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Transparency, accountability and integrity are nice words

March 29, 2017 - 11:32 -- Admin

Addressing the National Press Club two months ago about proposed reforms to the reporting of politicians’ expenses (which have not happened yet), Malcolm Turnbull said “These reforms speak to the heart of Liberal values – transparency, accountability and integrity.” You gotta be kidding me. The following are just a few examples of their “transparency, accountability…

How will those displaced by technology survive?

March 28, 2017 - 18:00 -- Admin

By Ad astra Twenty Twenty-Four – our Orwellian destiny? drew parallels between the disturbing prophesies in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and the disquieting situation we are now experiencing as sophisticated technologies – robots and algorithms – are enabling the collection of more and more personal data that is being used increasingly by companies and political parties to…

“Please let me know the truth about Adani”

March 28, 2017 - 16:56 -- Admin

In supporting the Adani coal mine has Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk contradicted her pre-election promises to defend the Great Barrier Reef and promote ecologically sustainable development? AIMN reader Miriam English puts this to the Premier in this letter. Dear Annastacia, I was filled with great hope and happiness when you and your government were elected…

Fifteen reasons not to give multinational companies a tax cut

March 28, 2017 - 12:12 -- Admin

Fifteen reasons not to give multinational companies a tax cut The underlying cash balance for the 2016-17 financial year to 31 January 2017 was a deficit of $44,029 million. Net debt is $323,821 million; and Australian Government Securities on Issue is $483,080 million. The ATO’s latest corporate tax transparency report showed 36 per cent of…

Day to Day Politics: Making Sense (or Nonsense) of Political Polling

March 28, 2017 - 05:59 -- Admin

Tuesday 28 March 2017 Anyone interested in politics who says they don’t take  notice of  polling is just kidding themselves. Trying to make any sense out of them can be trying at times but they are always full of conjecture and intrigue. Watching Insiders on Sunday the Newspoll of last week was mentioned and spoken of…

What if your boss is a bully?

March 27, 2017 - 19:54 -- Admin

Bullying occurs in all walks of life and it is caused by a number of reasons, but usually by people with a tendency to have psychopath and sadistic traits. This can start at childhood, and unless checked continue on to adulthood until the bully is quite old. The bully delights in telling people of his…

Australian Drug Policy: ‘hypocrisy’ is not a strong enough word

March 27, 2017 - 16:09 -- Admin

By James Moylan The 3.6 million dollar study testing the sewage in our capital cities for illegal drugs is simply more disinformation and bullshit. Let’s revisit the results from this study and consider them rationally. The study indicates that in Australia the use of alcohol is equivalent to 1.2 drinks PER PERSON per day. Yet…

Barnaby Joyce’s edible donkey skin trade beats Turnbull’s 18C freedom of speech lies.

March 26, 2017 - 21:13 -- Admin

“It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honour, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely…