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Workers unite for aged care reform

September 22, 2020 - 11:12 -- Admin

By William Olson   The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and leaders from three of its affiliated unions banded together on Monday to call for a reform package for the beleaguered aged care sector to be adopted, ratified and legislated in favour of, to the Morrison government for anytime in the near future. The Australian…

Define Heartless

September 21, 2020 - 18:00 -- Admin

By 2353NM   At the moment, some Premiers and Chief Ministers are being described as heartless, without compassion, cruel and nasty. The descriptions are being applied because of decisions made by the individual Premiers and Chief Ministers or their delegates to contain, to the best of their ability, the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. While…

Dangerous Streamlining: Emergencies, Militarisation and Civil Liberties

September 21, 2020 - 13:45 -- Admin

Be wary of anyone insistent on using the word “streamline” in the context of policy and planning. It suggests a suspicion of sound procedure, due process and keen scrutiny. The streamliner hates accountability, attacks the world of red tape and suggests that barriers be removed. Cut the tape; free the decision maker. The streamline obsessives…

Killing The Elderly Is Entirely Reasonable If One Takes A Rational Look At It!

September 21, 2020 - 09:08 -- Admin

Ok, I was going to write about how Dan Andrews is responsible for security guards not being up to the job in Melbourne and ask why the federal government isn’t responsible for security guards committing crimes on Manus or Nauru. Or why the federal government isn’t even responsible for crimes committed by its ministers. But…

Assange’s Ninth Day at the Old Bailey: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling

September 20, 2020 - 13:03 -- Admin

September 18. Central Criminal Court, London.  The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey moved into a higher gear today. Testimonies spanned the importance of classified information in war journalism, the teasing offer of a pardon for Assange by US President Donald Trump, torture inflicted by the US Central Intelligence Agency, the chilling…

Return focus to ABC’s funding – Hanson-Young

September 19, 2020 - 11:25 -- Admin

By William Olson   ‘Well done for the Morrison government in giving a $5 million grant to the Australian Associated Press (AAP), but what about the ABC?’ – such was the refrain from Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young on Friday, after federal communications minister Paul Fletcher announced a cash injection for the national newswire. The AAP, whose…

Assange’s Eighth Day at the Old Bailey: Software Redactions, the Iraq Logs and the Extradition Act

September 18, 2020 - 17:43 -- Admin

September 17. Central Criminal Court, London. The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey struck similar notes to the previous day’s proceedings: the documentary work and practise of WikiLeaks, the method of redactions, and the legacy of exposing war crimes. In the afternoon, the legal teams returned to well-combed themes: testimony on the…