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Gilmore, race, and shameful Liberals

January 26, 2019 - 16:22 -- Admin

By Henry Johnston  My long association with the Federal seat of Gilmore commenced a few years before 1984, a seminal time for the Royal Australian Navy and the City of Shoalhaven which lies to the south of the industrial hub of Wollongong in New South Wales. The cessation of the navy’s fixed wing operations in…

Australia does not deserve a place on the world stage

January 26, 2019 - 13:23 -- Admin

In response to a letter from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination raising concerns about lack of consent from the native title holders for the Adani mine, Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the UN should “respect the Australian legal system” instead of trying to direct Australia on matters it “clearly does…

Josh Frydenberg And The “Invisible Hand” Of Energy Policy!

January 26, 2019 - 10:00 -- Admin

In Victoria yesterday, there were blackouts because the system couldn’t cope with the demand. The energy market operate cut power in a number of places to stop the grid shutting down. Of course, this prompted the Federal Energy Minister to talk about the need for “reliability”, which is code for let’s build more coal-fired powers…

Reflections on Australia Day 2019

January 26, 2019 - 09:00 -- Admin

The other day I happened upon a Facebook meme which argued that even if all white Australians are not personally responsible for the original dispossession of the Indigenous Australian peoples, they have benefited from it. And they have a responsibility to set things right. There’s a lot of truth here ; Though it’s not just white…

The Coalition tax plan – protection for the greedy at the expense of the needy

January 25, 2019 - 13:34 -- Admin

Taxation reform will be a key issue in the next election but it is already obvious that the Coalition, rather than trying to use evidence to convince us that their plan is better, are opting for a scare campaign full of slogans about Bill Shorten’s $200 billion raid on retirees and mum and dad investors.…

Shutting Down in Trumpland

January 25, 2019 - 09:14 -- Admin

It is a political idiosyncrasy that most political systems avoid: the state, as if suffering a stroke, operating at only partial capacity, incapable of paying certain employees and incapable of fronting certain services. And so it is in the United States, which is facing the longest shut down in its history after the record set…

Redefining Your Limited View of Racism and White Supremacy

January 24, 2019 - 15:15 -- Admin

As we look at the news coming out of America (or the tweets from the President) we are aggrieved that the country is more than ever gripped in the claws of racism, and even worse, that of a white supremacist society. Chicago-based activist Karla Thomas tells us of a country that is “erroneously predicated on white as ‘good’…