Tag: LNP Management

Robodebt: changes to Criminal Code pave way for action against lawyers who vigorously defend clients – Michael West

Robodebt: extremely cruel system

If a whistleblower you can be charged in secret if you defend that whistleblower you too can be charged in secret. Now if you defend a victim of a public servant robustly you can be charged for causing that Public Servant distress. (ODT)

The Commonwealth has been extremely cruel to Centrelink recipients but there’s no suggestion that those who designed and implemented Robodebt will face any punishment. Yet lawyers who unwittingly cause distress to public officials when defending clients could face criminal charges. Ian Cunliffe investigates.

via Robodebt: changes to Criminal Code pave way for action against lawyers who vigorously defend clients – Michael West

Covid-19 tragedy in aged care: whose side is the Coalition government on? – Michael West

Victorian aged care, Covid-19

Every effort is being made by Scott Morrison to avoid facing this issue head on. Yet from Abbott to Morrison Aged-Care has always been ignored. If it were given any attention it only been to make it a cheaper rather than a better service. (ODT)

Numerous inquiries, reviews and consultations over the years have provided mounds of evidence of negligence, neglect and abuse in residential aged care homes. Yet the recommendations have mostly been ignored. Now we watch in horror as the number of elderly residents who die from Covid-19 continues to climb. The government is eventually going to have to explain to the nation how this entirely predictable tragedy occurred on its watch, writes Dr Sarah Russell.

via Covid-19 tragedy in aged care: whose side is the Coalition government on? – Michael West

Risk avoidance vs disaster response – how the Coalition creates crises – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We are witnessing what their deregulation and erosion of job security and ignoring of expert warnings deliver. Rather than learn any lessons during this pandemic, our Treasurer invokes Thatcher and Reagan who hugely increased inequality and diminished workers’ rights and protections. Persistently high rates of income or wealth inequality are bad for social cohesion, political inclusion and crime. The evidence for this is overwhelming.

via Risk avoidance vs disaster response – how the Coalition creates crises – » The Australian Independent Media Network

After COVID-19, a change is overdue

You cant privatise a pandemic Scott Morrison (ODT)

It will be difficult for Morrison to backtrack on measures already put in place to cope with the economic effects of the virus and more government financial assistance can be expected before we are out the other side. The fragility of the economy will require nurturing by the State for some time to come. The funding of childcare, universities and the increased funding of Newstart will not be easy to reverse even when the economy is stronger given likely voter resistance. It will give the Labor Party a platform.

via After COVID-19, a change is overdue

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

Scott Morrison is facing two important challenges, but coronavirus may offer the easiest political solution – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scott Morrison standing in front a large infograph about coronovirus

via Scott Morrison is facing two important challenges, but coronavirus may offer the easiest political solution – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Doing it for ourselves – » The Australian Independent Media Network

So don’t let the government get away with claiming that it can’t afford to pay for these services. Don’t allow it to laud the efforts of well-meaning, altruistic Australians without demanding an explanation of why the private altruism was necessary. We have a government for the purposes of providing healthcare, emergency management, social welfare and a host of other social provisions that we can’t do on our own. We expect our government to provide these services without fear or favour, to the needy regardless of how loud or visible they are.

If our government is not doing these things, it is not fit for purpose. So why exactly does it exist?

via Doing it for ourselves – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Rumours – and fears – that ‘National Digital ID’ is on the way | The New Daily Rumours and fears that ‘National Digital ID’ is coming

LNP Management has increased surveillance in Australia X10 yet they are unable to collect taxes from Australia’s wealthiest and greatest avoiders. The smell of dead fish isn’t a stench coming from the Murray Darling alone it’s much closer to the ACT. (ODT)

Rumours – and fears – that ‘National Digital ID’ is on the way | The New Daily Rumours and fears that ‘National Digital ID’ is coming

Why the platypus is at risk of extinction | Salon.com

Screenshot_2020-01-31 Why the platypus is at risk of extinction.pngThe platypus, a beloved emblem of Australia and a symbol of the strangeness of evolution, is at risk of extinction.

That’s according to a new study published in the February issue of Biological Conservation, which suggests the humble beaked mammal is at greater risk of becoming extinct than previously thought. As the tragic bushfires in Australia blanketed the island continent, the platypuses were “invisible victims,” as Atlas Obscura wrote.

via Why the platypus is at risk of extinction | Salon.com

Have more than a billion animals perished nationwide this bushfire season? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

burnt out wombat crossing sign - the claim is a conservative estimate

Australia’s Shame…. ” Climate Change is Crap” Australia’s PM Tony Abbott (ODT)

via Have more than a billion animals perished nationwide this bushfire season? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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

Australia fires: Climate change, our greatest threat, is overlooked by defence expenditure

Australian Defence Force troops and members of Forest Fire Management Victoria clear felled trees on the Princes Highway just outside Genoa.

Moreover, there are basic questions such as why we are building inferior French-designed subs instead of leasing from the US; or why have we made ourselves more of a target for terrorists and the likes of Iran by having joined wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now the US armada in the Straits of Hormuz; or why would we contemplate an additional “national guard” to handle disasters.

All this rather than assigning national disaster responsibilities to all three arms of the ADF – for transport and logistics, recovery programs, our own fleet of water-carrying aircraft.

via Australia fires: Climate change, our greatest threat, is overlooked by defence expenditure

Wren’s Week: Climate change denialism sparked the fires

The Coalition continued to ignore warnings about the results of climate change and now must bear responsibility for our bushfire catastrophe, writes John Wren.

This is a  greater cost than the ALP’s Pink Bats add this to the NBN and let’s talk LNP Management and Scott Morrison’s future. (ODT)

via Wren’s Week: Climate change denialism sparked the fires

Smithereens: Australia’s climate commitments blown if giant fossil fuel projects proceed – Michael West Media

Smithereens: Australia’s climate commitments blown if giant fossil fuel projects proceed

As bushfires rage and the demands for action on climate rise, the gas cartel is developing a suite of enormous fossil fuel projects destined to blow Australia’s commitments to the Paris Agreement to smithereens. Michael West reports on the push to frack new provinces; the propaganda and the reality.

Smithereens: Australia’s climate commitments blown if giant fossil fuel projects proceed – Michael West Media

Hydrogen stimulus package to power Australian energy exports

Energy Minister Angus Taylor (right) with Australian chief scientist Alan Finkel before the COAG energy council meeting.

It’s not hard to guess what this government has in mind (ODT

Proponents of renewable energy raised concerns that using hydrogen to store fossil fuel-generated energy could support the coal sector and prolong the operation of the nation’s ageing fleet of coal-fired power stations.
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ACT Energy Minister Shane Rattenbury argued before the meeting that Australia faced a “fork in the road” that could set the direction of hydrogen as either a forward-looking renewables industry or a mechanism to “prop up” coal.

via Hydrogen stimulus package to power Australian energy exports

Australia falls to all-time OECD low on jobs but $A rallies against Zambian kwacha – Michael West

Australia falls to all-time OECD low on jobs but $A rallies against Zambian kwacha

Australia’s jobless rate of 5.24 per cent now ranks 75th in the world and 19th in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). That’s the club of 36 wealthy, developed mixed capitalist economies with which comparisons can and should be made.

That is the lowest Australia has ranked since records have been kept. In June 2012 and June 2013, Australia ranked eighth. Just 12 months ago, Australia ranked 17th.

via Australia falls to all-time OECD low on jobs but $A rallies against Zambian kwacha – Michael West