Tag: LNP Government

Old Dog Thoughts- LNP Dirt Brigade and Ch9 are Servicing Australia

Is branch stacking illegal?

No, it is not illegal.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 16/6/20; 70 CH9 Jounalists petitioned aganst this; Branch Stacking isn’t illegal; Secret Tapes and Ch9’s Coverage and the LNP dirt brigade is;

ABC has been shafted by the LNP, IPA and Murdoch. Australia are we America or a Democracy?

Mike Seccombe: ‘ It sounds like a marketing slogan, almost a cliché: in times of national crisis, Australians turn to the national broadcaster. But over the past six months or so, it has proved profoundly true.First came the bushfire crisis, when the ABC’s network of regional reporters distinguished themselves not just in reporting the disaster as it unfolded but also warning those in harm’s way. Then came the current coronavirus crisis….Continue Reading

Take the Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, which measure online interaction. In December last year, on the back of its bushfire coverage, the broadcaster surged into second place with a “unique audience” of more than 10 million – passing Nine and just behind news.com.au, which both fell.

By January, the ABC was No. 1 in the country, with an audience of 11.2 million, well ahead of the Murdoch news site. The most recent figures, for March, showed its audience up to 15.2 million, a 53 per cent gain in a single month, and almost three million ahead of its closest rival.

In one sense, this is unsurprising. Innumerable surveys over the decades have shown the ABC to be the most trusted media outlet, and one of the most trusted institutions in the country.

On another level, though, it is remarkable that the ABC has done so well during these particular crises – given that it has been working while grievously wounded. Since the current government came to power in 2014, the broadcaster has lost hundreds of millions of dollars in funding and about 1000 jobs.

Staff members reveal the significant pressure they are under as the public broadcaster continues to face budget cuts of more than $100 million a year.
Staff members reveal the significant pressure they are under as the…
Staff members reveal the significant pressure they are under as the public broadcaster continues to face budget cuts of more than $100 million a year.

It’s more than just a virus: there are culture wounds and abscesses of leadership – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day

This Government’s performance over its time in office has been like a daily shower of offensiveness raining down on society.

Surely performance or lack of it must mean something.

via It’s more than just a virus: there are culture wounds and abscesses of leadership – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We need imagination, not hibernation – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We don’t need people with small minds who long for the days of coal, copper and austerity. We need people with imagination about the opportunities of where we are headed and the foresight to start preparing now.

via We need imagination, not hibernation – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Lest we forget – » The Australian Independent Media Network

After active opposition to action on climate change, rorting on a grand scale in water management, no long term national drought strategy, and a woeful response to the bushfires, ScottyFromMarketing (SFM) is now positioning himself as some sort of crisis leader.

In actual fact, he is finally being led by advice from experts, and luckily able to share the burden with the Premiers, or pass the buck where necessary.

via Lest we forget – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What makes the Morrison government’s actions of the past week so astonishing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Will the conservatives when they have done with the philosophical ideals of the left once again take on the mantle of the capitalistic rights of the individual over the collective?

The way I see it at the moment is that all they are doing is governing for the common good and I have to salute that.

The philosophical arguments will come later.

My thought for the day

It’s difficult to caste yourself in a new light when you’re coming out of the darkness.

via What makes the Morrison government’s actions of the past week so astonishing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The time for partisan bullshit is over Josh – give it up – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Not laughing now (ODT)

Under the Coalition’s “responsible budget management”, net debt has increased from $161,253 million at 31 August 2013, a week before the election, to $424,164 million at the end of February this year.

Still stuck in slogan land, Coalition language is changing.

We have gone from a “targeted, modest and scalable” response to “targeted, measured and scalable” and now Frydenberg is calling for “quick, strong and co-ordinated action” from the G20 countries.

The self-satisfied smirks, the ridiculing of the idea of well-being, and the draconian persecution of the unemployed have disappeared.

After more than a decade of their bullshit, all of a sudden, “we are all in this together”.

via The time for partisan bullshit is over Josh – give it up – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Bankster Bailout: will the trickle-down package trickle beyond the banks and big business? – Michael West

QE, Reserve Bank, RBA

Irresponsible lending created the GFC (ODT)

The Morrison Government’s emergency measures to protect the economy are another massive subsidy from embattled taxpayers to Australia’s largest corporations. They are a failure of government to govern. Michael West reports.

Question: why would a bank lend money to a business with no customers?

Answer: it wouldn’t.

Question: who will benefit from the Reserve Bank’s massive loan and money-printing program?

Answer: banks, bond traders and corporate customers.

Bankster Bailout: will the trickle-down package trickle beyond the banks and big business? – Michael West

Christian Porter doesn’t understand insecure work can be scarier than coronavirus | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

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Australia’s attorney general Christian Porter has pooh-poohed concerns about the fate of casual workers caught up in the coronavirus crisis, saying they would have “already made provisions” if they have to take time off work.

via Christian Porter doesn’t understand insecure work can be scarier than coronavirus | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- There’s been a virus in Australia since 2013. The death count never listed

The Morrison Government: When rorting became sporting

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 6/3/20; All about Scotty from Marketing Unraveling like a cheap sweater; Grumpy Geezer quiz;

Car crash v Coronavirus: doctor puts pandemic in perspective – Michael West

Coronavirus

“If you could find out when you were going to die would you want to know?”

My personal answer to this was no but, given none of us are getting out of this life alive, what are some of the real sudden death health risks to worry about? Around the world, every year, the number of people:

killed by car crash ~1,250,000
killed by their own hand ~800,000
killed by influenza ~375,000
killed by (non war) gun violence ~250,000
killed by war ~200,000
killed by terrorists ~20,000
killed by lightning ~6,000
killed by coconut falling on head ~150
eaten by shark < 10

 

 

Car crash v Coronavirus: doctor puts pandemic in perspective – Michael West

Australian democracy is at risk. If we want to save it, we must all play a part | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Clive Palmer billboard

Sports rorts. Unlawful robo-debts. More than $80m in election donations. Is this the governance we want?

via Australian democracy is at risk. If we want to save it, we must all play a part | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Ending the torture of Julian Assange

LNP Shame up close and personal with the USA and down distant and who gives a fuck with it’s citizens. America constructed crimes to fit Assange and our LNP has done nothing but applaud. (ODT)

IN A WATERSHED CASE for journalistic freedom, the hearing for Julian Assange’s extradition to the U.S. begins in London on 24 February 2020. If extradited to the U.S., Assange will face 18 charges under the 1917 Espionage Act and a potential sentence of 175 years in prison for “crimes” that include some of the greatest pieces of citizen journalism of the 21st century: the Iraq War Logs, the Afghan War Logs, Cablegate and the famous collateral murder video.

via Ending the torture of Julian Assange

How much will it cost – the ridiculous hypocrisy of Morrison and Frydenberg – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Oh you mean like when Labor steered us through the Global Financial Crisis emerging as the strongest economy in the world?

via How much will it cost – the ridiculous hypocrisy of Morrison and Frydenberg – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Search for Clean Air Amid Australia’s Smoky Fires

 

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An example of the planet, the best of possible worlds the LNP government has been leading us into this century. (ODT)

The AQI hit 4,650 on New Year’s Day in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. That was the day that fires chased us home from the beach. When we got to our house, I stuffed paper towels in the crevices of the doors, but it was wasn’t enough. That night, I didn’t sleep. It was sweltering. And every breath tasted like sticky tar.

The Search for Clean Air Amid Australia’s Smoky Fires

The baggage they have lugged from one year to the next means 2020 will be a hard slog (part 4) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

via The baggage they have lugged from one year to the next means 2020 will be a hard slog (part 4) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As straw men in a firestorm. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

There is no link between droughts and climate change is the argument posited by News Corp pundits like Andrew Bolt and the LNP government’s right wing who Morrison says has “no influence”. It’s the same argument put by Big Tobacco smoking and cancer that there is no direct link. But Kelly Morrison and News Corp pundits keep silent on that score and I’m sure don’t encourage their kids to smoke.

After 40+ years of scientific research the evidence is clear that there is a correlation between the rate rise of CO2 and global warming records. That warming has intensified lengthened and changed the nature of droughts and lengthened the fire danger periods changing the nature of the fuels readily burnt. Climate change has in fact significantly impacted the consequences experienced of the bushfires we see today. Predictions to this effect were made by climatologists more than 10 years ago ignored and scoffed at.

The biggest response in 2013 was heard by ex LNP PM Tony Abbott who said science of global warming was crap. Today we hear Scott Morrison declaring it’s no time for politics. We need to deal with the new reality and we are doing that but forget the cause. (ODT)

“There is no link, the facts that cause the fires are the drought and the drying of the environment,”

“I follow the science,” lies Craig Kelly, MP for Hughes, who lobs on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, a pulpit for Piers Morgan, a Daily Mirror, former editor, sacked in 2004, for publishing fake images purporting to show British soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners.

via As straw men in a firestorm. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts- Murdoch’s front pages are quick to fill but the truth unfortunately takes longer

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Fighting Fake News with Real ,8/1/20; Craig Kelly the bright spark Morrison helped relight; Who Scott Morrison admires but you were never told; Bad Faith and leadership;

The Keating and Blair consensus has failed

The neoliberal trickle-down story is a myth. It never shows up. It fails because the wealthy put much of their wealth into unproductive asset speculation and luxuries for themselves, not into productive investment. This keeps the financial markets and housing prices high, but our economy has been hollowed out. We are left with being China’s quarry.

The right-wing neoliberal parties of Margaret Thatcher and John Howard set upon the industrial unions with a vengeance, so it is almost comical now to see the Morrison Government’s continuing obsession with the last feeble vestiges of union power. But Labor and Labour also undermined and defanged the unions, and allowed industries to wither and collapse with little help for displaced workers.

In place of real jobs, people are offered the gig economy, with no security and a likelihood their wages will be stolen as well. Yes, the nature of the economy has changed, but the employed still have a common interest against the owners of capital, as Adam Smith himself well understood in his day.

via The Keating and Blair consensus has failed

The baggage they have lugged from one year to the next means 2020 will be a hard slog (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

via The baggage they have lugged from one year to the next means 2020 will be a hard slog (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Australian: Murdoch-owned newspaper accused of downplaying bushfires in favour of picnic races | Media | The Guardian

International front pages

Meanwhile, Morrison is cutting funds to the ABC (ODT)

via The Australian: Murdoch-owned newspaper accused of downplaying bushfires in favour of picnic races | Media | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- Morrison has yet another ” On the water matter” this time on the land

Experts warn drought and bushfires have combined to create a new level of threat to local wildlife.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 2/1/20; Australia Shamed in the eyes of the planet and Morrison shrugs; Morrison declares another “on the water moment” that can’t be discusses, Desperate Animals but not a desperate government;

Scott Morrison should resign – » The Australian Independent Media Network

An Excuse for a PM (ODT

When our accidental-Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, took office, he swore an oath to ‘be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her heirs and successors according to law.’

No mention of his duties to his wife and daughters. They are a private matter and, as long as he remains Prime Minister, his duties lie to the high office to which he has (sadly) been elected, and for which it appears he totally lacks competence!

Prime Minister – this is not all about you.

You really don’t have a clue, do you?

It is not about your promises to your daughters.

It is not about sharing the grief of people whom you have let down.

It is not about getting a few more photo ops, showing the caring Prime Minister comforting the distraught property owner who has lost everything.

Or the grieving widow with a young family whose partner died fighting the fires because he cared about his community.

That is all hypocritical flim-flam which highlights your failings.

Australia, along with all inhabitants of this planet, is facing an existential crisis.

The Coalition climate deniers have also been denying their country the ability to take actions which might have – at least to some extent – mitigated the current catastrophic conditions, and without which we can guarantee this is not the end but the beginning of a growing disaster.

Yes – we are not the only country needing to take action – but we are the developed country with the highest per capita level of emissions of greenhouse gases.

Yes – countries like China, India and the USA are lagging behind in taking action, but that does not give us licence to do nothing. Instead it gives us an obligation to put them to shame by showing how a relatively small country can rapidly become carbon neutral.

via Scott Morrison should resign – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Everything is Burning’: Australian Inferno Continues, Choking Off Access to Cities Across Country and | Common Dreams News

Australia is engulfed in flames.

LNP Government, Murdoch Media have all declared this as JUST WEATHER (ODT)

via ‘Everything is Burning’: Australian Inferno Continues, Choking Off Access to Cities Across Country and | Common Dreams News

Andrew Hastie essay urges democracies to engage in political warfare to ‘preserve peace’

Liberal MP Andrew Hastie.

When warmongers become politicians all they know is mongering more war rather than self reflection on why they are assisting in the failure of Democracy. (ODT)

The chairman of Parliament’s joint committee on intelligence and security, Andrew Hastie, says Western nations must wage their own political warfare campaigns “to preserve peace and avoid war” and stop rival authoritarian states from undermining democracy.

“We have returned to an era of great power competition, even constant conflict,” he told Whitehall think tank the Royal United Services Institute.

“The challenge for us in the West is that the character of that competition, being conducted by authoritarian opponents, is attacking our way of life and our freedom in a manner that is remarkably difficult to defeat without undermining the very freedoms we seek to protect.”

via Andrew Hastie essay urges democracies to engage in political warfare to ‘preserve peace’

Ensuring there will be no integrity – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As catastrophe engulfs us, what is our government doing?

Union-bashing.

Refugee-bashing.

Labor-bashing.

Decimating the public service.

“Refusing to apologise” for blatant misdeeds by Angus Taylor.

It’s business as usual for the do-nothing Coalition sticking to their age-old ideological vendettas.

via Ensuring there will be no integrity – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australian Movies Must Now Include At Least One Road In A Lead Role, After Arts Department Dissolved Into Department For Infrastructure & Transport – The Shovel

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via Australian Movies Must Now Include At Least One Road In A Lead Role, After Arts Department Dissolved Into Department For Infrastructure & Transport – The Shovel

Focus on basics leaves schoolkids short in essential deep thinking

Australian 15-year-olds are falling behind, according to the latest international assessment.

The LNP have been in control for most of the past 20 years and have successfully created disadvantage for most of the nation compared with the rest of the world. But then it’s easier to control the disadvantaged isn’t it? (ODT)

The declining performance of Australian school students is in the spotlight again. But is there anything governments can do to arrest the decline?

According to the latest results from PISA 2018, the average reading levels of Australian 15-year-olds fell by the equivalent of three-quarters of a year of school since 2000. Mathematics levels fell by one-and-a-quarter years of school since 2003. And science levels fell by almost a year of school since 2006. Very few countries recorded such large falls in performance.

Focus on basics leaves schoolkids short in essential deep thinking