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Letting Craig Kelly dictate energy policy is as stupid as letting Tony Abbott destroy the NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The head of the misnamed Coalition backbench environment committee, Craig Kelly, has been all over the media with ever more strident calls to stop all subsidies to renewable energy. His argument, which has been adopted by that jellyfish Frydenberg, is that, if renewables are cheaper then they don’t need subsidies. On June 25, Mr Kelly…

Source: Letting Craig Kelly dictate energy policy is as stupid as letting Tony Abbott destroy the NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Let’s face it, Abbott is one seriously screwed-up little dude – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Tony Abbott is the genuine article. The conviction politician who will use his muscle to cajole, bully, smash his way through. Abbott’s ability to yell from the rooftops what he believes in is his strength.”Genuine? Conviction? Strength? Surely you jest.Abbott is a politician who changes his mind depending on how the wind blows as Peter van Onselen reminded us in his article “Tony Abbott’s convictions are ever changing”.

Source: Let’s face it, Abbott is one seriously screwed-up little dude – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why are we letting the fossil fuel industry make the rules on climate change action? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In an article in today’s Australian, Janet Albrechtsen waxes lyrical about departing boss of the Minerals Council, Brendan Pearson, who she claims was “shoved out of his job as boss of the Minerals Council of Australia by those who prefer feel-good corporate bromides and green myths over energy facts and figures.”These purveyors of “green myths” were, among others, BHP and Rio Tinto who said they had lost confidence in Mr Pearson due to his unstinting advocacy for coal, something Ms Albrechtsen, on the other hand, considers a virtue, Source: Why are we letting the fossil fuel industry make the rules on climate change action? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fear boosts ratings – » The Australian Independent Media Network

There are, and always will be, things we should be concerned about, things we should be working to improve, but they get lost in the political misinformation deliberately fed to us by a government that lacks any integrity, a government who chooses to confect crises and then boast about saving us from dangers that either…

The great Debt and Deficit Disaster that we faced going into the 2013 election has miraculously disappeared (even though the debt has more than doubled) and been replaced by good debt and bad debt. Apparently, when the Labor government invested in stimulating the economy, keeping people in work through the global financial crisis, that was bad debt, but borrowing $400 billion to spend on war machines is good debt.

Source: Fear boosts ratings – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Show us the gas, Barnaby – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I sure hope Leigh Sales takes Barnaby up on his offer to come back and identify these huge onshore reserves that no-one else knows about.And if I was a state premier, I would be having a very serious conversation with the Federal government about how telling lies for political purposes is not helping the nation.

Source: Show us the gas, Barnaby – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Maintaining privilege and hierarchy doesn’t allow for truth and empathy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In an article titled Inside the terrifying mind of Tony Abbott, Bernard Keane quotes a study from 2015 which looks into the psychological basis for climate change denial and why one particular demographic — older white males — tends to dominate the ranks of climate denialists. The study identified that “denial is driven partly by…

Source: Maintaining privilege and hierarchy doesn’t allow for truth and empathy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fifty years ago, the film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner challenged social norms by exposing the discrimination faced by inter-racial couples.  In those days, it was considered ‘unnatural’ for whites to marry blacks.  Some people may still feel this way but the wider community has thankfully and rightly moved on from such ignorant prejudice. It…

Source: That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Perpetual outrage about nothing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The outrage follows a similar incident in June when a single parent at St Justin’s Catholic primary school in Sydney claimed “emotional abuse” because of an educational program about the Stolen Generation.As part of a role-playing exercise, students were told their parents were not looking after them properly and the government had ordered they be taken away from their parents..”

“Imagine the outrage of these parents would feel if German where Children in primary schools are regularly taken to concentration camps to be reminded of their inglorious history. In fact today’s German parents in the main welcome the truth of thei past being taught and not hidden. We have hidden our Brutish Colonial past and seem to have retained the  attitudes that went with it. (Old Dog)

Source: Perpetual outrage about nothing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

To those who think the YES campaign is too “in your face” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I know we are supposed to show respect to the NO side in the marriage equality debate but for how long? When Robert Menzies introduced the Marriage Act in 1961, a Country Party senator wanted to change the act to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. The amendment was voted down…

Source: To those who think the YES campaign is too “in your face” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Political correctness is not stopping silly people from telling lies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

That bastion of bigotry and bullshit, Miranda Devine, informed us last year that Cheltenham Girls High School had banned the use of gender specific terms like “girls”, “women” or “ladies” and that teachers were told “that if they did not support decisions of LGBTI students they would be breaking the law, would be considered homophobic and were not welcome by the school”.The story was a lie.Every year we hear that Christmas carols have been banned and every year it is shown to be another lie.The Coalition for Marriage aired an ad where mother Cella White, an avid campaigner against the Safe Schools program, tells viewers that her son’s school told him “he could wear a dress next year if he felt like it”.Except it never happened.

Source: Political correctness is not stopping silly people from telling lies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Attacking the ‘socialist left’ is a hard sell – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Coalition have made their strategy quite clear.  They are delving back to the 50s for a reds-under-the-bed scare campaign. Turnbull said Shorten was “thoroughly Stalinist”. Matthias Cormann waffled on about Cold War socialism and “socialist revisionism”, whilst, ever the adherent to today’s talking points, Dan Tehan accused Shorten of being a “would-be East German”…

Source: Attacking the ‘socialist left’ is a hard sell – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The rule of law “is not a smorgasbord to be picked at will” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When newly elected secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, defended the right of unions to take unlawful industrial action, there was outrage. Leigh Sales opened with the loaded question “Do you believe in the rule of law?” “It shouldn’t be so hard for workers in our country to be able to…

Source: The rule of law “is not a smorgasbord to be picked at will” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Freedom of speech? You gotta be shitting me – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Just to be clear, political correctness is “the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.”Tony seems fixated on protecting the Aussie right to sink the boot in and to keep the bastards out of our pubs – oh no, wait…. that was women and Aboriginals.Tony’s concern for religious freedom comes from the man who thought the burqa should be banned, the man who called for a “religious revolution” inside Islam, declaring “all cultures are not equal”, the man whose government insisted the school chaplaincy program must not fund non-religious counsellors, the man who insists that our laws and our school curriculum should be based on some “Judeo-Christian” heritage.

”Tony seems fixated on protecting the Aussie right to sink the boot in and to keep the bastards out of our pubs – oh no, wait…. that was women and Aboriginals. the man who insists that our laws and our school curriculum should be based on some “Judeo-Christian” heritage.

History Repeats: Abbott walks in the shoes of Bob Santamaria and the NCC Australia’s answer to America’s Senator McCarthy  hunting out the godless left and others ” Old Dog

Source: Freedom of speech? You gotta be shitting me – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Strong leaders” don’t blame others when their plan doesn’t work – » The Australian Independent Media Network

During the 2013 election campaign, Joe Hockey was asked “Should you win the election, at what stage will you own the economy and at what stage will it no longer be Labor’s fault?” He responded “We will own the economy from day one, whether it’s Labor’s fault or not… I’m not afraid to accept responsibility…

Source: “Strong leaders” don’t blame others when their plan doesn’t work – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Labor should get specific about job creation – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Bill Shorten needs to be better prepared with some specifics when asked about Labor’s plan for job creation. Obvious answers are the renewable energy industry and building infrastructure but there is one Labor initiative that never rates a mention that will create jobs in every part of Australia – the NDIS. In July, the Productivity…

Source: Labor should get specific about job creation – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Record corporate profit has seen record low wage growth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The government is trying to sell us the line that, if businesses make more profit, wages will go up. This flies in the face of all evidence. Corporate profits in Australia rose 6.0 percent quarter-on-quarter to 82.63 AUD billion, an all time high, in the March quarter of 2017 from a 20.1 percent rise…

Source: Record corporate profit has seen record low wage growth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Who needs experts when we have Tony Abbott – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If there is one thing Tony Abbott hates, it’s consensus.  He would much rather have a fight than fix a problem, as shown by his speech yesterday to the IPA where he said Australia “plainly, is not working as it should” and that “we are letting ourselves down”. So what are his suggestions? Whilst bemoaning…

Source: Who needs experts when we have Tony Abbott – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How long must we endure this pompous, self-righteous, entitled dinosaur? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Nothing annoys me more than people who have enjoyed the benefits of this great country seeking to deny them to others. Take Eric Abetz – please. Eric migrated from Germany with his parents and five siblings in the early 1960s.  Despite his great uncle Otto having been a Nazi who was sentenced to 20 years…

Source: How long must we endure this pompous, self-righteous, entitled dinosaur? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Politicians should listen to educators and employers – standardised testing is a waste of time – » The Australian Independent Media Network

NAPLAN and PISA are not the be all and end all. In fact, slavish preoccupation with standardised test results is stultifying the attributes students need most to succeed – creativity, initiative, innovation, agility, teamwork and good communication skills.

Source: Politicians should listen to educators and employers – standardised testing is a waste of time – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Shooting yourself in the foot – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By their own admission, Coalition politicians don’t bother reading reports to inform their opinion before they shoot their mouths off – Abbott with the BHP Olympic Dam report, Pyne with the original Gonski report, MacDonald with the Forgotten Children report, Kelly with the Finkel report – they have their ingrained ideological views that will not…

Source: Shooting yourself in the foot – » The Australian Independent Media Network

This self-serving bunch of boondogglers will be the death of us – literally – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Even before they could possibly have read Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s energy report, the coal cheerleaders from the backbench of the Coalition have come out swinging. Tony Abbott jumped the gun, saying two days before the report was even released that “Anything that makes it impossible for us to bank new, efficient coal-fired power stations…

Source: This self-serving bunch of boondogglers will be the death of us – literally – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The clean coal con gets another airing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Here we go again on the never ending fight by the Coalition to prop up the fossil fuel industry. Josh Frydenberg announced yesterday that he will seek to change the rules governing the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to allow it to invest in carbon capture and storage technology. Mr Frydenberg told reporters that carbon capture…

Source: The clean coal con gets another airing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Finding the pathway to humanity – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A few weeks ago, an international peace conference was held in Cairo at Al Azhar University, the most prestigious centre of learning in the Sunni Muslim world. Speaking at the invitation of its grand imam, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, to an audience of some 300 religious leaders, professors and scholars from Egypt and several other countries…

Source: Finding the pathway to humanity – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Respectful debate – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As our politicians hurl abuse at each other across the chamber each day, they laugh and sneer and interject but it means nothing to them.  It’s all about looking for a witty line, a grab they might put on the news.  It’s all about the politics as Scott Morrison explained when asked why the debt…

Source: Respectful debate – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Weird scenes inside the Abbott mind – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I didn’t think it was possible but Tony Abbott is getting worse. He is now claiming that a “cultural cowardice” at the heart of public institutions such as the ABC and the public service has caused people to abandon the major parties and mainstream political leaders have failed to promote the “virtues and benefits” of…

Source: Weird scenes inside the Abbott mind – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Gonski 0.5 – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As the details of Malcolm Turnbull’s “new” announcement to “stop the arguments” about school funding emerge, it is worth revisiting how we got into this position. On August 29, days before the 2013 election, Christopher Pyne said ”you can vote Liberal or Labor and you’ll get exactly the same amount of funding for your school”. By…

Source: Gonski 0.5 – » The Australian Independent Media Network

One could be forgiven for thinking this is just another shameful dog-whistling lie – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Spud Duddy is demanding that the ABC and Fairfax apologise to him for doubting his version of events leading up to shots being fired on Manus Island. “These people can take the word of somebody that’s been discredited but that is an issue frankly for the credibility of the ABC, Fairfax and others, and I think…

Source: One could be forgiven for thinking this is just another shameful dog-whistling lie – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The suppository of all wisdom’s verbal diarrhea – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Returning triumphant from his taxpayer-funded pollie pedal ride, Tony Abbott has engaged in a media blitz to pass on his diagnosis of the problems of modern politics. First, he wrote an article in The Telegraph outlining how the Coalition was on the road to defeat and what they should do to turn it around. …

Source: The suppository of all wisdom’s verbal diarrhea – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Informed citizens or content consumers – » The Australian Independent Media Network

There is great value in maintaining a national broadcaster that is publicly owned and funded, politically independent and fully accountable. Public ownership brings a distinct difference to the broadcasting system, with national broadcasters required and able to provide comprehensive, innovative programs not influenced by commercial imperatives. But it seems the government’s appointees to the board…

Source: Informed citizens or content consumers – » The Australian Independent Media Network

For the sake of our children and our planet, we must demand better – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In 2012, former judge and anti-corruption campaigner, Tony Fitzgerald, wrote an article titled The body politic is rotten in which he espoused the view that “ethics, tolerance and civility are intrinsic elements of democratic society and that the politicians’ mutual contempt and aggressive, “end justifies the means” amorality erodes respect for authority and public institutions…

Source: For the sake of our children and our planet, we must demand better – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The insidious takeover by the IPA – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When Leigh Sales asked Malcolm Turnbull why Section 18C was getting more attention than things like “out of pocket medical expenses, the fact that suicide rate among teenage girls has gone up 45 per cent in the past year, the fact that the average Australian female worker loses nearly all of her take-home pay in…

Source: The insidious takeover by the IPA – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fifteen reasons not to give multinational companies a tax cut – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fifteen reasons not to give multinational companies a tax cut The underlying cash balance for the 2016-17 financial year to 31 January 2017 was a deficit of $44,029 million. Net debt is $323,821 million; and Australian Government Securities on Issue is $483,080 million. The ATO’s latest corporate tax transparency report showed 36 per cent of…

Source: Fifteen reasons not to give multinational companies a tax cut – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The only surprise we need to face is why did we allow this to happen to us? If it behaves like an arse, walks like an arse and makes noise like one it is one.

Self-belief is no substitute for accountability

Self-belief is a powerful tool in achieving success and there is no question that Tony Abbott has it in spades.  But does he have the substance to justify it?

After average results at university and an uninspiring football career, with the help of the Jesuit network, Tony headed off to Oxford to take up his Rhodes Scholarship. It only took a couple of games for him to be dropped from the rugby team with suggestions that his prowess had been somewhat exaggerated.  Tony was strong on physicality but short on speed or finesse.

Student politics at Sydney University saw Tony, a callow youth straight from a Catholic boys’ school, given a platform to preach loud and long in his opposition to homosexuality and feminism. Further, he denounced contraception, labelling it part of the “me now” mentality.  Ironically, whilst eschewing the use of contraception, Tony was an avid partaker of “me now” activities, if not the responsibility that went with them.

Tony has displayed this absolute certainty that he is right all his life so, when he was elected leader of the Liberal Party in return for becoming a climate change denier, I started getting concerned. When he became Prime Minister I felt alarmed.  Twelve months in and I am horrified.  I am afraid for the present and for the future.

Tony Abbott is only one man, but this man’s unwavering belief in his own judgemnt has seen him surround himself with advisers who tell him what he wants to hear. Experts are sacked, independent advisory panels disbanded, oversight and freedom of information curtailed, journalists and the National Broadcaster threatened.

In the space of a year we have gone from world leaders in action on climate change to being called the “Saudi Arabia of the Pacific”.

‘In the year since they took office, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Liberal-led coalition have already dismantled the country’s key environmental policies. Now they’ve begun systematically ransacking its natural resources. In the process, they’ve transformed Australia from an international innovator on environmental issues into quite possibly the dirtiest country in the developed world.’

Instead of looking forward to every home being connected to the NBN and school funding bridging the gap of disadvantage and inequity, we have record numbers of new coal mines to enjoy. Instead of universal healthcare and unemployment benefits, we see people on pensions feeling very afraid about their future.  Instead of affordable tertiary education and housing, we see places being sold to the highest bidder.

We have moved from bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, to a war in Iraq and Syria that will inevitably lead to civilian casualties and destruction of homes and infrastructure, a move that has seen us specifically named for revenge attacks. The “humanitarian mission” line has been exposed for the lie it always was.

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, who formerly worked in intelligence, has accused the federal government of exploiting fears about terrorism to rush through new national security laws that push Australia towards a “police state“.

“It is clearly overreach by the security services who have basically been invited to write an open cheque. And the government, which wants to beat its chest and look tough on national security, said, ‘We’ll sign that’.”

The laws include jail terms of up to 10 years for journalists who disclose details of ASIO “special intelligence operations” and provide immunity from criminal prosecution for intelligence officers who commit a crime in the course of their duties.

“The government of a democracy is accountable to the people. It must fulfil its end of the social contract. And, in a practical sense, government must be accountable because of the severe consequences that may result from its failure. As the outcomes of fighting unjust wars and inadequately responding to critical threats such as global warming illustrate, great power implies great responsibility.”

Tony has great power but no sense of responsibility. He has confidence but no conscience.  He has determination but no commitment.  He is willing but lacks the skills.  He attacks and blames but resents oversight and has never accepted accountability, and this is what scares me most.

The consequences of being wrong could/will be catastrophic and I don’t share Tony’s confidence that he, Maurice Newman and Cardinal Pell have all the answers.

“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.”

― Thomas Paine