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