paid lobbyists for major industries? Or that Barnaby gets a massive personal cheque from Gina or Abbott’s daughter a scholarship?

Senator Birmingham also pointed to other grant programs that provided strong support to Labor electorates, such as disability support.Prime Minister Scott Morrison put the discrepancies between Labor and Liberal electorates – including Defence Minister Peter Dutton’s inner Brisbane seat receiving almost 50 times more than its Labor-held neighbour – to Coalition seats having good local members.

Source: Government defends pork barrel allegations

No, There Is No Such Thing as the Undeserving Poor

Former Liberal Party minister Pru Goward recently published an opinion piece outlining her views on the “underclass.” Her analysis exemplifies the ignorance, mediocrity, and condescension of Australia’s elite.

Source: No, There Is No Such Thing as the Undeserving Poor

How $2.8 billion of your money is spent — it grossly favours Coalition seats

LNP CORRUPTION IN PLAIN SIGHT

Liberal electorates received three times more taxpayer money than Labor-held seats, as a detailed analysis of more than 19,000 grants reveals a highly politicised system rife with uneven spending. See the funding your electorate received.

Source: How $2.8 billion of your money is spent — it grossly favours Coalition seats

Morrison woos Gladys to attack ICAC – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Above all, Morrison’s backing of Gladys helps normalise corruption as a way of government and the price of doing business. Whilst it’s a dog-whistle to the “freedoms” mob demonstrating against being vaccinated and imported lies and conspiracies about a deep state, it is also an act of desperation born out a Machiavellian realpolitik that tells him his government needs to win at least one other seat in NSW. “Politics is governed by the iron laws of arithmetic” his mentor Howard drily opined in an absurd reduction that helps our democracy drown in cynicism and distrust. In reality as Tony Fitzgerald argues, we need every politician to acknowledge that “membership of a political party doesn’t excuse them from their personal obligations to act honourably, and political parties to understand that voters will only vote for politicians who make and keep promises to act ethically.”

Source: Morrison woos Gladys to attack ICAC – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Liberals want Berejiklian to run for Warringah, despite ICAC investigation

Federal ICAC

How dare LNP Politicians be questioned for “integrity” by any body other than the LNP itself. Royal Commissions are there to investigate the ALP and their Left-Wing comrades because unlike Morrison, Frydenberg, Dutton, Tudge, or Berejiklian Liberals “never” lie. They have attested to that publicly.

Scott Morrison’s attacks on NSW’s ICAC and endorsement of embattled former premier Gladys Berejiklian to join federal politics have intensified, with the Prime Minister saying she would be a “great” candidate, despite an ongoing corruption investigation.Senior Liberals are escalating their public calls for Ms Berejiklian to switch from NSW politics to Canberra – despite a cloud hanging over her knowledge of corruption by ex-boyfriend Daryl Maguire – in the face of a huge community campaign from Warringah incumbent Zali Steggall.And even as the federal government stalls its plans for a Commonwealth integrity body, Mr Morrison has again attacked the NSW anti-corruption watchdog, hinting that an adverse finding against Ms Berejiklian wouldn’t scupper any bid for high office.“I think she would be great. The way that Gladys Berejiklian has been treated has been shameful,” PM Morrison said on Monday.gladys berejiklian icacMs Berejiklian gives evidence to ICAC in October.“I don’t call that justice.”

Source: Liberals want Berejiklian to run for Warringah, despite ICAC investigation

James McGrath’s crusade against the ABC – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How simple is simple. How easy to read between the lines. The UK’s BBC  holds up, with pride, their “misinformation department” the department Senator McGrath would label dangerous, biased and unnecessary because Murdoch and paid to comment media are sufficient. A “Misinformation Dept” in a public broadcaster would make him so transparent he’d simply disappear.

With a leader like ScaMo running the ship, the LNP’s biggest fear is the ABC installing “a misinformation department” before the next election and turning the lights on his efforts to diminish our democracy. The pillars of which are the universal franchisement of all citizens, their right to vote being interfered with by racing through new Voter ID laws to supress not free up voting. Their unexpressed dream to get rid of compulsory voting and the ABC the public’s auditor. McGrath and the LNP prefer to tear down the Aussie Democratic house rather than lose. However accepting loss is the linch pin the foundation of a Democracy. It’s the agreement made before  and on why we even have and elections.

When Queensland Senator James McGrath gave his first speech in parliament, he made his intentions very clear – this culture warrior was on a mission to destroy the ABC. “While the ABC continues to represent only inner-city leftist views, and funded by our taxes, it is in danger of losing its social licence to operate. I am calling for a review of the ABC’s charter. And if they fail to make inroads to restore balance, then the ABC should be sold and replaced by a regional and rural broadcasting service. In the meantime, Triple J, because of its demographic dominance and clear ability to stand on its own, should be immediately sold.”

“These are the people that are supposed to be the high-calibre Liberals. If this is the high-calibre Liberals I’d hate to go to a Liberal party branch in Queensland and see the low-lifes in operation.” (Doug Cameron)

Source: James McGrath’s crusade against the ABC – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Coalition senator slammed for ‘anti-vax’ content funded by taxpayers

anti-vax Gerard Rennick

LNP using taxpayer money against Public Health

Coalition senator Gerard Rennick is being accused of undermining the nation’s vaccine rollout with “anti-vax content”, after setting up a taxpayer-funded website to publish unverified reports of alleged vaccine adverse events and claim a government “cover up” of side effects. The Queensland senator, who says he will withhold votes from his government’s legislation unless they back down on vaccine mandates for workers, has defended his actions as in “the taxpayer interest”. But Senator Rennick has been condemned by the federal Opposition and by Australian Medical Association vice president Dr Chris Moy, who called it “about as ant

Source: Coalition senator slammed for ‘anti-vax’ content funded by taxpayers

The debate about religious discrimination is back, so why do we keep hearing about religious ‘freedom’?

The Freedom to Discriminate is the correct title this Bill and it should be given that. But that would be too easy. Having lost the marriage equality referendum to 75% of Australia the disgruntled losers have come back claiming “victimhood” in their loss of the right to discriminate was intolerable. So now re-labeled and repackaged the LNP has provided them with the Religious Freedom Bill. Rather than listen to the majority of Australians the LNP is saying their freedom to be bigots was stolen.

Why do we keep hearing that the Bill to discriminate is one of freedom? Division is the essence of culture wars and the LNP have been tossing those grenades forever and a day. It helps them create confused and seeming divides. What would otherwise be a simple political unifying factor like the economy and your position in it needs to be prevented by LNP. It fragments and provides fuel for increased division, and an opportunity to harvest a distracted vote.

The paradox is plain to see that while they demand Assimilation they couldn’t win and election without pointing out the differences. The reality that Multiculturalism and efforts to politicaly manipulate it by throwing fuel on simple difference and creating division they can’t maintain control for their paymasters.

The debate about religious discrimination in Australia is back. Attorney-General Michaelia Cash is planning to bring the latest version of the bill to parliament in the last two sitting weeks of the year, beginning next week. We are yet to see the most current draft, but the bill seeks to prohibit discrimination “on the ground of religious belief or activity in key areas of public life”, including employment and education. Once again, religious groups and LGBT+ advocates are raising what look to be competing concerns about the legislation’s impact on their rights and freedoms.

Source: The debate about religious discrimination is back, so why do we keep hearing about religious ‘freedom’?

Unquiet graves: Muslims add to criticism over the great cemetery takeover – Michael West Media

CMCT, NSW cemeteries, Dominic Perrottet

Meanwhile, the LNP is moving forward with their Religious Freedom Bill

Sydney’s Muslims are considering a complaint to ICAC over Premier Dominic Perrottet’s apparent favoritism towards the Catholic Church’s attempted takeover of NSW cemeteries, reports Callum Foote.

Source: Unquiet graves: Muslims add to criticism over the great cemetery takeover – Michael West Media

ABC chair Ita Buttrose attacks Coalition over ‘political interference’

ABC chair Ita Buttrose

Morrison’s appointment Ita Buttrose speaks and calls Morrison and Bragg out

ABC chair Ita Buttrose has accused the Coalition of “political interference” at the national broadcaster, blasting a Senate inquiry into its internal processes as an attempt to “undermine” the channel in a blistering public statement. Ms Buttrose called on the Senate to terminate the inquiry, set up by Coalition senator Andrew Bragg, and allow an existing independent review to do its work. “This is an act of political interference designed to intimidate the ABC and mute its role as this country’s most trusted source of public interest journalism,” Ms Buttrose said on Sunday.

Source: ABC chair Ita Buttrose attacks Coalition over ‘political interference’

Voter ID legislation: the Senate needs to reject this bad, unjustified law

The ultimate goal is to “steal a Nations votes” by creating  System where voting is reduced to a pantomime as seen in Hungary, Turkey, Russia, and what the Republicans conservatives propose for the USA. Simply put a One Party Autocracy where  opposition is reduced to tokenism in An Oligarchic Autocracy. Their loss should it ever occur is evidence of a rigged system. Evidence of their unacceptance of loss is proof of Democracy Lost

If we don’t need it, why does the government want it? “Voter suppression” is the call from the left on that. The government, it’s alleged, is copying straight from the Republican Party’s US playbook, manipulating the law to disenfranchise voters who are less likely to support conservative candidates, such as the poor and marginalised. Specifically, in America, Black people. Here, likewise. After all, which section of the Australian population is most likely to have difficulty producing ID on polling day? Make it harder to vote, and they won’t.

The analogy is imperfect, because of compulsory voting. The actual negative impact of voter ID requirements is likely to be vanishingly small, given that the proposed law does make it very easy to comply. However, that’s not an argument in favour of the law.In the absence of any stated or apparent rationale for bringing in voter ID (beyond the meaningless assertion about public confidence), it’s fair to look for a more cynical explanation. Some have suggested that this is the first step by the Coalition down the path of undermining public confidence in compulsory voting with a view to eventually pushing for a change to voluntary voting.

Source: Voter ID legislation: the Senate needs to reject this bad, unjustified law

Scott Morrison reaffirms coal commitment

scott morrison coal hydrogen

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants to use hydrogen to prolong coal-fired power as Australia is blasted by a key ally as “a great disappointment” on climate change.

Source: Scott Morrison reaffirms coal commitment

Using water wisely, Barnaby? Or another dicey deal in the pipeline? – Michael West Media

Arm End Golf Course, Barnaby Joyce

Barnaby Joyce has dipped into a water infrastructure fund to grant $5 million to a company well-connected with Tasmania’s Liberal Party elite so they can build a 7km pipeline under Hobart’s Derwent River to water a newly planned, privately owned golf course, reports Callum Foote.

Source: Using water wisely, Barnaby? Or another dicey deal in the pipeline? – Michael West Media

Morrison Government continues to trash Australia’s reputation on climate

The Government’s refusal to sign up to the global methane pledge is another example of how it’s a laggard on climate change, writes Dr Graeme McLeay. THE GLOBAL METHANE pledge which 104 countries have agreed to in Glasgow, including the European Union and the United States, aims to cut global methane caused by human activity by 30% this decade.

Source: Morrison Government continues to trash Australia’s reputation on climate

Josh Frydenberg was alerted less than three months into JobKeeper that unqualified companies were receiving support – ABC News

Josh Frydenberg opens his mouth to speak

The Treasurer knew billions in JobKeeper were going to businesses with increased turnover Businesses that no longer qualified for JobKeeper continued to receive support for six months Josh Frydenberg said Treasury did not advise on any changes to JobKeeper at the time

Source: Josh Frydenberg was alerted less than three months into JobKeeper that unqualified companies were receiving support – ABC News

Gladys Berejiklian’s Icac performance has horrified federal Liberals – but only for exposing ‘normal’ political practice | Hugh Riminton | The Guardian

Gladys Berejiklian

The Morrison government is trailing a dismal chain of scandals. But no one seems to get called to account. Ministers refuse to be interviewed by the AFP. Even a debate about referring Porter to the privileges committee over the secret sources of his legal funding is voted down by the government numbers. No wonder cynics stalk the land.

Source: Gladys Berejiklian’s Icac performance has horrified federal Liberals – but only for exposing ‘normal’ political practice | Hugh Riminton | The Guardian

Update of Australia’s biggest ever labour trafficking scam

Importing Scab Labour to break the backs of Australia’s Unions

The Government is contemplating a substantial increase in immigration, boosting the Pacific Australian Labour Mobility Scheme and introducing the new Agriculture Visa, so it’s worth reflecting on where things are at with Australia’s biggest ever labour trafficking scam.

Source: Update of Australia’s biggest ever labour trafficking scam

A blind trust? Certainly, the government is keeping voters blind as to Porter’s secret donors

Under scrutiny: former prime minister-in-waiting Christian Porter.

Sam Dastyari was gifted a plane fare not a $1mill+ and didn’t hide it nor did he attempt to call it a “Blind Trust”

30 View all comments Advertisement Don’t call it a blind trust. Call it a trick, an attempted sleight of hand, a work-around by someone who knows the rules well enough to skirt them adeptly. When former attorney-general Christian Porter accepted more than $1 million to cover the legal bills he racked up suing the ABC, the first trick he played was to call the vehicle by which he took the cash a “blind trust”.

Source: A blind trust? Certainly, the government is keeping voters blind as to Porter’s secret donors

Government unaccountability: Over 1,000 days and counting

This should not be surprising to even a casual observer. Anecdotally, people feel that asking the Parliament to legislate its own anti-corruption body is a bit like asking a horse to build a fence. You’re not likely to get a fence, but you are likely to get a load of horse shit.

Source: Government unaccountability: Over 1,000 days and counting

Michael Pascoe: The opportunity cost of the Pork Party – ‘tens of billions’

Michael Pascoe

The billions splurged on the form of appropriation euphemistically called “pork barrelling” makes headlines. What we don’t generally see is the disheartening flipside – the “opportunity cost” of needs unmet because of politicians’ preferences.

Source: Michael Pascoe: The opportunity cost of the Pork Party – ‘tens of billions’

Profits over People: in-home care a cash bonanza for greedy aged providers – Michael West Media

Aged care

The Aged Care Royal Commissioners noted that a recipient of a Level 4 home care package worth $53,000 received on average just 8 hours and 45 minutes of support. Surely this was a big red flag. Yet the federal government has given the home care sector an extra $6.5 billion over next four years without putting in place any accountability measures to stop the rorting of the system.

Source: Profits over People: in-home care a cash bonanza for greedy aged providers – Michael West Media

‘Peak ridiculous’: Nationals’ $250 billion mining fund slammed

Nationals

The Party whose pro “small” government has taken on a pro-corporate Socialist bent. They advocate the building and restoration of unwanted coal-fired power stations along with investing in international mining corporations. Funding enterprises banks won’t touch. The LNP refuse to help the poor but will readily finance failing corporations.

A Nationals proposal to create a $250 billion mining fund in exchange for support of net zero by 2050 has been labelled “completely crazy” as government infighting over climate targets mounts before the Glasgow climate summit later this month. Nationals MP and Resources Minister Keith Pitt said on Thursday that taxpayer money should be used to prop up miners if and when banks refuse to give them loans.

Source: ‘Peak ridiculous’: Nationals’ $250 billion mining fund slammed

Prosecution of Bernard Collaery an ‘insult’ to Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmão says | Australia news | The Guardian

Xanana Gusmao talks to journalists in Jakarta

Just another case of  an LNP cover up that’s continued under Morrison’s LNP

The former president said the court’s decision to overturn secrecy orders – imposed after an intervention by the attorney general using the National Security Information Act – would “help ensure the truth is heard in open court about the illegal bugging of Timor-Leste’s cabinet room”. He said the operation “was undertaken, not for reasons of national security, but for commercial interests”. The prosecution of Collaery and his former client, ex-Australian Secret Intelligence Service officer Witness K, was authorised by the former attorney general Christian Porter in 2018. Collaery is charged with sharing protected intelligence information about an operation against Timor-Leste, an impoverished ally of Australia, during negotiations over the Timor Sea, which held vast underwater resources that companies like Woodside were hoping to exploit.

Source: Prosecution of Bernard Collaery an ‘insult’ to Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmão says | Australia news | The Guardian

‘Dodging up the books’: Labor senator says Pandora Papers show need for reform

The ATO has accused PWC of using inexperienced lawyers to invoke legal privilege to deny access to documents during tax audits.

We saw the Panama Papers, now the Pandora Papers and still the government has done nothing. The ATO even complained, yet the government has done nothing. This again Morrison and Frydenberg will let pass through to the wicketkeeper as if it were a no ball. Their leadership for “some” Australians to be kept safe is our Pandoras box not to be publicly opened.

“[The] onus is on the financial institutions involved to be the first and last lines of defence, whereas lawyers, accountants or real estate agents (the ‘gatekeepers’) involved have little or no education or incentive to deter or prevent the proceeds of crime entering the Australian economy,” FinTech Australia said in its submission. “High-net worth does not mean low [money laundering] risk. This weakness in the current regime appears to be the elephant in the room.” Related Article The ATO has accused PWC of using inexperienced lawyers to invoke legal privilege to deny access to documents during tax audits. Courts ATO accuses PwC of improper use of lawyers to conceal tax affairs However, the Chartered Accountants Australia and Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) have warned tranche two could create “onerous red tape” that might not improve the overall system and could lead to “unintended consequences” such as higher costs for consumers.

Source: ‘Dodging up the books’: Labor senator says Pandora Papers show need for reform

NSW corruption: Gladys Berejiklian is just the beginning

Berejiklian certainly knew Maguire had been corrupt since he surrendered to the truth in July 2018, but she said nothing, presumably hoping he’d swing by himself while she carried on saving the state from an onslaught arguably caused by her own government’s negligence when it comes to limo drivers and at-risk aircrew. But now, NSW ICAC wants her back for another session. On 1 October 2021, NSW ICAC announced a further inquiry in Operation Keppel would commence on 18 October 2021. Berejiklian resigned on 2 October. Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro resigned only a few days later. He says for personal reasons. Gladys will be replaced by the Minister for iCare which has put thousands of injured NSW workers through hell for its own profit. The next session of the NSW ICAC on 18 October will no doubt shed more light on the sorry, corrupt state of NSW. It is not done yet.

Source: NSW corruption: Gladys Berejiklian is just the beginning

The Premier’s Progress: From bags of cash to a concept of integrity

Michael Pascoe

Like Trump Morrison is head down and trying to kill his Party. Trump got hold if the GOP Morrison has merely ensured the rise if Independents, as was the case in Warringah to, rid ourselves of the likes of him and return us politicians who are there to provide a sense of service and not  just a 4 year media photoshoot and spin

Right now we are witnessing a high-speed evolution of political integrity in Australia. In fairly short order we’ve gone from a Premier grabbing bags of cash and selling knighthoods, to a Premier resigning over what might be a matter of diving into the pork barrel to do a mate a favor. The journey from Sir Robert Askin to Gladys Berejiklian represents a tide in the affairs of politics that is gaining momentum. For the moment, the flood is crashing up against a resolute wall shielding the Morrison government’s lack of integrity and its unprecedented exploitation of public money for the benefit of the Liberal and National parties – but that wall can’t last. The disparity between what is expected of New South Wales politicians and what federal politicians flaunt is one of the three core issues driving the rise of the independents’ movement towards the next election.

Source: The Premier’s Progress: From bags of cash to a concept of integrity

Australia told French submarine firm it didn’t have green light to proceed hours before deal cancelled | Australian foreign policy | The Guardian

File photo of a Naval Group submarine during tests in the Atlantic Sea

If there were a Federal ICAC would this be deserving of an Investigation?

Australia cautioned the French contractor – hours before the $90bn submarine deal was cancelled – that its achievement of a key contractual milestone did “not provide any authorisation to continue work”. The letter, sent to Naval Group on 15 September, is at the heart of an extraordinary diplomatic rift between France and Australia, with the French foreign minister telling a parliamentary hearing this week that “someone lied”.

Source: Australia told French submarine firm it didn’t have green light to proceed hours before deal cancelled | Australian foreign policy | The Guardian

Government’s climate change web of lies

Our political leaders will do anything to stay in positions of power, including deceiving the voting public on urgent matters of climate change, writes Sue Arnold. PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT issue facing this nation is not the pandemic, economic scenarios or nuclear submarines but a perilous lack of critical thinking and analysis by political parties, the mainstream media and a large majority of Australians.

Source: Government’s climate change web of lies

No, Barnaby. The UK energy crisis has nothing to do with its net-zero target

Barnaby Joyce UK energy crisis

As debate heats up in Australia about adopting a net-zero emissions target, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce and other key party figures have pointed to the UK energy crisis as a supposedly cautionary tale. On the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday, Mr Joyce expressed reticence about the net-zero policy, and said he was “perplexed there’s not more discussion about what’s happening in the UK and Europe with energy prices”. He went on: A 250 per cent [price] increase since the start of the calendar year. A few days ago, 850,000 people losing their energy provider and a real concern over there about their capacity as they go into winter to keep themselves warm and even keep the food production processes going through. Mr Joyce was clearly seeking to link the UK energy crisis to its climate target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. Pro-coal senator Matt Canavan this week echoed the sentiment: So are they right? To find out, The Conversation approached Aimee Ambrose, Professor of Energy Policy at leading UK policy research centre The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, and an expert adviser to the International Energy Agency….

Source: No, Barnaby. The UK energy crisis has nothing to do with its net-zero target

What does it take? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The list of current LNP members whose conduct in the office that they represent has been overshadowed by underhanded dealings is through the roof. Insult to injury is that they all manage to resurface as the government merry-go-round of ‘how quickly we forget’ spins on its merry way.

Source: What does it take? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Treasurer urges protection of mining industry on road to net zero

LNP’s Mining Welfare scheme rolls on. His announcement is as genuine as the Phillip Morris announcement to “Unsmoke the Planet” with an investment in new technologies.

“Australia has a lot at stake,” he will say. “We cannot run the risk that markets falsely assume we are not transitioning in line with the rest of the world.” He argues the government is making progress on meeting emissions reduction targets and investing in new technologies.

Source: Treasurer urges protection of mining industry on road to net zero

Scott Morrison meets with Quad leaders as Australia gets serious about tempering China’s strength – ABC News

Screenshot 2021-09-25 at 08-05-34 Quad leaders meeting highlights Australia's determination to temper China's strength

He has been at pains to stress, the deal — which has him firmly in the freezer with the French — was a decision made in Australia’s national interest, that the conventional submarines, offered up by the French, no longer cut it against threats in Australia’s region.

Problem it’s a lie the French subs are the most advanced and latest nuclear powered subs in the world. The LNP insisted they be refitted with conventional engines.

Remember Boomgate and Morrison’s posture having been caught with Abbott an Dutton in a lie. It’s the same here. His “tell, his posture” gives him away. Our PM is a liar on the International stage and the world knows.

Source: Scott Morrison meets with Quad leaders as Australia gets serious about tempering China’s strength – ABC News

Blind trust gift to Porter undermines faith in democracy

Industry Minister Christian Porter has faced intense criticism for accepting an undisclosed sum of money through a blind trust.

Threats to Australia’s democracy come in many forms but none is so insidious as the one posed by the power of corrupt money. The perception that politicians are open to influence by cash has the effect of sapping voters’ faith in the system and pushes them towards, on the one hand, extreme views and, on the other, apathy and disengagement.

Source: Blind trust gift to Porter undermines faith in democracy

‘Honest’ Christian Porter’s mystery donation is totally not suspicious

So, to recap: the former chief legal officer of Australia took unspecified amounts of money in donations from unknown sources in order to pay the legal fees for his abandoned defamation suit in a court over which he until recently had authority. Over, let’s not forget, unresolved rape allegations. Say what you will about the circumstances of Porter’s plummet from grace — for a man with nothing to hide, he certainly goes to extraordinary lengths to keep things hidden.

Source: ‘Honest’ Christian Porter’s mystery donation is totally not suspicious

Political Dynamite: JobKeeper for billionaires a campaign wrecker for Morrison, Frydenberg – Michael West Media

JobKeeper, Bernard Arnaultld

Big business doesn’t vote, small business does. That’s the dilemma for Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg as they try to keep JobKeeper secret heading into the election. Michael West reports.

Source: Political Dynamite: JobKeeper for billionaires a campaign wrecker for Morrison, Frydenberg – Michael West Media

The new human rights commissioner has perfect credentials (Lib, IPA, 18c)

Why is the Australian government devoid of any original strategic tactics of it’s own? Every move they make is directly from Trump’s American Republican Party the GOP? They don’t appear to have any specific tactics that are in any way Australian. They aren’t in anyway transparent but only intent on gaslighting the Australian electorate.

Yesterday the federal government quietly appointed Lorraine Finlay as the next human rights commissioner. She is a Murdoch University legal academic and human trafficking specialist with the Australian mission to ASEAN. Media releases from Attorney-General Michaelia Cash and the Australian Human Rights Commission both praised Finlay’s academic expertise and work in international human rights law. But they neglected to mention hers deep ties to the Liberal Party, as a former upper house candidate in Western Australia and president of the state’s Liberal women’s council. They also overlooked her years spent vocally taking positions that might put her at odds with the AHRC.

Source: The new human rights commissioner has perfect credentials (Lib, IPA, 18c)

High-End Heist: Josh sells Pauline the dummy, JobKeeper heat rises – Michael West Media

Pauline Hanson

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and his big business patrons are in crisis mode amid rising demands to end the JobKeeper cover-up and disclose the transfer of billions to from average Australians to large and profitable companies. Michael West on the unfolding political drama.

Source: High-End Heist: Josh sells Pauline the dummy, JobKeeper heat rises – Michael West Media

Government still holding Australia back in global broadband ranking

Abbott told us FIBRE wasn’t NEEDED in his NOPE NOPE NOPE campaign and handed TURNBULL the poison chalice to put it in place so he wouldn’t be blamed neat politics, hey! However, a fucked up government service to Australia

Australia has a fibre penetration of just 21.7% out of a total of 9.1 million broadband subscriptions at 25th position, below the OECD average of 30.56% fibre penetration. If NBN Co’s 900K FTTC lines were defined as fibre, that percentage would rise to nearly 32% and 18th position. New Zealand fared much better, posting a 60.1% fibre penetration rate and 8th position. Austria, Belgium, Chile, Ireland, Israel and the United Kingdom all increased their fibre connections by more than 50% in 2020. In more and more OECD countries, most broadband connections are now fibre, with the share of fibre in total broadband above 50% in Finland, Iceland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway and Portugal, exceeding 70% in Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain and Sweden.

Source: Government still holding Australia back in global broadband ranking

Australian Electricity Market Operator predicts stable supply despite closures of coal-fired power stations – ABC News

A view of Lake Liddell with the Liddell power station reflected in the background.

Taylor suppresses and bullshits about the real information experts supply on our power grid

The manager of the country’s electricity markets has dropped its warning that Australia faces a power supply shortage AEMO says the closure of coal plants in coming years will be shored up by new battery and gas plants Possible flooding at Yallourn station in Victoria remains the biggest short-term risk to supply

Source: Australian Electricity Market Operator predicts stable supply despite closures of coal-fired power stations – ABC News

Government and media misinformation making the pandemic tougher

As long as profit is the driving force of our MSM and Truth, a dispensible sideshow, the battle against the pandemic, climate change, economic injustice, and for our democratic unity will not be just tougher but will continue to be a planned political strategy.

Malevolent fringe groups, smelling blood on the periphery, seek to prey on the confused, reaching out to them when no one else will. This all takes place on a stage set by a corporate entity that has no care for the damage it leaves behind. How we choose to perceive, navigate and communicate this social crisis will have a bearing on the outcomes of our communities and determine the future state of our national harmony. Why is it on the population to bear the burden of these considerations? Without a national message and guidance, without a press willing or able to talk truth to power, Australians are left to fend for themselves in a murky maelstrom of misinformation and political self-interest.

Source: Government and media misinformation making the pandemic tougher

Someone Else To Blame – The ‘unvaccinated’, the queue, and the guinea pigs – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The new dawn looms. Where the unvaccinated are Morrison’s scapegoats and our children are used as guinea pigs. Sometimes making people do something can be tricky. Some go for the gentle encouragement method. Others go for the ‘scare the crap out of them’ approach. It’s sad to see NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and some in our media taking the latter approach. In what has now finally been declared a race to vaccinate, I personally feel the scare tactics have gone a step too far. I listen to the daily updates of the hundreds of COVID-19 cases in NSW and hear the daily death toll as we all do. But like many others I wince when I hear the victims of Sydney outbreak described not as loving mothers, or cherished sons, but as ‘unvaccinated’. Like that is the most significant thing about their life. We all want to see more people vaccinated, but I think this public branding of a victim is both perverse and disrespectful. It borders on victim blaming.

Source: Someone Else To Blame – The ‘unvaccinated’, the queue, and the guinea pigs – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Corrupting democracy — we need to say “FIN”

Morrison’s reliance on Private MainStream Media to not to keep repeating his history of failing to act, to act solely in his political interest, to repeatedly misinform and not do his job has been the mainstay of his self-serving approach to government. He holds the media’s purse strings and Murdoch, Costello, Stokes, Ch10, and WiNN know it. Murdoch has the biggest private grip on as a paid influencer and is intent on getting the biggest portion of the LNPs budget.

A political party with the sole purpose of eradicating Federal Government corruption has been registered in time for the next election, but may not make it to the starting gate. Investigations editor Ross Jones reports.THIS WEEK, the Morrison Government provided new proof – if any was still required – that Australia needs to police its politicians.

Source: Corrupting democracy — we need to say “FIN”

The debt Australia owes the people of Afghanistan

Morrison and his Coalition Government have announced 3,000 humanitarian visas for Afghan refugees but that is within the already allocated 13,750 refugee annual intake. He also pointedly mentioned that he would not tolerate refugees arriving “illegally” and would not create a “product” for people smugglers returning to his reductive narrative of framing Afghan refugees as potential threats to Australian security.

Source: The debt Australia owes the people of Afghanistan