Lying lacks integrity, or IOKIYALNP*

Last week I wrote up a few tips and guidelines to the Malcolm election in which Australia, increasingly miserably, finds itself. I grumbled about the sexism of Dutton and the posturing of the Prime Minister and observed that the Treasurer clearly hates his boss. The post was redundant within hours. Dutton surpassed his sexism with … Continue reading Lying lacks integrity, or IOKIYALNP*

The Malcolm Election: A Primer

As week two of the 2016 federal election campaign kicked off, there was no more important news than the findings by The Australia Institute (TAI) which clearly show the 2016-17 budget measures will not, in fact, create either growth or jobs. In short, taxpayer-funded government hand-outs to business and the wealthy do not trickle down … Continue reading The Malcolm Election: A Primer

From island prison to island prisons: White Australia and other stories

This week the highest court in Papua New Guinea unanimously ruled that the detention camps established by Australia on Manus Island are unconstitutional, which is to say illegal. There were two layers to the decision, both of which went against the case for the legality of the camps. The first was that the establishment of … Continue reading From island prison to island prisons: White Australia and other stories

WHEN THE STATE WANTS MORE CONTROL: ON FREEDOM, EQUALITY, DIGNITY, AND RIGHTS

Last week (Saturday 21 November 2015)  I attended one of five rallies against cashless welfare that were held around the country. The rallies were in Modooga, Ceduna, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. All were peaceful. At the Sydney rally, there were excellent speakers and no police. A group of citizens who are deeply disturbed by human … Continue reading WHEN THE STATE WANTS MORE CONTROL: ON FREEDOM, EQUALITY, DIGNITY, AND RIGHTS

The national conversation on citizenship we should have

The current federal government has a raft of proposals to radically change the extent of government power over basic citizenship rights. This story is over six months old, but in its lazy, dishonest, way, the mainstream media are reporting each announcement and comment as though each outlet is breaking the story yesterday. There is so … Continue reading The national conversation on citizenship we should have

Abbott government ministers hate their ministries and everyone in them

In a sort of political version of Opposite Day, an idea has been kicking around social media for a few weeks on how to best understand the mystery that is the awfulness of the Abbott government. The idea is the Anti-Ministry, and it was quickly recognised and repeated because of the obviousness of its accuracy. … Continue reading Abbott government ministers hate their ministries and everyone in them