Tag: Australia

The new climate “pledge” from the Murdochs is straight from the fossil fuel playbook | Media Matters for America

Australia fires Fox News prime time

Plan to advocate for carbon neutrality in Australia is not likely to change Fox News’ climate denial coverage in the U.S.

Source: The new climate “pledge” from the Murdochs is straight from the fossil fuel playbook | Media Matters for America

Australian public fed nonsense as country heads to “irreversible” decision. | by Matt Barrie | Aug, 2021 | Medium

Everything Morrison’s Plan isn’t: Israel is sliding and failing Taiwan isn’t it’s back to ZERO

“Countries that consistently aim for elimination — ie, maximum action to  stop community transmission as quickly as possible — have generally fared better than countries that opt for mitigation targeted way to reduce cases so as not to overwhelm health-care systems.”  Countries opting for elimination fare better for health, economy & civil liberties. Source: The Lancet.

Joint modeling for the “opening up” strategy has been conducted by the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing at University of Western Australia, the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis at the University of Melbourne and an independent modeling expert. “If 70% of adult Australians (excluding children <16 years) were fully vaccinated, but with a 95% vaccination level for those aged ≥60 years, the AZ-mRNA strategy would eventually result in some 6.9 million symptomatic COVID-19 cases, 154,000 hospitalisations, and 29,000 fatalities.” It concludes: “The consequences of opening up prematurely could prove to be both irreversible and unacceptable. Aus

Source: Australian public fed nonsense as country heads to “irreversible” decision. | by Matt Barrie | Aug, 2021 | Medium

The discovery of Indigenous children’s bodies in Canada is horrific, but Australia has similar tragedies it’s yet to reckon with

This article contains distressing information on Stolen Generations and residential schools. When I read that the bodies of 215 children had been found in unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, Turtle Island (Canada), my heart ached for these children and the First Nation’s communities they belong to. Weeks later, the Cowessess First Nation announced they had also found the remains of 751 people, mostly children, at the former Marieval Indian Residential School using ground-penetrating radar. The residential school system in Canada was a tool of cultural genocide that worked explicitly through the forced removal of children and young people from their families. The impact of policies that enabled this to happen have been felt by generations of Métis, Inuit and First Nations peoples. The last school closed in 1996. Get your news from people who know what they’re talking about. As the tally of bodies found in unmarked graves continues to grow, residential school survivors warn this is just the beginning. The experiences of Indigenous childre

Source: The discovery of Indigenous children’s bodies in Canada is horrific, but Australia has similar tragedies it’s yet to reckon with

US, European and UK diplomats meet to encourage Australia to ramp up climate action | Australian politics | The Guardian

Coal fired power station at sunset

Proof that Australia is the world’s laggard on Climate Change.

Exclusive: Diplomats have had multiple meetings in Canberra to discuss ways to engage with Australia on setting stronger climate targets

Source: US, European and UK diplomats meet to encourage Australia to ramp up climate action | Australian politics | The Guardian

“The Final Solution” Who Used The Term First – The Nazi Party or The Canadian Government? – Collective Evolution

Conservatives in Australia refuse to even address issues of this nature in Australia. Why was a population of 700k reduced to half in less than 200 years? Instead crying that any attempt to investigate these matters is necessary to do so is regaled as a form of “Black Racism”,  an effort to “Cancel and tarnish White Culture”, and some form of “Race Replacement”. Andrew Bolt, who is obsessed with matters of race rales against any critical assessment let alone discussed in our classrooms. British Colonialism arrived on these shores with a mindset well and truly established and practiced in other settler colonies and it certainly wasn’t one with human rights in mind.

“The Final Solution” is a term coined by the Nazi party, describing their plan for the genocide and murder of Jews during the second World War. It represented a policy of deliberate and systematic genocide which culminated in the Holocaust. The type of genocidal actions witnessed during World War 2, and in many other parts of the world, is something that also occurred in North America prior to the Second World War. Some Scholars have estimated that prior to the ‘discovery’ of the Americas by Europeans, the pre-contact era population could have been as high as 100 million people. We are taught in high school that the mass disappearance and depopulation of the indigenous was due to disease brought over by the Europeans, but recent history involving the Canadian residential school system may be a catalyst for many to question this narrative. There were most certainly other factors.

Source: “The Final Solution” Who Used The Term First – The Nazi Party or The Canadian Government? – Collective Evolution

FATF Chance: Senators tackle Australia’s status as paradise for white collar criminals – Michael West

AML-CTF, money laundering, AUSTRAC

For 15 years political parties have blocked action on stopping money laundering through Australia. Labor is planning to bring on a vote today for a parliamentary inquiry that could finally end the stalemate and ensure the nation is no longer a haven for the proceeds of foreign crime and corruption. Nathan Lynch reports.

Source: FATF Chance: Senators tackle Australia’s status as paradise for white collar criminals – Michael West

We could be a superpower: 3 ways Australia can take advantage of the changing geopolitics of energy

Australia should embrace the opportunity to become a renewable energy power. If we don’t act now, with the global energy transition gathering pace, Australia could be exposed to a hostile international energy environment with profound economic, security and diplomatic consequences.

Source: We could be a superpower: 3 ways Australia can take advantage of the changing geopolitics of energy

India travel ban: Australia hasn’t banned flights from any other country

An Indian doctor wearing PPE examines a patient at a hospital in Delhi on 13 April 2021

Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, an infectious diseases expert at the University of New South Wales and member of the WHO’s COVID-19 team, said a Guardian analysis of data showed India had fewer cases per capita than either the United States or the United Kingdom during their COVID-19 peaks. She said the data suggested the ban for India was likely an “act out of fear” and said it should be reversed “to ensure there is no misconception the ban is in any way racist”. While other countries have suffered horrific virus surges, Australia’s response hasn’t been to put up an impenetrable wall. Here’s a quick look at what we’ve done instead.

Source: India travel ban: Australia hasn’t banned flights from any other country

Jacinda Ardern savaged as UK Parliament declares treatment of Uighurs genocide

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

London: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been savaged for allegedly sucking up to China and turning her back on the Five Eyes alliance during a historic debate in which British MPs unanimously declared that China was carrying out genocide and crimes against humanity.

Source: Jacinda Ardern savaged as UK Parliament declares treatment of Uighurs genocide

Church of Scientology accounts show it shifts millions to Australia

The international Church of Scientology has shifted tens of millions of dollars into Australia.

The Church of Scientology has shifted tens of millions of dollars into Australia, which has become an international haven for the controversial religion where it makes tax-free profits with minimal scrutiny.

Source: Church of Scientology accounts show it shifts millions to Australia

Australia’s ambassador to China blasts Beijing’s ‘vindictive’ trade behaviour

Australia’s ambassador in Beijing has labelled China’s campaign of economic punishment against Australia “vindictive” as the diplomatic relationship between the two countries remains stuck in a rut.

Australia’s ambassador to China blasts Beijing’s ‘vindictive’ trade behaviour

The world’s electric cars are leaving Australia for dust

The Volkswagen ID.4 is set to the be first mainstream electric vehicle in the US, but not here.

If you ask Scott Morrison about electric vehicles he throws poor, and inaccurate, marketing lines at you, such as they will “end the weekend”, they “won’t tow your trailer – it’s not going to tow your boat”, as he did when former Labor leader Bill Shorten backed fairly modest objectives concerning the electrification of our vehicle fleet in the run-up to the last election.

The world’s electric cars are leaving Australia for dust

Texas was a warning. Australia needs to rethink the design of its electricity market

Australia’s electricity market is unsustainable. Texas shows us why. A week ago Texas experienced a bout of severe weather as arctic air reached deep into the state, driving temperature down to levels that had not been experienced for 30 years. The full human toll is yet to be counted, but 20 deaths have so far been associated with motor accidents, from fires lit for warmth and from carbon-monoxide poisoning after residents used their cars to try to warm their homes. At the peak, 4.5 million people were without power in many cases for extended periods. The Texas Poison Centre received 450 calls about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Texas was a warning. Australia needs to rethink the design of its electricity market

January 26, 1788: The day the white men came and plundered – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Never allow racism to disguise itself in the cloak of nationalism.( John Lord)

January 26, 1788: The day the white men came and plundered – » The Australian Independent Media Network

News Corp Kept Lying About Climate Change After The Summer Fires

A new report shows that over the last 12 months — following the Black Summer bushfires — nearly half of all climate coverage in four News Corp publications cast doubt on or completely rejected climate science.

News Corp Kept Lying About Climate Change After The Summer Fires

Far-right groups have used COVID to expand their footprint in Australia. Here are the ones you need to know about

Sky News commentators were only too eager to give them air time

The commissioners confirmed the convicted terrorist behind the attack that killed 51 people had been active in Australian extremist groups before moving to New Zealand.

Far-right groups have used COVID to expand their footprint in Australia. Here are the ones you need to know about

Revealed by the Wikileaks exposé: The fragile, thieving ‘un-Australian’ lie

No one knows what a right-wing politician means when they say ‘un-Australian’ in the present, least of all the politician saying it. It is not even a negation, but blanker than that. It reduces the meaning of Australian-ness down to whatever might, or might not, live inside the unconscious borders of the speaker at that particular time. ‘This is so postmodern’, I thought, the first time I heard one of the crazies say it, and I could almost smell the stale Union beer.

Revealed by the Wikileaks exposé: The fragile, thieving ‘un-Australian’ lie

Revealed: radical escalation in US war machine funding for Australian Government “think tank” ASPI – Michael West

ASPI foreign funding

Scott Morrison says Australia’s position has been wrongly interpreted as siding with the US over China. Yet two of the main funders of the Federal Government-owned think-tank ASPI, a constant critic of China, are the US State Department, whose secretary Mike Pompeo has led the charge of global anti-China sentiment, and foreign weapons makers. Marcus Reubenstein investigates.

Revealed: radical escalation in US war machine funding for Australian Government “think tank” ASPI – Michael West

China to target Australia’s human rights record on Indigenous issues and aged care

Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China’s foreign ministry plans to target Australia’s human rights record on Indigenous affairs and aged care as it ramps up its dispute with the Morrison government. The escalation follows a sharp rejection of China’s threats by Prime Minister Scott Morrison who on Thursday said Australia would not compromise on national security or freedom of speech after the Chinese embassy released a list of 14 grievances with Australia that threatens up to $20 billion in trade.

China to target Australia’s human rights record on Indigenous issues and aged care

Australia’s newspaper ownership is among the most concentrated in the world | News | The Guardian

exterior of News Corp building with advertiser and sunday mail signs
If not for the ABC what hope for Democracy?

The results show that in 2011 Australia had the most concentrated newspaper industry out of any country studied with the exception of China and Egypt:

Australia’s newspaper ownership is among the most concentrated in the world | News | The Guardian

Morrison’s Trumpist dilemma: A credible revisionist narrative is impossible

WHEN JOE HOCKEY, former cigar-chomping Australian Treasurer in Tony Abbott’s government and Australian ambassador to the USA between January 2016 and January 2020, made it clear that he agreed with his golfing buddy Donald Trump that fraud “for sure” characterised Democratic Party voting and that “there’s plenty of good reason to have litigation, I mean it is a complete dog’s breakfast right across the country,” he did more than jump into the unaerated, putrid goldfish bowl. He inadvertently shone a light on the real nature of the relationship between the current Australian Government and the Trump White House, a relationship which exposed the Australian Government as a kind of ex-officio branch of the Trump Republican Party.

Morrison’s Trumpist dilemma: A credible revisionist narrative is impossible

For better or for worse, we are much like America – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day The purpose of propaganda is to make you feel good about the wrongs being perpetrated on you.

For better or for worse, we are much like America – » The Australian Independent Media Network

China to crush Australian economy for anti-Chinese sentiments 

China to crush Australian economy for anti-Chinese sentiments

Beijing has banned importы of Australian coal. The move came as China’s response to Australia’s support for its geopolitical ally, the United States. Why doesn’t Moscow learn from Beijing?

Russia needs to learn a few lessons from China on how to twist Europe’s arms

With ‘great concern’ Germany watching Australia-China relationship

Germany's ambassador to Australia, Dr Thomas Fitschen.

Dr Fitschen said Germany would diversify its political and economic relations in Asia so that it did not fall into a dependency on China’s market. “Diversification does not mean decoupling. Diversification means China plus X,” he said. “The German government and the EU must put in place the necessary conditions for this.”

With ‘great concern’ Germany watching Australia-China relationship

Culture clash: has Australia miscalculated in its feud with China? | Australia news | The Guardian

Wang Xining told the National Press Club the Chinese people had seen Australia’s call for an inquiry into the origins of coronavirus as ‘shocking’.

China has complained about our media’s fanning of the negativity towards it countless times yet the government has supported the media. News Corp has been spreading anti- Chinese sentiment since Abbott. Yet nobody seems to listen. The Chinese kicked Murdoch out because they regarded his organization not just critical but toxic why is it the LNP and IPA don’t? (ODT)

“How do you think the United States would feel if somebody were to jump up and say we need an independent international inquiry into how badly President Trump has mishandled the coronavirus leading to nearly 200,000 American deaths? Everybody would think that was a very high-handed thing to do.” Despite the backlash, China ended up supporting the European Union-drafted, Australia-backed, heavily negotiated motion that sailed through the World Health Assembly the following month. But the diplomatic dispute shows no signs of abating.

Culture clash: has Australia miscalculated in its feud with China? | Australia news | The Guardian

ASIO questioned Chinese journalist in Australia over Shaoquett Moselmane

AFR journalist Mike Smith with ABC journalist Bill Birtles as they prepared to leave China on Monday night.

This article seems to be misinformed saying the Chinese forced two Australian journalists out. The left on the advice of the Australian government which has had an increasingly tenuous relationship with China since Abbott came to power. A relationship politicized by the demands of the USA and domestic politics. Australian Foreign policy has shifted dramatically in the last 7 years noticeably for the worse. The LNP cut in foreign aid and Abbott’s eagerness to be more involved in Europe created a vacuum and opportunity for China which they now seem to be paying the price.(ODT)

The Chinese Communist Party’s international state media mouthpiece, Xinhua, published a report overnight claiming the Australian intelligence agency recently raided the residences of Chinese journalists in Australia, questioned them and seized their computers and smartphones. Current Time 0:45 / Duration 2:10 Two Australian journalists rushed home from China Two Australian journalists rushed home from China Scott Morrison wants ‘graphic’ TikTok video taken down Two Australian journalists rushed home from China Two Australian journalists have landed in Sydney after being pulled out of China by their news organisations for fear they were no longer safe. Scott Morrison wants ‘graphic’ TikTok video taken down 2:06 Up next Scott Morrison wants ‘graphic’ TikTok video taken down LIVE: Marise Payne addresses the media Greg Hunt addresses the media Treasurer outlines changes to JobKeeper PM and Home Affairs Minister address the media LIVE: PM and Home Affairs Minister address the media Senior Australian government sources confirmed questioning took place, but said it was normal procedure and it shouldn’t be compared with the treatment of Smith and Birtles who had been forced out of China.

ASIO questioned Chinese journalist in Australia over Shaoquett Moselmane

TikTok furore exposes data privacy hypocrisy in Australia and the U.S.

Microsoft is currently in talks with TikTok to buy out operations in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Considering Bill Gates and Microsoft’s massive failure with the Windows phone and in the battle with Android, they would be absolutely salivating at the prospect of owning a mobile app with over a hundred million young consumers. But will they protect private data? That prospect is highly doubtful. In early August, the Washington Post reported that Microsoft could use the data from TikTok for research and development in artificial intelligence. The only way forward is legislation that is both national and global in application and places democracy and the protection of privacy ahead of corporate interests and invasive security measures. Though with the governments of Trump, Scott Morrison and Xi Jinping, I don’t like our chances of that.

TikTok furore exposes data privacy hypocrisy in Australia and the U.S.

Coronavirus Australia: More companies to get JobKeeper from September in $15 billion backflip

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will announce changes to the JobKeeper scheme to allow more companies to take it up.Image may contain: text that says 'WE ARE NOT ALL IN THE SAME BOAT BUT WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME STORM SUPPORT EACHOTHER #DONTJUDGE #BEKIND'

Note what Ch9 doesn’t say a broken Australian economy once saved by Victoria before Covid-19 now need to lend a hand and fix itself. Dan Andrews has saved Australia by locking his borders and taking on the pain for Morrison’s lack of attention to aged -care. Besides, there is no guarantee that the 2nd wave isn’t coming to the other states. So why isn’t this simply an Australian problem? After all if it’s the LNP’s China virus then it follows it’s the Dutton/Ruby Princess or LNP virus? Come on Australia don’t let the media and politics divide us the engine room is on fire. (ODT)

via Coronavirus Australia: More companies to get JobKeeper from September in $15 billion backflip

Coronavirus: Trump criticises Australia as US COVID-19 cases soar

Healthcare worker Dante Hills, left, passes paperwork to a woman in a vehicle at a COVID-19 testing site in Miami..

The Insanity of Trump: HE”S YOUR PRESIDENT AMERICA

Florida alone, which has a population of about 22 million people, set a single-day record for coronavirus-related deaths for a third day in a row on Thursday, recording 253 new deaths and just under 10,000 new cases. Statewide, 6585 residents are now dead after contracting the virus.

By comparison, Australia, with a population of almost 25 million, recorded 14 deaths and 747 new cases by Thursday night, driven mostly by Victoria’s spike in infections. Friday’s numbers were lower with 649 new cases in Victoria and eight deaths. Overall, 196 people in Australia have died from the virus.

via Coronavirus: Trump criticises Australia as US COVID-19 cases soar

News Corp tears down Murdoch’s ‘silos’ – and then harvests journalists’ jobs | Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

News Corp papers

There was just one tiny detail omitted by media editor Leo Shanahan. Tearing up the silos necessarily meant destroying dozens of journalists’ jobs. Instead of having four reporters covering a round you would have just one, and the story would be syndicated.

The day after the Blunden interview was published, the axe fell. Sources say about 65 people were tapped for redundancy at the Herald Sun and the Daily Telegraph, although the company won’t confirm numbers. On Thursday it was the Oz’s turn and another 13 people were made redundant, including an editor in his 60s who had clocked up decades on the payroll and a brilliant photographer.

via News Corp tears down Murdoch’s ‘silos’ – and then harvests journalists’ jobs | Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

‘Wanton thuggery’: Outraged Australia to probe US police attack on its journalists covering White House protest — RT World News

‘Wanton thuggery’: Outraged Australia to probe US police attack on its journalists covering White House protest

The Australian embassy in Washington, DC will investigate an apparent assault by the US police against two Aussie journalists. The pair were roughed up live on air while covering a protest outside the White House.

A crew working for the outlet 7News was targeted on Tuesday while reporting from a demonstration in the US capital against police brutality. Correspondent Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers were battered as the police cleared a protesting crowd, footage of the incident showed. Brace was hit with a baton, while Myers was attacked with a riot shield.

via ‘Wanton thuggery’: Outraged Australia to probe US police attack on its journalists covering White House protest — RT World News

Seeking the Post-COVID Sunshine: Time to Turn Consensus from the W.H.O. Assembly into a Political Charade? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s Defence Connect (20 May 2020) called for even greater loyalty to the US Global Alliance from Australia in this time of crisis over the spread of COVID-19:

“It is Australia’s indispensable relationship, the core of our national security and the key enabler, that has allowed Australia to freely engage and prosper within the post-Second World War order. However, in an era of mounting great power competition and disruption, the US-Australia relationship will become ever more important, explains retired Army officer Jason Thomas.”

Australia is being hurt commercially by its growing antagonism towards China, our best and most profitable trading partner. What is going on behind the scenes in the corridors of power in Canberra in the halls of the Defence and Foreign Affairs Departments to justify this wanton folly to protect US interests across the Indo-Pacific Basin?

Surely, the Trump Administration with the support of the Department of State and the Pentagon can fight their own battles with China. So, what is the real payoff for Australia in these difficult times? And if the war games in the South China Sea go astray, are Australians instantly at war with China through the chain of command in these joint patrols?

via Seeking the Post-COVID Sunshine: Time to Turn Consensus from the W.H.O. Assembly into a Political Charade? – » The Australian Independent Media Network