Manufactured Shock: The Sydney Morning Herald

06/04/2019

So the Coalition won a third term in government in New South Wales in an election that should have been a clear victory for Labor. Now that Berejiklian has retained power, her government has been quick to make drastic changes that will negatively affect both the State and the country as a whole. And the poor old Sydney Morning Herald just doesn’t know why!

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ABC Predicts Coalition Win for NSW Election

23/03/2019

Despite all the corruption and scandals that the NSW Coalition parties have been caught out in, ABC’s top election analyst Antony Green has predicted a Coalition win for NSW, leaving Gladys Berejiklian and John Barilaro as Premier and Deputy Premier. No one is calling it straight, however, with everyone being cautious about the numbers. Coalition is now the confirmed winner.

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NSW Election – The Media is Screwing You

22/03/2019

Tomorrow, New South Wales has their state election, a battle that is tragically a 50/50 split between the Liberals/Nationals and Labor. I am not a huge fan of Labor entirely, having criticised them at times for their fumbling with Adani, their relative quiet over the asylum seeker debate, and other bits and pieces when they come up. But despite my personal purist stance, which I won’t bother denying, realistically one cannot compare Labor and the Coalition parties and say “they are as bad as each other” honestly. The difference is night and day, and while I maintain my criticisms of Labor are legitimate, can the state of NSW and the country afford another term of Coalition governance?

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School Strikes Are Not Politically Biased

14/03/2019

My Federal MP posted about the teacher that has lost work due to his comments relating to the school strikes. The teacher, who did relief work at a school, is also a Greens candidate, and it was at a forum in that role that he encouraged people to support and attend the strikes. He is now under investigation by the Education Department and has been notified he will not receive any shifts until it is done. This is, frankly, absurd.

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NSW State Election: LNP and Nationals’ Corruption Too Great to Ignore

12/03/2019

People in NSW will be heading out to vote on the 23rd of March in the State election, about two months before the scheduled Federal election. Just like their Federal counterparts, the NSW Liberal and National government has been a corrupt disaster from the start, with Mike Baird and Gladys Berejiklian having spiralled the state – and Sydney as Australia’s most ‘international city’ – downwards.

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Should Yiannopoulos Be Allowed to Speak Here?

09/03/2019

Milo Yiannopoulos has been called many things, but I think he can be summed up in a couple of words: absolute enigma. He calls himself a provocateur, then his fans wonder why so much of the world detests him. He has made offensive comments about people of colour and the LGBT community; however, he is currently married to a black man. He has made comments that could be considered death threats to journalists, despite he himself having been a journalist. There’s much more controversy, the most topical at the moment probably being his comments regarding paedophilia and sexual assault – that’s sure to go down well given the events of the last few weeks. But despite all of this, the question has been raised – should Yiannopoulos, and others like him, be allowed to tour and speak in Australia?

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Some Things Just Aren’t Political, Like Abortion

06/03/2019

There are issues that we face, whether as individuals or as a society, that have common sense solutions. The refugees requiring medical care (i.e. all of them) should have been brought here five years ago. Same sex marriage could have been passed in a day with a vote in Parliament. Climate change is one of two existential threats we as a species face that requires immediate action to combat. All of these things, however, are politicised almost beyond recognition, both by the divisive media and bought out politicians. The hot topic at the moment? Abortion.

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Quick Quips: One Million Voices

05/03/2019

Two Steps From Hell, an incredible music production company, recently hit one million subscribers on YouTube – a feat they are immensely proud of, for good reason. For the occasion, its founder and one of the main composers Thomas Bergersen released a track called One Million Voices, from his upcoming solo album Humanity.

I am no expert on music by any means, but the title of the song and album are entirely fitting. Merely through sound and a clash of cultures, art is created and (judging from the comments so far) fans globally have come together. If one piece of music, one man, one voice, can do that, imagine the impact of one million voices in unison. Imagine the power for change that remains untapped, each additional voice adding strength. Across borders, across cultures, across the divides we have made. Just imagine…

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Irony Does Not Compute

23/02/2019

Some of you would know from an older piece that my Federal MP is everyone’s favourite “leftie masher” (a popular nickname after he spent a weekend arguing with a meme page on Facebook), Andrew Laming (LNP). His main roles appear to be trash talking Queensland Labor and being a useful distraction, with such incidents as his attack on teachers. He recently posted/tweeted this on social media:

“Each Election, I deal with a @QLDLabor scare campaign tailored specifically for low-IQ voters. What will it be this year?”

Clueless pot, meet kettle.

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