Tag: AUSTRALIA

Catholicism has done more harm to Australia than Islam. Where’s the outrage? | Kristina Keneally | Opinion | The Guardian

Every Muslim who speaks out is expected to own, explain and condemn any act carried out by Muslims worldwide. The same doesn’t apply to Catholics

Source: Catholicism has done more harm to Australia than Islam. Where’s the outrage? | Kristina Keneally | Opinion | The Guardian

World Leaders Receive Crank Calls from Someone Claiming to Be President of United States

World Leaders Receive Crank Calls from Someone Claiming to Be President of United States

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a spate of annoying telephone pranks that has lasted nearly two weeks, heads of state from around the world have been receiving crank calls from someone claiming to be the President of the United States, the United Nations reported on Thursday.

According to the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who has fielded complaints about the crank calls, the caller has tormented leaders from Mexico, Australia, and many other countries.

“The pattern is always the same,” Gutteres said. “The caller is identified as the President of the United States, so naturally he is put right through. Once he is connected with the head of state, he begins to speak in a threatening and harassing manner.”

“Then, as his threats reach a crescendo, he hangs up,” Gutteres said. “Clearly, it’s someone’s idea of a sick joke.”

The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, became a victim of the crank caller over the weekend, an experience that he called “highly irritating.”

“I’m a very busy man, and I don’t have time to be the butt of some deranged person’s joke,” Turnbull said. “I’ve blocked the phone number, and I understand other heads of state have done the same.”

History suggests Australia could be left behind by next industrial revolution – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

There’s a new industrial revolution just around the corner, and deterioration within the key institutions of suffrage, education and land policy indicate that Australia may be one of the countries left behind this time.

Source: History suggests Australia could be left behind by next industrial revolution – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Melbourne terror plot: Extremist radicalised terrorism is a statistically enduring anomaly – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Better understanding the causes of social alienation is the key to solving the problem of domestic terrorism — not closing the gates on the alienated entirely, writes Christopher Elliott.

Source: Melbourne terror plot: Extremist radicalised terrorism is a statistically enduring anomaly – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Rupert’s Australia – » The Australian Independent Media Network

There was a time when Rupert Murdoch was not all powerful in Australia.  There was a time when politicians weren’t scared to speak up and journalists had some integrity.  Hawke and Keating changed all that. Back when truth still mattered, in the midst of the 1975 election, 109 Murdoch journalists went on strike. Murdoch’s overt…

Source: Rupert’s Australia – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Paul Keating says ‘cut the tag’ with the US after Donald Trump’s shock win

Former prime minister Paul Keating says Australia should “cut the tag” with the United States following Donald Trump’s shock win in Tuesday’s presidential election, and instead assert our own foreign policy in the Asian region.

Source: Paul Keating says ‘cut the tag’ with the US after Donald Trump’s shock win

Why our politicians suck – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

Brenda the civil disobedience penguin stars in census night cage fight! | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

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I’m here to talk about the census. I love the census! But the Australian Bureau of Statistics have trashed it with their hubris and overreach

Source: Brenda the civil disobedience penguin stars in census night cage fight! | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Disabled cancer patient slammed to the ground by TSA guards, lawsuit claims | US news | The Guardian

Hannah Cohen, 18, was on her way home from St Jude’s Hospital when a scanner went off and led to incident that left her ‘physically and emotionally’ injured

Source: Disabled cancer patient slammed to the ground by TSA guards, lawsuit claims | US news | The Guardian

Brexit stage right: what Britain’s decision to leave the EU means for Australia – Brexit: UK EU Referendum – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has opened a fundamental crack in the Western world.

Source: Brexit stage right: what Britain’s decision to leave the EU means for Australia – Brexit: UK EU Referendum – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Is Australia egalitarian? Ask the worker sacked for using a Post-it note | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

The treatment of low-paid workers in Australia today is reminiscent of master-servant relationships we supposedly ditched last century

Source: Is Australia egalitarian? Ask the worker sacked for using a Post-it note | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

We’re Just Abiding By The Rules, Say Only People With Power To Change Rules

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Getting paid $270 to stay in your own house, without any of the tax implications that apply to other people, is just a quirk of the system, say a group of people who are uniquely placed to change the system.

“It does feel a little unfair that taxpayers would be lumped with paying off our investment properties, with us getting all of the capital gains. But laws are laws,” said Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, adding, “Do you know anyone whose job it is to make and change laws?”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he didn’t want or need the money, but took it anyway because he was a stickler for the rules. “I wouldn’t want to mess around with the powers that be,” he said at a campaign function about the need for Australians to lessen their reliance on Government.

Scott Morrison’s decision to block S. Kidman and Co sale leaves investors fuming

The Turnbull government has again rejected the sale of Australia’s largest private land holding to a Chinese business interests, declaring the proposed deal was not in the national interest.

Source: Scott Morrison’s decision to block S. Kidman and Co sale leaves investors fuming

Date For Mid-Term Leadership Coup Confirmed For Late 2017

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Uncertainty about the exact date of the next mid-cycle Prime Ministerial knifing has been laid to rest, with the overthrow now locked in for September of next year.

It follows Malcolm Turnbull’s confirmation of this year’s election date of July 2nd.

ABC electoral analyst Antony Green said it was good to finally have some certainty. “There’s been so much speculation about when the next Prime Minister would be boned, but now we know the election date, we can work forwards logically from there”.

He said we would welcome our 30th Prime Minister on the 2nd of July, and our 31st Prime Minister in the first week of Spring 2017. “That will give the Prime Minister – whether it’s Malcolm Turnbull or Bill Shorten – a good 13-14 months to settle into the job, before everyone gets bored, loses their shit, and looks for a fresh start. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited”.

This is not the Australia I know and love – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When some people speak of the previous Labor government, they talk of disunity or of debt, which ignores the many wonderful achievements of the Rudd/Gillard years. I think of the Apology to the Stolen Generation and for forced adoptions. I think of the Reconciliation Walk across the Harbor Bridge.  I was proud that we were…

Source: This is not the Australia I know and love – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Embarassing! Reserve Bank Accidently Puts Non-Australian On New $5 Note

five dollar note Australia

In an embarrassing blunder, the RBA today released a new Australian $5 note featuring a woman who has never actually lived here.

 

 

The RBA blamed the error on a junior intern who they claimed was messing around with the designs in Photoshop. “We accidently sent the wrong mock-up to print. It was, of course, supposed to feature a prominent Australian”.

The note, which also features native Australian birds and Nandos grilled corn on the cob, will enter circulation in September this year.

March temperatures sets record as hottest ever, Bureau of Meteorology says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The hot start to 2016 continued into March with statistics released by the BoM showing the warm weather set new records.

Source: March temperatures sets record as hottest ever, Bureau of Meteorology says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Hazara asylum seeker to be forcibly deported from Australia to Afghanistan | Australia news | The Guardian

Site of suicide attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

 

Exclusive: Man’s last-minute plea to immigration minister Peter Dutton to consider Afghanistan’s worsening security situation has been rejected

Source: Hazara asylum seeker to be forcibly deported from Australia to Afghanistan | Australia news | The Guardian

Resurgent Taliban targets Afghan Hazara as Australia sends them back | Australia news | The Guardian

In Afghanistan, more and more Hazara are preparing to flee the Taliban, just as Australia has started returning Hazara asylum seekers for the first time since 2001

Source: Resurgent Taliban targets Afghan Hazara as Australia sends them back | Australia news | The Guardian

Hockey Pens Letter To New York Times Complaining About Lack Of Seating At Local Pizzerias

joe hockey pizza new york times

Former Treasurer, now US Ambassador Joe Hockey has written to the New York Times again, just days after his letter defending Australia’s climate change record was published. We’ve reproduced his most recent letter below.

 

Dear Editor,

Where the fuck are you supposed to sit when you have a pizza in this city? I mean, seriously, where do you sit? You order a slice of pizza from some hole in the wall place, and then you take the pizza, and then there’s literally nowhere to sit.

Have you actually tried to eat a piece of pizza standing up in Midtown, or Soho, or the Lower East Side? It’s a fucking riot – there are people everywhere knocking into you. What if you’re carrying a bag? Just yesterday I spilt half a pepperoni pizza over a new white shirt because I couldn’t find a table. I exploded.

All I want is a little table on the street, maybe two pushed together if I’m with friends, so I can sit and eat my pizza properly. But no, you’re not allowed to do that. Regulations won’t allow it. Regulations! Jesus.

I actually tracked down the mayor to complain. It was six o’clock on a Friday night ­– I think the whole neighbourhood heard what I had to say. Except the mayor – he was at a meeting at the time, or something like that. Probably making up more regulations. But I’ll certainly be following it up.

While I’ve got you, tell me about the slices thing. Why not a full pizza? A full, circular pizza that you can divide up to share with your family. It’s not that fucking hard. You think you’re such a fancy advanced nation, but you haven’t worked out how to make a pizza in the shape of a circle.

Make it happen.

JOE HOCKEY

Ambassador of Australia, Washington

Rescued child soldier delivers 2016 Australia Day Address – Special Broadcasts – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Deng Thiak Adut’s story shows how compassion, acceptance and integration can save innocent lives and benefit a recipient country.

Source: Rescued child soldier delivers 2016 Australia Day Address – Special Broadcasts – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Is Australia the last country standing in defence of coal? | Bill McKibben | Comment is free | The Guardian

The OECD wants to phase out export credit agencies providing money for coal projects. Australia, almost alone, might stand in its way

Source: Is Australia the last country standing in defence of coal? | Bill McKibben | Comment is free | The Guardian

Flying a refugee to Nauru in secret: is this any different to extraordinary rendition? | Jeff Sparrow | Comment is free | The Guardian

Australia’s militarised border protection policy borrows its methods from the war on terror – not least by moving questionable activities offshore and outside the easy reach of courts

Source: Flying a refugee to Nauru in secret: is this any different to extraordinary rendition? | Jeff Sparrow | Comment is free | The Guardian

My Thoughts on the Week That Was – » The Australian Independent Media Network

the week that was

Saturday 5 September 1 “If you want to stop the deaths, if you want to stop the drownings, you’ve got to stop the boats,” Mr Abbott told ABC Murray Goulburn Local Radio. In making this statement he ignores the fundamental fact that in Syria 300,000 people have been killed so that stopping the boats actually…

Source: My Thoughts on the Week That Was – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘EU migrant crisis created by political elite for electoral benefits’ — RT Op-Edge

Unlike Lebanon or Turkey dealing with over two million asylum seekers, the EU is not really facing ‘a crisis’, said Anas El Gomati of the Libya-based Sadeq Institute think tank. European politicians are flaming xenophobic sentiment to get political power, he adds.

Source: ‘EU migrant crisis created by political elite for electoral benefits’ — RT Op-Edge

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