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Emails Reveal The Coalition Was Always Going To Support Pauline Hanson's OK to be White Motion

Emails Reveal The Coalition Was Always Going To Support Pauline Hanson's OK to be White Motion

the worst racists are the kind who hide it behind clumsy walk-backs like the LNP. they're the kind who have the easiest chance at getting in power.

Cormann told BuzzFeed News that the government leadership in the Senate had decided in September to overrule the office of the attorney-general's advice, but this didn't happen in October.

"In September the Senate leadership team had formally decided to overrule the advice from the attorney-general’s office and to oppose that motion," he said. "That was the position we had formally adopted, and if the motion had been put to a vote then, Coalition senators would have voted against it."

Given the emails and the government's continued political attacks involving refugees and the Sudanese community, combined with their calls to prioritise white South African farmers, why would anyone believe that there was an administrative error.

And considering Cormann's denials regarding his role in toppling Turnbull, he lacks all credibility when it comes to matters of truth.

Like as if anyone is fucking surprised! It's what happens when you let closet racist extremists in your party control the narrative and cosy up to openly racist extremists to secure their support to pass your shitty legislation. The Liberal and National parties are morally bankrupt and are now being run on the worst possible ideology.

False equivalency. People don't choose their race, but they do choose who they associate with.

My Mum has been caring for an abandoned and injured magpie, which has grown a liking to us. Meet Psypi the friendly magpie.

My Mum has been caring for an abandoned and injured magpie, which has grown a liking to us. Meet Psypi the friendly magpie.

I’m a Wildlife rehabber & biologist. I understand you want to take of this little guy but without a proper medical assessment you are doing long term harm. His foot is bunched, the wing is injured. He may also have other internal injuries that you can’t see without an X-ray. It might be a neurological condition or an infection like cocidiosis. Please do the right thing for this guy, he needs to go to someone who knows what they are doing & has the right equipment to help it. You seem to really love Wildlife so I would recommend looking for places to volunteer & you can learn more about our wonderful wildlife.

Um, that wing is not going to set itself. If it doesn't set properly the bird will never fly. A bird can get by with one functioning leg, but not one functioning wing.

It needs to see a vet, it looks old enough to rehabilitate unless the wing has been left too long.

Also, I notice you're in Victoria. You need a wildlife carer's license to care for injured wildlife

Good on her for looking out for it.

What is its injury, right wing and has it been seen by a veterinarian?

She’s doing such a good job! She spends most of the day in her back yard helping her look for bugs by turning over bricks and digging for worms.

Her left wing is broken/dislocated, and her right leg just doesn’t work.

She hasn’t taken it to a vet, she said she is worried that they might euthanise her. Her plan is to care for her until her wing heals so it can fly again.

These six mining and energy companies paid more in donations to the Liberal and Labor parties last year than they paid in tax

These six mining and energy companies paid more in donations to the Liberal and Labor parties last year than they paid in tax
These six mining and energy companies paid more in donations to the Liberal and Labor parties last year than they paid in tax

I think the surprise here is that it doesn't cost much to bribe the government..

It's cheaper to buy the government than your first home!

Guys, come on. This is just a cheap shot. Companies don't pay tax on income, they pay it on profit. This is a deliberately misleading graphic, and without the full balance sheet, is just bullshit. These are companies with huge infrastructure spends. Woodside or Santos can spend billions setting up a site and then spend years earning a trading profit before it's paid off...and from this graphic, we have absolutely no idea if they are in profit or not.

The donations debate is very separate, and one worth having, but to get worked up on this kind of graphic is just intellectually dishonest.

Before being dragged kicking and screaming to support them, @scottmorrisonmp described the Banking Royal Commission as ‘nothing more than a populist whinge’. And he described the Integrity Commission as a ‘fringe issue’. He really is NOT VERY BRIGHT

Before being dragged kicking and screaming to support them, @scottmorrisonmp described the Bankin...

oh he's bright. bright enough to use the trump tactic of playing things down and minimizing issues while throwing distracting things into the press.

Not to mention the Morrison govt's Federal ICAC as proposed is dreadful. No public hearings. For a FEDERAL ANTI-CORRUPTION body. How is that supposed to restore and build trust exactly?

They all think they're John Howard and can just shrug at problems and public will shrug along. How Howard managed this remains a mysterious embarrassment to the country, but hopefully one we are over.

And yet it's vital we allow church-schools to expel gay kids without fear of lawsuits. Pretty clear where his priorities lie.

Morrison government to establish a Federal Integrity Commission

Morrison government to establish a Federal Integrity Commission

NO MUM THIS IS ALL WRONG I SAID I WANTED AN ICAC FOR XMAS I HATE YOU

I wonder how toothless it'll be

The public sector division of the CIC will have the power to:

•compel the production of documents

•question people

•hold private hearings, and

•enter/search premises.

It will not be able to:

•exercise arrest warrants

•hold public hearings, or

•make findings of corruption, criminal conduct or misconduct at large.

https://www.ag.gov.au/Consultations/Documents/commonwealth-integrity-commission/cic-consultation-...)

Leader of political party devoid of integrity announces establishment of gumjob Commonwealth Integrity Commission.

No no don't be silly. It will also be able to investigate the Greens and GetUp.

2019, A space odyssey

2019, A space odyssey

A Space Oddity!

If there's one thing the current government is doing well, it's providing jobs and growth to the cartoonist and satire-related industries.

Love the apology to Buzz & Woody in the bottom corner

"My god. It's full of coal."

Failing with style.

NSW Govt pill-testing unit

NSW Govt pill-testing unit

The NSW governments' position is an easy one for them to stick to.

Pro-testing: "People will always experiment, so we should make it as safe as possible."

Govt: "These drugs are illegal. People should not be taking them at all."

PT: "But in reality, we know that laws don't completely stop people doing these things, so we should ensure we minimise harm when they do."

Govt: "These drugs are illegal. People should not be taking them at all."

PT: "yes, but they will. So when they do, we should help to protect them with a simple test.

Govt: "These drugs are illegal. People should not be taking them."

Frustrating, to say the least.

Wow. Simple and brutal.

I absolutely loathe people that make a moral argument based on the legality of something. Apart from the moral value of abiding by the law of society of course. The whole point of such debate is to change law.

Edit: I don't loathe the people, rather the argument.

Yep. A harm minimisation approach verse a zero tolerance approach.

Yet, that same government takes a harm minimisation approach to other things - like speeding: "You were 10 over? Here's a fine and we'll take 1 point. Oh, you were 15 over? Here's a bigger fine and we'll take 3 points. Oh you were 50 over? Give us your licence, you're going to court." If they had 'zero tolerance' to speeding it would be, "You were one over. Give me your licence."

Why the media is unable to report on a case that has generated huge interest online

Why the media is unable to report on a case that has generated huge interest online

mod note - this post is here and has been locked.

there are a few reasons for this.

1- this stops others from submitting the link.

2- the lock is to stop those who wish to speculate on the identity of the person involved. there are legitimate reasons a court would issue a suppression order, and the relevant legislation is reproduced below:

from the OPEN COURTS ACT 2013 (Vic) - SECT 23

Offence to contravene proceeding suppression order or interim order (1) A person must not engage in conduct that constitutes a contravention of a proceeding suppression order or an interim order that is in force if that person—

(a) knows that the proceeding suppression order or interim order, as the case requires, is in force; or

(b) is reckless as to whether a proceeding suppression order or an interim order, as the case requires, is in force.

Penalty: in the case of an individual, level 6 imprisonment (5 years maximum) or 600 penalty units, or both;

in the case of a body corporate, 3000 penalty units.

the reason for the supression order is given in the linked article:

A suppression order issued by the Victorian County Court, which applies in all Australian states and territories, has prevented any publication of the details of the case including the person's name or the charges. It was imposed after the court accepted that knowledge of the person's identity in the first trial might prejudice a further trial being held in March.

It is relatively common in cases where a person faces separate allegations in sequential trials for the first trial to be suppressed. The process is designed not to prejudice later juries.

ABC and SBS cleared by review into claims they compete unfairly with commercial rivals

ABC and SBS cleared by review into claims they compete unfairly with commercial rivals

How many times now? Another review by the lib government that says ABC aren't biased or useless.

Got a good feeling the media will be unusually silent on this story.

Yeah they compete unfairly, they put out actually watchable content.

It doesn't matter how many times the ABC is cleared of bias the IPA and Murdoch's shit rags will continue to attack it and their dumb cunt audience will believe it.

Make uni free by ending fossil fuel subsidies for big business, Greens say

Make uni free by ending fossil fuel subsidies for big business, Greens say

The comment I seem to see a lot is people seem to think that HECS is like a free ride, and that paying off the debt is no big deal.

The average HECS debt takes about 10 years to pay off. For that 10 years you are loosing 4-8% (soon to be 2-8%) of your gross income. You also pay tax on it.

That debt, while one of the best loans you can get, limits young peoples spending power when they have the least amount of money. Sure uni graduates have a higher earning potential than those who don't, but that doesn't happen in their first 10 years out of uni.

That debts limits spending power. It limits people being able to save for house deposits. It limits their interaction with the economy.

The advantage of paying for uni from tax is its paid for mostly by higher earners. Who are mostly uni graduates. It means you're paying off your HECS when you earn more, not less.

So the idea is to shift the economic burden from when you are young and low income, to when you are older and higher income.

The greens propose to do this with removal of the fuel subsidy. The other option would be to increase the top two tax brackets by a few %.

It would cost about an additional 10 billion a year to make uni free, which is about the same as the fuel subsidy. There would of course still be conditions on enrollment, uni is not supposed to be open season.

So the point of the economic argument is to shift the burden away from young people. Nothing is "free"

Postgrad went up 30% for my gfs course at sydney uni. And that doesnt have csp or government support, its paid upfront. So yes it is prohibitive.

Is uni cost a prohibitive factor for anyone doing an undergrad commenwealth supported degree?

I'd sooner see this money go toward increasing financial support for students while they study.

Try one of these subthreads