Tag: Australia

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.

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

On climate change, ‘we will adapt’: LNP – » The Australian Independent Media Network

So, there we have it, the UN the IPCC and the scientists who have prepared 6,000 research papers, on the subject, are urging action on climate change. We have been told that we need to remove extreme right-wing governments to be replaced by more progressive thinking governments prepared to take up the challenge.

The solution then for this new government and, mechanism to gain across the board public support, would be a positive response. This aims at atmospheric Co2 management including, in particular, carbon capture at point of emission, removing Co2 from the atmosphere, reforestation, incentive-based emission reduction guidelines, electricity storage and support for alternative energy.

This has been promised by the Labor if they win the next election. Both government and big business need to take affirmative action on behalf of each and every one of us. If the fossil fuel industry wishes to survive they need to participate and work towards reducing or eliminating their carbon footprint.

via On climate change, ‘we will adapt’: LNP – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why Trump Paints China as the New U.S. Enemy

News Corp Australia follows are we now no longer going to shirtfront Putin?(ODT)

On Sept. 26, 2018, President Donald Trump made an extraordinary accusation against China during his remarks to the United Nations Security Council, saying, “Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration.” He made the claim without offering any evidence, but he did speculate about China’s motivation: “They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade.”

Why Trump Paints China as the New U.S. Enemy

In Epochal Shift, California Votes for 100% Green Electricity by 2045

Murdoch Media tells Australia it’s too difficult too expensive too painful. It seems we are being scammed. (ODT)

Since California if it were a country would have the world’s fifth largest economy, and since so many other states are economically integrated with it, this plan, if signed by governor Jerry Brown, could help transform the entire country.

The goal is less difficult than it seems on the surface. California had already committed to getting one third of its electricity from renewables by 2020, and reached that goal in 2017. It committed to getting 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030, and in fact will likely reach that goal 10 years early, in 2020.

Europe just reached a milestone of one million electric vehicles on the road. Chinese bought 600,000 or so just last year. California is set to become a leader in this area, as well.

California is showing us where the whole country is going, even if some states will take longer to get there. But likely it also will be a big influencer for the whole Pacific Rim. Can Japan really continue its natural gas + nuclear electricity mix once California has shown how easily renewables can supply all our needs? Moreover, California’s efforts will synch with those of China, in ways that will create synergies and thwart Trump’s fossil fuel obsession.

California will save enormous amounts of money by going to green energy, but more importantly, it will rapidly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and show others how to do it, putting a brake on the runaway greenhouse gases that threaten the stability of our natural ecosystems on earth. California is one of the more vulnerable states to the climate crisis.

via In Epochal Shift, California Votes for 100% Green Electricity by 2045

Don’t believe what they say about inequality. Some of us are worse off

The income survey data show an even more mixed record. The Our World in Data database shows that by 2003 the real income of the median Australian household was only about 5% higher in real terms than in 1989, while the second and third decile households – mainly headed by those on low wages and some on social security – were actually no better-off than in 1989, largely due to the effects of the early 1990s recession.

Despite the way it’s been spun, the Commission’s main message is that in the decades ahead we will need both policies that generate economic growth and policies that ensure it’s well spread. One without the other could leave many of us worse off.

via Don’t believe what they say about inequality. Some of us are worse off

Australia still has time to avoid the worst, says Alt-America author David Neiwert | World news | The Guardian

Still from video of Men’s Rights March in Melbourne on Saturday 25 August, 2018 published by Avi Yemini on Youtube.

In the book he describes a movement “fed by the rivulets of hate mongering and disinformation-fuelled propaganda flowing out of rightwing media for at least a decade and the hospitable dark environment provided by a virtual blackout in mainstream media concerning the growth of rightwing extremism”t

The savagery of US conservative media, he says, is one of the key differences between the United States and New Zealand.

“I don’t think we can escape the fact that in the US we have a cable TV station that at least 22 hours a day and seven days a week is devoted to coaching half of America to hate the other half,” Neiwert says. “That’s been going on for 20 years or more, and it’s had a profoundly toxic effect on our discourse, our social contract, our view of each other.

via Australia still has time to avoid the worst, says Alt-America author David Neiwert | World news | The Guardian

Anning and Latham fight for a white male privilege ‘final solution’

Soutphommasane accorded that Australia’s success as a multicultural society is under threat. This threat is not from extreme factional groups or mask-wearing fascists, it is from the mainstream of Australian public life.

The real danger, he argued, comes from “dog-whistling politicians” and “race-baiting commentators” eager to harness populist attention through the careless “mixing of race and politics”. Just about a week later, Senator Fraser Anning proved how devastatingly true that was when he called for a “final solution” to “ethnocultural diversity” in Australia in his maiden speech.

Anning and Latham fight for a white male privilege ‘final solution’

And as I indicated in the Facebook post, “The Road to Anning” has not surfaced overnight. Along the way to getting to that piece of unmitigated and unfettered racism that was his maiden speech, we have had a Parliament that has:

  • continued to treat refugees abhorrently;
  • continued to preside and perpetuate discrimination against people of Aboriginal heritage and ancestry in a systemic fashion;
  • given voice to such people as Pauline Hanson and others who continue their campaigns of hatred towards anything non-Anglo-Celtic; and
  • allowed racism to exist in its various manifestations along the way.

Anning is not a new phenomenon. He is but a by-product of a society that places little or no value on diversity.

The Road to Fracist Anning

Fact check: Has equality for Australian women relative to the world fallen in the last six or eight years? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fact check: Has equality for Australian women relative to the world fallen in the last six or eight years?

The claim

Equality for Australian women has worsened dramatically since the beginning of this decade, with high levels of sexual harassment in the workplace, the former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, recently warned.

via Fact check: Has equality for Australian women relative to the world fallen in the last six or eight years? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘How can they do this to people?’: school cleaners hit out at changes

 

Fifteen classrooms, 17 toilets, three urinals, 32 rubbish bins, 12 drinking fountains and 40 windows.

That’s what Lisa Berryman is expected to clean during her four-hour shift at a Melbourne primary school.

Then there are the less frequent tasks: mopping the gym and art room, wiping down 600 chairs, scrubbing the classroom sinks and cleaning the staff room and offices.

Ms Berryman used to have an extra hour and 20 minutes a day to complete these tasks.

But in the wake of a state government overhaul of school cleaning, she’s been stripped of seven hours of work a week and her pay has dropped from $25.65 per hour to $23.49.

This amounts to more than a $200 weekly pay cut

“How can they do this to people?” she said. “They have given us worse working conditions.”

While the changes were aimed at stamping out the underpayment of workers, cleaners like Ms Berryman say their pay and conditions have deteriorated.

via ‘How can they do this to people?’: school cleaners hit out at changes

CEO pay can be linked to slow wage growth, but does that make it theft? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In this context, paying CEOs massive bonuses when the average Australian worker is doing it tough is disappointing and out of step with the community expectations of business.

via CEO pay can be linked to slow wage growth, but does that make it theft? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Nine takeover of Fairfax Media welcomed by Malcolm Turnbull

Cutting the ABC and Concentration of Private MSM spells the era of Fake News is growing, Australia needs teh ABC more than ever (ODT)

“This proposed merger means it is about to get even more concentrated,” Ms Rowland said, declaring it “beyond belief” for Senator Fifield to proclaim his government supported media diversity.

“Democracy suffers if you have too few media voices, workers suffer when mergers inevitably lead to job losses and citizens, consumers and communities get less diversity, less coverage and less choice.”

via Nine takeover of Fairfax Media welcomed by Malcolm Turnbull

How government inaction fuelled Australia’s renewable energy boom – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Wind farm

Like many other countries, Australian business and consumers have left their political leaders behind, opting for renewables backed up by gas, hydro and, to a smaller but growing extent, batteries.

via How government inaction fuelled Australia’s renewable energy boom – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia, Solomon Islands, PNG sign undersea cable deal amid criticism from China – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Clear blue waters and cloudy skies above the shoreline of Bonege Beach.

Tony Abbott Closed Radio Australia and opened the door to China in the region. Now the LNP are trying to correct that threatening an economic backlash. A rolling stone gathers moss and it started with Abbott the Pillock of the Pacific the Europhile (ODT)

The security pact, known as Biketawa Plus, is being considered by members of the Pacific Islands Forum and builds on the Biketawa Declaration signed in 2000 that has guided the forum’s collective response to crises such as natural disasters and civil unrest.

The Global Times warned it would be a “strategic mistake” if the new security agreement was aimed at China.

“Instead of being overly cautious about China’s rise, Australia and New Zealand should avoid misleading the region on China’s role, and other regional countries should be clear about the consequences of being misled,” its editorial said.

“The region will only suffer more losses from containing China.”

The New Zealand Government has also copped criticism after it released its Strategic Defence Policy Statement last week which said China was challenging the existing international rules-based order.

At a press conference in Beijing on Monday China Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying urged New Zealand to “correct its wrong words and deeds and contribute more to the mutual trust and cooperation between our two countries”.

via Australia, Solomon Islands, PNG sign undersea cable deal amid criticism from China – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Do unto refugees

DETERRING AND IMPRISONING asylum seekers is gaining popularity in the western world. Punishment by separation of children from parents now has occurred in both Australia and America historically and currently, invoking community backlash. America forthwith will follow Australia’s indefinite detention practices, even as Trump repudiates his policy on separation of children from parents. These practices contravene the Refugee Convention to which both America and Australia were signatories. Dutton emphasised the desire to be rid of this troublesome convention, saying:

“I think there is a need for like-minded countries to look at whether a convention designed decades ago is relevant today.”

Let us examine that which underpins our history of refugee conventions versus “deterrence” against refugees and their smugglers.

via Do unto refugees

Donald Trump a ‘critical threat’ to Australia’s interests as trust in US hits record low, Lowy survey reveals – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Key points:

Trust peaked under Barack Obama, hits low with Mr Trump
Mr Trump ranks low in world leader confidence
Poll shows Australians put faith in other Western allies
Political analyst says Washington will note the loss of trust

Lowy Institute annual poll results on trust in world powers.

via Donald Trump a ‘critical threat’ to Australia’s interests as trust in US hits record low, Lowy survey reveals – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Isn’t it time Australia brought Julian Assange home?

What does all this mean? Over two years have passed without any further comment about the WGAD’s findings by the Turnbull Government. Now the Government is paying lip service to the existence and role of the WGAD – as it must as a conscientious member of the United Nations – but refusing publicly to accept or even acknowledge its findings in relation to Mr Assange’s detention, let alone in any way trying to address them.

Given our Government’s demonstrated capacity, when it puts its mind to it, to effect the early release of Australian citizens from curial processes and prisons in other countries – and given that the foundational proceedings against Assange by Sweden have now evaporated – it surely has an obligation to act on the findings of the WGAD and negotiate the safe repatriation of Mr Assange from England back to Australia.

via Isn’t it time Australia brought Julian Assange home?

Police walk and talk to put a face to homelessness

Then, the former firefighter was sleeping rough. A family breakdown and worsening mental health condition had catapulted him from his community and his only possessions were was some loose change in his pocket and the clothes on his back.

“People assume all homeless people are drug users. Or that we’ve all got our hands out for help. They’re wrong,” he says.

This week, for the first time, a group of Victorian police officers spent the morning walking with Russell through the streets of Fitzroy and Carlton to find out first-hand what life is like for someone who is homeless. It was followed by a session where police could ask any question of people who had experienced homelessness.

via Police walk and talk to put a face to homelessness

The lies unmasked by Trump’s latest rage-filled tirade

Tony Abbott is not an original thinker

Indeed, it has become undeniable that Trump’s overriding goal on immigration is to reduce the number of immigrants in the US to the greatest degree possible.

As Eric Levitz notes on nymag.com, Trump moved to end Temporary Protected Status for various groups with no credible rationale for doing so and even though US diplomats have warned that it is dangerously bad policy. And as Trump’s “shithole countries” comment confirmed, his main driving impulse on immigration is white nationalism – rolling back the current racial and ethnic mix of the country at all costs – and that this is shaping policy.

via The lies unmasked by Trump’s latest rage-filled tirade

Coalition religious values are increasingly unrepresentative of most Australians – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Has anyone notified George there are 150 Anglican churches up for sale?(ODT)

The sooner we separate religion and state completely, the better. That will entail getting rid of a Coalition who is so far out of touch with mainstream Australian values that they have become an irrelevant anachronism who should have no place in the halls of power.

via Coalition religious values are increasingly unrepresentative of most Australians – » The Australian Independent Media Network

To reduce inequality in Australian schools, make them less socially segregated – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Finland has no Private Schools but far far better outcomes

Inequalities of educational opportunities and experiences are a result of socially segregated schools. Australia has one of the largest resource gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged schools in the OECD. Australia has large the largest gap in the shortage of teachers between disadvantaged and advantaged schools among all OECD countries.

Disadvantaged schools in Australia also have far fewer educational materials (books, facilities, laboratories) than high SES schools. This gap is the third largest in the OECD, with only Chile and Turkey showing larger inequalities between schools.

via To reduce inequality in Australian schools, make them less socially segregated – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australians landed almost 1 million new jobs in five years — so what kind of jobs are they and is that a big deal? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Bye Bye  Full Time work Benefits Holidays, Sick leave and Security. Bye Bye Bank loans and long term planning.

Australians landed almost 1 million new jobs in five years — so what kind of jobs are they and is that a big deal? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

How some of the wealthiest Australians pay ‘negative’ tax

The tax treatment of earnings generated from owning shares is complicated. Because it is complicated most people think it is boring. Because it’s boring we don’t discuss it much. However Australia’s dividend imputation system is important, unique to the world and comes with approximately a $30 billion dollar a year price tag. So whatever you think about Bill Shorten and Chris Bowen’s announcement it is a good thing they have got us talking about one of the least understood aspects of tax policy in Australia.

The complexity of the Australian tax system hides many sins, one of the most inequitable of which is the fact that some of Australia’s wealthiest citizens pay negative tax. The ATO actually hands other people’s money to some of the wealthiest people in the country. Indeed, while Centrelink chases some of our poorest citizens for seven-year-old debt, one lucky non-taxpayer actually received $2.5 million in “tax credits” in a single year.

via How some of the wealthiest Australians pay ‘negative’ tax

Forget China’s red dragon, fear the green renewable one

Why is the US (and Australia) ideologically clinging to last century’s energy sources and technology? How dumb are we?

USA & Australia = Dumb and Dumber a History of Energy transformation live (OD)

via Forget China’s red dragon, fear the green renewable one

As workers notice no Raise, the Tax Scam Is Starting to Sink In | Informed Comment

As workers notice no Raise, the Tax Scam Is Starting to Sink In

The Koch Brothers alone will spend $20 million on ads selling the tax bill. This is a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.4 billion they stand to gain every year in tax breaks. It’s also a tiny fraction of their overall campaign spending on the 2018 midterms elections, which is projected to reach $400 million.

The Kochs have their work cut out for them. A new poll from Politico shows most workers report seeing no increase in their take home pay after the new tax laws took effect.

This is important.

The whole premise behind adding $1.5 trillion to the debt, giving massive handouts to the ultra-wealthy, and giving a tax break to the nation’s most profitable corporations was that working folks would also get a bit of cash.

Turns out, they’re not seeing that money. But the PR push is having an impact.

via As workers notice no Raise, the Tax Scam Is Starting to Sink In | Informed Comment

Day to Day Politics: At the risk of repeating myself … it’s about our bloody democracy. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

Since John Howard came to prominence, and in the time since, especially under Abbott, the practice of politics now repulses people. We have been so let down by leadership that you would be hard-pressed to find 10% of the population who “trust” our politicians.

via Day to Day Politics: At the risk of repeating myself … it’s about our bloody democracy. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How to reject division – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

Multiculturalism cannot thrive and blossom in this country until it does. Well-off Australians often seem to harbour a contempt for our indigenous citizens, for refugees and “foreigners”, for our less-educated, our poor and disadvantaged. That contempt, constantly fanned by radio shock jocks, Murdoch and IPA opinionators and echoed by right-wing politicians, must end

via How to reject division – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When Deportation is a Death Sentence: The Fatal Consequences of U.S. Immigration Policy | Democracy Now!

 s1 immigrant deporation deaths

Despite living her whole adult life in Texas, she was deported to Mexico after a traffic stop. She warned a U.S. Border Patrol agent, “When I am found dead, it will be on your conscience.” Within a week of her deportation, she was murdered by her ex-husband.

via When Deportation is a Death Sentence: The Fatal Consequences of U.S. Immigration Policy | Democracy Now!

For Turnbull, Dastyari is a gift that keeps on giving

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The issue we face isn’t Turnbull, Abbott Shorten or Sam Dastyari the problem is the paucity of media and it’s self indulgent approach to presenting only some  facts and carefully avoiding others as Tony Walker does here.

1) The LNP accepted donations from the same Chinese gentleman as the ALP

2) His Chinese staff member is currently working for John Alexander in Bennelong

3) Until busted the LNP accepted a swathe of Rolex watches as gifts valued at $250K from a Chinese developer “Tony Abbott returned a Rolex given to him by a Chinese billionaire …

4) The Chines government has every reason to be “pissed off “with the quality of the Australian Press which we have seen and Malcolm Turnbull’s use of it in the abuse of the China Australia  diplomatic relationship for simplistic and puerile political games that threaten an otherwise stable and mutually beneficial friendship between the two countries. Trump couldn’t have done better

One might well ask:

Why Main Stream media offers so little in the way of information? The media self indulgence can be seen clearly see here just read this article.  For what it’s worth the banner might as well have said:

For Shorten, Abbott is a gift that keeps on giving

 

For Turnbull, Dastyari is a gift that keeps on giving

Australia still embraces multiculturalism but fracture lines are deepening | David Marr | Australia news | The Guardian

The 2017 report confirms:

A citizenship ceremony in the harbour during Australia Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 26, 2016.

80% of Australians reject the notion of selecting immigrants by race,
85% believe multiculturalism is good for this country. “It’s a very strong brand,” says Markus. “You even go to rural areas and get amazing majorities of people who think it’s good for Australia.”
74% reject the idea of selecting immigrants by religion, and
56% of us believe the number of migrants Australia takes each year is either about right or too low.

Australia still embraces multiculturalism but fracture lines are deepening | David Marr | Australia news | The Guardian

Australia Has a Climate Change Lesson for the World – The New York Times

That this is the best we can do — indeed that this is a relative triumph for Mr. Turnbull — illustrates just how tangled Australia’s climate politics have become. The country has taken a long, hard look at every warning about the costs of delayed climate action and ignored them all. And, subsequently, it has paid for those costs through high energy prices and curtailed investment.

via Australia Has a Climate Change Lesson for the World – The New York Times