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DNA Tests Make Native Americans Strangers in Their Own Land | The Nation

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This is what Australian Conservatives have been arguing all along in their denial of recognition and treaties. (ODT)

If Native Americans are reduced to little more than another genetic variation, there is no need for laws that acknowledge their land rights, treaty rights, and sovereignty. Nor must any thought be given to how to compensate for past harms, not to speak of the present ones that still structure their realities. A genetic understanding of race distorts such policies into unfair “privileges” offered to a racially defined group and so “discrimination” against non-Natives.

What they share is a single conceptual framework: the idea that the long history that has shaped US-Native American relations has no relevance to today’s realities.

via DNA Tests Make Native Americans Strangers in Their Own Land | The Nation

Cops in Melbourne’s west who are both bloodhounds and sheepdogs

John Sylvester’s response on behalf of the Victorian Police to idiots like Andrew Bolt, Peter Dutton, Matthew Guy et al (ODT)

Rarely have middle-ranked police in Melbourne suburbs been the subject of such ill-informed, politically-driven bilge generated from the mouths of people who should know better but consistently put self-interest in front of common sense.

Source: Cops in Melbourne’s west who are both bloodhounds and sheepdogs

NRA tells American doctors’ to ‘stay in their lane’

US doctors are breaking their silence on guns.

At first, Judy Melinek didn’t know how to respond when she learned about an NRA tweet last week telling doctors who dared enter the gun debate to stay “in their own lane.”

But two days later, when the forensic pathologist was on her way to the morgue to examine the body of one of the country’s many forgotten gunshot victims, the words came to her.
US doctors are breaking their silence on guns.

US doctors are breaking their silence on guns.

“Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn’t just my lane,” she tweeted on Friday. “It’s my [expletive] highway.”

Joseph Sakran, a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who suffers from a paralysed vocal cord after taking a stray bullet in the neck almost 25 years ago, refused to stay silent as the country’s latest mass shooting hit the news.

“I have Two Words for you Hell No! #Hell No for #ThousandOaks #Hell No for all black men that die & no one hears about it. #Hell No for all those that we still may be able to save,” Sakran wrote.

Melinek and Sakran are among countless medical professionals who have taken to Twitter in the past few days to fire back at the NRA – creating a viral response that has ricocheted around the Internet under the hashtags #thisisourlane and #thisismylane.

via NRA tells American doctors’ to ‘stay in their lane’

US ready to blow another arms control treaty to feed its war economy — RT Op-ed

US ready to blow another arms control treaty to feed its war economy

The United States’ economy is a military-industrial complex. Therefore any multilateral arms control treaty that limits weapons and war tensions is by definition incompatible with the functioning of American-style capitalism.

President Donald Trump’s announced intention of withdrawing the US from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is but the latest move by Washington in undoing decades of hard-won arms controls agreements.

The US unilaterally scrapped the Anti-Ballistic Missiles (ABM) Treaty back in 2002 under then-President GW Bush. That breach of a decades-old treaty has led to the installation of American missile systems in Europe ever-closer to Russian territory, as the US-led NATO military alliance relentlessly expanded eastwards.

via US ready to blow another arms control treaty to feed its war economy — RT Op-ed

If You Missed Scott Morrison’s Concession Speech – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Ok, I was watching Sky’s coverage of the election.

We cut from the winner’s speech to the Liberal event because the Prime Minister was speaking.

Just to be clear, that’s still Scott Morrison … Although it may be Peter Dutton by the time you read this …

Anyway, after telling us that the Liberals were angry – meaning the voters – he then said that the Liberals – meaning the party he leads – would win the next election because of what they believed. He then reminded us that there’ll be a fair go for those who have a go and the best form of welfare is a job and …

Yes, you get the idea. It was just the repetition of all the cliches that lost them the by-election. He then put his arm round Josh Frydenberg and left. Strangely, I thought of this:

via If You Missed Scott Morrison’s Concession Speech – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Kashoggi, Yemen and the War on Journalism

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(MENA Tidningen) – For the past week, the news cycle on the Middle East has been focused, for obvious reasons, on the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Turkish authorities claim that they have hard evidence for the murder, which the Saudis are finding it increasingly hard to deny. The hired propaganda media of the Saudis are spinning a post-denial alibi of “rogue elements” to salvage the reputation of MBS as a great reformer. In this they are aided by President Trump, who would rather sell billions of dollars worth of weapons than reflect on the multiple human rights abuses of the kingdom. The Arab states who feast on Saudi money are, understandably in the Hobbesian sense, defending their royal oil daddies.

via Kashoggi, Yemen and the War on Journalism

On climate change, ‘we will adapt’: LNP – » The Australian Independent Media Network

So, there we have it, the UN the IPCC and the scientists who have prepared 6,000 research papers, on the subject, are urging action on climate change. We have been told that we need to remove extreme right-wing governments to be replaced by more progressive thinking governments prepared to take up the challenge.

The solution then for this new government and, mechanism to gain across the board public support, would be a positive response. This aims at atmospheric Co2 management including, in particular, carbon capture at point of emission, removing Co2 from the atmosphere, reforestation, incentive-based emission reduction guidelines, electricity storage and support for alternative energy.

This has been promised by the Labor if they win the next election. Both government and big business need to take affirmative action on behalf of each and every one of us. If the fossil fuel industry wishes to survive they need to participate and work towards reducing or eliminating their carbon footprint.

via On climate change, ‘we will adapt’: LNP – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Manifesto reveals alt-right’s plans to go mainstream after ‘infiltration’ of NSW Young Nationals – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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The ABC has uncovered a covert plot by Australia’s alt-right movement to join major political parties and influence their policy agendas from within.

via Manifesto reveals alt-right’s plans to go mainstream after ‘infiltration’ of NSW Young Nationals – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Business as usual for banks despite Frydenberg’s faux outrage and finger-wagging. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Our nation sighs with relief this week. Our banks are safe. Federal Treasurer, former Minister for resources and Northern Australia, energy, environment, serial failure and currently unelected Prime Minister, Scott Morrison’s Deputy, Josh Frydenberg, will not get tough on financial companies just because a Royal Commission uncovers incompetence, theft, forgery, impersonation, fee-gouging, usury amongst other criminal conduct while regulators looked the other way.

“Getting stuck into banks could hurt the economy”, he warns. Ah, yes. The economy – that lonely little petunia which blossoms on the dung-heap of consumption. As Richard Denniss observes, Australians have been told for decades that as long as the amount of stuff bought is growing we must be doing well. Yet it’s clearly never been the case.

via Business as usual for banks despite Frydenberg’s faux outrage and finger-wagging. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Cantering towards destruction – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Whoever wins the next election is going to face a monumental task to reduce our emissions in order to tackle the existential threat posed by climate change.

In one way, it would serve Scott Morrison right to have to face the consequences of his lies. But the country cannot afford someone who thinks prayer is the answer to the drought.

Our Prime Minister, the man charged with making the decisions on how to keep us safe, is a bald-faced liar.

via Cantering towards destruction – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison government giving Catholic schools 10 times what they need: analysis

The Morrison government has given Catholic schools more than 10 times the amount of money needed to maintain “affordable choice” for parents, according to analysis by the Grattan Institute.

via Morrison government giving Catholic schools 10 times what they need: analysis

How the Australian media play a pivotal role in the bullying of women

Unless and until Australian media takes responsibility for its own role in bullying women, and in particular for slut shaming us, the answer to Baird’s question will be, sadly, “No”. Nobody can stop Australia’s slut shaming as long as the media is willing to engage in that vile practice.

And no journalist can honestly claim to be seeking a truthful answer to the question posed by Baird unless she or he is prepared to analyse the role of their own profession and their own complicity, whether through silence, denial, or their more active engagement in a practice that is guaranteed to destroy a woman’s career.

 How the Australian media play a pivotal role in the bullying of women

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‘Bullying, betrayal and backstabbing’: Can the Liberal Party survive?

Adani To Go Announces Its Intention To Continue Announcing Deadlines… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“Angus is bringing back a package of things right now to see how we can get greater investment in what I call fair dinkum power, that’s the stuff that works when the sun doesn’t shine and wind doesn’t blow.”

Personally I suspect that the day “the sun doesn’t shine” we’ll all be in a lot of trouble, but hey, I just love that they’re trying to get greater investment in “fair dinkum” power. Bloody bonza, mate. This is more important than a few sheilas being bullied, eh? God, if you can’t stand the heat, get back to the kitchen where youse belong.

Ok, that was just a little audition in case Scooter Morrison needs a speech writer. It’s a job I wouldn’t mind because – at my age – I don’t like taking on long-term jobs, prefering short term contracts.

via Adani To Go Announces Its Intention To Continue Announcing Deadlines… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Billionaires v teachers: the Koch brothers’ plan to starve public education | US news | The Guardian

‘The Koch brothers and DeVos are trying to do everything they can to divert money that should go to the public-school system, where 90%-plus of students go,’ according to the Arizona teachers’ union.

Convinced that the law would drain money from Arizona’s underfunded public schools, these women complained that Arizona’s lawmakers had ignored the public will and instead heeded the wishes of billionaires seeking to build up private schools at the expense of public schools.

via Billionaires v teachers: the Koch brothers’ plan to starve public education | US news | The Guardian

Scott Morrison And Other Ugly Things – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Well, ScoMo – as we’re all encouraged to call him – saw something ugly. Not just ugly, but “one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen”!

What was it?

The testimony of those abused by that Royal Commission we didn’t need? No, not the one into the banks. The one into sexual abuse of children at the hands of institutions. Remember the Liberals were dragged kicking and screaming into that one, too.

Or was it the sight of children in detention? No, that’s a deliberate policy. It’s a deterrent. I mean, if you have children self-harming and suicidal that should put people off coming to Australia without their au pair papers in order.

Was it animals dying in the drought? Of course not.

It was, of course, a union official who photographed his kids. Yes, John Setka. tweeted photos of his kids holding a sign telling the Liberals to fu#k off and catch real criminals. He acknowledged that it was a mistake and took it down.

So, if that was one of the “ugliest things” Scottie’s ever seen, I would suggest that he doesn’t get out much…

via Scott Morrison And Other Ugly Things – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When all else fails – dogwhistle – » The Australian Independent Media Network

According to Dutton Menzies wasn’t a Liberal

Sadly, The Shovel’s recent headline Threat Of African Gangs Has Halved Since By-Elections, Analysis Shows has more than the usual faint resemblance to the truth. Conservative politicians have been dogwhistling on race and immigration since the 1980s around election time, with Howard, Abbott, Morrison and now Dutton plumbing new lows as the public ‘got used’ to the existing level of vitriol.

At the height of the ‘white Australia policy’, founder of the Liberal Party, Robert Menzies, stated as a principle of the Liberal and Country Parties during his 1949 election policy speech

Though we naturally want as many migrants as we can get of British stock, we denounce all attempts to create hostilities against any migrant or group of migrants, whether Jew or Gentile, on the grounds of race or religion. Once received into our community, a new citizen is entitled to be treated in every way as a fellow-Australian. The strength and history of our race have been founded upon this vital principle.

via When all else fails – dogwhistle – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Leadership stoush damaging fragile consumer confidence

When Politics disconnects from from everyone Abbott doesn’t give a shit just wants to play the Nope Nope Nope “game” and offer no service. He passed the least number of bills since John Gorton who was only PM for 6months (ODT)

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Asked about uncertainty in federal energy policy Mr Mackenzie was also reluctant to comment, but he said BHP had “advocated for what we think is a managed movement towards having, if you like, more renewables or a lower carbon mix in energy that’s available to Australians, and to do this in a way that can avoid price spikes”.

Confidence

Those concerns were borne out in the latest ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence index, also released on Tuesday, which fell 3.5 per cent in the past week.

Media

I would say that all these leadership spills are very good for Seven news ratings

via Leadership stoush damaging fragile consumer confidence

Australia is deplorably racist, as people of colour are reminded when they speak up | Jack Latimore | Opinion | The Guardian

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There can be no reconciliation until politicians acknowledge the harmful impacts of race baiting

via Australia is deplorably racist, as people of colour are reminded when they speak up | Jack Latimore | Opinion | The Guardian

School funding war erupts in challenge to Turnbull

AEC president Correna Haythorpe said Mr Turnbull should restore $1.9 billion in funding for public education rather than strike special deals.

“Public schools were victims of savage funding cuts under Gonski 2.0, and they must have their funding restored before Mr Turnbull considers any further special funding deals for private schools,” Ms Haythorpe said.

There are 1730 Catholic schools educating round 760,000 students across the country.

There are 1061 independent schools educating 604,000 students.

There are 6639 public schools with 2.52 million students across the country.

via School funding war erupts in challenge to Turnbull

“You Can’t Eat GDP”: Reminder That Most Workers Are Struggling as Trump and Corporate Media Tout Economic Growth

Making the pie bigger for who?

“Any administration would tout a strong GDP report like today’s, but if it’s not reaching workers’ paychecks, which it isn’t, then cease the applause.”

via “You Can’t Eat GDP”: Reminder That Most Workers Are Struggling as Trump and Corporate Media Tout Economic Growth

The big koala extinction cover-up

 

Turning Japanese and developers and government treating our Koalas as whales (ODT)

Queensland koalas have been translocated under the guise of “scientific purposes” without any evidence of resultant scientific studies. Sue Arnold reports.

THERE ARE OMINOUS signs that the Queensland Government may soon adopt translocation of any koala colony as policy, to ensure developers are not hampered by any necessity to protect habitat.

The big koala extinction cover-up

We cannot let racism win – » The Australian Independent Media Network

OUR GOVERNMENT IS PREACHING OXYMORONs (ODT)

We read in yesterday’s online Guardian that “Australia will consider adding a “values test” for those considering permanent residency in order to protect its “extraordinarily successful” multicultural society.”

In London the Citizenship and Multicultural Minister Alan Tudge, last week, in a speech to the Australia/UK Leadership Forum was suggesting a “values” test to fend off “segregation.”

“Segregation,” I thought to myself. we have practiced for as long as immigration has existed and is as natural as life itself.

When the Italians came to Melbourne they gathered together in Brunswick, the Greeks in Carlton and the Vietnamese in Springvale and now Box Hill. And so on. Then over time they disintegrated and neatly integrated into general society.

I observed the advent of Asian immigration and all the recycled hatred only to see it vanish in the same way the Greek and Italian animosity did.

Now we are confronted with yet more odious loathing. This time it is directed at those from the Africa. It doesn’t matter what their country of origin if they are Muslim they will suffer the full thrust of minorities xenophobia. Just as 99 per cent of Muslims want peace so do 99 per cent of Australians.

We have a long history of finding fault with things we don’t understand. At various times we have blamed communists, Jews, women, the devil, indigenous people and witches, even God, for all manner of things.

I have been privy to the ignorance that history has recorded on these matters and I am angry with the likes of Pauline Hanson, Peter Dutton and our Prime Minister who would seek to deny Australia of others who desire to, not only seek their personal freedom, but also the opportunity to give of themselves to the advancement of this great nation.

When I sit on the platform at Flinders street Station and watch the passing parade of ethnicity I can but only admire a country I could never envisage from the same seat in the 1950s.

via We cannot let racism win – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How government inaction fuelled Australia’s renewable energy boom – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Like many other countries, Australian business and consumers have left their political leaders behind, opting for renewables backed up by gas, hydro and, to a smaller but growing extent, batteries.

via How government inaction fuelled Australia’s renewable energy boom – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

EXCLUSIVE: The curious case of Kevin Rudd, Newscorp, ABC and the contract

I believe Rudd in this instance. News Corp wants to see Sky as Fox News is in the USA, So does the IPA and the Conservatives in the LNP government. Australia is fast becoming embarassment to itself allowing all our current public institutions to become politicized by the appointment of heads as in Treasury recently. Murdoch and the IPA are the voices of Corporate lobbyists. They make mistakes at times and regret the Royal Commission into Banks but are calling to socialize the energy sector.

How obvious is this. Abbott destroyed the NBN, tried to do the same to the ABC and wants to kneecap Renewables and News Corp and the IPA have been behind this American business model and Dream all the way currently ranking us the worst in the world on Climate inaction (ODT)

In October last year, he suggested the Coalition government was deliberately hamstringing the NBN at the behest of Rupert Murdoch, who he said wanted less competition for his cable television network.

Then in November, Rudd used the Saturday Paper to call for no less than a Royal Commission into what he called the News Corporation “cancer” and its impact on democracy — in spite of the fact, as writer Karen Middleton pointed out, that the company had backed his rise.

via EXCLUSIVE: The curious case of Kevin Rudd, Newscorp, ABC and the contract

Trump’s Ever More Powerful Weapons Against Journalism

“No U.S. president in recent memory has shown greater contempt for the press than Trump in his first months in office,” reads Freedom House’s 2017 report. “He has repeatedly ridiculed reporters. … Such comments suggest a hostility toward the fundamental principles and purposes of press freedom, especially the news media’s role in holding governments to account for their words and actions—as opposed to the government holding the media to account.”

via Trump’s Ever More Powerful Weapons Against Journalism

Why Sweden doesn’t keep stats on ethnicity and crime – The Local

Why Sweden doesn't keep stats on ethnicity and crime

“More often than not the questions are framed in a way that’s related to being repressive towards immigrants. It’s worth remembering that numbers have to be interpreted, and it’s also about what kind of political interest there are in using the stats, how those stats are read. Stats are in themselves neutral, they have to be interpreted,” he emphasizes.

“If you really want to deepen understanding in this area you have to consider what the stats are and also what they’re going to be used for. Are they going to be used to better locate people without residence papers, for example? To track down migrants and their kids? Or are they going to be used to improve how the police act, and to create a less discriminatory police? It’s very complicated, and more often than not the discussion in the area in Sweden is too simplistic,” he concludes.

via Why Sweden doesn’t keep stats on ethnicity and crime – The Local

What the statistics say about Sweden, immigration and crime | PolitiFact

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Correcting Bolt’s BS is a full time task because there is so much of it (ODT)

Asylum applications in 2016 dropped to about 29,000.

Sweden used to grant permanent residence permits to individuals granted asylum. The legislative changes in mid 2016 began restricting residence authorization by granting temporary permits and putting more requirements in place for permanent permits.

What about claims linking new arrivals and crime?

“In general, crime statistics have gone down the last (few) years, and no there is no evidence to suggest that new waves of immigration has lead to increased crime,” Selin said.

Generally, there’s a certain over-representation of people with immigrant background in crime statistics, but that tends to be closely related to high levels of unemployment, poverty, exclusion, low language and other skills, Selin said. “Swedes with these characteristics are also overrepresented in crime statistics,” he said.

If we look specifically at sex offences, which the Fox News segment highlighted, there were 18,100 sex offenses reported to the police in 2015, down 11 percent from 2014, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.

via What the statistics say about Sweden, immigration and crime | PolitiFact

Shorten’s Leadership Under Threat; Everything Fine In Liberal Ranks – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Tony followed up today by telling us how nobody was dissenting in the Liberal Party: “I got to say there aren’t that many opportunities for dissent in the party room these days. Party room procedure has changed under Prime Minister Turnbull.”

See, everyone in the Liberal Party is on the same page. No dissent in the party room.

I bet Bill Shorten wishes he had loyalty like that from his party!!
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via Shorten’s Leadership Under Threat; Everything Fine In Liberal Ranks – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The COALition’s coal infection: Is it contagious?

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:

And the list goes on. Already the effects on human health and well being are widespread.

The COALition’s coal infection: Is it contagious?

Something is Rotten – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

There is a foul stench emanating from planet earth. The noxious smell emanates from a single destructive paradigm. That festering greed is known as capitalism. On a single planet with finite resources, the philosophy of capitalism is terminal for the planet and all who reside on it.

Something is Rotten – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Schadenfreude-a-plenty as far-right leader’s clothes nicked at swim

A prominent far-right leader who dismissed the Nazi era as mere bird poop on Germany’s 1000-year history was swimming in a lake near his house one evening recently, when a man on the shore grabbed his clothes.

The thief’s parting words: “Nazis don’t need bathing fun!”

via Schadenfreude-a-plenty as far-right leader’s clothes nicked at swim

At 92, former strongman Mahathir is Malaysia’s comeback kid

Mahathir claims historic victory in incredible Malaysian election

Mahathir used security laws to put his political opponents behind bars. His critics say he restricted free speech and persecuted political opponents – none more so than his former deputy, Anwar Ibrahim, who remains in jail on charges of sodomy and corruption.

Mahathir has joined hands with Anwar in this campaign and has promised to seek a royal pardon for him. He has vowed to then step aside and let Anwar be prime minister.

Mahathir was masterly in playing to the feelings of the mainly Muslim ethnic Malay majority. His 1970 book, The Malay Dilemma, argued that ethnic Malays, whom he called the nation’s rightful owners, were being eclipsed economically by ethnic Chinese.

Faced with a leadership challenge after just five years in office, Mahathir detained more than 100 opposition politicians, academics and social activists without trial, under internal security laws.

via At 92, former strongman Mahathir is Malaysia’s comeback kid

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Big Business takeover of Australia

Big Business hasn’t just decided to get into the political game, as some have claimed, it has been influencing our politics forever. But as managing editor David Donovan says, the methods it has lately adopted are highly troubling.

‘The Business Council of Australia (BCA), the lobby group representing Australia’s largest companies, has decided to do politics.’

So wrote Laura Tingle in an ABC online article accompanying her debut ABC 7.30 piece on Monday night, 30 April 2018.

Really? They have just decided to “do politics”?

Of course not. The Business Council has been doing politics every day since it was formed in 1983.

Indeed, the Business Council’s stated reason for existence is

‘… to give the business community a greater voice in public policy debates about the direction of Australian society’.

via EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Big Business takeover of Australia

Pauline Hanson Withdraws Support For Monarchy After Learning Kate Middleton Is In Labor – The Shovel

“When my staffer told me today that Kate Middleton was in Labor, I didn’t believe him at first. But then I saw it was all over the news,” Ms Hanson said. “Is she part of the royal union or something? I thought they were supposed to stay out of politics”.

via Pauline Hanson Withdraws Support For Monarchy After Learning Kate Middleton Is In Labor – The Shovel

The Hypocrisy is Mind-Blowing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Malcolm Turnbull admits 'political mistake' on bank royal commission

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 Minister

 The Hypocrisy is Mind-Blowing – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

Queensland Police’s Orwellian ‘Fixated Persons Unit’

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’

The fundamental operating model of Australian politics is breaking down

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