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‘A rogues gallery’: Running through the Coalition’s line-up

Allegations of rape at Parliament House, sex in prayer rooms, male prostitutes, staffers masturbating on desks: what the hell is going on?This Government, led by one of the most religious prime ministers we’ve ever had, is surrounded by crisis after crisis. If this was the management of a fish and chip shop, you wouldn’t let your daughter pick up the dinner.

‘A rogues gallery’: Running through the Coalition’s line-up

The world’s electric cars are leaving Australia for dust

The Volkswagen ID.4 is set to the be first mainstream electric vehicle in the US, but not here.

If you ask Scott Morrison about electric vehicles he throws poor, and inaccurate, marketing lines at you, such as they will “end the weekend”, they “won’t tow your trailer – it’s not going to tow your boat”, as he did when former Labor leader Bill Shorten backed fairly modest objectives concerning the electrification of our vehicle fleet in the run-up to the last election.

The world’s electric cars are leaving Australia for dust

Old Dog Thought- Let’s talk Climate Kerry and Johnson tell Morrison “not good enough”

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House Floating Down Sydney Street Sells For $3 Million

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Scott Morrison is not a misogynist, what he lacks is a female inner circle

Scott Morrison’s tin ear when it comes to women reflects a death of female talent to advise him.
I’m sorry Scott Morrison is a misogynist and it has been witnessed time and again in his climb over them. Remember Julie Bishop….who?

As The Australian’s 2019 Power List reported, there are only a couple of women among Scott Morrison’s “inner circle” of friends and advisers. Nor is there a surfeit in his parliamentary team. The Liberal Party has always resisted quotas for women, but it has not put enough effort into identifying and preparing women for preselection to obviate the need for them. The lack of electable women representing the party is compounded by a lack of female strategic input. Slowly but surely this is adding up to a lack of women voters.

Scott Morrison is not a misogynist, what he lacks is a female inner circle

Cuts to auditing and corruption agencies hurt democracy and environment

Australia is sliding on the global corruption index. Wonder why?

Cuts to the ANAO and ICAC in NSW make governments less accountable and more capable of decisions that go against the public good, writes Sue Arnold.

Cuts to auditing and corruption agencies hurt democracy and environment

Nicolle Flint’s “non-political” attack on Labor – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Face of LNP Politics

Nicolle Flint seemed to be trying for a Julia Gillard moment yesterday when she attacked Anthony Albanese. “I say to the leader of the opposition: I will not be lectured by you. I will not be lectured by your side of politics about the treatment of women in this place.” Ms Flint, after saying that “the safety of women in this place should be above politics,” went on to get very political: “What I say to the Labor party today is that they may not have held the spray can to vandalise my office with sexist slurs and they may not have held the camera pointed at me by the stalker or called me evil in GetUp’s phone calls, but they did create the environment in which hate could flourish.” Oh come on, Nicolle.

Nicolle Flint’s “non-political” attack on Labor – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison Government turns its back on women, triggering its own demise

The Morrison Government’s handling of the Porter rape allegations has seen a seismic shift in the public mood and people have had enough, writes managing editor Michelle Pini.

Morrison Government turns its back on women, triggering its own demise

As Overdoses Reach New Highs, Messaging on Addiction Needs More Nuance | Washington Monthly

Homeless Depressed Man Sitting in Cold Subway Tunnel

While Portugal fixes it’s drug problems. The LNP have allowed ourselves to become a carbon copy of America in every way and it’s cost lives (ODT)

Now is a good time to do some rethinking. Soon there will be new directors of key federal agencies with major public outreach responsibilities — the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration the Office of National Drug Control Policy (aka the office of the Drug Czar). We urge them and the Biden Administration to heed this insight on shaping public opinion about addiction and its treatment.

As Overdoses Reach New Highs, Messaging on Addiction Needs More Nuance | Washington Monthly

Old Dog Thought- When is enough enough?

JULIAN BURNSIDE: Dutton is still spending billions to keep people in misery

Compare Pink Bats with Aged Care, Education, Child Care, JobKeeper, NBN, Corporate Wage Theft, Grants for Votes and Rorts like water rights then ask whose policies enabled the greatest harm and cost to Australia. Who increased the income and wealth gaps and assisted in the biggest crimes ever allowed to happen without policing or consequences that have resulted in the destruction of health and caused the deaths of its citizens? Pink Bats was a mistake the LNP’s 8 years has been criminal intent. (ODT)

 

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The only jobs the Nats are concerned about are their own – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When you have a leader whose most memorable contribution has been a rather tragic Elvis impersonation, I guess it’s understandable that the natives might get restless. But in the last few weeks, the Nats have gone so far off reservation they seem to be occupying a totally different universe.

The only jobs the Nats are concerned about are their own – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Free speech for the Public Service? Friends only, foes face prosecution – Michael West

High Court of Australia

Last year public servant Josh Krook wrote a blog post in which he argued that Covid-19 benefitted big tech because forced social isolation would drive people to online platforms. He worked for the Commonwealth Industry Department that deals extensively with tech companies; he was fired because he refused to delete the post. This follows the firing of Immigration Department employee Michaela Banerji, who was dismissed over a series of Tweets, among other things, that were critical of Australia’s treatment of refugees. Banerji made 9,000 posts, mostly sent from her personal device outside of work hours. The High Court ruled Banerji’s dismissal was warranted because she had breached the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct which stipulates that public servants must act impartially and are prohibited from engaging in any forms of “harassment”. The 2019 High Court ruling (Comcare v Banerji) effectively said public servants could be sacked for comments they make on social media. And then we come to Geoff Philip Wade, a public servant employed by the Department of Parliamentary Services. Wade, who works as a researcher in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library, is one of Australia’s most prolific anti-China Twitter users. Wade has made 42,000 posts, nearly five times that of Banerji, a great number of which appear to have been sent from inside Parliament House. Often during his “working day” he will send out Tweets every five or 10 minutes. He has published photos, phone numbers and personal email addresses of people whose only crime is being Chinese or advancing views contrary to his own. The Department of Parliamentary Services refused to answer questions about Wade’s use of social media during taxpayer-funded work hours. A spokesperson cited “privacy considerations”.

Free speech for the Public Service? Friends only, foes face prosecution – Michael West

Travesty – a false or distorted misrepresentation of something – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The only comparison that can be made is that like Murdoch’s NewsCorp, Google and Facebook do not pay taxes – see Crikey’s article – “Tax dodging News Corp continues to rip Australia off – and is subsidised by taxpayers to do so“. Unfortunately, for verification purposes one of the many consequences of the Government’s pernicious agenda to undermine public interest journalism being shared on Facebook is I am unable to share the link to Crikey.

Travesty – a false or distorted misrepresentation of something – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Facebook’s news ban is a win for misinformation

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It’s a win for misinformation because since when has News Corp actually printed News or Information. It’s greater impact being the ABC yet again has been locked out providing News Corp and Ch9 with a far larger playing field of bullshit heading into an election ODT

But its bid to limit news content is a double-edged sword. It may save users from some heated debate, but it also leaves the platform wide open to those who wish to spread false information while restricting fact-checked news content. As Liberal MP Craig Kelly showed before being banned from Facebook for a week, he was able to freely promote his views on treatments for COVID-19 and mask wearing that were at odds with official government and medical advice. He is hardly alone.

Facebook’s news ban is a win for misinformation

The revolving door of Conservative wrongdoings – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day We exercise our involvement in our democracy every three years by voting. After that, the vast majority takes very little interest. Why is it so? ( John Lord )

The revolving door of Conservative wrongdoings – » The Australian Independent Media Network

AdRorts: the latest corrupt practice in a prodigious body of Coalition dirty work – Michael West

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Is the Covid-19 vaccine the Liberal Party’s vaccine or the Australian Government’s vaccine? It’s not their money but the Liberal Party has its logo plastered across advertisements for millions in Government grants. This #AdRort campaign is but the latest in a grotesque throng of rorts, such that this must surely be the most corrupt government in Australia’s history. Elizabeth Minter and Michael West report.

AdRorts: the latest corrupt practice in a prodigious body of Coalition dirty work – Michael West

The Morrison Government: Scandal-ridden to the core – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day I feel people on the right of politics in Australia show an insensitivity to the common good that goes beyond any thoughtful examination. They have a hate on their lips, and their hate starts with the beginning of a smile. PS: Might I remind my friends that it is they who we are fighting, not ourselves?( John Lord )

The Morrison Government: Scandal-ridden to the core – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thought- We should read & watch Murdoch Media for what it doesn’t say

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has welcomed an on-air apology from Sky News commentator Peta Credlin.

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Seeking the Post-Covid Sunshine: Neutrality in the Commercial Disputes Between Media Giants – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The harvesting of news content from the Old Media to the New Soft Media certainly degrades news reporting but this is essentially a commercial dispute which should be settled through negotiation between the parties. The LNP’s Media Bargaining Code fails to address the wider issue of tax evasion. Both Old and New media networks are involved in the tax evasion game. Although most of News Corporation’s operations are global and diversified well beyond the print media and television networks, the company shares with Google and Facebook a penchant for tax avoidance. News Corporation declared a loss on its entire operations in 2020 and 2018 (News Corporation Annual Report 2020):

Seeking the Post-Covid Sunshine: Neutrality in the Commercial Disputes Between Media Giants – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Seven years later… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Government contracts are bestowed on friends, associates and donors with no tender process, and grants are sweeteners to be doled out where politically expedient. Jobs for the boys and girls are blatantly handed around, and they keep preselecting and enabling the likes of Craig Kelly and George Christensen… And a significant number of them thought Peter Dutton would be a good Prime Minister. That, in itself, makes them unfit to govern.

Seven years later… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison’s ‘distress’, not condemnation of U.S. Congress attack

If the Prime Minister does not make his allegiances clear, we must assume he supports the seditious actions of outgoing President Donald Trump and his QAnon followers, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.

Scott Morrison’s ‘distress’, not condemnation of U.S. Congress attack

Threats and Seductions: John Menadue on Rupert Murdoch’s handling of politicians – Michael West

hat Foxtel has been double dipping by charging the ABC up to $105,000 to broadcast three Matildas matches while receiving $40 million from the federal government to increase coverage of women’s, niche and community sport is just business as usual for Rupert Murdoch. John Menadue explains Murdoch’s modus operandi, going back decades, and how he always gets what he wants.

Threats and Seductions: John Menadue on Rupert Murdoch’s handling of politicians – Michael West

Australian Liberal MP Craig Kelly stands by US Capitol ‘antifa’ claim, despite discredited evidence | Craig Kelly | The Guardian

George Christensen and Craig Kelly

The Liberal MP Craig Kelly is standing by unsubstantiated claims antifa may have been present in the US Capitol mob, even though the article on which they were based has been corrected.

Australian Liberal MP Craig Kelly stands by US Capitol ‘antifa’ claim, despite discredited evidence | Craig Kelly | The Guardian

The Morrison Government’s program of class warfare

I’m here to sell product not manufacture it.

The reality is the Coalition Government has engaged in blatant class warfare that has punished and disenfranchised workers and the most vulnerable, whilst protecting corporate interests and its political donors. Let’s take a tour of the most recent policy misadventures.

The Morrison Government’s program of class warfare

Pathetic leadership = pathetic policy = pathetic cabinet = pathetic governance – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We are Teflon coated

My thought for the day I feel people on the right of politics in Australia show an insensitivity to the common good that goes beyond any thoughtful examination. They have hate on their lips, and their hate starts with the beginning of a smile.

Pathetic leadership = pathetic policy = pathetic cabinet = pathetic governance – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Selling Australia’s offshore detention regime to the world

The term “offshore processing” suggests something industrial, mechanistic. In the field of refugee and asylum seeker policy, it involves detaining humans, their dehumanisation and the vast, prohibitive expenditure of funds from the public purse. As a model, one country has sold it with unshakeable conviction and aplomb: Australia.

Selling Australia’s offshore detention regime to the world

Unflappable unions remain focused versus IR reform bills – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In fact, Sally McManus, the national secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), has applied the blowtorch to the government – in the hottest of acetylene fashions, yet in her characteristic calm, measured delivery – in claiming that all of the hard work of the previous five months of industrial relations reform negotiations has been undone.

Unflappable unions remain focused versus IR reform bills – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The PM ignored one of the enduring truths in politics in his over-the-top response to China

The Prime Minister did not need to lower himself to respond to a mid-career Chinese wolf-warrior.

Morrison will also have to work overtime with other US allies (including the Europeans) to lend support to Australia beyond simple declarations of solidarity. Despite Morrison routinely shunning Europe in areas of central concern to them, such as climate change, Australia now needs France, Germany, Britain, Brussels and others to ensure that any World Trade Organisation action against China’s politically driven tariffs receives maximum multilateral support. And finally, Morrison will also need to take a leaf out of Japan’s recent playbook on dealing with China. He’ll need to grow up and, importantly, learn to shut up – other than when it’s essential for our core values and interests and, where possible, articulated in unison with our friends and allies. The irony is that Morrison’s current course is making Australia less secure, not more secure, despite his government seeking to wrap itself in the rhetorical mantle of “national security”. Managing China’s rise, and its interplay with American and allied military and economic power, is not a juvenile game for domestic political advantage. The national interests at stake are too high for that.

The PM ignored one of the enduring truths in politics in his over-the-top response to China

The Liberals Always Have A Plan And An Announcement To Remind You That One Exists… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Cults need their followers to be in constant contact because without that, followers may start to notice that there are more sensible ways of looking at things. So whenever I here the Liberals say that they have a plan, I can’t help but think that – when other people say it – we actually expect the person saying them to follow up by describing the actual plan.

The Liberals Always Have A Plan And An Announcement To Remind You That One Exists… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Former WA Liberal MPs Nigel Hallett, Brian Ellis misused electoral allowances, CCC inquiry finds – ABC News

Former WA Liberal MPs Nigel Hallett, Brian Ellis misused electoral allowances, CCC inquiry finds – ABC News
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The CCC alleges Nigel Hallett and Brian Ellis engaged in serious misconduct Mr Hallett allegedly paid his lover a taxpayer-funded wage for a “sham” job Mr Ellis spent thousands of dollars of his electoral allowance at a strip club

Former WA Liberal MPs Nigel Hallett, Brian Ellis misused electoral allowances, CCC inquiry finds – ABC News

Victoria budget: Victorian government steps in where federal government did not

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas hands down his budget.

Record fiscal stimulus of $25 billion over four years will capture the headlines. But what the Victorian government has done with it is perhaps the bigger story. Education jobs, a massive social housing build, support for the tourism sector – it’s by and large the right package for this recession.

Victoria budget: Victorian government steps in where federal government did not

ABC chair Ita Buttrose defends broadcaster as essential to democracy

ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose says well-funded public broadcasters are vital for democracy.

The LNP and Murdoch push to rid us of the ABC is Trumpism to the core (ODT)

ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose has warned against growing attempts of intimidation towards public broadcasters around the world, saying countries that have popular, well-funded public sector media encounter less extremism and corruption and have greater press freedom.

ABC chair Ita Buttrose defends broadcaster as essential to democracy

Gas won’t fuel Australia’s recovery or reduce emissions. It’s a mirage | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian

Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) Project

The truth is gas is both too expensive and too dirty. We’ve known this for nearly a decade

Gas won’t fuel Australia’s recovery or reduce emissions. It’s a mirage | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian