With Trump gone and Boris on the verge Scotty is the one left standing spruiking Bullshit in the Anglo world. Odd isn’t it Murdoch is still entrenched.
PM Scott Morrison came out strongly against Novak Djokovic again this week, claiming “rules are rules … no one is above these rules”. Yet the list of this government’s broken rules is prolific. From sports rorts, au pairs, parliamentary entitlements, environmental standards, action on climate to Christian Porter. Callum Foote and Michael West on brazen hypocrisy.
Source: Yes, “rules are rules” Scott, you invent them, break them, subvert them and ignore them – Michael West Media
It started with Howard but got far, far worse when Abbott arrived intent on fulfilling the IPA’s wish. Despite pre election promises of NO CUTS TO THE ABC Morrison ensured their ABC’s budget was brought back to 1984 levels. Meanwhile under his leadership government debt exploded by 200% to nearly $1 Trillion. Only 30% of that increase was due to the pandemic. Yet the government believed that its actions should remain unquestioned.
The ABC’s relationship with the Howard government was never easy, and the 2001 cabinet papers, released by the National Archives on Saturday, reveal tensions between the government’s desire for budget cuts and fear of alienating its supporters who valued the national broadcaster. Despite having promised during the 1996 election campaign that the ABC’s budget was safe, within four months of coming to office John Howard’s government cut it by 2% and announced a review of the role and scope of ABC services by Bob Mansfield, the founding chief executive of Optus. Howard’s senior adviser, Grahame Morris, characterised the ABC as “our enemy talking to our friends” and Howard himself had accused the broadcaster of being left-leaning. But the dilemma for the Coalition was the ABC was valued by its supporters, particularly in the bush, and cuts to the ABC often played badly in the regions. The cabinet papers released by the National Archives provide more evidence of the uneasy relationship
Source: John Howard and the ABC: desire for cuts came up against Liberal support for broadcaster | Cabinet papers | The Guardian
Believe it or not from the mouth of this “do-nothing” “we have a plan”government comes the chest beating challenge to the US and China “action is louder than words” na nana nana na!! The arrogance that shames all Australians is something exceptional. This Australian Government has shown it’s stripes and shamed us they have joined the Russians and Saudis as a counter pledge in this existential game of climate chess. While proudly crying “we don’t need to have the planet’s best interests at heart” “That’s the Australian ( MAGA ) Way”
Foreign Minister Marise Payne says she welcomes a climate agreement between the United States and China but it needs to be translated into action, conceding there are still many differences between the world’s two largest emitters.
Source: Marise Payne says US and China now need to put climate pact into action
While the rest of the planet is making an effort to fall into line and agree on the existential disaster facing it. Scott Morrison remains the last man standing in denial marketing. He sounds more the voice of the Tobacco Industry rather than the leader of the world’s biggest polluter per head of population and an apologist for it. Like Trump he’s all for seemingly telling Australia he’s going to make “some of us great” and fuck the rest including the world. “We are going to do it the IPA/Murdoch/NLP way”
However, with the European Union recently not ratifying a Comprehensive Economic agreement with China, buying into mostly US driven human rights accusations on China, which in my research hold little evidence, with conflicting claims, is putting humanity at a great risk in hampering a joint strategy in tackling climate change. Geopolitical finger-pointing with agendas never helps humanity. However, a cooperative approach does. The climate change clock is ticking close to an irreversible point for humanity and the European Union must decide.
Source: Climate change clock ticks as the EU and China work on a Clean Energy Strategy – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The LNP are going it alone even when the ALP says zero coal-fired power plants aren’t their target.
Labor has extended its lead to 54-46 in the latest Newspoll, days before Prime Minister Scott Morrison prepares to head to Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit. The results of the exclusive poll, which is conducted for The Australian newspaper and released on Sunday night, shows support for the Coalition at its lowest level in three years as talk of action on reducing emissions dominates the political landscape. It highlighted increasing community support for greater climate action, with 47 per cent of voters saying the goal of reducing emissions should be prioritised over lower energy costs (40 per cent). It is a stark reversal from 2018 when 64 per cent of voters said energy prices should be the priority and only 24 per cent said reducing greenhouse gas emissions was more important.
Source: Labor takes 54-46 Newspoll lead as PM prepares for Glasgow climate summit | The New Daily
There are three ways to approach climate change – one, do nothing and hope; two, dig in, and go slow, because it’s ‘the economy, stupid’; or three, step into the change and maximise the opportunities it presents.
Source: There are three approaches to climate, Australia is choosing the wrong one
For Tudge, the curriculum needs apositive, optimistic and forward-looking view of our history. These sentiments were later echoed by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in an opinion piece in The Australian on 30 September. In other words, two of the leading Conservative voices in the country would prefer it if historians and history teachers stopped doing their jobs, in the name of patriotism.
Source: Conservatives like Tudge think they need history but not historians
Scott Morrison says protesters should be ‘honest about our history’ but the truth about slavery in Australia is commonly misunderstood
via Was there slavery in Australia? Yes. It shouldn’t even be up for debate | Thalia Anthony and Stephen Gray | Australia news | The Guardian
Exclusive: Despite official denials, emails reveal discussions about the Indian company’s requests before ministers wrote to a Chinese agency vouching for the $16bn project
via Adani asked Coalition to help secure funding from China, FoI shows | Environment | The Guardian