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They want dominion

June 5, 2019 - 08:56 -- Admin

It seems to be mostly
the far-right fruitcakes who are scared of the imposition of Sharia Law in
Australia. People like One Notion’s Pauline Hanson ramble on about it seemingly
interminably, and Jacqui Lambie has been forced to pull her head in a couple of
times because of her ignorance1. These sorts of idiotic attitudes
are simply because Hanson, Lambie and their ilk only seem to think that Sharia

How Murdoch ‘ruperters’ operate 19

June 4, 2019 - 10:33 -- Admin

Home Affairs Minister Peter
Dutton has blamed the Labor Party’s border protection policy for emboldening
people smugglers after the Australian Border Force confirmed a boat carrying 20
Sri Lankan asylum-seekers was intercepted en route to Australia a week or so
ago1. Whether the details of this boat interception leaked out, or
Dutton proffered the information simply to try to blame Labor is unclear.

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