Both the US and Australia are settler societies which were founded on white supremacy and colonial expansionism. Hence, they are intrinsically concerned with maintaining dominance over Indigenous people and asserting state sovereignty against the incursion of people deemed “other”.
But apart from rhetoric, Australia and the US are also using colonial-era and colonial-like power relations to coerce poorer nations into serving their racist immigration policy.
Papua New Guinea has hosted hundreds of male refugees and asylum seekers who tried to make it to Australia on Manus Island, while children and families have been living in limbo in the island nation of Nauru.
But amid the spending spree on militarisation and domination of poorer nations and the continuing misery and suffering of hundreds of thousands of people stranded at borders and in detention centres, there is rarely any recognition of the fact that these refugees and “migrants” have been in fact escaping wars and murderous regimes propped by the US, Australia and EU states.
And that is because these countries have never stopped behaving like colonial powers on the international stage, long after colonialism was supposed to have formally ended.
When a large number of apparently sane people suggest, not only prolonging existing coal-fired power but building more coal-fired power stations, we must consider what is causing the psychosis, writes Dr Graeme McLeay.
Global warming and its resultant climate change is no longer a theory.
It is a stark reality, as even a casual reader must grasp:
- 16 of the warmest years on record this century;
- unprecedented melting of the polar ice caps with the Arctic experiencing heat waves;
- many species, including the infectious sort, occurring out of their normal range;
- sea level rise and coastal erosion;
- an extended bushfire season in both hemispheres;
- droughts in Africa, the Middle East, Northern India and Pakistan; and (dare we mention it, Australia)
- global coral reef bleaching.
And the list goes on. Already the effects on human health and well being are widespread.
THE FAILURE of negotiations between the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation and the Australian National University has ignited a culture war in the opinion pages of The Australian. One that has seeped into Federal politics and now poses a threat to the independence of universities.
The Ramsay Centre was launched back in 2017 with a $3 billion bequest from healthcare-magnate and top Liberal party donor Paul Ramsay. The half lobby group, half trust is staffed by Liberal party giants John Howard and Tony Abbott, among others.
To create this pro-Western degree, the Ramsay Centre advocated the establishment of new institutions and methods in breach of academic independence. Abbott said the group will form a committee inside ANU that will make staffing and curriculum decisions. The group’s CEO, Professor Simon Haines, reportedly said they would pull their multi-million dollar donation if the degree wasn’t sufficiently pro-Western, which would include not hiring academics who have been critical of the West. The group also wanted to send representatives to sit in on courses to carry out “health checks” on the teachers and removed “academic independence” from their memorandum of understanding with the university.
The Liberals and their allies have always favoured the private over the public, whether in hospitals, health, schools — and broadcasting.
“They don’t hate us for what we do, but for who we are.”
Andy Penn announced plans to slash 8000 jobs on Wednesday. He was castigated by unions, admonished by politicians and shunned by investors as shares in the company he runs, Telstra, sank to within a whisker of record lows.
It’s hard to think it could have been much worse. Yet it’s debatable whether Penn even had the most difficult week in his industry.
Illustration: Joe Benke
Illustration: Joe Benke
Consider how the past few days have panned out for his counterpart at Optus, Allen Lew.
Optus was forced into a humiliating surrender of its World Cup streaming coverage, a key pillar of Lew’s overarching strategy. After failing to resolve ongoing technical problems with its broadcast, the No.2 carrier relinquished exclusivity over the prestigious tournament, at least for the group stages, to SBS.
Newscorp loaned Foxtel $900M with an interest rate of 12%.
A report by Michael West describes Foxtel was spitting cash (highly profitable) at the time of the loan and there was no requirement for the loan.
The interest repayments from Foxtel to News resulted in Foxtel reducing their tax to the ATO to zero, Foxtel generated $6 Billion in revenue over 3 years and paid no tax.
If Foxtel had no requirement for the loan it can be argued that Newscorp, Foxtel and their tax lawyers and accountants conspired to draw up a loan agreement for the sole purpose to defraud the ATO of taxable income.
As thousands of students around Australia throw their academic caps into the sky this month, many of them will be left thousands of dollars in debt. The Turnbull Government is now looking to reduce the repayment threshold for uni graduates by more than $10,000, which means anyone earning more than $45,000 would make compulsory contributions. With the average debt somewhere between $20,000 and $30,000, and higher for specialist fields like law or medicine, some might be asking ‘was it worth it?’ We take a look.
After scraping over the line two years ago, Turnbull secured the numbers in the Senate and both the ABCC and ROC were established. Soon after, the ROC’s credibility came under question when, at the suggestion of the employment minister Michaelia Cash, it chose not just to investigate the previous Labor government, but specifically something the current Opposition Leader Bill Shorten did or did not do more than a decade ago when he was at the helm of the Australian Workers Union.
The Anti- Democratic Triumvariate is the LNP Government, the IPA and private trash media like News Corp. Murdoch wants digital news as click bait to read and inspire like the Herald Sun (ODT)
Media editor Dr Lee Duffield says a new complaint by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, comes against a background of ABC-baiting that strikes up mutual interest between radical-right politics and conservative media.
The worrying issue was this attitude:
- the Government would like news to be uncritical and friendly publicity;
- it will hit out at media that does not oblige; and
- it may mate-up with other media that join in the criticism, setting out to be its mouthpiece — for something in return.
Why are we becoming soooo American just look at the condition they are in and that’s where the LNP wants to take us. (ODT)
Australians were justifiably shocked, appalled and embarrassed by the ball tampering our test cricketers attempted last month in South Africa. Somehow, better was expected of them. After all, they were playing the gentlemen’s game – cricket – where any cheating was simply ‘not cricket’.
Why then are we not even more disgusted by the truth tampering our politicians perpetrate day after day? We ought to be! But we seem to accept it as the norm. We allow them to lie to us with scarcely a murmur of protest.
The motive behind their tampering is the same: an insatiable desire to win, win, win at any cost; to utterly defeat the enemy. 2353NM expanded on this theme in his insightful piece: A Winning Culture.
Overall, 80 per cent of Australia’s marine park waters would be opened to commercial fishing, up from 63 percent.
The government believes the regulation protects important marine habitat, maintains sustainable fishing and promotes ecotourism. It argues the changes are needed to reduce the financial effects on commercial fishers of Labor’s plan, and simplify zoning and boundaries to enable better compliance.
Proof positive its Poverty and Systemic inopportunity that creates Homelessness. News Corp is so wrong White Culture and social systems are the cause not Aboriginal Culture (OD)
Gerry Georgatos reveals the unemployment and homeless rates in Australia that we’re not being told.
AUSTRALIA IS FACING homelessness and poverty levels the likes it has never known — nor that it’s prepared to admit.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), there are more than 116,000 homeless Australians.
At least, that’s how many they’ve identified.
However, the number is closer to 300,000 homeless Australians, with more than 100,000 of them being children. Since the data released from the ABS in 2011, we’ve identified that nearly one in five of Australia’s homeless are children aged 12 years and less.
At a time of record low wage growth, when stressed working families struggle to pay the bills, we hear the same old tune – tax cuts for big business will lead to workers getting pay rises.
But a third of big businesses aren’t paying any tax, big business profits have increased massively, and yet workers’ wages remain at record lows while the casualisation of the workforce is accelerating.
Polls may look bleak for the government, but it will start getting the credit if things improve on the jobs and wages front
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…
If you were to ask Malcolm Turnbull to tell you honestly what was his most demanding and persistent political problem, Tony Abbott would most likely be his answer.We are well aware of the legislative issues Turnbull faces, and the exultation he exhibits when finally he achieves a success – the passage of Gonski 2.0 is a recent example. We know too that he has dissention among the hard right elements in his party room. Cory Bernardi has already abandoned the Liberal Party to establish his Australian Conservatives, but Turnbull still has Eric Abetz, Kevin Andrews, Ian Macdonald, Craig Kelly, Andrew Hastie, Chris Back, Rowan Ramsay, Angus Taylor, Tony Pasin, Michael Sukkar and Zed Seselja, regular irritants led by the pernicious and vengeful Tony Abbott.But even without his henchmen, Abbott alone is a destructive force that bursts out into the open whenever an opportunity presents. If Abbott senses that he can make political capital out of anything that Turnbull does, or says, or proposes, he is out there shafting his leader.How can he be stopped?
In memory of Desmond John “Des” Ball AO (20 May 1947 – 12 October 2016) When George H W Bush first publicly coined the phrase New World Order, a term previously proscribed to conspiracy buffs, it came as both a declaration of unilateral power, and a brash ultimatum to anyone who didn’t like the way…
Same-sex marriage now joins serious climate change policy as one of Australian politics’ unachievables, where the machinations of parliament sit entirely at odds with the demonstrated popular will.
Today, the first sitting day of a new parliament, thirteen, yes thirteen coalition backbenchers defied their Prime Minister and called for an amendment to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act that would see the words “insult” and “offend” removed. Thirteen white Liberal backbenchers want to be legally permitted to racially offend and insult. So desperately…
Craig Kelly says he wants wind and solar funding to be redirected to research into ‘technological breakthroughs’ because existing renewables had ‘little effect’
Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to investigate the American healthcare system. Sticking to his …
A Coalition candidate has quit after it emerged he owns a brothel called Paradise Playmates.
Humility is the first step towards redemption, and as a religious man, no one knows this better than Tony Abbott.
The Budget papers reveal an Australian economy in much worse shape than it was under Labor. Alan Austin unpicks the data.
It is fair to say that the revenant candidate for the seat of Indi, Sophie Mirabella, would never win a nation-wide popularity contest. At the end of the 2013, the normally placid independent Tony Windsor bade her farewell from parliament with the salutation: “She is the nastiest – I reckon if you put it to a vote to all politicians, she’d come up number one.”
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OPINION: The party of safe economic hands? Not so much. It’s time to blow this hard-to-kill myth out of the water, writes Costa Avgoustinos. 1) Bad Social Values Mean Bad Economic Decisions Like everyone, the Liberals’ economic decisions are tied to their social values. And they make bad economic decisions because of that. They seeMore
Income tax for the states. Really? Yes, really. That’s the plan Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is putting to the states and territories at the Council of Australian Governments meeting tomorrow in Canberra. The Coalition has been looking ragged for much of 2016, after walking back from tax reform in the shape of a higher goodsMore
A new book detailing dysfunction within Tony Abbott’s prime ministerial office will cause upheaval in the Coalition and may even fuel a thirst for retribution over his ousting.
Just weeks after we learned budget cuts to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will force the loss of 110 climate researchers at the agency, the Federal Government is funding a new ‘growth centre’ for the fossil fuel industry. Christopher Pyne, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, announced this week that the government willMore
Malcolm Turnbull’s ascendant Coalition government is bracing for a backlash from voters that could cost it as many as 10 seats.
The argument that burning coal exported by the Adani mine project will deliver health benefits to the world’s poor is plain rubbish.
The Liberals have lost touch with mainstream Australia, and now conservatives could drag the new PM down before he starts.
Saying it was ‘harmless’ and that ‘we should just let him have his fun’, members of the Coalition front bench have agreed to let Tony Abbott keep on thinking that he is running Australia for now.
“He’s been looking forward to this all of his life, so it won’t hurt anybody to let him pretend for a few more months,” said one front bencher.
One Parliamentary staffer said it was cute watching Mr Abbott play make believe. “It is quite adorable really. Seeing him run around, playing with his terror alert metre, telling everyone what to do. We just go along with it and say ‘Yes Prime Minister!’ We’ve even set up his own little office with some Australian flags. It’s all quite harmless really”.
“I have no qualms with it,” said another staffer. “Peta, bless her, still gives Tony his daily briefing. I think some of the guys even set up a mock cabinet meeting the other day for Tony to run. It’s harmless”.
When contacted for comment Mr Abbott said simply, “The adults are in charge now!”
The government should be ashamed that it has detained on Manus Island the few Syrians who have reached here.
The aims behind forcing car makers to close were superficial, and the ramifications will be dreadful.
Saturday 29 August 1 I have reluctantly taken the decision to no longer refer to Tony Abbott as “Prime Minister” in my writing. I say reluctant because I generally believe in respect for the position itself. However the performance of this excuse for a national leader is so appallingly bad that I refuse to acknowledge…