Category Archives: Politics

ABUL RIZVI.-Where have Dutton and Pezzullo been hiding?

 The culpability of Dutton and Pezzullo for the bushfire crisis.

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MELISSA PARKE.-“Support for Palestinian rights is not anti-Semitic” (The West Australian 8.1.2020)

I had but dipped my toes back into federal politics via a bid for Julie Bishop’s former seat of Curtin when the campaign was over.

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JOHN TAN. About Hegemony, Leadership ….. and Assange?

There has been one global hegemon since WWII, a commander with enough soft and hard power to make all the rules that matter, and to enforce them.

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MICHAEL KEANE A Digital Civilization: China Reimagined

In the Chinese political lexicon being civilized means ‘fitting in’ with the national plan, accepting the party-state’s directives and guidance, and obeying laws. This ‘harmonious society’ model, represents a collective response to uneven social development.

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 12 January 2020

The dismal failure of the Madrid COP meeting in December starts the round up for 2020, and no one should be surprised by Australia’s disgraceful performance in Madrid when they see the government’s latest greenhouse gas emission projections to 2030. … Continue reading

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SATURDAY’s GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND

We’re back, with links to writings, broadcasts and happenings over the last three weeks.

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JON STANFORD.- Second rate leadership. Part 1 of 3

Australia is now a confident, wealthy nation that has the right to expect its leaders to rise above the second rate.

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MICHAEL WEST.-Who Pays: should ordinary taxpayers foot the bill for bushfires or the fossil fuel giants who pay no tax?

Five of Australia’s top coal companies – Peabody, Yancoal Sumitomo, Citic and Whitehaven – racked up $54 billion in total income over the past five years and paid zero income tax in Australia, according to Tax Office corporate tax data.  … Continue reading

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TONY SMITH. Gladys for Prime Minister? Winning friends in a crisis

It has been interesting to watch the various leadership styles on display during the bushfire crisis. In contrast to the Prime Minister’s pathetic attempts to dominate, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has displayed integrity, administrative ability and empathy. Indeed … Continue reading

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NICHOLAS KEARNS.- Bushfires. If this is the future we have no future.

Dr Strangelove warned us of a “Doomsday Machine” that would destroy the entire planet.

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NOEL TURNBULL. It’s not the marketing – it’s the marketer

Scott Morrison has failed a fundamental marketing test-communicating authenticity.

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AMANDA MEADE.-The Australian newspaper downplays bushfires in favour of picnic races.( The Guardian 4.1.2020)

And the Herald Sun relegates bushfires to page 4 while the Courier Mail brings good news via’Onion Oricle’  Read how the Murdoch papers deny climate change and largely ignore the fires. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jan/04/the-australian-murdoch-owned-newspaper-accused-of-downplaying-bushfires-in-favour-of-picnic-races?CMP=share_btn_link

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MIKE SCRAFTON. Crisis and the Transformation of Government Administration

Today, there are four simultaneous and momentous crises before which modern democracies seem impotent; global warming, population growth, wealth inequality, and a dangerous geostrategic shift. This brings me to the Thodey Review.

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JOCELYN PIXLEY. Are the Liberals “born to rule”?

Australia’s tragedy has brought a scandal about hard issues: Morrison separated politics from government too publicly.

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CHAS SAVAGE.-Global warming and action in good faith.

Meaningful action to prevent global warming requires joint action through time. In this sense, we require a focus on outcomes—the goal of limiting warming to two degrees Celsius—and what must be done to realise this. Justice, of course, requires a … Continue reading

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BOB DEBUS: OUR LAND AND OUR WAY OF LIFE

Between late 2001 and early 2003, during the so-called Millennium Drought, eastern Australia experienced unprecedented periods of bushfire.

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GEOFF MILLER: Trump, North Korea, Iran.

Trump’s decision to order the assassination of Iranian General Soleimani is understandably dominating coverage and analysis of world affairs, completely overshadowing consideration of Kim Jong Un’s end of year statement, even though it had been somewhat anxiously awaited.

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LAURIE PATTON. Catch 22.0 – We wouldn’t need inquiries if public administration wasn’t so broken – UPDATED

Predictably, we are seeing calls for a Royal Commission into the bushfires that have Australia in crisis mode right now – either in the genuine hope of finding answers or finding someone to blame.

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ROD MITCHELL.-Carbon pricing to the rescue – for climate and government.

Tragically, we now have a disaster serious enough to wake up almost all of us to the catastrophe that is unfolding in large parts of Australia and advertising itself to the rest of the world.

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ANDREW FARRAN.- Weaponising Hostage Taking in International Diplomacy

Hostage diplomacy is about as low as it gets in a system of sovereign states that supposedly adheres to the inherent principles of comity, good faith and state responsibility.

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MUNGO MACCALLUM.- A Tin Eared Prime Minister

For the last three months the headlines have been dominated by bushfires, and the grim prospect is that this will continue for at least another three months to come.

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MICHAEL EBURN AND STEPHEN DOVERS: What sort of inquiry should come after these fires?

Disasters are always followed by inquiries. Since 2009, there have been over 140 such inquiries across Australia, of varied types and processes of operating.

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JACK WATERFORD.- Coalition burning up its electoral credit.

PM can’t find the fitting gesture or demonstrate our solidarity with bushfire victims.

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IAN DUNLOP.-The real implications of climate emergency action

The drought and bushfires ravaging large parts of Australia are a foretaste of the climate emergency which, after three decades of inaction by our political and corporate leaders, is locked-in for years to come.

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GEORGE BROWNING.- How good are the fires?

The country clearly owes a debt of gratitude to the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government for their sterling leadership, their visionary approach in vastly changed and challenging circumstance and for their assurance that under their leadership all manner … Continue reading

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MUNGO MACCALLUM.- Fed up with pious negligence.

Scott Morrison might as well go back to Hawaii to resume his truncated secret holiday. They obviously don’t deserve him in Australia.

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JOCELYN CHEY.- China Series: Where To From Here?(A repost from 23.12.2019)

A SERIES of posts on this blog in the last two weeks have highlighted aspects of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that are often overlooked in discussion of the bilateral relationship. We have to get used to living with … Continue reading

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RAY BRICKNELL. Australia’s Broken System of No-Longer-Representative Democracy

A problem recognised is half solved.The biggest single problem facing Australia today is the fact that two major political parties have taken a stranglehold on our system of representative democracy.

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JOHN MENADUE. The facts on boat arrivals that the media won’t face(A repost)

From September 2015, almost four years ago, Peter Hughes and I have pointed out repeatedly that Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison triggered the surge in boat arrivals from September 2011 and did not stop the boats as they claim from … Continue reading

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ED. SIMON.-Why We Will Need Walt Whitman in 2020 (NYT 30.12.2019)

All the more reason amid today’s national rancour to revisit Whitman’s open embrace of the democratic ideal, his declaration that ‘every atom as belonging to me as good belongs to you’,no matter where you were born. Read the full article … Continue reading

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