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Dutton denies his questions are undermining the voice – Michael West

A hypothetical Referendum question: Do you want Health and Education Improved? Peter  Dutton would vote No! Because the Government hasn’t detailed how yet detailing how would constrain any attempt in the Constitution. Dutton is simply frozen in time and space unable to move forward or backwards.

The referendum is our pick of a race. The horse and cart come after, and which cart is to be decided after the question of a necessary race is confirmed.  Peter Dutton says do nothing because choosing a horse and cart comes first. He and the LNP have done just that nothing for a decade, 10 years of simply saying Nope Nope Nope and then leaving the ALP to clean up the LNP mess. Dutton did nothing about Housing, Education or Health. In fact, he has voted the worst Health Minister on record along with being nominated the worst Immigration Minister ever and is blaming the ALP after 9 months for the mess we are in. Australia we have been Privatised and are paying and feeling the pain of that pleasure yet again.

The opposition leader said he wanted to see legislation in parliament on what the voice would look like and how the body would operate.

Source: Dutton denies his questions are undermining the voice – Michael West

Addicted to donations: alcohol, gambling, fossil fuels, property sectors stump up big – Michael West

Gambling and alcohol industry donations

The Culture and Gatekeepers of Australia’s cash flow

Alcohol and gambling companies and their lobby groups donated $2.165 million to Australia’s major political parties in 2021-22, representing a 40 per cent increase on the previous year, an analysis of disclosure returns published this week by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) shows. Callum Foote reports.

Source: Addicted to donations: alcohol, gambling, fossil fuels, property sectors stump up big – Michael West

Israel to punish families of Palestinian attackers

Collective Punishment is an instrument of a number of fascist regimes throughout history. Israel is in complete denial that it belongs on such a notable list. However, it’s a practice once condemned by Jews in the past and is now common practice of a State that claims to represent them.

Israel has sealed the home of an east Jerusalem man who killed seven people outside a synagogue, in a preliminary step ahead of the expected demolition of the building, as two Palestinian men died from Israeli fire. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet approved an order to seal the home of a second Palestinian shooter — a 13-year-old boy who wounded two Israeli men in east Jerusalem on Saturday. His Cabinet also took steps toward approving other punitive measures against the families of Palestinian attackers, including potentially stripping them of citizenship rights and deporting them.

Source: Israel to punish families of Palestinian attackers

Old Dog Thought- Dutton’s Confusion is Just Illusion

PM challenges Liberals on referendum detail

“Pearson said detail would be in legislation made by the parliament but the referendum was about the constitution.

“It’s the parliamentarians who have the responsibility to come up with the detail,” he told ABC Radio.

“The Australian people are being asked to vote on a constitutional amendment. All of the power lies with the parliament and it’s a complete diversion to demand these details.”…

Fighting Fake News with REAL 29/1/23, Noel Pearson, Dutton,

Red flags abound for Shine Justice but “no win no fee” law firm no respond, nor PwC – Michael West

Shine Justice, Shine Lawyers

 

Editor’s Note: both Shine Justice and PwC were provided with detailed questions for this story. They declined to be respond. The author of the Shine investment report on which this story is based preferred to remain anonymous.

Being a law firm, Shine’s directors and executives would understand that the Corporations Act requires them to comply with Australian Accounting Standards (AASB). Auditor PwC would also be aware of this. Questions were put to Shine and PwC for this story but there was no response. An offer to meet to discuss the red flags covered by the investment report was also ignored.

Source: Red flags abound for Shine Justice but “no win no fee” law firm no respond, nor PwC – Michael West

Santos edges in on fracking the Liverpool Plains despite repeated denials

Gunnedah Shire

Santos is denying it, but local farmers on the pristine Liverpool Plains tell a different story. Santos is poised to start fracking in the Gunnedah Basin, Callum Foote reports.

Source: Santos edges in on fracking the Liverpool Plains despite repeated denials

Search is your Friend – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A search shows

Abbott’s is an adviser to the conservative lobby group Advance who are promoting a ‘no’ vote using advertising material that has been banned from a social media provider’s products because it is false.

Dutton hasn’t taken this step (Search) prior to releasing his letter of demands, it demonstrates that he is clueless despite having an array of party hacks and political staffers around him to ‘help’ him search out what he wants to know. If Dutton does already know how the process would work and still released his ‘questions’ – he is duplicitous at best. The information isn’t hard to find using your preferred search engine.

Albanese’s Government does show potential, Chris Bowen’s turning the Abbott era environmental ‘safeguard mechanism’ into something that actually works – gaining praise from industry participants in the process – is brilliance. Foreign Minister Penny Wong has managed to organise a number of discussions with other governments in our region that wouldn’t have been seen dead talking to the Morrison Government’s Ministers and Emergency Services Minister Murray Watt seems very capable in organising assistance in natural disasters in contrast to anyone in the former Coalition Government.

Source: Search is your Friend – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Democracy for All’: House Dems Introduce Bill to Overturn Citizens United

citizens united protest

Democratic Power is a right of the people, not Corporations and some Americans want Corporate control gone.

“It’s time to ensure our democracy works for all people by getting big money out of politics and ensuring every voter’s voice is heard,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

Source: ‘Democracy for All’: House Dems Introduce Bill to Overturn Citizens United

What To Do About America’s “Labor Shortage?” Easy. Pay People More. | The Smirking Chimp

In Australia LNP logic dictated cut welfare and wages and force them into the opportunity of 2-3 jobs to live.

If we want more people to take jobs and we wish to live in a decent society, the answer is to pay people more.

Source: What To Do About America’s “Labor Shortage?” Easy. Pay People More. | The Smirking Chimp

Past eight years the hottest on record: World Meteorological Organisation report

An island north of Athens on fire in 2021, as Greece grappled with its worst heatwave in decades.

And during this period Andrew Bolt an IPA world climate expert told us the planet was cooling.

The warmest eight years have all been since 2015, with 2016, 2019 and 2020 constituting the top three, says the WMO report.

An exceptionally strong El Nino event occurred in 2016, which contributed to record global temperatures.

Though temperature changes between years are often small, since the 1980s every decade has been hotter than the one before it, as predicted by climate change modelling.

Source: Past eight years the hottest on record: World Meteorological Organisation report

With Electric Vehicles, 90% of Americans would see Transportation Costs, CO2 Emissions Plummet

It’s simple do the math

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – A new University of Michigan study has shown that today, 90% of Americans would see lower transportation costs and lower CO2 emissions if they switched from a car with an Internal Combustion Engine or ICE to an electric vehicle (EV). They were only looking at the cost of running a car, so they did not include the cost of buying an EV, which is anyway plummeting. A Chevy Bolt can be had for as little as $19,500 with the $7500 Biden tax credit. The study is Jesse Vega-Perkins et al 2023 Environ. Res. Lett. 18

Source: With Electric Vehicles, 90% of Americans would see Transportation Costs, CO2 Emissions Plummet

‘No Say Day’: the Last Day Youth Voices are Represented in Parliaments Around the World – » The Australian Independent Media Network

According to Sky News’s Andrew Bolt the youth of the world should have no say. Children need to be trained to obey their elders.

Public opinion is widely in favour of fairer political representation for young people. According to The Body Shop’s largest-ever global survey**, two thirds of people agree that the age balance in politics is wrong.

Source: ‘No Say Day’: the Last Day Youth Voices are Represented in Parliaments Around the World – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Contrary to the NYT, the Problem in An Aging Society is Income Distribution – CounterPunch.org

This means that the reason older people are unable to retire in these countries is not the aging of the population, but the political decision to not provide adequate support for the elderly population. In short, the problem is political, not demographics.

Source: Contrary to the NYT, the Problem in An Aging Society is Income Distribution – CounterPunch.org

Old Dog Thought- Boxing Day Sales run 24/7, If 50%off is the “new normal” Isn’t it illegal to keep saying it’s discounted?

May be a cartoon of text

Fighting Fake News with REAL 8/1/23, Australia in pictures, Nauru and the the US private prison operator, Aukus deal questioned by America,

How Do You Mourn the Death of an Israeli Democracy That Never Was? | The Smirking Chimp

But while Palestinians and their Arab allies have been largely consistent in recognizing extremism in the various Israeli governments, what excuse do the US and the West have in failing to recognize that the latest Netanyahu-led government is the most rational outcome of blindly supporting Israel throughout the years?

In March 2019, Politico branded Netanyahu as the creator of “the most right-wing government in Israeli history,” a sentiment that was repeated countless times in other western media outlets.

Source: How Do You Mourn the Death of an Israeli Democracy That Never Was? | The Smirking Chimp

After Brexit and Trump, rightwing populists cling to power – but the truth is they can’t govern | Jonathan Freedland | The Guardian

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (second from right) with staffers during the ninth round of voting at the US Capitol in Washington, Thursday 5 January.

If they can’t elect their speaker how can the expect to govern?

There has been a karmic pleasure in watching the Republicans who won control of the House of Representatives struggle to complete the most basic piece of business – the election of a speaker – but it’s also been instructive, and not only to Americans. For it has confirmed the dirty little secret of that strain of rightwing populist politics that revels in what it calls disruption: it always ends in bitter factional fighting, chaos and paralysis.

Source: After Brexit and Trump, rightwing populists cling to power – but the truth is they can’t govern | Jonathan Freedland | The Guardian

Trump Likely to Be Indicted, Will End Life ‘Behind Bars,’ Congressman Says

Trump likely to be indicted: Raskin

Will he go the way of Weinstein, Capone or simply the first corrupt President who stole secret documents? Or will he go as all three?

Former President Donald Trump will likely be indicted and spend the rest of his life “behind bars,” Representative Jamie Raskin said Saturday.

Source: Trump Likely to Be Indicted, Will End Life ‘Behind Bars,’ Congressman Says

‘Most serious loss’: Liberal election review singles out Morrison

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Everyone’s best mate on TV was singled out by his own Party in The Liberal review and report of the election

A review of the Liberal Party’s federal election defeat has found the result was the “most serious loss” for the party in its political history – and singled out Scott Morrison as a key factor.

Source: ‘Most serious loss’: Liberal election review singles out Morrison

Peter Dutton the wrecker: that’s the label he risks being stuck with

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Opposition Leader Peter Dutton.

The have nothing to bring to the table other than NOPE NOPE NOPE. Will Abbott be called back?

Anthony Albanese has consciously changed the way Labor governs. But Peter Dutton doesn’t want to change the way the Liberal and National parties oppose. One man is trying to exorcise the ghosts of the past while the other wants to revive them.

Source: Peter Dutton the wrecker: that’s the label he risks being stuck with

Stuart Robert ducks question about offshore business

Stuart Robert

Should we be surprised?

Coalition financial services spokesman Stuart Robert is refusing to say whether he had been doing business with an offshore entity controlled by his business partner while also serving as a minister.

Source: Stuart Robert ducks question about offshore business

Putin’s Puppet Throws A Fit Over Zelensky Being Named Time’s Person Of The Year | Crooks and Liars

Putin's Puppet Throws A Fit Over Zelensky Being Named Time's Person Of The Year

Japan had Tokyo Rose Russia has Moscow’s Tucker for supper

Tokyo Rose (alternative spelling Tokio Rose) was a name given by Allied troops in the South Pacific during World War II to all female English-speaking radio broadcasters of Japanese propaganda.[1]

 Her German counterpart was Axis Sally, played by an American woman who was born in Portland in 1900.

‘ Axis Sally’ Is Found Guilty; Sentence on Treason Delayed; Jury, Deliberating More Than 17 Hours, Convicts Her for Participating in Nazi Broadcast to Discourage 1944 Invasion LEAVING COURT AFTER TREASON CONVICTION AXIS SALLY’ FOUND GUILTY OF TREASON

There are few things more grotesque than watching Tucker Carlson rail against Ukraine’s effort to defend itself against the Russian invasion, repeating almost verbatim what you hear on KremlinTV. In most countries, Carlson’s naked propaganda on behalf of Russia would be banned from the airwaves. “Zelensky is far closer to Lenin than to George Washington. He is a dictator…A dangerous authoritarian who has $100 billion in U.S. tax dollars to erect a one-party police state in Ukraine,” spewed Russian puppet Tucker Carlson.

Source: Putin’s Puppet Throws A Fit Over Zelensky Being Named Time’s Person Of The Year | Crooks and Liars

The Nationals’ guilt-edged reason to oppose the Voice

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The Nationals’ announcement that it will oppose the Indigenous Voice is all about pathetic internal Coalition politics and a whole lot more

It is possible the National Party’s sudden announcement that it will oppose the Indigenous Voice is primarily about pathetic internal Coalition politics, as the ABC’s David Speers has reported.

But there is a deeper, darker reason the Nationals were always going to oppose the Voice: The inability of much of their country base to come to terms with their heritage, with their families’ pasts, with the source of their wealth.

The psychology of denial runs very deep. Odds are there are National Party Boomer elders whose grandparents were involved in “dispersal” – the euphemism for genocide in Queensland and throughout Northern Australia. If not grandparents, then certainly great-grandparents.

Those forebears had to inculcate values in their children that justified massacres, theft and dispossession. Who wants to be proud of what they’ve built when it has been built on murder?

Source: The Nationals’ guilt-edged reason to oppose the Voice

Jeff Bezos shocked to learn millions of others also giving away their money to society through obscure system known as ‘paying tax’ | The Shovel

Just days after proudly announcing he would be giving away his wealth for the benefit of society, the world’s fourth richest man Jeff Bezos was astonished to learn that millions of other people are already contributing their money to worthy causes via an age-old mechanism known as ‘the taxation system’.

Source: Jeff Bezos shocked to learn millions of others also giving away their money to society through obscure system known as ‘paying tax’ | The Shovel

Victorian election 2022: Liberal leader Matthew Guy ignored warnings about Renee Heath’s religious views

Liberal members warned Matthew Guy about Renee Heath weeks ago, but were ignored. 

At least nine senior Liberal Party members wrote to Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and other party leaders weeks ago to sound the alarm about the political risks of candidate Renee Heath’s controversial religious views, but were dismissed or received no response.

Source: Victorian election 2022: Liberal leader Matthew Guy ignored warnings about Renee Heath’s religious views

School education: designed to fail? – Pearls and Irritations

Woman is sitting at a table with her head on a pile of books. Concrete wall background with education icons and a graduation hat above her.

Is this the case here in Australia? Is this what the LNP want and expects of Education?

Education is a fundamental human right and the bedrock of sustainable development: it contributes to all three dimensions of sustainable development – social, economic, and environment – and underpins governance, and security of the individual. The interconnected dividends that result from investments in equitable quality education are immeasurable – generating greater economic returns and growth for individuals and societies creating a lasting impact on public health, decent work and gender equality, and leading to safer and more resilient and stable societies.

Source: School education: designed to fail? – Pearls and Irritations

Geothermal energy to get relaunch in Germany as government seeks new heating ources

How can this be better than Solar, Wind and Hydro?

The vast potential of geothermal energy generation for heating has so far been under-utilised in Germany, but a new exploration process launched by the economy and climate ministry (BMWK) aims to better exploit the renewable energy source underground. The ministry said it will consult policymakers, industry groups and other stakeholders in potential geothermal energy generation regions to unlock the energy source that can “improve heating supply year-round”.

Source: Geothermal energy to get relaunch in Germany as government seeks new heating ources

Rupert Murdoch Has Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster Problem

Flags in support of Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, and Former US President Donald J. Trump ahead of the Florida US senate candidates debate in Lake Worth, Florida, US, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. With three weeks until Election Day, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democrat Representative Val Demings will debate for the first and only time on Tuesday. Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

Murdoch is never in trouble because news isn’t his business. Good bad or ugly as long as the attention is on him he’s ahead and a winner. The issue really is “fake product” is being delivered and sold as news and information. If commercial advertisers did the same as Murdoch they’d be jailed like Australia’s Peter Foster has time and time again.

Murdoch’s conservative media outlets seem to have launched a coordinated effort to nudge Trump off the stage. It is not going well.

Source: Rupert Murdoch Has Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster Problem

Dirty Dan Andrews’ dastardly deeds exposed!

With the Victorian election only weeks away, “embattled” Premier Dan Andrews is under intense scrutiny from sections of the media about [checks notes] some veranda steps and a 10-year-old car crash he wasn’t involved in.

But could there be worse to come? Crikey satirist Tom Red has the inside skinny on the growing list of the premier’s past indiscretions.

Source: Dirty Dan Andrews’ dastardly deeds exposed!

Secret Power: The War on WikiLeaks

What Australians do to their own…nothing!

Owen Bowcott on Italian investigative journalist Stefania Maurizi’s new book documenting attempts to demonise and destroy Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and her seven-year battle to access government information.

Source: Secret Power: The War on WikiLeaks

Rich told to cough up for climate change – Michael West

The rich get told , They Pledge in Public. Then do Sweet FA.

Leaders from poor countries criticised wealthy governments and oil companies for driving global warming, using their speeches at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt to demand that they pay up for damages being inflicting on their economies.

Source: Rich told to cough up for climate change – Michael West

Remember struggling Australians: Taylor – Michael West

Angus Taylor comes out swinging like a see-saw at the press club. His “abstract” economy is “resilient” and doing well. However, the majority of people and small businesses that make it up aren’t. Good Onya Angus! Isn’t Labor saying that and acting on it when the LNP weren’t? It’s why you’re in opposition now and no longer a do-nothing government.

The economy is about people – and people are struggling to keep up with the cost of living. 

That’s the key message shadow treasurer Angus Taylor wanted to get across in his first major speech since the Albanese government’s first budget. 

Mr Taylor said the overarching economy was in a relatively good position but businesses were struggling to find workers, waterlogged roads were deteriorating and power bills were hurting hip pockets. 

“The Australian economy is fundamentally resilient,” he told the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Source: Remember struggling Australians: Taylor – Michael West

Almost 800 large companies paid no tax in 2020-21, Australian Taxation Office report reveals – ABC News

Illustration of 'tax magnet' pulling dollar coins from a 'big business' office block.

Thirty-two per cent of Australian public companies paid no tax in 2020-21, according to ATO data, although the tax office said most have legitimate reasons for not doing so.

Source: Almost 800 large companies paid no tax in 2020-21, Australian Taxation Office report reveals – ABC News

‘Military Madness:’ US Deploys Nuclear-Capable B-52s to Australia

Albanese is not talking. However, he’s certainly signalling that we aren’t a Pacific Nation any longer nor are we an independent one. First Nation Peoples have been invaded and colonised once and this seems a second coming of the white man.

While others are saying “don’t worry” this isn’t a message for China to take as a threat as we are so far away. B52s are slow and could be tracked and dealt with easily in mid-air. If this was the case why deploy them here at all? Alaska, Hawaii, Philippines are much closer? B52s, Nuclear Subs that America no longer wants to be sold to Australia? Tracking Stations we certainly are looking like an American base. Shhh! Where are those warheads to be stored?

In what critics are calling a “dangerous escalation,” the United States is reportedly preparing to deploy up to six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to northern Australia, where they would be close enough to strike China.

Source: ‘Military Madness:’ US Deploys Nuclear-Capable B-52s to Australia

Citizens’ Social Media can provide an Antidote to Propaganda and Disinformation

On the one hand are the mainstream corporate social media, which, for all their faults, have in fact deplatformed people like Donald Trump. And on the other hand, we have alt-right social media, which fosters bigotry.

The result is we miss out on innovations in platform governance that both go beyond the corporate model and actually do a very good job at marginalizing hate speech and undermining surveillance capitalism.

Source: Citizens’ Social Media can provide an Antidote to Propaganda and Disinformation

The Right Goes Full Conspiracy Theorist On Paul Pelosi Attack | HuffPost Latest News

The people spreading baseless theories about the assault on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband include new Twitter owner Elon Musk.

Source: The Right Goes Full Conspiracy Theorist On Paul Pelosi Attack | HuffPost Latest News

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro follows Trump playbook after stunning loss

Here comes the Trump playbook “rigged”. Can Bolsarno afford to be sued by the voting machine companies?

Brazil’s defeated president Jair Bolsonaro has not yet conceded after his stunning election loss, with the country bracing for another ‘Trump-style dispute over the results. Mr Bolsonaro, a right-wing radical, has not publicly spoken or reacted since losing to leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (known widely as Lula) by 2 million votes.

Source: Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro follows Trump playbook after stunning loss