We’ve lived with their lies and spin for a decade. Isn’t it time for service of the kind Labor provided with Whitlam, Hawke, and Gillard. Service that moves a Nation forward, The LNP has simply taken us to wars and held us back. Their goal has been to service us at the cost of our living experience feelings of certainty about tomorrow and our savings. Our marrow and childrens futures sucked up for the bottom line figures of their corporate donors and supporters. It’s now a historical footnote witnessed by the number of actual bills passed. Their claim “We can’t rule” because the ALP won’t let us.. WAKE UP AUSTRALIA
Abbott and Credlin flipping carbon pricing into a tax (abetted by the then Labor government that rolled over too easily on the nomenclature) was the core of the weaponisation of climate policy that continues to this day. So every time one of the current generation of Coalition politicians utters the words carbon “tax” and Labor in the same sentence, understand this: they are lying, and worse, they are fully aware they are lying.
Source: Scott Morrison is setting up another fake fight on a carbon ‘tax’ | Katharine Murphy | The Guardian
Modern slavery has become a major talking point in recent years. Many of us are familiar with the statistics: 40.3 million people are a victim of modern slavery, half of which perform forced labour. While not uncontentious, these figures are now well-known thanks to the advocacy of public figures and politicians.
Australia will review its own Modern Slavery Act in 2022. Australians should also be on the lookout for a Draconian border bill, introduced in the name of “addressing modern slavery.”
Source: Modern slavery shouldn’t be weaponised by conservative governments
The Doherty Institute modelling is important but the PM’s presentation was likely incomprehensible to anxious Australians watching at home
Source: Politics rides roughshod over substance as Scott Morrison tries to spin his way out of Covid corner | Katharine Murphy | The Guardian
We at least saw that Tony Abbott could ride a bike and not just SPIN
Even when they do get distributed, the anecdotes of dysfunction in the system are manifest. For example, a GP who found himself with many more Pfizer doses about to expire than he could possibly use tried to swap them with a state health authority which could have used them up in a day and given him supply with a longer shelf life. But the Commonwealth would not facilitate this and recommended unused doses be destroyed. Friday’s national cabinet wasn’t a step forward, it was but a stark illustration of the problems in our vaccination rollout. The crumbling confidence in the national cabinet process to achieve unified purpose, and the gaslighting of our medical experts, doesn’t help. Nor does the spectacular lack of transparency about what vaccine supplies we have got coming, or what the government is doing about accelerating supplies in any way possible. Nor does the fact no one wants to say how much of the population needs to be vaccinated before we can open up. The magic numbers we need are the ones about vaccine supply.
Source: National cabinet goes backward to go forward
Gaslighting, talk. spin and promises are a typical LNP strategy of “seeming” to be aware of the direction without any actions necessary to be taken. Tudge, like Morrison announcing what is needed as if it’s being done. Such as the bullshit that we were first in line to get vaccines the deal signed done and dusted when it wasn’t.
How do we attract high-performing school leavers into teaching? Everyone knows the answer. That is, except the Federal Education Minister.
Source: Alan Tudge wants Singaporean education excellence on the cheap
Death of a Salesman. If this doesn’t amplify the need to know why Morrison was sacked in NZ and Sacked by Aus Tourism what does? What are the reasons Australian people need to be kept in the dark? This seems to be the origin of the bullshit Morrison term “underwater matters” the cover-up for total incompetence.
Public relations has trumped public health as the Prime Minister targets the AstraZeneca vaccine as a scapegoat to shift blame from his own incompetence, writes Paul Begley.
Source: Scott Morrison shifts vaccine rollout blame with planned PR strategy
Deloitte Access Economics’ claims about Australia’s economic recovery were repeated verbatim by media outlets, although many were based on cherry-picked data and mixed verified GDP figures with unverified data in a classic apples with oranges comparison. Alan Austin takes a closer look.
Source: Propaganda Machine: Deloitte skews fact on economy, media laps it up – Michael West
The Morrison government has come under attack over “failed” quarantine arrangements and the sluggish pace of the national vaccine rollout as Victoria enters a seven-day “circuit breaker” lockdown. There is mounting concern the latest virus wave could have become “uncontrollable” with almost 30 cases in the Melbourne-based cluster. The acting Victorian premier, James Merlino, on Thursday pointed to vaccine delays and “aged care facilities where not one person has been vaccinated” as practical problems in managing the response. Both are the responsibility of the federal government. His Labor colleagues in Canberra declared the situation could have been avoided.
Source: Morrison government under fire over Covid vaccine delays as Victoria enters lockdown | Australian politics | The Guardian
The mining industry has exaggerated its contribution in taxes and royalties to Australian governments by an estimated $45 billion over the past 10 years. Callum Foote reports on the findings of an independent research project by Michael West Media.
Source: Mining lobby exaggerates taxes and royalties paid by $45 billion – Michael West
Well may Scott Morrison tear up as he relates how his daughters, wife and widowed mother drive his every decision. The facts are that every move of the Coalition government ensures women are poorer, more insecure at work and more vulnerable to violence on the job. The Industrial Relations bill pushed through last week is a final nail in the coffin for women. Alison Pennington reports.
Source: Crocodile tears no mask for Coalition’s economic war on women – Michael West
This passion for technology is newfound and insincere. In truth, our government has a long history of undermining climate technologies.
In the three years to 2016, the government ripped just shy of $1bn from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena), the body charged with helping early stage technologies through to commercial launch.
The funding of a feasibility study for a coal power station in Collinsville and the foreshadowed gift of $11m to extend the life of the 42 years old Vales Point coal power station in the Hunter, demonstrate just how reluctant the Coalition is to let go of last century’s energy technologies.
One of the most promising and critical new technologies is the rapid maturation of the electric vehicle, but who can forget the government’s pushback against EVs during last year’s election?
The government’s sudden passion for climate technology is newfound and insincere | Simon Holmes a Court | Opinion | The Guardian
Remember the Weapons of Mass Deception and how they convinced the world to invade Iraq. John Howard insisted on Weapons of Mass Destruction despite the Intelligence Service. Goes to show how far politicians will go and how little respect they have fot the electorate (ODT)
via US believes attack on Saudi Arabia came from south-west Iran, reports say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Donald Trump claimed that he struck a new mystery deal with Mexico which he refuses to tell the American people about. It’s a secret, he says.
Mexico has already denied much of what Trump stated as fact.
Many political pundits and politicians predicted that he would never go through with his proposed 5% tariff on Mexican goods if they didn’t stop the flow of migrants into America. Even many of his Republican devotees were furious at his tariff threat, especially since the taxes were not tied to trade agreements but instead tied to his anger at his failures on his singular political issue.
During a press pool spray Tuesday, Trump took it further by mocking the press and Americans with this moronic exhibition of decadence.
“Right here is the agreement It’s very simple, it’s right here,” Trump said, acting more like a carnival barker than an actual United States president.
Trump then removes a piece of paper from inside his pocket.
“And in here is everything you want to talk about.”
“It’s done. It’s done. It’s all done.”
Josh Marshall writes, “President Trump is being pressed to back up claims he has a secret agreement for Mexico to buy billions of additional American agricultural goods, a claim Mexico denies. Trump later explained that the secret deal ‘goes into effect when I want it to.'”
via Trump Mocks Americans With His Hidden Deal Trick | Crooks and Liars
So in fact, Trump’s (and Hewitt’s) much-ballyhooed “Great Tariff Avoidance” of last week was just another Trumpian scam.
It was Trump who surrendered, not Mexico.
He was laboring under tremendous pressure from “global leaders, business executives, Republican and Democratic lawmakers, and members of his own staff” to cancel his economically devastating tariff threats. And he finally caved — but first he had to magically convert what was indeed an embarrassing defeat into another Trumpian victory.
The swindling just never ends.
via Trump’s Mexico/Tariff Scam | The Smirking Chimp
The Coalition lacks policies. It also lacks charisma. It has no other option but fear, writes Ben Eltham.
Labor has spent years honing and sandbagging its policy platform, which on any sensible judgment is moderate and achievable. In contrast, the Coalition has spent the last three years consumed by its own internal hatreds. Now that the crisis has arrived, the Coalition finds itself without a coherent assault plan to break down Labor’s platform. Time is running out.
via Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself… And A Coalition Campaign Built On It – New Matilda
After Donald Trump caved to Nancy Pelosi on Friday, Hannity was trying hard to buck up his sad listeners over the mythical wall they will never get.
via Hannity Desperately Tries To Bail Out The Sinking Wall Ship | Crooks and Liars
The fact is Australia is near the bottom of the ladder of OECD countries when it comes to the job market (ODT)
I am getting so sick and tired of seeing the constant stream of Murdoch News Corp and LNP Government bash-a-welfare-bludger propaganda stories in the media, all done in the name of turning the general population against people who are seeking employment, or are in receipt of any Social Security payment for that matter.
It obviously serves an agenda of trying to keep our attention away from the abysmal job market; the expansion of part-time work vs full time permanent positions and the ever increasing casualisation of our workforce. Not to mention the fact that available jobs are now outnumbered by unemployed people many, many times over. Add in the vast under-employed number of people and we have a crisis on our hands.
via Stop it! – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Big coal allegedly buys 500,000 social media followers — then denies it.
This is what News Corp would do and then offer it to the PM’s office to use. Denial is an African River as far as the Fossil Fuel Industry is concerned