Tag: Election 2019

You can’t have a mandate for a lie – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Labor’s short-lived carbon price raised $15.4 billion in revenue from polluters which was passed on to the public via a large increase in the tax-free threshold and additional payments to welfare recipients and families with school-aged children. Trade-exposed industries also received assistance to transition and had incentive to invest in more sustainable practice.

Conversely, the Coalition have spent billions of public money on their Direct Action strategy only to see emissions rise again.

When more people voted for Labor and the Greens, to claim a mandate for the Coalition’s inaction on climate change is beyond despicable.

You can’t have a mandate for a lie.

via You can’t have a mandate for a lie – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Who Needs Policies ? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sadly, the lesson for Labor is that policy formulation in advance of an election is a recipe for failure and it seems that the road to electoral success in this country is a bit like reality show, Married at First Sight ; you scheme, tell lies, defame and revile your opposition and pout a lot. If you can also rely on organised persuasive communication from a compliant media you are almost home. But, under our preferential system, you also need as many dodgy preference swap deals as your conscience will permit.

via Who Needs Policies ? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The one that got away (Part one) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I, like many others, are just coming to grips with the stunning victory of the conservative side of politics. While doing so we should keep in perspective that as of this moment it is only around 181,000 votes that separate the two parties.

Hardly a ringing endorsement of the conservative forces.

via The one that got away (Part one) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Mid-term election performance: Morrison fair, but Murdoch a terrible fail

But if it does and Shorten wins, then the Murdoch mob will have scored one of the greatest own goals in their sordid history. This one bit of over-reach has demonstrated to millions of people that News Corp coverage of Shorten and the Labor Party, day in and day out, is grossly unfair.

It is time that the Murdoch monopoly in Australian media – particularly in single newspaper cities – is broken up. And the fools at the Daily Telegraph have given this idea a boost that many of us could only dream of.

via Mid-term election performance: Morrison fair, but Murdoch a terrible fail

John Lord’s Election Diary No. 14: Have you thought about why we are voting? This might help. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

via John Lord’s Election Diary No. 14: Have you thought about why we are voting? This might help. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A free ride on the gravy train – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When Tony Abbott rolled Malcolm Turnbull for the Liberal Party leadership back in 2009, he immediately threw out the constructive negotiations towards an emissions reduction scheme.

“Oppositions are not there to get legislation through,” Abbott intoned, heralding his approach for the next 4 years.

There would be no discussion, no amendments, no working together to improve legislation. It would just be NO to everything.

So used to this approach did the Coalition become that, when they did finally become the government, they had nothing to offer. They have spent six years still opposing Labor’s ideas.

Our overly generous property tax concessions are a prime example.

via A free ride on the gravy train – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Craziness has been dialled up’: News Corp journalist unloads on his own paper | Media | The Guardian

Rick Morton

Rick Morton says journalists at the Australian are increasingly uncomfortable about its political stance and there is ‘guerrilla warfare’ in the newsroom

via ‘Craziness has been dialled up’: News Corp journalist unloads on his own paper | Media | The Guardian

John Lord’s Election Diary No. 12: “Is there any more”? Cassidy asked – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I thought Shorten was brilliant on Q&A (ODT)

My thought for the day

“I think the PM last night set a world record for words per minute in his interview with Leigh Sales.” Lord

via John Lord’s Election Diary No. 12: “Is there any more”? Cassidy asked – » The Australian Independent Media Network

John Lords Election Diary No 10: No policies so let’s talk about the climate and money – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I invest in my health and don’t regard it as a cost. The cost is what happens if I don’t (ODT)

Think about this. If we fail to act and disaster results, then massive suffering will have been aggravated by stupidity.

The greatest hoax ever perpetrated on societies around the world is that it’s about costs. About which parties policy will cost less. It is not. It is about who has the best policy.

We all incur a cost for the upkeep of our health. Why then should we not be liable for the cost of a healthy planet?

We should first acknowledge that the science tells us that we need at least a 45% or more reduction.

Secondly, we need to ask ourselves what party has the most efficient and effective way of reaching the target.

via John Lords Election Diary No 10: No policies so let’s talk about the climate and money – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The irony of Australians who laugh about Trump – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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So true : So your going to vote for Trump (ODT)

The way I see it, if you are willing to vote for a Morrison government in next month’s election, despite everything they have done, then you would have been willing to vote for Trump too. So if you laugh at Trump and his supporters, the joke is really on you- and the rest of Australia if we have to suffer another three years of Liberal Government due to your choices.

via The irony of Australians who laugh about Trump – » The Australian Independent Media Network

John Lord’s Election Diary No 6: Are the baseball bats still behind the front door, at the ready? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

via John Lord’s Election Diary No 6: Are the baseball bats still behind the front door, at the ready? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What’s at stake in the election? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Democracy depends on Civic Mobilisation

In response to John Pesutto (‘The Age’, 14/4). What critics don’t seem to realise is that the strength of a democracy can hinge on the mobilisation and activity of its civil society. If we do not accept protest and civil disobedience, we are weakening the fabric of our democracy. Indeed, an active civil society is a safeguard for democracy’s long-term preservation. Perhaps free speech should not be ‘absolute’, but every time we weaken its universality, we set a precedent which ‘could come back to bite’ progressive forces later down the track. Further, Left advocates usually do not have the same opportunity to express their views. And by ‘Left’ I include left social democrats and democratic socialists. And even the more radical have a right for their ideas to be tested. When on the odd occasion a left-wing commentator appears on the ABC there are calls of ‘bias’. But Left views are almost absent in Newscorp newspapers ; and ‘The Age’ has moved to the relative Centre. What we need is a truly strong pluralism in our democracy. A ‘battlefield of ideas’ where journalists do not try and manipulate ; but rather a genuine, inclusive and honest contest of analysis and values.

What’s at stake in the election? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Show me the money: This is the difference between Labor and the Coalition – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

These are Labor’s policies (rounded to the nearest half billion dollars over four years) with the biggest impact on the budget — either savings or spending — showing just how big the Labor war chest might be.

But remember, this story won’t end on election day. Even if Labor was to claim election victory, Mr Shorten may struggle to convince a Senate crossbench to pass all their savings measures.

These are Labor’s policies (rounded to the nearest half billion dollars over four years) with the biggest impact on the budget — either savings or spending — showing just how big the Labor war chest might be.

But remember, this story won’t end on election day. Even if Labor was to claim election victory, Mr Shorten may struggle to convince a Senate crossbench to pass all their savings measures.

These are Labor’s policies (rounded to the nearest half billion dollars over four years) with the biggest impact on the budget — either savings or spending — showing just how big the Labor war chest might be.

But remember, this story won’t end on election day. Even if Labor was to claim election victory, Mr Shorten may struggle to convince a Senate crossbench to pass all their savings measures.

These are Labor’s policies (rounded to the nearest half billion dollars over four years) with the biggest impact on the budget — either savings or spending — showing just how big the Labor war chest might be.

But remember, this story won’t end on election day. Even if Labor was to claim election victory, Mr Shorten may struggle to convince a Senate crossbench to pass all their savings measures.

via Show me the money: This is the difference between Labor and the Coalition – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)