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Pyne must go

June 23, 2015 - 10:36 -- Admin

If anyone had any lingering doubts about Christopher Pyne being a privileged twat who is completely unsuited to be Minister for Education, unlikely I know, I present irrefutable proof.

Apparently, the government feels a “particular responsibility for non-government schooling” that it doesn’t feel for government schools.

Resisting the tide of Australian extremism. If we don’t, who will?

June 23, 2015 - 10:36 -- Admin

By Keith Davis

Already we have the Nazi slogan of ‘Work Will Make You Free’ splattered heavily across our social welfare landscape. ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ … work will make you free. The punishing war on the poor and the disadvantaged includes such draconian tactics as slave labour under Work for the Dole and the implementation of the de-humanising corrals of the JobActive Jobnetwork System.

More “freedom”, or anarchy?

June 22, 2015 - 21:33 -- Admin

By Barry Tucker

The Liberal Party of Australia believes in more freedom. Sounds good. Beats slavery — for the slaves. But what does it mean? What does it lead to?

These questions are not answered by the Liberals. I suspect there is no answer because they haven’t thought it through.

The heart of Australia

June 22, 2015 - 18:13 -- Admin

Every day, as our politicians tell us that pensions and welfare are unaffordable, we must pay more for health and education, the unemployed are lazy, we cannot spend money on foreign aid, we must not help asylum seekers, we do not need disability advocates, we can’t afford to protect the environment….the heart of Australia beats slower and slower.

Thousands of Jobs for Who…?

June 21, 2015 - 20:15 -- Admin

By Edward Eastwood

Have you got yours yet?

If you’re one of the 1.8 million unemployed or underemployed, by now you should have received your snappy little blue-grey pamphlet from the Department of Employment to inform you of the new Jobsearch/Jobactive program that kicks-off on the 1st of July.

The irony in using the term ‘kick-off’, clearly escaped the copy-writer(s) or perhaps it’s a Freudian slip but we’ll get to that later.

Terror Australoss

June 21, 2015 - 09:40 -- Admin

23rd May 2020. Report on Press Conference.

Yesterday, the Australian Government held their annual press conference to report that for the third year running everything was just fine thanks to the fact that we had a strong government prepared to do whatever it took in order to do whatever was needed to keep this country strong and, if not entirely free, certainly at a very reasonable price.

Mortgage Stress: Armageddon in waiting

June 19, 2015 - 15:20 -- Admin

There’s no easy way to say this. Right now, the government’s economic policy is on a collision course with ballooning private debt and a meltdown is hurtling toward us as certain as night follows day.

To use a popular metaphor, as things stand, the frog is well and truly in the saucepan, the hotplate is on full, the water is getting uncomfortably warmer and the frog still hasn’t realised he is in deep trouble.

Contract Teaching: Taking a Toll

June 19, 2015 - 08:18 -- Admin

By Severin Karantonis

A union survey has revealed a jump in the number of new Victorian teachers on short-term contracts. According to the Australian Education Union (AEU), close to two-thirds of teachers in their first five years on the job are employed on fixed-term contracts. The number of new teachers employed in ongoing positions has dropped 10 percentage points since the union surveyed its members last year.