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Craig Kelly, the ultimate hypocritical NIMBY – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Kelly’s family furniture business went belly-up.  Whilst this loud-mouth ignorant bully continues to exert influence via threats to colleagues and an inflated media presence, his appalling lack of judgement risks doing the same to the country.”

via Craig Kelly, the ultimate hypocritical NIMBY – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Foreign influence in Australian politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Next week, Australia will host its first Australian Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. The organiser says the event will “not be a one-off” and that its US backers, the American Conservative Union (ACU), had committed to holding the event long-term.

You also get to hear from ACU’s executive director Dan Schneider and their chairman, Trump fundraiser Matt Schlapp, whose wife Mercedes is Trump’s Director of Strategic Communications. In his role as vice president of federal affairs at Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, Schlapp directed the major federal public policy strategies on anti-environmental and energy policies, financial markets, legal reform, and international and domestic tax issues.

For your entertainment, you can also listen to Nigel Farage – the man who so desperately wanted Brexit and then had no idea what to do with it when he got it.

Home grown contributions will come from luminaries like Craig Kelly, Mark Latham, Tony Abbott and Amanda Stoker as well as Fox News host Jeanine Pirro and sundry kids from the IPA.

The ACU have been involved with some shady fundraising practices in the past. Asked whether they saw an Australian conference as a financial opportunity, Cooper disagreed. “My perception of the ACU is that they are looking to spread their message,” he said. “If anything they are going to be investing in us for a long, long time.”

Considering how the government is going in the US and the UK, I fail to see what advice we could get from this bunch of tossers.

Unless it’s on how to put a fool in power.

via Foreign influence in Australian politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Government paralysis – » The Australian Independent Media Network

There will be no social reform under this government – no Voice for Indigenous people, no help for the unemployed, no fair distribution of the wealth earned from 28 years of economic growth, no action on cutting emissions.

They are paralysed by the bullet lodged in their spine.

via Government paralysis – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The batshit crazy ramblings of Barnaby Joyce – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I will make one prediction; after this is published it will be promptly followed by the remnants of the traditional media in furious pursuit of my heresy. Questions will be asked by the fourth estate and high octane derision will issue forth from the climate change actionistas.

via The batshit crazy ramblings of Barnaby Joyce – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The first step towards fixing a problem is to admit you have one – » The Australian Independent Media Network

This government is addicted to ideology and slogans. Until they start being honest about the reality of the problem’s we face as a nation, we will continue down the slide of an increasingly divided and fractured society where selfishness and greed are the only motives and more and more people fall through the cracks. The beauty of our natural wonders and our unique wildlife will be lost.

The government has delivered tax cuts. Some of us who already have a job will get an extra 20 bucks a week.

So fucking what?

via The first step towards fixing a problem is to admit you have one – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Ah Bridget, too far? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

USE OF PUBLIC RESOURCES

Bridget McKenzie is taking full advantage of the opportunities afforded to her.

In 2017, despite being a Victorian backbencher, Bridget claimed thousands of dollars to attend a shooting awards ceremony in Sydney.

Bridget loves to turn up for a photo when grants are being handed out to small sporting clubs. Considering the cost of having her in the photo often exceeds the grant, one wonders if it wouldn’t be better left to the local member to hand over the grant, perhaps with several thousand extra saved if Bridget didn’t insist on being there.

In September last year, the senator farewelled the Australian Youth Olympic team before attending the NRL grand final and staying at a hotel. Which might have been ok except she was scheduled to speak at a function farewelling the same junior team the next day. Obviously, their departure was a day late for the footie so saying bye twice was necessary.

Politicians are “personally responsible” for deciding if their use of public resources “achieves value for money”, is “publicly justifiable” and is “ethical”, according to the IPEA guidelines updated in January 2018.

The IPEA also says MPs should be “prepared to publicly justify your use of public resources” and “bear community expectations in mind because your use will be measured against these”.

Which begs the question – ah Bridget, too far?

via Ah Bridget, too far? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The RBA must be tearing their hair out – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It is inconceivable that they would choose now to pay down debt when they could borrow money at such low rates and really kick start the economy through government spending on productivity enhancing investments.

It’s not only the surplus fetish that is a problem as former head of the RBA, Bernie Fraser, points out. The government’s self-imposed cap on tax-to-GDP would also act as a restraint on the economy.

“What this dopey cap does is that it acts as a cap, not just on tax but also on expenditure, so if you have to do something you’ve created a problem for yourself,” he said.

With borrowing costs so low, an exchange rate at the bottom end of its range in recent times, surging iron ore prices boosting our terms of trade, and a nominally low level of unemployment, things should be going a lot better than they are.

But the reality is that social security payments are too low and many people are living in poverty, wages have stagnated, underemployment is rising and job security is falling.

Yet all this government can talk about is tax cuts for the wealthy and delivering a surplus.

via The RBA must be tearing their hair out – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Beware the man in the trenchcoat offering lollies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It’s all very well to offer tax cuts but it kinda feels like a man in a trench coat is offering us a bag of lollies.

How will they simultaneously deliver surpluses whilst collecting $158 billion less in revenue, and keep the economy growing when it is only government spending and a temporary boost in commodity prices that is keeping us out of recession?

Increase the GST? Increase the pension age to 70? Introduce GP co-payments? Sell off the ABC? Increase fuel taxes? Tighten eligibility to family payments and disability support? Underspend on the NDIS? Tougher compliance rules for Newstart? Workchoices 2.0? Increase university fees?

Before you gleefully grab the bag of lollies, you should be wary of what’s under the trenchcoat.

via Beware the man in the trenchcoat offering lollies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It’s ok when we do it – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I say to those who work on the ‘it’s ok when we do it’ philosophy, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

via It’s ok when we do it – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It is your journalism that is a “dog’s breakfast”, Andrew – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Has the ABC entirely capitulated?(ODT)

The Australian people are sold short by the dishing up of such tripe. But as we saw with Emma Alberici, factual analysis is no longer welcome at the ABC.

Did it ever occur to you Andrew, that by refusing to split the tax bill, it is actually the Coalition who is blocking tax cuts?

via It is your journalism that is a “dog’s breakfast”, Andrew – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It is your journalism that is a “dog’s breakfast”, Andrew – » The Australian Independent Media Network

ABC is now modelling Sky News (ODT)

Since when did negotiation to make something better become a weakness?

And why on earth does a tax cut that will not come into force until after the next election (or two) have to be legislated now?

Why is it considered irresponsible to wait and see how the economy is doing?

Where is the modelling about the economic outcomes of the three stages of the tax cuts?

Where are the questions about what cuts will be made to compensate for the loss of $158 billion in revenue?

The Grattan Institute released analysis during the election which outlined the government would be forced into making $40bn in spending cuts to meet its forecast surplus and tax cut promises, which the government immediately rejected yet failed to come up with any evidence to counter the institute’s research.

Whilst commentators like Probyn may revel in the intrigue of the Game of Wedge and thrive on any perceived party disunity, what he serves up is more like a gossip column than journalism.

The Australian people are sold short by the dishing up of such tripe. But as we saw with Emma Alberici, factual analysis is no longer welcome at the ABC.

Did it ever occur to you Andrew, that by refusing to split the tax bill, it is actually the Coalition who is blocking tax cuts?

via It is your journalism that is a “dog’s breakfast”, Andrew – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Angus Taylor is on a mission – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It is clear that Angus Taylor is a man on a mission. What’s less clear is whose best interests are driving him.

Richard Taylor also made a submission to the department’s review of how environment laws affect the agriculture sector. His submission called for changes to make the laws more simple and compatible with broadscale agriculture and best-practice weed control.

It’s handy when your family has such a prominent platform on which to express their views and such insight into investment opportunities.  Even handier when they get to make and change the rules that directly affect them.

via Angus Taylor is on a mission – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Greg Hunt announces an intention to develop a strategy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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“Whether it’s drugs and alcohol, whether it’s the work in relation to diet, whether it’s other elements, we are developing, with you, a long-term national preventive health strategy,” he told a conference on Wednesday.

He doesn’t have a plan as such, just an intention to develop one.

Which goes against everything they have done over the last decade.

In opposition, Tony Abbott fought against plain-packaging for tobacco. Franking credits crusader (aka Freedom boy) Tim Wilson wrote about it at length during his time at the IPA.

Peter Dutton, when opposition health spokesman, opposed the increase in taxation on alcopops calling the bill nothing more than a “tax grab”.

Fiona Nash, as assistant health minister, controversially chose to shut down a Health Star Rating site for foods. It was later reinstated.

In the 2014-15 Budget, the government abolished the Australian National Preventative Health Agency (ANPHA) which, coupled with its decision to cease the National Partnership Agreement for Preventative Health, showed a blatant disregard for the importance of this sector.

via Greg Hunt announces an intention to develop a strategy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The government is in a rut so deep that they can no longer see the signposts of where we are going – » The Australian Independent Media Network

He said the government’s fixation on jobs and growth had had some positive outcomes – higher company profits combined with tax concessions mean investors have done well, and jobs growth has resulted in more people being employed – but the glaring hole is the forgotten middle who have not seen commensurate wage rises.  This is placing a drag on the economy and financial stress on wage-earning households.

The government is in a rut so deep that they can no longer see the signposts of where we are going – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Pull your head in, Mike – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A few days ago, this supposedly apolitical head of the Department of Home Affairs took the extraordinary step of ringing Senator Rex Patrick to tell him to watch his words after the Senator issued a press release criticising the media raids.

“The overall trend has been clear for some time with the Government clearly working up a suppression trifecta: routinely obstruction and delaying freedom of Information applications; persecuting whistleblowers such as Witness K and Richard Boyle, and now using the police to intimidate journalists.”

Apparently Mike took exception to the following as he felt his character was being attacked:

“There is no doubt that Coalition Ministers and senior bureaucrats have no love of media scrutiny.”

Gee, now why would anyone think that.

His boss, Peter Dutton, infamously said “Some of the crazy lefties at the ABC, and on The Guardian, Huffington Post, can express concern and draw mean cartoons about me and all the rest of it. They don’t realise how completely dead they are to me.”

How dare they criticise him for wanting to fast-track refuge for persecuted “white” South Africans.

But he’s not alone in trying to avoid criticism and scrutiny.

via Pull your head in, Mike – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The government has dug itself into a deep hole and the walls are crumbling – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In the past five years the population has grown by just 8%, but government spending has risen by an incredible 21%. By sheer luck the mining boom has increased revenues by 27% but windfall gains like these are not sustainable.

The Daggy Dad “please like me” tour, backed up by his affable side-kick doing slide shows of endless cherry-picked graphs, is nothing more than an advertising campaign. Their claims of strong economic management are based on unrealistic assumptions about future wage growth and consumer spending and completely ignore Australia’s spiralling household debt.

They are reliant on precarious revenue from resources and seem clueless about the importance of diversifying our economy and building new industries to take up the slack caused by technological disruption and the inevitable demise of the fossil fuel industry.

via The government has dug itself into a deep hole and the walls are crumbling – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Bridget McKenzie revealed the Adani jobs lie and no-one noticed – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie made an amazing admission in an interview on Sky but nobody (except The Australia Institute) seemed to notice.

“[Adani will] be employing 1500 through the construction phase and around about 100 ongoing.”

Just to emphasise, that’s 100 ongoing jobs – not 10,000, not 1500 – ONE HUNDRED.

via Bridget McKenzie revealed the Adani jobs lie and no-one noticed – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

What’s the story with Kathy Jackson? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne described Jackson as ‘decent, brave and revolutionary’.

I can think of better descriptions.

via What’s the story with Kathy Jackson? – » 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

How will you fill in your time? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We have seen three leaders’ debates now (well a couple of us have), and the overarching takeout is that this election is all about Bill Shorten and Labor policies.

After six years in government, Scott Morrison has nothing to say about why we should vote for his party other than we will get him as PM as opposed to Bill Shorten.

Even the journalists are over it. Patricia Karvelas said she feels like Bart Simpson writing lines over and over – “if you vote for Labor, you get Bill Shorten, if you vote Coalition, you get me.”

via How will you fill in your time? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A star rating for companies and what it would mean – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

In a world that puts profit first, the idea of a social licence to operate seems to be disappearing.Shareholders are removed from the reputational damage that once kept business owners more accountable for acting responsibly. It’s all about the cheque.Worker exploitation, environmental vandalism, tax avoidance and market manipulation are goals rather than anathema.

via A star rating for companies and what it would mean – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Better economic managers, keeping us safe, lower taxes – a mantra with no basis in reality – » The Australian Independent Media Network

via Better economic managers, keeping us safe, lower taxes – a mantra with no basis in reality – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Amanda Vanstone dumps another turd on what passes as the journalistic landscape nowadays – » The Australian Independent Media Network

For some reason, the very inept Amanda Vanstone is still appearing in the media. Perhaps she is offered up for comedy value because she sure as hell is no sort of objective political observer or analyst.

Her latest blatant propaganda piece in the SMH where she asks Will the real Bill Shorten please stand up? is just silly.

“Labor endlessly seeks to create the impression Liberals care more about business than they do people.”

Actually, it’s the Liberals that promote that as their strategy Amanda. They pretend that, if businesses make more profit (helped by paying their employees less and no tax), they will employ more people (as casuals with no entitlements or tenure).

via Amanda Vanstone dumps another turd on what passes as the journalistic landscape nowadays – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We don’t need a Royal Commission – we need consequences – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We watched the banks make hay under the LNP who said “we don’t need a Royal Commission,” We saw the Panama Papers  and “we don’t need to charge anyone” Water buy backs and the Murray/Darling “don’t worry about it”. (ODT)

Whilst everyone is talking about water and demanding more inquiries, they could just read the news and save us all a lot of time and money. It’s not like we don’t know what has happened and who allowed it to happen as this article from Blogotariat in 2017 shows.

via We don’t need a Royal Commission – we need consequences – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The government of a democracy is accountable to the people – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Rather than defending us from the exploitation of unscrupulous merchants and employers, the government has decided it is best to leave us at the mercy of the free market – unless a donor needs a boost like underwriting their new coal-fired power station because no-one else will.

Whilst the Coalition asks who do you trust on national security, it seems clear that our greatest need for protection is from other institutions and from the abuses of government itself, particularly its collusion with these other institutions.

via The government of a democracy is accountable to the people – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Election campaigns are unedifying spectacles nowadays – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why is it that when we talk about reform it is nearly always about how much something costs rather than what it is worth?

I remember the joy of the Whitlam years. It was invigorating. The changes he made – not promises for the distant future but real achievements – could truly be labelled reform.

Ended conscription and got us out of Vietnam
Opened relationships with China
Established Medibank
Introduced the supporting mother’s benefit and welfare payment for homeless people.
Equal pay for women and extended adult minimum wage to include women workers
Abolished the death penalty
No-fault divorce
Federal funding for state schools
Free university education
25% cut in tariffs across the board
Sewerage connection
Reduced voting age to 18
An Order of Australia replaced the British Honours system
Racial discrimination act
Land rights to Indigenous people
Replaced God Save the Queen with Advance Australia Fair as the national anthem.
Established the National Gallery of Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Heritage Commission, FM and community radio.
The film industry flourished

Talk about tax cuts, national security, and surpluses doesn’t have the same inspirational ring to it somehow.

via Election campaigns are unedifying spectacles nowadays – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Whatever the cost of Labor’s policy, the Coalition’s inaction on climate change will cost infinitely more – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The government has decided to quote modelling by Brian Fisher, who is already well known for his very dodgy modelling in favour of the coal mining industry, to say that Labor’s policy will cost workers $9,000 per year.  This is, of course, complete rubbish and totally at odds with modelling by Frontier Economics and research by the ANU.

The question is not how much Labor’s policy will cost.  The cost of not taking action is far too great to contemplate.

The damage from the cyclone coupled with a fire at a port facility in January will lead to a loss of about 14 million tonnes of production in 2019, the miner said in a statement.At today’s iron ore price, that equates to over $1.7 billion dollars lost revenue for one company from one cyclone.

In February, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state budget is estimated to take a hit of at least $1.5 billion after catastrophic bushfires and floods ravaged Queensland over the summer.

via Whatever the cost of Labor’s policy, the Coalition’s inaction on climate change will cost infinitely more – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The economy is going great but the same can’t be said for the people – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The winner-take-all result where the party or Coalition with the majority of seats has all the power just does not work. Politicians are focused on beating their opponents rather than working collaboratively to do what is in the best interests of the nation. And increasingly, it is attracting those who are in it for themselves.

We must break the influence of vested interests and lobbyists who, by donating to a political party, can buy a whole bloc of votes.

We must invest in a public service capable of giving frank and fearless advice based on real evidence and who have the resources to oversee and assess the results from the expenditure of public money.

But first and foremost, we must elect people whose focus is on facilitating all Australians to make the best contribution they can to our society and supporting them to lead happy fulfilling lives in a healthy environment.

via The economy is going great but the same can’t be said for the people – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What Ashby and Dickson want us to believe – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Ther was amajor Qatari investment partnership with Rupert Murdoch is Ashby pointin fingers at him too? oh Dear!! How almighty crumble. (ODT)

Firstly, we are supposed to believe that the Qatari government have launched a three-year sting operation employing spies to influence the elections in Australia and, in order to exert influence over our government, they sought out James Ashby.

Sorry James, but that’s narcissism on steroids. As if the Qatari government has ever heard of you and as if One Nation will ever have any actual influence over government in this country. You can’t keep a Senator long enough for them to even get letterhead printed at the exorbitant rates you charge for your monopoly on One Nation printing business.

via What Ashby and Dickson want us to believe – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Collective culpability – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Where is the collective culpability for encouraging an atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust where raids on suspects’ houses are televised before they have even been charged with anything?

Where is the admission that collectively blaming all Muslims for the acts of a few has promoted fear and hatred?

Where is the acceptance that conflating asylum seekers with criminals is dogwhistling?

Wasn’t me, says Scott. They love me. I even went on a walk with some Muslim boys once.

Scott says he has led by example and that he has set the tone.

The tragedy is that he is right about that – and look at what has happened.

via Collective culpability – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Greg Hunt’s assurances mean fuck all – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Perhaps in preparation for threatened defamation action against Waleed Aly for reminding us of the reports of Scott Morrison suggesting the Liberal Party should capitalise on community concerns about the inability of Muslims to integrate, Peter Dutton and Greg Hunt have lined up to deny it ever happened.

Dutton and Hunt had in their mind that they would be PM and Deputy leader last August. Both have been censured for their disrespect for the legal system. They have no loyalty, no honesty, no integrity – just naked ambition.

If they are the best you can come up with to provide alibis/cover/character reference, then you are stuffed.

via Greg Hunt’s assurances mean fuck all – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We need to talk about Australian Conservatives – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Our founder, Senator Cory Bernardi, has been a regular critic of Islam, including here calling on Muslims to ‘reject, refute and reform’ Islam, and here where he called out the error of Britain’s migration program accepting Islamic migrants.

One question states that “some have attributed the migration of people of Islamic belief to terror attacks in Australia and abroad” and asks people for their view. In an obvious attempt to solicit negative responses, other questions included, “What is your view on the practice of sharia law in Australia?” and, “What is your view on the Islamic practice of allowing men to marry girls who are under the legal age of sexual consent?”

Bernardi defended the timing of the survey saying “We’re not politicising anything, we’re trying to decide what the Australian people want.”

Far from an innocent information gathering exercise, the very format was intended to offend.

via We need to talk about Australian Conservatives – » The Australian Independent Media Network