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The Australian Unemployment Union: Hunting Tyrannosaurus-Rex.

June 14, 2015 - 17:37 -- Admin

There’s an air about Owen Bennett that brings to mind the interviews you see with Edward Snowden.

The same soft spoken approach. The same quiet resignation that the battle will be a long one.

The same quiet resolve to fight it to the end.

Bennett is the prime mover behind the Australian Unemployment Union, which like its predecessors in the 20th century, aims to give both voice and political strength to the unemployed.

Take heed Mr Abbott

June 14, 2015 - 10:50 -- Admin

According to political scientist Larry Diamond, democracy consists of four key elements: “1. A political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections. 2. The active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life. 3. Protection of the human rights of all citizens. 4. A rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens”.

On that definition, we no longer live in a democracy.

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.