In trying to defend the indefensible, she struggled to cut through with anything that was remotely beneficial to her party’s credibility. If anything, it highlighted what a nasty piece of work they are.
Everything she said, stood in stark contrast to her party’s persistent opposition to it, for so long. Meanwhile, revelations during last week’s hearings that customers were given poor financial advice, were charged fees for no service, that a dead person was charged ongoing fees, that the corporate watchdog was deliberately misled for years, makes us salivate over what might be revealed when things resume next week.
Client theft, more compromised financial advice, financially ruining peoples’ lives; who knows what other surprises are in store.
This government’s actions in cutting funding to a multitude of community services shows us only too well, how concerned it is for the welfare of its constituents.
The Hypocrisy is Mind-Blowing – » The Australian Independent Media Network
According to the official brochures, the Queensland Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (QFTAC) is an agency staffed by Queensland Police officers and clinicians from the Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service to identify people who are thought to “fixate” on government officials and other public identities.
Thank goodness, the QFTAC assures us, all this is not just a means of locking away political agitators and the agency has no interest in people who merely hold dissident political opinions.
via Queensland Police’s Orwellian ‘Fixated Persons Unit’
Is there any Australian left who hasn’t complained, or at least rolled their eyes about the state of politics in Canberra? Most of us tend to blame the politicians for all this, but a new analysis of voter data suggests a less comfortable truth. The problem is not just them. It’s also us.
via The fundamental operating model of Australian politics is breaking down
To make matters worse for the young victim, officials at the Columbia Road Baptist Church blamed and shamed the girl, forbidding her entire family from attending services until she apologized to the youth pastor’s wife.
Australian Conservatives believe White Western Christian Culture is definitively Australian and should be in our Constitution. Ex President of Malaysia still believes Australian elite are Europhiles and aren’t an ASEAN nation. Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott agree as do media men like Andrew Bolt. If only 25% of Australians claim to be Christian and they consist of Indigenous, Pacific Islanders, Sudanese, Lebanese and other minorities logic dictates Conservatives are talking BS as they don’t welcome these immigrants or refugees into the country. It seems their 25% falls to much less than 18%. and if one considers their extreme factions as exceptional. These Conservatives have a voice which actually represents less than 3% of Australians. Ergo the are amouse that Murdoch allows to roar and their constituents are made up of Christians that appear as bent as radical Islamists but unfortunately have an easier pathway to guns in America and and advocate in Peter Dutton in Australia who wants our gun laws eased.( Old Dog Thought )
via Pastor Rapes Teen, Church Asks Victim To Apologize To Pastor’s Wife
In this case which came first the media or the politicians? In this case the politicians came from behind and were just media puppets pulled by the strings of Murdoch Media. It’s a case when neither the politicians or the media represent us. They merely try to service us in a prick of a way (ODT)
The communications minister Mitch Fifield and Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi both complained about a segment in which a candidate for Bernardi’s party Kevin Bailey was called a “cunt”.
“I would say the majority of people are not offended by the word, they are more offended by the C at the end of the AB than they are about the C-bomb that was used in the sketch,” Anderson, a Triple M Hot Breakfast co-host, told Guardian Australia.
“The majority of people who are offended by these jokes are not really offended by these jokes. They are, by their very nature, offended by the very idea of the ABC and they want to prosecute an agenda against the ABC. This is just an example of something they can use to prosecute an agenda.”
via Wil Anderson on Tonightly: ‘People more offended by C at end of AB than about C-bomb sketch’ | Media | The Guardian
In Australia The Great Sad started with Tony Abbott in 2009 after we dodged the GFC and News Corp declared that was Bad Bad Bad, “Ditch the Bitch” ( OD )
The World Happiness Index is out this year, and the United States is ranked only 18 for the years 2015-2017– lower than Iceland or Costa Rica, and not much ahead of places with real problems like Mexico and Brazil.
And, the US has fallen 4 spots in recent reports.
The US is still the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world, so why isn’t it the happiest?
Because although a good income contributes to happiness, power doesn’t seem to, and wealth is only one of six things that makes a person happy (or else millionaires wouldn’t commit suicide).
It turns out that being generous to others makes you happy. Studies have shown if you just help a challenged person to cross the street or do other acts of random kindness everyday, your happiness increases. The World Happiness survey study finds that being welcoming to immigrants is a factor in a society being happy. The Trump administration is making us positively miserable on that scale.
via Happiness Index: From Immigrants to Health, how Trump & GOP are making America Sad (Sad)
The climate wars between the major political parties have cost us a host of lost business and employment opportunities, even a global leadership role, and yet we drift on without an energy policy that might provide some relief to rising power costs and some strategy to meet our commitments to reduce emissions.
The government’s most recent policy, the National Electricity Guarantee (NEG), is the fourth most effective response, only being proposed after an emissions trading scheme, an emissions intensity scheme and Finkel’s clean energy target were sequentially rejected.
via Climate wars have cost us the chance to lead
Markson is one of those News Corporation journalists who’s drunk so much company Kool-Aid, its entirely possible she actually believes everything she says, and writes. Which explains this staggering exchange on the Daily Tele earlier today, where entertainment reporter Jonathon Moran engages in a lively discussion with Markson on politics in Canberra, in which Markson tries to school him on ‘bias’.
via The Great Works Of Sharri Markson: Abbott Is Not Pig-Headed. The Greens Are Lunatics. I’m not Biased. – New Matilda
Asked why police suspected that was the case, he said: “We know things like Inspire Magazine and some of the online publications of both al-Qaeda and ISIS can be a source of inspiration.”
“When that radicalisation occurred is the subject and real focus of the investigation,” he said.
The case highlighted “that the threat in relation to terrorism in Australia is real and ongoing”.
This sounds very much like a definitive political and irresponsible statement by the police rather than an investigative one. The trial seems to have run it’s course. If Penthouse magazines were found in Robert Doyle’s garage would that make him a predator guilty of sexual assault? Why are the police being so public and wait till Dutton and Andrew Bolt gets hold of this one? (Old Dog)
via Woman charged with terrorism after alleged ‘Islamic State’ stabbing
Trump, in a pointed response to the uproar over charges of domestic violence by two top aides, cautioned on Saturday that lives can be shattered by a “mere allegation” and asked whatever happened to “due process?”
Self serving Trump seems to forget due peocess begins with ‘allegations” and the presumption of innocence. That presumption is squandered when 13 ++ persons are called liars as in the case of Wienstein and the even the President. Trump has the option and the wealth to take his accusers to court but it seems under advice he never will.
via Tone deaf? Trump warns ‘mere’ abuse allegation can shatter lives
Most TV news reports over the weekend cherry-picked Friday’s data on January’s jobs. The statistics were a mix of good news and bad. Total jobs increased. But so did people looking for work. The jobless rate for women decreased. But for men, it increased. The overall jobless rate did not go up. It did not go down either. Wages increased over the year. So did inflation.
Naturally, the pro-Trump media highlighted only the positive — in stark contrast to their approach through the Obama years.
via News Corp expands its pro-Trump #fakenews despite failing U.S. economy
Arthur Jones is a former leader of the American Nazi Party and now heads a group called the America First Committee, which I’m sure that it’s only a coincidence bears the same name as the group fronted by Charles Lindbergh in the 1930s and 40s that tried to keep the United States out of World War II. And of course, there’s no relationship to the current Nazis occupying the White House.
via Republicans Run **Actual Nazi** In IL-03 | Crooks and Liars
Both Trump and Netanyahu want to secure their rule by attacking liberal, democratic forces. But in order to do so, they need two things: a wall and the promise of eternal war.
via A wall and a war: Two things every fascist regime needs | +972 Magazine
Every decision the honourable members make will be based firstly on how best it serves his or her party. Rarely on how it serves the country and the people.
via Day to Day Politics: Their illicit practices should be stopped by law. – » The Australian Independent Media Network
In the EIU survey, Melbourne got a perfect score in healthcare, infrastructure and education for an overall score of 97.5 out of 100, but Stuart Moseley would add creativity to the list of things that make a city more habitable. “The sort of interchange of lifestyles, insights and perspectives coupled with education, a young population and innovation,” he says. Melbourne has a number of hubs that encourage creativity like the streets of Fitzroy or cafes of Collingwood, but a liveable city also sees creativity happen spontaneously and organically.
via Liveable Melbourne: why the city is on top of the world – The Age – Brand Discover
The 17-year-old has already been charged with resisting arrest, assaulting police, riotous behaviour and other assault related offences, she said.
How to raise the Stats a lesson in potential bias.
Here we have 3 plus plus charges laid against one boy how many more will be laid depends on the DPP Then there’s charges against the other two? The number could be as many as 20+.One thing is certain it raises the the question of biased crime rates in Tarneit for one, profiling another and even more their reality given the charges haven’t been proved but have been recorded. It then becomes so easy to skew the stats for the sake of politics if these lads were Sudanese because 20+ charges are recorded and added to a small base. If recidivists even more so and that’s political fodder for the likes of Matthew Guy and now Federal politicians like Turnbull Dutton and Hunt, In 2018 we will see the political fearmongering grow, Old Dog Thought)
via Three teens arrested in Tarneit after ‘they spat at and threatened’ police
Trump’s tweet was “troll-like”, the scientist said, showing the president “delighting in sparking outrage among [his] opponents”.
via Trump’s call for some ‘good old global warming’ ridiculed by climate experts | US news | The Guardian
Turnbull and his MPs have turned all their guns on Sam Dastyari and – aided by the mainstream media and the ABC – are producing a cacophony reminiscent of a 1950s “Reds under the Beds“ campaign, but totally ignoring the obvious influence the Chinese have on the LNP.
If anything, Mr Xu must be a ‘double agent’ working for the Liberals and China. Hmm, perhaps not … as they are both on the same side!
But like I said: Liars always shout and make wild accusations to deflect attention.
via Liars always shout and make wild accusations to deflect attention – » The Australian Independent Media Network
“This is very unhealthy for our democracy. It’s not right, it doesn’t look right, it doesn’t smell right. This is very, very unusual and concerning conduct,” Mr Shorten said.
Mr Joyce – who is fighting a byelection after being booted from Parliament for holding dual citizenship – said on Tuesday night that “all I’m thinking about now is the things I’m going to do on my own farm” with the money.
When handed the novelty oversized cheque, he exclaimed: “Hooley dooley! Rightio.”
Barnaby Joyce scrambles to hand back $40,000 prize awarded by Gina Rinehart
The focus on multiculturalism and identity politics is anti-politics. It is accompanied by sterile reforms—such as more professionalized policing—that never challenges the underlying structures of corporate power, which has turned the workers of deindustrialized communities into surplus or redundant labor. We no longer seek to eradicate poverty; instead we applaud ourselves for not stigmatizing the poor.
Behind the Mask of the ‘Moderates’
As a result, says the energy consultant Tim Buckley, “Adani is getting exactly the same sort of treatment from Australian politicians to that which he is used to back in India. He has been offered a $1 billion subsidised loan from the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility [NAIF], and a $600 million royalty holiday and free water from Queensland taxpayers. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve now learnt that the Queensland Government has compulsorily acquired prime agricultural land to make way for the Adani railway. It’s farcical.”
Carmichael coal mine magnate Gautam Adani: from school dropout to $12bn empire
2 Whilst Australia’s employment rate of 5.5% in September hit a four-year low the big concern is that full-time jobs seem to be almost a thing of the past. Sure, creating 19,800 jobs might seem fantastic but the reality is that only 6,100 were full-time. It seems that the structure of Australian jobs is rapidly changing. As good as the figures look the fact remains that for every job there are 17 people wanting it. Entry level jobs for young people we have five applicants for every job.Not to forget the number wanting more work.
Source: Day to Day Politics: I think Turnbull has taken them for a ride. He conned them. – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The head of the misnamed Coalition backbench environment committee, Craig Kelly, has been all over the media with ever more strident calls to stop all subsidies to renewable energy. His argument, which has been adopted by that jellyfish Frydenberg, is that, if renewables are cheaper then they don’t need subsidies. On June 25, Mr Kelly…
Source: Letting Craig Kelly dictate energy policy is as stupid as letting Tony Abbott destroy the NBN – » The Australian Independent Media Network
“There is no pressing need to change the ABC Act and its Charter, no matter how much commercial chief executives and their compliant media outlets argue otherwise,” she said in a draft of her speech to the ABC Friends Public Conference dinner in Sydney on Friday.
Source: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie attacks commercial rivals, media law reforms
Here in Australia, the “No” case in the same-sex marriage debacle is spending five times as much as the “Yes” campaign.Prominent reactionaries like Senator Eric Abetz and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott are leading the “No” defence of the indefensible with lies and nonsense.
Source: Can Australia’s socially democratic Left defeat neoliberalism?
As Turnbull theatrically struts around throwing out childish taunts like Blackout Bill and No Coal Joel, it should be remembered that it isn’t Labor who has changed their support for emissions reduction and renewable energy.You cannot privatise an essential utility and then create such uncertainty that the industry effectively grinds to a halt.Our energy crisis can be laid squarely at the feet of a divided Coalition whose own power struggles over the last decade have made it impossible for them to come up with any sort of enduring policy.
Source: Australia’s energy security sacrificed to the Coalition’s internal power struggle – » The Australian Independent Media Network
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Florida Gov. Rick Scott did not cause Irma, but he enabled …
Source: Gov. Rick Scott enabled Irma’s Fury through Climate Denialism & Should Resign
By maintaining the archaic Liddell power plant Turnbull is only appeasing the fuel lobby and the right wing of the COALition.
Source: Turnbull’s abject capitulation to the coal lobby is now complete
Jim Pembroke ponders Malcolm Turnbull’s impressive fear-mongering that has accompanied the latest alleged terror threat.
Source: Terror bomb plot: Quick Australia, get under the doona covers!
Absence of climate and energy policy has left Australia lagging dangerously behind, missing out on investment and facing major electricity disruptions.
Source: The cynical and dishonest denial of climate change has to end: it’s time for leadership | Gerry Hueston | Opinion | The Guardian
Abbott is not a consistent conservative. He would have us believe that he stands for small government, less regulation, and more freedom for the individual and markets to operate. Yet, his solution to the climate challenge, which he accepted with his Paris commitments, is totally non-market – no carbon price, no renewables, mandated coal-fired power. Voters are left to struggle with now alarming increases in power costs, and serious losses in investment, technology exports, and job opportunities.
Source: Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten stand for nothing but winning
The “politics is broken” narrative tends to universalise the failure of conservative politics, instead of reaching further into the inherent weaknesses of liberal democracy. The Anglo-European democratic tradition proclaims the glory of rights and freedoms, while systematically denying rights and freedoms to women, to First Peoples, to people of colour, to people with disabilities, to LGBTQI people — in other words, to the majority of the population.
Source: Politics is broken — but then it always has been