Culture of Greed: Banking Royal Commission Report Released

04/02/2019

The Final Report of the Royal Commission into the banking sector has officially been released, following an icy media op between Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Commissioner Kenneth Hayne. Frydenberg tried to lighten the mood as photographers tried to urge them to shake hands, but Hayne refused to even look at the Treasurer – the utter contempt was palpable. Given the findings, and how most of the government voted north of 20 times to try and hold back from the RC, that comes as no surprise. (Link to the report below).

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McConnell (US) ‘Admits’ Voter Suppression, Should Be a Warning to Australia

04/02/2019

It is rare in US politics that the real reasons for policy are admitted openly, and the recent statement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is one of those occasions. He has accused the Democrats of a “power grab” by putting forward a bill that would ensure that Election Day in America would be a public holiday. God forbid the populace has the chance to actually vote.

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Cashless Welfare Cards: They Don’t Work

02/02/2019

Over the last few days, the government’s cashless welfare cards have been introduced to Queensland in the next string of trials. They have been rolled out elsewhere across the country already, and despite what the government claims, it is already obvious that these cards do not achieve the policy goals they were set out for. Instead, they are (who would have guessed) another way to limit the poor.

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Why I Changed Banks

01/02/2019

It is something that I intended to do for quite some time, but today I have officially closed my account with the Commonwealth Bank. I had been with them since primary school through the Dollarmite school banking program, and to me it was simply a place to store my money – I had no savings account, no wish to secure a loan or take up any other offer from them. My only association was just making transactions with my card. So given the revelations of the Royal Commission into the private banking sector, it was an easy choice to leave.

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Disrespecting the PM

01/02/2019

In yesterday’s ‘quick quips’ piece, I mentioned the outrage against people (notably women, attacked by trash like the Murdoch press) who have, in one form or another, used profanity when referring to elected leaders. The results are what you would expect once all of this came tumbling out in the media.

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Quick Quips: First Month

31/01/2019

It may just be something that happens as you get older, but even at 20 the time seems to fly by with little regard for what one would like to do with said time. Already we are at the end of January, with the scene set for 2019. Yes, it looks like it’s going to just be another regular year.

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Free Service? No, You Are the Product

29/01/2019

A longer read than usual. It would be prudent to begin by saying that there is an obvious distinction between the public and private sector here. In the public sector, it is not profit but the efficiency and benefit of the service to the public that is the main goal. Things like public transport, medical care, education, etc. are all areas that should belong to, and remain invested in by, the public as those services are critical to the progression of society. Thus making them free, or at least subsidised to some extent, is worthwhile in the long term. Private enterprise, however, cannot, by definition, offer “free” services – there must always be a profit, and therefore a price to consumers. Clive Palmer also features here, because of course the shit “meme lord” has made the news again.

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Australia Recognises Guaido

28/01/2019

A small update to my piece yesterday about foreign leaders declaring who they recognise as the head of state in another country. Australia, tragically but predictably, has followed in step with the US in backing the long anticipated coup in Venezuela.

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“Invasion Day” Protests Across the Country

26/01/2019

Protests were carried out across the country today, calling for the changing of the date of Australia Day from the 26th to something more inclusive. Of course, it made media headlines and caused a bit of a ruckus online. But is the date of the national day the issue worth protesting?

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Quick Quips: Bus to Where? The Front Fell Off

23/01/2019

Bill Shorten is trying to one up Scott Morrison after the Prime Minister failed to stay with his bus through Queensland a while back. After Pauline’s battler bus, Scott Morrison’s shadow bus, and Bill’s publicity bus, who is steering the country away from that cliff over there?

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