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Suicidal hubris or a trick up the sleeve?

November 27, 2014 - 17:41 -- Admin

Has this federal government lost its grip on reality, fooled by its own rhetoric, destined for a grisly political death or do they have a grand game changer ready to be unleashed?

The Abbott Government seems to be on a mission to systematically annoy, exploit or degrade as many pockets of the Australian electorate as they can in one term of government. But for a party that regards the power of office as an end in itself, they appear to be running a flawed strategic agenda.

Fox and Friends praise Australia’s mistreatment of immigrants

November 27, 2014 - 14:18 -- Admin

Tony Abbott didn’t win many friends in America with his less than impressive performance at the recent G20. But he does have one friend in America – Rupert Murdoch – and as in Australia, his media empire grabs any opportunity it can to promote Abbott above his capabilities. Now they are praising his treatment of asylum seekers. ‘Left of Center’ reports from America.

When the PM normalises lying

November 27, 2014 - 09:01 -- Admin

“It is an absolute principle of democracy that governments should not and must not say one thing before an election and do the opposite afterwards. Nothing could be more calculated to bring our democracy into disrepute and alienate the citizenry of Australia from their government than if governments were to establish by precedent that they could say one thing before an election and do the opposite afterwards.” Tony Abbott, August 22, 2011

This Christmas Don’t Start Political Arguments, Finish Them With This Knockout Blow Against Anyone Trying To Justify Abbott

November 26, 2014 - 20:06 -- Admin

Ok, as for the promise in the title, I’m saving that till the end. (All right, I know you can scroll down and look, but that’s like going to the end of an Agatha Christie book and pretending you’re smarter than Hercule Poirot – or Miss Marple.

The Schism and the ABC

November 26, 2014 - 09:52 -- Admin

The ABC and SBS provide tangible social benefits to Australia and contribute hugely to our cultural and intellectual life, writes Loz Lawrey. But because they aren’t profit-driven, they don’t fit nicely into conservative ideology.

Yes…We are better than this!

November 26, 2014 - 07:47 -- Admin

If you were watching ‘The Project’ on Channel 10, Tuesday night you may have seen veteran Australian actor, Bryan Brown introduce a new movement dedicated to doing something positive about the extraordinary cruelty that our Federal Government is inflicting on hundreds of innocent children currently in detention camps both on and off shore.

We already crowdfund the ABC

November 25, 2014 - 20:47 -- Admin

I know the person on Twitter who suggested that we could all crowdfund the ABC to save the 400 jobs and the services that are being cut by Abbott’s savage ideological slash and burn of our national broadcaster was just trying to be helpful. But no. Sorry. There will be no crowdfunding of the national broadcaster. Unless by crowdfunding you mean paying taxes and seeing the revenue from your paid taxes being spent on the public broadcaster that we all value.