Category: LNP Policy

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

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

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On Saturday he said: “In terms of what Katherine Deves has said in the past, she has withdrawn those and she said they were insensitive.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

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

New Report Details Fracking’s ‘Widespread and Severe Harm’ to Health and Climate

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LNP Support FRACKING

Combining findings from more than 2,000 scientific and government studies, a report published Thursday details how hydraulic fracturing has “dire impacts on public health and the climate.”

“Fracking swings a wrecking ball at our climate.” Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York (CHPNY) released the eighth edition of their Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking, a comprehensive examination of the state of the hydraulic fracturing industry and its impacts.

“The scientific evidence reveals conclusively that fracking causes widespread and severe harm to people and the climate,” Sandra Steingraber, CHPNY co-founder and compendium co-author, said in a statement. “For over 10 years, individual studies have demonstrated impacts in multiple areas, including toxic air pollution, water contamination, radioactive releases, earthquakes, methane emissions, and much more,” she added. “The compendium takes stock of all the science together, which shows that continuing and expanding fracking brings with it a grave cost.”

Source: New Report Details Fracking’s ‘Widespread and Severe Harm’ to Health and Climate

Scott Morrison’s Icac claims are ‘absolute rubbish’, say transparency experts | Australian politics | The Guardian

Scott Morrison on the campaign trail in Queensland on Friday

Transparency experts have criticised as “absolute rubbish” Scott Morrison’s claims that the resignations of New South Wales Liberal premiers Nick Greiner and Barry O’Farrell show the Independent Commission Against Corruption is a “kangaroo court”. On the defensive after effectively ditching his commitment to create a federal anti-corruption body, Morrison complained on Friday that the NSW Icac had resulted in politicians quitting “too many times”.

Source: Scott Morrison’s Icac claims are ‘absolute rubbish’, say transparency experts | Australian politics | The Guardian

France’s Macron: “I am combating the Project of the extreme Right … which is to put an End to Renewable Energy”

We know where Morrison stands on Climate. He won’t put his signature to any International agreements while pretending and posturing he’s onside. Morrison is leaving it all up to the corporate world to solve  Climate Change. He isn’t about holding any hose he says.  It’s up to the commercial genius of the corporate world to save the planet according to the LNP. A world whose interests run counter to any effort or need to accelerate the transition to green energy as fast as possible. Never mind Morrison is lying while subsidizing the continued activity of Mining, export and Industry’s use of fossil fuels while saying. “I don’t hold the hose but making sure there’s only one hose to hold and it’s not green.

The two frontrunners in France’s presidential election who now face a run-off election against one another, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, have diametrically opposed stances on the climate emergency and renewable energy.

Source: France’s Macron: “I am combating the Project of the extreme Right … which is to put an End to Renewable Energy”

Questions raised over government scheme that left foreign workers with just $100 take-home pay – ABC News

Two men walk through a field of farming land.

The Australian Government has done nothing and as such has been a coconspirator in a blatant act of wage theft. Any prosecution of participants in this criminal might lose them potential regional voters while the victims have no voice as they are ineligible to vote.

But it doesn’t appear to be a small cohort and it has been allowed to happen under the Australian government’s very own labour hire scheme. The government’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) sets no limit to the amount of money an employer can deduct from a worker’s pay for costs incurred as part of that employment.

Source: Questions raised over government scheme that left foreign workers with just $100 take-home pay – ABC News

Australia wants a space industry. So why won’t we pay for the basic research to drive it?

Dutton TALKS  the TALK but never WALKS the WALK

In the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, India, South Korea, China, Russia, and United Arab Emirates – to name a few – basic research in space and planetary science, and science missions, are key elements in strategies to grow their sectors. In Australia, this kind of fundamental work only gets around A$2 million a year. It hasn’t budged in a decade.

Source: Australia wants a space industry. So why won’t we pay for the basic research to drive it?

Michael Pascoe: Federal and NSW Liberal Party delivering for developers

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No, you couldn’t make this up: With mud still being hosed out of destroyed houses, the NSW Planning Minister scrapped a two-week-old requirement to consider the risks of floods and fires before building new homes. Yes, the minister does have a reputation for listening to the property development industry which, unsurprisingly, endorsed his decision. Well, you know, it was “red tape”.

“The committee chair decided that the report would focus primarily on ‘market housing’ with ‘non-market’ housing for the growing number of ‘individuals and families who are unable to fully afford market prices’ relegated to a single chapter. That chapter was strongly influenced by the blanket statement that ‘the government should avoid being one’s landlord’.”

Source: Michael Pascoe: Federal and NSW Liberal Party delivering for developers

National security debate submerged under waves of bluster and spin

 Australia is “13 years and $3 billion” into the project and all we’ve got to show for it Peter Dutton is “a study into getting a nuclear submarine and now a study where we might put them”.

Source: National security debate submerged under waves of bluster and spin

Australia condemns Russia’s ‘brutal and unprovoked’ invasion of Ukraine | Ukraine | The Guardian

Scott Morrison

Not a word that Morrison’s media ally Rupert Murdoch is in America supporting Trump and Putin or that Morrison continues to follow GOP policies down the autocratic road. His cultural war on trans-gender children is straight from the GOP playbook. Meanwhile those he aligns with are actively supporting Russia.

The Australian prime minister has promised “further waves of sanctions” against Russians including hundreds of members of parliament as he condemned Vladimir Putin for the brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

Source: Australia condemns Russia’s ‘brutal and unprovoked’ invasion of Ukraine | Ukraine | The Guardian

PM seeks expanded powers to boot criminals

deport criminals coalition

If judges act according to the law and you don’t like their judgments. simply change the law. Further evidence the Morrison government has no regard for human rights. so if anyone is charged for civil disobedience say protesting against the government they can be deported if “foreign born” or “deemed a risk”. Morrison’s justification ” judges aren’t doing what Morrison wants”. Meanwhile Immigration in the past 8 years has become a total mess with a backlog of 330000 applications. We need to make sure we can “punt them out”. Given asylum seekers are already “deemed illegals” and aren’t of “Good Character”. It would seem Morrison wants no recourse for any appeals like the Biloela family detained for over 12 months.

Morrison’s Motive is clear however his definition of “objective laws” vague.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for the need for objective tests to be able to deport foreign-born criminals convicted of serious offences. The Coalition government is planning to reintroduce laws to parliament on Wednesday that would close a loophole to migration character test laws. Under the proposal, visas for non-citizens will be refused or cancelled if they’ve been convicted of a serious crime that’s punishable for more than two years in prison, served less than 12 months in prison or are deemed a risk to the community. Mr Morrison said judges in deportation cases had often handed down lesser sentences to get around existing character test laws to avoid people getting deported. “Judges are handing down sentences which enables people to get around this, and we need an objective test,” he told Sydney radio station 2GB. “We want to make sure we can punt them.”

Source: PM seeks expanded powers to boot criminals

Coal-based liquid hydrogen pivotal for green energy? The experts doubt it | Graham Readfearn | The Guardian

Suiso Frontier ship

Angus Taylor’s LNP Scam puts politics before science and the planet. Kowtowing to their donor class rather than the service of the nation.

The ANU’s Dr Fiona Beck says turning fossil fuels into hydrogen is always going to be dirtier than using renewables

Source: Coal-based liquid hydrogen pivotal for green energy? The experts doubt it | Graham Readfearn | The Guardian

Ripped off: NDIS users failed by clueless Coalition

This Government wants desperately to fund its history of financial mismanagement. So it turns to Welfare to pay. The negative consequences of LNP policies always seem to trickle up the positive down.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 was brought about to: ‘… support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers.’

It was not designed to pressure participants into fear-fuelled spending over claims that unspent funding results in irretrievable losses of funding that cannot be reallocated later according to changing needs.

It was not designed to inappropriately benefit the provider at the expense of the participant.

It was not designed for nefarious opportunists to help themselves at the expense of individuals already distrusting of the “kindness of strangers”.

These are but a handful of ways in which the NDIS continues to embed structural stigma into its delivery of services at large and in which the Coalition continues to ignore the humans floundering in the messes that ill-considered public policy maintains.

On this, I believe the Greens have it right — the Federal Government needs to #FixOurNDIS and fix it now.

Source: Ripped off: NDIS users failed by clueless Coalition

The atrocity of indefinite and arbitrary immigration detention must stop – support Andrew Wilkie’s Bill – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In February last year, Andrew Wilkie introduced a Private Members Bill, seconded by Zali Steggall, calling for an end to the immoral, illegal, and extremely expensive practice of indefinite and arbitrary immigration detention. In presenting the Bill, Wilkie drew attention to the staggering cost of this irrational cruelty. It costs approximately $346,000 to hold someone in immigration detention in Australia for one year but it costs only about $10,221 for a refugee or an asylum seeker to live in the community. In fact, the budget for our offshore detention is still running at about $1 billion per year. These figures are breathtaking and almost unbelievable.

Source: The atrocity of indefinite and arbitrary immigration detention must stop – support Andrew Wilkie’s Bill – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Charities are sick of fighting off attacks by the Morrison government | Andrew Leigh | The Guardian

'Traditionally, conservatives have respected the role of community groups, but that’s changed under the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison governments'

Since Abbott this government has made every effort to silence those who question what it is they are actually doing. The ABC, The UNHRC, and Independant Charities. But “don’t  look in the rear vision” is Morrison’s  catch cry because history reveals an ugly truth. You see just how downgraded Australia has become these past 8 years on every social metric and began with Abbott and has accelerated with Morrison. The only rapid advance we have made is down and when compared with other countries fast. We have done the LNP bungee jump and any seeming improvement has been from the bottom.

From the moment the Abbott government won office, the Coalition has waged war on charities. One of their first acts upon getting elected in 2013 was to try to demolish the charities commission, a one-stop shop for charities. Australia’s charities haven’t been silent in the face of the onslaught. They’ve written three open letters to successive Liberal prime ministers, complaining about the attempt to undermine the voluntary sector. They’ve held rallies and lobbied crossbenchers – most recently managing to see off a measure that would’ve allowed the commissioner to deregister charities if they held a protest that led to the blocking of a public footpath. Charities are sick to the gills of having to fight off the Morrison government. Through a recession and a pandemic, charities have supported vulnerable people, despite a precipitous decline in the rate of volunteering. When Australia was ranked last in the advanced world for action on climate change, environmental charities and business groups kept up pressure on the government for a meaningful response to the climate crisis.

Source: Charities are sick of fighting off attacks by the Morrison government | Andrew Leigh | The Guardian

Traffic laws abolished in NSW as residents are encouraged to show personal responsibility instead | The Chaser

Morrison and Perrottet guide to the road ahead.

Drivers across New South Wales will enjoy a raft of new freedoms from next week, with the abolishment of all of the states’ traffic laws.

Source: Traffic laws abolished in NSW as residents are encouraged to show personal responsibility instead | The Chaser

No, There Is No Such Thing as the Undeserving Poor

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

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

Schools can still expel LGBTQ+ kids. The Religious Discrimination Bill only makes it worse

The Religious Discrimination Bill is back, this time in its third iteration. The Coalition party room unanimously endorsed the bill on Tuesday, but a number of Liberal MPs voiced concerns about what it could mean for LGBTQ+ students and teachers at faith-based schools and universities. Attorney General Michaelia Cash has said no child should be “suspended or expelled from school on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity”, and that discrimination against students is “unacceptable”. However, the bill does nothing to protect LGBTQ+ students and teachers. It allows more, not less, discrimination by religious schools.

Source: Schools can still expel LGBTQ+ kids. The Religious Discrimination Bill only makes it worse

We must rapidly decarbonise road transport – but hydrogen’s not the answer

 Hydrogen has been touted as the fuel of the future, and the technology features prominently in the Morrison government’s plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Earlier this month the government unveiled its “future fuels” strategy to reduce emissions in the transport sector, committing A$250 million for battery electric vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure. And in September, it pledged almost A$500 million towards the Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs Program. Decarbonising transport is crucial in the fight to limit global warming to 1.5℃ this century. We estimate the sector contributes about 20% of global emissions – like burning two Olympic-size swimming pools filled with fossil fuels per minute, every minute of the year. But as independent researchers in transport emissions and energy, we believe the focus on hydrogen in road transport is misplaced.

Source: We must rapidly decarbonise road transport – but hydrogen’s not the answer

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

CMCT, NSW cemeteries, Dominic Perrottet

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

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

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

Voter ID bill may discourage turnout and no evidence it will prevent fraud, committee says | Australia news | The Guardian

Polling booth

The coalition LNP have simply become Trumper Republicans with no imagination of their own. They don’t simply want to trash Aussie votes but our system.

The Coalition’s voter ID bill may discourage people from voting and “no evidence” has been provided regarding how it could prevent fraud, a parliamentary committee has warned. The joint committee on human rights, chaired by Nationals MP Anne Webster, issued the warning in a report on Wednesday. It called on the special minister of state, Ben Morton, to explain how the bill would be effective and its impact on vulnerable groups.

Source: Voter ID bill may discourage turnout and no evidence it will prevent fraud, committee says | Australia news | The Guardian

Coal baron the frontrunner as Coalition finally unfurls climate technology which exists – Michael West Media

Vales Point Power Station, EVs, Trevor St Baker

Coal baron and Liberal donor Trevor St Baker is ripe for Scott Morrison’s electric vehicles (EVs) subsidies. Callum Foote reports on the commendable materialisation of a Coalition climate action technology. EVs won’t kill the weekend, and there’s every chance they won’t kill the Coalition’s friendliness to its mates. While the details of the big EV step-up are still being eked out to an eager Australian public, there is a bright future for a Liberal donor in this technological wonderland.

The media has been stunned with Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s majestic backflip, sorry “pivot”, on Electric Vehicles (EV), having just announced the Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy which centres on $250 million to build charging stations for EVs.

This is a first in the PM’s globally ridiculed Technology Roadmap because EV technology has actually been invented – unlike other unspecified future technologies upon which the Coalition is relying. Moreover, it is an unusually concrete announcement for the Coalition in that EV technology – unlike clean coal and clean gas (carbon capture and storage or CCS) – has a shot at working commercially.

It is therefore commendable that Scott Morrison, in the wake of Glasgow’s COP26 climate conference, has finally moved to embrace an authentic policy. Although, while typically short on detail, and long on Scomoesque public relations stunts, it appears that the spending may be targeted at least one prominent Liberal Party donor.

Source: Coal baron the frontrunner as Coalition finally unfurls climate technology which exists – Michael West Media

Coal plan in draft COP26 may be ‘rude shock’ for Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison coal stance will cause G7 regrets

Australia’s plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 does not involve a phase-out of coal, and ( PM Morrison says): “Australia’s coal and gas export industries will continue through to 2050 and beyond, supporting jobs and regional communities.”

“The pressure on Australia, both international and domestic, is just going to keep growing. And the cost will be felt not just in the loss of international reputation, but economic damage as the rest of the world moves faster, and starts to impose border tariffs on Australian exports.”

While Morrison says there is “no line in the sand”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly said he hopes the event will be a line-in-the-sand moment that would see “all the countries in the world … move off coal”.

Source: Coal plan in draft COP26 may be ‘rude shock’ for Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison spruiks electric vehicles – but rules out subsidies and an end-date for petrol cars

“What I said  I didn’t say and if I did it no longer applies because who knows what I might say tomorrow. Please just look at the fucking pictures” in the LNP fliers run by Rupert Murdoch and Peter Costello.

After demonising Labor’s policy on electric cars before the 2019 election, the federal government has put electric vehicles at the centre of a new “Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy” to be released by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday.

Source: Scott Morrison spruiks electric vehicles – but rules out subsidies and an end-date for petrol cars

The plan to tighten Australia’s voter ID laws is just a clumsy uptake of US culture wars | Jason Wilson | The Guardian

Australia polling place

With nothing but scandal after scandal not knowing what to do this government is following the footsteps of Trump’s Republicans and it’s obvious. Cobble the vote whereever possible and ensure the most vulnerable who the won’t help can’t vote. They are desperate to appear like a government rather than what they are, a ship of fools.

But while requiring IDs may materially help them in some close electoral contests, this is better read as a symptom of the Australian right’s stunning lack of imagination.

Australia has no voter fraud problem but the Coalition wants to look like it’s doing something

A proposal to tighten voter ID laws emanated from the Liberal party room last week.

It resembles many initiatives of the Morrison government, and most of the ideas which have emerged from Australian conservatism more broadly in the past decade or more, in that it is opportunistic, unoriginal, and so unnecessary as to be baffling.

It does not appear to be a response to anything that is actually happening in Australia.

There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Australia, where compulsory voting and universal electoral enrolment make voter fraud at scale almost inconceivable.

Source: The plan to tighten Australia’s voter ID laws is just a clumsy uptake of US culture wars | Jason Wilson | The Guardian

Morrison Government continues to trash Australia’s reputation on climate

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

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

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

JobKeeper, Bernard Arnaultld

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

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

Sussan Ley approves first coal project since court rules she owes children duty of care | Sussan Ley | The Guardian

Port Kembla steelworks and coal loading facility

Yes Minister and Politi-Speak : Sussan Ley controls the world’s coal demand and use

Ley wrote that she had found the mine’s expansion was unlikely to lead to an increase in global average surface temperatures, based on advice she received from the department. She said this was because the mine was unlikely to cause more coal to be consumed globally than would be consumed if she refused the project. She also found the project was unlikely to cause harm to human safety because it was likely that a comparable amount of coal would be consumed in its place if she rejected the development. She concluded that this meant the project would not result in an increase in global greenhouse gas emissions – a finding Lock the Gate labelled “bizarre”.

Source: Sussan Ley approves first coal project since court rules she owes children duty of care | Sussan Ley | The Guardian

Climate change has already hit Australia. Unless we act now, a hotter, drier and more dangerous future awaits, IPCC warns

Australia is experiencing widespread, rapid climate change not seen for thousands of years and may warm by 4℃ or more this century, according to a highly anticipated report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The assessment, released on Monday, also warns of unprecedented increases in climate extremes such as bushfires, floods and drought. But it says deep, rapid emissions cuts could spare Australia, and the world, from the most severe warming and associated harms.

Source: Climate change has already hit Australia. Unless we act now, a hotter, drier and more dangerous future awaits, IPCC warns

Public policy failure of Coalition’s vaccine rollout

Far worse than the ALP’s Pink Bats and how many has this government let die

Is the Morrison Government’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout program one of Australia’s biggest ever public policy failures?

Source: Public policy failure of Coalition’s vaccine rollout

Government rorts drop political integrity down another notch

Scott Morrison Bridget McKenzie

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

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

Source: Government rorts drop political integrity down another notch

NDIS independent assessments will be introduced this year despite concerns and mistrust

NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds remains committed to introducing legislation for independent assessments this year.

The new Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme has stood behind a plan to introduce independent assessments for people with disabilities by the end of the year, but conceded in budget estimates hearing the original plan needed more work. National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Linda Reynolds told senate estimates on Friday afternoon it became clear when she took on the portfolio there was “significant concern” about the independent assessment process and the way it was being communicated.

NDIS independent assessments will be introduced this year despite concerns and mistrust

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

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

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

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

Breaking: Number Of Australians Vaccinated Just Exceeded Number Of Government Announcements On The Subject! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Ok, here’s a brief timeline of events in the vaccine rollout. August 2020: Scott Morrison announces that Australia has secured 25 million doses of the Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccines and that it would mean “early access” for all Australians. The vaccines would be “as mandatory as you could possibly make it.”

Source: Breaking: Number Of Australians Vaccinated Just Exceeded Number Of Government Announcements On The Subject! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Chinese property developer wins funding for Aboriginal work-for-the-dole scheme | Indigenous Australians | The Guardian

File photo of cattle at the Northern Territory Cattlemen Association’s Bohning Yards, Alice Springs

Companies linked to tax havens and one of China’s wealthiest property developers have been handed federal government grants to employ remote Aboriginal work-for-the-dole participants under the 1,000 jobs program – a scheme that was supposed to primarily benefit Indigenous business. The $50m, 1,000 jobs program, which aims to generate employment for Aboriginal jobseekers and businesses in remote Australia, has created just 400 jobs in the two years it has been running. The program offers a wage subsidy to support businesses to take on Community Development Program (CDP) participants as new, ongoing employees for a minimum of 15 hours per week, making payments once an employer provides evidence of employment outcomes. Coalition scraps remote work-for-the-dole program for Indigenous Australians Read more When the former Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion launched the scheme in 2019, he said it would have “focus on supporting Indigenous businesses” and would help “businesses operating in remote Australia to expand”. Advertisement But the Guardian can reveal that among the companies approved to receive the payment are Shiying Yougawalla No.2 Pty Ltd and Argyle Cattle Company

Source: Chinese property developer wins funding for Aboriginal work-for-the-dole scheme | Indigenous Australians | The Guardian

Australian subsidies give oil refineries the whole carrot farm while electric vehicles get the stick | Richie Merzian | The Guardian

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (centre) visits. an oil refinery in Gladstone, Queensland, in January.

The federal government has announced a fuel security package to shore up Australia’s two remaining oil refineries, in Geelong and in Brisbane, with a hefty price tag of up to $2bn. Australia’s response to fuel security has been a hodgepodge of ineffective policies and taxpayer-funded subsidies, and this week’s announcement is another Band-Aid solution. It sits neatly in the budget alongside the $8bn in fuel tax credits (which is set to rise to just under $10bn in five years).

Source: Australian subsidies give oil refineries the whole carrot farm while electric vehicles get the stick | Richie Merzian | The Guardian

Snowflake’s Chance in Hell: prospects slim at best for PEP11 gas rig off the coast of Sydney – Michael West

PEP11

It is embarrassing enough that the government is even considering PEP11, the proposal to drill for gas directly off the coast of Australia’s most populous beaches and wealthiest economic zone. The final decision rests with Resources Minister Keith Pitt. Luke Stacey and Michael West report.

Source: Snowflake’s Chance in Hell: prospects slim at best for PEP11 gas rig off the coast of Sydney – Michael West

The Coalition is backing a gas plant that also runs on hydrogen. Is this the future or a folly? | Energy | The Guardian

The 316-MW Tallawarra B plant south of Wollongong in NSW is a peaking plant, designed to fire up when demand for electricity is high.

Climate science tells us the world will likely need negative emissions technology – drawing CO2 from the atmosphere – if it is to meet the objectives agreed in Paris six years ago. The emissions from the gas burned at the new plant will ultimately add to the CO2 in the atmosphere, and they are avoidable. To borrow a phrase, you cannot offset your way to zero.

Source: The Coalition is backing a gas plant that also runs on hydrogen. Is this the future or a folly? | Energy | The Guardian

Crocodile tears no mask for Coalition’s economic war on women – Michael West

March 4 Women

Well may Scott Morrison tear up as he relates how his daughters, wife and widowed mother drive his every decision. The facts are that every move of the Coalition government ensures women are poorer, more insecure at work and more vulnerable to violence on the job. The Industrial Relations bill pushed through last week is a final nail in the coffin for women. Alison Pennington reports.

Source: Crocodile tears no mask for Coalition’s economic war on women – Michael West

JobMaker scheme fails youth as super accounts drained and JobKeeper bypassed gig economy – Michael West

The Coalition government’s signature employment policy for young people JobMaker has created just 609 jobs. And thanks to the flawed design of JobKeeper, which shut out many young people from key financial support, superannuation accounts were emptied, for which the young will pay a heavy price down the track. Kathryn Daley, Belinda Johnson and Patrick O’Keefe report.

Source: JobMaker scheme fails youth as super accounts drained and JobKeeper bypassed gig economy – Michael West

State of Surveillance: Online Safety Bill captures the bad stuff but Commissioner’s powers too broad

State of Surveillance: Online Safety Bill captures the bad stuff but Commissioner’s powers too broad

State of Surveillance: Online Safety Bill captures the bad stuff but Commissioner’s powers too broad

by Samantha Floreani | Mar 30, 2021 | Business

The Online Safety Bill, if passed in its current form, could further undermine political accountability by ensuring footage of police violence or human rights abuses, for example, is taken down. That the government is not listening to concerns about the bill’s wide powers suggests some of the consequences may be intended. Samantha Floreani reports.

The Coalition, the Labor Party and the media

Political bias and the lack of diversity in Australia’s media have received increased attention since former PM Kevin Rudd began a petition for an inquiry regarding these issues. Australia’s media is the most concentrated of any democracy in the world. The largest stakeholders (and chairpersons) of the three largest media companies in Australia – News Corp, Nine Entertainment Co and Seven West Media – all have known links to the Liberal Party. The ABC is also chaired by Ita Buttrose, another person with links to the Liberal Party. This overwhelming ownership (and management) of Liberal-aligned persons in Australian media has resulted in obvious bias in Australia’s media content, which is hindering democracy.

Source: The Coalition, the Labor Party and the media

When will humanity, compassion, honesty and basic decency regain their places in our lives? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Since the Coalition won government in 2013, everything remaining that was good and worthwhile in this country has been trashed by the idiots who are theoretically in charge of running the country. All they are actually achieving is running us and our standards down to the level of the convicts and their keepers who first invaded this land. I am no Labor supporter, either, but I do want a government which shows a capacity to understand and cater for people’s needs. And, most importantly, recognises that equality of opportunity is a universal right! Instead we have a national government which has dragged a country, which once had enormous potential, into a ramshackle mess.

When will humanity, compassion, honesty and basic decency regain their places in our lives? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Higgins and Tame can’t do it alone: Men must step up

It was with a sense of exhaustion and despair that I attended the women’s March for Justice yesterday. I’ve been attending similar protests for most of my adult life and yet, here we are, facing a Federal Government that offers us less justice than any other in my memory.

Higgins and Tame can’t do it alone: Men must step up