Putin's Russia has taken over Crimea which is a major part of Ukraine, a neighbouring sovereign state. Russian forces have gained control of Crimea, which looks as if it will vote to secede from Ukraine.
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Border Protection Minister "No wimp" Scott Morrison has shifted his ground on the violence at Manus Island under pressure. In doing so he has started to undermine the Abbott Government's attempts at operational secrecy and keeping citizens in the dark to ensure the authority of the state remains unchallenged. This is done by linking national security to asylum seekers (ie., terrorism), and the government being in control.
Yet another example of the Abbott Government being beholden to, or captured by, a section of Big Business can be seen around food politics; namely in the shutting down of a commonwealth government website about the health star rating food labelling system that would help to inform consumers about their healthy food choices.
The Abbott Government's media clampdown-- a veil of silence---- on anything to do with asylum seekers and border protection means that it is hard to ascertain what is happening in the concentration camp at Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, a borderline failed state. These are asylum seekers waiting to be processed. If they were not found to be a refugee, neither the Australian nor PNG governments would help them resettle in PNG.
The terms of reference for the Abbott Government's royal commission into union governance and corruption is designed to allow a wide-ranging inquiry into union slush funds, malfeasance and the behaviour of corrupt officials. It is designed to be a great big spotlight into the dark corners of our national life.
It is pretty clear that the Abbott Government is under intense pressure from its Big Business constituency to regain the industrial relations territory it had to surrender with the defeat of Workchoices and the Howard Government. Big Business and its neo-liberal allies want that territory retaken quick smart. This is their path of economic change and reform.