Tag: politics

Election 2022: Do we even want to solve housing affordability?”

The Coalition’s policy will make sense to many people.

But once we lose the primacy of need in something like housing, we lose the ability to see how my accumulated investments might be depriving you of something essential. We instead demand to be left to our investments. So, politics now cannot take a dollar off anyone, or even look vaguely like it will. It’s tempting to call this a “no losers” brand of politics, but of course, that’s not quite accurate. There are losers. It’s just that they’re the people who are already losing. We take nothing away from them except their prospects.

Source: Election 2022: Do we even want to solve housing affordability?”

The Path Back to Cultural Suppression | The Smirking Chimp

Scott Morrison, in Australia, is following the path of the Republicans because he has nothing better to do than win at all cost, and the cost is a great disservice to Australia. His RDA Religious Discrimination Act is purely political to appease the small minority of Christian and other religious fundamentalists who have never forgiven the referendum that brought about Marriage Equality in Australia. His intransigent support of Katherine Deves has alienated him from members of his own party in particular his treasurer Josh Frydenberg who is battling to survive in his seat of Kooyong with no help from Morrison.

The Supreme Court will send us down that slippery slope if it rules to end the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade opinion granting women a right to abortion. Opponents of the potential reversal warn that right-wingers will next go after contraception and same-sex marriage. I can imagine that happening.

Source: The Path Back to Cultural Suppression | The Smirking Chimp

A Successful Climate Movement Must Be a Working-Class Movement

The only way to stop climate change is to build a mass, working-class movement whose demands both resonate with average people and take on the billionaires who are profiteering from the climate crisis.

Source: A Successful Climate Movement Must Be a Working-Class Movement

Top Biden health official says trans youth being ‘driven to depths of despair’ | The Hill

Religious hate has been imported directly from America for use by the “blessed” Scott Morrison. A political tool applied by his “Captains Pick” Katherine Deves in Warringah to hopefully divide the whole Australian electorate by hate, in order to squeeze a few votes from the ultra religious right, god botherers, transphobes, and homophobes hidden under rocks. Even worse, he defends this action in the guise of “free speech” and ” the defense of women”,  Single handedly Morrison has shown he’s lower than a snake’s belly and a hypocrite who speaks in tongues. Particularly when he doubles down and says  he will protect children ( LNP politicians) from any “digital trolling” if they win. Morrison has shown he’s as two faced and corrupt as any tent crusader, QAnon, or other hate-preacher,we have seen here or come out of America.

Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine said trans youth are being “driven to depths of despair” and committing suicide at alarming rates, during a speech on Saturday about the dangers of anti-trans laws being passed in red states across the country. Levine, the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, said in a speech at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth that LGBTQ youth are being “attacked” and have “few places to turn” for help. “I want to say this very, very clearly: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans are committing suicide at a rate that should shock our conscience,” Levine said during the Out For Health Conference. “Even after decades of progress, the most vulnerable among us continue to suffer … transgender women of color not only continue to be harassed, but are more likely than the population at large to suffer violence and even murder.”

Source: Top Biden health official says trans youth being ‘driven to depths of despair’ | The Hill

Final detainees at Melbourne’s Park hotel freed as refugee releases continue in lead-up to election | Australian immigration and asylum | The Guardian

Graffiti on the Park hotel in Melbourne in January this year

Morrison is now desperate to clean his decade of weaponizing Asylum Seekers and Refugees up. It certainly doesn’t fit his denials that he politicizes race, religion, or ethnicity. The rush is on.

Federal Greens immigration spokesperson Nick McKim criticized the timing of the release. “This is belated but welcome news, and their relief will be massive, but this is not the end of their story,” he said in a statement. “That they are being released on the eve of an election is a deeply cynical move and it proves once again that their detention and torture was always a political decision.” Kanis agreed, describing the release as a “last-minute political fix” ahead of the federal election.

Source: Final detainees at Melbourne’s Park hotel freed as refugee releases continue in lead-up to election | Australian immigration and asylum | The Guardian

Brick by brick we say goodbye to Medicare – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Channel 9 also interviewed Mrs Morrison on 25 March 2022. The very resourceful online journalist Ronni Salt has previously examined on 13 March 2021 Media Cloud, and she discovered either Mr Morrison’s communications team, or some partisan elements of the media, referring to Mrs Morrison’s personal health problems on the following occasions:

1 July/August 2018 when Mr Morrison was vying to become leader of the Liberal Party (don’t be fooled by that hand on Mr Turnbull’s shoulder).

2 April/May 2019 when Mr Morrison was campaigning for re-election.

3 September 2019 when the story broke about Mr Morrison trying to obtain an invite for Mr Houston to attend a dinner at the White House with former President Trump.

4 February/March 2021 when questions were raised about the alleged conduct of some Liberal members or staffers.

Now I can’t say definitively what motivated Mr Morrison’s announcement on 25 March 2022 regarding some funding for endometriosis and pregnancy treatment, but the announcement has been made right before an election will be called, and if it wasn’t a politically motivated initiative  then why didn’t Mr Morrison introduce the proposed medical funding during June or July of 2019? Notwithstanding what opinions you may form about Mr Morrison’s announcement on 25 March 2022, or Ms Salt’s previous investigations, one fact is certain; Medicare is slowly but surely being pulled apart brick by brick, particularly by the Morrison Government.

 

Source: Brick by brick we say goodbye to Medicare – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison plans east coast base for nuclear powered submarines

Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Is Morrison announcement an American decision?  A $10Bn base plus ongoing payments to house and rent their submarine fleet and manpower?  We have already spent $3bn just planning, advertising and cancelling ours and got absolutely nowhere other than destroying our relationship with France. Is it any wonder Morrison has never been seen as a man of action just a stumble bum?

Mr Morrison will note there would be economic benefits from the submarine base that would also be used by visiting nuclear-powered US and UK submarines. Among the criteria set for the location of the base, Mr Morrison will say its proximity to a large population base so as to recruit and retain a substantially larger uniformed submarine workforce.

Source: Morrison plans east coast base for nuclear powered submarines

From “Crack Pipes” To “Critical Race Theory”: GOP’s 2022 Midterm Strategy Is Overt Racism | The Smirking Chimp

American Racism isn’t just political posturing it’s real, it’s systemic, and it’s here to stay as far as the Republicans are concerned!!

There are still eight months to go before the election — so this is probably going to get much worse. Republican leaders are desperate to change the subject away from the January 6 insurrection and the Big Lie, but Trump and his base are obsessed. Racist hysterics about “crack pipes” serve as a distraction. But this blunt racism is also about justifying Trump’s coup and ongoing efforts to steal the next election. The constant drumbeat of reminders that white supremacy is under very real threat from a multiracial democracy helps keep the GOP focused on why it is, exactly, they are organizing behind what has turned into an anti-democracy movement. Time to invest in anti-nausea meds, because Republicans are committed to this tactic of overt racism, clearly convinced it’s the key to winning the midterm elections.

Source: From “Crack Pipes” To “Critical Race Theory”: GOP’s 2022 Midterm Strategy Is Overt Racism | The Smirking Chimp

Why are young Australians locked out of home ownership? The answer is politics | Intifar Chowdhury | The Guardian

A sign displaying a property sold for Auction in Sydney, September 2021

 

Indeed, treasurer Josh Frydenberg remarked back in June that the rise is good for the economy. The federal government extended lukewarm sympathies for those who are struggling to get a foot in the property door for the first time, while merrily pointing out that many households are gaining from continued property price inflation. Therefore, price hikes are here to stay because simple solutions – such as building more houses and properly taxing property investments – are not as politically sound. That’s the reality of things: those with power and money impact the market more than those without. That’s why the winners become fatter winners and the losers continue to lose. What we are facing today is not an unsolvable crisis, but there is a lack of willingness to solve it among those in a position to do so.

Source: Why are young Australians locked out of home ownership? The answer is politics | Intifar Chowdhury | The Guardian

Rapid antigen testing results blow out daily case numbers

A COVID-19 rapid antigen test.

Morrison saw RATs as a means to throw Covid cases into chaos and camouflaging his total mismanagement of Covid yet again. It’s the only reasonable explanation for why he’s been so insistent on making some tests free and others paid for by us. He had no qualms in saying overpayments of JobKeeper would not be required to be repaid by corporations, but RAT tests needed to be paid for and the prices set by the ‘free’ market. A bonus to the retailers like Chemist Warehouse Harvey Norman and Ebay scalpers of the tests. Many corporations of course, sponsor him and support his “let it rip” stance against lockdowns threatening their profits. Morrison is a great supporter of corporate Socialism in a Capitalist nation.

Victoria’s case numbers doubled to overtake New South Wales on Saturday as the state scrambles to improve the accuracy of rapid antigen testing (RAT) numbers incorporated in the data. States are working to include the RATs now being undertaken by people at home, with Victoria and Queensland launching self-reporting systems and NSW to follow. Victoria’s daily figures were more than double the previous day’s total, with 51,356 cases. But the numbers were inflated by a backlog of RAT cases which accounted for about half and included some infections that were up to six days old as well as double ups with PCR tests. Based on a closer look at the health department figures, there were likely closer to 30,851 new cases in the state on Saturday — still a record, and an increase of more than 40 per cent on the previous day. The Victorian health department is now rushing to improve the accuracy of the state’s COVID-19 figures.

Source: Rapid antigen testing results blow out daily case numbers

Meet the Mining Billionaires Ransacking Australia

The super-profitable mining industry in Australia has produced a new class of ruthless billionaires. Their fortunes tower above those of the nation’s other business elites, and they’ve used this wealth to shape the political landscape in their interest.

Source: Meet the Mining Billionaires Ransacking Australia

Number 1 for 2021: The Morrison government is a sewer – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The countdown is over! Number 1 goes to Dr Jennifer Wilson for this article from February 2021 on what would be one of the biggest stories – and one of the biggest scandals – of the year. Congratulations, Jennifer. The Morrison government is a sewer.

Source: Number 1 for 2021: The Morrison government is a sewer – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Neoliberal principles guide journalism in Australia

I was under the impression that no matter which government was in power the ABC’s charter was to critically test the truth and validity of what they claimed to be doing against what they were actually doing. Basically, fact-checking, for and on behalf of the electorate, not simply the mouth piece of the government. Abbot’s promise to both Murdoch and the IPA was to rid us of the ABC. The LNP seems to refuse and accept this. Rather, claiming any revelation not supporting what it is they are doing, is in opposition and therefore biased. As a consequence, they prefer to work with the private. A media which they feel they can control with promises of “cash for comment” in exchange for what it is they want. Now that is biased.

Journalists have the power to frame reality for audiences, because they set the standards for what is considered “good”, “bad”, “normal” or “controversial”.

Source: Neoliberal principles guide journalism in Australia

80 years on, the attack on Pearl Harbour offers lessons for today

Pearl harbour was a target and the naval base destroyed 25% of the pop of Hawaii were American Japanese and they were interned. Why is Morrison and Dutton intent on making Australia the foremost target in the region?

Then, on November 29 2021, the US Defence Department announced in its global posture review that it will concentrate military activities and infrastructure in Australia and select Pacific Islands. There’s no question the US and the UK are returning to the Pacific at levels not seen since the second world war. The AUKUS agreement, initiated by the Morrison government, encapsulates the escalating tensions due to China’s troubling acts. These include its rhetorical and trade war with Australia, aggressions towards Taiwan, military expansion in the South China Sea and its deepening influence in the Pacific islands as a suspected veiled means to project its military power. Australia’s prime minister and, most recently, defence minister have conjured up the Pacific War, saying “we live in the echoes of the 1930s”, citing “mistakes” that led to the war. China has lashed back, criticising the Australian government for super-charging fears that history is repeating at a terrifying scale and pace.

Source: 80 years on, the attack on Pearl Harbour offers lessons for today

Revealed: Rupert Murdoch’s crack team of Liberal Party fundraisers – Michael West Media

“At the federal level the position is really dreadful, because donations do not include money that’s paid to fundraisers and events where people pay to sit at the same table as politicians. I think therefore it does mean that we’ve got to absolutely reappraise the whole system to avoid those sorts of perceptions of undue influence and too much access.” (former judge Anthony Whealy, QC.)

Source: Revealed: Rupert Murdoch’s crack team of Liberal Party fundraisers – Michael West Media

Ultranationalists Are Seeing an Organizing Boom in Australia

There’s a German warning drawn from historic experience. “If 10 people sit and dine with a Nazi you have 11 Nazis dining”

At a recent anti-vaccine rally in Melbourne, observers identified supporters of the Ustaše, a Croatian fascist movement with Nazi-collaborationist roots. It’s no fluke: the radical right is attaching itself to the anti-vaccine movement everywhere.

Source: Ultranationalists Are Seeing an Organizing Boom in Australia

School is in, but Perrottet didn’t do his homework – » The Australian Independent Media Network

He has six kids. The possibility of any one of them contracting Covid and being hospitalised is greater than in the average Aussie family simply because of the numbers. It will be significant  given the lessons learned from Israel’s experience. Even experts like Fauci have said increased hospitalisation of children is probable. However, for Perrotet politics seems to taken priority over his family’s personal risk. The only thing that protects them from their father’s irreponsibility their social and economic status? Perrotet doesn’t seem to care.

Per Quartz, “On Aug. 31, Israel registered 11,000 new Covid-19 cases, the highest daily number since the pandemic began. The worrying thing was: That day’s case count beat a record set in mid-January when only a small proportion of Israel’s population had been vaccinated. “By the end of August, at least 68% of Israelis had received at least one vaccine dose, but even the vaccinated were falling sick enough to need hospitalization.

“In Israel, as in the US or western Europe, children form a large part of the as-yet-unvaccinated population. In August, the Israeli government predicted that children would make up half of all new Covid cases by the time the school year began on Sep. 1, and it instituted strict testing regimens for schools.

“The delta variant is much more highly transmissible than was alpha. So, given that, you will see more children likely to get infected,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in mid-August. “A certain percentage of them will require hospitalisation.”

Source: School is in, but Perrottet didn’t do his homework – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Mystery donors pay some of Christian Porter’s legal fees for defamation action against ABC – ABC News

Christian Porter stands in front of an Australian flag

Mr Blind Trust is what we get with Christian Porter. No need asking.May be an image of text that says 'Tweet The Shovel @TheShovel Snipe all you want. But who here among us can honestly say that they haven't had someone anonymously pay them to cover $1 million in legal fees for a law suit they initiated? 1:35 PM Sep 14, 2021 Twitter Web App View Tweet activity 261 Retweets 12 Quote Tweets 1,492 Likes'

Mr Porter says a blind trust has made a contribution to his legal fees A blind trust means the beneficiary is shielded from knowing who donated the money The federal opposition says Mr Porter should not have accepted the money without knowing who it came from

Source: Mystery donors pay some of Christian Porter’s legal fees for defamation action against ABC – ABC News

Why are ‘religious’ organisations given tax free status? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We have to stop living in the past, teach science properly in all schools, let people follow any beliefs they choose – as long as they do not harm others in so doing – and teach ethics in all schools, while the money saved from ceasing to give tax benefits to existing bodies – except for genuinely philanthropic activities – should be used to help all the people who are currently struggling to survive. Far more important than religion, is ensuring that all can survive, and that demands attention to climate change!

Source: Why are ‘religious’ organisations given tax free status? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defends ‘tax the rich’ gown

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her controversial “tax the rich” gown, pictured alongside fashion designer Aurora James.

New York congresswoman and progressive champion Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has defended wearing a gown emblazoned with the slogan “tax the rich” to the lavish Met Gala, saying she has elevated the debate about wealth redistribution in America.

Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defends ‘tax the rich’ gown

Road map to Bondi – fresh air is the safest place to be, Hazzard easing outdoor restrictions – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Yes, we have a ‘roadmap’ all the way out of Covid NSW and Health Minister Hazzard is sprouting thought bubbles just like Morrison, now that we won’t be listening to him and Gladys every day – Less bags of wind and heaps more sun and fresh air. That will sort everything out all the way to Christmas. Hell let’s not wait till mid-October, we can start opening up right now – Hunger games are just getting started.

Source: Road map to Bondi – fresh air is the safest place to be, Hazzard easing outdoor restrictions – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Twenty Years After the Tampa Affair, Australia’s Left Must Keep Standing Up for Refugees

In 2001, conservative prime minister John Howard demonized 433 refugees who had been rescued at sea. It inaugurated an era of racist, abusive policies toward asylum seekers in Australia — and a movement that fights in solidarity with refugees.

Source: Twenty Years After the Tampa Affair, Australia’s Left Must Keep Standing Up for Refugees

Germans are most worried about Climate Emergency among 28 Countries Surveyed

Australia is among the top 5 yet our government continues to ignore it for the sake of politics and power as it remains a marginal seat issue with which to wedge the opposition. Retaining power neither service, duty nor Democracy rate in the Morrison political drive

Germany is currently the country most concerned about climate change out of the 28 surveyed for the August update of the “What worries the world” study by market research and consulting firm Ipsos. Climate change is one of Germans’ top three concerns, with 36 percent selecting it as their main worry (six percentage points more than last month, and the highest Germany has recorded to date).

Source: Germans are most worried about Climate Emergency among 28 Countries Surveyed

Crikey Worm: Paul Keating shoots down Australian ‘antagonism’

Paul Keating

Former PM Paul Keating has shot down Australia’s “irresponsible” antagonism towards China, and climate change once again comes into the global spotlight as the US is rocked by Hurricane Ida.

Source: Crikey Worm: Paul Keating shoots down Australian ‘antagonism’

Michael Pascoe: COVID political ground shifts – is an election moving it?

There’s a push in the LNP to STOP talking about the numbers

There’s a push within the Liberal Party, both federal and state, to open up New South Wales when it is 56 per cent fully vaccinated. More than half of NSW’s intensive care unit beds are already occupied. Florida has a fully-vaccinated rate of 51 per cent. Its ICU beds are 90 per cent full and filling fast. And Florida has roughly one ICU bed per 3500 people. NSW has one per 9500. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Source: Michael Pascoe: COVID political ground shifts – is an election moving it?

Glad not happy; PM leaks against her as Delta goes viral. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Politics before Covid

It may be too cynical to say that the failure of COVID-zero was contrived to force the “learn to live with it” option – the Boris Johnson con over the Dan Andrews’ strategy. But, as Mick Young said, whenever the choice is between a conspiracy and a stuff-up, go with the stuff-up every time. Expect numbers of cases to soar in NSW because even its tough new measures are too little too late. Expect Berejiklian to run up the white flag and declare an easing of restrictions as soon as she can. The results will be horrendous. Expect her PM to continue his undermining until Gladys resigns. Enter her deputy, Dominic Perrottet, who’s always quietly advocated letting her rip, to be Morrison’s new gold standard, golden-haired boy.

Source: Glad not happy; PM leaks against her as Delta goes viral. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Crowd cheers Republican conspiracist over low vaccination rates as state dumps 65,000 doses

COVID conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks at a Republican rally in Georgia.

“This is the hardest one for me, that it does appear there’s a partisan connection,” Lee told WAMU. Nearly 60 per cent of Republicans say they are unwilling to get vaccinated, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll of 1517 US adults released last month. Meanwhile, Republican leaders, including Greene, have opposed vaccine requirements, arguing in favour of individual choices. “The messaging here in the United States has been consistently around how it’s a personal decision to get vaccinated, but pandemics by their definition are collective problems,” Lee said. “We have to think more about our actions protecting our loved ones and our communities.”

Source: Crowd cheers Republican conspiracist over low vaccination rates as state dumps 65,000 doses

COVID Is Spiking in Florida and Mississippi. Their GOP Governors Are Waging War Against Masks. – Mother Jones

On Saturday, Florida recorded 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, breaking its one-day record for new cases. But even as the state swells with fresh infections, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis remains hellbent on his war against mask mandates. He even recently barred school districts from instituting mask mandates when classes reconvene in August.

Source: COVID Is Spiking in Florida and Mississippi. Their GOP Governors Are Waging War Against Masks. – Mother Jones

The Politics of Vaccines Might Cost Republicans the Midterms | Washington Monthly

It seems almost obscene to be considering the politics of vaccines given the grave danger posed by the ongoing COVID pandemic to public health. The Delta variant is ripping through the country at an alarming rate, mostly posing severe threat to the unvaccinated but with a disturbingly high breakthrough frequency among the vaccinated as well. Florida has reported 21,683 new Covid cases today alone–a devastating indictment of Governor DeSantis’ refusal to take the pandemic seriously. But tackle the politics we must, because so much of the country’s failure to control the Covid pandemic from the start has been due to Republican political calculations. Then-president Donald Trump didn’t want to take the necessary steps to control the pandemic because he was afraid they might spook the stock market and cost him re-election. They further cynically calculated that Covid would affect people in cities and blue states the most, and that both the demographic devastation and electoral pain of the pandemic would be born by Democratic constituencies and blue state governors. The recall against California Governor Gavin Newsom was driven by conservative outrage over school closures and lockdowns

Source: The Politics of Vaccines Might Cost Republicans the Midterms | Washington Monthly

News Corp walks a delicate line on COVID politics

Let’s not forget the LNP government is Newscorp’s biggest advertiser and influencer its biggest source of revenue. Alan Jones is just another cog in the machinery.

Elements within News Corporation are now fighting among themselves over how its platforms should position themselves in response to the worsening COVID crisis in New South Wales. This has become clear with the decision by the editor of News Corp’s Daily Telegraph, Ben English, to ditch Alan Jones as a columnist. Over the past few weeks, as the coronavirus outbreak got inexorably worse, the Telegraph ran a series of characteristically shrill columns by Jones attacking mask-wearing, lockdowns and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Yet Jones also promotes these opinions on News Corp’s Sky News, where his Sky-at-Night slot is undisturbed. Indeed, Jones makes a virtue of this, telling The Sydney Morning Herald:

Source: News Corp walks a delicate line on COVID politics

‘Corruption’ can thrive in a space where weak regulation is parked

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Health Minister Brad Hazzard, Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys and Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant on Friday.

Depending on who the key stakeholders are, who makes donations to your political party, the decisions follow. In Victoria, it is unions that keep ALP Premier Dan Andrews in power and were therefore top of the list for consultation and action. In NSW, business interests keep the Liberals in power and it was business consulted first and whose needs were prioritised. This is not corruption. It is politics. You reward your backers, but maintain good relationships with diverse interests. It is simply pragmatic. Corruption involves the acquiring of a personal benefit. Corruption was how an eminent retired judge described the carpark and sports rorts that will follow Scott Morrison all the way to the next election. Although no individual minister or MP was personally pocketing a direct financial benefit, using public money to improve prospects with the voters and to try to hold on to power is a form of corruption of the electoral process.

Source: ‘Corruption’ can thrive in a space where weak regulation is parked

Grattan on Friday: Morrison wrong to try to influence advice from expert immunisation group

Scott Morrison this week more or less trashed Australia’s top advisory body on immunisation, in remarks that were at best ill-judged and at worst alarming. On Wednesday Morrison told a news conference he (or the government) made a “constant appeal” to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to review its advice on AstraZeneca according to the balance of risk. On Thursday he said on radio: “I’ve just simply said balance of risk is changing, guys, so how is that impacting on your advice, and it’s time to think about that”. The “guys” (and girls) on ATAGI are obviously as aware as anyone of the changing risk profile as cases increase.

Source: Grattan on Friday: Morrison wrong to try to influence advice from expert immunisation group

Compassion – you’re kidding – » The Australian Independent Media Network

However, for the past 13 years, only one party has been in control of the situation no matter the sentiments of the electorate. It s point of political difference as they believe ‘fear’ wins them the power game. Forget the service.

Neither side of politics can honestly claim to be above blame here. Both the Coalition and the Labor Party have played their part in the increasingly inhumane immigration and welfare practices imposed in the name of ‘compassion’. Both side of politics have weaponised human lives. It needs to stop.

Source: Compassion – you’re kidding – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tamed Estate: Christian Porter ‘zero for three’ but News Corp claimed Porter victory – Michael West

Tamed Estate

Legal experts were in no doubt whatsoever that Christian Porter had given up but News Corp madly spun the line that it was a humiliating backdown by the ABC. Michael Tanner dissects the coverage of what had been billed ‘the defamation trial of the century’.

Source: Tamed Estate: Christian Porter ‘zero for three’ but News Corp claimed Porter victory – Michael West

Morrison government’s $600m gas power plant at Kurri Kurri not needed and won’t cover costs, analysts say | Energy | The Guardian

File photo of powerlines

A $600m gas power plant promised by the Morrison government is not needed and has no prospect of generating enough revenue to justify its cost, according to a new analysis. A report by Victoria University’s energy policy centre suggested the case for the Hunter Valley plant, to be built by the publicly owned Snowy Hydro with taxpayers’ funds, failed on several grounds.

Source: Morrison government’s $600m gas power plant at Kurri Kurri not needed and won’t cover costs, analysts say | Energy | The Guardian

Amid 2020 Protests, NYPD Took Hours to Respond to Riots

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 2: A Police officer leaves from a Zara store after a night of looting due to protest on June 2, 2020 in New York City. Protests spread across the country in at least 30 cities across the United States, over the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, this is the latest death in a series of police deaths of black Americans. The city has declared an 8pm curfew. (Photo by Joana Toro / VIEWpress via Getty Images)

The lack of a police response to the nighttime looting stood in stark contrast to the New York Police Department’s deployment of its riot squad, the Strategic Response Group, or SRG, to suppress political protests during the day. When a peaceful march reached Manhattan’s Bryant Park earlier that night, the police were ready: The SRG formed a line to block their advance. When the protesters knelt in the street, SRG officers struck with batons and made arrests. It was one example of many where the NYPD moved swiftly against demonstrators. The previous day, police mounted a “level three mobilization” against a protest in Brooklyn and responded in well under two hours, according to city records. NYPD data reported that at least 108 people were injured by police during last summer’s unrest. The NYPD was roundly criticized by elected officials and in three government reports for using violent riot tactics against political protesters. It was a double-dip failure in public safety: Not only did the city brutalize protesters exercising their First Amendment right to assemble, but it also stood by as throngs of nonpolitical actors rampaged the city’s storefronts. Risks to residents and pro

Source: Amid 2020 Protests, NYPD Took Hours to Respond to Riots

Netanyahu Opponents Reach Coalition Deal To Oust Israeli Prime Minister | HuffPost

Under the agreement, Lapid and Bennett will split the job of prime minister in a rotation. Bennett will serve the first two years, while Lapid is to serve the final two years. The historic deal also includes a small Islamist party, the United Arab List, which would make it the first Arab party ever to be part of a governing coalition. The agreement still needs to be approved by the Knesset, or parliament, in a vote that is expected to take place early next week. If it goes through, Lapid and a diverse array of partners that span the Israeli political spectrum will end the record-setting 12-year rule of Netanyahu.

Source: Netanyahu Opponents Reach Coalition Deal To Oust Israeli Prime Minister | HuffPost

Why proposed new Israeli PM, extreme-right Naftali “I’ve Killed a Lot of Arabs” Bennett, is even worse for Palestinians than far right Netanyahu

In a prime time address on Sunday evening, right wing extremist Israeli politician Naftali Bennett announced that he intended to join a government of national unity, including left wing and centrist parties, which would unseat long-serving Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The coalition was mainly put together by Yair Lapid of “There’s a Future” (Yesh Atid) Party, but Lapid is willing to have a rotating prime ministership and is willing to let Naftali take the first turn, for two years. Netanyahu himself went on an unhinged Trump-like rant on television calling Bennett a sham for being willing to go into coalition with the Left (which Netanyahu has often done). The move would allow Israel to avoid a fifth election in a little over two years this summer.

Source: Why proposed new Israeli PM, extreme-right Naftali “I’ve Killed a Lot of Arabs” Bennett, is even worse for Palestinians than far right Netanyahu

Scott Morrison tells MPs to raise war chest for election next year

PM Scott Morrison told Liberal and Nationals MPs: “The worst day in government is better than your best day in opposition.”

Real Concern “Believe me” Morrison’s Plea

Liberal and Nationals MPs are being urged to raise money for a federal election to be held next year out of concern at the power of activist groups and the union movement to threaten the government’s hold on power. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told government MPs to “turn up and shake hands” at events so they could gain the friends and finances they will need to fend off groups such as GetUp.

Source: Scott Morrison tells MPs to raise war chest for election next year

In India’s Covid Crisis, Echoes of a Colonial Past | Washington Monthly

Screenshot_2021-05-23 Washington Monthly Magazine

Epidemics are known for laying bare the hidden fault lines of societies. For many of us it may not come as much of a surprise that British colonial officers chose to let the Kumbh mela go ahead even at great cost to public health because it was politically convenient and sidestepped the possibility of having a rebellion on their hands. After three-quarters of a century of political independence, we see the democratically elected government of India, a country that prides itself on technological and financial progress, make a similarly crass political calculus, choosing to curry favor with Hindu nationalists at the expense of lives. Whether subjects or citizens, the public health of Indian people has too often been sacrificed for political gain.

Source: In India’s Covid Crisis, Echoes of a Colonial Past | Washington Monthly

Trump Is Gone (For Now), But Right-Wing Populism Is Still a Global Curse | Washington Monthly

Trump was not the only rightwing populist on the world stage. A combination of unregulated social media disinformation, backlashes against modernism, efforts to retain undue privilege by domestic ethnic majorities at the expense of disadvantaged minorities, and the elevation advantage-taking con artists have all contributed to the a disturbing global alliance of incompetent authoritarians. Nations as diverse as Brazil, Hungary, India, Russia, Turkey, Poland, Israel, the United Kingdom and the Philippines have all empowered far-right leaders, most with clownish conservative temperaments and a habit of doing more to troll the orthodoxy of international decency than to serve their own people.

Source: Trump Is Gone (For Now), But Right-Wing Populism Is Still a Global Curse | Washington Monthly

Australian GPs concerned about delays in vaccine rollout

More than 250,000 virus jabs have been administered in Australia so far, a long way off the four million Prime Minister Scott Morrison said would be complete by the end of March.

Australian GPs concerned about delays in vaccine rollout

Religion and politics can agree, but rarely do (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Science has made in my lifetime, the most staggering achievements and they are embraced, recognised and enjoyed by all sections of society. The only areas that I can think of where Science is questioned are in the religious fever of climate change, conservative politics and unconventional religious belief. ( John Lord )

Religion and politics can agree, but rarely do (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Hummingbird – » The Australian Independent Media Network

So much for accepting the science. Morrison is happy to ride on the coat tails of the State premiers by claiming to have accepted the health science but he clearly doesn’t accept the climate science. We need less marketing and more hummingbirds.

The Hummingbird – » The Australian Independent Media Network

More Than Meets The Eye: The Media and Politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When 70% of private Media is in the control of one corporation how does this ring true?

For all their flaws, the media does serve a purpose: they are the primary sources with access to the politicians. The media reports their actual words, and while the media does spin the facts, the ability of intelligent people to see the spin, bias and other shtfckery is our power. The media provides the primary evidence, on which we use our analytical scalpel to get at a far closer approximation to the truth than these propagandists will ever profer.

More Than Meets The Eye: The Media and Politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Investigation: how political donations protect a cosy loophole for Australia’s plutocrats – Michael West

Investigation: how political donations protect a cosy loophole for Australia’s plutocrats – Michael West
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Capitalism turns Politics into another product

“Political donations buy access to parliamentarians, they buy policy outcomes, and they buy a post-parliament career with the revolving door between politics and business”. Stephanie Tran and Michael West investigate the dark money which flows from Australia’s family business empires to the major political parties and identify a raft of failures in the donations system.

Investigation: how political donations protect a cosy loophole for Australia’s plutocrats – Michael West

AOC’s cooking live streams perfect the recipe for making politics palatable | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | The Guardian

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cooks while lecturing her viewers about politics.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or talk up a storm about the minimum wage, healthcare and the existential struggle for democracy.

AOC’s cooking live streams perfect the recipe for making politics palatable | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | The Guardian

The ratings’ agency religion may be dead. But there are still lessons

RBA governor Philip Lowe recently said he was more worried about high unemployment than the implications of a state credit rating downgrade.

When ratings agencies judgements are patently WRONG as they were pre GFC and the junk packages offered by Wall St for sale were overvalued did or were these agencies ratings downgraded? Not at all nobody was ever charged for the over ratings given to Financial Institution products. Institution on which the agencies depended for thei incomes. The down rating of Victoria is totally and blindly accepted by by all politically opposed to Dan Andrews. Nobody is asking S&P to justify it’s decision with either facts or evidence. (ODT)

A downgrade in the credit rating of a government would once be greeted with fiscal self-flagellation of near religious intensity.

The ratings’ agency religion may be dead. But there are still lessons