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Adults in Charge Or A Dolt In Charge?

June 12, 2015 - 17:56 -- Admin

Interviewer: Good afternoon, today we have a Liberal Party spokesperson, Noah Dear, because none of the Parliamentary party were prepared to be interviewed…

Mr Dear: Excuse me, but that’s not correct, they were all prepared to be interviewed, it was just considered that it would be best if they weren’t available.

Interviewer: And why weren’t they available?

How Australians Justify Torture

June 11, 2015 - 22:33 -- Admin

By Eva Cripps

Torture is an evocative word. It conjures up images of shackles, chains, beatings, burnings, suffocation, and waterboarding. Almost everyone has watched a movie that incorporates some element of torture. Blind fold over face and knife to throat, submersion into a watery pit, a bucket full of scorpions. While this visual imagery is captivating, in reality the threshold as to what constitutes torture is not as high as many Australians think.

Are wind farms noisy?

June 11, 2015 - 15:01 -- Admin

Are wind farms noisy? Tony Abbott thinks they are. And if Tony Abbott thinks they’re noisy then I imagine that every right-winger in the country will be using Abbott’s opinion as scientific evidence that your eardrums will be blown out if you dare to venture within two postcodes of the ‘awful’ things.

Changing our Welfare Mindset

June 10, 2015 - 14:56 -- Admin

By Loz Lawrey

There is no issue that better highlights the polarisation of opinion in Australian society than welfare.

Even though the rich benefit from “hidden welfare” in the form of tax breaks, negative gearing, tax minimisation schemes, paid parental leave etc, the demonisation of welfare recipients always lands squarely on the shoulders of those most in need of real support and assistance.

Now Let’s Be Quite Clear, It’s Not That Houses Are Unaffordable, It’s Just That You’re Too Poor, Say Hockey!

June 9, 2015 - 17:51 -- Admin

“Isn’t it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.”
Steven Sondheim 

A week or so ago, people were told that they shouldn’t be too fussy with Scott Morrison echoing Tony Abbott’s remarks of a year ago. Apparently, you shouldn’t hold out for your “dream job” and you should take anything that’s available.