Category: LNP Government

‘Repay debt for years’: loan changes to hit 136,000 students

Kate Clayton has a HELP debt of about $60,000, and will likely start repaying it next year when she expects to be working full-time.

Making Students Pay Forward  not investing in their future but ours. (ODT)

The Money Managers the LNP

More than 136,000 young Australians are soon to join the ranks of 617,000 former students who are repaying their Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) – formerly known as HECS debt – as the income threshold for repaying the debt is slashed to just $45,881.

‘Repay debt for years’: loan changes to hit 136,000 students

Danger UXB – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Anyone thinking we’ll have three years of calm, considered and competent governance is in for a rude shock. What chance it will all blow up in their faces and we get an early opportunity to correct the mass madness of just last month?

via Danger UXB – » The Australian Independent Media Network

No time for wusses – » The Australian Independent Media Network

44 years later, after six years of calamitous Tory incompetence and nastiness and following their campaign of lies and misinformation, there is no way I will accept this current claque as legitimate and I will not be nice to those who do

“She already told me that she doesn’t have to be nice, so why do I? Because my mother raised me right? That’s why wolves always win. Because the rest of us mind our manners and get devoured for our efforts.”
― Sheryl J. Anderson, Killer Cocktail

To reflect Ms Anderson’s sentiments – fuck you, Fauxmo; and the donkeys you rode in on!

For six years the L/NP dodged scrutiny with its “look, it’s Labor” dissembling and obfuscation – taking their behaviour as an Opposition into Government. A complacent and compliant media went along for the ride giving a free pass to a declining economy, corporate crime, a degraded environment and social disharmony.

The ABC was cowed into submission by constant attacks, becoming a timorous shadow of the once honourable organisation that held governments to account.

And in a truly ironic case of misplaced schadenfreude a journalist from the L/NP propaganda machine Newscorpse was raided by the Australian Federal Police Farce – the Gestapo of Spud’s private legion of spooks and door-breakers. The indignation of News’ L/NP groupies provided a level of grim lampoonery.

The goon squad trading as the AFP has all of the credibility of the Keystone Cops. A bought and paid for apparatus of the Lib surveillance state they somehow managed to lose the paperwork when “investigating” Michaelia Carcrash on the AWU raids tip-off. In raiding the ABC and a News journalists they are complying with standard practice – hounding sources of information that embarrass the conservative Government, intimidating potential whistle-blowers and keeping the L/NP free from scrutiny.

Dutton, ex-copper from Queensland, is resurrecting the Bjelke-Petersen-era police state cheered on by the Party nutters who’ve slipped through the crazy filter. Bullies are cowards and this platoon of poltroons is scared of accountability. Their incompetence and failures and their lack of courage is supplemented by their conviction that they have a right to rule and no obligation to serve.

A compliant and complicit mainstream media has gotten a loud wake-up call. Will they respond or will they hit the snooze button? Will a complacent public shrug this off? I’m betting they will and I will not be polite in calling out those of that kind of my acquaintance, and in less than courteous terms. This is a government for gormless dullards, the tremulous, the authoritarians, the weak of mind and dull of eye, the indifferent and the stupid.

It’s not my government. Fuck that!

 No time for wusses – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Three long years, three crazy weeks, nine national disasters

1. ECONOMY TANKS

2. SECURITY STATE RUNS RAMPANT

3. ABC EMASCULATED

4. NEWS CORP KNIFES OPPOSITION AND AXES STAFF

5. ANGUS MISSES EMISSIONS DEADLINE

6. BARNABY AND OTHER COALITION LNPS IN NUCLEAR WAR

7. THE INDIAN JOB

8. STARTING THE BOATS

9. NO TAX CUTS FOR YOU!

Three long years, three crazy weeks, nine national disasters

The government has run the economy into the ground | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian

West Gate Tunnel construction

The biggest lie during the election campaign was that the economy was strong. Now we know how bad things really are

via The government has run the economy into the ground | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian

The cupboard was bare! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Was that all the Coalition has planned for the years ahead?

Frustrated, I looked again for clues, any clues, that might spell out the Coalition’s story, its vision and its intentions for the next three years. I ransacked the entire cupboard looking for more than the few scraps of paper that I had already found.

The cupboard was bare!

via The cupboard was bare! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Murdering Muslims Is Not Extremism. In Australia, It’s Business As Usual – New Matilda

This is the context for the man who murdered dozens of Muslims in New Zealand.

The Australian man did so in the name of a fascist ideology. If he had joined the Australian government, perhaps he wouldn’t be in jail. He could support the large-scale murder of Muslims in numerous countries, on a bigger scale. If he used the right words, he could applaud the policies responsible for the mass murder of Muslims in Yemen, Egypt, Palestine, and more. Then he wouldn’t be considered an extremist. He could fit into the mainstream Australian political spectrum. If he had developed a political career where he fought to boost our military exports to Saudi Arabia, he might be able to retire and be considered a “moderate”.

Being complicit in the threatened murder of millions of Muslims is just business as usual in Australia. It is part of the normal political spectrum. As our record makes clear, a basic premise of our political mainstream is that Muslim lives do not have any value.

When the slaughter of Muslims in New Zealand exits the front pages, Australian foreign policy will continue on as it has. We will continue to be complicit in the murder of Muslims. It just won’t be news anymore.

It will be given continued support from the Murdoch Press

Murdering Muslims Is Not Extremism. In Australia, It’s Business As Usual – New Matilda

Barnaby Joyce simply passed the buck

From this morning’s Good Weekend, The Age. “Fishermen ride their camels to catch fish in what is left of the Aral Sea, once the worlds 4th largest lake. The Aral Sea teamed with life until Soviet planners in the 1960’s diverted water for cotton, wheat & other irrigated crops. Former United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called it “one of the worst environmental disasters of the world””

SIX decades later, here in Australia, we’re surprised that irrigation, mainly for cotton, is depleting us of water. We are very slow learners & don’t seem to learn from mistakes.
What’s the definition of insanity attributed to Einstein?

Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself… And A Coalition Campaign Built On It – New Matilda

The Coalition lacks policies. It also lacks charisma. It has no other option but fear, writes Ben Eltham.

Labor has spent years honing and sandbagging its policy platform, which on any sensible judgment is moderate and achievable. In contrast, the Coalition has spent the last three years consumed by its own internal hatreds. Now that the crisis has arrived, the Coalition finds itself without a coherent assault plan to break down Labor’s platform. Time is running out.

via Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself… And A Coalition Campaign Built On It – New Matilda

Coalition faces calls for inquiry into Murray-Darling deals signed by Barnaby Joyce | Australia news | The Guardian

Part of the Murray-Darling

$80,million Spent like water (ODT)

Guardian Australia reported this week on the mystery surrounding the reason Joyce chose the companies he did for the buybacks. On Friday, Labor raised specific questions about one of the purchases, worth $80m.

On Saturday, Hanson-Young said she would write to the auditor general requesting an urgent audit.

“The auditor has a responsibility to investigate how $80m of taxpayers money was paid for water that doesn’t exist,” she said in a tweet.

via Coalition faces calls for inquiry into Murray-Darling deals signed by Barnaby Joyce | Australia news | The Guardian

Climate Change: Experts find ‘integrity issues’ with Coalition’s direct action policy

An official committee has raised concerns over carbon farming methods under the Emissions Reduction Fund.

A panel of government-appointed experts has uncovered “integrity issues” with the Coalition’s flagship climate change policy, triggering a warning that some of the emission reductions claimed by Australia may not be genuine.

The findings relate to the Abbott-era Emissions Reduction Fund, established in 2014 to replace Labor’s so-called “carbon tax”. The Morrison government extended the fund in February with a $2 billion injection of taxpayer funds, and renamed it the Climate Solutions Fund.

Climate Change: Experts find ‘integrity issues’ with Coalition’s direct action policy

Liberal Chisholm candidate Gladys Liu caught disparaging LGBTI issues, blames Chinese community – Australia Votes – Federal Election 2019 – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Morrison seems to have a load of “Bubbles” (ODT)

“I can understand why Ms Liu would want to reject it as ‘fake news’, but I’ve checked the recording. It’s accurate and I represented her views as she put them.”

When contacted for comment the Guardian Australia told the ABC the publication stood by the story and it later published its own follow-up.

Comment has been sought from Ms Liu repeatedly but she had not responded at the time of publishing.

Her opponent Labor candidate, Ms Yang, told the ABC that the behaviour was “appalling” and “hurt a vulnerable group of people in our community”.

“Gladys Liu and Scott Morrison cannot pretend now she did not say or do these things,” she said.

“The people of Chisholm deserve to know what kind of person the Liberals want them to vote for.”

via Liberal Chisholm candidate Gladys Liu caught disparaging LGBTI issues, blames Chinese community – Australia Votes – Federal Election 2019 – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Inside Melissa Price’s decision to approve Adani’s groundwater plan – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Aerial photo of trucks on the ground at Adani's Carmichael coal mine site in central Queensland.

The Government lied on the back of the CSIRO’s scientific denials. Politics over land care. (ODT)

Adani’s key water management plan for its coal mine in Queensland was so flawed its outcomes were unreliable, scientists from the CSIRO warned federal Environment Minister Melissa Price’s department.

via Inside Melissa Price’s decision to approve Adani’s groundwater plan – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘It’s Pink Batts all over again’: Moderate Liberal MPs join pile-on over ‘Soviet’ electric car policy

Liberals Jason Falinksi, Tim Wilson and Dave Sharma joined the condemnation of Labor's electric car target.

The biggest volume car manufacturers world wide are moving to electric and these idiots are calling who stupid and why? Their politics has shoved their heads so far up their clackers they can’t here the electorates and are calling most of their constituents mad. Do they turn the lights on at home? How much cheaper would it be with renewables and a battery. Oh the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow is that a statistical fact in Australia and batteries don’t work? (ODT)

Self-styled “modern Liberals” have ridiculed Labor’s electric vehicle target as a Soviet-style engineering program that will become “Pink Batts all over again”, joining the government’s aggressive campaign despite serious concerns about climate change in their own seats.

Labor used a Senate estimates session on Monday to retaliate, pointing to millions of dollars the government had spent encouraging Australians to use electric vehicles, and highlighting instances of Coalition MPs routinely spruiking the technology.

via ‘It’s Pink Batts all over again’: Moderate Liberal MPs join pile-on over ‘Soviet’ electric car policy

Adani: Environment Minister Melissa Price signs off on controversial coal project

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When Politics fucks the Enviroment (ODT)

Environment Minister Melissa Price has granted federal approval to the controversial Adani coal mine following intense pressure from her Queensland colleagues to sign off on the plan before the federal election.

Ms Price announced on Tuesday that she had approved the groundwater management plans submitted by the Indian mining giant after CSIRO and Geoscience Australia found they met scientific requirements.

The decision means the company has cleared the final federal hurdle for the project and now only requires Queensland Government approvals to proceed.

via Adani: Environment Minister Melissa Price signs off on controversial coal project

Federal Election 2019: Liberal Party advertising bill hits $136m as Scott Morrison prepares to call election

A federal election is expected to be called within the week.

Morrison is an advertising man and is scaming the public to pay for it when the Liberal Party hasn’t the funds to. Let’s not forget Turnbull funded his own campaigns whe the party was broke. Now ALP voters are funding his. (ODT)

The Morrison government has ramped up its marketing and advertising campaigns to $136 million in contracts since the beginning of this year, according to tender documents that reveal the cost to taxpayers.The government advertising includes $16 million for Treasury to promote tax cuts and $6 million for the Department of Jobs and Small Business to tell voters about assistance for employers.Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of using taxpayer funds for political ends before calling the election, an announcement expected within a week.

via Federal Election 2019: Liberal Party advertising bill hits $136m as Scott Morrison prepares to call election

Sunshine and Shadow – » The Australian Independent Media Network

AND VOTE THESE BASTARDS AND THEIR FILTHY LEECHING CONSPIRATORS OUT OF OUR LIVES AND OUR PARLIAMENT!

This .. OUR nation has been sold off piecemeal in both body and spirit, heart and soul, in sunshine and shadow by the upper-middle classes for their own and ONLY THEIR OWN benefit. It has NOT been the petty lower-middle classes of the skilled trades, it has NOT been the semi-professional workers or the small agricultural producers and family businesses … We have been betrayed by that class of society that has structured its own higher-echelon network to embrace those most suited to their deviousness and greed and excluded those from their ranks who show the first signs of honour and decency … these upper-middle classes are NOT the employers of Australian workers, rather, they are the “Judas Iscariots” selling the heart of our nation for a paltry thirty pieces of silver … leaving the working poor to be crucified on the cross of penury, sickness and homelessness … instead of honouring our national needs.

via Sunshine and Shadow – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Parliament House security upgrade derailed by construction firm Steelvision’s possible liquidation

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LNP organizing the safety of the parliament couldn’t organize a chook raffle (ODT)

A firm given the $14 million job of upgrading critical security at Parliament House in Canberra is in disarray with allegations of cocaine use, a sideline in an Uber-style app for escorts, debts to Russian friends and the intervention of a Morrison government minister.

Almost a year after the $75 million state-of-the art upgrade to protect MPs from acts of terrorism was due to be completed, the marble entrances of Parliament remain shrouded in scaffolding and 400 businesses across Australia are owed $21 million.

Parliament House security upgrade derailed by construction firm Steelvision’s possible liquidation

Australians are asking how did we get here? Well, Islamophobia is practically enshrined as public policy | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian

The Silver Fern symbol of New Zealand is projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney on Saturday

Any 28-year-old Australian has grown up in a time racism was quickly ratcheting up in the country’s public culture

via Australians are asking how did we get here? Well, Islamophobia is practically enshrined as public policy | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Coalition’s phony war over coal

What do you do when the polls are against you and you don’t have a climate change policy? Start a fake internal war over coal, that’s what.

THE MEDIA suggests the Coalition is at war with itself over coal.

via EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Coalition’s phony war over coal

Advance Australia, the conservative GetUp!, comes to Tony Abbott’s rescue

Advance Australia will also campaign in support of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

Advance Australia has raised almost $400,000 it will use to shore up the positions of key Liberal Party conservatives ahead of the federal election – including that of former prime minister Tony Abbott.

The emerging grassroots organisation, which wants to be the conservative answer to left-wing activist group GetUp!, claims 27,500 members and a $395,000 war chest raised from 2000 “mainly small donations”. It will focus on the seats of Dickson, Deakin, Boothby and Warringah – held respectively by Peter Dutton, Michael Sukkar, Nicolle Flint and Mr Abbott.

accused Advance Australia of lying, and pandering to the wealthy member of its “advisory council” which is manned by storage magnate Sam Kennard, doctor David Adler, and former ABC chairman Maurice Newman, among others.

“Advance Australia is spending its secret funding to spread lies and do the dirty work of hard right candidates like Tony Abbott,” Mr Oosting said. “The hard right and their multi-millionaire backers like Maurice Newman have been trying to buy influence for years but what they lack is genuine grassroots people power.”

via Advance Australia, the conservative GetUp!, comes to Tony Abbott’s rescue

By stoking recession fears, Morrison highlights his own failure on economy | Business | The Guardian

Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg are presiding over a weak economy, and voters know it.

Morrison is right to say we are not in a recession, but he was also the one who warned this week that “the economy under Labor will be weaker than it is under our government”.

From someone who has presided over an economy that is weakening quite dramatically, that’s a pretty hollow statement which is clearly more about stoking fear of an ALP government than reality.

But as with all fear campaigns, evidence has a way of revealing the truth and destroying the fear. And the GDP figures this week did just that.

via By stoking recession fears, Morrison highlights his own failure on economy | Business | The Guardian

Morrison Government takes fearmongering to another level

They will make the nation suffer to win and promise everything (ODT)

It was just another week of lies from the Morrison Government, kickstarted this week by Energy Minister Angus Taylor.

via Morrison Government takes fearmongering to another level

Scott Morrison, Free Speech And Too Much Milo – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Ok, free speech and all that. But given the Minister can ban anyone on “character grounds”, do we really need to import another offensive racist bigot when we’ve got more than enough of our own? Jobs for Australians first, I say, and I thought surely Pauline would support me, but no. Pauline called the decision “weak” and “gutless” and lobbied the Immigration Minister, David Whatshisname. who responded with a show of strength and reversed the decision.

Yes, nothing demonstrates the resolve of the Morrison government like their handling of Milo. Honestly, if they were a jockey they’d be up before the stewards to explain why they were running dead…

Actually, when I look at the betting odds on the election and their performance, I do have to wonder if a large number of them haven’t put their money on Labor.

via Scott Morrison, Free Speech And Too Much Milo – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Could A Prime Minister Be Worse Than Tony Abbott? Unfortunately, YES!!! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It’s the same in preselection contests. The Liberals are against quotas because they think that women should get their positions on merit, while men should get them on the basis of who their friends are. (Warren Mundine, anyone?) Quotas, it’s argued, don’t allow the best person to be given the job. This sits oddly with the idea that the Nationals are entitled to certain number of ministries, but there’s surely a reason why quotas are good for the divvying up of ministries but not for ensuring female representation.

Yes, sorry, girls… Is it all right to call you “girls” or should I say “ladies”?

Anyway, sorry. Apparently, you’re allowed to “rise” but only if your success doesn’t come at the expense of a man.

Happy International Women’s Day

via Could A Prime Minister Be Worse Than Tony Abbott? Unfortunately, YES!!! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Good News according to Josh – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It is highly likely that the March 2019 quarter will be negative. But we won’t know that until the first week of June when, in all likelihood, a new Labor government will have only just been installed.

Once again, Labor will have to inject stimulus money to revive a weak economy and suffer the misfortune of an electorate that believes them to be an inferior economic manager. The irony is gobsmacking.

It happened in 2007, in 1983 and in 1972. It seems to validate the claim that Labor governments have to be twice as good as conservative governments, to be judged their equal.

Falling living standards are always the result of fiscal austerity, something for which conservative governments can pride themselves in excelling. This is what Labor will inherit. Once again, they will have to do the same job all over again.

via The Good News according to Josh – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Saving the Deal: cover-up over Northern Beaches Hospital sale to the Caribbean – Michael West

Presumably, the PR game-plan is to discredit the story – it’s a bit complex – as the work of a “blogger” who has his facts wrong. This is what PR does. Indeed it is also what sources in parliament have confirmed. They need to shut the story down, keep it out of the mainstream media, push it through the FIRB (foreign investment) approval process before the election.

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Nothing yet. The main answers are likely to be that the hospital (the bricks and mortar) are not being sold but the future cashflows of the hospital – that is the profits from the patients and health funds – are being sold.Further, the real cost of the transaction is likely to be much higher. It is in the public domain that the hospital cost $600 million to build and there were a further $400 million in costs from roadwork which were borne by the department Roads and Maritime Services.Then there is the $2.1 billion “total payments to the private operator” figure which was confirmed by the former Health Minister. What is this figure? What does it mean? Will the real cost of the transaction be far higher once this business ends up in the Caribbean?

via Saving the Deal: cover-up over Northern Beaches Hospital sale to the Caribbean – Michael West

We’ve had plenty of new jobs – but don’t believe the numbers

Well, a lot of their critics would be happy to tell you. They know the official unemployment figures understate the true extent of joblessness.

Did you realise, for instance, that the bureau counts you as employed even if you’ve worked for as little as one hour a week?

This means that, as well as the 680,000 people counted as being unemployed, there are another 1.1 million people who are under-employed – those who have a part-time job, but want to work more hours a week than they are.

Those 1.1 million represent 8.3 per cent of the “labour force” (all those with jobs or looking for jobs). Add that 8.3 per cent to the official unemployment rate and you get a total “labour under-utilisation rate” of 13.3 per cent.

via We’ve had plenty of new jobs – but don’t believe the numbers

The Australian Government — working for everyone except you

What I have listed above just touches on a few lowlights we have discovered about our Government this week. Feel free to add your particular lowlights below.

via The Australian Government — working for everyone except you

Paladin: Closed tenders and shady dealings

The Paladin Group is a small company with a shack on Kangaroo Island – until last week – as its head office.

After all the media interest, as well as a PO Box in Singapore, Paladin now has an office in Canberra. The phone might even work.

According to its website, Paladin is ‘… a leading provider of project support services in the Asia-Pacific.’

via Paladin: Closed tenders and shady dealings

Senior bureaucrats send a message to the Government and the Opposition – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Contrary to Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton the advice given to the ALP and the Government wasn’t that indicated by either of them or by the Murdoch Press. They in fact twisted the truth a polite way of saying the GOVRENMENT LIED. and intentionally SKEWED and MANIPULATED THE POLLS (ODT)

The political significance of his interventions are twofold — the first is that it makes clear the security establishment does not believe the legislative changes, of themselves, will spark a wave of new boat arrivals.

The second is that, just as Mr Lewis and Mr Pezzullo were sending a clear message to the Government to stop using their advice for political purposes, they are sending a message to Labor — as the alternative new government — that as long as they maintain a tough rhetorical and policy line on border protection, there is no reason to believe that Labor in government is a risk to border policy.

via Senior bureaucrats send a message to the Government and the Opposition – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Government prepares to remove 300 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru in first wave of transfers

Which of the men runs on the amoral belief the” end justifies the means”  and pretends he’s a Christian.It isn’t the leader of the ALP that trashe the Hippocratic Oath doctors take as being a threat that turns medical practitioners into activists and a national threat.

Scott Morrison saw how media enabled of community division and fueled the Cronulla Riots in 2005 and he immediately took it to his local branch of the Party and encouraged the use of  ethnic and racial division to raise the fear-meter in order to garner votes. While his rejected the Morrison tactic Tony Abbott haf no qualms in holding back and we’ve seen it applied time and time again. Yes it’s  back again now in full force. These good Christians family men like Morrison, Corman and Abbott have began calling the Asylum Seekers “Rapists” “Pedophiles” and worse for the simple purpose of garnering desperate votes.

With the help of Ch9 and News Corp and 2GB their PR machines ready to put profit before reality we have seen the  campaign of fear hate begin where hope of “political gain ought not justify the immoral means” being applied to asylum seekers as if they were cockroaches by our current LNP government. A legacy encouraged by Scott Morrison as far back as 2005 (ODT)

 

Labor workplace relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor said the Prime Minister had chosen to “misrepresent the truth” and “lie to the Australian people” in an attempt to gain political advantage when he should be safeguarding the national interest.

“Most remarkably and outrageously, we’ve seen him announce the opening of Christmas Island. Well if this wasn’t the biggest advertisement to people smugglers, I don’t know what is,” he said.

“To open up a taxpayer funded motel in Christmas Island to basically advertise to people smugglers in the region that indeed business is back – that is a desperate act.”

Former prime minister Tony Abbott said the Labor rules would mean people could “get on a boat, get to Nauru, get sick and get to Australia” – making no mention of the fact the new law did not apply to new boat arrivals.

Labor legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus said Mr Morrison had chosen to “endorse lies”.

via Government prepares to remove 300 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru in first wave of transfers

Stop trying to save the planet, Matthew Canavan tells Queensland government | Australia news | The Guardian

Matthew Canavan’s intervention was condemned as ‘epitomising the short-sighted political era we live in’.

Federal minister attracts ridicule after he says state should ‘concentrate on saving jobs today’ instead of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050

via Stop trying to save the planet, Matthew Canavan tells Queensland government | Australia news | The Guardian

Scott Morrison has brought out the ‘nuclear option’ and it doesn’t bode well – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scott Morrison stands at the despatch box frowning during Question Time

Coalition enters ‘death-rattle mode’

By contrast, the sense that the government is now in full death-rattle mode is more of a consensus opinion, to the extent that there was a widespread view as MPs and senators went home on Thursday and Friday that — as was canvassed in this space a few weeks ago — it was just not a viable option for the government to come back and sit out a period until a May election.

via Scott Morrison has brought out the ‘nuclear option’ and it doesn’t bode well – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Liberals left shaken by tough fortnight inside and outside of Parliament – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scott Morrison enters Parliament alone

In the topsy-turvy Liberal universe, just when the right is trying to tighten its grip on the throat of the party, the Government is haring off to the left, with this week’s legislation to allow it to break up recalcitrant energy companies.

As former deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop — who as a backbencher has become very forthright — said in the Coalition party room on Tuesday, “this is not orthodox Liberal policy”. Ms Bishop canvassed the danger of sovereign risk.
How the encrypted message access laws will affect you

The Government’s new laws force technology companies to let police access encrypted messages. Technology companies, human rights groups, lawyers and others aren’t happy.

To find a rationale for a frolic into what in other circumstances the Liberals would no doubt denounce as “socialism”, one might see it as driven by the veto of the so-called conservatives.

via Liberals left shaken by tough fortnight inside and outside of Parliament – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The government has not lost a vote like this since 1929. This is what it means

The Morrison government is a strong chance of being defeated in a vote in the House of Representatives, as a powerful crossbench joins Labor in an attempt to deliver the first such loss in almost 90 years.

The historic defeat on legislation is “not necessarily fatal” for the government, but it raises serious questions about the Coalition’s tenure.

via The government has not lost a vote like this since 1929. This is what it means

The Coalition’s ‘natural’ Government for Australian women

Analysis by the Australian Election Study of the 2016 Election found 7% more women voted Labor than men. Essential pollster and Guardian columnist, Peter Lewis, has suggested the gender voting gap explains Labor’s lead over the Coalition since the 2016 Election. He says if it were not for women voters ‘the contest would be line ball’. This is because men are split 50/50 on a two-party preferred basis between Labor and the Coalition while for women the figures are 56% for Labor and 44% for the Coalition.

via The Coalition’s ‘natural’ Government for Australian women

Why African Gangs Are More Dangerous Than Climate Change! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Take protecting our borders. We can’t have people arriving by boat because we need to protect our borders, we’re told. Compare that with their statements on globalisation and how we need to be part of the world. We need to knock down artificial trade barriers and invite the rest of the world in… even if they want to bring their own workers.

via Why African Gangs Are More Dangerous Than Climate Change! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Coalition ignores workers, veterans and refugees — but not war memorials

Today, the potential for economic, environmental and humanitarian change lies with workers just as it did after World War I, writes Canberra correspondent John Passant.

History can be a wonderful teacher. For example, in 1939 the U.S. turned back the boat, St Louis, with 939 Jews on board. They were fleeing Hitler and were seeking asylum.

The ship returned to Europe. Estimates are that 254 of the Jews sent back died in the Holocaust.

The “reasoning” from politicians was base and racist:

via The Coalition ignores workers, veterans and refugees — but not war memorials

Shackled by Ideology – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We are left disillusioned and feeling hopeless because our government is so shackled by ideology that it can scarcely move, so immobilized by fear of contravening its entrenched beliefs that it cannot solve our nation’s problems, so sterile of ideas that it cannot think clearly, plan strategically, or put into action the changes the nation desperately desires and needs.

Is it any wonder voters despair?

via Shackled by Ideology – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Anger over Tony Abbott’s Indigenous envoy role: ‘Haven’t we been punished enough?’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples co-chair Jackie Huggins speaks.

Aboriginal leaders say they are dismayed and disappointed by the proposal to appoint Tony Abbott as special envoy on Indigenous affairs to the Federal Government.

via Anger over Tony Abbott’s Indigenous envoy role: ‘Haven’t we been punished enough?’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Malcolm Bligh hits a Reef: Turnbull’s coal half billion handout may sink PM

Malcolm Turnbull has shown he’s Abbott’s Equal(ODT)

This week, we learned that $443 million of taxpayer funds were gifted to a charitable Foundation heavily supported by the fossil fuel industry without proper due diligence. As political editor Dr Martin Hirst writes, it might not save the Great Barrier Reef, but it might just sink Malcolm (Captain Bligh) Turnbull.

MALCOLM TURNBULL has been MIA for most of the past week, but he emerged on Friday to defend his “captain’s call” decision to grant a business lobby group over $440 million in funds without, it seems, any due diligence at all.

The Prime Minister claims the funding process was above board and transparent, but this has not satisfied anyone outside of the Liberal Party.

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