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it doesn't stack up

February 3, 2014 - 08:18 -- Admin

The Abbott Government says that it stands for economic freedom with minimal constraint (such as profiting from the exploitation of natural resources) and they argue (that their actions are not detrimental to the interests of others and thus do not need responsible constraints (such as green regulation), regardless of any evidence to the contrary. Freedom to exploit should be possible and desirable.

the booze culture

January 29, 2014 - 11:10 -- Admin

The tabloid-driven moral panic over alcohol fuelled violence on the streets, which is designed to create fear and anxiety amongst the public,usually results in more law and order: minimum mandatory sentencing, greater powers for the police, special licence conditions and lockouts and closures.

noble lies

January 23, 2014 - 12:51 -- Admin

The slogans of the Abbott Government are well known and include from i an earlier time when the Coalition was in opposition, such as " stop the boats", "cut the waste", and "dump the tax". those To these we can now add "Australia is open for business" and " goodies and baddies".

reigniting the culture and literacy wars

January 20, 2014 - 13:24 -- Admin

The rewrite of the national curriculum by the Abbott Coalition to bring it in line with the values of the conservative tradition was to be expected. The Coalition had explicitly promised as much, given Pyne's repeated characterization of it as leftist ideology, dumbed-down content and falling standards; and their rejection of critical literacy, whole-language and a child-centred model of pedagogy.

liberating the economy from its straight jacket?

January 13, 2014 - 15:34 -- Admin

I see that business groups (eg., Australian Chamber of Commerce and the Australian Industry Group) have been calling for any minimum wage increase to be deferred this year. Members of these groups paint Australia as a “high wage/ low competition” economy. For them, the royal path to Australia’s competitiveness in a global market can only be found in blocking minimum wage increases.