Blogotariat

Oz Blog News Commentary

Articles from THE BLOT REPORT

Sabotaging Australian democracy

May 30, 2019 - 10:08 -- Admin

New York Times columnist and Economics Nobel Laureate Paul
Krugman has written an opinion piece entitled Conservatism’s Monstrous Endgame,
in which he relates how republican apparatchiks are corroding the foundations
of democracy. This is by the infiltration of democratic institutions by
partisan republicans whose loyalty is to party, not to principles. Krugman
considers this invasion is corroding the Republic and that this corrosion is

The three stooges vs science

May 28, 2019 - 08:56 -- Admin

Joanne Nova (birth
name Joanne Codling) appeared on the three stooges’ (Rowan Dean, Rita Panahi,
James Morrow) show on Sky News after dark1. Nova is a hard-core climate
change denier from the idiot end of the denialism spectrum (i.e., it isn’t
happening or it’s going to be great). The other end of the denialism spectrum
is: ‘it is happening, but Australia is such a minor contributor that we shouldn’t

I thought we had compulsory voting

May 26, 2019 - 09:04 -- Admin

Australia was one of
the first nation states to give (white) women the vote (in 1902), nearly a decade
after New Zealand did so, in 18931, and we often pride ourselves on
it. We also pride ourselves on our compulsory voting, especially when we
compare it with the shambolic US system where, in the 2018 midterm election, 49.3%
voted, the highest turnout since 19142. There have been numerous calls

Black and white lies

May 23, 2019 - 16:35 -- Admin

Well, the election is
over and the result has been a disaster for most people in Australia. The
wealthy will do quite nicely out of it with their franking credit refunds and their
tax cuts, while their corporations will continue to thrive on government
largesse as they donate a proportion of that largesse to the Liberal and
National parties. This is the elaborate money-laundering scam of modern

Symptoms of media dysfunction

May 21, 2019 - 09:33 -- Admin

In an analysis of the election
result of May 18, Samantha Maiden, stating that the Labor Party was “trounced
on Saturday night”. While use of the word ‘trounced’ would indicate some sort
of electoral landslide, the Labor Party overall lost only a few seats, such
that the Coalition will now have a majority of a couple of seats in the House
of Representatives. Hardly a trouncing. Perhaps the most pathetic item in

Pages