Category: LNP Government

Robodebt advice would cause damage: lawyer – Michael West

The controversial robodebt scheme would have been fundamentally changed or stopped altogether had independent legal advice been sought on the issue, a royal commission has been told.

The commission examining the Centrelink debt recovery scheme was told such independent advice would have “reputational damage” to the government and the departments administering the program.

Former Social Services principal legal officer Anna Fredericks told the commission that obtaining independent legal advice on the scheme was sought, but tensions between the Department of Social Services and the Department of Human Services prevented it from occurring.

“If independent legal advice had been sought at the time and had full scope and awareness of the program, I have no doubt they would have come to that view (of it being unlawful),” she said.

“It would have undoubtedly led to a redesign or cessation … it would have likely caused reputational damage to those two departments but also to the government.”

 

Source: Robodebt advice would cause damage: lawyer – Michael West

Robodebt scheme ‘set off alarm bells from the get-go’, inquiry hears – ABC News

Terry Carney wears a grey jacket over a blue shirt.

“Had there been public ventilation of what the AAT was ruling … there wouldn’t have been an instant change to or abandonment of the scheme but it would have been a lot quicker than the three or four years that nearly half a million people had to suffer the unlawful raising of debts,” he told the commission.

Source: Robodebt scheme ‘set off alarm bells from the get-go’, inquiry hears – ABC News

The LNP: Do they ever learn? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

after the people of Australia resoundingly voted against the LNP in order to kick that repugnant little war mongering garden gnome, John Howard to the gutter, did the LNP learn a single thing about humility, compassion and not to use war, hate and xenophobic racism as a distraction against their inherent corruption,…

Does Australia really want a repeat performance by these lying, conniving parasites whose only legacy is $1 trillion in debt whilst thumping their chests and cynically bragging that they are the “best economic managers”!!!!?

The resounding answer should be:
NO! NO! DEFINITELY NOT!

Bloody hell!

Source: The LNP: Do they ever learn? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Anti-China rhetoric damaging to Liberals – Michael West

The Liberals have a history conducting politics at a cultural level Morrison saw  political advantage of dividing the nation during the Cronulla riots and he continued to apply it with “stop the boats”. Multiculturalism was never an LNP value as much as it was a political opportunity. The Lebanese Muslims Chinese Africans Indigenous Australians all felt the two-face sting of the LNP handshake. If and when for a moment they were seen as an economic benefit it came with a smile quite readily followed by a political slap in the face. Dutton was a master at spreading Liberal hate.

The Liberals have been urged to rebuild the party’s relationship with members of Australia’s Chinese community as a key priority in the wake of its election defeat.

Source: Anti-China rhetoric damaging to Liberals – Michael West

Rape, masturbation and lewd acts all part of Parliament House under Morrison: FLASHBACK 2021

When the Christian Right dominated the Government and SCOMO danced like Rumpelstiltskin in front of our cameras other things were going on.

Following the disappointing conclusion to the Bruce Lehrmann trial, it’s important to remember the toxic culture developed by the Morrison Government within the walls of Parliament House.

In this article from 2021, Dr Jennifer Wilson examined the breeding ground of assault and harassment that led to the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins and possibly others.

Source: Rape, masturbation and lewd acts all part of Parliament House under Morrison: FLASHBACK 2021

Top officials shut down robodebt criticism – Michael West

A senior public servant told a Social Services official to tone down language indicating the robodebt welfare management scheme wouldn’t be lawful before it was introduced.

Andrew Whitecross, from the Social Services department, told the royal commission investigating the scheme it “couldn’t be clearer” calculating welfare debts based on an average income would require laws to be changed in 2015.

The scheme, which went from 2015 until 2020, wrongly recovered more than $750 million from 381,000 people, with a number of victims committing suicide while being pursued for false debts.

Mr Whitecross strongly advised against using income averaging in 2015 and said he was surprised to learn the scheme was implemented the following year.

He told the commission he’d had a meeting with Social Services’ Cath Halbert and Human Services’ Mark Withnell in 2015 where he outlined income averaging wouldn’t be legal. He said Mr Withnell was frustrated with the feedback because it could mean a promised $1.2 billion saving wasn’t achieved.

Of the saving, Mr Whitecross later added: “It was a sense … this was a number that had come out of a methodology, but the number itself was a goal of the process”.

The commission heard he was told by Ms Halbert that DHS deputy secretary Malisa Golightly “didn’t want us to go in so hard” with feedback income averaging was illegal.

Asked by senior counsel assisting the commission Justin Greggery if he had pushed back, Mr Whitecross said he had but she had continued to ask him to change the language.

Source: Top officials shut down robodebt criticism – Michael West

Challenging the “Uyghur genocide narrative” – Pearls and Irritations

Xinjiang Re-education Camp.

It was alleged, that up to a million Uyghurs were incarcerated in camps but this proved to be no more than an extrapolation of numbers by a researcher and amplified in a UN meeting; never by the UN. In order to justify this outrageous claim, it was necessary to find prisons to incarcerate a million people, which, over time, grew into many more.

An Australian think tank (ASPI) entered the fray and identified “camps” across the region. Except that they didn’t. A region so large needs boarding schools and residential factories. The same region, because of a destabilised and radicalised minority, some with terrorist tendencies, also needs security. So, everything with a gate, fence, security presence and dormitories when viewed from satellites, was identified and analysed, by a young man at ASPI, who has never set foot in China, as being “a camp”; 380 of them! In the list, to give him credit, there are some prisons. But in a region with 25 million people and a terrorist problem, that’s hardly a surprise.

Source: Challenging the “Uyghur genocide narrative” – Pearls and Irritations

Vast executive salaries: undemocratic, unethical and unproductive

Neoliberal policies have resulted in an imbalance in Australia’s wage system with a disproportional increase in senior management financial rewards, writes Dr Klaas Woldring.

Source: Vast executive salaries: undemocratic, unethical and unproductive

Google Giggle: Josh Frydenberg’s “world-first” media reform a hand-out to billionaire mates – Michael West

How quid pro quo works, and donations remain unrecorded. The ALP on the other hand suffers the slings and arrows of private mainstream corporate media. The ABC was exclused.

Josh Frydenberg sallied forth with a fulsome pat on the back this week … for himself.

“The Coalition’s ‘world-first’ Media Bargaining Code was a ‘success’,” pronounced the former Treasurer. A success indeed; a terrific success for the Coalition’s media mates Rupert Murdoch, Peter Costello and Kerry Stokes.

To be fair to Josh, he was only repeating what was in the press. Josh’s “media reforms” had forced Google and Facebook to pay millions in cash (secretly) to Big Media. In return, the News Corp, Nine, Guardian Australia and so forth sang the praises of Josh’s “world-first”. Manufacturing consent is a breeze, you just have to pay people.

Source: Google Giggle: Josh Frydenberg’s “world-first” media reform a hand-out to billionaire mates – Michael West

PM&C officials who oversaw alleged illegal payments told to lawyer up

Almost a year to the day after the Commonwealth Ombudsman requested a review – and following repeated inquiries from The Klaxon – the nation’s most powerful department says it has found seven officials who may have been illegally paid for holding two jobs.

Source: PM&C officials who oversaw alleged illegal payments told to lawyer up

Robodebt: can you recall a greater failure of public administration? – Pearls and Irritations

Sign of Centrelink and Medicare Office in Chatswood.SYD

“Well, a lot of the individuals who would end up receiving these notices would be – the onus of proof on what they earned over the period of time, stretching back potentially years, would be a level of proof which they simply would not be able to substantiate. And unemployed people are, almost by definition, they have very vulnerable cohorts within them, and that there would be people who would enter into agreements to repay debts, which they had not incurred in the first place, and I felt that the practice as a result was unethical.”

Source: Robodebt: can you recall a greater failure of public administration? – Pearls and Irritations

Prime Minister’s department ordered to come clean on Sports Rorts cover-up – Michael West

Sports Rorts, Rex Patrick

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has been ordered to hand over the Gaetjens Report into the Sports Rorts Affair after a two and a half year fight by Rex Patrick against fake Cabinet confidentiality. Rex Patrick reports.

Source: Prime Minister’s department ordered to come clean on Sports Rorts cover-up – Michael West

Learning to hate China – how well have we learned the lessons – Pearls and Irritations

Charts of financial instruments including various type of indicator for technical analysis on the monitor of a computer, together with face of Mao Zedong on RMB (Yuan) 100 bill.

What we inherited with the Trumpster LNP

Toward the end of 2019, an article titled Lessons in how to hate China was published in Pearls and Irritations. Those lessons have been learned and learned well. Three years is a short time but the collective memory is also short. China is now the accepted enemy and the likelihood of war is spoken of more openly.

climate crisis and of a hegemonic shift from the US to China. It was an uncertain time and fear was being promoted. Those conditions still exist. The only difference is that the threat from the US and its allies has become more intense. We have learned to hate China and may well suffer from the education we have received.

Source: Learning to hate China – how well have we learned the lessons – Pearls and Irritations

Former Coalition staffer Rachelle Miller releases details of $650,000 settlement – ABC News

A former Coalition staffer who claimed she was abused while working for the former government has released details of her settlement, as she writes to the new parliament.

Source: Former Coalition staffer Rachelle Miller releases details of $650,000 settlement – ABC News

‘Jobs for mates’: political appointments to government boards rife in Australia, report reveals | Australian politics | The Guardian

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 One in five lucrative and powerful federal government board positions have been handed to politically connected individuals, according to a new report warning Australia has developed an “insidious jobs-for-mates culture”.

Source: ‘Jobs for mates’: political appointments to government boards rife in Australia, report reveals | Australian politics | The Guardian

Sixty-three-year-old jobseeker forced to make 250km round trip to keep welfare benefits | Australia news | The Guardian

Map of Michelle’s journey from Yorketown to Kadina, South Australia

Morrison’s Social Welfare system in place.

While there is a pause on welfare penalties until 1 August, jobseekers who do not attend their appointments have their benefits temporarily suspended for failing to meet their mutual obligations.

Source: Sixty-three-year-old jobseeker forced to make 250km round trip to keep welfare benefits | Australia news | The Guardian

FLASHBACK 2021: The Liberal Government doesn’t care if you die

There was never going to be a situation in which there were no deaths. Nobody expects that. However, when so little has been done by the Federal Government to mitigate COVID-19 deaths, it is extremely alarming that the Morrison strategy is to desensitise people to suffering and death, rather than make an all-out effort to introduce every protection against those outcomes.

When your government starts selling you death as the option, it’s probably time to get concerned.

FLASHBACK 2021: The Liberal Government doesn’t care if you die

Revealed: Australia’s true emissions concealed, corporates “double-count” household rooftop solar – Michael West

Clean Energy Regulator, rooftop solar

The government has admitted almost all rooftop solar energy in Australia may be double-counted – a massive emission reduction free ride for Australia’s largest corporations. Callum Foote reports.

Source: Revealed: Australia’s true emissions concealed, corporates “double-count” household rooftop solar – Michael West

Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce were most unpopular leaders at election since 1987, study shows | Scott Morrison | The Guardian

Every Picture tells the story Barnaby believes it Morrison doesn’t.

Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce, at the time the Coalition lost the May election, were the most unpopular party leaders since the Australian Election Study began in 1987.

Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce were most unpopular leaders at election since 1987, study shows | Scott Morrison | The Guardian

Coalition government spent $6m prosecuting Bernard Collaery and three other whistleblowers | Australian politics | The Guardian

Exclusive: Figures provided to the Guardian reveal exorbitant legal bill for pursuing cases against Collaery, Witness K, Richard Boyle and David McBride

Coalition government spent $6m prosecuting Bernard Collaery and three other whistleblowers | Australian politics | The Guardian

As the world turned to shit, the Coalition turned to religion – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If this didn’t tell you what Morrison and the Pentecostalists were intent on doing then nothing will. They wanted the end to the separation of powers, go the way of Israel and turn Australia into an Apartheid White Christian State. More so they were intent on doing it by stealth. It’s why the religious discrimination bill was their priority if they had won the election.

With all that’s going on in the world – a pointless war, a global pandemic, rampant global heating leading to increasingly severe and compounding natural disasters, superpowers competing over our region, soaring cost of living, rising inflation, unaffordable housing, poverty, social unrest – the last government spent its dying days fighting for a religious discrimination bill we didn’t need and arguing over trans women playing sport.

Source: As the world turned to shit, the Coalition turned to religion – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The economy is growing but workers are not getting the benefits – ABC News

A female mine worker walks past a mine dump truck at a coal mine in central Queensland.

This week’s National Accounts show the economy growing solidly. But the growth is mainly benefiting businesses, especially mining businesses, while workers’ wages fall further behind. The

Source: The economy is growing but workers are not getting the benefits – ABC News

Coalition scrapped recovery plans for 176 threatened species and habitats in one of its final acts | Wildlife | The Guardian

Tasmanian devil

Suss Ley “heard and listened” then acted

Recovery plans designed to prevent the extinction of almost 180 threatened species and habitats, including the Tasmanian devil, were scrapped by the Coalition in one of Sussan Ley’s final acts as environment minister.

Source: Coalition scrapped recovery plans for 176 threatened species and habitats in one of its final acts | Wildlife | The Guardian

Kill off the AAT, it’s stacked with Morrison’s Liberal mates, no longer credible – Michael West

AAT, Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Australia’s Shame – AG Michaela Cash took lessons from the Steve Bannon playbook. Control the Bureaucracy. Wasn’t that Lenin’s playbook?

Just before ousted Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the election, his Attorney-General Michaelia Cash stacked the Administrative Appeals Tribunal with a host of Liberal Party mates. Political appointments are out of control and the AAT needs to be killed off, writes Greg Barns SC.

Source: Kill off the AAT, it’s stacked with Morrison’s Liberal mates, no longer credible – Michael West

Student visas: Little more than unsponsored work permits

What we inherited from the LNP

The current high approval rate for offshore VET sector student applications from Nepal could raise more risk of colleges focused on selling “work visas” rather than education, writes Dr Abul Rizvi.

MOST AUSTRALIANS would be surprised that over the last two months, Nepal was Australia’s leading source of overseas students, overtaking both China and India.

Source: Student visas: Little more than unsponsored work permits

Border force broke with recent convention when it sent election-day release about boat arrival | Australian immigration and asylum | The Guardian

The Australian Border Force logo

Busted!! The LNP strategy of putting LNP supporters in charge of Government Departments is straight out of the Steve Bannon, American GOP  Republican and Leninist strategies. The LNP was intent on dismantling the Public Service and has been doing it for the past 13 years.

Agency’s statement, which triggered last-minute scare campaign from Liberals, prompts increasing questions about its independence

Australian Border Force did not issue press releases about any of the five boat interceptions it made in the four years prior to its controversial election-day announcement that a vessel had been detected near Christmas Island, prompting further questions about the political independence of the agency.

The ABF is investigating its election-day conduct, which the acting prime minister, Richard Marles, has described as a “disgrace”.

The agency issued a press release as voting was under way, warning of the interception of an asylum-seeker boat off Christmas Island, precipitating a last-minute scare campaign warning voters to maintain border security by voting Liberal.

Source: Border force broke with recent convention when it sent election-day release about boat arrival | Australian immigration and asylum | The Guardian

Coalition continues to spike consultancy costs to a billion – Michael West

Lobbyland

Private consultation was promised to be cheaper, more efficent, allowing money to be spent elsewhere.

Since the Coalition took office in 2013, contracts awarded to the big four accounting firms have risen by 209%, or by $70 million per year on average, from $309 million to $936 million in 2021.

Source: Coalition continues to spike consultancy costs to a billion – Michael West

Sunrise host blasts ’embarrassing’ trainwreck TV interview

natalie barr barnaby joyce

The major difference is clear Morrison is offering no support, “use your own money and the banks”. It’s all private your money your risk your debt. We’ve seen the consequences of that in a  fluctuating market. Debt enslaves the citizenry in a Capitalist Economy. Governments are regulators ensuring it’s not diminished for Housing, Education, Health, and even Welfare. They brought in Robodebt your mistake, not theirs. The LNP housing policy is all for the benefit of those with incomes up to $200,000 effectively cutting out those with the least income and creating a middle-class welfare system.

Labor is offering a publicly funded scheme and assistance as shareholders to partner the lowest income earners with qualifications. A far less inflationary and pork barrelling scheme than the LNP one.

So which has the most honest intent of helping it’s certainly not the LNP’s. So all Barnaby Joyce can do is play pitbull, and bark at Tanya Plibersek so the differences between the two policies remain unspoken about on Morning TV? When your not offering anything of benefit just bark and distract.

Sunrise presenter Natalie Barr intervened in a fiery on-air clash between Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and Labor front-bencher Tanya Plibersek.

Source: Sunrise host blasts ’embarrassing’ trainwreck TV interview

Scott Morrison refuses to say if he’ll stand down if he loses election

Mr Morrison was in a defensive posture on Monday.

Inspired by the Brian Houston’s leadership approach to Hillsong no doubt. He will be pushed to leave but 60% of the numbers are now required to force him out. Who will be their leader if Josh isn’t kept Peter Dutton ?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to say if he will stand down if he loses Saturday’s election after spending the day defending a controversial housing plan the day after launching it.

Source: Scott Morrison refuses to say if he’ll stand down if he loses election

Cuts to public sector spending underpin Coalition’s forecast budget improvement – ABC News

Cuts to public sector spending underpin Coalition's forecast budget improvement

Morrison introduced the “efficiency dividend” a $1Bn cut to the ABC almost a decade ago when “No cuts” to the ABC were a promised LNP policy. That promise isn’t even an Oxymoron its a simple straight-out lie and a 1000 cuts were always planned. The “efficiency dividend” was a funding cut by another name. But it’s an illegal one at that and goes against the intended grain of the ABC as a legally constituted Independent Statutory Body, not one to be interfered with by any government let alone abused, as has been the case by the series of LNP governments this past decade. In effect neutering the constitutionally formulated body and our Democracy one and the same time. Yes the LNP has taxed us by stealth all these years at a greater rate than the ALP.

The government will increase the efficiency dividend, which cuts public sector spending, to 2 per cent The Coalition says the move will raise $2 billion in revenue Labor will release its policy costings on Thursday

Source: Cuts to public sector spending underpin Coalition’s forecast budget improvement – ABC News

Politicians’ pay has gone up by a third in a decade, but a wage rise in line with inflation is too much?

On the money? Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

They are all about to benefit from stage 3 tax cuts the rest of will be left to watch.

It was pointed out, too, that politicians’ salaries have not suffered from the near-decade of wage stagnation that has afflicted the rest of us. Their pay has gone up 30 per cent over the past 10 years. The annual base rate for a backbencher is now $211,250 (ministers and shadows get more), and the prime minister’s salary is $550,000.

Morrison, his media backers and the business lobby were horrified at the thought that the wages of the poorest workers should meet inflation – which is to say, workers should not take a pay cut.

“Morrison supports decline in living standards” should have been the headline

Source: Politicians’ pay has gone up by a third in a decade, but a wage rise in line with inflation is too much?

LNP ‘Values’ and Their Actions: A Comparison

Conslusion: You are What You Do

Political parties are free to say what they like, but it is their actions that define them. No amount of flowery rhetoric can hide the true nature of a political party, which is defined by its policies. The current Australian government may have flowery rhetoric in its beliefs, but, as I hope I have shown here, their actions and policies tell a different story.

The AIM NetworkNews and Politics

Hating Barnaby Joyce: is it him, or is it us? – Michael West

Fractured Australia

Hating Barnaby Hating Scott Hating Barnaby Hating….

In campaign debates, in radio stations, television studios, people to people encounters all over the nation, the name Barnaby Joyce comes up as the biggest brake on Australia making a greater commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Does the leader of the National Party deserve the brickbats? Maybe we should look to our backyards, writes Mark Sawyer.

Source: Hating Barnaby Joyce: is it him, or is it us? – Michael West

Queensland shows what happens when liberals desert the Liberal party | Queensland politics | The Guardian

Liberal National MP Trevor Evans, whose views on social issues are relatively progressive, is at risk of losing his seat of Brisbane.

Straight from HQ America

The state Liberal National party’s pursuit of conservative causes has contributed to it being all but banished from Brisbane

The state LNP – an organisation whose grassroots membership has become increasingly conservative, and influenced by a hardline Christian faction – on Wednesday voted in support of a motion from Robbie Katter opposing transgender women participating in women’s sport.

Source: Queensland shows what happens when liberals desert the Liberal party | Queensland politics | The Guardian

Top Liberal sounds the alarm on party’s direction

Liberal State Treasurer Matt Kean painted a stark portrait of the future of the Liberals.

Morrison has managed to TRUMP the LNP

“Look at the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, the party that has abolished slavery – has now become the party of Trump, the party of Putin sympathisers and anti-vaxxers. “That is not in the Liberal Party’s interests.”

Source: Top Liberal sounds the alarm on party’s direction

Morrison stands by Katherine Deves and wrongly claims ‘young adolescents’ can have gender confirmation surgery | Liberal party | The Guardian

Liberal candidate for Warringah Katherine Deves at a  party rally in Sydney

Morrison tells us to look at the paucity of stats when it comes to discrimination against LGBTQIs in religious schools when arguing for his RDA. “Look at the reality” he says. But he reverses that when he supports Deves who argues to ignore the paucity of stats in trans-gender girls in sports. They are virtually nonexistent and aren’t a threat to women in sport.

Not only do Morrison and Deves contradict each other but Morrison proves to be a hypocrite continuing to support Deves after her now two-faced tongue-in-cheek apology which she has publicly walked back on. Deves has literally spat the dummy and told Morrison he and his LNP cronies can get fucked and that she is now running as an independent for her own ego’s sake, despite knowing she has no chance of winning the seat.

Morrison, who handpicked Deves to run just weeks out from the start of the campaign, has repeatedly defended the Warringah candidate by noting she had apologised for her remarks.

On Saturday he said: “In terms of what Katherine Deves has said in the past, she has withdrawn those and she said they were insensitive.

“And that was my view as well. So there’s no suggestion that I have supported those earlier comments.

I don’t support those earlier comments.” The shadow infrastructure minister, Catherine King, told ABC News Breakfast it did not surprise her that Deves had walked back the apology.

“I think this is an incredibly divisive debate and I think the prime minister has chosen a very divisive candidate to run in that seat and I think it’s really awful to see that happening in the context of a federal election campaign,” she said.

Source: Morrison stands by Katherine Deves and wrongly claims ‘young adolescents’ can have gender confirmation surgery | Liberal party | The Guardian

Do your job competently – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It’s not the lack of experience Scott it’s the lack of competence that’s the yardstick. After 25 years Albanese has shown he’s not lacking and in the same period that can’t be said of your history.

The Coalition and some media are arguing that Albanese’s ALP doesn’t have the knowledge, skills or abilities to form a government, an illogical argument as the only way to get direct and recent experience is to do the job. When Morrison started work in the Prime Ministerial office, we didn’t even get a say in his elevation, as the only election he won was one of his political party’s Members of Parliament. At that time, he too had none of the experience in the job that he now claims is mandatory.

Source: Do your job competently – » The Australian Independent Media Network

IBAC hits back at criticism of decision to grill premier in secret

IBAC Commissioner Robert Redlich has defended the agency’s handling of witnesses.

Poor Matthew Guy he wants to control his members not lead them so instead he forced Quin to jump overboard.

Guy can’t even get his facts right and Robert Redlich IBAC’s head has to explain them. Guy suggested private conversations in-camera held with Dan Andrews are evidence of his guilt of corruption. Redlich publicly embarrassed Guy on his total lack of knowledge of what IBAC was actually doing. Private hearings are for those IBAC feels there is little or no evidence of corruption. the very reverse of what Guy is saying.

But wait isn’t Matthew Guy the LNP Minister for Planning who was actually caught in the act of corruption? Didn’t he illegally help a mate in Ventor on Philip Island with a $2M property problem and got busted? Wasn’t he the Mathew GUY caught wining and dining on a freebie lobster lunch with a renowned Mafia boss? Matthew Guy more than anyone should know what real corruption is behind closed doors while talking to IBAC in private isn’t

IBAC tends to hold public hearings only if it has strong evidence of alleged wrongdoing.  When questioning witnesses in public, the commission must be satisfied there are reasonable grounds to conclude the witness has acted corruptly, or that it is in the public interest to examine the witness publicly and that no unreasonable damage will be done to their reputation.

Source: IBAC hits back at criticism of decision to grill premier in secret

Scott and Josh “superior economic managers”? Not according to the IMF – Michael West

Scott Morrison, Josh Frydenberg, Australia economy

THE GREAT LIE, THE FACTS

It may be the only campaign tactic they have left, and it’s a lie, but the media laps it up and Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg are flogging it hard. That’s the claim that the Coalition are “superior economic managers” and Labor can’t be trusted to run the economy. Alan Austin looks at International Monetary Fund data and puts the case that Labor have been far superior economic managers.

Source: Scott and Josh “superior economic managers”? Not according to the IMF – Michael West

The Handmaid’s Tale: the book reviewed – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The recent resurgence of interest in the novel is arguably directly associated with Donald Trump’s election, in 2016. The rise of the religious right, the assault on women’s rights, the rise of the #metoo movement all speak to the relevance of the book, but also to the need for such a book, now.

Recent legislation in several U.S. states, as well as in Poland seeks to criminalise abortion. This appears to be heading toward another round of theocratic law-making, and pressure on women’s lives. So the book, although written over thirty years ago, still delivers a timely warning. Stay alert. Your freedom is a valuable, but fragile, thing.

This book is written to reflect the world view of a late twentieth century, educated woman, making her way in a repressive and dangerous world. Margaret Attwood’s writing is above all else immensely intelligent, and accomplished. I believe that every word is meant, as is, and that the book is enough.

The movies and television shows will never deliver the punch that this seemingly slight book will. This is a harrowing story, but it fulfils its purpose. It makes us take the ongoing threats to our freedom very seriously.

 

Source: The Handmaid’s Tale: the book reviewed – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Amanda Stoker attends anti-abortion rally, as Morrison government claims ‘no government has done more’ for women

The Government has joined a Women’s Slavery Coalition and will attempt to reintroduce anti-abortion back into Australia for a handful of votes. We know who Morrison is he’s the man who modeled his Prime Ministership DJ Trump why? Because he is a bully and misogynist women have stood up and said he was. Morrison has the LNP marching in step in step with America’s Republicans why? Because they have no ideas of their own their ambition is to rule and not to serve.

Even the government in  Tunisia a Muslim Nation legislated Women’s fundamental Rights ahead of Australia as far back as 70s and Morrison’s personality and religion takes us back further than that, and we saw it in the 2nd debate a Trumpish brawl nothing more on the part of a PM we know only too well.

Australia’s Assistant Minister for Women, Senator Amanda Stoker, attended an anti-abortion rally last weekend. At the rally, she told the crowd that she didn’t see any conflict between her anti-abortion stance and her assistant ministry.

Source: Amanda Stoker attends anti-abortion rally, as Morrison government claims ‘no government has done more’ for women

Election 2022: Liberal MP Alan Tudge in disclosure breach over Melbourne house | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

The controversy comes as questions continue to surround a $500,000 payout given to his former mistress and press secretary Rachelle Miller by the Federal Government. Picture: ABC/Four Corners

No to ICAC

EXCLUSIVE Education Minister Alan Tudge has admitted he forgot to disclose to parliament that he had transferred ownership of a $1 million Melbourne property to his former wife for six months, in a clear breach of disclosure guidelines.

The missing in action Minister – who stepped down from the frontbench last year in the wake of an ongoing scandal over an extramarital relationship with former Liberal staffer Rachelle Miller – confirmed the error on Friday following an investigation by news.com.au.

It follows controversy over a recent $500,000 payout to Ms Miller – who worked in his office as a press secretary – that was also revealed by news.com.au last month, with questions still yet to be answered on what the payout is for. The Prime Minister aannounced last year that Mr Tudge was not returning to the frontbench of his own volition.

However, on the same day he announced the election, he revealed Mr Tudge was still the education Minister but had stood aside and was welcome back after the votes were counted.

“Well, he stood aside. He decided to stand aside for his own personal reasons. And should he be in a position to be able to step up again, then I would welcome him back,’’ Mr Morrison said.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton also previously failed to declare a million-dollar property his family owns in Townsville, in a blunder his office blamed on simple human error.

Source: Election 2022: Liberal MP Alan Tudge in disclosure breach over Melbourne house | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

Council move against anti-Angus Taylor signs goes against third-party rights, legal experts say | Angus Taylor | The Guardian

Alex Murphy of Vote Angus Out community group in NSW electorate of Hume.

Murphy said he was further frustrated by the complaint from Taylor’s office given the minister’s first speech to parliament in which he said he would “always” defend free speech as the foundation of democracy.

Order to remove Vote Angus Out community group’s election signs in Hume came after complaint from Liberal incumbent’s office

Source: Council move against anti-Angus Taylor signs goes against third-party rights, legal experts say | Angus Taylor | The Guardian

Frydenberg’s law breaking regulator helped dismantle coal laws

Rules and Laws aren’t for Josh Frydenberg they stand in his way

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is responsible for laws being broken that maintain accountability in the fossil fuel industry. Anthony Klan reports. THE BOSS of the nation’s monopoly infrastructure regulator – who engaged in serious illegality that the Federal Government went to substantial lengths to cover up – earlier helped dismantle accountability laws in favour of major fossil fuels infrastructure owners.

Source: Frydenberg’s law breaking regulator helped dismantle coal laws

Stuart Robert says he does not know where Alan Tudge is and has been doing his job ‘for almost 12 months’ | Alan Tudge | The Guardian

Stuart Robert and Alan Tudge

Honestly??

Stuart Robert has said he does not know where the education minister Alan Tudge is, and bizarrely claimed to have been doing Tudge’s job for “almost 12 months”.

Source: Stuart Robert says he does not know where Alan Tudge is and has been doing his job ‘for almost 12 months’ | Alan Tudge | The Guardian