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May 2, 2012

Defeated After Surrendering

image by @redglitterx
quote: It is far better to be defeated while attempting to implement Labor policies than to be defeated after surrendering them. I do not believe we can win by surrendering these or, if by any chance we did win, that winning would be worthwhile. Jim Cairns, 1975

April 24, 2012

Nicola Roxon calling it like it is: Tony Abbott is leading a lynch mob

Paul Bongiorno, a reporter for Channel 10, yesterday gave us Nicola Roxon’s response to what is happening with the Peter Slipper allegations:

text of image: @PaulBongiorno Nicola Roxon says Tony Abbott is leading a lynch mob not the Liberal party.

The demands from Tony Abbott to bring on the election when he has neither policies or costings, show the true reason for the attacks on Peter Slipper.

This is about bringing down the democratically elected government, and Slipper is collateral damage.

Expect the attacks, the nastiness, the spite to get more vicious, and ramped up as the weeks go on, because this current Opposition are so desperate for an election, they won’t stop until they get one.

April 14, 2012

Take Action: Save Workers: ‘Union Town’ by Tom Morello (of Rage Against The Machine download)

For the free download of Union Town by Tom Morello, visit – The Coalition To Save Workers (America Votes Labor Unity Fund)

Or, listen to it here

April 9, 2012

The Climate Change “Debate” – debate implies we still don’t know

Doubt and Controversy, these are words climate change deniers will use to get you to question the facts about climate change when spoken by climate scientists.

In this country – where the media is overwhelmingly dominated by one man (or his various corporations) – climate change tends to be framed in terms of climate change debate.

Apparently the jury is still out, weighing up the evidence, throwing a few ideas around and rewarding those with the most convincing argument and spin, instead of those with facts and truth on their side.

So let us all talk about this some more until we reach a conclusion – that kind of debate.

Everyone has an opinion, and believe that entitles them to have an equal say in the climate change debate, as much as climate scientists, who spent years studying these things.

Listen to climate change deniers – how often is their debating filled with vague statements, such as I feel, I believe, I heard. Read the Murdoch media, and they fill their articles with anything but science, instead they will focus on how the average Joe, Jane or Tarek feel they will be affected by climate change.

Or, we could ignore a newspaper who just wants to sell readership numbers to advertisers, and instead we could listen to a climate scientist, they will say We know, we have the research, we have studied.

By describing the rejection of climate science as debate, deniers are throwing doubt on years of science.

Murdoch’s media says NO climate change, Scientists say YES climate change, and now we have controversy, and any scientist who disagrees is being controversial.

Maybe Murdoch media will present a scientists views – without specifying what type of science they study. Science is a broad church, full of various disciplines, not all of them study climate change. Then suddenly the meme is that scientists themselves are unsure about the validity of climate change.

Murdoch’s media will then run a few articles that disagree with scientists or people whining that the cost of running their air-con in their McMansions will be more expensive, and suddenly we have a a debate, or a controversy – two sides that disagree.

The ABC will then run anti-climate change stories, all in the name of balance, it’s about having all viewpoints represented, having all sides of the debate given serious air-time.

Related articles

NASA Climate Scientist Compares Climate Change to Slavery (

text and digital mischief image (not the polar bear, all the decoration) by @redglitterx

April 6, 2012

Corruption, Theft, Incompetence, and Law Breaking in the Liberal Nationals

This is an old piece written by Senator John Faulkner (of NSW), from 2006 – but the incompetence and failures of the current Opposition – which was the government at the time the piece was written. The Howard Government may be gone, but some of the same people are still in parliament, and the hypocrisy does not go away.

Government Accountability – The Senate
Senator the Hon John Faulkner
Labor Senator for NSW
The Senate
2 March 2006

To this list can be added Mary Jo Fisher, current LNP senator from South Australia – shoplifter and security guard assaulter

And the Victorian LNP – who wants a corruption watchdog, but wants politicians exempt for any possible corruption (Victoria’s Liberal-National Politicians Exempt Themselves From Corruption Commission)

Then there is Hajnal Black, somehow over a million dollars of her clients money ended up in her bank account, she is a conservative from Queensland.

While not illegal, let’s also remember the Liberal from South Australia who told a female Senator she should be put down (South Australia, this man represents you: “You Should Be Put Down” MP Pengilly)

At the end of Faulkners very long list, he concludes:

Of course, all these sins mean nothing to the Howard government. After all, how can it repent what it cannot recall? This government, and its hand-picked sycophants, suffers from the worst case of collective amnesia in medical and political history. What are the bywords of the Howard government? ‘I cannot recall,’ ‘I don’t recollect,’ ‘I wasn’t informed,’ ‘I can’t remember,’ ‘I have no recollection of that.’

read more

These are the people who talk about JuLiar and about Craig Thompson, who has NOT been found guilty of any crime.

a big thank you to @davidbewart for this link

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probably not endorsed by anyone in the LNP, use of Faulkner’s quote does not imply that he in anyway endorses the contents of this post or blog

oh, and I must add – ALLEGEDLY for all of this

April 4, 2012

Over-paid, Over-sexed, and Over Here – 200 Marines Land In Darwin, and we foot the bill

That was a slogan, made popular in Britain during World War II, but gained some local flavour when the US Military decided intervene in the Pacific and resulted in many US military personnel based in Australia or getting R&R here.

And as of last night the first detachment of US Marines arrived in Australia for training, (or perhaps to gain the US a military presence in a strategic location to Asia) in Darwin for next six months. The first 200 marines touched down in what will eventually build up to 2,500.

Sounds expensive? Not for the US, as we are the ones paying for (some of) it

Australia will provide a range of support with costs shared under existing legal, financial and logistical arrangements
Source: here

So, where is the benefit for Australia? What exactly do we get for all this?

[it] supports Australia’s long-held strategic interests in supporting US engagement in our region in a manner – and – could also provide new opportunities for Australian and US engagement with our partners in the region
Source: here

In other words, we get to be even bigger poodles than we were previously, and as for engaging with our neighbours, nothing says I care like increasing the military presence of the US Military in our country.

However, analysts in China and elsewhere say they fear that the moves could backfire, risking a cold war-style standoff with China. (Jackie Calmes).

What happens if a Marine goes troppo, or runs over a local in a military vehicle, or assaults a child? Will they be whisked back the US to avoid prosecution? In fact, could they even face prosecution in this country for crimes they commit while here?

When they say it will only be six months, we must remember, these are USA six-months, and bear little relation to the same calendar the rest of humanity use – much like the second Iraq war which was supposed to last only six-months and become 10-years.

There is always the inevitable mission creep, where there is an expansion of a project beyond its original goals. Once the system is in place, it would be so easy to extend the six-months, to another six-months, then another six-months. And before you can whistle Yankee Doodle Dandy, the Marines are here permanently and numbers heading towards 3000, 4000 and more.

What about unmanned drones, or nuclear weapons, or biological or chemical weapons, or cluster-bombs? Weapons that are banned in Australia, will the Marines be allowed to import them and use them? US officials say No, but how reliable is the word of an organisation that told us there were Weapons Of Mass Destruction in Iraq

As Peter Garrett sang all those years ago: US Forces give the nod, it’s a set back for your country

digital mischief by @redglitterx
based on image from Over-paid, over-sexed and over-here: US Marines in wartime Melbourne 1943

April 3, 2012

Art – the power that a worker has against the corporation

text of image:

To a right-winger, unions are awful. Why do right-wingers hate unions? Because collective bargaining is the power that a worker has against the corporation. Right-wingers hate that.
Janeane Garofalo, Majority Report, Jun. 3, 2005

digital mischief by @redglitterx
use of Janeane Garofalos image or quote is in no way intended to imply that she in anyway endorses the contents of this post or blog

April 2, 2012

Music Monday – US Forces: Midnight Oil

US Forces give the nod, it’s a set back for your country

Peter Garrett sang those words in 1982, and now, about wanting to get the United States military out of Australia and Australia’s foreign policy.

All these many years later, Garrett is part of a Labor government that just opened Darwin for permanent occupation by US Marines, complete with drones, and possibly nuclear weapons, and giving away Cocos Island for a US military base.

Activists fought to get US Bases Out in the 70s and 80s – and now it seems we have to fight those battles again in this century too.

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use of song is in no way intended to suggest that Midnight Oil, or the US Military in any way endorses the contents of this post or this blog

April 1, 2012

Farewell the Honourable Lionel Frost Bowen AC

In a piece on the Labor Blog, the Prime Minister pays tribute to the late Lionel Bowen, former deputy prime minister and member of Gough Whitlam’s government.

Farewell the Honourable Lionel Frost Bowen AC
Julia Gillard posted Sunday, 1 April 2012

Lionel Bowen was good Labor man, who was passionate for the cause of social justice, and who was renowned for his integrity, honesty and fairness.
read more of what PM Gillard had to say…

Bob Carr paid tribute to Bowen His personality was very humble, he was the ordinary person’s representative in parliament… He was one of nature’s gentlemen.

Kristina Keneally described Bowen as a true gentleman, great family man, and a strong voice for Labor values.

for more on Lionel Bowen: here

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quotes by PM Gillard, Bob Carr, Kristina Keneally are in no way intended to suggest they in any way endorse the contents of this post or this blog

April 1, 2012

Tony Abbott Cares…. About His Election Chances – You Mean This Was A Charity Bike Ride?

Keep Those Wheels Spinning Tony, Just Keep On Spinning

As tweeted by Mike Kelly MP, Federal Labor member for Eden-Monaro in NSW.

text of tweet: So the truth outs. I thought Abbott was cycling for charity. He tells us it was actually only about politics.

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quote by Mike Kelly MP is in no way intended to suggest that Kelly in any way endorses the contents of this post or this blog