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On 13 December 2018 Australia's 'interim' Prime Minister and Liberal MP for Cook, Scott Morrison, announced that his government intended to protect religious freedom in Australia and to protect the rights of Australians to be themselves by way of a new piece of legislation titled the Religious Discrimination Act.
Not a line of this legislation appears to have been put down on paper to date even though it is apparently expected to come before the Australian Parliament in the seven days or so it will sit before the May 2019 federal election.
One would have thought that religious freedom and diversity of faith was thriving in Australia given over 127 different formal manifestations of religious faith/spirituality exist in its cities, towns and villages without ongoing overt community discord or institutionalised discrimination.
Even former Liberal Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock concedes the Religious Freedom Review he led found little evidence that discrimination is occurring in Australia. That lack of hard evidence at population levels mean that government cannot reliably assert that religious discrimination as a form of harm is an existing problem requiring the 'solutions' it is prop...
Australians are spoilt for choice this week in politics. On the far right is Scott John Morrison who is determined to improve on his last weeks Slow-Mo filibuster fiasco by pretending that religious freedom is the biggest issue facing the nation along with encryption-busting and stopping kids needing medical treatment off Nauru. Not only that,
The Saltbush Club today accused state and federal governments of wasting water often desperately needed everywhere west of Australias Great Dividing Range. The Saltbush Water Watch has been established to monitor government action and inaction and report on priorities.
The Executive Director of the growing Saltbush Club, Mr Viv Forbes, said From Adelaide to Longreach we have allowed green subversives to prevent new dam construction and to dictate the waste of water caught in existing dams.
Without water conservation the Murray River would turn back into a string of disconnected waterholes every big drought. More reliable fresh water has benefitted humans and nature all along the river.
Luckily (and predictably), Tim Flannerys climate alarm forecast of endless drought has proved wrong, or this area of Australia would now be depopulated.
The green activists behind the water waste are not pro-environment they are anti-human.
The Saltbush Club is in the process of setting up several Watch Groups to investigate, monitor and report on this political war on human activity. It has appointed Mr Ron Pike, A Bushie from the Back of Barellan to lead the Saltbush Water Watch.
Ron has a lifetime of experience of farming, irrigation and politics in the Murray Darling Basin. He was the first farmer to use water from the Snowy Scheme to irrigate his farm in 1961.
Ron says: The food we eat, the water we drink and the power we use for most of our endeavours, are available only because previous generations invested their know-how and money for the future.
It is time this generation did the same.
Rons first statement on behalf of the Saltbush Water Watch can be found here.
I recently read this rather interesting article Children of Ted: The Unlikely New Generation of Unabomber Acolytes (John H Richardson, New York Magazine, December 11, 2018) which left me feeling curious as to what is, in fact, the Continue reading
It's not really workHaving blown his precious first Hundred Days to define himself and his government, Scott Morrison has finally found an issue to make his own.
It's just the power to charm
I'm still standing in the wind
But I never wave bye bye
But I try, I try ...
- David Bowie Modern love
You should always have a dream, Rossokna told me. Shes a 39-year-old woman from Cambodia. read now...
The pieces were already put in place during the Wentworth federal by-election, a hopeless, needless gambit that reduced the Coalition governments majority whilst giving the outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a crack at some vengeance. His successor, Scott Morrison, decided to make himself a prisoner of policy in advance. That prison cell, it transpired, was
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This is the final para in a post by Judy in The Weekend Oz: World in no hurry to board the Marrakesh Express on migration.
The principal roles of a sovereign government are to protect the nations borders and to act in the best interests of its own citizens. To do otherwise is to invite internal dissent, something Macron is beginning to learn. There are lessons for other world leaders.
Such as our own! A few more quotes for those who are paywalled out.
Individual countries are more than capable of sorting out the size and type of immigrants they require.
Last week, a spokesman for the US government summed up that countrys refusal to sign the compact by labelling it an effort by the United Nations to advance global governance at the expense of the sovereign right of states.
The central aim of the compact is to convert illegal migration into regular migration, with all the associated privileges accorded to legal migrants. Economic migration is seen as an inalienable human right.
The compact then dives into equally dangerous water by stating that one objective is to eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote evidence-based public discourse to shape perceptions of migration. In other words, descriptions of migration that are not positive and fulsome should not be permitted.
If we look at the attitudes of ordinary citizens to migration around the world, it is clear that a rising proportion is opposed to high migrant intakes. Indeed, in many countries, the largest proportion of citizens would prefer reduced or zero migration.
By 1PeterMCC Interfering in religious unrest (by recognising West Jerusalem as Israels capital) and to the disadvantage of Australias trade agreements with Indonesia, only makes sense when you remember who Scott serves. He openly identifies with Prosperity theology which sits firmly within the Born Again (BA) off-shoot of Christianity, mixing fast-talking sales people with a
Reposting from 2015. Freezing in the dark. Welcome to Bill Shortens brave new world, the German experience.
Some 800,000 German homes have been disconnected from the grid victims of what is euphemistically called fuel poverty. In response, Germans have picked up their axes and have headed to their forests in order to improve their sense of energy security although foresters apparently take the view that this self-help measure is nothing more than blatant timber theft (see our post here).
German manufacturers and other energy intensive industries faced with escalating power bills are packing up and heading to the USA where power prices are 1/3 of Germanys (see our posts here and here and here). And the green dream of creating thousands of jobs in the wind industry has turned out to be just that: a dream (see our post here).
A handy piece by Don Aitkin (as usual).
An interesting reference to Ross Garnaut.
You say Almost every reputable economist believes that a market mechanism like an emissions trading scheme is the best way to reduce carbon pollution. I shake my head again at that ignorant phrase, but how many of them have actually looked at the challenge of global warming? Ross Garnaut didnt, and said so. It was all too hard for him. Rubbish! None of it is very hard, for him, for you or for me. The basic science is accessible, but so many commentators refuse to look at it. They happily accept what they are told is the settled science.
That recalls the modelling that Garnaut used to plan our climate change strategy. With the Coalition in power, what about making the model public so we can see what sort of assumptions went into it?
Somehow I missed this, last month Don decided to take a break for a while. He has earned it. You can still visit the site to find an amazing wealth of material especially on climate issues. Lets wish him well and hope he is up and running in the new year. He is a national treasure.
The Coalition's internal tussles threaten to cast it into the electoral wilderness. read now...
As the Prime Minister of the day strides to the despatch box in Question Time, the cameras focus on the back benchers sitting directly behind him as they nod dutifully and call out hear, hear, or point accusingly as they call out shame. These people are deliberately placed there in order to raise their profile
In this weeks Newspoll 55% believed Labor would win next years election, compared with just 24% who thought the Coalition would. These are figures to frighten Scott Morrison, and make Bill Shorten just a touch nervous.
One is too young to think of herself as president. But she does. The other is too old to take on the job but wants it anyway.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez has not spent so much as a second in a legislative role anywhere, and will only enter the House as a junior Democrat in January, the youngest female ever elected. Do you therefore think she is out of the running come 2024? Ha!
As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, hes too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president.
The real issue is this: Dont Underestimate Dumb Voters Appetite For Idiot Leftist Politicians. From which:
Of course, Ocasio-Cortez blabs about socialism, but her rantings are straight out of Marxism for Dummies. Nothing she says threatens the rice bowl of the zillionaire donor base Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have cultivated. Free college, free medicine, free this, free that its all just more graft for the Democrats to distribute, and it will all come from the pockets of people like you. Do you think the people who write the checks to the DNC are going to end up paying the bill for this nonsense? Really?
I wish it were only money at stake. Im afraid the future will just have to take care of itself, since you may be sure that these are the sorts of people who will continue to rise to the top on the left. If there is going to be an actual resistance, preventing such people from rising to the top is where it will have to be found.
There never is a time not to worry in the Balkans. The next conflict always seems to be peering around the corner with a malicious enthusiasm, eager to spring at points of demagogic advantage and personal suffering. The centrepieces of future disaster in the region tend to be Kosovo and Bosnia. The former is now
By Stephen Fitzgerald What started out as a pathetic little grab for votes in the Wentworth by-election, by the LNP, has now been escalated to include threatening every Australian citizen and Australian trade. Wentworth voters see embassy relocation as a targeted pitch to Jewish voters: The response to the proposal relocation of the Australian Embassy
The anti-terrorism unit suited up.
This was an international affair a deal between the USA and New Zealand, two members of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance.
Helicopters, tactical suits, high caliber firearmsthe whole shebang. They busted in the doors and successfully raided the multi-million-dollar compound.
What was this capturing the next in line after Bin Laden? Busting an international human trafficking ring?
Actually, elite New Zealand law enforcement was acting at the request of the United States to arrest a guy named Kim Dotcom.
Kim Dotcom is a large, jovial man of German-Swedish origins. He founded Megaupload, an online platform that allowed us to basically watch movies online for free.
Unfortunately for Kim, a lot of that content included American movies, with American copyrights.
US artists didnt get their money, which meant the US government didnt get its tax dollars.
But Kim Dotcom was a German citizen hanging out in New Zealand. So tough luck for the USA, right?
Wrong. US jurisdiction extends globally and the government is getting its pound of flesh.
Violate US copyright laws, and get your door kicked in by a SWAT team, even half a world away.
Then there was the Australian, living in London who shared leaked, classified and sensitive documents with the public.
Im talking about the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.
He walked into the Ecuadorian embassy in London six years ago, asking for asylum.
There was a Swedish warrant out for his arrest, alleging rape charges. He faced extradition to Sweden, and feared he would then be turned over to US authorities who wanted Assange taken down for exposing the extent of the spying the US government was carrying out on its own citizens.
For years it was suspected that there was a sealed US indictment against Assange. Last month, the proof emerged when the US accidentally revealed the filing, but not the specific charges.
So, weve got an Aussie journalist who might get arrested in the UK (which has an extradition agreement with the US) for a crime allegedly committed in Sweden all because the US government has a hard on for this guy.
But this journalist made the mistake of providing the world with the valuable insight that the authoritarian US government was surveilling its own citizens.
And, again, the US wants its pound of flesh.
Just recently, the US has once again flexed its glob...
Ok, theres been one or two confusing messages coming from the Morrison government. And no, one of them isnt What would Jesus do? Strangely, for a government thats had two out of three PMs profess their strong Christian beliefs, this never seems to be a consideration. Im more confused about things like their recent thought
On Thursday, the Government announced a review into the integration, employment and settlement outcomes for refugees and humanitarian entrants. The Prime Minister said: We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help people get jobs, and integrate into the community. Oh what a difference a new job makes. After the 2010
Just when we thought the Liberals could not get worse.
A Religious Freedom Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission.
As John Roskam mused, think about someone like Dr Tim Soutphommasane or Gillian Triggs in the chair. She wanted to regulate whats said around the family kitchen table so you can imagine her concern about what might be said in church and church schools.
Who needs the ALP with leadership like that in the Coalition?
John examines the encryption bill, Australia's entry into the space program and the truth behind the long-awaited Federal ICAC. read now...
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