Category: Politics

The ridiculous state of politics in Australia – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Instead of accepting free tickets to attend sporting and cultural events, instead of posing for photographs, instead of marketing your family, instead of calling yourself by a nickname and putting your arm around anyone you are standing next to, how about you get back to the office and do the job you are being paid to do.

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Dear progressives: Craig Kelly, Abbott and Trump are making you their stooge | Simon Black | Australia news | The Guardian

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I had been noticing this sleight of hand for a while but it was finally crystallised last week after the climate zealot and federal politician Craig Kelly declared in a widely reported speech that we shouldn’t worry about climate change and that, rather than being the cause of global warming, “fossil fuels actually protect us”.

While this statement is incendiary, and stoked the outrage Kelly no doubt expected, there is nothing new or strange about it.
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Kelly has made extreme statements like this his stock-in-trade and you could substitute his speech for those by Tony “climate change itself is probably doing good” Abbott or Barnaby “people in the Kmart don’t care about the Paris agreement” Joyce.

Polarising figures win the numbers game almost by default – and not just with climate.

via Dear progressives: Craig Kelly, Abbott and Trump are making you their stooge | Simon Black | Australia news | The Guardian

Political lies before the eyes of God

In the U.S. election, Republican Donald Trump took lying to an unprecedented level. Obamacare, the Mexican wall, the war on coal, the environment and many more. And he’s still doing it at an alarming rate.

The same fascination for untruth by conservatives in America has been exported to Australia.

Think about this.

Do you shape the truth for the sake of good impression? On the other hand, do you tell the truth even if it may tear down the view people may have of you? Alternatively, do you simply use the contrivance of omission and create another lie?

I can only conclude that there might often be pain in truth, but there is no harm in it.

So, I have no hesitation, when identifying political liars, of placing the Prime Minister with other serial liars such as Greg Hunt, who continuously lied by omission when Environment Minister. Peter Dutton, who has recently mislead parliament and has lied about conditions on Nauru and Manus. Josh Frydenberg when Energy Minister and Malcolm Turnbull with reference to the South Australian blackouts.

More recently, we have Stuart Robert telling all sorts of lies to explain his $2,000 per month internet bill.

And, of course, the greatest liar to have ever walked the sacred halls of Government House, Tony Abbott.

via Political lies before the eyes of God

Hating Muslims in the Age of Trump: The New Islamophobia looks like the Old McCarthyism

It’s hard today even to imagine that, in the late 1980s, the rightwing Christian Voice Magazine published a “candidate’s biblical scoreboard,” urging its readers (and potential voters) to rate their politicians by how “biblically” they cast their ballots in Congress. One key measure of this: Did that legislator support the anti-Communist Muslim jihadis in Afghanistan, a cause warmly supported by evangelist Pat Robertson in his 1988 presidential campaign? Now, attempting to appeal to twenty-first-century evangelicals, President Trump has announced that “Islam hates us.”

The kaleidoscope of geopolitics and Islamophobia is now spinning so fast that it should make our heads spin, too. At times, it seems as if Donald Trump is the anti-Ronald Reagan of the twenty-first century, idolizing former KGB operative Vladimir Putin, but seeing former U.S. allies in the Muslim world like Pakistan as purveyors of “nothing but lies and deceit” — until, that is, with bewildering rapidity, he suddenly gives us the “good” (that is, oil-rich) Muslims again, willingly performing a sword dance with the Saudi royals, seemingly entirely comfortable with the scimitar of the Saracen.

like a modernized version of the rabidly anti-Communist McCarthyism of the 1950s. In fact, the endless demonization of Muslims may be less a cudgel to wield against the small Muslim-American community than against Democratic opponents who can be lambasted as “soft on terrorism” if they resist demands to demonize Muslims and their religion.

via Hating Muslims in the Age of Trump: The New Islamophobia looks like the Old McCarthyism

‘She just ended her career’: Taylor Swift’s political post sparks praise and fury | Music | The Guardian

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Endorsements of Democrats blasted by Republicans, white supremacists and Trump, who now likes her music ‘25% less’

via ‘She just ended her career’: Taylor Swift’s political post sparks praise and fury | Music | The Guardian

Sibling devilry: Republican hits back after family records ad for opponent | US news | The Guardian

Six of Paul Gosar’s nine siblings are featured in the attack ad.

Political attack ads can be vicious – but the jabs don’t normally come from the candidate’s own family. That, though, is what has happened to the Arizona Republican Paul Gosar. And then some.
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Six of Gosar’s nine siblings are helping his Democratic opponent by starring in a series of campaign messages. As news of the ads spread on Saturday, Gosar responded defiantly, calling his brothers and sisters “disgruntled Hillary supporters” of whom “Stalin would be proud”.

via Sibling devilry: Republican hits back after family records ad for opponent | US news | The Guardian

The perplexing ugliness of recent weeks gives leadership a bad name – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A country left out in the cold (ODT)

But the reality is, of course, that leadership coups have nothing to do with actual leadership.

The perplexing ugliness of the last few weeks — and indeed much of the past decade — concerns struggles for power rather than leadership. They have involved struggles for jobs that give the authority and power of a leader.

It says much for the derelict state of our politics that the focus is on how he learns to lead his own party, rather than the country.

via The perplexing ugliness of recent weeks gives leadership a bad name – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Conflict avoidance | Overland literary journal

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It was all rather … chummy. So much for the supposedly fierce opposition between the two leaders and their parties; so much, indeed, for the notion that politics is fundamentally divided along lines of conflict (most notably, the conflict between capital and labour), and never the twain shall meet. Reading Shorten’s statement, it was hard not to feel that the sound and fury regularly witnessed in parliament was all for show: a rather hollow performance, after which the actors retired to some backstage party to which we were not invited.

Finally, it is worth recognising that the insistence on respect and basic camaraderie reflects only the interests of politicians, not the mood of the public. To return to the Liberal leadership spill, it’s telling that the only statement to really ‘cut through’ – that is, to genuinely connect with how people outside the Canberra bubble were feeling – wasn’t Shorten’s sycophantic statement about Turnbull or any of the other platitudes mouthed by politicians and figures in the media. It was Richard Di Natale’s screaming rant in the Senate, in which he eviscerated the Coalition as self-interested, power-hungry egoists who ‘deserve to be turfed out’. This was enthusiastically received by a public who had, perhaps, grown a little weary of all that respect.

via Conflict avoidance | Overland literary journal

Two quotes reveal problem at heart of Australian politics

 

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Joyce is correct that many people have no feeling for the Paris Agreement. But I want, and this nation needs, leaders who are high-minded enough to pursue what is right. In the case of the Paris Agreement, the best scientific minds in the world have come up with this international accord to reduce emissions as our best hope of limiting the damage of climate change.

via Two quotes reveal problem at heart of Australian politics

Labor refers Liberal, National MPs to police in new rorting claim

The Labor Party has referred a number of Liberal and National Party MPs to Victoria Police for investigation, claiming they inappropriately used electorate office staff for political campaigning during normal business hours.

“It’s clear that a significant number of ministerial advisors did not take leave during the caretaker period and instead worked at the direction of then Liberal Party state director, and now convicted criminal, Damien Mantach.

“This allowed the Liberal Party to access taxpayer-funded expenditure in the order of $2 million for the Liberals’ re-election campaign.

“The Liberal Party and National Party refused to have the behaviour of their own MPs investigated by the Ombudsman – they can no longer hide from that scrutiny.”

Victoria Police confirmed it had received a letter from Mr Merlino requesting police investigate payment of government ministerial staff during the election campaign period of 2014.

via Labor refers Liberal, National MPs to police in new rorting claim

Veterinarians Won’t Use This Gas to Kill Animals, but 3 States Want to Use it on Prisoners – Mother Jones

Undeterred by a shortage of drugs used for lethal injections and capital punishment’s waning popularity, states that still practice the death penalty are seeking alternative ways to kill death row inmates. The latest suggestion? Death by nitrogen gas, a method that has never been used before.

via Veterinarians Won’t Use This Gas to Kill Animals, but 3 States Want to Use it on Prisoners – Mother Jones

Mike Cannon-Brookes warns Atlassian may move headquarters from Australia

Tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes has said the federal government migration policies may force his software company Atlassian to move its global headquarters away from Australia to attract talent.

via Mike Cannon-Brookes warns Atlassian may move headquarters from Australia

The wheels have fallen off | The Monthly

Cory Bernardi on RN Breakfast this morning that he was aware of other ministers having sex with staffers. Paul Keating used to say good policy was good politics. Those were the days.

Apparently MP’s according to MP’s is that they are not bound by any rule other than don’t get caught. Journalists align themselves for information from inside of politics on the understanding that they never publicize or inform the public on the true nature of those that help them in their craft. It seems it’s a very closed industry which makes the public despondant and wise due to the fact that they above all are most aware of their ingnorance. It’s strange that silence is the currency of the elite wealthy corporate and political classes. Andrew Bolt readily attacks those he regards as the left on every singular aspect of their lives and trangressionsthat go back in  years and never accepts the changes that have occurred in their lives. How often have we seen him reveal the past lives of people in the audience of Q&A no quarter given or the rule of privacy there.

“In this ideas vacuum, and apparently timed minutely to the PM’s departure overseas, former prime minister Tony Abbott is grabbing headlines again [$], with a new big idea of winding back Australia’s annual immigration intake to the levels seen in the Howard years, from 190,000 to about 110,000 a year. In typically partisan fashion, Abbott says if the policy outrages the Labor Party, “so much the better”. ” This shows the  impossible problem solving nature of Mr Nope Nope Nope when it comes to politics of Abbott compared to what we once experienced with Bob Hawke and Australia moved forward.

The wheels have fallen off | The Monthly

The Law – » The Australian Independent Media Network

With the hounding down of Sam Dastyari today we saw the reality of a new political low in Australian culture. We witnessed for the first time in our political history the mainstream media (MSM) take control of political agenda and with the least assistance possible from the political opponents of the ALP, hunt down and destroy a member of the Senate of the Democratic state of Australia.

This throws a new light on the MSM and whose interests it is serving … in particular concerning the National Broadcaster – which is supposed to run neutral on political issues – yet we witnessed time and again a unilateral position taken on the cause of the Dastyari affair … while scant mention of the members of the Government receiving and even inviting donations of sometimes much greater figures from the very same source.

The Law – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Replacing Neoliberalism: A model for the future – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Neoliberalism is in its death throes around the world. In the United States the wealth gap between the poorest and the richest is at an all time high, and in Australia – though the gap is not yet as bad – we are heading in the same direction. Increased globalization has led to a massive offshoring…

Source: Replacing Neoliberalism: A model for the future – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Momentum builds for postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage as Tony Abbott offers support

Constitutional law professor George Williams said a postal vote would be “dangerous and unwise”.

Does Abbott ever look anybody in the eye?

Source: Momentum builds for postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage as Tony Abbott offers support

Malcolm Turnbull must take on Tony Abbott over renewables

Moreover, as opposition leader, Abbott elevated negativism to an art form, so it was a big ask for voters suddenly to accept his credentials as a reformer. He wants them now to accept that he is the champion of low priced energy, when his attempt to close down the renewables industry saw investment fall by about 80 to 90 per cent, and about 15,000 jobs squandered.

Source: Malcolm Turnbull must take on Tony Abbott over renewables

Sorry, centrist liberals, the politics of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are the progressive path forward – Salon.com

Blairites and Clintonites must bring themselves to admit that “third way” centrism is a relic of the past

Source: Sorry, centrist liberals, the politics of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are the progressive path forward – Salon.com

Religion out, nationalism in: Will Hamas’ charter divide the movement? | +972 Magazine

Hamas new ‘Document of Principles’ ditches Islamism for frank positions on borders, international law, and human rights. But can the movement maintain unity as it inches closer to the ideas held by its rivals in the PLO? By Menachem Klein (translated by Philip Podolsky) Hamas’ recently-revised charter, titled “Document of General Principles and Policies” sees the group go down a path that could eventually result in its fracturing. Once it chose to depart from the simplistic and monolithic guidelines of the Islamic Charter, it had no choice but to acknowledge the ideological differences that drive the movement’s leadership apart (as do the inevitable power…

Source: Religion out, nationalism in: Will Hamas’ charter divide the movement? | +972 Magazine

Why a Far-Left Government is Essential – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Christian Marx In the past 40 years the Western political narrative has shifted sharply to the right. Since the late 1970s left-wing governments have become proponents of Neoliberalism, while right-wing governments are on the verge of Fascism, in some cases, such as America, they are now indeed Fascist. The Labour parties around the world…

Source: Why a Far-Left Government is Essential – » The Australian Independent Media Network

One Nation former candidates, party insiders reveal Pauline Hanson’s ‘brutal dictatorship’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party is accused of intimidating and financially pressuring its own candidates and senior staffers.

Source: One Nation former candidates, party insiders reveal Pauline Hanson’s ‘brutal dictatorship’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Bernardi, Trump and ‘religious freedom’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Brian Morris Religious institutions will feel a pressing need to regain the initiative following damning revelations from the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse. With renewed calls for a parliamentary conscience vote on marriage equality — and foreshadowed legislation on voluntary euthanasia in three states — one may assume the churches will resume their…

Source: Bernardi, Trump and ‘religious freedom’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Not funny”: Donald Trump and his team condemn “Saturday Night Live” and its “mean-spirited” jokes – Salon.com

“SNL” becomes a target as Donald Trump and his aide Sean Spicer don’t find the show’s attacks funny VIDEO

Source: “Not funny”: Donald Trump and his team condemn “Saturday Night Live” and its “mean-spirited” jokes – Salon.com

Day to Day Politics: The Trump Report. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Tuesday 6 December 2016  Author’s note. The arrival of a blatant liar, one who has taken it to unprecedented levels, as the 45th President of the United States necessitates close scrutiny. The Trump report will appear regularly in Day to Day Politics. We have reached the point in politics where TRUTH is something that politicians…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The Trump Report. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Family First, conservative Christians join the Victorian Liberals

Conservative Turnbull Government MPs are recruiting members of hardline micro parties such as Family First and the Australian Christians, in a move described as a “horrifying” lurch to the right that could thwart the Liberals chances at the next state election.

Source: Family First, conservative Christians join the Victorian Liberals

Day to Day Politics: America v Australia. How did it come to this? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tuesday November 8 How did it come to this? Australians have always had a sort of love-hate relationship with America. Whilst we come from an English heritage, it has been the United States that has had the most influence on our maturing as a nation. You agree, guys? Rightly or wrongly we have blindly followed them…

Source: Day to Day Politics: America v Australia. How did it come to this? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Speaking words that matter. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Monday 17 October 2016 Words crafted with logic and delivered with emotion have throughout history, by their authority, often changed the course of history. In my library I have two books of great speeches. The first is called ”Great Speeches”- words that shaped the world. The second is titled ”Great Australian Speeches”. They contain the…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Speaking words that matter. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Politics As Satire: What Have Donald Trump, John Howard, Tony Abbott And Malcolm Turnbull Got In Common? – New Matilda

That question sounds like the start of a bad joke. And if you look too closely, you’ll realise your society might just be the punchline. Sean Hosking picks at the bones of neo-liberalism and fear-based politics. If you thought the Donald Trump presidential campaign couldn’t get any more bizarre, the documentary maker Michael Moore recentlyMore

Source: Politics As Satire: What Have Donald Trump, John Howard, Tony Abbott And Malcolm Turnbull Got In Common? – New Matilda

The archetypal dilettante – » The Australian Independent Media Network

You have to hand it to Tim Wilson.  He is the archetypal dilettante – a man who swans around the world at other people’s expense having a fat old time doing SFA. In a 2014 interview, he revealed his tactics for self-promotion. He became heavily involved with student politics, eventually becoming president of the Student…

Source: The archetypal dilettante – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: What others say about . . . – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Day to Day Politics: What others say about? Friday  July 22 2016 A selection of thoughts from my many friends who express opinions. 1 Tim Leeder: ”Less than half of Australians want a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, with support plummeting once voters are aware that the Turnbull Government’s proposal will cost $160 million but not…

Source: the $2.55 billion emissions reduction fund – which pays farmers and business to reduce CO2 – as Australia’s climate policy centerpiece.The Australian Independent Media Network

Election 2016: Indigenous MP Linda Burney labels One Nation founder Pauline Hanson ‘ignorant’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The first Indigenous woman elected into the House of Representatives labels Pauline Hanson ignorant.

Source: Election 2016: Indigenous MP Linda Burney labels One Nation founder Pauline Hanson ‘ignorant’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘It Was This Big’: Labor Revives Massive Marine Reserves Plan Abbott Obstructed – New Matilda

A world-leading system of Marine Reserves to protect Australia’s oceans, which was put on hold when the Abbott government came to power, is back on the cards after Labor announced that if elected it would seek to finish what it started. The plan was unveiled by Tony Burke in 2012, and involves protections for anMore

Source: ‘It Was This Big’: Labor Revives Massive Marine Reserves Plan Abbott Obstructed – New Matilda

Tony Abbott a potential problem for Liberal MP | SBS News

Labor is hoping to capitalise on rumblings about Liberal MP Fiona Scott to recover the western Sydney seat of Lindsay she won at the last election. Ms Scott won with help from then prime minister Tony Abbott, who famously declared her to be feisty and to have a bit of sex appeal. [node_list title=”related reading” uuid=”7359fddc-f03f-41f1-b14c-028b01aafb6e”] Marcus Cornish, a councillor on Penrith Council, said she only won because of Tony Abbott’s support for her campaign, including his “sex appeal” comment.

Source: Tony Abbott a potential problem for Liberal MP | SBS News

LSD frees mind to be more like a baby’s, brain scans show with drug linked to improvements in ‘well-being’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scientists scan the brains of people using LSD, finding the drug frees the brain to become more like the mind of a baby.

Source: LSD frees mind to be more like a baby’s, brain scans show with drug linked to improvements in ‘well-being’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Day to Day Politics: Is the IPA getting its way? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday March 13 2016 The Insidious Invasion of the IPA into Australian Politics, or Public Apathy and 75 Ideas to Make You Shudder. The Institute of Public Affairs is a free market right-wing think tank that is funded by some of Australia’s major companies and is closely aligned to the Liberal Party. In April 2013…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Is the IPA getting its way? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Stan Grant says he is open to career in politics to advocate for Indigenous Australians | Australia news | The Guardian

Guardian Australia’s Indigenous Affairs editor tells ABC’s Q&A program the positive response to his racism speech made him consider the ‘responsibility and obligation to the words in that speech’

Source: Stan Grant says he is open to career in politics to advocate for Indigenous Australians | Australia news | The Guardian

Trendy electoral superheroes: from the Americas to Europe, the populists confront us

Populist politicians are on the march, first in Latin America, then in Europe and the US. They are on both the left and right, and their policies vary, but their approach carries the same risks.

Source: Trendy electoral superheroes: from the Americas to Europe, the populists confront us

Swedish police accused of covering up sex attacks by refugees at music festival | World news | The Guardian

PM says police report’s failure to mention incidents at 2014 event amounts to ‘double betrayal’, while reports emerge on New Year’s Eve attacks in Malmö

Source: Swedish police accused of covering up sex attacks by refugees at music festival | World news | The Guardian

What is Neo-liberalism and why knowing matters? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I have said it before but it deserves repeating. Democracy is not failing us; it is we who fail democracy when we fail to actively engage with it. Democracy, as we practice it today, has lost its essential direction and has been usurped by a divisive creed full of vitriolic, jingoistic spin.  Over the past…

Source: What is Neo-liberalism and why knowing matters? – » The Australian Independent Media Network