Tag: policies

Climate change is being buried this election. We asked scientists to rate the major parties’ policies – ABC News

A farmer crouches on dry, cracked soil

How would you rank the parties’ policies?

Peter Newman: 1. Labor 2. Greens 3. Coalition

Leslie Hughes: 1. Greens 2. Labor 3. Coalition

Nerilie Abram: 1. Greens 2. Labor 3. Coalition

Andy Pitman: 1. Greens 2. Labor 3. Coalition

Source: Climate change is being buried this election. We asked scientists to rate the major parties’ policies – ABC News

Scorched dystopia or liveable planet? Here’s where the climate policies of our political hopefuls will take us

Who is Frydenberg doing it for if his policies are consistent with a 3C degree future hike in heat? He’s not listening to Kew, science or the rest of the world. Only his Party!

Over to you The scientific consensus is clear. Greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2025 at the latest and plummet thereafter, to limit global warming to 1.5℃. Unless policies are substantially strengthened, Earth is set to hit 1.5℃ warming in the 2030s, and a future of at least 3℃ warming awaits. The onus is on the next parliament to protect Australians from climate catastrophe. On May 21, Australian voters have a chance to send a clear message about the kind of world we want to leave for future generations.

Source: Scorched dystopia or liveable planet? Here’s where the climate policies of our political hopefuls will take us

Let evidence not fear drive policies on trans athletes

University of Pennsylvania transgender athlete Lia Thomas competes in the 500-yard freestyle finals at the NCAA Championships.

Morrison says “screw the evidence” take the bigot’s side on transgender children in sport  “its commonsense”. No. it’s his faith! Research on children shows his claim to be “bullshit”  and that saying his kids are “blessed” is little more than religious orthodoxy. There is nothing common about it and evidence proves it makes no sense.

The Police, and the AFP have found no evidence that his “Captain’s Pick” Katherine Deve’s family have been physically threatened. Morrison’s insincere apology about disabled kids not being “blessed” mirrors Deve’s equally insincere “I’m sorry I’ll just tone it down”. Neither are sorry. Morrison hasn’t reversed his NDIS cuts and Deves hasn’t stopped advocating transgirls are a massive to girls sports. They need to be judged on their beliefs not just their style of argument. They have been and loudly by a bipartisan majority that have declared them wrong, that children should be allowed to be children.

Morrison’s history in politics has known him to be as devious as a Golum and as cunning as a sewer rat when it comes to dividing and fragmenting communities for a handful of votes. It’s how he won preselection in the first place. Others have sworn stat decs which Morrison calls lies but won’t sue for defamation. He claimed he’d sign a dec countering their claims but then backed down for fear he might be prosecuted fo a false claim.

 All of us have implicit stereotypes that guide the way we view the world. Many people will look at a transgender woman’s face or height and think “it’s unfair” if she wants to play in a women’s sport. That is an assumption.

Source: Let evidence not fear drive policies on trans athletes

US conservatives linked to rich donors wage campaign to ban books from schools | US news | The Guardian

A Moms for Liberty chapter in Tennessee with what they say is an inappropriate book for school students. Moms for Liberty is linked to other groups backed by conservative donors.

Australia’s LNP is increasingly adopting the same policies as the Republican’s in the USA. Along with banning of teaching subjects, sacking teachers, removing books, privatising media and ridding us of the ABC all have been central policies for over 8 years.  Now they want our defamation laws changed, made easier and even suggest that taxpayers fund actions taken to sue by their MPs. Parliamentarians who already have privilege. But want it stretched beyond parliament in order to shut down criticism. It has become a priority for the Morrison Government whose standing and opinion in the eyes of the public in the polls has become lead.

Experts say trend is accelerating as groups push for bans of works that often address race, LGBTQ issues and marginalized people Adam Gabbatt @adamgabbatt Mon 24 Jan 2022 21.00 AEDT Last modified on Mon 24 Jan 2022 21.01 AEDT Conservative groups across the US, often linked to deep-pocketed rightwing donors, are carrying out a campaign to ban books from school libraries, often focused on works that address race, LGBTQ issues or marginalized communities.

Source: US conservatives linked to rich donors wage campaign to ban books from schools | US news | The Guardian

This is not normal, Mr Morrison. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Donald Trump has been on the campaign trail from the day he got elected. He’s been planning nothing but winning in 2020 and beyond. Morrison’s LNP has been doing nothing but much the same wearing baseball caps and being the salesman without a product. (ODT)

Suite of policy measures? A set of trite slogans and a hyper-partisan party stalled in continuous campaign mode is a suite of policies? And it’s back to the old “selling the message”, regardless of how meaningless, or morally bankrupt. “Angus doesn’t have the ability to sell a positive climate change message.”

“This is not normal” says New South Wales Liberal Minister Matt Kean who is vilified The Australian for breaking ranks; noticing that Australia might be in the grip of record drought, heat and catastrophic bushfire.

Kean’s on to something. Voters may, indeed, be expecting the Federal government to do more than send its PM on top secret holidays with his pal Tim. But credibility and sincerity? Morrison’s got no show.

This is not normal, Mr Morrison. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Federal Election 2016: Deja vu. Amid the howling, Malcolm Turnbull becomes Julia Gillard

If you awoke on Sunday to a feeling of deja vu, you weren’t imagining it. Six years ago Australia awoke to something spookily similar.

Source: Federal Election 2016: Deja vu. Amid the howling, Malcolm Turnbull becomes Julia Gillard

Unaoil chiefs questioned by police after Fairfax revelations

The headquarters of global oil company Unaoil and the homes of their executives have been raided by police in the wake of revelations in recent days that the Monaco company systematically corrupted the global oil industry.

Source: Unaoil chiefs questioned by police after Fairfax revelations

An election fought over policies? No, this isn’t fantasy – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

As the debate took a turn towards unicorns this week, the strangest development might be the fact we now have a Government and Opposition with genuinely different economic policies that they’re prepared to fight an election over.

Source: An election fought over policies? No, this isn’t fantasy – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tony Abbott’s 67% disapproval rating is pretty bleak. But with rumours circulating of a potential leadership challenge, it’s important to remember that the problem isn’t the man — it’s the policies! Austerity policies don’t work!

This government has attempted a $7 medicare copayment, deregulated university fees, cuts to the aged pension and Family Tax Benefits, a 6 month wait for young jobseekers to access income support, not to mention unwinding all progress on climate change action and putting our renewable energy industry in jeopardy.

Let’s spread this image far and wide and get the word out; Abbott or not, we won’t stand by while this government continues its assault on everyday Australians.

End Poverty? Reduce Inequality? What Republicans Must Do First : Why does this sound so familiar here in Australia Mr Abbott?

Joe Conason

The latest fad among would-be Republican presidential contenders is to proclaim their deep commitment to fighting poverty and inequality—which sounds as plausible as a promise by McDonald’s to abolish greasy food.

Just stop.

1) Stop smooching the behind of every predatory billionaire who shows up with an open checkbook and a loud opinion, from the Koch brothers and Paul Singer to Jerry Jones and Sheldon Adelson. In Australia Rupert,Gina,IPA, AHA,

2) Stop pretending that the best way to reduce inequality—or poverty—is to lavish more trillions of tax breaks on those very same billionaires, as the infamously plutocratic Ryan budget would. Do they really think every blustering donor at the very top of the income scale needs another million dollars? Stop defending capital gains loopholes, offshore accounts and all the other scams that rig the game for the likes of Romney. In Australia capital gains, negative gearing super benefis corporate subsidies etc

3) Stop snatching bread from the mouths of small children and their mothers, with gratuitous cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance and WIC programs, as if that would appreciably reduce the federal deficit—or be worth the moral cost even if it did. The Ryan budget proposes to reduce food stamps by 20 percent or more, which would mean either terminating benefits for millions or reducing benefits below their already meager level. (It would be interesting to see how the Wisconsin Republican and bodybuilder got by on $1.40 per meal.) In Australia the broad range of cuts to and policing of welfare and pensions

4) Stop ripping up unemployment checks for families whose lack of remunerative work Republicans have blamed on Barack Obama. Unemployment insurance kept at least 2.5 million Americans, including hundreds of thousands of kids, above the poverty line in recent years. If joblessness truly isn’t the workers’ fault, why decimate them and their children? In Australia 700,000 unemployed, 160,000 jobs.

5) Stop rejecting Medicaid, the literal lifeline for poor Americans who have no other health coverage. And stop “repealing” the Affordable Care Act, whose actual repeal would cruelly end coverage for tens of millions of Americans—and in some cases, end their lives. In Australia attempting cuts to the health system and Medicare

6) Stop undermining Medicare and Social Security, the two most successful anti-poverty programs in the nation’s history, which have vastly reduced the impoverishment and early mortality of elderly Americans. And stop telling voters that the endless attempts to cut, privatize, block grant, and otherwise diminish those programs is how you intend to “save” them.  In Australia Privatise Health

7) Stop legislating cutbacks in Pell Grants, federal student loans, and other assistance to young people from modest backgrounds—whose educational advancement lifts them toward greater financial security and independence. Anyone who honestly cares about reducing inequality supports aid for higher education. In Australia $100,00 degrees

8) And please stop mouthing so much meaningless, self-flattering rhetoric on this vital issue—as Romney did when he assured the Republican National Committee that “Republican principles” will “break the cycle of poverty.” In Australia, LNP will support the indigenous and close 150 communities, support women and domestic violence by cutting services etc etc

Sorry, but that hasn’t been true under any Republican administration for the past hundred years. Instead of blustering, Republicans should consider the unpleasant but undeniable fact that unemployment and poverty have increased every time a president of their party occupied the White House.

Abbott and Hockey have simply stolen the Republican script

Then, by all means, they should get back us to with those “conservative” plans to end poverty. Someone might even believe it.