Why America needs Bernie Sanders to be its anti-poverty spokesman

No reasonable person could be anything other than mystified at the unfolding of the US Presidential electoral process and what it has produced this year. On the right-wing, we have a rich, bigoted, buffoon of mediocre intellect and dangerously discriminatory and pseudo nationalistic sentiments. This is a man who, under no circumstances, should ever be allowed to head a nation, let alone one of the most powerful in the World….

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I’m an American living in Sweden. Here’s why I came to embrace the higher taxes. – Vox

So there are countries that take a “collective” (no pun intended) approach to the use of taxation dollars and that are able to devise an equitable and effective system with minimum inefficiencies and headaches for tax-payers. I’ve often wondered what it is about the Scandinavian part of the World. What is it about the people that they so often seem to be more together and progressive than elsewhere? It particularly…

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As an Aboriginal teen I thought about killing myself every day

The teenage years are difficult and confused times for most of us. For children whose heritage and lifestyle does not match the mainstream social and cultural norms, that time must be even more difficult than most of us can imagine. Instead of producing a synthesis of indigenous and invader/immigrant cultural mores and traits and growing as a society to one of greater tolerance and understanding and in which compassion and…

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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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ABBOTT & CO. ON THE ATTACK – Paramilitary Border force to have thousands of weapons-ready officers

FORCE Tony Abbott & his wealth backed LNP Government have made yet another move against democracy and civil liberties with the formation of the new “Border Force.” A stealthily conceived amalgamation of Customs and Immigration departments, this new paramilitary force will introduce around 5000 to 6000 armed officers with widely increased powers. This is a continuation of what has been a steadily continuing campaign of the Abbott government to restrict…

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Australian inequality rising as top 20% increase wealth and income

Top earners are now pulling in five times as much as those at the bottom and the wealthiest have 70 times the assets of the poorest, the Australian Council of Social Service says, as it calls for a stronger social safety net Source: Australian inequality rising as top 20% increase wealth and income – report | Australia news | The Guardian

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