Observers as far away as Europe and the US have their eyes on seats like Kooyong and Wentworth. But unlike Australia’s two prime ministerial candidates, the world also has its eye on our role in addressing climate change. Here are the key takeaways from what the rest of the world thinks about our election.
Source: How the rest of the world has followed Australia’s election campaign
Aran Mylvaganam, a Tamil refugee from Sri Lanka, came to Australia unaccompanied in 1997, at the age of 13. Having spent much of the last two years as a community and union organizer, he is now standing as a Senate candidate for the Victorian Socialists.
Source: Meet the Socialist Refugee Running for Australia’s Senate
The major difference is clear Morrison is offering no support, “use your own money and the banks”. It’s all private your money your risk your debt. We’ve seen the consequences of that in a fluctuating market. Debt enslaves the citizenry in a Capitalist Economy. Governments are regulators ensuring it’s not diminished for Housing, Education, Health, and even Welfare. They brought in Robodebt your mistake, not theirs. The LNP housing policy is all for the benefit of those with incomes up to $200,000 effectively cutting out those with the least income and creating a middle-class welfare system.
Labor is offering a publicly funded scheme and assistance as shareholders to partner the lowest income earners with qualifications. A far less inflationary and pork barrelling scheme than the LNP one.
So which has the most honest intent of helping it’s certainly not the LNP’s. So all Barnaby Joyce can do is play pitbull, and bark at Tanya Plibersek so the differences between the two policies remain unspoken about on Morning TV? When your not offering anything of benefit just bark and distract.
Sunrise presenter Natalie Barr intervened in a fiery on-air clash between Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and Labor front-bencher Tanya Plibersek.
Source: Sunrise host blasts ’embarrassing’ trainwreck TV interview
News Corpse’s business model is that of a paid influencer, not as a News organization. If the ALP wins nothing will change. However, the question of selling a fake product is rarely addressed other than by private defamation action. News isn’t opinion! Yet opinion is constantly on the front pages of News Corp mastheads. Yet, the Herald Sun isn’t sold as an “Opinion Paper”. Their impotence will be felt on their bottom line and editors might be sacked. However, their direction won’t change because they market themselves to those with the money and will continue to do so and they aren’t on the Left of the political spectrum. They will continue to promote fake news and opinion rather than the product they duplicitously promise but never deliver.They are the Peter Foster of Australia’s media without the record of arrests.
News Corporation’s dominance, and its bias, do matter. But they matter less than they used to. The evidence shows naked campaigning and biased reporting undermines trust, and that undermines the purpose of the exercise.
Source: Election 2022: Will News Corp’s impotence be exposed?
Morrison’s own behavior guarantees he non pursuit of an ICAC
The establishment of a federal anti-corruption commission is shaping up to be a key election issue.
Source: Coalition runs away from federal ICAC as calls hit fever pitch
Hating Barnaby Hating Scott Hating Barnaby Hating….
In campaign debates, in radio stations, television studios, people to people encounters all over the nation, the name Barnaby Joyce comes up as the biggest brake on Australia making a greater commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Does the leader of the National Party deserve the brickbats? Maybe we should look to our backyards, writes Mark Sawyer.
Source: Hating Barnaby Joyce: is it him, or is it us? – Michael West
Newscorp ( Murdoch) wants Australian Media Americanised. It’s how it made it’s profit. It wants the UK media well done burnt to the ground and the BBC gone like the ABC too.
What does a democracy do when a dominant news media organisation goes rogue during an election campaign?
In 2022, News Corporation is confronting Australia with this question once again, as it did in 2019, 2016 and 2013, and as it did in the United States in 2016 and 2020.
“Going rogue” here means abandoning any attempt at fulfilling one of the media’s primary obligations to a democratic society — the provision of truthful news coverage — and instead becoming a truth-distorting propagandist for one side.
The evidence that News Corp has gone rogue during the current federal election is plentiful. It can be seen every morning in its newspapers across the country, and every evening on Sky News after dark.
A sample of its election coverage over the period April 27 to May 2 makes the case.
Source: As News Corp goes ‘rogue’ on election coverage, what price will Australian democracy pay?
Frydenbergs most recent slogan “Keep Josh” makes him sound more like an Independent who no longer wants to be seen as part of the Losing Team. He should declare which side he’s on. It doesn’t sound as if he expects to win this election or see Scott kept.
So it’s pretty clear that the independents have certain candidates more worried about them than the Labor Party which is why I find their whole strategy about as clever as Barnaby Joyce running on a platform of: “I’m so into family values that I have two families.” The first difficulty any independent has is getting noticed. If I were to run in Kooyong, I’d be lucky to attract a handful of votes but if Josh were to say publicly that you shouldn’t vote for me,
I’d probably get more votes than if he ignored me. Similarly, Timmy Wilson’s dummy spit about Zoe Daniel’s signs means that I know who’s the “Voices Of” candidate for Goldstein even though I’m not in that electorate.
Let’s be real, it’s thanks to the Libs that Monique Ryan is being interviewed here, there and everywhere. It’s thanks to the Libs that a large number of the people in the endangered electorates know who the teal candidate is and what they stand for.
Source: Independent ABC Must Declare Who They’ll Side With After The Election! – » The Australian Independent Media Network
John Howard’s “gaffe” was let slide by the Liberal Mainstream Media. He actually said “So What” to Albo’s slip but was forced by the Liberal party to correct it the next day. The attention that didn’t get and Albo continues to get tells the true story about our Mainstream Media.
As the government fights for its life, John Howard, the Liberals’ living icon, has been on the campaign trail. It’s not all been smooth sailing for the veteran, however. When Anthony Albanese had his now infamous numbers lapse, Howard’s first reaction was an understanding “So what?” This undermined the government’s exploitation of Albanese’s gaffe, bringing a quick clean up by Howard the following day.
Source: View from The Hill: Could going too negative on ‘teals’ do Liberals more harm than good?
Is it any wonder that, despite promising to introduce one, the Morrison Government has voted against a federal integrity commission 31 times?
Is anyone surprised that the PM blames Labor and refuses to discuss it further? And, is anyone shocked that the media lets this Government set the agenda each week, claiming that the majority of us don’t want one? Well, Independent Australia wants a Federal ICAC, our investigations editor has started a political party, Federal ICAC Now, to do everything possible to facilitate one and we know our readers overwhelmingly support its inception.
Source: The rorting, taunting Coalition Government
Australia’s consolidated and over-concentrated private media corporations are about to try to raise Morrison like Lazarus from the zealots’ plastic snow dome he built for himself all in plain sight of us all. You only had to blink and there he was in a pilots uniform fixing QANTAS with $$$ only now QANTAS doesn’t work. There he was in a hard hat welding or at Rheem spruiking Jobs Jobs Jobs only to discover Rheem was sending 30% of its workforce to Vietnam. Yes Morrison was always wrapped in plastic never in the real world just the PM doll who if in trouble turns to Barbie Jen to bail him out and to pretend he’s real.
THE FIRST TIME Scott Morrison was elected Prime Minister, he called it a “miracle” and soon after took a trip to Hawaii. In the middle of the most hellish bushfires this nation had ever suffered.
He and his uneasy Coalition of big business plants, anti-worker activists and wide-eyed religious zealots sunk immediately behind the Labor Opposition two-party preferred according to almost every poll. They’ve lagged there since, despite the concertedly self-interested efforts of the major media operators and all their other, legion, establishment allies.
It is difficult to put lipstick on a pig, so they say. Even more so when presented with a snarling, coarsely bristled, snaggledy tusked and occasionally incontinent Morrison hog. Bedevilled by disasters, inaction, poor planning, lack of vision and constant damaging scandals, both financial and sexual, even the Murdoch Press began to eschew applying cosmetics. Only the famous apathy and prodigiously poor memory of the Australian public could save his bacon now.
Source: Why Australia must not deliver Mad (Prime) Minister Morrison his second ‘miracle’
While the Liberals grabbed the two seats from Labor in 2019, locals aren’t sending the Coalition any herograms. In the north and north-west of Tasmania, it’s reasonably hard to find a voter with a good word to say about Morrison. In the port town of Burnie, office workers Brad Lucas and Adam Koutsoukos are returning after a lunch break. Lucas doesn’t think much of Morrison. “He’s useless,” he says. “Through all the crises that we’ve had, he’s been useless. I’m trying to do this politely.” Koutsoukos picks up the excoriation: “I don’t think he’s fit to lead, he’s only interested in consolidating his own power and status. He’s not interested in the people he’s supposedly serving and it just shows through his actions. He’s not a leader.”
Source: Bass and Braddon in the balance as Tasmanian voters excoriate Scott Morrison | Australian election 2022 | The Guardian
In the eyes of the world Australia has slid on the Corruption Index. In the eyes of Morrison ICAC spells FEAR
Scott Morrison appears to be fearful of the prospect of a federal integrity commission conducting investigations, the former barrister for NSW’s anti-corruption agency says. The Prime Minister pledged to voters before the last election to establish a Commonwealth integrity commission during the most recent Parliament, but never did.
Source: ‘Scared’ Morrison dumped corruption commission: ICAC counsel
My thought for the day “The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages … It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom or our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” (Robert Kennedy, 1968). ( John Lord )
Source: And so it begins. Election 2022: a personal perspective. – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Wages have stagnated. Frydenberg says they will recover. Such breezy promises have been proved wrong time and time again. It doesn’t engender much faith in the assurance that wages will outstrip inflation. As MWM pointed out, the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (LAMITO) ends on June 30, which means that millions of Australians will be paying more tax, not less as claimed.
Source: Judgment Day: It’s the economy, and the environment, and a better deal for the low-paid – Michael West Media
LNP’s Dirt Brigade in Action
Australia’s internet domain name regulator has pulled down Albanese.com.au after it was found to be redirecting visitors to the Liberal Party’s homepage. The unexpected redirect was no accident. Information provided by the regulator shows the Liberal National Party of Queensland registered Albanese.com.au in December, with Brisbane-based LNP adviser Sam Jackson, who did not respond to TND‘s request for comment, listed as the main contact.
Source: Albanese.com.au taken down over ‘misleading’ Liberal Party redirect
A taxpayer-funded advertisement singing the virtues of the Australian economy is again drawing attention to the use of government advertising before Australian elections. The Opposition has decried the latest round of ads extolling the government’s economic plan, saying they are indistinguishable from a Liberal Party campaign. “Does that look like a Liberal Party ad to you?” Senator Katy Gallagher asked this week in an upper house inquiry. “When I opened the paper, I thought that was a Liberal Party ad; it’s the same colour. “It looks very similar to the ones [they are] going to be running.”
Source: ‘A Liberal party ad?’ taxpayers foot the bill for pre-election campaign
Australians don’t mind rascals larrikins and rogues but they sure as hell hate holier than thou liars that use their religious faith as smokescreens to hide their true nature. Shane Warne could do anything and he was forgiven as was Bob Hawke. We even learned to forgive Malcolm Fraser over time and it wasn’t because the LNP renounced him but because he was truly remorseful and showed it. However, we never forgave just forgot Billy McMahon but not so John Kerr, John Howard, Tony Abbott or Henry Bolte.
Morrison thought he had Anthony Albanese on the run over his refusal to hold a review into the treatment of Kimberley Kitching, a real issue that will not go away. Now the Labor leader is handed a political gift from one of the toughest conservatives in the business. “Morrison is not fit to be Prime Minister.” The Labor attack ads won’t be hard to make; they can leave it to the intern.
Source: Election 2022: Why Scott Morrison’s character assassination by Concetta Fierravanti-Wells is so powerful
Channel 9 also interviewed Mrs Morrison on 25 March 2022. The very resourceful online journalist Ronni Salt has previously examined on 13 March 2021 Media Cloud, and she discovered either Mr Morrison’s communications team, or some partisan elements of the media, referring to Mrs Morrison’s personal health problems on the following occasions:
1 July/August 2018 when Mr Morrison was vying to become leader of the Liberal Party (don’t be fooled by that hand on Mr Turnbull’s shoulder).
2 April/May 2019 when Mr Morrison was campaigning for re-election.
3 September 2019 when the story broke about Mr Morrison trying to obtain an invite for Mr Houston to attend a dinner at the White House with former President Trump.
4 February/March 2021 when questions were raised about the alleged conduct of some Liberal members or staffers.
Now I can’t say definitively what motivated Mr Morrison’s announcement on 25 March 2022 regarding some funding for endometriosis and pregnancy treatment, but the announcement has been made right before an election will be called, and if it wasn’t a politically motivated initiative then why didn’t Mr Morrison introduce the proposed medical funding during June or July of 2019? Notwithstanding what opinions you may form about Mr Morrison’s announcement on 25 March 2022, or Ms Salt’s previous investigations, one fact is certain; Medicare is slowly but surely being pulled apart brick by brick, particularly by the Morrison Government.
Source: Brick by brick we say goodbye to Medicare – » The Australian Independent Media Network
My thought for the day Often our opinions are based on our values rather than our understanding, and the difficulty is separating the two.( John Lord )
Source: If Anthony Albanese hasn’t made a case for change, Scott Morrison certainly has. – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) is busy not so much with a conflict on the other side of the globe but finding a way to spin the misery of the people of Ukraine into anti-China propaganda. It’s just the kind of propaganda Scott Morrison wants, and the prime minister clearly thinks he needs, in the run up to a likely May federal election. For years ASPI has suckled at the teat of the weapons industry; but far and away the most generous of ASPI’s benefactors is the Morrison government.
Source: Guns still point to China: Ukraine a backdrop for national security panic merchants – Michael West Media
Will he call an early election to avoid the embarrassment of a spill?
The attacks on Morrison are coming from all sides. Moderates feel misled over Morrison’s promise last December to protect transgender children in religious schools when his draft law this week but his decision this week to drop that element from the religious freedom package. Conservatives see the conflicting positions and wonder whether the Prime Minister stands for anything.
Source: Federal election 2022: Does the Religious Discrimination Bill put Scott Morrison’s leadership at risk?
Labour enters this election as it has all the elections for the past two decades with one arm tied behind its back. Wealth, Media, and the IPA are a consolidation of forces the ALP don’t have backing and funding them. The fact that the ALP is the most Democratic party in Australia, and the truly broadest tent allowing for the widest views doesn’t make it the strongest contender against an Oligarch run, Capitalist, Democratic System. However what they do have going for them this time round is Morrison, Joyce, and Dutton who have to be worst politicians this nation has ever seen. Any wonder their slogan is “don’t look in the rear vision”.
We once thought, and still do that Abbott was bad, the precursor for what was to come. He was what he was and was patently obvious all his political life. However his time ran out when one of the wealthiest and most educated electorates in the country Warringah rid us of him. Despite the fact Murdoch’s News Corp was throwing their papers over electorate fences for free trying to save his arse. However, with Morrison Dutton and Joyce we have seen the L-NP rapidly moving closer to Mussolini’s dream of a corporate state with one exception. It’s not a happy State Benito promised but rather an ever-growing nightmare.
In the balance of all this reasoning, as things are travelling, the Election in 2022 should soon be Labor’s to lose.
Source: Election polls reveal Morrison slipping