School cleaning contracts to be slashed in Victoria after workers routinely exploited – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Victorian public school cleaning contracts are being slashed in a bid to stop staff being routinely underpaid and exploited by rogue operators.

Source: School cleaning contracts to be slashed in Victoria after workers routinely exploited – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

55 workers sacked by Telstra NBN provider | CEPU – The Communications Union

Mr Murphy said the sackings are the result of the failed, sham pyramid contracting scheme employed by Telstra and their contracting partners.“The Federal Government and NBN Co are turning a blind eye to these dodgy employment set-ups. This company has been the subject of a number of worker complaints including the failure to provide adequate training, unlawful withholding of overtime payments and unfair dismissals. NBN Co and the Federal Government know the way their contractors are operating, but they don’t seem to care. They’ve got a lot to answer for.

Source: 55 workers sacked by Telstra NBN provider | CEPU – The Communications Union

Crime and terror in the banks | The Saturday Paper

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Tabcorp was fined $45 million in March for breaching money laundering laws 108 times over five years. AUSTRAC boasted at the time that the ruling was the largest civil penalty in Australian corporate history. Applying the same standard to the 53,760 breaches Commonwealth Bank is accused of would see it staring down the barrel of a $22 billion penalty.

Source: Crime and terror in the banks | The Saturday Paper

‘It’s absurd’: new gas import terminal for one of world’s biggest gas exporters | Australia news | The Guardian

Skyrocketing Australian gas prices are behind AGL plans to build a $250m LNG import terminal south of Melbourne

Source: ‘It’s absurd’: new gas import terminal for one of world’s biggest gas exporters | Australia news | The Guardian

Tony Abbott is ripping his anti-gay marriage strategy out of the US playbook| Abbott’s  in the sewer not a single word about Equality

In the US those “significant implications” became the arguments that “gay propaganda” would spread into schools, that once gay marriage was the norm other aberrant forms of marriage would follow, that religious groups would be victimised.It became the fraught concern for the wellbeing of bakers and marriage celebrants and wedding caterers. It was about anything but the right of a committed couple to marry.All of this is already in play in Australia, and was neatly summed up by Abbott on Wednesday morning.But according to Wolfson there was a parallel campaign fought too.

You can see it already if you care to dip your toe into online sewers, and elements of it have crept onto cable TV. On Tuesday night Bronwyn Bishop was on Sky News warning of bestiality and the killing of newborn babies.

Source: Tony Abbott is ripping his anti-gay marriage strategy out of the US playbook

Freedom of speech? You gotta be shitting me – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Just to be clear, political correctness is “the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.”Tony seems fixated on protecting the Aussie right to sink the boot in and to keep the bastards out of our pubs – oh no, wait…. that was women and Aboriginals.Tony’s concern for religious freedom comes from the man who thought the burqa should be banned, the man who called for a “religious revolution” inside Islam, declaring “all cultures are not equal”, the man whose government insisted the school chaplaincy program must not fund non-religious counsellors, the man who insists that our laws and our school curriculum should be based on some “Judeo-Christian” heritage.

”Tony seems fixated on protecting the Aussie right to sink the boot in and to keep the bastards out of our pubs – oh no, wait…. that was women and Aboriginals. the man who insists that our laws and our school curriculum should be based on some “Judeo-Christian” heritage.

History Repeats: Abbott walks in the shoes of Bob Santamaria and the NCC Australia’s answer to America’s Senator McCarthy  hunting out the godless left and others ” Old Dog

Source: Freedom of speech? You gotta be shitting me – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Israel is razing a Bedouin village to build a Jewish-only town on its ruins | +972 Magazine

Israeli authorities have promised the courts that the displaced Bedouin residents would have an opportunity to live in the new community. New documents show that is far from the case. Despite assurances made to Israel’s High Court of Justice, a new town being built on the ruins of a Bedouin village in southern Israel is intended for Jews only, according to the bylaws of the future town’s cooperative association. Israel first notified the residents of Umm al-Hiran, Bedouin citizens of Israel, that it plans to demolish their entire village and build another community in its place 15 years ago. A…

Source: Israel is razing a Bedouin village to build a Jewish-only town on its ruins | +972 Magazine

Sky’s no limit in Murdoch empire’s war on ABC | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Angelos Frangopoulos wants commercial media to be able to pitch for public broadcaster’s $1.4bn pie. Plus, the NT News spreads the love with a strong marriage equality message

Source: Sky’s no limit in Murdoch empire’s war on ABC | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Australia is once again a frightened country. We need to reconstruct our values | Anne Summers | Australia news | The Guardian

Can any of our politicians tell us what the ‘national interest’ is? We have no clear economic policy, population policy, employment policy or immigration policy

Source: Australia is once again a frightened country. We need to reconstruct our values | Anne Summers | Australia news | The Guardian

Sydney crime arrests: the inside story of corruption in Australian Border Force

Two members of a cell of allegedly corrupt border force officers have been arrested this week.

Leaked confidential government documents and briefings from senior officials suggest the pair who were arrested – one a current officer, Craig Eakin, and one a former officer, Johayna Merhi – were just the latest of several alleged corrupt insiders in Border Force and Customs who have allegedly compromised Sydney Airport or Port Botany since as early as 2003.

Source: Sydney crime arrests: the inside story of corruption in Australian Border Force

Trump Evangelical Adviser: God Is Totally Cool With Nuking North Korea

 

 

A right-wing pastor who serves on Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board claims God has given the president “full power” to launch an attack on North Korea. Robert Jeffress, head of the First Baptist Dallas megachurch, told CBN on Tuesday that a biblical passage in Romans allows rulers to use “whatever means necessary ― including war ― to stop evil.”

Source: Trump Evangelical Adviser: God Is Totally Cool With Nuking North Korea

Scientists Leak Study on Global Heating Impact b4 Trump can Suppress it | Informed Comment

 

The report is concrete, careful and scarier than any horror movie you’ve ever seen. It gives upper and lower estimates, depending on whether humankind gets its act together. Given the oil-drenched buffoons now in charge, you’d want to bet on the higher and more dangerous numbers in each case.

Source: Scientists Leak Study on Global Heating Impact b4 Trump can Suppress it | Informed Comment

Border Force tackles internal corruption as officers suspected of helping alleged crime ring

 

Australian Border Force is launching an anti-corruption overhaul amid concerns that a cell of its officers has been working with a notorious international drug and tobacco syndicates for a decade.

Source: Border Force tackles internal corruption as officers suspected of helping alleged crime ring

“Strong leaders” don’t blame others when their plan doesn’t work – » The Australian Independent Media Network

During the 2013 election campaign, Joe Hockey was asked “Should you win the election, at what stage will you own the economy and at what stage will it no longer be Labor’s fault?” He responded “We will own the economy from day one, whether it’s Labor’s fault or not… I’m not afraid to accept responsibility…

Source: “Strong leaders” don’t blame others when their plan doesn’t work – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Abbott makes his intentions known. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

1 In a doorstop interview on a cold and winter day in Canberra the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott made his intentions known as to how he will campaign for the ‘NO’ vote.He intends linking it to free speech.He intends linking it to political correctness.He intends linking it to freedom of religion.It wasn’t my intention to continue with this subject today but I recalled when working on the Republic campaign in 1999 just how dangerous Tony Abbott was. John Howard played good cop and Abbott and Nick Minchin played bad cops.They did so by scare-mongering, lying and fabricating impossible situations like riots with alsatians in the streets.His intention is clear. He will if he can turn the plebiscite into a public brawl on these unrelated issues. He will try to drag Turnbull into an ideological demarcation dispute – separating the right and left of his party.In meat in the middle of Abbott’s sandwich will be lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people whose emotional wellbeing he gives not a thought.How on earth the three things he mentioned are related to a question about marriage equality are beyond me, but the devious Abbott – who couldn’t lie straight in bed – will find a way.

Source: Day to Day Politics: Abbott makes his intentions known. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Abbott’s obstruction of gay marriage is a defence of privilege and the power of shame | David Marr | Australia news | The Guardian| Dictating Culture

‘There’s an old habit in this country of politics paying far too much heed to the least attractive demands of Christianity.’

It isn’t ‘freedom’ that the former prime minister and the bishops uphold – it’s their power to dictate the laws of marriage to the rest of us

Source: Abbott’s obstruction of gay marriage is a defence of privilege and the power of shame | David Marr | Australia news | The Guardian

Is Abbott about to wreck marriage equality? You bet you are. You bet I am | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

In his quest for the thing that constantly eludes him – status elevation – the prime minister in exile has Turnbull dancing to his tune, like a limp puppet on a string

Source: Is Abbott about to wreck marriage equality? You bet you are. You bet I am | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Border force doctor knew of Manus asylum seeker’s deteriorating health before death | Australia news | The Guardian

Dr John Brayley had said he would investigate mental health of Iranian Hamed Shamshiripour, who was found dead near the Australian-run transit centre

Source: Border force doctor knew of Manus asylum seeker’s deteriorating health before death | Australia news | The Guardian

Day to Day Politics: The Abbott Solution with Turnbull’s support. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wednesday 9 August 2017 So the best-assembled brains-trust ever in the history of Australian politics has decided to let the issue of Marriage Equality go yet again down the path of a plebiscite. So desperate they are to have the public confirm what is already known that they are prepared to spend up to $170…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The Abbott Solution with Turnbull’s support. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘David v Goliath battle’: Same-sex marriage opponents mobilise for plebiscite campaign

 

Marriage equality advocates have also refused to say whether they would encourage supporters to vote in the plebiscite.

The pamphlet reads: “Married biological parents have a better record for providing safety and development of healthy, well-adjusted adult children. They minimise abuse and neglect of children.”

Source: ‘David v Goliath battle’: Same-sex marriage opponents mobilise for plebiscite campaign

Andrew Bolt promoted this lie on the Bolt Report now for the truth

Below are 75 studies concluding that children of gay or lesbian parents fare no worse than other children. Click here to jump to the 4 studies concluding that children of gay or lesbian parents face added disadvantages.

 

Houston PD Chief: Trump’s Support of Police Brutality Reinforces View of Officers as “Neanderthals” | Democracy Now!

President Donald Trump continues to face widespread criticism from police chiefs across the country following a speech he gave to police officers in Long Island, New York, that appeared to openly endorse police brutality. Commenting on the need to crack down on gang members, Trump suggested that police officers have license to use excessive force on suspects. For more, we speak with Houston’s police chief, Art Acevedo.Related SegmentMeet the Latino Police Chief Standing Up to Texas’ Anti-Immigrant ‘Show Me Your Papers Law’

Source: Houston PD Chief: Trump’s Support of Police Brutality Reinforces View of Officers as “Neanderthals” | Democracy Now!

Western media coverage of Russia gives journalism a bad name — RT Op-Edge

Sometimes, you have to wonder how some people become journalists. Because the quality of western reportage on Russia is frequently so poor you’d almost suspect the hacks concerned collected tokens off cereal boxes to win their positions.

Source: Western media coverage of Russia gives journalism a bad name — RT Op-Edge

“Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor”: Trump Admin Attacks Emma Lazarus’s Iconic Poem on Statue of Liberty | Democracy Now!

Opposition is growing to the Trump administration’s new proposal to implement radical changes to U.S. immigration law and slash the number of immigrants allowed into the United States by half. The RAISE Act would create a so-called merit-based immigration system that would favor applicants who speak English, have advanced degrees or can demonstrate job skills. On Wednesday, CNN’s Jim Acosta pressed senior policy adviser Stephen Miller over President Trump’s push to admit only English-speaking immigrants in a back-and-forth that lasted for several minutes. Acosta asked Miller about the iconic poem “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus that is inscribed at the base of the State of Liberty, which reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” We speak about the woman who wrote those words, Emma Lazarus, with her biographer, Esther Schor, about why Lazarus wrote the poem, how it became one of the most iconic verses about the United States and why she has long been a target of white nationalists.

Source: “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor”: Trump Admin Attacks Emma Lazarus’s Iconic Poem on Statue of Liberty | Democracy Now!

South Asia: Heat Waves Could Make 1.5 Billion People’s Homes Uninhabitable by 2100 | Democracy Now!

In major climate news, soaring temperatures could make parts of South Asia too hot for human survival by 2100. That’s according to new research by scientists at MIT, who say as many as 1.5 billion people live in areas that could become uninhabitable during summer heat waves within only 83 years if climate change continues at its current pace.Meanwhile, a new separate study, published by The Lancet, says heat waves could kill up to 152,000 people a year across Europe by 2100. Europe is currently experiencing a sweltering, record-breaking heat wave called “Lucifer.”Back in the United States, in Louisiana, torrential downpours flooded parts of New Orleans over the weekend, submerging cars, inundating homes and schools, and forcing people to wade through hip-deep water in some neighborhoods. The flash floods overwhelmed the city’s sewerage system. The head of the Sewerage and Water Board, Cedric Grant, says the flooding was part of climate change.Cedric Grant: “The frustration is that we are now in a different era. We are in the era of climate change, where we have these kind of rains every week—or, every month. And it’s not just us. It’s the rest of the country that’s experiencing the same weather patterns. We are in a situation where we now receive more rain than anybody could have imagined, on a recurring basis.”On Friday, the Trump administration delivered an official notice to the United Nations saying it would withdraw the U.S. from the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord.

Source: South Asia: Heat Waves Could Make 1.5 Billion People’s Homes Uninhabitable by 2100 | Democracy Now!

We can’t stop the homosexualification of the nation. But we can lash out wildly in fear! | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Just before the Coalition party meeting on same sex marriage, the marriagedefendeteers had a pre-meeting meeting to plan their strategy

Source: We can’t stop the homosexualification of the nation. But we can lash out wildly in fear! | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump’s malignant pattern: He woos people, rips them off and then abandons them — and he won’t stop – Salon.com

Trump has followed the same manipulative script over and over again, in politics as in business. We’re the marks

Source: Trump’s malignant pattern: He woos people, rips them off and then abandons them — and he won’t stop – Salon.com

Tunisia: Landmark Step to Shield Women from Violence

The law defines violence against women as “any physical, moral, sexual or economic aggression against women based on discrimination between the two sexes and resulting in damage or physical, sexual, psychological or economic suffering to the woman, including threats of such aggression, pressure or deprivation of rights and freedoms, both in public and private life.” It includes the key elements of the definition of domestic violence recommended in the United Nations Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women.

Source: Tunisia: Landmark Step to Shield Women from Violence