The Remuneration Tribunal has awarded Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton and all MPs their largest pay rise in the last decade. From July 1, they will enjoy a 2.75 per cent pay rise, meaning Albanese’s salary will rise to more than $564,000 and MPs will earn $217,060 plus their allowances.
Source: Federal politicians awarded 2.75 per cent pay rise
The challenge of professing to be a religious politician professing adherence to the Judeo-Christian faith, their responsibilities are clear. They must always tell the truth, serve the poor first and foremost, redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor, welcome migrants and refugees, prosecute those who engage in corruption and refrain from self-aggrandizing attention-seeking. If ministers live by these teachings, there will be no question about the validity of their religious faith.
Source: The perils of politicians praying in public
Angus Taylor has previously denied on the record that he intervened in the investigation of the alleged illegal clearing of the critically endangered grasslands on the property near Delegate.
In April, in response to the issue being raised in Senate estimates, a spokesperson for the minister told Guardian Australia: “The minister has not made any representations to federal or state authorities in relation to this investigation.
via Angus Taylor met with environment department even as it investigated company he part-owns | Australia news | The Guardian
There are examples of politicians voluntarily reducing their pay in recognition of the equality gap between politicians and the people they represent. The Brisbane Greens councillor Jonathan Sri donates half his annual salary of $157,782 to charities. Another housing activist turned politician is the Barcelona mayor, Ada Colau, who cut salaries and benefits for officials in Barcelona on her election, and slashed her own salary from €140,000 to €28,600. In Australia, no major political party is now advocating for a reduction in the base pay for federal members and senators.
via Ask a policy expert: How much do we pay for our politicians? | Australia news | The Guardian
The Hippocratic Oath pits the Liberal Party against Medicine. Politicians are better judges of illness because doctors can’t be trusted as Tony Abbott ex- trainee priest and PM Scott Morrison devout Christian say “doctors are too compassionate” Their justification is a rumoured ASIO leak that sounds more Trump than Australian. This Bill will allow the currently detained murderers,drug traffickers criminals and pedophiles into the country. How Trumpster fearmongering is that? How amazing as soon as your’e elected to politics you become smarter than a Doctor, know all about climate science and have direct access to god.(ODT)
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared the government will not negotiate over a bill giving doctors more say in treating sick refugees, setting up a pre-election battle on border security if Labor votes for the legislation next week.
via ‘No middle ground’: Morrison digs in on asylum seeker medivac bill
As I read the principles and recommendations from the ASX, the thing that struck me most forcibly is that there are no similar expectations or accountability for government and parliamentarians.
via Why should our politicians be the only people who are unaccountable? – » The Australian Independent Media Network
This week we discuss ex-MP Matt Brown’s terrible excuse for being caught with the drug ice. Possibly the worst ever? We look also look at some of the ‘great’ political excuses of our time.
We weigh in on misogyny in federal parliament and Sarah Hanson-Young’s stunning speech in reply to Nationals Senator Barry O’Sullivan’s smutty stupidity. And we take a look at the right-wing of Australian politics, and why they’re so damned odious.
via PODCAST: News In Conversation – Drug Taking Pollies, Misogyny In Parliament, And The Stinky Right Wing – New Matilda
She was not the politician doing the apologising, but she was the only one the survivors really wanted.
Of all the politicians, Julia Gillard was the only one survivors really wanted
Let’s face it we’ve just seen how politicians have interfered with the Independance of the ABC on behalf of the MSM.Isn’t that illegal? (ODT)
By far the biggest share of declared federal donations comes from highly regulated industries – mining, property construction, gambling, finance, media and telcos – then unions.
This appalling record on federal disclosure, accountability and transparency tells us the public’s perception that our politicians are dishonest is of the politicians’ own making.
They do tout for donations. They could agree to end the election advertising war by imposing limits on donations and no longer have to prostitute themselves.
When both sides finally decide there’s not much glory in being in a despised and distrusted occupation, nor much joy in basing policy decisions on rewarding the most generous vested interests, they know where to start in restoring their reputation.
via What we do and don’t know about politicians and corruption
Delusion is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as:
‘An idiosyncratic belief or impression maintained despite being contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.’
The German Leadership tried to create just such an alternative reality as do Dutton and Molan
The Nazi leadership aimed to deceive the German population, the victims and the outside world regarding their genocidal policy toward Jews. What did ordinary Germans know about the persecution and mass murder of Jews? Despite the public broadcast and publication of general statements about the goal of eliminating “the Jews”, the regime practised a propaganda of deception by hiding specific details about the “Final Solution”, and press controls prevented Germans from reading statements by Allied and Soviet leaders condemning German crimes.
At the same time, positive stories were fabricated as part of the planned deception.
via How Dutton and Molan justify the heinous
Among the people who say they’re Coalition voters, support for Turnbull is emphatic at 74 per cent. “It’s interesting,” says the pollster, Jess Elgood, “Because it’s so overwhelming.”
In a democracy, you might think that the people’s wishes would weigh heavily on the elected representatives. But since 2010, the elected representatives have been much more interested in indulging their own ambitions and petty preoccupations.
“Talk of changing Malcolm Turnbull is in the Canberra bubble,” says Elgood. Which is exactly where a good many of his MPs and senators dwell.
via Fairfax/Ipsos poll: Coalition caught in cycle of vengeance
I recall the night when Penny Wong and Barnaby Joyce were on QandA together. They were discussing Marriage Equality, and Barnaby was spruiking the virtues of his Catholicism, putting Wong down for her immorality in the process.
For me, Mrs Joyce should be given all the sympathy we can muster and Barnaby Joyce is a disgrace to his family, his party, the electorate he represents and the people of Australia. Fancy giving him the distinction of the title Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.
“As deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce relentlessly, during the marriage equality debate, questioned the morality of thousands of our citizens as relating to his own particular Catholic beliefs. He can hardly complain if others question his.”
via Day to Day Politics: The saint of New England – » The Australian Independent Media Network
In isolation these may be vignettes. The trouble is they rehearse such resoundingly familiar themes. Ask the current Home Affairs Minister why it is that settling asylum seekers in Australia will unleash people-smuggling boats, but that settling them in America – as is slowly happening – somehow won’t, and you’ll be told that this is the advice the government has received. Well, really? It certainly doesn’t make intuitive sense, so how about you release that advice? Otherwise, we’re being asked to take a politician’s word for it, and however tempting that might once have been, what now that we learn such advice has been misrepresented in the past?
via Cabinet files reveal a dispiriting truth about how governments work
Trump claimed on Twitter that the terrorist attack involved “sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard”, despite no such information having been released publicly by police. He also blamed it on “loser terrorists”, promoted his travel ban and advocated a “proactive and nasty” policy against Islamic State.
Source: Theresa May rebukes Donald Trump over tube bombing tweets | UK news | The Guardian
Politicians are increasingly prepared to throw facts under the bus. But allowing misinformation to go unchecked can have dire consequences, writes Emma Alberici.
Source: Why do politicians get away with peddling porkies and ‘alternative facts’? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The overwhelming majority of D.C.’s Beltway Insiders think the American public is pitifully uninformed on government policy.
Source: Washington’s governing elites think we’re all morons, a new study says | VICE News
By James Moylan Our politicians have sold our country out from under the feet of the citizenry. We are no longer even the primary audience that our politicians are worried about. Policies are now crafted to be suitable to the Murdoch and Fairfax organisations and the big end of town. Exclusively. Common sense does not…
Source: Why our politicians suck – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Australia’s immigration minister Peter Dutton has come under fire for making light of rising sea levels affecting Pacific Island nations.
Source: Australia minister Dutton under fire for climate joke – BBC News