Category: LNP Corruption

Car park program shows Australia must adopt Commonwealth Integrity Commission ASAP: governance experts

The Croydon railway station in Melbourne is one of the car parks promised to be upgraded as part of the government’s program.

Governance experts fear Australia is sliding down the “slippery slope” of corruption, calling on the federal government to overhaul its planned integrity commission in the wake of an auditor-general report into a program funnelling hundreds of millions of dollars into Coalition-held seats.

Source: Car park program shows Australia must adopt Commonwealth Integrity Commission ASAP: governance experts

Dude, where’s our federal anti-corruption body? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

No shortage of fodder When asked about recent scandals that might warrant the establishment of a federal anti-corruption commission, Rowlings was not short for words. “Just in the past year, we have had some classic cases that should attract formal attention for possible corruption,” he said. Along with the sports rorts grants, he pointed to Angus Taylor’s grassland issue, the alleged use of federal electorate offices for branch stacking – possibly by both major parties – and ASIC’s failure to take action against corporations. Rowlings also pointed to a few more discrepancies that involve the architect behind the Coalition’s proposed CIC. There was Porter’s stacking of the Administrative Affairs Tribunal with favourable judicial officers right before the last election, which “he thought the Coalition was going to lose”, and then there’s the attorney general’s decision to approve the prosecution of Witness K and lawyer Bernard Collaery, after his predecessor George Brandis refused to do so. “The list can go on and on,” Rowlings concluded.

Source: Dude, where’s our federal anti-corruption body? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘The Australian people had their chance’: finance minister dismisses criticism of Coalition’s car park fund | Australian politics | The Guardian

Finance minister Simon Birmingham was grilled on Insiders on Sunday as to whether the Coalition government targeted the car park funding at seats it was trying to hold and win, rather than where congestion was worse.

Simon Birmingham says voters chose Morrison government last election as he refuses to rule out similar programs in the future

Source: ‘The Australian people had their chance’: finance minister dismisses criticism of Coalition’s car park fund | Australian politics | The Guardian

Government rorts drop political integrity down another notch

Scott Morrison Bridget McKenzie

This was and still is Phase 1 one of the Morrison Government Plan

Just when you thought it couldn’t, political integrity has dropped another notch. I thought we reached the low point in our rorting degradation last year when Gladys Berejiklian was metaphorically caught with her fingers in the paper shredder over $252 million worth of politicised council grants. The NSW Premier effectively said: ‘Yeah, it’s crook, you might not like it, but that’s the way it is, so too bad’. But on Sunday federal Finance Minister Simon Birmingham went further when confronted with the Morrison government’s $660 million #carparkrorts. According to the leader of the government in the Senate, it’s all our fault, “it’s what electorates expect”. At least Ms Berejiklian was capable of admitting to the pork barrelling.

Source: Government rorts drop political integrity down another notch

Barnaby Joyce’s 14 greatest achievements

Barnaby’s back! To those of us who have witnessed leaders’ heads roll within the Coalition faster than their accusing fingers can point to “Labor, Labor Labor!”, it seems beyond farcical.

Source: Barnaby Joyce’s 14 greatest achievements

Coalition misdemeanours: the list is long – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In my previous post I mentioned that I would post a list of Coalition misdemeanours over their term in office. There are many, which to most of us would come as no surprise as to the depths of the Coalition’s dirty dealings and the realisation of how rotten these two parties are.

Source: Coalition misdemeanours: the list is long – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Government’s “appalling” error, rejects offer of 40 million Pfizer doses in July 2020 – Michael West

After claiming “official” discussions with Pfizer had only started in December, Health Minister Greg Hunt has finally confirmed that the government met with Pfizer last July to discuss purchasing the Pfizer vaccine. Sources say Australia was given options for as many doses as needed to be delivered in January this year, yet government officials turned down the offer Callum Foote reports.

Source: Government’s “appalling” error, rejects offer of 40 million Pfizer doses in July 2020 – Michael West

Incorrect ‘facts’ now emanate from Scott Morrison’s federal departments

In his address to the Australian Business Economists on Tuesday 18 May, Treasury Secretary Steven Kennedy said (page 1): “Australia’s economic recovery from the pandemic has been… ahead of any major advanced economy as at the end of 2020.” In fact, Australia is badly lagging many advanced nations on the critical indicators, as analyses of comparable economies have proven. Independent Australia asked Dr Kennedy: ‘Do you accept that South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Denmark, Israel, Norway and New Zealand are major advanced economies comparable with Australia and all had stronger or similar annual GDP growth and lower jobless rates at the end of 2020?’ His office replied: ‘The Secretary’s ABE speech was rigorously checked beforehand and is based on the latest available data and Treasury’s most recent forecasts.’ Australia’s post-COVID economic recovery lags behind comparable nations Australia’s post-COVID economic recovery lags behind comparable nations It is not just Scott Morrison and his ministers disseminating dubious data. The head of at least one federal department is making factually questionable assertions of a political nature, writes Alan Austin. Ken

Already, Kennedy’s incorrect assertions are being used for tawdry party political purposes. It also now appears Treasury is the source of many of the Treasurer’s false assertions. This really should stop.

Source: Incorrect ‘facts’ now emanate from Scott Morrison’s federal departments

Mathias Cormann calls for ‘ambitious’ plan to reach net-zero emissions

Mathias Cormann, in his first speech as OECD secretary-general, has argued countries need to set ambitious plans to achieve net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050.

Why the LNP can’t be trusted. Their politicians are little more than ‘guns for hire’ opportunists and careerists taking advantage of what seems the best path for them to gain advantage for themselves at any one time. Men without any real conviction or plan the least able to be trusted to give the public service rather than service them. The concept of a ‘common good” shrunk.

Former finance minister Mathias Cormann has called on the world’s richest nations to develop an “ambitious and effective” plan to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in his first speech as head of the OECD.

Source: Mathias Cormann calls for ‘ambitious’ plan to reach net-zero emissions

Senate misled: Watergate deal negotiated directly with Swiss-based Cayman Islands director – Michael West

AHURI - Angus Taylor

New documents show the government negotiated the controversial $80m Watergate deal directly with the Cayman Islands company founded by Energy Minister Angus Taylor. The Department failed to notify the Senate. Jommy Tee investigates the email trail between the Department, then overseen by Barnaby Joyce, and secretive Switzerland director and Taylor associate Connor Maloney.

Source: Senate misled: Watergate deal negotiated directly with Swiss-based Cayman Islands director – Michael West

There’s no record of vaccinated aged care workers – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Today we discovered that no-one knows how many aged care workers have been vaccinated.It seems that we do not know how many aged care workers had been vaccinated, as there seems to be no-one keeping track of who has received the vaccine, and who hasn’t. According to the Department of Health, work is now “underway” to survey aged care workers at the nation’s facilities (read: literally counting heads).

Source: There’s no record of vaccinated aged care workers – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison government under fire over Covid vaccine delays as Victoria enters lockdown | Australian politics | The Guardian

Australian health minister Greg Hunt speaks in parliament as prime minister Scott Morrison watches on

The Morrison government has come under attack over “failed” quarantine arrangements and the sluggish pace of the national vaccine rollout as Victoria enters a seven-day “circuit breaker” lockdown. There is mounting concern the latest virus wave could have become “uncontrollable” with almost 30 cases in the Melbourne-based cluster. The acting Victorian premier, James Merlino, on Thursday pointed to vaccine delays and “aged care facilities where not one person has been vaccinated” as practical problems in managing the response. Both are the responsibility of the federal government. His Labor colleagues in Canberra declared the situation could have been avoided.

Source: Morrison government under fire over Covid vaccine delays as Victoria enters lockdown | Australian politics | The Guardian

It’s time for the government to walk the talk on media freedom in Australia

The ABC reported this week the Senate inquiry found “government agencies should have to prove ‘real and serious’ harm caused by the publication of classified intelligence and information before a criminal investigation can be launched”. Donate today and support non-profit news. The Senate inquiry’s report said: Without such a requirement, the provisions would be susceptible to overuse, misuse or even abuse. In particular, the absence of an express harm requirement can lead to circumstances where a journalist is prosecuted for a very minor or trivial ‘dealing’ with classified information. When giving evidence to the inquiry, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) was asked to provide any examples of when a publication had demonstrably harmed Australian national security. ASIO could not produce a single example.

Source: It’s time for the government to walk the talk on media freedom in Australia

The Coalition, where all revolving doors lead to outdated fossil fuels

In one of the most uninspiring and regressive budgets ever, the Morrison Government, among other backward moves, has continued its eye-watering bolstering of the fossil fuel industry, throwing good public money after bad policy. There is little doubt that if this Coalition Government had been in power when it was discovered that the Earth was a sphere, it would have held on to the flat Earth theory, fervently ridiculing all evidence to the contrary. This is because, in all likelihood, it would already have invested in exorbitantly priced tours to find the ends of the planet and then provided tax breaks for the shonky tour operators.

Source: The Coalition, where all revolving doors lead to outdated fossil fuels

Corruption thrives in Federal Government as media turns a blind eye

The Federal Government has never been so corrupt, writes Richard Gillies. THE LIST OF corrupt decisions that the Liberal-National Coalition has made is 124 items long and growing. In all but a few cases, there have been no consequences for offending members of the Government.

Source: Corruption thrives in Federal Government as media turns a blind eye

ABC board joined by Peter Tonagh, Fiona Balfour and Mario D’Orazio

ABC new board directors: Peter Tonagh, Fiona Balfour and Mario D’Orazio.

The federal government has appointed a former News Corp executive who once proposed a back-office merger of Australia’s two public broadcasters as a new member of the ABC board. Former News Corp and Foxtel boss Peter Tonagh, who led the government’s 2018 ABC and SBS efficiency review, former Seven executive and Australia Post board member Mario D’Orazio, and Fiona Balfour, a former chief information officer at Qantas and Telstra, will join the board. The five-year appointments are effective immediately and put an end to a lengthy process that was scrutinised by the ABC for its delays.

Source: ABC board joined by Peter Tonagh, Fiona Balfour and Mario D’Orazio

“Scientifically Indefensible”: how a $13 billion political fix is killing the Murray Darling Basin – Michael West

The federal government continues to squander $13 billion of taxpayers’ money in an unlawful mess that was supposed to fix this country’s greatest environmental catastrophe – the destruction of the Murray Darling Basin. It is a tale of political interference, scientific censorship and deception, pressure from lobbyists and bureaucratic cowardice. Richard Beasley SC reports.

Source: “Scientifically Indefensible”: how a $13 billion political fix is killing the Murray Darling Basin – Michael West

Cuts to auditing and corruption agencies hurt democracy and environment

Australia is sliding on the global corruption index. Wonder why?

Cuts to the ANAO and ICAC in NSW make governments less accountable and more capable of decisions that go against the public good, writes Sue Arnold.

Cuts to auditing and corruption agencies hurt democracy and environment

The greatest rort on earth: JobKeeper is making billionaires richer

The Government promise that never trickled down

Step right up, every billionaire is a winner. There’s $100 billion up for grabs and winning is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel.

The greatest rort on earth: JobKeeper is making billionaires richer

The jobseeker increase is pathetic – and so is the spin to justify the paltry amount | Welfare | The Guardian

Scott Morrison at question time

If Newstart and jobseeker had risen in line with earnings over the years, it would be at least $100 a week higher

The jobseeker increase is pathetic – and so is the spin to justify the paltry amount | Welfare | The Guardian

If you’re a woman in Parliament House, nobody hears you scream – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In November 2020, Four Corners aired a program titled Inside the Canberra Bubble. The Morrison government went to great lengths to try to prevent the program going to air, and then threatened the ABC to the extent that the broadcaster’s Chair, Ita Buttrose, publicly defended the program. Alan Tudge, Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, who campaigned on family values, was revealed to have had an extra marital affair with staffer, Rachelle Miller, who has now lodged formal complaints of bullying against him, and against Michaelia Cash. Attorney-General Christian Porter was alleged in the program to have a history of sleazy sexist behaviour towards women. Porter immediately announced he was taking legal action against Four Corners. However, we have heard nothing further about any such action. The number of Morrison’s ministers involved in allegations of sexual harassment and the concealment of sexual violence against women in their workplace is astounding. The message to women working in Parliament House is clear. No minister will support you. At time of writing Linda Reynolds, who was due to appear at the National Press Club today, has been admitted to hospital. Reynolds was expected to come under intense scrutiny at the Press Club today over her management of the Higgins rape allegations. The alleged rapist is also in hospital.

If you’re a woman in Parliament House, nobody hears you scream – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Pacific media warns Facebook ban on Australian news could have serious effects in the region – ABC News

A group of people hold a banner reading 'Pacific Communities Council Far North Queensland'

Tony Abbott closed Radio Australia down and let the Chinese in to take that space. Now the Morrison Government is preventing Australian News reaching the Pacific again giving that space to the Chinese while they slash the ABC’s budget instead 0f expanding it to to compete with Facebook. The LNP is supporting Murdoch and Costello’s private interests in exchange for political influence and ensuring fake news is concentrated in their hands. LNP are certainly the Pillocks of the Pacific( ODT)

Facebook’s move has also drawn an angry response from Pacific community groups in Australia. Nai Tuuut from the Pacific Community Council of Far North Queensland said her organisation relied on Facebook to share community news, as well as vital public health information in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Without us being able to share Australian news or even the Queensland Health is unable to post on Facebook, that just makes it extremely hard to keep our community up to date and just aware of what’s going on,” she told the ABC.

Pacific media warns Facebook ban on Australian news could have serious effects in the region – ABC News

If there is one thing you can rely on from our government, it’s inconsistency – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A few weeks ago, Peter Dutton decided to release dozens of refugees who had been held in Melbourne hotel rooms for more than a year because it was “cheaper for people to be in the community than it is to be at a hotel or for us to be paying for them to be in detention.” What a revelation. Dutton told 2GB radio the released men had been assessed as not being a threat. Which is a turnaround from his fearmongering 2 years ago that the medevac bill, allowing these refugees to receive medical treatment on mainland Australia, would lead to “Alleged murderers, rapists and paedophiles” coming to Australia. Speaking of not being a threat, another court decision will be made today about the ongoing detention of the Biloela family. Priya, Nades, and their Australian-born daughters, Kopika, five, and Tharunicaa, three, were taken from their home in Queensland and moved to Melbourne in March 2018 and have been detained on Christmas Island since August 2019. Department figures provided to the Senate estimates process last month show keeping the family detained has cost $1.4m in the past year.

If there is one thing you can rely on from our government, it’s inconsistency – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Former intelligence boss Nick Warner joins lobbying firm while working as a consultant for Prime Minister’s Department – ABC News

An illustration of a man in black and white against parliament house done in white and red with words about political lobbying

The ABC can reveal Nick Warner started being paid as a consultant for the Prime Minister’s Department in January This is despite working for a private lobbying firm with close links to the Middle East Mr Warner is a former director-general of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service

Former intelligence boss Nick Warner joins lobbying firm while working as a consultant for Prime Minister’s Department – ABC News

Scott Morrison will leave a legacy of corruption without consequence

As election time rolls around – September and October are months most mentioned – it will be interesting to see whether Morrison and his ministers take their foot off the opening gear for the pork barrel sluice gate.

Scott Morrison will leave a legacy of corruption without consequence

Unemployment down, but recovery still way off: ACTU – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When recovery hasn’t been equally distributed it’s not a recovery and when the gov refocuses on cutbacks it’s even worse

“The Morrison government’s plans to cut income support and introduce industrial relations legislation which cuts workers’ pay and conditions will worsen unemployment, increase insecure work and further drive down wage growth,” O’Neil warned.

Unemployment down, but recovery still way off: ACTU – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fair global distribution of vaccines is vital

But with major pharmaceutical companies rolling out vaccines and millions of doses being bought by the United States, Britain, the European Union and Australia, developing countries argue such attempts to give them purchasing power in the market will only go so far. In October, India and South Africa asked the World Trade Organisation to temporarily waive intellectual property (IP) protections so that vaccines and other equipment for fighting COVID-19 could be made more cheaply at greater scale. Australia joined Britain, the US and the EU in opposing the move, arguing that existing rules on licensing would be sufficient to meet demand.

Fair global distribution of vaccines is vital

Morrison’s Anti-Accountability vaccine gets L-NP off Scott-free

Morrison coined the term “On the Water Matters” and flooded the Government

In days gone by, government ministers never survived misleading parliament, for example. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s offensive, bellicose ramblings about former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Monday (7 December), provide another case study in how to avoid scrutiny. Morrison was asked by Deputy Opposition Leader Richard Marles in Parliament: “Why have Tony Abbott and Alexander Downer been able to leave and re-enter Australia multiple times this year when there are thousands of vulnerable, stranded Australians who haven’t been able to get home once?” Morrison replied by alleging Rudd had also obtained privileged travel exemptions. Except Rudd hadn’t.

Morrison’s Anti-Accountability vaccine gets L-NP off Scott-free

PM and treasurer bill taxpayers for private jet to Lachlan Murdoch’s Christmas party | Australian politicians’ expenses | The Guardian

File photo of Josh Frydenberg and Scott Morrison out the front of Parliament House in Canberra

Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg billed taxpayers almost $5,000 to take the prime minister’s private jet on a whirlwind trip to Sydney on the night of Lachlan Murdoch’s Christmas party, leaving Canberra after 6pm, attending the Bellevue Hill soiree and then returning to the capital before 9am the next morning.

PM and treasurer bill taxpayers for private jet to Lachlan Murdoch’s Christmas party | Australian politicians’ expenses | The Guardian

‘Borrower beware’ of new responsible lending laws

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg wants to make it easier for consumers to obtain loans.
Debt Slave Trade Garantor

More than 120 consumer, legal and other associations and almost 100 “prominent individuals” have signed an open letter to MPs urging them to reject a bill that would axe important borrower protections.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s decision to overhaul the National Consumer Credit Act is an attempt at making it easier for consumers to obtain loans and spur growth as the economy slides into recession.

‘Borrower beware’ of new responsible lending laws

Former WA Liberal MPs Nigel Hallett, Brian Ellis misused electoral allowances, CCC inquiry finds – ABC News

Former WA Liberal MPs Nigel Hallett, Brian Ellis misused electoral allowances, CCC inquiry finds – ABC News
Four men dine at a restaurant in a city skyscraper
These are One with Pauline Hanson

The CCC alleges Nigel Hallett and Brian Ellis engaged in serious misconduct Mr Hallett allegedly paid his lover a taxpayer-funded wage for a “sham” job Mr Ellis spent thousands of dollars of his electoral allowance at a strip club

Former WA Liberal MPs Nigel Hallett, Brian Ellis misused electoral allowances, CCC inquiry finds – ABC News

Coalition has an impressive array of programs to fund News Corp

Morrison’s fully integrated PR department and his new version of the ABC

The Morrison government has big plans to channel huge amounts of money to News Corp.

Coalition has an impressive array of programs to fund News Corp

Tamed estate: Scott Morrison, the master magician – Michael West

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Systemic Graft and Corruption revealed daily and Morrison reacts to AUS Post watches

Prime Minister Scott Morrison swung the spotlight away from the mounting evidence of the misuse of taxpayer funds and on to AusPost’s CEO Christine Holgate. The media was only too happy to oblige. Michael Tanner reports.

Tamed estate: Scott Morrison, the master magician – Michael West

Feeding the Chooks: Scott Morrison’s marketing triumph over mainstream media – Michael West

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Press release and lazy journalism turned churnalists

Scott Morrison has perfected the art of media manipulation by briefing a select club of Canberra correspondents at once, rather than leaking to individual media outlets. Callum Foote and Michael West report on the marketing genius of the Prime Minister and the increasingly meek mainstream media.

Feeding the Chooks: Scott Morrison’s marketing triumph over mainstream media – Michael West

Coalition to announce $3.5bn NBN upgrade to roll out fibre ‘deeper and closer to homes’ | Technology | The Guardian

File photo of contractors working on the rollout of the NBN network in 2017
Abbott’s Legacy Australia

“This has meant Australian taxpayers have paid more for a network that does less, and more money is now required to play catch up,” she said in a statement issued on Tuesday. “What on earth was the point of spending $51bn of taxpayers’ dollars on the Liberals’ second-rate copper network to begin with?” In 2018, the outgoing chief executive of NBN Co, Bill Morrow, admitted that the reliance on copper had led to a higher fault rate and slower internet speeds but helped deliver the network faster and more cheaply.

Coalition to announce $3.5bn NBN upgrade to roll out fibre ‘deeper and closer to homes’ | Technology | The Guardian

Stop the lies, Morrison. Your gas-led recovery is a toxic sham. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In any other universe, recovering from one public health crisis by worsening another would spark immediate backlash. An “asbestos led recovery” would be career-ending; as would a “tobacco led recovery” or a “AK-47 led recovery”. But fossil fuels have locked their harm so deeply into our lives that we have become desensitised to this incredible, radical significance of proposing to hurt humans as a pathway to helping them. What is happening here is simultaneously deadly and ludicrous. (Ketan Joshi Renew Economy).

Stop the lies, Morrison. Your gas-led recovery is a toxic sham. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Mable aged care app investors tied to Liberal Party and News Corp

An organisation appointed to provide a surge workforce for aged care facilities is backed by a powerful business network with connections to the Liberal Party and News Corp.

Mable aged care app investors tied to Liberal Party and News Corp

Parliament lets Scott Morrison know who his tribe is – and it isn’t the premiers and chief ministers | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison

 

Frydenberg has stepped in front and center to try to deflect all the blame onto Victoria after all if The Commonwealth is found to be responsible for the outbreak of Covid in aged-care due to poorly regulated providers then they too are to blame for the crippling of the economy and not as Frydenberg would prefer it to be Andrews work. It seems Andrews doesn’t even need to buy into what’s patently obvious. (ODT)

Morrison has accepted some accountability for what’s happened, but he’s also kept Andrews squarely in the frame as I mentioned a moment ago. I’ve said before it is reasonable to point out that states have a role in managing outbreaks during the pandemic, and there are some overlapping responsibilities in aged care – but this offensive should also be called for what it is: a patent prime ministerial effort to sidestep blame. The prime ministerial sidestep is obviously effective, though, if our Guardian Essential poll is a reliable guide. When asked in the latest survey to identify who was to blame for the outbreaks in aged care during the pandemic, slightly more respondents identified the state government (30%) than the federal government (28%) – but more people blamed the providers (42%).

Parliament lets Scott Morrison know who his tribe is – and it isn’t the premiers and chief ministers | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Australia’s ‘Titanic’ economy is sinking

Creating the framework for monopolisation in a predator State(ODT)

Ultimately, a long term plan for sustainable economic growth and broader prosperity for the Australian public is required. Not a continued push for the Coalition to fulfil its ideological wish list as the economy continues to sink beneath the icy waves.

via Australia’s ‘Titanic’ economy is sinking

QED travel rorts: it’s not just the misuse of money. We have a right to answers. – Michael West

Travel rorts

Our QED database includes dozens of examples of dubious travel claims made by politicians. But what is more concerning than the apparent inappropriate use of public funds is the MPs’ lack of accountability and their arrogant treatment of the fourth estate – the journalists holding power to account. Elizabeth Minter reports.

via QED travel rorts: it’s not just the misuse of money. We have a right to answers. – Michael West

Shadow ministers slam priorities in Fox Sports “handout” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison Government kowtows to the Murdoch global Dynasty (ODT)

Opposition communications ministers have called out the Morrison government’s continued hypocrisy in its funding of its broadcast interests – granting $10 million of public to Fox Sports, weeks after revelations of continued cutting millions of dollars in funding to the ABC.

“The ABC has suffered from repeated budget cuts under the Coalition Government, some $783 million since 2014, and is now cutting jobs and news services to stay afloat. If there is money to go around for broadcasting, it should go to the ABC and SBS.

“The PM needs to reverse the funding cuts to the ABC. He can easily find the first $10 million by taking it back from Murdoch and putting it where it will be the most benefit to broadcasting and promoting women’s sport and where fans can actually watch it without forking out more money,” Hanson-Young said.

via Shadow ministers slam priorities in Fox Sports “handout” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Bridget, please turn the lights out as you leave & return the key to the ministerial loo !: – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Does the minister agree that, whatever debate there may be concerning the principle of ministerial responsibility, the practice has almost invariably been that a minister resigns when his or her continued presence is causing damage and embarrassment to that government?” John Howard

via Bridget, please turn the lights out as you leave & return the key to the ministerial loo !: – » The Australian Independent Media Network