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Orbán’s Latest Dance

December 22, 2018 - 15:48 -- Admin

Viktor Orbán of Hungary is not to be hectored to. Arching with fury at the EU’s September motion to sanction Hungary for bad behaviour under the Article 7 process, he was resolved to ratchet things up. The motion, while getting 448 votes concerned about judicial independence, corruption, freedom of expression, academic freedom, the rights and…

Leaving Syria: President Trump’s Withdrawal

December 21, 2018 - 19:14 -- Admin

“The President announced an apparently impulsive decision that shook the world, showed little sign of nuanced consideration, confounded top advisers and by the end of the day left Washington in chaos and confusion.” So goes a typical contribution from CNN, this time by Stephen Collinson, pooh-poohing President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out some 2,000…

How rent assistance indirectly gives $12+ billion to property investors

December 20, 2018 - 16:43 -- Admin

By Nick Chugg  The negative gearing and rental assistance scam! Another failure of government logic, from both the LNP and Labor. If you are a mortgagee and trying to pay off your homes mortgage you do not get rent assistance from the government. Which generally means that if you are a homeowner with a mortgage,…

The Banality of Evil

December 19, 2018 - 17:56 -- Admin

By John Haly  When we contemplate great evil, who comes to mind? Genghis Khan, Vlad the Impaler, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, Alexander the Great, Attila the Hun, Idi Amin, Kim Il Sung, Josef Mengele, Saddam Hussein, Emperor Nero and so on? Too easy. The reasons are apparent, the history unrefuted and the weight…

No longer “suitable to terrain”

December 19, 2018 - 15:05 -- Admin

Poor Geoffery Rush … Poor Andrew Broad … and all those other damned and condemned poor bastard hetero’ males who were mesmerised beyond capacity for self-control by that demon of delight, that goddess of goodness; the female of the species … poor me … We are just no longer “suitable to terrain” vehicles driven wildly…

The legacy of the ATM government – we now know what misandrist means

December 19, 2018 - 13:14 -- Admin

As the Coalition government draws inexorably closer to an election wipeout, what do we remember from their time in government?  What have they achieved? They will tell us that the economy is in great shape.  Well bully for ‘the economy’. Meanwhile… There are 3.05 million people living in poverty, including 739,000 children. Homelessness increased by…