Day to Day Politics: I repeat … our most gutless PM ever. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It has to be said that if Tony Abbott was the worst Prime Minister we have ever had then Malcolm Turnbull has to be the most gutless. What kind of leader would allow some right-wing ultra-fanatics to ride rough shod over his every decision? Decisions that, when as Opposition Leader, he felt strongly about.

Source: Day to Day Politics: I repeat … our most gutless PM ever. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Richard Branson bets on the future with Hyperloop One investment

British billionaire Richard Branson has placed another bet on the future with an investment in Hyperloop One, which is developing super high-speed transportation systems.

Source: Richard Branson bets on the future with Hyperloop One investment

Is Fox News Trying To Start A War With Iran Or Just Sell Iran Deal Decertification? | Crooks and Liars

Just in time to help Donald Trump, Fox News has come up with an article claiming, “Iran’s nuclear program is far from halted.”

Source: Is Fox News Trying To Start A War With Iran Or Just Sell Iran Deal Decertification? | Crooks and Liars

Is going to university really worth it for most people? – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Universities no longer broaden mindsHistorically, attending university had a broad social component: making new friends, sitting in a common room arguing about the world’s ills with strangers.

Source: Is going to university really worth it for most people? – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Catholic Church ‘hiding behind the law’ over historic abuse compensation claims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A man who was raped and beaten by priests and brothers as a 12-year-old says he felt like a beggar when he asked the Catholic Church for money to pay for medical bills for treatment of the mental and physical illness he suffered as a result of his abuse.Russell Clark is just one of many survivors of abuse who signed deeds of release, which prevent them from taking further legal action or requesting more compensation.

Source: Catholic Church ‘hiding behind the law’ over historic abuse compensation claims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Vindicated in UK, Al Jazeera to reveal secrets of US Israel lobby | The Electronic Intifada

A statement from Al Jazeera said that the Qatar-based broadcaster feels “vindicated by the rulings and ever more committed to exposing human rights violations by anyone – regardless of geography, religion or the power of their lobbies.”

Source: Vindicated in UK, Al Jazeera to reveal secrets of US Israel lobby | The Electronic Intifada

The rise of antisemitism in Australia has a distinctly American tone | Alex Ryvchin | Opinion | The Guardian

Australian far-right discourse, while also targeting other minorities, has maintained an obsessive focus on the ‘Jewish problem’

Source: The rise of antisemitism in Australia has a distinctly American tone | Alex Ryvchin | Opinion | The Guardian

Tony Abbott’s climate frolic is strange and sad – and all about politics | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

The pitch behind the London speech was that a climate ruckus aids the Coalition. He should have been laughed out of the room

Source: Tony Abbott’s climate frolic is strange and sad – and all about politics | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Tony Abbott dares us to reject evidence on climate, but reveals a coward | Graham Readfearn | Environment | The Guardian

The former Australian prime minister’s misleading speech to a London thinktank was full of climate denial mythology

Source: Tony Abbott dares us to reject evidence on climate, but reveals a coward | Graham Readfearn | Environment | The Guardian

Abbott: Majority Doesn’t Rule Unless I Agree With Them! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Just when I started thinking how pleasant it is here in New Zealand where the press don’t report everything that the person leading the Liberal Party says – they don’t even report on what the titular head, Turnbuckle, says – the person determining policy pops up in London to explain that just because scientists agree that doesn’t mean that they’re right.

Source: Abbott: Majority Doesn’t Rule Unless I Agree With Them! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Let’s face it, Abbott is one seriously screwed-up little dude – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Tony Abbott is the genuine article. The conviction politician who will use his muscle to cajole, bully, smash his way through. Abbott’s ability to yell from the rooftops what he believes in is his strength.”Genuine? Conviction? Strength? Surely you jest.Abbott is a politician who changes his mind depending on how the wind blows as Peter van Onselen reminded us in his article “Tony Abbott’s convictions are ever changing”.

Source: Let’s face it, Abbott is one seriously screwed-up little dude – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Pacific Highway koala holocaust

 

A nationally designated important population of koalas will shortly be subjected to starvation, dehydration, blasting, heavy vehicle traffic, loss of habitat, stress, noise, blasting, vibrations, bushfire risk, entrapment, and death — all sanctioned by the NSW and Federal governments.

Source: Pacific Highway koala holocaust

Gold trader Alex Mendieta investigated by ATO over tax fraud

The gold and diamond trader is the subject of an investigation by the tax office over his alleged involvement in a GST scam that has cost the Commonwealth government more than $879 million in lost revenue.

Source: Gold trader Alex Mendieta investigated by ATO over tax fraud

The Saddest, Wrongest ‘Fact’ In Tony Abbott’s Climate Speech

Almost as bad is the claim that ’99 per cent of scientists believe’ as if scientific truth is determined by votes rather than facts.”Votes? What votes?Abbott seemed to be suggesting that the 97 percent consensus (the 99 was a mistake by Abbott, it’s actually 97) was based on some bogus poll.Wrong.There was never any poll of scared scientists who pretended to be in furious agreement about climate change lest they be branded as heretics. In fact, the paper which first identified the 97 percent consensus was a 2013 survey of the scientific literature that was already out there.And what 97 percent of that scientific literature effectively said was: it’s happening and we’re causing it.

Source: The Saddest, Wrongest ‘Fact’ In Tony Abbott’s Climate Speech

Tony Abbott speech: Allies go to ground and Labor lashes ‘loopy’ ex-PM over climate change views

The ABC’s London bureau chief Lisa Millar said on Twitter that her news team were “not allowed to hear [the] speech or report on it firsthand in London”, having been told it was a “non-media event” – despite parts of the speech being given to News Corp publications in advance. Guardian Australia’s editor Bridie Jabour said on Twitter the Guardian was blocked from attending. Fairfax Media also sought attendance but Mr Abbott’s office said the speech was by invitation only and not open to the media.

Source: Tony Abbott speech: Allies go to ground and Labor lashes ‘loopy’ ex-PM over climate change views

ATO’s tax gap figures revealed: $2.5 billion missing from corporates, multinationals

In the 2014-15 year there was a huge $3 billion variance between tax bills initially issued by the ATO to 81 large companies, and the money the agency ended up pocketing after it cut deals with these companies.

Source: ATO’s tax gap figures revealed: $2.5 billion missing from corporates, multinationals

Q&A: Senator Matt Canavan grilled by gay audience member over ‘political point scoring’ in SSM debate – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A young gay man shares vivid memories of being bullied over his sexuality, as he accuses Australia’s political leaders of failing to protect society’s most vulnerable people in the same-sex marriage debate.

Source: Q&A: Senator Matt Canavan grilled by gay audience member over ‘political point scoring’ in SSM debate – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Yes, Steve Bannon Should Terrify You – The New York Times

 

So is Bannon miscalculating horribly and simply out of his gourd? No. He’s not thinking in the conventional terms of Republicans versus Democrats; he’s thinking that “any disruption is a good thing, and that the best way to get what he wants — a white-centered, nationalist America — is to blow up the establishment,” the Republican strategist said. Other Republican operatives concurred.

Australia’s Big Media Set to Get Bigger, With Help From Lawmakers – The New York Times

 

Most of Australia’s newspapers, radio stations and television broadcasters are controlled by only a handful of owners, like Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, making it one of the most concentrated media markets in the developed world.Soon, even more Australian media properties could be in fewer hands.

Australia Wants All Citizens’ Driver’s License Photos, Citing Terror Fight – The New York Times

 

“The use of biometrics projects risk on every person involved, for the rest of their lives,” said David Vaile, the chairman of the Australian Privacy Foundation. “If they’re compromised or hacked, you’re stuck with it. It’s potentially a lifelong liability for it being misused.”

Socialism with a spine: the only 21st century alternative | John Quiggin | Business | The Guardian

Support for socialism is particularly strong among those under 30, whose economic experience has been dominated by the global financial crisis (GFC) and the subsequent decade of economic stagnation and rising inequality. The most striking example is the recent UK election where Jeremy Corbyn received over 60% of the votes of those aged 18-25. Similarly in the US, Bernie Sanders drew his most enthusiastic support from the young.

Source: Socialism with a spine: the only 21st century alternative | John Quiggin | Business | The Guardian

‘The S-word’: how young Americans fell in love with socialism | US news | The Guardian

“My politics were to the left of the Democratic party but I didn’t realise there was an entire ideology, an entire movement that was there. It had never occurred to me,” said Katbi. “Bernie was my introduction to the concept of democratic socialism. It’s not like I associated it with the cold war. It was a new concept to me completely. That was the case for a lot of millennials, which is why the movement has grown so much.”

Source: ‘The S-word’: how young Americans fell in love with socialism | US news | The Guardian

“Sonic Attacks” in Cuba: Who Benefits?

Consider this. The United States government doesn’t know who’s responsible for the so-called acoustic attacks on its embassy personnel in Havana. Then consider this. Cuban president Raúl Castro didn’t simply claim his government had nothing to do with the incidents, he did the unthinkable and invited the FBI to investigate. FBI agents haven’t been able to figure it out. Neither have American acoustics specialists or medical experts. Even Canada’s Mounties, whose own diplomats reported similar attacks, are stymied.    More

Source: “Sonic Attacks” in Cuba: Who Benefits?

Day to Day Politics: My idealism under threat, I think. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday 8 October 2017 Today I again refer back to the launch of “Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir” by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Chancellor of The Australian National University – Launched by the Hon Bob Hawke AC GCL, 23rd Prime Minister of Australia at the National Press Club last Wednesday. “In his…

Source: Day to Day Politics: My idealism under threat, I think. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Ideology versus the Common Good – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Did you know that 10 per cent of Australians now hold more wealth than the other 90 per cent combined? Let me put it another way. The richest one per cent of Australians are collectively wealthier than the poorest 60 per cent. Or try this 62 mega-rich people across the globe now hold as much wealth as 3.6 billion of the world’s poorest. Try this. Australia’s richest person was worth $18 billion, equaling the wealth held by the poorest 10 per cent of Aussies.Here’s some more from an Oxfam report titled “An Economy for the 1%“: The world’s richest 1% now hold more wealth than the rest of the planet. The richest 10 per cent of Australians hold more wealth than the other 90 per cent combined. The gap between Australia’s richest and poorest is accelerating. In 2015, the wealth of Australia’s richest 1% outstripped the poorest 60%. Australia’s richest person is worth more than all of the wealth held by the poorest 10 per cent of Australians. Dr Szoke from Oxfam, the reports writer, said Australia must be part of a global solution to a global problem, and a renewed international focus on corporate tax avoidance would be critical to efforts to address wealth inequality.So isn’t it odd that the Turnbull Government is contemplating increasing the rate of its consumer tax in order to give the same companies a reduction in the amount of tax they pay. Figure that out.

Source: Day to Day Politics: Ideology versus the Common Good – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Trump disapproval hits 67% in poll | The minute | US news | The Guardian

Wulp, nobody likes me.

As numbers plunge… Trump warns of ‘calm before the storm’… attacks contraception coverage… moves to nix banking regulations. Get the day’s politics news in 60 seconds every weekday. By Tom McCarthy

Source: Trump disapproval hits 67% in poll | The minute | US news | The Guardian

The aim of scientists, unlike businessmen, lobbyists or politicians, is to find the truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Considering the grave implications of their decisions, you would think that parliamentarians, who have no specific qualifications or expertise, would listen to the best advice available. But no. Experienced public servants who might suggest “that is a bad idea” are replaced by people who advise “this is how you can sell it”.   Experts are ignored…

Source: The aim of scientists, unlike businessmen, lobbyists or politicians, is to find the truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie attacks commercial rivals, media law reforms

“There is no pressing need to change the ABC Act and its Charter, no matter how much commercial chief executives and their compliant media outlets argue otherwise,” she said in a draft of her speech to the ABC Friends Public Conference dinner in Sydney on Friday.

Source: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie attacks commercial rivals, media law reforms

Private Organizations Shouldn’t Be Able To Discriminate Cries Group Seeking Laws To Enable Discrimination – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Last year, Cory Bernardi wrote a blog entitled, “Freedom to Refuse Must Be Defended”, which included the following: “And this is the essence of the dilemma we now face; is it okay for any business to say they simply don’t want your business for any or no reason?” “Personally I think it is, but that…

Source: Private Organizations Shouldn’t Be Able To Discriminate Cries Group Seeking Laws To Enable Discrimination – » The Australian Independent Media Network