Category Archives: Australia
Australia is the name of an island continent in the southern hemisphere, between the pacific and Indian oceans. Europeans arrived in great numbers starting on January 26 1788. Extensive conflict with the original peoples ( who had been living there for at least 40,000 years) has continued in different forms to the present day. No peace treaty has ever been signed.
This week Australia’s favourite first daughter and sometime standup comedienne Gina Rinehart had a few things to say about the unemployed not working hard enough, suggesting that a 25hour working day with an hourly pay of $2 would become the law if she had her way. The age of entitlement is over, unless , of course, you’re a mega- rich mining magnate with inherited wealth , in which case entitlement just keeps on growing and growing and growing. Funny, that…
Dark plans are currently afoot in Tony Abbott’s conservative (oops I meant liberal) government to abolish free GP visits. For many of us going to the GP is free. There is some insane idea that going to the doctor is somehow fun or frivolous and should be made more expensive to discourage this practice. For myself I can’t remember the last time I had fun at the GP’s office. The closest it gets to fun is finding out you are going to get better, after looking forward to whatever weird pills and potions have been prescribed.
So the hardest hit will be of course those with persistent health problems, children and the already struggling financially, i.e the type of people Jesus tried to help.
So another mean spirited, irrational and poorly thought out policy from Tony Abbott.
So if Tony Abbott is struck dead by lightning, I’ll take that as a sign God exists.
Following Schapelle Corby’s release on parole this week, there has been an onslaught of opinions, both in mainstream publications, in comments and on social media, with the words “bogan” and “convicted drug trafficker” being repeated over and over again by many people as a pronouncement of guilt. Shades of Lindy Chamberlain here, who was also believed to be guilty by most of the public until her innocence was proven when new (forensic) evidence was found.
In Schapelle Corby’s case we need to keep in mind a few things: No fingerprinting or forensic analysis was ever performed on any of the bags or the substance itself. No CCTV footage was ever provided by any of the three airports she travelled to. She was pronounced guilty by the Indonesian kangaroo court system based only on one piece of evidence: she admitted that it was her bag. A bag that was not in her custody for most of her travel. She and her family then became victims of a government/media smear campaign, which was designed to sway public opinion against her in order to keep relations with Indonesia stable. It worked: her support fell from initially 75% of the public to now less than 10%. (See post below “Expendable”)
Meanwhile Australian airports provide a gladwrapping service for suitcases. Why? Because stories of people being unwittingly used as drug mules abound and were well known to happen even before the Corby case.
Below is an example, straight from the Facebook sewer, of how public opinion has been shaped by the media, with comments calling for restraint and support being few and far between.
While it is understandable that the government has to encourage stable relations with a highly populated muslim country on our doorstep, there is no need for us to fall for the misinformation and we need to wake up to the fact that just like Julian Assange or David Hicks, Schapelle Corby became a pawn in a political game. The reality is : individual lives are expendable and if any of Corby’s detractors ever find themselves in a similar situation, regardless of whether they are guilty or not, their government will not be there to help them. And that is why this story continues to be important : Because you’re next!
As soon as you realize senior members of AFP (Australian Federal Police) were involved in drug smuggling at airports using baggage handlers to hide drugs in peoples bags, you can see the coverup and scapegoating going into overdrive.
This fact along with evidence disappearing everywhere or being refused, shows that this woman was framed.
On the day Victorian government was debating laws to effectively criminalize protest , protestors for Ukraine democracy met at the exact place where Robert Doyle’s Melbourne City Council brutally crushed a democracy Movement called Occupy Melbourne.
This may actually be Victoria’s last protest where protest is legal.
Yet another irony is the Ukrainian situation protest was also made illegal recently.
So I’m sure we’d love for you to have democracy Ukraine, but we don’t have it our selves.
In this Act—
association means any of the following—
(a) a corporation;
(b) an unincorporated association;
(c) a club or league;
(d) any other group of 3 or more persons by whatever name
called, whether associated formally or informally and
whether the group is legal or illegal.
I guess this means that if one of the members of a parent’s association or crochet circle commits a crime, they get an extra 15 years of prison for the crime of “association”. You don’t believe it could happen? They have already arrested Lance Priestly of Occupy Sydney for committing the crime of cooking a barbecue with the wrong “friends” and chucked him into solitary confinement without bail for a month. In Queensland, of course. But it could happen here too. Just watch out when you are participating in that sausage sizzle fundraiser for your kindergarten, you may be “associating” with 3 people or more…
Originally posted on The Australian Independent Media Network:
When I first heard people complaining about Queensland’s VLAD laws, I thought it was a tremendous over-reaction – they didn’t have to ban all vampire movies, just the “Twilight” series would have been sufficient!
But when I discovered what it really was, I thought that I’d better investigate further. So I looked up the legislation.
1 Short title
This Act may be cited as the Vicious Lawless Association
Disestablishment Act 2013.
(1) The objects of the Act are to—
(a) disestablish associations that encourage, foster or
support persons who commit serious offences; and
(b) increase public safety and security by the
disestablishment of the associations; and
(c) deny to persons who commit serious offences the
assistance and support gained from association with
other persons who participate in the affairs of the
(2) The objects are to be achieved by—
(a) imposing significant…
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