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What’s their policy this week?

September 22, 2018 - 13:45 -- Admin

While Tony Abbott spent his short tenure undoing everything Julia Gillard had achieved, Scott Morrison seems intent on undoing everything his own government has worked on over the past five years. In an interview on Sky News, 21/3/18, then education minister Simon Birmingham criticised Labor’s plan to boost funding to Catholic schools saying it was…

Casting Kavanaugh: The Trump Supreme Court Drama

September 22, 2018 - 12:05 -- Admin

Stage set Washington.  Object: adulterating power.  The arm of government: the judiciary.  That particular group of high ranking paladins remains up in the air as US Supreme Court appointee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh floats around in a stage of grinding limbo, as sexual allegations made start to bite.  This purgatorial state promises to resolve itself…

Scott Morrison Cancels Government!

September 21, 2018 - 19:17 -- Admin

Right, just remember that you read it here first. Any day now, ScoBro will cancel the government. I mean, they can’t go all the way to the next election without everyone noticing that the only reason for replacing Turnbull was that Rupert Murdoch said so, and Morrison and company are having trouble working out what…

The Pathology of Mass Surveillance: The UK, Bulk Interception and the European Court of Human Rights

September 21, 2018 - 14:46 -- Admin

It’s fitting that the same society that produced George Orwell with his warnings of a totalitarian dystopia stacked with all-prying monitors, surveillance and paranoia should yield up some of the most invasive surveillance regimes imaginable.  While some states have found the revelations from Edward Snowden the sort that should initiate, at the very least, modest…

Why was Quaedvlieg really sacked?

September 21, 2018 - 08:00 -- Admin

On 15 March 2018, the head of the Australian Border Force, Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg was sacked. It was a curious case. Quaedvlieg had allegedly changed internal recruitment policy to help his girlfriend get a casual, low level administrative job at Sydney Airport and failed to disclose the relationship. Yet for such a high profile case,…

Politics from the Pulpit

September 20, 2018 - 20:15 -- Admin

Scott Morrison is Australia’s first Pentecostal prime minister. He is a member of the Horizon Church in Sutherland, which is part of the Australian Christian Churches network. He attends regularly. No one, including the author of this piece, would deny him the right to choose his religious affiliation or to apply his Christian beliefs in…

The wages of pollution tax

September 20, 2018 - 17:39 -- Admin

By John Haly How is it that recent parliamentary bloodletting over tax breaks and electricity pricing continues to detract from steady planetary exsanguination?  Are we now to accept that farm tours, milk levies and infrastructure spends are to be the ready tourniquets for our Australian economy?  The political focus on Tax breaks to increase wage rates…

Investment Funding for Northern Development: Is the LNP Delivering Best Financial Practice?

September 20, 2018 - 13:18 -- Admin

More Dams for the Northern Food-bowls: Achievable Policies or Pre-Election Hype?  Preamble to the Discussion of Australia’s Northern Development The 2013 federal election was another historic highpoint in federal LNP in place in Northern Australia. Northern Australia was almost wall to wall LNP territory between Brisbane and Perth. The exceptions were, of course, Lingiari (Northern Territory)…

Scott Morrison is completely out of touch

September 19, 2018 - 23:04 -- Admin

Many of us were disenchanted with Malcolm Turnbull, but Scott Morrison is completely wrong about why. The majority of the population agreed with Turnbull’s previous statements about climate change, renewable energy, marriage equality, the Republic, the negative affects of overly-generous property tax concessions, the perils of political donations, the need for state-of-the-art communications etc. Our disappointment…