Category: LNP Government

Fight Club, Wolverines and Swinging Dicks – is this what we call “grown-up government”? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When Young Liberals in Chris Hartcher’s Terrigal electorate were inspired by Brad Pitt’s Fight Club to head out late at night on what they called “Black Ops” to tear down opposition election posters, one could perhaps, despite the illegality, dismiss this as kids going a bit too far. The fact that Liberal hopeful Aaron Henry signed his email call-to-action as ”Tyler Durden” (Brad Pitt’s character) shows just how juvenile this crowd were. But when one of them then tried to destroy the career of Sydney Water chief Dr Kerry Schott via an anonymous email detailing a false complaint to the NSW ICAC, they moved from silly kids to dangerous. Carrying on in the same vein, there is a parliamentary group who call themselves the “Wolverines”, a nod to the 1984 Hollywood film Red Dawn, about a team of high school football jocks thwarting a Soviet invasion of the United States.

Fight Club, Wolverines and Swinging Dicks – is this what we call “grown-up government”? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Alleged rape by Cabinet member deflected by Coalition Government

AN ALLEGATION OF the brutal anal rape of a child in 1988 has been made against an unnamed minister in the Federal Government Cabinet. The victim took her own life in June 2020. NSW Police have confirmed that a criminal investigation into the allegation dies with the victim.

Alleged rape by Cabinet member deflected by Coalition Government

The Morrison government is a sewer – » The Australian Independent Media Network

An allegation of the brutal anal rape of a child in 1988 has been made against an un-named minister in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet. The victim took her own life in June 2020. NSW police have confirmed that a criminal investigation into the allegation dies with the victim. Despite their knowledge that police will not investigate because the complainant is dead, government ministers and some journalists continue to claim that the matter must be left to the police. All of them are wrong, according to police.

The Morrison government is a sewer – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“He said, she said”: How Dutton is attempting to control the narrative – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Dutton’s idea of making things better is, first make them worse,

One of the greatest challenges for a political commentator in recent years has been keeping track of the Morrison government’s lies and obfuscations. These have escalated considerably in the last couple of weeks, since former media advisor Brittany Higgins revealed she had allegedly been raped in Parliament House by a senior staffer. Since then, ministers, MPs, Senators, their advisors and staffers have devoted an inordinate amount of their taxpayer-funded time to covering their backsides about who knew what and when. According to estimates by the ABC’s 7.30 program last night, there appear to be thirty or more people with knowledge of the so-called “serious incident” in 2019, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison conspicuously excluded from the circle of knowledge. The latest government member to speak up is Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton. Dutton is, among other things, the minister responsible for the Australian Federal Police, as well having once served as a police officer in the Queensland Police sex offenders’ squad. You need this background as context for what comes next.

“He said, she said”: How Dutton is attempting to control the narrative – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

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

Brazen: Australia plans to build $2 billion concrete airstrip at base in Antarctic – Michael West

Brazen: Australia plans to build $2 billion concrete airstrip at base in Antarctic – Michael West

While Australia criticises other countries for their expansionist policies, it claims to own 42% of Antarctica. And although citing a “staunch commitment” to environmental protection of the Antarctic, proposes to build a $2 billion concrete aerodrome at its Davis base. Brian Toohey reports.

Brazen: Australia plans to build $2 billion concrete airstrip at base in Antarctic – Michael West

Morrison’s JobSeeker boost is stingy, mean and bad for the economy

JobSeeker recipients will be able to afford another one or two meals a day on their $3.50 a day increase.

As a high-income-earning mortgage holder, my windfall has been twofold. First, last year’s tax cuts have delivered a boost to my take-home pay of about $93 a fortnight, or $6.66 a day. Meanwhile, the interest rate payable on my $700,000 (ish) mortgage has fallen from 2.69 per cent to about 2.13 per cent (thanks also to some savvy shopping around). This boosts my bottom line by about $150 a fortnight, or $10.74 a day.

Morrison’s JobSeeker boost is stingy, mean and bad for the economy

National Party waging war against Australian environment

THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA is reporting that the Nationals are revolting on climate change, demanding the new $1 billion Grid Reliability Fund be allowed to invest in coal and nuclear power.

National Party waging war against Australian environment

“Don’t tell me her name…” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Now Three accusers Morrison not interested in their names

Journalist: A second woman has been raped. Prime Minister: I don’t need to know who that is. Imagine for one moment the tremendous privilege Mr Morrison enjoys that allows him to choose not to know. By any measure this is a bizarre reaction to such news, and one wonders why the Prime Minister felt compelled to let everyone know that he doesn’t know the name of the second victim, and, even more oddly, that he does not need to know.

“Don’t tell me her name…” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia slides from world’s greatest country to pariah – in just ten years

THERE WAS NO question which the world’s most admired country in 2011. Australia’s achievements included: The world’s highest median wealth, according to Credit Suisse; The greatest economic freedom in the OECD, according to the Heritage Foundation; 20 years of continuous GDP growth, alone in the developed world; Triple A credit ratings with all three global agencies for the first time in history; A jobless rate down to 4.92% in June, among the lowest five in the OECD and a level not achieved since; The Australian dollar hit a 30-year high of 1.095 U.S. dollars; The world’s best Treasurer, according to other global finance ministers; Australia’s first carbon pricing scheme was enacted, thereby joining the world on climate action; Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s speech to the U.S. Congress was interrupted six times for standing ovations, ten times for seated applause and received a record three-minute standing ovation at the end; and Australia was nominated at the 2011 G20 leaders’ summit to chair the G20. That’s the top ten. There were plenty more. ANU astrophysicist Brian Schmidt won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics; Samantha Stosur won the U.S. Open; and Sally Pearson was named IAAF world athlete of the year. It was a great year for global recognition. It’s a pity that so few successes were reported in Australia. Fast forward one decade and Australia is now condemned globally for its abject failures on more than ten substantial issues.

Australia slides from world’s greatest country to pariah – in just ten years

Laughing Stock: Australia’s new media code rivals our climate policy for absurdity – Michael West

Laughing Stock: Australia’s new media code rivals our climate policy for absurdity – Michael West

Google good, Facebook bad. That sums up mainstream media coverage of the Coalition government’s bizarre new media code. That’s because Google paid up, Facebook decided it was extortion and called Josh Frydenberg’s bluff, banning Australian news. Kim Wingerei and Michael West report on the corruption of mainstream media. As if Rupert Murdoch and the Coalition had not already flubbed Australia’s credibility around the world for their failure on climate change, now we look like we don’t know how the internet works.

Laughing Stock: Australia’s new media code rivals our climate policy for absurdity – Michael West

Government serves old capital, Facebook wields new. Who to hate more?

The pathetic Morrison government protecting media monopoly against free circulation! Ah ha ha! Crumple. Back and forth, unable to know who to hate more. The government’s News Corp tax has turned a rich tangle of contradictions into a political event. The pleasure of watching the Morrison government’s face change as it slowly realises it might have bitten off more than it can chew is only mitigated by the haunting feeling that we will all lose whatever happens. At the topmost level is the most obvious political political advantaging of News Corp, by the government, requested or otherwise. News Corp may have said nothing explicit to Scott Morrison’s government but it didn’t need to; it’s been campaigning against tech/social media on its front pages for years. This global historical moment in tech v old media — the producers of Succession must be furiously rewriting episode nine of the coming season as we speak — has come about in Australia because we’re the “weak link” in the sham idea of a free press and democracy. We’re a Murdochracy, bought and sold, especially, but not only, when the Coalition is in power.

Government serves old capital, Facebook wields new. Who to hate more?

From parliamentary rape allegation to energy policy: Morrison’s bad week

You wouldn’t necessarily know it from a media obsessed with posturing about Facebook, but it’s hard to overstate just what a disastrous week Scott Morrison and the rotten — in all senses of the adjective — government he leads has just had. Overlooked this week in the focus on Brittany Higgins and the implosion of the news media bargaining code was how deeply and bitterly divided the Coalition is. Scott Morrison was forced into the humiliating position of withdrawing a key bill — his legislation to push the Clean Energy Finance Corporation into funding gas projects — because his own backbenchers, led by former cabinet ministers Barnaby Joyce and Matt Canavan, intended to make it a vehicle for government funding of coal-fired power stations.

From parliamentary rape allegation to energy policy: Morrison’s bad week

Un-Friending Facebook? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why is this all happening? Our gutless Government is owned lock stock and barrel by conservative media. Our monopoly mainstream media is jousting with the monopoly social media platforms to gouge whatever they can out of each others’ revenue streams. Without the backing of monopoly level conservative media our current Government would have been chucked out long ago. So no surprise that the Coalition is sucking up to Murdoch. Bit trite for our Government to argue on behalf of Murdoch et al about how their revenue streams are being ripped off by the larger social media platforms, when that same Government is flaying the revenue streams of the ABC.

Un-Friending Facebook? – » 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

Facebook news ban: A media bargaining code won’t protect journalism or democracy

News lockout ... Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The LNP government is pulling out all stops to help Murdoch and Costello before the next election. If they truly wanted a real diverse information service rather than police Google and Facebook they should have enabled the ABC to develop a public rather than controlled service and invested funds instead of cutting those of the ABC. The ABC has protected us from the absolute crap and propaganda promoted on our privatized MSM. We as tax payers have seen our taxes abused, politicized and promises broken by the LNP at the fastest and most egregious rate in the past 8 years. How can the unions, multicultural, indigenous and critical communities communicate? At election times the LNP certainly doesn’t want them to.

Facebook blocking such a broad range of content will have a disproportionate impact on small community organisations and independent media, and in turn harm marginalised groups who have come to rely on the accessibility and ease of Facebook in accessing critical services and information. The code was never written with these groups in mind.

Facebook news ban: A media bargaining code won’t protect journalism or democracy

Morrison invokes Chinese walls defence on why staffer didn’t tell him of Higgins’ rape allegation

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins on Wednesday accused Scott Morrison of “victim-blaming rhetoric” – as the Prime Minister sought to explain why his own staffer failed to tell him Higgins had alleged she’d been raped. Malcolm Turnbull cast doubt on Morrison’s claim his office only knew of the allegation last week, saying it was “inconceivable” key members of the Prime Minister’s staff did not know earlier. Higgins, who worked for then defence industry minister Linda Reynolds, claims she was raped by a colleague after the two returned to the minister’s Parliament House late one night in March 2019. She has said she was very drunk and the assault occurred when she fell asleep on the minister’s couch. Morrison says he only learned of the rape allegation this week and his office only “became aware of this issue on February 12 of this year.”

Morrison invokes Chinese walls defence on why staffer didn’t tell him of Higgins’ rape allegation

Morrison’s handling of assault case raises old question: can he be trusted?

Morrison’s handling of assault case raises old question: can he be trusted?
She’s right she will be forced to go

With his government now engulfed in the scandal of its mishandling of the alleged rape of staffer Brittany Higgins, Scott Morrison faces the consequences of two long-running features of his political persona. There is now an obvious and serious discrepancy between what Higgins has said about the role of the Prime Minister’s Office in the aftermath of her alleged assault in Parliament House, and Morrison’s own claims — reflected in material circulated to journalists — that she is wrong. In short, Higgins says Morrison’s private secretary, former Crosby Textor luminary Yaron Finkelstein, contacted her in relation to the matter. Morrison says it didn’t happen and his office only became aware of the alleged rape last week.

Morrison’s handling of assault case raises old question: can he be trusted?

Australia’s sovereignty is in unsafe hands

Since World War II Australia has progressively ceded its sovereignty to the United States. The process was hastened by former Prime Minister John Howard who had little sense of national independence. Australia is now tied to a state suffering economic decline, a collapse in political consensus that may turn violent and diminishing international influence. In order to maintain supremacy, America has decided to confront rather than co-operate with China. And Australia is allowing itself to be dragged along behind the back of the truck.

Australia’s sovereignty is in unsafe hands

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

The sad joke – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Pascoe also noted that Morrison refused to condemn the violence that occurred when the US Capitol was stormed by rioters in January, unlike Conservatives such as the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A week later, Acting Prime Minister and Nationals Party leader Michael McCormack added fuel to the fire generated by LNP backbenchers spreading false or unsubstantiated statements on social media by stating Facts are sometimes contentious, and what you might think is right somebody else might think is completely untrue. “That is part of living in a democratic country. In 2015, on the release of a report into bullying and harassment in the military, Australian Army Lieutenant General David Morrison stated: ‘The standard you walk past is the standard you accept’. The comment was reflected on by a writer for The Huffington Post who went on to suggest Every time we accept the status quo of poor behavior, we are endorsing it. A strong leader should not only advise of behavior that is appropriate, they should embody it. They should be the person telling us that we don’t tolerate bullying or harassment. Morrison and the state premiers aren’t necessarily being booted permanently from Twitter or Facebook or inciting mobs to invade the Parliamentary buildings on Capital Hill, Spring St or George St, but they are implicitly supporting behaviours that demean the democratic process by not speaking out about them. They, and the parties they represent, are also openly involved in a winner take all battle where belittling, bullying and harassment of those with different opinions is not only common, but expected. In recent months, the US has seen the results of a winner take all battle of wills for the future of the country. Let’s hope our leaders observe, reflect and actually lead, before it’s too late.

The sad joke – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Public servants confirm mismanagement by Morrison ministers

IF THERE WAS one thing which should unite all media commentators, economic analysts, religious leaders and decent citizens in outrage against the Morrison Government, it is this. After the robodebt scandal in which the Government relentlessly pursued debt repayment from countless poor people, it can’t be bothered chasing millions rorted by the rich. The Coalition was ruthless in harassing pensioners for puny debts, that were often non-existent. It didn’t stop even when it was proven many were taking their own lives in despair. But they now refuse to require corporations to repay taxpayer funds fraudulently pocketed.

Public servants confirm mismanagement by Morrison ministers

When you can’t trust the leader… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day We exercise our involvement in our democracy every three years by voting. After that, the vast majority takes very little interest. Why is it so? ( John Lord )

The revolving door of Conservative wrongdoings – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison must have known, when he made his announcement one month ago, that there was no possibility of vaccinating 80,000 people in February and 4 million by the end of March. He must have known this, and yet he delivered this message to the country anyway. This is not how we need a leader to behave in these circumstances, or any other.

When you can’t trust the leader… – » 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

AdRorts: Comrade Hunt deploys Communist propaganda tactics in government advertising – Michael West

AdRorts: Comrade Hunt deploys Communist propaganda tactics in government advertising – Michael West
Propaganda Rorts

“I suspect Orwell would see, as he did back in the 1930s, the rich and outrageous irony of governments using the resources of the people to manipulate them and to keep them acquiescent, passive and apathetic.” Shadow Minister for Public Accountability, Kelvin Thompson’s introductory remarks for the Government Advertising (Prohibiting use of taxpayers’ money on party political advertising) Bill 2005. Unfortunately the Thompson’s bill never got up. John Howard’s majority saw to that. It has now become widespread practice for Coalition ministers to spend public money advertising their political parties. Government ministers are using official ministerial announcements as a platform for Liberal Party and National Party advertising, drawing widespread condemnation for misuse of public money. The dubious practise reached a flashpoint this week after Health Minister Greg Hunt was caught branding an announcement for Pfizer vaccines with the LNP logo early. Hunt was questioned about the political party advertising by ABC presenter Michael Rowland and responded with personal insults, branding Rowland a “leftie”.

AdRorts: Comrade Hunt deploys Communist propaganda tactics in government advertising – Michael West

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

China, Papua New Guinea and Australia’s Backyard Blues – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It might have made more sense to realise that PNG, precisely in being sovereign, is making its own arrangements. Security cadres in Canberra and Washington take issue with the fact that the natives are showing initiative. Shoebridge even comes close to accusing the country of being a harlot of international relations. “Promises of millions – even billions – of dollars for a remote province are attractive not just for the Moresby government but for provincial leaders who need to deliver funds to local supporters.” The sort of cash, in other words, Australia is simply not interested in supplying.

China, Papua New Guinea and Australia’s Backyard Blues – » The Australian Independent Media Network

That extra you’re about to get in super, most of it will come from you, but don’t expect the ads to tell you that

Fair enough, but the increases in compulsory super contributions will come out of the same bucket as wages – so-called on-costs which employers use to pay wage cheques, workers compensation, payroll tax, employees pay-as-you-go tax, and employees super contributions, which is also known as the “super guarantee”.

That extra you’re about to get in super, most of it will come from you, but don’t expect the ads to tell you that

Mainstream media roll out pro-Coalition narrative for the election year

They can’t cut the ABC it’s too obvious .However Face Book and Google are their targets for not the right reasons

With a federal election due this year or early next, the misinformation from Australia’s mainstream media is ramping up. Alan Austin reports. COALITION PARTIES and the pro-Coalition media already spreading the falsehoods they hope will dupe enough voters. The upcoming election is already being influenced by these elements.

Mainstream media roll out pro-Coalition narrative for the election year

Far-right extremism motion ‘whited-out’ by government

Kristina Keneally claims the federal government is “turning a blind eye” to the threat of white supremacists, in a dispute over a hotly contested Senate motion where the Coalition deleted and amended mentions of right-wing extremism.

Far-right extremism motion ‘whited-out’ by government

Events will decide political fates and defy expert predictions

Prime Minister Scott Morrison during his address to the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Monday.

But the premiers have been given a free pass because the lockdowns have been funded by the Commonwealth. That money runs out in March, so it will be interesting to watch whether the will to imprison populations remains in the face of cash-strapped states being forced to bear the full financial cost of their decisions. If push comes to shove when the cash dries up expect the premiers to direct their communities’ anger at Canberra. This is a risk for Morrison because he won’t win a fight with a popular premier on a state’s home ground. It’s another depressing lesson from the pandemic: Australia is still a collection of colonies masquerading as a federation.

Events will decide political fates and defy expert predictions

‘Taxypayer-funded nong’: Kelly, Plibersek in fiery parliamentary clash

craig kelly tanya plibersek

Tensions have spectacularly boiled over in the halls of Parliament, with Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek and Craig Kelly squaring up in a heated argument over the Coalition MP’s debunked and “dangerous” claims about COVID.

‘Taxypayer-funded nong’: Kelly, Plibersek in fiery parliamentary clash

View from The Hill: Now Scott Morrison’s ‘preference’ is for net zero emissions by 2050

Keeping on and really saying nothing

Scott Morrison has taken another, albeit very small, step towards endorsing a target of net zero emissions by 2050. He told the National Press Club on Monday: “Our goal is to reach net zero emissions as soon as possible, and preferably by 2050”.

View from The Hill: Now Scott Morrison’s ‘preference’ is for net zero emissions by 2050

Craig Kelly: Community campaign to dump controversial MP

Screenshot_2021-02-02 Craig Kelly Community campaign to dump controversial MP

Controversial Liberal MP Craig Kelly’s relentless promotion of conspiracy theories and unproven coronavirus cures on social media have led to a campaign to boot him out of politics – a push being mounted by his own community.

Craig Kelly: Community campaign to dump controversial MP

Australia no longer in top ten global anti-corruption ranking

The latest global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) rankings places Australia at 11 out of 180 countries.

For almost 20 years, Australia ranked in the top ten (least corrupt) countries. In 2012, Australia ranked seventh with a score of 85. By 2018, it had fallen to 13th with a score of 77. In the latest 2020 rankings, it has also scored 77.

Being ranked 11th out of 180 is relatively good. But falling by eight points is not good. It is a wake-up call and raises serious questions about the ethical underpinnings of politics in this country.

Australia no longer in top ten global anti-corruption ranking

Two years on from Australia’s banking royal commission, why has progress stalled? | Australia news | The Guardian

Commissioner Kenneth Hayne hands treasurer Josh Frydenberg the banking royal commission's final report at Parliament House in February 2019

When the banking royal commission wrapped up in early 2019, the government said it was committed to enacting change. Senior business reporter Ben Butler explains how two years on, most recommendations have either been delayed or abandoned

Two years on from Australia’s banking royal commission, why has progress stalled? | Australia news | The Guardian

Could Australian small businesses survive without Google search function?

LNP want to dumb down Australia

It gave Scott Morrison a Howard moment — “we’ll decide who searches Australia and the manner in which they search!” — as he huffed, “we don’t respond to threats”. (This will surely be news to anyone who follows the LNP-News Corp relationship.)

Could Australian small businesses survive without Google search function?

Morrison: Opportunity Lost to Attack Racism or Political Expediency? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

All Three Monkeys in One

So, is Morrison’s behaviour a lack of leadership, which seems likely given his stance or lack of it on so many issues, or is it a demonstration of his and the right-wing intolerance, insensitivity and racism towards our own Indigenous peoples? Perhaps he is simply appealing to his base and it is all about votes. Whatever the case, history will not be kind to him when it judges his performance. Or is it all three. I suspect it is the latter.

Morrison: Opportunity Lost to Attack Racism or Political Expediency? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

Sunk before Service: Australia’s Disastrous Submarine Project – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Another Abbott brainstorm turned disaster

One only gets into the submarine procurement business to spite government treasurers and economic managers. Efficiency and effectuality are bonus additions, but hardly necessary. Witness the evolving disaster that is Australia’s SEA 1000 Future Submarine program, won by France’s DCNS, now Naval Group, in 2016.

Sunk before Service: Australia’s Disastrous Submarine Project – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A ‘last outpost’ for Trump tactics: did Donald change Australian politics?

Mr Morrison was welcomed to Washington DC by Mr Trump in 2019.

The Labor leader thundered that Scott Morrison had gone “too far” in his support for the defeated President, claiming “Trumpists” were the “bedrock” of the Prime Minister’s supporters. While it’s no secret Mr Morrison enjoyed a far better relationship with Mr Trump than most world leaders – feted with a state dinner, lauded as the “man of titanium”, and awarded the Legion of Merit – what is less clear is how the Trump era changed Australian politics.

A ‘last outpost’ for Trump tactics: did Donald change Australian politics?

The Morrison government’s two alarming assaults on freedom of speech after spruiking liberty

The Australian government continues to curtail what you can say online.
Why is it we allow our PM to get away with BULLSHIT. Bring back the ABC

When Prime Minister Scott Morrison was invited at a recent press conference to condemn far-right conspiracy theories promoted by government members such as George Christensen, he refused. He also defended another Liberal backbencher, Craig Kelly, who has undermined the government’s health message by spreading false information about COVID-19. At the time, Morrison said: “There’s such a thing as freedom of speech in this country and that will continue.”

The Morrison government’s two alarming assaults on freedom of speech after spruiking liberty

As Trump exits the White House, he leaves Trumpism behind in Australia

But if Australians followed the 2020 presidential race in the United States with greater-than-usual interest, it was because when boiled down, it presaged a plausible descent for Australia’s politics, too.

As Trump exits the White House, he leaves Trumpism behind in Australia

When your government thinks banning Trump from Twitter is the real injustice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s Disgusting Leadership (ODT)

Members of the Morrison government have saved their loudest outrage for Twitter, the social media platform Trump used to incite his followers, and the platform that has finally banned Trump for life. This, it appears, is the great injustice, an affront to “free speech,” and, wait for it, censorship.

When your government thinks banning Trump from Twitter is the real injustice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Donald Trump Twitter ban: Josh Frydenberg ‘uncomfortable’

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says he is ‘uncomfortable’ with Twitter’s decision to ban US President Donald Trump. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Andrew Henshaw

Frydenberg, McCormack, Kelly and even Morrison shame our nation. They believe inciting encouraging and promoting sedition, violence, and insurrection is simply allowable and to prevent it a matter of “suppression of free speech”. Rest assured they don’t practice what they preach at home in the workplace or other of their social and cultural situations. Swearing like drunken sailors isn’t tolerated in their homes. Do they seriously listen to what they are saying? All readily condemning whistleblowers and journalists, so much so, that they demand we maintain and even strengthen the laws that prosecute them are (ODT)appropriate. They don’t speak up for Julian Assange who the American government wants to put away for 174 years. Not so poor old Don the victim of Twitter.( ODT)

Senior government ministers have lashed Twitter’s ban on Donald Trump as multiple social media giants removed the outgoing US President from their platforms.

Donald Trump Twitter ban: Josh Frydenberg ‘uncomfortable’

Liberal MP Craig Kelly attacks Facebook for warning him over unproven Covid treatment post | Australian politics | The Guardian

Liberal MP Craig Kelly

Labor’s health spokesman, Chris Bowen, seized on the controversy, arguing the social media giant had “called out ‘Conspiracy Craig’s’ medical disinformation campaign” after the prime minister, Scott Morrison, and federal health minister, Greg Hunt, failed to do so.

Liberal MP Craig Kelly attacks Facebook for warning him over unproven Covid treatment post | Australian politics | The Guardian