Bikies, Bullying and Bigotry


It takes a certain amount of self-belief and trust in yourself to get to the top of any profession. Some knowledge also helps. However some people who rise to the top of various professions seem to be able to retain a sense of humbleness and a keen interest in their fellow humans — others don’t. In recent years we have seen almost every ALP government in Australia consigned to the dustbin of history, to be replaced with various forms of conservative government. While ALP governments are not perfect and there has been extensive discussion here and elsewhere as to how the ALP can revitalise so they can re-attract the voters that have ‘swallowed’ the conservatives ‘you can trust us’ campaign, let’s look at the mindset of two conservative Governments in Australia and their treatment of members of their own community.

Did you hear the one about the seven friends that went to a bar? They were arrested. No — it’s not a failed attempt at humour — it is an actual event that happened on November 1st 2013 at Yandina (which is located near the Sunshine Coast in Queensland). The reason they were arrested was that they are alleged to have connections with an ‘outlaw’ motorcycle club.

Under Queensland’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act (2013) — also known as the VLAD Laws — it is illegal for three or more members of an organisation declared illegal under the VLAD Laws to be in the one location at the same time. Originally, five of those having a drink were arrested, later two additional people were prosecuted as ‘police said they found criminal motorcycle gang “paraphernalia” at the homes of the two men’, who are alleged to be members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club.

All of the Yandina Seven — as the media has named them — have subsequently spent up to three months in ‘solitary confinement’ in Queensland prisons where they were effectively locked up for 22 hours a day. Their trials are currently scheduled for November 2014. Regardless of the ‘detection’ of ‘motorcycle gang paraphernalia’, most of the seven arrested were related and while it is possible that they were discussing how to perform illegal activity — they could have also been discussing the upcoming first birthday of the child of one of the men involved. The VLAD laws do not require the police to prove that people were planning covert or illegal activity prior to arrest and imprisonment.

According to the explanatory notes for the VLAD legislation:

The primary objective of the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill 2013 is to:

disestablish associations that encourage, foster or support persons who commit serious offences; and

increase public safety and security by the disestablishment of the associations; and

deny to persons who commit serious offences the assistance and support gained from association with other persons who participate in the affairs of the associations.

The structure and operation of these criminal associations poses particular challenges to law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The association often provides members with the impetus, support and infrastructure to further their criminal activities and their violent behavior.


While the stated intent of the VLAD Laws is to ‘disestablish associations that encourage, foster or support persons who commit serious offences’ is a crime against the English language in itself, there is some evidence that the law is being used to cover a multitude of ‘sins’. This account of the Queensland police arresting someone who was using a former motorcycle clubhouse for another business is disturbing. Will they be arresting the New South Wales State of Origin team if they beat Queensland this year so that the threat to Queensland life can be ‘disestablished’?

Even the Courier Mail is reporting that Newman is being accused of bullying the judiciary, over bailing people rather than imprisoning those accused of offences under the VLAD Laws. The alternative to bail is ‘solitary confinement’ — the fate of the Yandina Seven.

It is now history that Campbell Newman resigned as Brisbane’s Lord Mayor shortly prior to the last Local Government elections ensuring the chosen replacement Graham Quirk did not have to face a by-election to assume the role of Lord Mayor. Newman became the ‘Party Leader’ of the LNP without a seat in the State Parliament and subsequently won the 2012 Queensland election with a massive majority.

Within 100 days of the state election, Independent Australia was comparing Newman to famed Queensland Premier Bjelke-Petersen, who was never cleared of corruption charges. While it could be claimed that Independent Australia was no friend of conservative political parties, The Australian, clearly had similar concerns with Newman’s maiden speech in Parliament.

Queensland’s Attorney-General is lawyer Jarrod Bleijie who at the age of 32 has been a member of Parliament since 2009. He is responsible for the maintenance of law and order in Queensland — including introducing the VLAD Laws and appointing judges in Queensland. Since the 2012 election, one female and 17 male judges have been appointed in Queensland. Bleijie seems to think that confidential conversations between he and the judiciary are suitable for media release — with support from Newman. Justice McMurdo has a greater sense of proprietary it seems.

The Sunshine Coast Daily looks at the over-regulation of the VLAD Laws, suggesting

Many would argue the strangest new set of laws belongs to Kawana MP and Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie, who introduced the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill 2013 or VLAD law to clamp down on rogue bikies

and expands the issue by looking at the Federal Attorney-General’s comment that bigotry is acceptable. The paper points out it may be ‘appropriate’ to denigrate fair skin aboriginals as Andrew Bolt did, but it is illegal to let a helium balloon go on the Sunshine Coast or, rather than talking to your neighbour, you can send a formal notice to remove the tree branch that overhangs your fence.

On a serious note, the Federal Attorney-General did claim Australians have the right to be bigots. While the Federal Government’s first law officer may believe that bigotry is acceptable, others don’t, including The Age and Amy Stockwell who writes for Mamamia, a website that describes its purpose as ‘absolutely everything is up for discussion: from pop culture to politics, body image to motherhood, feminism to fashion’, explains:

Importantly, the judge found Bolt had no defence under section 18D because the articles were not written in good faith and “contained errors of fact, distortions of truth and inflammatory and provocative language”.

On hearing the decision, Andrew Bolt immediately declared it “a terrible day for free speech in this country”. Bolt’s supporters tended to agree.

In August 2012, Tony Abbott made a pre-election address to the conservative think-tank, the Institute of Public Affairs, and committed to repealing the provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act that allowed Bolt to be sued.

It seems that this is one promise Tony Abbott intends to keep.

In the 1970s, a Detroit radio announcer, Tom Clay, explored what bullying and bigotry has achieved in the middle of the 20th Century.



The point demonstrated by Tom Clay is that bullying, bigotry and hatred are learned behaviours. In a country where politicians seem to find a benefit in being ‘practising Christians’ and Abbott wears his Catholicism as a badge of honour, bullying of select groups in the community and the promotion of bigotry seems to be a permitted activity. So much for the ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ tenet in the Bible, the source moral textbook for all the different ‘brands’ of Christianity from the Catholics through to the ‘born again’.

Some Catholic Clergy have a phrase for those who religiously attend church (pun intended) on a Sunday and then practice completely different beliefs for the remaining 167 hours a week — they are ‘one hour a week Catholics’ (the typical length of a Catholic Sunday Mass). Abbott claims to be a practicing Catholic, Newman claims to have faith and while he isn’t, his immediate family are practising Catholics — yet both of them lead governments that are attempting to return their communities to a time where bullying, bigotry and hatred are acceptable learned behaviours.

Is this a case of politics alters the moral compass of these people or that they will say and do whatever is necessary to gain a few more votes?

What do you think?

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TPS Team

8/06/2014This week, TPS shines a light on some recent legislative developments promoted by conservative governments. Although their mantra is to protect society and enhance basic freedoms, in fact they seem to have the opposite effect. Does the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act (VLAD) protect the rest of us from 'dangerous' bikies, or is this in fact a complete over-reaction as evidenced by the Yandina Seven? Is the purpose of the proposed amendment to the Racial Discrimination Act to enhance freedom of speech - but does it actually erode our freedom from vilification and racial abuse? 2353 examines the ideology and purpose behind these new laws, and argues that they both curtail basic freedoms and legitimise prejudice and bigotry. Why is this the case? And do we think this is acceptable? We look forward to a lively discussion.

Ad astra

8/06/20142353 Thank you for another penetrating analysis of the behaviour of our conservative governments. The behaviour you describe is consistent with George Lakoff's 'Strict Father' model of conservative morality. They are into discipline and punishment. Newman classically adheres to this morality, and the punishment must be severe. He relies on redneck support; there are plenty around to applaud his 'toughness'. Abbott's attack on the less well off, the sick and the disabled is characteristic of conservative governments. This morning on Insiders, Michael Stutchbury, a Coalition and Abbott apologist, proclaimed that it was inevitable that budgetary restrictions would naturally fall most heavily on the middle and lower classes. To him that was the natural order of things. Stutchbury made no mention of the progressive notion that since they have the most, the wealthy ought to be required to contribute more. This is entrenched conservative thinking, redolent of self interest, indifferent to those at the other end of the scale. We progressives may never be able to understand this mode of thinking.

Catching up

8/06/2014There is something sick about this mob that ar4e in power. They seem to believe if one is not successful and rich, one will always rip off the system. They seem to believe they have the right to dish out punishment, based solely on their mostly misguided beliefs. All seems to be based on their own prejudices that are not back up by any data, evidence or research. It is simply their beliefs, they know best. What is worse, they put themselves above any criticism or scrutiny of any kind.

Ken

9/06/20142353 One thing that this also shows is how fragile our democracy can be. The VLAD law (like the so-called anti-terrorism laws) over-rides all sorts of human and legal rights. But it is a law passed by a parliament elected by the people. If it is so easy to abrogate our rights, then we must also be asking questions about the effectiveness of our parliamentary democracy.

TalkTurkey

9/06/2014HiHo Comrades This is the longest I've ever been away from the Sword since I first started writing here, I'm bit 'shame of that, I like to write here most days and this time I have been derelict. [i]Derelict![/i] TPS is ever more precious as the clearest Light-on-the-Hill of all, and I do mean to help keep its flame alight, so I feel I have been remiss these last couple of weeks. [Stop Press [b]NB[/b]: I wrote this whole post yesterday - before I read any of the current emails from da Team. I didn't post last night (to respect 2353's new post), and now I have read them, it still applies but even more pointedly in some bits. Like the above. I will comment re emails elsewhere soon.] First though, Hey did everyone see this from Miglo? (Michael said) [i]Just dropping in to thank TPS for its support over the years. Cafe Whispers couldn't have been the success it was without you good people. Bur sadly, the Cafe is closing. It has been a good innings and now it's time to pull up stumps. Michael Taylor [/i] Dam, Migs, this is a bit like losing a family of close lovely neighbours! I don't go all that often to the Cafe these days I acknowledge, but your articles are always bold, leading-edge, your own, you are one of the very best. I don't know why you are closing your picturesque premises' perfumed portals but I do know that you have had some unpleasantness directed at you over time, and at least that won't happen any more - disgraceful that it ever did. But btw I am nearly always proud of the enemies I make, I am often deliberately abrasive to Illwillians. I know I make many more allies if my own stance is fair. Sometimes misunderstandings happen, but mostly haters and bigots make themselves obvious within a post or two. And anyway I think you are forever eminently reasonable. The best writers and politicians always draw the bitterest enemies. [i]Honi soit qui mal y pense [/i]I say, and Liz Windsor agrees with me. Your site was going before I ever blogged at all. Lynnie was always linking to you, you know that you have always been held in the highest esteem here. Your insights will be missed. It goes without saying that there will always be space for you, (as for any Goodwillian indeed), on this site. Please don't stop writing. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Cafe's closure brings me back to the "ever-more-precious" aspect of TPS. Many of the old fiery sites with considered articles have gone - Larvatus Prodeo, New Matilda, others, now the lovely Cafe. There are still many sites with good writers and fine traditions, sure ... But Ad astra, imo your writings stand alone, sober, humane, informed; restrained, somehow more powerful because of that. I have always thought so, but your letter to Bill Shorten amounts to a precis of a total rational philosophical manifesto with which no True Believer could possibly disagree. It is a fabric of Labor principles, desiderata, and sensible propositions, and it makes me prouder than ever to feel part of the TPS family. What you have written amounts to a simple reliable hand-held moral compass, in a land in which so many have grown fat and self-righteous. Ad I feel immeasurably enriched by your political nous over time. Let us hope that Bill is listening to this letter, and that your propositions are enshrined in everything Labor does. ~~~ Now: How come I have been so DERELICT?! Well. J**** & I went for a genuine HOLIDAY, in Tassie, driving a hire-car from Launceston through the South-West - Cradle Mountain, Strahan, Queenstown, and South to Hobart. Ten days. I took my laptop, and Telstra Mobile Broadband worked OK everywhere we needed it to. I read Part 1 of Ad's Billy Doo*, and some of the comments. We ended up pretty weary each evening, but after a few days I finally found energy to write a post, telling of our adventures with Devils and Quolls and Taswegians, and including a not-very-profound appraisal of The Thoughts of Chairman Ad astra. (I had very little to add, that's why. You wrapped it all up so neatly Ad ... and I knew there would be Part 2.) AND as I went to post it I touched the [i]FWT![/i] button (whatever it might be) and my post was GONE. I didn't have heart to try again, I can never recapture my spontaneity and it's all crappy after that. I went all sulky inside. Like a singing cricket when you stamp near it. I just enjoyed Tassie! I did try again a few days later - And instead, my computer DIED! Well it seemed so. It just kept squealing and going blank and switching off. I really feared it was irrecoverable. Turned out it wanted a holiday too! Anyway I couldn't write then, but I did get the computer fixed quite fast when we got back to Adelaide. Dog be praised. So now I'm catching up with Catching Up and all, and I'll tell you about my Best Day of All, our last day in Tassie, some other time. *That's a PUN on [i]billet doux[/i], see, as in, Billy [Shorten], DO THIS! Not that would ever want to over-explain a joke but I wouldn't want you to miss it! :)

Catching up

9/06/2014TalkTurkey , glad you enjoyed your holidays. Taking a rest from posting can also be a good thing. Just to let you know, New Matilda is still around. Done some good work lately. As for Café, not so much closing down but moving on to better things. Like you, I will miss it. Yes, as one born 1941, we were made very aware as children, how easy it is to lose ones democracy. The second world war was still throwing up, how many lost all freedoms. People today, have very little first hand knowledge of what can happen, when one feels that politics is not for them. Every day, we see our rights being curtailed. Mostly in 5the name of security. It worries me a little, when Abbott, who has said little as to why he is overseas, has said top of the list for discussion in Washington will be security. The silly thing about all the extreme laws they bring in that takes away daily freedoms, mostly of association, the people they are arrest, are generally charged under old laws that are available.

Michael

9/06/2014http://www.canberratimes.com.au/business/hockeys-budget-is-unsustainable-20140608-39r5s.html Where Ross Gittins further explains why the Abbott/Hockey Budget is both punitive and dumb, dumbly punitive, and punitively dumb. And planned to the last decimal point to whack the average Australian, which is very dumb for a government that IS the government because they secured the support of the average Australian, and are now treating us punitively... figuring we are dumb. Punishment will be delivered from ballot boxes by a public made less dumb by the government that set out to treat them as being... dumb. Dumb, Tony. Dumb, Joe. Dumb, the lot of you!

Ad astra

9/06/2014TT Thank you for your comments, and welcome back; we miss you when you are away. We need to keep the progressive flag flying, and repulse the fire-breathing ideological dragons that threaten to destroy the fair go fabric of our egalitarian society. They call themselves an 'adult' government that understands the economy, but as Ross Gittins asserts, Hockey has got it wrong, and will make the economy worse; certainly the less well off will be even less well off. We knew the Abbott/Hockey combination would be disastrous for our nation. The accumulating evidence shows how correct that assessment was. Alas our beloved country.

Casablanca

10/06/2014 Picture of Tony Abbott nodding off during the D-Day ceremonies in Normandy. [b]Abbott embarrasses Australia abroad — again.[/b] Alan Austin. 7 June 2014 PM Tony Abbott is touring the world; meanwhile, Australians cringe, mortified, wondering what international ignominy he will bring upon their nation next. http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/abbott-embarrasses-australia-abroad--again,6553

Ian

10/06/2014Hi Ad, "While the stated intent of the VLAD Laws is to ‘disestablish associations that encourage, foster or support persons who commit serious offences’ is a crime against the English language in itself, there is some evidence that the law is being used to cover a multitude of ‘sins’' Sorry, but that sentence is also a crime against the English Language.

Casablanca

10/06/2014 [b]CASABLANCA'S CACHE. 10 June, 2014. 25 items[/b] ABBOTT’S INTERNATIONAL TOUR DE FARCE 1. Abbott’s International Tour de Farce Kate O'Callaghan. June 9, 2014 Of all the catastrophic cringes inflicted upon us in the mere days since he left our shores – calling Canada “Canadia”; using his D-Day speech to promote the Coalition’s harsh economic policies (Open For Business blah blah blah); cancelling meetings with the world’s most powerful economic organisations; inspiring the trending Twitter hashtag #WhatAbbottWillSayToObama - it’s his climate-sceptic stance which is the greatest cause for shame. http://theaimn.com/abbotts-international-tour-de-farce/#comment-92598 2. Abbott embarrasses Australia abroad — again Alan Austin. 7 June 2014, 12:00pm PM Tony Abbott is touring the world; meanwhile, Australians cringe, mortified, wondering what international ignominy he will bring upon their nation next. http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/abbott-embarrasses-australia-abroad--again,6553 3. War games Kaye Lee From the very beginning, Tony Abbott has been even worse on the world stage than we could have possibly imagined. Everyone is our bestest friend ever. Stick to the economy saying how bad the previous government was but avoid discussing any action with anyone other than the Murdoch press. Small talk is excruciating. Body language is just wrong. http://theaimn.com/war-games/ 4. Blame it on jet lag: Tony Abbott introduces a language previously unknown in Canad-ia Tony Wright Australians come from Australia, right? Pretty obviously then, Canadians must come from Canad-ia. Tony Abbott has been having something of a linguistic outing as he rockets across the world. You needed only to listen in as he chatted merrily to schoolchildren in Villers-Bretonneux in northern France a few days ago... ''Bon-jewer,'' he cried. ''Je m'apelle Antoine, from Australie.'' It was a brave effort, even if it was Manglish. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/blame-it-on-jet-lag-tony-abbott-introduces-a-language-previously-unknown-in-canadia-20140609-39sur.html 5. 27 Things Tony Abbott Might Say To Barack Obama Jenna Guillaume June 5, 2014 Australia’s Prime Minister is set to meet with the American President. Here’s how it could go down, according to Twitter. http://www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/things-tony-abbott-might-say-to-barack-obama ENTITLEMENTS + FIDDLES + RORTS + RESPONSIBILITY + LARGESSE 6. MSM finally cover Kathy Jackson — but ignore history Peter Wicks 9 June 2014 The mainstream – even News Corp – are finally covering Kathy Jackson's alleged rorting — something IA first exposed over two years ago and have covered [...] http://www.independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/msm-finally-cover-kathy-jackson--but-ignore-history,6558 7. Jacksonville 69: The Age exposes 'Whistleblower' Jackson — but much more still to be revealed Peter Wicks. 6 June 2014 A new Fairfax investigation has shown self-professed HSU whistleblower Kathy Jackson as spending more than $1 million of Union money on personal credit cards. http://www.independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/jacksonville-69-the-age-exposes-whistleblower-jackson--much-more-for-still-to-be-revealed,6550 8. Who are the real leaners here? Kaye Lee. June 8, 2014 While we are being told that we are are not “entitled” to anything at all, it is worthwhile to look at the “entitlements” of politicians and ask who are the real leaners here? The base salary for a federal Member of Parliament is $195,130. This is the entry wage for a job that requires no http://theaimn.com/real-leaners/ MALCOLM IN THE MUDDLE 9. Turnbull vs Abbott: D-Day Down Under? Bob Ellis 6 June 2014 After the Budget fails, Malcolm Turnbull will bring on a spill and win. http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/turnbull-vs-abbott-d-day-down-under,6552 10. Dear Alan Jones Ross Jones. 7 June 2014. Sydney bureau chief Ross Jones gets on the line to Alan Jones in the wake of his sensational interview with Malcolm Turnbull. http://www.independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/dear-alan-jones,6554 11. Malcolm’s sleep-over The AIM Network.June 9, 2014 This delightful exchange between Malcolm Turnbull and one of our readers was sent to us by said reader, and while we are not in the habit of publishing everything that makes its way to our desk, this one was too good to ignore. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. http://theaimn.com/malcolm/ 12. Leadership Speculation: Don’t you just love it? John Kelly. June 7, 2014 Boy oh boy! I just love this stuff. Every jeer, every criticism, every detestable mockery and unflattering comparison the Abbott opposition taunted the previous Labor government with is coming back to bite them. Economic mismanagement, leadership speculation, inept ministers, embarrassing moments with the media and worst of all, polling so bad it has set them running around like headless chickens. http://theaimn.com/leadership-speculation-dont-just-love/ POVERTY WARS 13. DSP recipients aren't relaxing in a hammock, Eric Daniel Turner. 9 June 2014 On Q&A in February, disability support pension recipient Daniel Turner questioned Eric Abetz about planned changes — and came out disturbed by what he'd heard. http://www.independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/dsp-recipients-arent-relaxing-in-a-hammock-eric,6561 ACTIVISM 14. Protest Australia The AIM Network It's glaringly obvious that Australians in their thousands have had enough of the incompetent yet unconscionable Abbott Government. And they’ve voiced their disapproval. http://theaimn.com/protest-australia/ ECONOMICS + BUSINESS 15. Hockey's budget is unsustainable Ross Gittins So it's the ''end of entitlement'' for people in the bottom half, but no change to the entitlements of the well-off, save for a small three-year tax levy. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/business/hockeys-budget-is-unsustainable-20140608-39r5s.html 16. Abbott's budget blues are far from over Mungo MacCallum The real "emergency" may be whether Tony Abbott can get the budget through the Senate, and whether he chooses flattery and negotiation or the all-out attack of a double dissolution to make that happen. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-09/maccallum-abbotts-budget-blues-are-far-from-over/5509586 EDUCATION 17. Prestige costs rather than pays in higher education Raymond Da Silva Rosa The belief of Australia’s Group of Eight elite universities that fee deregulation will allow them to fund their chase for global prestige is based on a fundamental misreading of the economics of elite US universities. http://theconversation.com/prestige-costs-rather-than-pays-in-higher-education-27318 18. The death of evidence in education policy? John Rice 10 June 2014 As federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne has been a revelation. Once seen as a leading moderate, it has been noted that he has emerged as one of the most hardline ideologues in the ministry. Certainly his recent changes to higher education, contradictory to his pre-election commitments to continue existing funding arrangements, have been ideologically driven. http://theconversation.com/the-death-of-evidence-in-education-policy-27505 SCIENCE 19. On the costs of mega-science projects. Matthew Bailes There is absolutely no doubt that scientists' pursuit of pure knowledge has been pivotal in both our understanding of the Universe and the driver of technological innovation that has led to phenomenal economic growth and improvements in our health and quality of life. But will this always be the case? Is there a finite amount to learn about some aspects of physics? http://theconversation.com/on-the-costs-of-mega-science-projects-27739 HEALTH 20. Fears of US-style health system by stealth Jonathan Swan and Fergus Hunter. June 8, 2014 An Abbott government push to allow private health insurers to cover GP visits would create a US-style two-tier health system and drive up doctors' fees, experts have warned. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/fears-of-usstyle-health-system-by-stealth-20140607-39q1i.html ENVIRONMENT 21. Missteps on climate change could cost Australian diplomacy dearly Christian Downie Tony Abbott will arrive in the US this week for his first face-to-face meeting with US president Barack Obama in Washington since becoming prime minister. It comes at an important time: Australia is to host the G20 summit at the end of the year. But given his government’s rocky start to international relations, Abbott’s handling of sensitive diplomatic issues such as climate change could result in the same type of missteps that caused a stir with Indonesia and China. http://theconversation.com/missteps-on-climate-change-could-cost-australian-diplomacy-dearly-27703 22. Unfortunately, Tony Abbott can't cancel meetings with the climate Simon Sheikh The world of high finance is beginning to apprehend the scale of the climate problem and act accordingly. No wonder Tony Abbott doesn't want to meet the heads of the IMF and World Bank http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/09/unfortunately-tony-abbott-cant-cancel-meetings-with-the-climate 23. Tony Abbott missing signs of world's switch to carbon trading, experts say Tom Arup June 10, 2014 Kobad Bhavnagri, Australian head at analysts Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said it was wrong to claim trading schemes were being discarded. He said China started six regional emissions trading schemes in the past year - building towards a national scheme expected to be in place this decade. In the US, he said the recently announced emissions limits on coal-fired power plants - expressed as targets imposed on the states by the Environment Protection Agency - would likely lead to more states adopting emissions trading to deliver required cuts. 24. Abbott’s war on the environment is facing some tough opposition. Letitia McQuade June 8, 2014 Big mining may have put the COAL in the Coalition, but Abbott’s war on the environment is facing some tough opposition. To spite the Climate Change Authority predicting that the scrapping of the carbon tax will lead to a 17% increase in emissions (over 2000 levels) by 2020, the urgency of the climate situation seems totally lost on our government. It appears the LNP would prefer to destroy the CCA, (and every other climate/renewable agency/initiative in the country) rather than heed their sobering warning. http://theaimn.com/big-mining-energy-may-put-coal-coalition-abbotts-war-environment-facing-tough-opposition/ 25. Tony Abbott seeks alliance to thwart President Obama on climate change policy Mark Kenny June 10, 2014 Tony Abbott is seeking a conservative alliance among "like-minded" countries, aiming to dismantle global moves to introduce carbon pricing, and undermine a push by US President Barack Obama to push the case for action through forums such as the G20. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-seeks-alliance-to-thwart-president-obama-on-climate-change-policy-20140609-39t93.html OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Ad astra

10/06/2014Casablanca What a revealing piece that was! How much embarrassment can the people tolerate? Ian Even so-called journalists mangle English. They mangle their message by misusing the medium.

Casablanca

10/06/2014CASABLANCA'S CACHE: 10 June, 2014. [b]'Bon-jewer, je m'apelle Antoine, from Boganville, Australie' [/b] Posted above and at: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/CC-2014-06-06.aspx

Casablanca

10/06/2014 [b]Without The Back Story, Q&A Bombshell Goes Begging [/b] Chris Graham ABC TV's Q&A last night included a bombshell of a comment that went completely unnoticed. And Tony Jones will be the one breathing the sigh of relief https://newmatilda.com/2014/06/10/without-back-story-qa-bombshell-goes-begging

Casablanca

10/06/2014[b]Mystery over ‘Blue-tie Man’ deepens, France baffled[/b] David Marler. 9 June, 2014 French authorities have detained a man found speaking gibberish to school children and are anxious to return him to his country of origin. Wearing a neat suit with a pale blue tie, the man appeared at a school fete and began speaking in broken French to children, teachers and parents. http://nofibs.com.au/2014/06/09/mystery-over-blue-tie-man-deepens-france-baffled-qldaah-auspol/#sthash.kRstegmb.dpuf

Bacchus

10/06/2014Sadly for us Casablanca, there is some very funny material on the interwebs, especially Twitter, covering Tones and his excellent adventure. :D Sad, because that's our Prime Minister making fools of us on the international stage...

TalkTurkey

10/06/2014This, from Jon Faine, is compulsory listening! https://soundcloud.com/774-abc-melbourne/bruce-wilsons-explosive-revelations-union-corruption-royal-commission-faine

TalkTurkey

10/06/2014[i]Les Grenouilles*[/i] are VERY touchy about [i]le francais:[/i] they love the sound of it, (and it is indeed the most mellifluous of languages.) And they especially abhor [i]mispronunciation[/i], and [i]most[/i] especially, mispronunciation by [i]English[/i]-speakers. (They resent English for gazzumping French as #1 lingo of course.) So now Abborrrtt will be known forever throughout France and Europe generally as [i]l'idiote premier d'Australie! [/i] (*Frogs. They don't mind too much.:)

Ken

10/06/2014TT A long listen but well worth it. Shows up the devious b****ds for what they are and the politicisation of a Royal Commission. As Faine says, as the terms of reference of the Commission stand it probably cannot properly investigate Wilson's claims. It's the old cliche, it takes two to tango, and if there is corruption then at least one of the two has to have money. We need a Royal Commission following the money trail and then see which end of town emerges with the s**t al over them.

Catching up

10/06/2014Who listened to 7.30 tonight. Who does one believe?

Catching up

10/06/2014http://rcommedia.com.au/turc/live/ If one wants to follow proceedings live.

Pappinbarra Fox

11/06/2014Not my own work but on a lighter note: Fred was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young'pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs. He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced. This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing. Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells. Fred's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this morning he noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all! When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover. To Fred's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one. Fred was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Brisbane City Show and he became an overnight sensation among the judges. The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the "No Bell Piece Prize," but they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well. Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention. Vote carefully in the next election, you can't always hear the bells.

Ad astra

11/06/2014PF I presume it was Peta Credlin who silenced Abbott's bells. He is not smart enough to have thought that out by himself.

Janet (j4gypsy)

11/06/2014Quick wave. And just to say, Casablanca's fabulous Cache is being picked up and disseminated in all kinds of ways. Today, this via Twitter: [i]Bill ‏@Billablog The Bill Daily is out! http://paper.li/Billablog Stories via @recordstoreday [b]@1TPSTeam[/b] @climatecouncil[/i] When you go to http://paper.li/Billablog you find a pick-up of Casablanca's absolutely marvellous and witty handle and link for this latest Cache: 'Bon-jewer, je m'apelle Antoine, from Bogansville, Australie' http://t.co/5qNnpH82QA … And each time the TPSTeam account retweets the Casablanca Cache updates, there are retweets and favourites all over. Such big congrats and such huge thanx to Casablanca for efforts that slip, in ways it's quite hard to imagine, into the wide wide world of the 'Interwebz'. :-)

Patriciawa

11/06/2014Ditto to Gypsy, and well done, Casablanca! Another big thank you too for your daily cache! Welcome back, TT!

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11/06/2014Casablanca You are becoming a legend, wholly deserved. Thank you for your continual sterling contribution to TPS and to the Fifth Estate.

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11/06/2014TT Won't it be interesting to see how the Royal Commission goes about handling these explosive revelations about the dark figures who set out to 'get' Julia Gillard!

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12/06/2014Well done [i]Independent Australia[/i]!!!! Your work is being quoted on the Fairfax website this morning. [quote]Writing in the online news magazine Independent Australia, Mr Keim says – unlike Mr Palmer - Sibelco did benefit from the LNP’s decision to extend the North Stradbroke Island’s mining leases from 2019 to 2035.[/quote] http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/sibelcos-influence-on-sand-mining-policy-should-go-to-cmc-barrister-20140611-zs4f2.html#ixzz34Mv8nm6b Now all we need is someone to refer this deal to the CMC

Casablanca

12/06/2014 [b]CASABLANCA'S CACHE. Thursday, 12 June 2014: 40 items [/b] THE UNRAVELLING OF AUSTRALIA FELIX 1. The big question: advance Australia where? Peter Lewis and Jackie Woods Perhaps what voters are really rejecting in the budget is not just a series of policy measures, but its potential to accelerate the unravelling of the kind of Australia they want to live in..Two great traditions of middle Australia are pitted against each other in the aftermath of the Coalition Government's controversial first budget. It's Downward Envy in the red corner v the Fair Go in the blue. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-11/lewis-and-woods-advance-australia-where/5515382 2. The People versus the political class Richard Cooke "What Australians want, according to more qualitative polling, is a much more protectionist, statist but socially liberal nation than the one in which we live." http://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2014/june/1401544800/richard-cooke/people-versus-political-class 3. Increasing inequality brings high social cost: report Michelle Grattan. 11 June 2014 The land of the fair go is disappearing, argues former Liberal leader John Hewson, on the release of a new report on wealth inequality. The report warns inequality is increasing rapidly in Australia, posing dangers to community well-being, health, social stability, sustainable growth and long-term prosperity. http://theconversation.com/increasing-inequality-brings-high-social-cost-report-27867 4. The budget has breathed new life into the wider debate about fairness and equality in Australia Michelle Grattan. 11 June 2014 A week after John Howard said Australians wanted their reform to be “fundamentally fair”, Treasurer John Hockey has accused those complaining of the budget’s unfairness of using “1970s class warfare lines”. The much-criticised budget is feeding into a wider debate about inequality in Australia. http://theconversation.com/the-budget-has-breathed-new-life-into-the-wider-debate-about-fairness-and-equality-in-australia-27890 5. Back to the same old governors: former judges and military men John Warhurst Tony Abbott once said that his preference for Queen’s representative in Australia would be for former judges or military men. He then proceeded to replace Quentin Bryce as governor-general with Peter Cosgrove, former chief of the Defence Force. He must now be very happy...that from next month all of the six governors will either be former judges or military men. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/back-to-the-same-old-governors-former-judges-and-military-men-20140611-zs2q6.html ENTITLEMENTS + RORTS + SUBSIDIES + RESPONSIBILITY + LARGESSE 6. The well off, not poor, are the drag on welfare Jack Waterford. June 10, 2014 The real "entitlement" problem is not with the underclass, it's with the middle classes. All of the evidence suggests that false claims on expenses by politicians and other forms of middle class fraud by government and employers is of higher incidence than welfare fraud but...almost all of the concern and almost all of the detective energy is going on welfare fraud. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/drag-on-welfare-is-not-the-poor-but-the-comfortable-20140610-zs3c7.html 7. It's time to bust some myths about [UK] benefit fraud and tax evasion James Bloodworth Get angry about people playing the system by all means, but start at the top and work your way down if you expect to be taken seriously. The rich will only work if you give them money and the poor will only do so if you take it away. Those words might as well be emblazoned across the foreheads of every member of the government, for underneath the facade of compassionate conservatism this appears to be what many on the front bench genuinely believe http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/its-time-to-bust-some-myths-about-benefit-fraud-and-tax-evasion-9520562.html 8. Westfield 'leaners' take taxpayers to the cleaners Mark Chapman. 11 June 2014 Over the last nine years Frank Lowy's Westfield Group paid an average of 8% tax, with its Retail Trust paying 0%. Sonia Nair and Mark Chapman from Taxpayers [...] http://www.independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/battlers-do-budget-heavy-lifting-while-giant-westfield-pays-almost-no-tax,6567 9. Entitlement is in the eye of the beholder; just Google it Michael West. June 9, 2014 It recorded $4.5 million in tax offsets for R&D but it is hard to work out why Google feels entitled to claim this...It is known that a large part of Google Australia's business had been linked to Google Maps, technology invented in Australia and acquired by Google 10 years ago. Was this intellectual property still in Australia? No response from Google. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/business/entitlement-is-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder-just-google-it-20140608-39r5r.html 10. Super's evil empire on shaky ground Brian Toohey 10 June 2014 The superannuation industry inhabits a cosseted world in which the money pours in thanks to a combination of government compulsion and tax concessions. The foundations of this empire are criticised for how the tax concessions create an expensive form of upper class welfare, and for the harmful effect of compulsory super's artificial expansion of the finance sector. The Abbott Government shows scant concern about either aspect. http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41519#.U5emwCiIiSo 11. Clive Palmer, Jeff Seeney and Campbell Newman's Straddie donation Stephen Keim and Alex McKean. 10 June 2014 Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney referred Clive Palmer to the Corruption Commission over an alleged attempt to influence Government policy, so why has he not referred Sibelco and Premier Campbell Newman in comparable circumstances? http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/seeney-palmer-and-campbell-newmans-straddie-donation,6564 POLITICS, SECRECY, HYPOCRISY, DECEPTION 12. Abbott wrangles with his own climate paradox Jonathan Green. 12 June 2014 Tony Abbott's language so far on his overseas tour betrays a complete lack of connection between what climate change is and what it might do http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-12/green-abbott-wrangles-with-his-own-climate-paradox/5517210 13. Hockey plays chicken with the back bench. Letitia McQuade Did Hockey really just "threaten" a Double Dissolution? Dare we hope? You can literally hear the collective gasp of anticipation… http://theaimn.com/hockey-plays-chicken-back-bench/ 14. Tony Abbott visits US: A history of Australian prime ministers in Washington Nic MacBean. 11 Jun 2014 Australian prime ministers have a long history of visiting the most powerful nation in the world. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-11/australian-prime-ministers-in-the-us-history/5514170 15. Hockey warns Coalition colleagues not to fall for Labor's 'class war rhetoric' on paid parental leave Lisa Cox. 10 June 2014 Treasurer Joe Hockey has signalled the federal government is unwilling to compromise on its paid parental leave policy, urging his colleagues questioning the scheme "not to fall for the class war rhetoric of the Labor Party". http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/joe-hockey-warns-coalition-colleagues-not-to-fall-for-labors-class-war-rhetoric-on-paid-parental-leave-20140610-39u79.html BUDGET BLOWBACK 16. Work all day for not much pay Jess Walsh. June 11, 2014 On the eve of Thursday's Bust the Budget rally, Jess Walsh explains why her union's workers - some of the country's lowest paid - are taking to the streets to tell their stories. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/work-all-day-for-not-much-pay-20140610-39v9i.html 17. My kids are ok, yours can go beg. Kaye Lee When I hear Joe Hockey say, with trembling lip, that he refuses to saddle his children with the nation’s debt,… http://theaimn.com/kids-ok-can-go-beg/ 18. Hockey slams ‘class warfare’ drift Daniel Palmer. 12 June 2014 Treasurer Joe Hockey has again launched a stern defence of the first Abbott government budget, claiming the backlash has been akin to the class warfare seen during the 1970s. Speaking at the Sydney Institute last night, Mr Hockey said politics rather than facts had driven the strong negative reaction to the May budget. “Criticism of the budget has been political in nature and has drifted into 1970s class warfare lines,” he said. http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/6/12/federal-budget/hockey-slams-class-warfare-drift?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=788385&utm_campaign=am&modapt= 19. Joe Hockey's Tea Party rant Stephen Koukoulas 12 Jun 2014 Mr Hockey's speech included the bizarre fact that average Australians are working more than one month each year to support the nation's welfare recipients. http://thekouk.com/blog/joe-hockey-s-tea-party-rant.html#.U5jhbrGIiSp 20. More to public's dislike of the budget than simple selfishness Ross Gittins. June 10, 2014 Tony Abbott has turned out to be a chameleon. Before the election, he took the guise of a populist, opposed to all things nasty and in favour of all things nice. Since the election, he's revealed himself to be a hard-line ideologue, intent on reshaping government to suit the interests of big business and high-income earners. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/more-to-publics-dislike-of-the-budget-than-simple-selfishness-20140610-zs2ol.html#ixzz34L9w1ch8 21. Community organisation fearful of Abbott government gag Peter Martin. June 11, 2014 The Australian Council of Social Service is concerned that the Abbott government is seeking to gag the welfare sector after comments from Immigration Minister Scott Morrison that government funding should not be used to support advocacy groups. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/community-organisation-fearful-of-abbott-government-gag-20140611-39w52.html SOCIAL CONSCIENCE + POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY + IDEAS + ACTIVISM 22. The four lessons of happynomics Tim Harford ‘Happiness is surely important, but the case for letting economists loose on the subject is less clear’. The discipline of happynomics (or to give it an academically respectable title, “the economics of subjective well-being”) is booming. http://timharford.com/2014/06/the-four-lessons-of-happynomics/ 23. Educating girls is central to any nation’s effort to transform itself Julia Gillard Better education translates into reduced female fertility rates, improved infant mortality rates, and fewer early child marriages. We have to keep educational gender parity in sight http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/10/educating-girls-is-central-to-any-nations-effort-to-transform-itself 24. Sharan Burrow's global crusade Jenna Price YOU’D THINK IT WOULD be news: an Australian elected to a second four-year term as general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). But Sharan Burrow’s success is strangely unreported in Australia. http://annesummersreports.cmail1.com/t/r-l-xhdkijd-jklkihdjud-tr/ 25. IR debate hijacked by the right Greg Jericho. 11 Jun 2014 The industrial relations debate has been hijacked by the right, and any left-wing protestation about real wages won't do anything to change the tune. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-11/jericho-ir-debate-hijacked-by-the-right/5512754 26. Australian business gets a good deal from the minimum wage Damian Oliver, John Buchanan "It is a curious argument to make: cite the lower headline minimum wage rate in the United States, the United Kingdom and other developed countries as a sign that Australia is pursuing a flawed economic approach, as if Australia were not the OECD country with one of the world’s lowest unemployment rates." http://theconversation.com/australian-business-gets-a-good-deal-from-the-minimum-wage-27698 27. How to spend those extra medical research dollars Simon McKeon The Health and Medical Research Review that I chaired for the last government dovetails neatly into what the Coalition's new medical research fund is trying to achieve. There are a few areas we found that could greatly benefit from increased funding http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-11/mckeon-a-clever-country-would-invest-in-medical-research/5512142 HIGHER EDUCATION + DEREGULATION 28. Taxpayers shouldn't fund arts degrees John Roskam. 6th June, 2014 Given the sense of entitlement young people have these days, it's no surprise they're outraged by the Abbott government's higher education reforms. One of the things the Coalition wants to do is to increase the interest rate on the loans the government provides to students to pay for their tuition. https://ipa.org.au/news/3119/taxpayers-shouldn%27t-fund-arts-degrees 29. Bachelor of Arts, what is it good for? Peter Cai 6 June 2014 John Roskam of the Institute of Public Affairs wrote a thought-provoking opinion piece published by The Australian Financial Review that is tantalisingly titled “Arts degrees are welfare in reverse.” His argument is essentially that ungrateful arts students don’t know how lucky they are to have tax payers subsiding their useless degrees. http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/6/6/technology/bachelor-arts-what-it-good 30. Two graphs that prove Arts degrees aren't a waste of time Harrison Polites This data shows it's not all doom and gloom for Arts graduates. Arts degrees have been labelled ‘useless’ and a ‘waste of time’, so are they any benefit at all to graduates? This question isn’t new; it’s been plaguing the higher education sector for decades. But recent changes to the fees and HECS student debt arrangements have rekindled the debate. Here are some flashpoints from the latest round of coverage of the issue: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/6/11/industries/two-graphs-prove-arts-degrees-arent-waste-time 31. Australia's scholarships scheme 'will benefit elite unis' Heath Gilmore, Matthew Knott. June 11, 2014 The federal government's Commonwealth Scholarship scheme will benefit elite universities at the expense of institutions that attract students from poor, disadvantaged and regional backgrounds, a leading vice-chancellor says. Caroline McMillen of the University of Newcastle said the higher education reforms threatened the inter-generational mobility of Australians through their access to tertiary education. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australias-scholarships-scheme-will-benefit-elite-unis-20140610-39vli.html 32. The Commonwealth used to fund universities: what happened? Peter McPhee. 12 June 2014 When the Whitlam government assumed responsibility from the states for all higher education funding in 1974, the Commonwealth provided 90% of universities’ income. By 2010 this had fallen to about 42%, and is now closer to just 20% at major research universities. These universities may still be “public spirited”, but they are no longer publicly funded. http://theconversation.com/the-commonwealth-used-to-fund-universities-what-happened-27436 FREEDOM OF SPEECH 33. Chris Kenny: ‘I’ll be remembered as the journalist called a dog f**ker who stood up for his rights’ David Marr The extraordinary tale of a News Limited writer who sued the ABC over a silly joke – and how the case raises serious questions about free speech in Australia http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jun/07/chris-kenny-ill-be-remembered-as-the-journalist-called-a-dog-fker-who-stood-up-for-his-rights MEDIA 34. National security, liberty, regulation and the role of a free press in the digital age Julie Posetti 11 June 2014 The incoming editor in chief of Guardian.com, Janine Gibson, says investigative journalism may need to be moved ‘off shore’ to avoid the threat to sources and reporters posed by state surveillance, in the post-Snowden era. “We will have to move to the place where it’s easier to report – where there are less restrictions,” Gibson told the World Newspaper Congress and the World Editors Forum in Torino, Italy. http://themediaonline.co.za/2014/06/national-security-liberty-regulation-and-the-role-of-a-free-press-in-the-digital-age/ ENVIRONMENT 35. Abbott Government Declares Unity Ticket With Obama on Climate Change! Rossleigh On the way home, I heard the environment Minister, Mr Greg Hunt on the radio. (I have decided to not to capitalise "environment" because, after all, it's not really all that important. Mm, perhaps I'm onto something there.) From mr hunt, I've learned that there is no fundamental difference between tony… http://theaimn.com/abbott-government-declares-unity-ticket-obama-climate-change/ 36. Understanding the climate change battle of attitudes Andrew Hamilton As Obama took steps to deal with carbon emissions, Abbott walked away from them. Beneath the complex political considerations in these responses stir deep passions. Human flourishing requires that we recognise the interdependence of human beings and our common interdependence with the environment. That recognition marks out the boundaries of the field within which our autonomy and initiative should play http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41549#.U5jjsrGIiSo 37. Free market hypocrisy on climate change action Greg Barns. 10 Jun 2014 Climate change policies are a test of the Prime Minister's free market credentials - a test that he has failed dismally in the past 48 hours http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-10/barns-free-market-hypocrisy-on-climate-change-policy/5512372 38. Harper and Abbott: Two fossils fooling no one Tristan Edis "In reality both Abbott and Harper are united not so much in their concern for preventing dangerous global warming, nor strong economic evidence that carbon pricing would seriously undermine global economic development. What unites them is a concern to protect one of their biggest export industries – fossil fuels." http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/6/10/policy-politics/harper-and-abbott-two-fossils-fooling-no-one ASYLUM SEEKERS 39. Suicide is not painless, Mr Morrison Lyn Bender 10 June 2014 Despite some weasel words, it is quite obvious Australia's inhumane refugee policies contributed to the suicide of Leo Seemanpillai. http://www.independentaustralia.net/australia/australia-display/suicide-is-not-painless-mr-morrison,6562 40. Penny wise, pound foolish: how to really save money on refugees Joyce Chia and Claire Higgins 12 June 2014 At a cost of A$826.1 million in the 2014-15 federal budget, the processing and detention of around 2500 asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island is a scandalous waste of taxpayers' money...The Commission of Audit reported earlier this year that detaining a single asylum seeker for one year offshore costs more than $400,000. http://theconversation.com/penny-wise-pound-foolish-how-to-really-save-money-on-refugees-27270 OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Casablanca

12/06/2014 CASABLANCA'S CACHE. 12 June 2014. [b]We're 'Hockeying' our future to Abbott's bizarre vision. [/b] Posted above and at: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/CC-2014-06-06.aspx

Casablanca

12/06/2014 [b]Julia Gillard: Yes, it’s worth it! [/b] Julia Gillard. Jun 12, 2014 This is an edited extracted of a speech The Hon Julia Gillard gave at the 2014 Australian Women's Leadership Symposium in Sydney last week, where she officially accepted the Inaugural Australian Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership presented to her by Suzi Finkelstein, Head of School, Women & Leadership Australia.. http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/top-stories/julia-gillard-yes-its-worth-it/201406114152?utm_source=Women%27s+Agenda+List&utm_campaign=31477bf9f7-Thurs_12_06_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f3750bae8d-31477bf9f7-30634093#.U5kuBLGIiSq

TalkTurkey

12/06/2014Greetings Comrades, 1, Patriciawa it's even more pleasurable to me to see you than to be welcomed back by you. :) 2, Ad astra, In my head I predicted that NOTHING would be heard at the RC of those matters. (I'd already heard they were "outside of their frames of reference", yeah, carefully proscribed so as only to include infringements by the Left.) And so it has been ruled this morning. First thing. 3,Pappinbarra Fox, Yes I knew that story, but I mean to tell you how pullets got me into hot water once. Like this: - You might (or not) know that I draw [i]Tessellations[/i] - repeating designs that fit together as tiles do, with neither gaps nor overlaps, but in shapes suggesting animals. [Lifelike tessellations were first created by Dutch graphic artist M C Escher: some of his may be seen on my Hawaiian friend Seth's tessellation site: http://www.tessellations.org/tess-escher10.shtml#, http://www.tessellations.org/eschergallery1thumbs.shtml ] Some of my own designs may be seen at my site on the Tessellations page: www.ozzigami.com.au/tessellations As you can see I write a little verse for each design I do. OK scroll down about half-way & find [i]Cockerel and Chook[/i]. The verse with it is completely innocuous as you may see: It may seem this is farmyard bliss, but take a closer look: - A Battle of the Sexes this, ’twixt Cockerel and Chook! He is [i]hen-pecked[/i], she’s [i]down-trodden[/i]*, but there’s no cause for alarm: Though their attitudes aren’t modern, they love Tessellation Farm!** But I wrote [i]another[/i] verse for that one too - a trifle, shall we say, [i]risqué[/i] - For adults with a sense of humour. Well we're going back 15 or so years, there was J**** & me at some (fly-by-night, as it turned out) company, at their invitation to us as representatives of the Inventors Association while they tried to impress us with their project. At morning tea I got talking with a youngish female staffer, and showed her my site on her computer. [i]And when we came to that design, I quoted her the risqué verse.[/i] Now I do use the word risqué correctly - I can be naughty to the point of wicked, but that's not OBSCENE, well not to my mind and certainly not by intent. So, quoth I: [i]My chooks went walkabout last night. They all came back again, Except for my old rooster Fred, and one young laying hen. [u]If you catch my cock and pullet[/u], please do it carefully, For if harm should come to Freddy, it would cause great pain to me![/i] It never occurred to me that she might not know the word [i]pullet![/i] So she didn't get the pun at all! [i]Well![/i] Next thing I knew, I was being threatened with harassment charges, I was some kind of PREVERT, making improper sexual suggestions Oh FFS! Pretty funny huh? *See? **If ever I publish a book of my tesses that might be its name.

TalkTurkey

13/06/2014Greetings Comrades of the Sword Just to let you know that I am more-or-less keeping abreast of my emails but that at the moment I don't feel that I have much cleverness to offer. But I'm here, I love you all and I'll help out where and if I think I can. Some of you would know that Turkey is only my Kilgore Trout/Clark Kent alter ego, my marionette writer, to camouflage my true identity, the enigmatic [i]Liar~Bird[/i]. And that's the truth. I put words which sound pretty credible into poor TalkTurkey's gobbles, truth is that his apparent confidence is not the truth about me. Truth is I'm not much of a [i]reader![/i] I never have been, my attention wanders except for the most riveting writing, and because of that, I do not make a good nor confident critic of the works of others. I am in awe of many others' literacy and urbanity, but most particularly yours Ad astra, to the rest of us you hold a standard to which I do not pretend to aspire but which I am free to admire. So I'm not much help except to make TalkTurkey do a fair bit of gobbling, as if he knew what he was gobbling about. Truth is he can't really fly, whereas I Liar~Bird [i]do[/i] (from responsibility especially.) Or at least, all the responsibility I really want is to keep Turkey gobbling. But I will help out in times of necessity, Comrades. Yes. Funny thing about having Turkey do the talking for me, I actually quite like most of what he says. I wonder if others with their own marionettes feel the same sense of freedom, not to be secretive nor cowardly really, but just by removing the imminence of ego really? And btw, Turkey ALWAYS speaks Truth, why would I have him lie? I do that myself. Do you get my overall drift here, O my Comrades? TT talks a pretty good line, but I Liar~Bird am not really all that smart nor confident. That [i]is[/i] the truth.

Patriciawa

13/06/2014Talk Turkey - whatever you have to offer nowadays is irrelevant. You have given so much in the past as a while spent with your www.ozzigami.com.au/tessellations will prove, remembering of course that's just some of your work. I was particularly impressed with [i]TwoRoos in Black-&-White . . . [/i] I wanted to copy the image to show Swordsters here but that seems to be against copyright. I hope you get more visitors to your site to enjoy its elegance and wit.

TalkTurkey

13/06/2014Patriciawa That was as lovely as it was unexpected! Thank you. There is no copyright bar as far as I'm concerned to your showing anything on my site with or without express permission. People all over the world are showing TwoRoos and several others of mine on their own sites, doesn't make me nor them any money but it does mean the designs are immortal - which is nice. They sort of [i]deserve [/i]to be - they are geometrical patterns which in themselves are notionally infinite in both lateral extent and across time, independent of whether Kangaroos or other featured animals even exist, whether rising seas change the shape of Australia, or indeed whether humans ourselves become extinct. But only by being amongst the very[i] best [/i]of their genera will 'lifelike' tessellations be recognised as anything beyond geometrical patterns, forgotten and meaningless. Fortunately I had the loveliest of animals - Kangaroos! - all to myself, neither Escher nor anyone else had focussed on them. I tell the story in verse on that page - www.ozzigami.com.au/tessellations - of how, when OZZIE the Magic Kangaroo revealed himself to me, I became hooked. I don't think anyone who is less than obsessed could ever do more than one or two good tesses. That I've done quite several ought to tell you something! I did several Kangaroos tesses and a very surprising Oz-Maps tess [i](Australia Each Way)[/i] in which Tassie gets used as grout! :) And then the [i]Elephants[/i] moved in! ... and they are wonderful at tessellating too, very clever animals, and beloved to me too since I got to know (to skin-depth at least) our dear Tania, our Elephant with the circus I once taught with... But that's another story. Patricia thanks again. Feel free with any of those designs.

2353

13/06/2014Well look what happens when you assign a price to carbon emissions [quote]Australia posted its biggest annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 24 years of records in 2013 as the carbon tax helped drive a large drop in pollution from the electricity sector.[/quote] http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/climate-change/fall-in-greenhouse-gas-emissions-biggest-in-24-years-20140613-zs7be.html#ixzz34WMpfkoY Also note when the information was released - late on a Friday afternoon by a Government with no creditability when it comes to the environment.

Janet (j4gypsy)

14/06/2014When the #msm decides the Federal ALP might just be the answer to Tony and the Budget (and not to mention the next war in Iraq): [b]Budget own goals give Labor chance to regroup[/b] Laura Tingle 13th June [i]... Yet the budget debacle gives Labor the chance to construct a platform which appears both fiscally responsible and delivers a coherent focus on traditional Labor issues like education and health. It can quietly pick up some budget savings from the Coalition. It can re-adopt measures it tried to introduce but abandoned amid howls of protest in its dying days, but which now look like a rebalancing of the budget’s inequity. The proposal to change FBT on cars is a classic example. Labor can also go further into areas the Coalition has not touched, like super tax concessions, waving an “equity” flag as it goes. None of this goes to the question of whether the opposition has any chance of winning the next election. It goes to the opportunity it has been given of a clean canvas on which to remake itself, and what it stands for, with voters. There has been so much focus on the budget’s spending cuts that the underlying fiscal strategy spelt out in the budget papers has received little attention. The government’s medium-term fiscal strategy is not defined by spending, nor the budget balance, but an assumption that “taxes are not allowed to grow beyond the average of 23.9 per cent of GDP”. This puts a number on what the Coalition means when it talks about “small government”. Whatever a government is to do, it can only do it if its revenues amount to 24 per cent of gross domestic product or less. To put that in perspective, receipts as a proportion of GDP in the Howard years were mostly between 25 and 26 per cent. A 1 per cent difference is worth about $16 billion a year in current terms. So Labor has a threshold question to consider: in addition to finding an alternative path to medium-term fiscal sustainability, does it follow the Coalition down the path of shrinking the role of government, or assertively reject it? There is always an economic argument about how large a government sector a country can sustain if it is to be competitive. But the Coalition has opened the door on the domestic political discussion about what are our expectations of the role of government, yet utterly failed to persuade voters that smaller government can work happily in Australia. This will remain the real question in federal politics in coming months, not uncertainty about the Senate.[/i] http://www.afr.com/p/opinion/budget_own_goals_give_labor_chance_ERWbRVUCxnXVeSllncG4qL

Ken

14/06/2014j4gypsy Very interesting piece by Laura Tingle. It gets to the crux of the underlying ideological issues. I think that is a large part of the electorate's reaction. They may not express it that way but people do realise this budget is changing Australia in ways they don't like. It reminds me of David Horton's piece for us, 'Green parasols', where he suggested that right wing parties would never be elected in Australia unless they lied before an election, because their real ideology does not fit the Australian ethos. In that regard, it will be very hard for the LNP to win back voters. A party that attacks our underlying ethos is treading in dangerous territory (although there may be more con tricks to come - like another tax cut announced before the next election).

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14/06/2014[b]'Your George W Bush' – Tony Abbott makes a splash in the United States[/b] Ed Coper Friday 13 June 2014 The prime minister's gaffes, faux pas and missteps are a big hit with US comedians. For many Americans, they're the only thing they know about Australia's political life...For US comedians, our prime minister has proved a world-class subject... Most politically aware Americans can tell you two things about Australian politics: there used to be this great guy who got rid of guns (John Howard), and now there’s another guy, referred to as “your George W Bush”. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/13/your-george-w-bush-tony-abbott-makes-a-splash-in-the-united-states?CMP=ema_632

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15/06/2014 [b]CASABLANCA'S CACHE. 15 June, 2014. 33 items[/b] ABBOTT: OVER-PAID, OVER-SMUG, AND OVER THERE 1. Globetrotting leaders may gain - but does Australia? Marius Benson. 13 Jun 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott travelled a long way to affirm an unchanged alliance with President Barack Obama. And what was the point of his visit to Canada? ...these global chin wags might not be as significant as they may seem. Watching the Prime Minister, any prime minister, travelling the world, there is an unasked question that simmers just below the surface: "What's the point?" http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-13/benson-globe-trotting-pms-stand-to-gain-but-what-about-australia/5521192 2. Abbott embarrasses Australia abroad — again Alan Austin 7 June 2014, PM Tony Abbott is touring the world; meanwhile, Australians cringe, mortified, wondering what international ignominy he will bring upon their nation next. http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/abbott-embarrasses-australia-abroad--again,6553 3. An Abbott Abroad II: Tony no-friends wants to be like Mike Alan Austin. 14 June 2014 Part Two of Alan Austin’s report on Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s bumbling visits to Indonesia, France, Canada and the USA you will not find in the main [...] http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/an-abbott-abroad-ii-tony-no-friends-wants-to-be-like-mike,6574 4. Abbott defends Murdoch dinner in New York AAP 12 June 2014 Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended his dinner with News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch in New York...Mr Abbott said he had met with Mr Murdoch on a number of occasions. "He is a very senior Australian. News group is a very significant international business with strong Australian connections," Mr Abbott told reporters in New York. "This is what people in my position do and we should do it because our country is helped by the success of organisations like News abroad." http://www.news.net/article/1465864?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=outbrainamplify 5. Tony Abbott: I am a conservationist and we should rest lightly on the planet Daniel Hurst. 13 June 2014 Australian prime minister said he and US president Barack Obama take climate change 'very seriously'. “It was a very constructive and genial discussion because we all want to do the right thing by our planet,” Abbott told the ABC. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/13/tony-abbott-i-am-a-conservationist-and-we-should-rest-lightly-on-the-planet?CMP=twt_gu 6. Testing times for US alliance Nick O'Malley. June 7, 2014 Australia should ''think about what it wants to be when it grows up'', one of the experts suggested in an off-the-record interview. ''Australia seems scared of its own shadow,'' said another. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/testing-times-for-us-alliance-20140606-39ofa.html 7. The elephant in the room on US-Australia relations Tom Switzer. 13 Jun 2014 Defence Minister David Johnston's frank comments to Tony Jones on Lateline, made in the context of a rising China, may be more revealing about US-Australia relations than the White House meeting a few hours later http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-13/switzer-the-elephant-in-the-room-on-us-australia-relations/5522366 8. Good luck 'Mike': Tony Abbott gets Socceroos skipper's name wrong AAP. June 14, 2014 Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been accused of being many things, but a Socceroos fan is not one of them. Draped in a Socceroos scarf, Mr Abbott has called skipper Mile Jedinak "Mike" as he wished Australia well in a YouTube message just hours before they take the field in their opening World Cup clash against Chile in Cuiaba, Brazil on Friday (Saturday AEST). http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-rebukes-barack-obama-dont-resent-chinas-rise-20140612-3a0db.html#ixzz34ZzwU7Ie 9. 'Your George W Bush' – Tony Abbott makes a splash in the United States Ed Coper. 13 June 2014 The prime minister's gaffes, faux pas and missteps are a big hit with US comedians. For many Americans, they're the only thing they know about Australia's political life...For US comedians, our prime minister has proved a world-class subject... Most politically aware Americans can tell you two things about Australian politics: there used to be this great guy who got rid of guns (John Howard), and now there’s another guy, referred to as “your George W Bush”. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/13/your-george-w-bush-tony-abbott-makes-a-splash-in-the-united-states?CMP=ema_632 JOE HOCKEY'S MITT ROMNEY MOMENT 10. Treasurer Joe Hockey and the 47 per cent Andrew Leigh You know Joe Hockey is in trouble when he starts sounding like Mitt Romney. As the multimillionaire Republican US presidential candidate hit the skids in 2012, he gave a speech to a $50,000-a-head fundraiser in which he claimed that 47 per cent of Americans "are dependent upon government" and "believe they are victims". This week, Mr Hockey stepped into the same desperate territory, bemoaning that "over half of Australian households receive a taxpayer-funded payment from the government". We must, he said, "discourage the leaners". In effect, Mr Hockey is arguing that half the Australian population are leaners, not lifters. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/treasurer-joe-hockey-and-the-47-per-cent-20140612-zs5p8.html#ixzz34XfWkFkw 11. Compare the pair Victoria Rollison. June 14, 2014 Joe Hockey’s budget has been widely rejected by the Australian people. And he knows it. How do I know he knows it? Because why else would he ramp up his rhetoric about welfare bludgers to desperation levels in such a whiney and pathetic tone? This week Hockey’s been promoting hatred of welfare recipients by telling Australian workers that one month of their annual salary is being sucked away by these sub-human, leech-like, lazy, good for nothing dole bludging sloths. Ok, he didn’t exactly use these words, but this is the image he’s clearly trying to conjure up. http://theaimn.com/compare-pair/ See also: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqCVSSLIcAEwjXd.jpg 12. Think your tax supports dole bludgers? Think again! Glenn Murray. June 12, 2014 I know you may find it surprising, but smokin’ Joe lied again, last night:…"the average working Australian, be they a cleaner, a plumber or a teacher, is working over one month full time each year just to pay for the welfare of another Australian.” This is an outright lie. http://www.glennmurray.com.au/think-your-tax-supports-dole-bludgers-think-again/ 13. Joe Hockey did not get away with mentioning the war Jacqueline Maley. June 12, 2014 You can't blame Hockey for trying manfully to defend his budget, but this is him essentially telling Australians they are wrong.....But a report launched this week tells a different story. Titled Advance Australia Fair? What to do about growing inequality in Australia, it argues that since the mid-1970s, wages growth has been concentrated at the top end of income bands.....launched by former Liberal leader John Hewson....it comes up with suggestions for reducing inequality, including tax reform – particularly, the reassessment of tax breaks for superannuation and negative gearing. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/joe-hockey-did-not-get-away-with-mentioning-the-war-20140612-zs5v2.html#ixzz34aaIf4ls 14. What does IMF data say about Australia’s spending and net debt? Daniel Weight. 13 June, 2014 To the extent that the Government and commentators rely upon what is stated in the IMF’s Article IV report, they are not inaccurate. However, the IMF’s Article IV report may not actually be saying what some people presume it does. http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/FlagPost/2014/June/NetDebtandSpending 15. Budget own goals give Labor chance to regroup Laura Tingle It is hard to remember a time when there were so many unanswered questions about the detail of so many budget measures, and as a result so much uncertainty about the positions various parties will take. A conservative count suggests there is a question mark over more than $30 billion of budget measures. http://www.afr.com/p/opinion/budget_own_goals_give_labor_chance_ERWbRVUCxnXVeSllncG4qL 16. No love in the Abbott Government’s tough The AIM Network. June 12, 2014 This government has no interest in equality. The admirable ethos of the “fair go”, so inimical to what we fondly think of as our national character, has been mangled beyond recognition in the first few months of the Abbott incumbency. http://theaimn.com/love-abbott-governments-tough/ 17. Hockey's lazy, lying helpers It disturbs me that this email is hitting the in-box. Disturbing in that there appear to be a high number of Australians who are satisfied with the cruelty this government is dishing out to the nation’s underprivileged. … Has anyone else seen this ??? It was sent to me today by an old friend . I call it “PUT ME IN CHARGE” and its message can be summarized by the final quote: “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.” http://theaimn.com/hockeys-lazy-lying-helpers/ POLITICS, SECRECY, HYPOCRISY, DECEPTION 18. Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says government is not out to 'gag' welfare sector Peter Martin and Judith Ireland. June 12, 2014 The government has promised not to gag the welfare sector as it has outlined plans to shrink the number of payments and supplements from 75 to as few as four. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/social-services-minister-kevin-andrews-says-government-is-not-out-to-gag-welfare-sector-20140612-39yom.html 19. Abbott government cuts Red Cross $5 million grant Dan Harrison. June 11, 2014 The Red Cross will have to find $5 million in savings after the Abbott government ceased an annual grant to the organisation. The former Howard government started paying a $5 million grant to the Red Cross in 2006 and the Rudd and Gillard governments continued the grant. But Health Minister Peter Dutton has notified the Red Cross that the government would not pay the grant from this year. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbott-government-cuts-red-cross--5-million-grant-20140611-39wmb.html 20. Nats split over Gonski funding Jenna Cairney. 13 Jun, 2014 DEBATE at the NSW Nationals conference today fired up over Gonski, with members eventually voting in favour of the party calling upon Federal government to honour the six year funding. Debate was sparked by the Young Nationals push for the party to honour the funding deal. http://www.theland.com.au/news/agriculture/general/news/nats-split-over-gonski-funding/2701977.aspx?src=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter SOCIAL CONSCIENCE + POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY + IDEAS + ACTIVISM 21. Abbott’s road to widening inequality The AIM Network. June 14, 2014 “In the end, we have to be a productive and competitive society and greater inequality might be inevitable” – Tony Abbott 2013. It’s no surprise that the Coalition are polling rather poorly at the moment. As the electorate is beginning to realise, pre-election Tony and post-election Tony are two very different creatures. http://theaimn.com/abbotts-road-widening-inequality/ 22. It’s all about the choices you make Kaye Lee. June 14, 2014 The excuse for the draconian cuts made by Abbott and Hockey is that there is a budget emergency and a debt crisis. I in no way concur with this appraisal of our economy or our future outlook but, that aside, as those of us who are not independently wealthy know, if you have limited funds then prioritising expenditure is most important. The following article is to give you some perspective on how our money could be better spent. http://theaimn.com/choices-make/ 23. Some REALLY big ideas for higher education reform Stephen Parker. 13 June 2014 The changes to higher education in last month’s budget are controversial, to say the least, and to my mind not very well thought out. They’ve been justified as attempts to boost the rankings of Australian universities and “set them free” from government regulation. But once set free, the lid is opened for free thinking generally. Without necessarily advocating the ideas below, here are some reminders of the adage to be careful what you wish for. http://theconversation.com/some-really-big-ideas-for-higher-education-reform-27791 24. Fair Play: A Sermon Alan Bennett. 19 June 2014 Better minds than mine have tackled this problem and continue to do so and I would be foolish if I claimed to have a solution. But I know what is part of the problem and that is private education. My objection to private education is simply put. It is not fair. And to say that nothing is fair is not an answer. Governments, even this one, exist to make the nation’s circumstances more fair, but no government, whatever its complexion, has dared to tackle private education. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n12/alan-bennett/fair-play MEDIA 25. Trends in social media verification Kerry Northrup Verification has long been one of the guiding principles of journalism and is even more essential today in the age of Photoshop-altered photos, social media hoaxes and “astroturfing,” a panel of digital media accuracy experts at the World Editors Forum asserted. http://blog.wan-ifra.org/2014/06/11/trends-in-social-media-verification ENVIRONMENT + SCIENCE 26. UK chief scientist calls for urgent debate on climate change mitigation Ian Sample It's time to move on from the basics of whether global warming is happening to how best to respond, says chief science adviser http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jun/12/climate-change-mitigation-global-warming-mark-walport?CMP=ema_632 27. Abbott please stop telling fibs about Obama’s climate change plan Tristan Edis. 13 June, 2014 So really what might be more useful is to assess how Australia’s electricity emissions intensity under Abbott’s Direct Action policy will compare relative to US power emissions intensity under Obama’s Clean Power Plan... In reality Tony Abbott’s $2.5 billion Direct Action Emission Reduction Fund will do next to nothing to reduce the emissions intensity of Australia’s power supply. How do we know this? Well because the electricity supply industry said so. http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/6/13/policy-politics/abbott-please-stop-telling-fibs-about-obamas-climate-change-plan 28. Why it's not just bad for the reef that Tony Abbott is out of step on climate Alexander White. 12 June 2014 "The science is compelling… The baseline fact of climate change is not something we can afford to deny" said Barack Obama....and "if there’s one thing I would like to see, it’d be for us to be able to price the cost of carbon emissions". Climate change is "crap" said Tony Abbott before he became Australian prime minister; more recently he said there are "few things more damaging to our future" than a carbon tax. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2014/jun/12/why-dangerous-abbott-out-step-climate-change 29. Country of différence, if you like wind turbines. Michael Burge It’s safe to assume our Treasurer Joe Hockey would not have enjoyed a trip to France with Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier this month. There’s just too many wind turbines across the French landscape. Hockey would have been offended every few kilometres. I should know, I spent hours admiring the French commitment to clean wind-generated http://nofibs.com.au/2014/06/12/country-of-difference-if-you-like-wind-turbines-burgewords-creatingwaves-on-france/ 30. Global Warming Plays a Role in Australia's Record Heat Kevin Trenberth “If you want to look for effects of climate change, Australia is the poster child in many respects,” said Kevin Trenberth, a climate researcher at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/global-warming-plays-a-role-in-australias-record-heat/ 31. By gum: genetic secrets of eucalyptus tree revealed Reuters. June 13, 2014 Eucalyptus leaves are the main food supply for koalas, but there is a lot more to the tree than that. It is native to Australia but has become the world's most widely planted hardwood tree. The eucalyptus tree is a source of timber, fuel, cellulose and medicinal and industrial oils, and scientists are looking to maximize its potential in biofuels. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/by-gum-genetic-secrets-of-eucalyptus-tree-revealed-20140613-zs6c2.html ASYLUM SEEKERS 32. In Australia, animals have better rights than asylum seekers Julian Burnside and Daniel Reynolds Several years ago an asylum seeker wrote a letter about his experiences at the now-decommissioned Woomera Detention Centre. This is an extract: I have been in this cage for 13 months…Why should all these… http://theconversation.cmail2.com/t/r-l-xklkytd-trhltityg-v/ 33. Australia is responsible for control of Manus detention centre Paul Farrell. 13 June 2014 Lawyers and human rights advocates say Australia has a ‘non-delegable duty’ to asylum seekers on Manus http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/13/australia-is-responsible-for-control-of-manus-detention-centre-inquiry-hears?CMP=twt_gu OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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15/06/2014 CASABLANCA'S CACHE. 15/06/14. [b]‘L’Australie est dirigée par un clown narcissique’ (Australia is led by a narcissistic clown)[/b]. Posted above and at: http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/CC-2014-06-06.aspx

Pappinbarra Fox

15/06/2014Today is world elder abuse awareness day Excellent reading for us today Casa so thank you ver much
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