Tag: Australia’s Shame

Qantas Smiles: shareholders and executives grin, customers and staff grit their teeth – Michael West

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce

How does Qantas get away with it?

Apart from pushing its faux neo-liberal creed of free markets, Qantas has always been a sacred cow. Our politicians and business leaders recline in comfort in their Qantas lounges, with Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News on their TV screens, enjoying their frequent fliers.

Yet the Spirit of Australia has vanished, replaced by an avaricious corporate monster preying on taxpayers at every turn. Old codgers such as this writer will recall better times. Once the staff were proud to work there.

Source: Qantas Smiles: shareholders and executives grin, customers and staff grit their teeth – Michael West

Australians remain the world’s worst coal power polluters per capita

Australia is still dependent on coal-fired power stations.

Morrison, Taylor Frydenberg and tha LNP will godown as Australia’s greatest liars on Climate Change

Australia produced 4.04 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person from coal-fired power stations last year, according to a new report by energy think tank Ember. That’s roughly four times the global average, double the average per person in countries like the US and Japan, and more than any other country in the G20 or the OECD. University of Adelaide energy economist Dr Liam Wagner said he was unsurprised by the ranking, given Australia has long been one of the world’s most coal-dependent countries.

Source: Australians remain the world’s worst coal power polluters per capita

Double standards stir racist-Australia comments

Morrison’s Legacy as Immigration Minister. His use of Colour, Ethnicity and Religion shamed this Nation like the White Australia Policy once did..

We have offered unlimited visas to Ukrainian refugees, but 700,000 displaced Afghans do not get the same treatment. So much for respect for human rights in democratic Australia, writes Bilal Cleland.

Source: Double standards stir racist-Australia comments

Ukraine latest: Zelenskyy warns of horror in Borodyanka; Russia admits ‘significant’ casualties; some Ukrainians return to Kyiv – ABC News

A man stands in from of a large damaged building, in which many walls are missing.

Meanwhile, despite the increasing revelation of atrocities, the Australian government is cozying up to the  Indian government which isn’t committed to any sanctions against Russia and trading with them in the same manner as China despite knowledge of the widespread butchery committed by Putin’s forces against Ukraine citizens. That transactional act alone is reason for kicking Morrison out because in a two faced manner he’s supporting Putin.

UN suspends Russia from top human rights body

Source: Ukraine latest: Zelenskyy warns of horror in Borodyanka; Russia admits ‘significant’ casualties; some Ukrainians return to Kyiv – ABC News

Riches for Australian miner equals misery for Thai villagers – Michael West Media

Kingsgate, ISDS

Pirates with Confected Rights have no concern for people

A Thai gold mine owned by Australian company Kingsgate has been accused of creating “deserted villages with broken families”. It was closed by the Thai government, but an obscure clause in a “free trade” agreement has allowed the lucrative mine in Central Thailand to reopen. Tim Ginty reports.

Source: Riches for Australian miner equals misery for Thai villagers – Michael West Media

Media Malpractice and Information War in Ukraine | The Nation

Press conference with President Volydymyr Zelensky

Scott Morrison announced “Ukrainians were automatically “refugees” and would go “straight to the top of the ladder” shows he;s a recist ethnicist and elitist. Iraqis , Aghanis, or Africans and definitely those who arrived by boat are different. They are “illegals”, first and even if “asylum seekers” they will never be settled here or even make it to Morrison’s ladder in total contravention to the International convention which we signed. Even the ACL the Australian Christian Lobby took umbrage at Morrison’s un Christian, Racist and Ethnicist announcement that suggested Ukrainians are somewhat an exception when it came to need. But that’s Scott Morrison who picks up a ukelele and can’t play. He  has a history of takink on jobs he simply hasn’t the DNA or capacity to do and it’s readily ovbious for all to see.

This double standard is all the more apparent in how prominent journalists have discussed the war. CBS reporter Charlie D’Agata apologized after describing Ukraine as “civilized” compared to places like Iraq or Afghanistan, but he is far from alone. Others have similarly expressed shock that a war could happen outside a “third world nation” to people who “seem so like us.” In response to such examples, the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association released a statement condemning “orientalist and racist” rhetoric and demanded that newsrooms apply the same consideration to all victims of war.

Source: Media Malpractice and Information War in Ukraine | The Nation

Financial abuse costs Australia over $10 billion

Financial abuse

the L-NP, Morrison and Frydenberg, have allowed Australia to slide down the Heritage Foundation’s International corruption ladder to its lowest ever recorded score of 77.7 from 13th to 18th and going down. Any wonder they are terrified of an independent ICAC.

“Little is discussed about financial abuse in Australian society,” Deloitte behavioural economist Wing Hsieh told AAP. “The challenges of domestic and family violence have been very much at the forefront of people’s minds and particularly so in recent years.” But the specific financial abuse that often leads up to it, while related, is often not discussed. More than 400,000 women and about 200,000 men suffer financial abuse, and the cumulative impact of people being prevented from working themselves and those who later need support from government and social services costs the economy and individuals experiencing abuse more than $10 billion a year.

Source: Financial abuse costs Australia over $10 billion

Australia is more corrupt than ever, but the media stays quiet – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

Australia has a deteriorating global corruption ranking – and the mainstream media is ignoring it entirely. You won’t read about it in the mainstream Australian media. The story is missing from The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and a Google search reveals no coverage in any mainstream Australian media. What is it that gets so ignored? Just the news that Transparency International (TI)’s 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has put Australia in 18th place – the worst result Australia has ever received since TI’s new methodology in 2012. Since 2012 Australia’s score has dropped 12 points and our rank in the global index has plummeted 11 places (from 7th in 2012). Keen observers will note that in that period Coalition governments have been in power for eight of the nine years. In contrast to our performance Papua New Guinea is improving and New Zealand shares equal first place.

Source: Australia is more corrupt than ever, but the media stays quiet – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A vote for an Indigenous Voice could unlock path to unity

Dean Parkin wants Australians to be able to vote on an Indigenous Voice being enshrined in the Constitution.

Two things are clear. First, this debate is not going away. Indigenous and non-Indigenous advocates for change are part of an activist heritage that is intergenerational. Second, it is clear to us from our campaign that many Australians won’t be marching for change today – but they still reject the woefully inadequate status quo for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2022. These Australians are tired of hearing the same promises and plans by governments to ‘close the gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians without seeing real change in peoples’ lives.

Source: A vote for an Indigenous Voice could unlock path to unity

Australia Day 2022: Why many young people have given up on celebrations

Alex Barber no longer celebrates Australia Day.

Ms Barber, from Glen Iris, is not alone. She represents one side of a growing generational divide over the celebration of Australia’s national day. A recent survey by CoreData Australia, covering 1250 Australians aged 18 and over, shows younger people are less likely to celebrate the day. Almost 70 per cent of Gen Z participants – people under the age of 26 – said they did not intend to celebrate. Other studies released this week have reached similar conclusions. A YouGov survey showed younger generations are likely to prefer celebrating on a different day. One by Roy Morgan found almost 65 per cent of participants younger than 25 supported January 26 being referred to as Invasion Day instead of Australia Day.

Source: Australia Day 2022: Why many young people have given up on celebrations

Using prizes to deter asylum seekers sinks to next level “depravity”

An Australia-bound boat of Sri Lanka refugees waits for help after drifiting into Indonesian waters.

The Morrison Mad-Man’s Plan, Prizes for Detterance sinks Australia to lower depths of depravity. Rewards for “Keep Out” signage in Sri Lanka.

While Australia’s reluctance to meet its human rights obligations is not new, the “Zero Chance” short film competition for 2022 takes our reputation to a new and deeper level of moral depravity. It encourages Sri Lankan filmmakers to come up with videos that might deter their fellow citizens from seeking refuge in Australia via boat. Effectively, the competition proposes that every day Sri Lankans convince their neighbours to relinquish their human rights and win a digital SLR camera or a drone. The suggestion that those who have endured years of suffering may be deterred by a short film, is callous enough. The idea to recruit their fellow citizens to dissuade them from recognising their rights is morally repugnant.

Source: Using prizes to deter asylum seekers sinks to next level “depravity”

Australia standing proud — and increasingly alone — as property haven for international criminals  – Michael West Media

We saw how Vanstone and Guy cozied up to Australia’s Mafia Dons. They certainly weren’t the ALP being offered incentives.

Australia is cementing its name as a haven for money-launderers in global regulatory circles. Now that former laggard America is reforming however, the 64 billion dollar question is: will Canberra finally leap into action? Nathan Lynch examines how Australia has been exposed by the changing climate in Washington.

Source: Australia standing proud — and increasingly alone — as property haven for international criminals  – Michael West Media

Treatment of asylum seekers is our national shame

10 December, International Human Rights Day, happened to be the birthday of Adnan Choopani. Adnan escaped persecution in Iran when he was just 15 years old and has been moved from detention centre to detention centre for almost nine years now. Even though he was recognised as a refugee in 2014 already. At the moment, Adnan is being detained in the Park Hotel. This Human Rights Day Rally coincided with his 24th birthday.

Source: Treatment of asylum seekers is our national shame

JoshKeeper: Patrick slams “piss weak” Senate body in Tax Commissioner contempt row over JobKeeper secrecy – Michael West Media

 

The Australian Senate’s Privileges Committee, oft described as its most ‘powerful’ body, has found Australian Tax Office commissioner, Chris Jordan, not in contempt of the Senate for refusing to release the data on large companies who received JobKeeper payments reports Callum Foote.

Source: JoshKeeper: Patrick slams “piss weak” Senate body in Tax Commissioner contempt row over JobKeeper secrecy – Michael West Media

In First for major Industrial State, South Australia generates more Electricity from Solar on Sunday than it Can Use

I noted elsewhere that “Adelaide was originally populated by the aboriginal Kaurna people, who called it Tarndanyangga. It is now about as populous as San Diego. It was settled by free British immigrants, unlike the rest of Australia, which was a penal colony. In the nineteenth century, “Afghans” were brought in as camel drivers. It has the oldest continuously functioning mosque in Australia, constructed in 1889, and the state is known for its dedication to religious freedom.”

Source: In First for major Industrial State, South Australia generates more Electricity from Solar on Sunday than it Can Use

Secret figures reveal Coalition’s cut-down NBN tech three times more expensive than forecast | National broadband network (NBN) | The Guardian

Malcolm Turnbull at a national broadband network photo opportunity in 2016

Thanks Tony Abbott you legacy of putting the brakes on Australia with your “Nope Nope Nope” policy approach now “Slow Slow Slow” govenments don’t do progress style maintained by Scott Morrison is coming into relief and the skidmarks self evident. Climate, the NBN, the ABC, Welfare, Health, Education are just among some areas spiralling down since 2013. Yet, domestically the fix is still in with Murdoch and Ch9 domestically blowing smoke declaring us great and going in the right direction. Is it any wonder Morrison hates going overseas because when he does that fake greatness is laid bare for all to see. We were lauded and admired the 2nd best economy on the planet during and post GFC, and then in 2013 along came the L fucking NP and put an end to that progress felt by all Australians.

The technology in the Coalition’s cut-down version of the NBN cost up to three times more than originally forecast and was closer to the initial estimated cost of a revised version of Labor’s full-fibre plan, according to figures the government has sought to keep secret for almost a decade.

Source: Secret figures reveal Coalition’s cut-down NBN tech three times more expensive than forecast | National broadband network (NBN) | The Guardian

Biden admits to Macron about ‘clumsy’ handling of AUKUS pact

 Morrison a cheap con-man the accidental PM who fucked everyone over. He lied, and only Macron has called him out for who he is. A “very low grade Trumpesque salesman and certainly not anyone worthy of being a Nation’s Prime Minister . Lacking in any  ” Stature”, even Biden couldn’t remember his name, Morrison nevertheless seems to have always had “a plan” and he executed it  labelled “The Australian Way” and shamed us all.

US president Joe Biden has admitted the orchestration of the AUKUS pact was “clumsy” as he met with the French president for the first time since the secret submarine deal.

Mr Biden also told Emmanuel Macron that he “was under the impression that France had been informed long before” about Australia’s plan to scrap its $90 billion submarine contract with France.

The two leaders are in Rome for the G20 summit, also being attended by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, which comes as Scotland prepares to host the COP26 climate talks.

Mr Biden did not formally apologise to Mr Macron but conceded the US should not have caught the country by surprise.

“I think what happened was, to use an English phrase, what we did was clumsy,” Mr Biden said, adding the submarine deal “was not done with a lot of grace”.

Source: Biden admits to Macron about ‘clumsy’ handling of AUKUS pact

Australia needs a federal human rights act

The only Western Democratic Nation without one

Lastly, I would like to suggest caps on parliamentary tenure. We cannot guarantee expertise in our parliaments, but we can reduce the power imbalances, the influence of lobbyists, the pernicious and mostly unseen corruption by capping parliamentary tenure in the House of Representatives to two terms and in the Senate to one term. My definition of political “careerists” are individuals who seek re-election. Politics should be a calling.

Source: Australia needs a federal human rights act

Defence emails reveal staff shame at Dutton’s ‘tone-deaf’ IDAHOBIT morning tea ban

Emails reveal staff felt shame after Defence Minister Peter Dutton banned IDAHOBIT celebrations, claiming “we are not pursuing a woke agenda”.

He really believed he could be this country’s PM. He mocked our Pacific neighbors and had no qualms sneaking in Operes as a special favor for a mate. Apparently, if he had his way the Sydney Mardi Gras would be banned because it’s “woke” and a critical want to replace heterosexuals in every aspect of our institutional lives. Peter Dutton is our paranoid Minister of Defence and showing Australia he’s doing his job and not acting on his personal whims.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in May revealed that the Defence Minister had ordered his department and serving military personnel to stop events with “particular clothes in celebration” after Defence held morning teas where staff wore rainbow clothing to mark IDAHOBIT. Mr Dutton told Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell and secretary Greg Moriarty to issue a note ending such events, saying he would never tolerate discrimination but would not pursue a “woke agenda” either.

Source: Defence emails reveal staff shame at Dutton’s ‘tone-deaf’ IDAHOBIT morning tea ban

Nationhood and the ‘Pure’ Race (part 4) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Upon the very isolation of this vast island continent … a unique human experiment might be attempted. As with nowhere else upon the globe, here a distinct biological community might be established, maintained and nurtured within a single geographic entity. If the indigenous peoples continued their perceived decline towards extinction and other migrant races were excluded or expelled, a ‘pure race’ could logically result (Cited in Evans et al, 1997:26)

Source: Nationhood and the ‘Pure’ Race (part 4) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Nationhood and the ‘Pure’ Race (part 3) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Interest subsequently increased in using evolution theory for justification of a strong state in Australia. It is this racialist concern with a distinctively Australian type that undergirded the White Australia Policy, which was sanctioned by the adoption of the Immigration Restriction Bill in 1901. Pettman comments that the: Imperialist and racist ideology drew on generations of conquest, slavery and exploitation, and on a whole language of black inferiority and white superiority, bolstered in the nineteenth century by the new sciences. This ideology proved useful and flexible in rationalising the bloody violence, dispossession and incarceration of Aboriginal people, necessary to clear the way for the white nation (Pettman, 1988:2). Jan Pettman notes that the Darwinist explanations of evolution asserted that given equal competition, the fittest societies would survive and the inferior would die out, and links the attempted and hastened destruction of Aboriginal societies based on this theory. The British, being industrious and capital driven, accepted themselves as superior to the ‘improvident’ Aborigines and accepted that as racially doomed and undesirable were destined to

Source: Nationhood and the ‘Pure’ Race (part 3) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Hawke Files and the Birth of the 51st State – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The close relationship between actors in Australian and US intelligence of course goes back prior to the Prime Ministership of Whitlam, as evidenced by Australia’s secret role in the overthrowal of the Allende Government in Chile and the Sukarno Government in Indonesia.

As the war hawks today swirl at the spectre of a Chinese paper tiger, it seems we are locked into a more offensive UK-US alliance structure and a government determined to undermine our rights and welfare at every turn. What a betrayal those days of Hawke now seem to those who long for a country that supports social justice and an independent foreign policy. Surely this is the task of a new Labor Government.

 

Source: The Hawke Files and the Birth of the 51st State – » The Australian Independent Media Network

View From The Hill: For Morrison, AUKUS is all about the deal, never mind the niceties | The New Daily

nuclear submarines michael pascoe

Scott Morrison, whose COVID face masks have the Australian flag emblazoned on them, likes to talk about “the Australian way” of doing things and Australian values. But it is not “the Australian way” to secretly plan, over a very long time, to deceive a close friend of this country, and then to treat them in a most humiliating and disdainful manner. That does not align with “Australian values” of honesty and fair dealing.

Source: View From The Hill: For Morrison, AUKUS is all about the deal, never mind the niceties | The New Daily

COVID in Wilcannia: a national disgrace we all saw coming

The forgotten nation after 220 years and years of generational cultural and systemic racism

The COVID-19 crisis in Wilcannia demonstrates how entrenched neglect, combined with a global pandemic, have created a perfect storm impacting the most marginalised people in society. The treatment of the Barkindji people of Wilcannia is appalling by anyone’s standards and should be unacceptable to every Australian. The stories flooding out of Wilcannia of mistreatment of Aboriginal people should make every person stand up and demand immediate action. The government needs to take immediate action to address the conditions in which the people in Wilcannia are forced to live, and by providing vaccinations immediately to all those who want to be vaccinated.

Source: COVID in Wilcannia: a national disgrace we all saw coming

Alex Hawke says Australia’s resettlement of refugees ranks third-highest globally. Is that correct? – ABC News

A politician in a suit headshot with a closed mouth. Verdict says "cherrypicking" underneath with an orange asterisk

The verdict Mr Hawke’s claim is cherrypicking. Australia “resettles” more refugees than most, but this only accounts for people transferred to Australia from other asylum countries, including refugees referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Fewer than one per cent of the world’s refugees are resettled each year, or roughly 108,000 of the 20 million refugees under the UNHCR’s mandate in 2019. Other countries take in far greater numbers of refugees arriving on their doorstep. In 2020, and for the fifth year straight, Australia ranked third in the world for the number of its resettlements from other asylum countries, behind Canada and the United States.

Source: Alex Hawke says Australia’s resettlement of refugees ranks third-highest globally. Is that correct? – ABC News

First Nations Voice to Parliament: It’s time to rethink democracy

A new approach to democracy is needed to fight the Federal Government’s failure to deliver First Nations’ rights as called for in the Uluru Statement of the Heart, writes Matthew Butera. Our collective failure to embrace the Uluru Statement from the Heart represents a missed opportunity to accelerate Australia’s journey to becoming a more reconciled, inclusive and just society. An innovative approach to doing democracy could be the path back on track.

Source: First Nations Voice to Parliament: It’s time to rethink democracy

‘Moral outrage’: Wealthy nations will have 1.2 billion vaccine doses they don’t need

The vaccine stockpiles in rich countries are growing rapidly, while many countries are missing out.

Morrison grabbed 4 million Pfizer doses the wealthy nations like the UK and Singapore no longer needed calling it “a loan”. He actually Insured our pain, his failure in supply of vaccines to us will be felt by the lower income regions. Morrison’s delay will now be theirs as in effect he’s jumped the queue. While he’s claiming hero status he’s doing what Trump did. In an effort to boost himself he’s  growing and magnifying Australia’s shame.

London: Wealthy countries face mounting pressure to divert COVID-19 vaccine supplies to lower-income regions, with a new analysis showing they’ll likely have about 1.2 billion extra doses available by the end of the year.

Source: ‘Moral outrage’: Wealthy nations will have 1.2 billion vaccine doses they don’t need

Coal in China: The good, the bad and the ugly

The LNP arguments about not being contributors to the world’s CO2 emissions are rather pathetic. By our exports we are contributors to the largest global emitters.

there is no denying the ugly. As is true almost everywhere else, coal goes hand-in-hand with corruption. The projects commissioned by provincial governments were characterised by crony capitalism, with officials being bribed to provide cheap capital and disregard environmental and safety requirements. Centrally directed anti-corruption campaigns have had limited effects, particularly in provinces like Shanxi and Inner Mongolia where coal mining and new power plants are concentrated. There is little we in Australia can do to influence China. Our only contribution at this point will be to manage a transition away from dependence on thermal coal as an export industry. Sadly, there is no sign that our leaders are willing, let alone able, to undertake this task.

Source: Coal in China: The good, the bad and the ugly

Michael Pascoe: Australia is an accessory to the Afghanistan disaster

Afghanistan Pascoe

Dissemble and delay, pray the crisis goes away. Like bushfire preparedness, like pandemic shortcomings, like climate change policy, the Prime Minister was told we had people who needed to be rescued long before yesterday. Maybe it was just the usual gross incompetence – or maybe the government didn’t really want to import any more Afghanis than it absolutely had to.

Source: Michael Pascoe: Australia is an accessory to the Afghanistan disaster

Cruel, costly and ineffective: Australia’s offshore processing asylum seeker policy turns 9

When Australia previously sent asylum seekers offshore, under the Howard government, the majority of people processed offshore and found to be refugees were settled in Australia. This fact did not prompt an increase in boat arrivals. More recently, there was no spike in boat arrivals when Australia announced that people offshore would be eligible for resettlement in the United States, or when almost everyone was moved back to Australia. We have just over a thousand asylum seekers here in Australia, and a small number offshore, who have been put through significant trauma in a failed attempt to send a harsh deterrence message to others who might consider trying to reach Australia by boat. They have been waiting years for a solution, when a simple one is available right now. All should be permitted to settle permanently in Australia or another appropriate country, provided that alternative is voluntary. Serious consideration should be given to what reparation and rehabilitation Australia may owe the victims of offshore processing. This deeply flawed policy must not be permitted to reach its ten-year mark.

Source: Cruel, costly and ineffective: Australia’s offshore processing asylum seeker policy turns 9

The Coalition, the Labor Party and the media

Australia’s media is the most concentrated of any democracy in the world. The largest stakeholders (and chairpersons) of the three largest media companies in Australia – News Corp, Nine Entertainment Co and Seven West Media – all have known links to the Liberal Party. The ABC is also chaired by Ita Buttrose, another person with links to the Liberal Party.

Source: The Coalition, the Labor Party and the media

Climate change: The world gallops to Glasgow COP26 United Nations climate summit while Australia trundles the other way

 The steelworks and coal loading facility at Port Kembla. Australia learnt this week its coal and gas exports will be hit by Japan’s plans to almost halve its use of the fossil fuels by 2030.

Friday marked 100 days until the critical COP26 United Nations climate summit starts in Glasgow and the milestone was marked by renewed urgency in climate action. Alok Sharma, the Conservative UK cabinet minister who will be the formal host of the Glasgow talks, used it to write to relevant ministers around the world and call upon them to raise ambitions. “Although significant progress has been made, we must be honest that collectively we have not yet delivered at the scale and pace that science requires,” read his letter. “The world will be watching in Glasgow and it is our shared responsibility to rise to the challenge.”

Source: Climate change: The world gallops to Glasgow COP26 United Nations climate summit while Australia trundles the other way

On the brink of disaster: how decades of progress in Afghanistan could be wiped out in short order

Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of an almost unimaginable disaster. The withdrawal of US and allied forces, scheduled by President Joe Biden to be completed by September 11, threatens to precipitate the unravelling of the most pro-Western government in Southwest Asia.

Source: On the brink of disaster: how decades of progress in Afghanistan could be wiped out in short order

Less than 2 per cent: The real numbers of the vaccine rollout – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Yesterday, Canberra again promised that we’ll be vaccinated by Christmas. Yet, three months into the rollout and only 1.9% of NSW has had both doses.

Source: Less than 2 per cent: The real numbers of the vaccine rollout – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Secret Rich List – Michael West

Secret Rich List

The Secret Rich List – one rule for the rich, another for the rest What are they trying to hide? This is the driving question behind our ‘Secret Rich List’ project at Michael West Media. Our aim is to shine the spotlight on the 1,119 large proprietary companies that continue to enjoy a privileged exemption from having to lodge financial reports to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

The Secret Rich List – Michael West

Dob in a bludger – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Nobody in the coalition government is prepared to concede they are failing the unemployed. The party of “Jobs and Growth” has in reality been expanding “Unemployment and Recession” for years and no policy the government has implemented in Morrison’s $9B Social Security Safety Net seems capable of changing that path.

Dob in a bludger – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Anger has turned to sadness for Australia’s fed-up women – ABC News

A composite image of Grace Tame and Scott Morrison

Last year, the Prime Minister said he wanted women to be believed. When journalist Ronan Farrow, who broke the Harvey Weinstein allegations, was asked if the best way to honour a woman’s experiences was to believe her, Farrow replied it was better to investigate. To trust — but verify. To listen, really listen. To understand just how much it took for a woman to speak out at all, and then do the work to establish the truth.

Anger has turned to sadness for Australia’s fed-up women – ABC News

‘Peddlers of hate’: Australian right-wing extremists celebrate Capitol riots

They all come back to the idea that white identity is under threat and one of the ways it can be saved is through rolling back of democracy and the leadership of an authoritarian, preferably a white man,” Dr Droogan said.

‘Peddlers of hate’: Australian right-wing extremists celebrate Capitol riots

Fair global distribution of vaccines is vital

But with major pharmaceutical companies rolling out vaccines and millions of doses being bought by the United States, Britain, the European Union and Australia, developing countries argue such attempts to give them purchasing power in the market will only go so far. In October, India and South Africa asked the World Trade Organisation to temporarily waive intellectual property (IP) protections so that vaccines and other equipment for fighting COVID-19 could be made more cheaply at greater scale. Australia joined Britain, the US and the EU in opposing the move, arguing that existing rules on licensing would be sufficient to meet demand.

Fair global distribution of vaccines is vital

Why Australia Supports Israel’s Oppression of the Palestinians

China’s right to be offended by Australia’s Hypocrisy

Australia has a record of loyal support for Israeli state racism and human rights abuses that puts even the US to shame. In order to change that record, we need to challenge the political forces that have made Australia Israel’s most faithful ally.

Why Australia Supports Israel’s Oppression of the Palestinians

US election 2020: Australia alone in the new global climate

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to act on climate change.

Joe Biden’s thumping victory in the US presidential election is also a thumping victory for the global climate. Biden campaigned unabashedly to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, to pledge net-zero emissions by 2050, and to spend AU$2.4 trillion on new climate initiatives. His election is a game-changer for global climate action.

US election 2020: Australia alone in the new global climate

Australia to block visa for partners if they don’t speak English

Chelsea Sonkar with her husband Sanjay and their one-year-old son Milo.

LNP Freedom is Australia’s Shame (ODT)

Australians who fall in love with non-English speaking foreigners will be barred from bringing their partners into the country to be married if they do not speak English.

Australia to block visa for partners if they don’t speak English

East Timor bugging scandal: Attorney General’s push for secret trial diminishes us as a nation – Michael West

Timor Gap dispute

The Attorney General is waging war against lawyer Bernard Collaery and his client in pushing the line that the sky will fall in if the Commonwealth has to admit in open court that ASIS bugged Timor-Leste. Yet the allegation has been widely noted in hundreds of reports over many years, including by the International Court of Justice, and nobody seems in any doubt it is true. Lawyer Ian Cunliffe reports on the latest judgment in the saga that has cost taxpayers nearly $2.5 million before the trial has even started.

East Timor bugging scandal: Attorney General’s push for secret trial diminishes us as a nation – Michael West

Is adversarial politics damaging our democracy? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Is adversarial politics damaging our democracy?

Those who despise adversarial politics find it to be contemptible, a damaging affliction on our political system. They resent the stifling impediments it places on governing, on governments carrying out what they promised the electorate they would do. They see it as focused on ‘winning’, on gaining a political advantage, rather than telling or establishing the truth, or contributing usefully to the discourse. It sets the teeth of the electorate on edge, which ‘turns off’ in despair. Voters would prefer politicians to be open and upfront, more focussed on the good of the nation, less willing to corrupt the usually-worthy principles that brought them into politics in the first place. At least our PM and Opposition leader are now cooperating well during the COVID-19 crisis.
What can we ordinary citizens do?

We might be able to bring about change if we, who pay our politicians’ wages via taxes, raise our voices against the use of exaggerated, depreciatory, derogatory and dishonest language by politicians, commentators and columnists. While the media might miss the theatre and the ‘newsworthy’ copy adversarial politics provides, the public would applaud a more measured approach, free from adversarial behaviour – so wasteful, so unproductive, so distasteful. We could write to our parliamentarians individually. Responders to this piece may have other suggestions. Sadly though, if history tells us anything, any change for the better is probably a vain hope.

via Is adversarial politics damaging our democracy? – » The Australian Independent Media Network