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Bad form, old chap

October 11, 2020 - 06:00 -- Admin

Scott Morrison’s arrogance was badly showing while Anthony Albanese was delivering his reply to the budget on Wednesday. Sometimes turning his back or preoccupied with his phone, but mostly with eyes closed, and a bored expression that could have been interpreted as being asleep. It was not a good look. In fact, the only one…

‘Supply Side’ Budget Stimulus – Government could have done more for ‘Battlers’ and Women

October 10, 2020 - 12:30 -- Admin

The 2020 Federal Budget projects a deficit of some $213 billion – a far cry from the previously projected surplus. An already sluggish economy – hit now by Covid-induced economic collapse – left no option but massive stimulus – lest the nation sink into a Depression. In a way it is encouraging that the government…

Of Eugenicists, Oligarchs and Psychopaths (part 1)

October 10, 2020 - 12:00 -- Admin

Continued from: COVID-19: Where was it born: China, the United States or Ukania? (At the school of Doctor Rasputin: part 7) By Outsider   4. Of Eugenicists, Oligarchs and Psychopaths Eugenics is an attractive word resulting from the combination of two Greek words: εὐ = ‘good’ and γενής = ‘growing’. Its accepted definition is that of a…

The Eroticism of Hildegarde Hempel

October 9, 2020 - 12:00 -- Admin

An incident borne out of an innocent remark can inflame old resentments among a confined people. ‘Folk will have their ways’, goes the old saying. Such was the occasion of the spread of the accusation in the little parish of Saint Paul’s in our little Mallee town of Sandleton a long while ago and it…

Religious profit: Expanding the cashless welfare card ties in with Morrison’s beliefs

October 9, 2020 - 10:00 -- Admin

The philosophy of the cashless welfare card is the perfect marriage of neoliberal ideology and evangelical Christianity, both of which pathologise, criminalise and individualise poverty as a lifestyle choice. The concept of the Cashless Debit Card, known as the “Indue” card after the company that oversees its administration, was  brought to us by the obsessive efforts of mining magnate…

The Budget recognises the people it wants to help, and the rest can go to Hell

October 9, 2020 - 06:00 -- Admin

Remarkable just how ideologically flexible this government is. For almost three terms their abhorrence of debt could not have been more paramount. Now they have reverted to the ideals of socialism to overcome an enormous financial crisis. I’m still waiting to see the marriage of society with economics. Despite a commitment to Keynesian economics to…

Peter Dutton won’t be taking detained refugees’ phones

October 8, 2020 - 20:00 -- Admin

By Paul Gregoire   The controversial bill to outlaw phone use by refugees has been defeated, enabled by popular vote, advocates and a public poll. A significant victory was claimed by the Australian campaign to uphold the rights of wrongly detained refugees in this country, when Senator Jacqui Lambie announced last Friday that she’ll be voting against depriving…

Matters of International Justice: Challenging Trump’s ICC Sanctions

October 8, 2020 - 18:15 -- Admin

On September 2, US sanctions – the sort normally reserved for fully fledged terrorists and decorated drug traffickers – were imposed on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda and her colleague Phakiso Mochochoko, head of Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation. For Balkees Jarrah, senior counsel for Human Rights Watch, it was a…