Tag: Australia

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

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!

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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

Punishing people for poverty won’t make the complexities go away | Catherine Yeomans | Society | The Guardian

The government’s proposed welfare reforms will push already vulnerable people further into poverty and increase stigma around addiction

Source: Punishing people for poverty won’t make the complexities go away | Catherine Yeomans | Society | The Guardian

Media’s fatal gambit – » The Australian Independent Media Network

This was glaringly apparent during the election campaign and final outcome in the United Kingdom. Jeremy Corbyn was mercilessly savaged and smeared relentlessly. Phrases such as ‘being dirty’, ‘scruffy’, a ‘dangerous Marxist’, and even an ‘IRA terrorist sympathizer’ were used.. Rich words coming from the press when Theresa May is now in bed with a little known terrorist group from Ireland. Of course, media won`t talk about this though! That narrative is not for public ears!

Source: Media’s fatal gambit – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australian woman ‘strip-searched and jailed’ in Hawaii after US border checks

A Melbourne woman bound for a holiday in the United States claims she was strip-searched, locked up in a federal prison and sent back to Australia by border officials.

Source: Australian woman ‘strip-searched and jailed’ in Hawaii after US border checks

Australian oil well leaked into ocean for months – but spill kept secret | Environment | The Guardian

Offshore oil and gas regulator says there was a 10,500-litre spill in April 2016 but refuses to reveal where it occurred or company responsible

Source: Australian oil well leaked into ocean for months – but spill kept secret | Environment | The Guardian

Australia’s biggest emitters opt to ‘wait and see’ over Emissions Reduction Fund

A survey of executives in high-emitting industries such as mining and electricity generation suggests they are not engaging with the government’s flagship policy to cut greenhouse emissions.

Source: Australia’s biggest emitters opt to ‘wait and see’ over Emissions Reduction Fund

Australians are among the luckiest people on earth. What are we so angry about? | Brigid Delaney’s diary | Opinion | The Guardian

On Anzac Day, at the airport, everywhere: the levels of vitriol in our personal and public lives need to be called out. It’s just not a clever way to talk to each other

Source: Australians are among the luckiest people on earth. What are we so angry about? | Brigid Delaney’s diary | Opinion | The Guardian

Murdoch Takeover Of Sky Would Undermine British Broadcasting Standards, Joint Report Shows

Media Matters, in partnership with global activism group Avaaz, submitted a report to U.K.’s chief broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, detailing the risks Rupert Murdoch’s desired takeover of British satellite broadcasting company Sky poses to British broadcasting standards. On March 16, U.K. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley had referred Murdoch’s take

Source: Murdoch Takeover Of Sky Would Undermine British Broadcasting Standards, Joint Report Shows