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The taking down of the calendars

December 16, 2017 - 12:47 -- Admin

The taking down of the calendars: a reflection … or two! (Ziedel’s secret carby’). #1 Dropped in to the workshop to pay my mechanic’s bill a while back..more than a year or so, in fact … anyway, it was on that day when Peter – the mechanic – was taking down several of those “girlie”…

In Turnbull’s skewed moral universe only “good” survivors get recognition

December 16, 2017 - 11:39 -- Admin

The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sex Abuse hadn’t quite concluded when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Social Security Minister Christian Porter embarked on their malfeasant project of creating two tiers of abuse survivors. In their proposed and ill-named redress scheme, (there can be no “redress,” there can only be recognition of awful suffering) a…

(We) wish you a merry Christmas overseas to nemesis!

December 16, 2017 - 11:00 -- Admin

By Barddylbach Australians may have forgotten what happened on Halloween already, but it may be harder to forget this will be the fifth consecutive Christmas the Australian Federal Government has imprisoned refugees in offshore mandatory detention. New cabins on a remote hostile island while families, women and children languish on another is not freedom, it…

Day to Day Politics: Bleary-eyed affluenza and capitalist over-indulgence. The cure?

December 16, 2017 - 06:04 -- Admin

Saturday 16 December 2017 As the final days before Christmas, meander their way through those monolithic tributes to capitalism, people’s only thoughts are of seasonal indebtedness for their happiness. As they descend into the Australian 30 day non-thinking hiatus that is our festive holiday season who will be interested in news? As we invest in the…

Fixing Our Society

December 15, 2017 - 20:51 -- Admin

Does anyone remember that we once proudly described ourselves as an egalitarian nation? Just after World War II, the Australian government wanted everyone in the world community to understand that Australia was a socialist democracy. Evatt at the UN, then later Gough here at home, were simple expressions of the majority opinion. We were hugely…

The Fall of Sam Dastyari: The Allures of Foreign Influence

December 15, 2017 - 12:17 -- Admin

Gazing at the politics of a vassal state is interesting in one acute, and jarring sense. Voices of presumed independence are often bought; political opinions that seem well informed are, in fact, ventriloquised. The origin is always elsewhere. Australia’s politicians represent this more starkly than most. Supposedly representatives of the people who elect them, they…

No one being tortured offshore?

December 14, 2017 - 19:40 -- Admin

By Jane Salmon “We’ll Take That As a Comment.” On QandA this week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said no one was being “tortured” offshore. Torture is a strong word, sure. A relative, Ron Cruikshank, a banker like you, Mr Turnbull, was incarcerated by the Japanese in Singapore in WW2. He returned, but he did not…