Betrayal

Eloquent and articulate. Noel Pearson offers a heartfelt glimpse into the hypocrisy, cowardice and deception brought by the political right and its leaders to a valid recognition of the First Australians. Within the eloquence that describes the struggle, there is an almost palpable pathos underscoring the betrayal that so many First Australians must feel both as individuals and as a collective. For me, this essay underlines what I have long…

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LNP Plebiscite Defeated in Senate

Now, inevitably, the conservative, privileged backed, LNP government will claim that the ALP and the Greens are the ones who have prevented the opportunity for marriage equality. In reality, there was never need for a plebiscite, which would not have been binding on the Parliament anyway but would still have required a parliamentary vote. All that is needed to provide marriage equality for Australians is for a change to be…

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Icac: the NSW Liberal party scalps claimed so far – full list of MPs

OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS IN STRIFE. Corruption is rife. Deceit is commonplace. Lies are so ubiquitous they become accepted as reality. The electorate has no say in what happens to it – it is told what will happen to it. Accountability is claimed as existing through the calling of elections each 3 years. In fact, once elected, each government does what it wants, even abandoning or doing a complete about…

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Be under no illusion: Malcolm Turnbull wants to destroy Australian literature

“The Liberals are a Party of Phillistines”. I have to agree. Indeed, how could anyone not agree? Their attacks on arts funding, their reneging on Gonski reforms, their obsession with “growth”, their continuing denunciation and undermining of the ABC, their support for profit before people and, indeed, their dismissal of scientific evidence when making decisions and arrogant pursuit of a neo-liberal economic agenda that favours the wealthy and increases the…

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LetThemStay

STOP! THIS MEAN-SPIRITED ETHOS so cultivated by John Howard and Tony Abbott and now maintained – albeit under a sleek and smoother facade – by Malcolm Turnbull has to stop. Neo-liberalism/Neo-conservatism – call it what you will – is at the heart of the World’s woes. It is responsible for the vast inequity in our world which sees 53 men and 9 women share as much wealth as 3.6 Billion…

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Scott Morrison’s calculated cruelty is his legacy

Australia currently has an obscene right wing government which came to power under the leadership of Tony Abbott, a man who, it is well documented, lied to the Australian electorate before the election and continued to lie once elected as well as to make “captain’s calls” in introducing new policy that often surprised even members of his Cabinet. Abbott appointed a number of the most extreme right-wing ideologues to his…

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Almost 600 major Australian corporations did not pay tax in 2013-14 financial year

Over the last 18 months or so the right wing LNP government of Australia has spent $80 million of taxpayer funds on a Royal Commission into Union Corruption. Headed by an ex High Court Justice who, it appears, had had lengthy ties with the LNP government, this Royal Commission, from its inception, appeared to have been created for nothing other than to vilify the ALP Opposition and produce results that…

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Tony Abbott – Illegal PM?

What has happend to Australian democracy that provision of evidence of a requirement of the Consitution for holding political office can be treated with disdain by the Prime Minister and most other politicians? Why has the Murdoch press, who are normally so keen to publish any sensationalist and specious allegations that it can, not pursued this issue with the tenacity and venom it showed in pillorying Julia Gillard and Peter…

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Federal politicians claim almost $48 million in expenses: Find out how much your local MP spent

Many Australian politicians, if not corrupt, are certainly unethical & careless with public funds, not only in pursuing legitimate duties of office but in bending the rules for private indulgence. They already receive far greater pay and entitlements than the average and this rorting should be stopped. What it displays is their total disdain for the average citizen – those that they purport to represent.

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