Australian Politics & History

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A system so dehumanising that they refer to each other not by their names but by their ID. Where women are asking for their babies to be aborted because the conditions are so horrible. Where medical reports are leaking out of high levels of trauma and torture.It is a system that seeks to make life so horrible for its inhabitants, with deplorable living conditions and years of imprisonment with no end in sight, that the prospect of going back home to the threat of torture and persecution seems preferable. 

progressiveauspol:

Reports estimate that by 2050 all of Australia’s indigenous languages would of died out. Before the invasion of Australia in 1788 there were an estimated 350-750 Aboriginal languages and dialects in use in Australia. As of the 21st century 150 remain in daily use with almost all but 20 of them considered to be endangered. The largest of these groups such as Warlpiri and Tiwi retain between 1000-3000 native speakers.

progressiveauspol:

Reports estimate that by 2050 all of Australia’s indigenous languages would of died out. Before the invasion of Australia in 1788 there were an estimated 350-750 Aboriginal languages and dialects in use in Australia. As of the 21st century 150 remain in daily use with almost all but 20 of them considered to be endangered. The largest of these groups such as Warlpiri and Tiwi retain between 1000-3000 native speakers.

Eric Abetz has admitted there’s a risk that people will apply for jobs they are unqualified for, or unlikely to get, in order to meet proposed requirements.
No shit Sherlock. Expecting people to apply for 40 jobs a month in order to receive welfare is not only cruel but stupid. Its cruel because there is not enough jobs. For every job opening there is 4.2 unemployed people. It is worse when you realise that most of these jobs require specialised skills, knocking out most of the unemployed. On top of this there are a host of hidden and underemployed workers out there.  It is stupid because any HR consultant would tell you that job hunting is about quality over quantity. A good application takes time, tailoring your application to meet what the firm wants. This is not the way to get the unemployed employed. Even if you do want to take part in the futile exercise of applying for 40 jobs a month, rushing in substandard applications just to meet the quota, you can be penalised for having a substandard application. This is a government who sees the unemployed as lazy and not hard done by a horrible job market.
After all the lies and deception…the global warming industry know its over
The words the Daily Telegraph/Miranda Devine used to describe scientists and politicians advocating for climate change action. Ah yes the global warming industry, the 99.7% of scientists and scientific bodies that are in on some massive freaking conspiracy to tell us that we need to stop polluting or our planet is fucked. A group that stand to make nothing from warning us. Perhaps Miranda Devine should take note that the Koch Brothers funded an anticlimate change study headed by a prominent climate change denier, Richard Muller. By the end of the study the evidence for climate change was so overwhelming he stated that climate change was real with strong likelihood that it is human induced. Even your big oil companies are factoring global warming into their business strategy. The only people who are denying global warming are the ones who have a vested interest in continued ignorance, or are just plain stupid. People like Clive Palmer who now stands to not pay his $8 million carbon tax bill.  The inaction on Global warming brigade is one that is founded on greed, more greed and a good dose of stupidity.

Back in 2010, the Greens Senators sharing a moment of intimacy after fighting so hard to see the passing of the Carbon Tax.

The repeal today is a sad step back.  Over the world there are more than 1000 climate change policies, including:

Saudia Arabia: $100b investment in solar energy

South Korea: Carbon Pricing which it got through with bipartisan support

China: Clean Coal Technology and trialing ETS in select cities as well as massive investment in renewable

NZ: Emission Trading Scheme well before anyone else

Germany: $263 billion investment in renewables and a goal to be 100% renewable by 2050

European Union: ETS Scheme

The list goes on. Even the US is moving forward. It is sad that a country as rich as Australia does not have a clear climate change policy and a leadership that steadfastly refuses to listen to literally every leading scientific body. This is beyond embarrassing.

This is a government that sees the free market as an end in itself rather than a tool to help improve society
Greens Senator Richard Di Natale. He hits the nail on the head and highlights one of the critical flaws of the Coalition’s neoliberal agenda.

The term hung parliament seems appropriate because the guy that heads parliament is a massive dick

Hey isn’t it funny that young conservatives who are against welfare, on the grounds that people should earn their own money/ should know the value of hard work, are also the ones who live off their daddy’s money  (◕‿◕✿)

You can’t help but feel sadness for the Palestinians. They are a people who lost their lands as reparation to the Jewish people for White anti-Semitism.They are a people, of whom many are now third generations refugees, living in squalid conditions and accepted by no country. They are a people condemned to a prison state, persecuted, brutalised and paying day in and day out in Palestinian blood, as the world not only watches in silence but labels them as terrorists and aggressors.

Greens Senator Richard Di Natale:   This is a country that believed if you were out on your luck we would look after you. If you could not find a job and you were a young kid, we would look after you. If you were a young person in work and the business went under, we would look after you.

That is gone. Instead we have an attack by government on young people. It says ‘if your unemployed, its your fault, you’re a bludger, you’re lazy, you’re obviously boozing and fagging, you should get off your bum and work harder.

But reality has an anti-coalition bias, because your world view does not accord with the world view out there. There is a simple problem: there are just not enough jobs for young people. That is what underemployment and unemployment means. There are more people than there are jobs. It is only a group of older privileged white men who have benefited from a free education, from free health care, a generous social safety net, who think it is okay… to give the keys to the big end of town and move to a brutal dog eat dog world where we condemn young people to poverty.

progressiveauspol:

Leunig
Parodying Niemoller’s famous poem 'First they came for …' this was Leunig’s cartoon reflecting on Israeli oppression and the skewed discourse on the Palestinian issue. Somewhat prophetically he came under attack soon after and was labelled ‘anit-Semitic’ by the ADC and was accused of ‘virulent hate speech’ . Leunig has a way of taking complex issues and presenting them in a simple and eloquent way that captures the intricacies of an issue. Some of his other works like his reflections on gay marriage, life and Anzac Day shows this remarkable ability to hit the core of our humanity and the insanity of our world with barely any words being written. 

progressiveauspol:

Leunig

Parodying Niemoller’s famous poem 'First they came for …' this was Leunig’s cartoon reflecting on Israeli oppression and the skewed discourse on the Palestinian issue. Somewhat prophetically he came under attack soon after and was labelled ‘anit-Semitic’ by the ADC and was accused of ‘virulent hate speech’ . Leunig has a way of taking complex issues and presenting them in a simple and eloquent way that captures the intricacies of an issue. Some of his other works like his reflections on gay marriage, life and Anzac Day shows this remarkable ability to hit the core of our humanity and the insanity of our world with barely any words being written. 

progressiveauspol:

Party Vote by Profession

60% of Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators, 53% of Train and Tram Drivers and 50% of Food and Drink Factory Workers give their first preference vote to the ALP, while over 60% of Defence Force members, Chief Executives, Police, Manufacturers, and Financial Investment Advisers, Managers and Brokers vote Liberal.

Overall, jobs within the larger categories of Labourers, Machinery Operators and Drivers, Technicians and Trades Workers, and Community and Personal Service Workers are more likely than average to vote Labor, while Clerical and Administrative Workers and Managers are more likely to vote Liberal and those classified as Professionals are over 50% more likely to vote Greens. 

The professions most skewed toward voting Greens cover a wide range of professions, from the unsurprising Social Professionals (33%) and Environmental Scientists (30%) to Intelligence and Policy Analysts (29%), Judicial and Other Legal Professionals (28%) and Psychologists (27%). Other professions with a more than double-the-average rate of voting Greens include Medical Laboratory Scientists, Librarians, and Software and Applications Programmers.

The professionals most likely to vote Family First are Meat, Poultry and Seafood Process Workers, Delivery Drivers, Waiters and Dental Assistants. Ministers of Religion are the 7th most likely at 7%—just behind Retail Supervisors. 

Farmers of all stripes dominate the National Party’s list, although Cabinetmakers, Hotel and Motel Managers and Bus and Coach Drivers make the Top 10.

The proportion of Plasterers and Midwives voting Labor is dead-on average, as is that of Truck Drivers voting Liberal and Storepersons voting Greens. (X)

Earlier this week in the Senate, Liberal Senator Fierravanti-Wells described being on Newstart and income support as a ‘lifestyle choice’. Senator Rachel Siewert rips in, and tells it like it is.