Policy over Personality

14/04/2019

With the election called for May 18th, as if the last few months haven’t already been tedious enough, we are entering the ‘official’ campaigning period. Sadly, what this tends to imply is the parties with worthwhile ideas are viciously shot down by those with corrupt and self-serving motives. And somehow, way too much of our population soaks that garbage up.

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Sharia Law in Australia?

11/04/2019

A friend of mine was sent a video by a relative, and she in turn sent it to me to ask my opinion on what occurred in it. At face value, the video (shared on Facebook last week) was of a woman walking through the streets of Lakemba, a New South Wales area, which is majority Muslim. The video showed her getting dirty looks as she went down the street, and a police officer approached her and told her to leave the area. Rather bizarre, until you look into it and gain context – there’s always two sides to every edited hit piece video.

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When Crime is Crime, and When it Isn’t

08/04/2019

The simple definition of crime, in this context, is stuff that people in power can get away with, where if anyone else were to do the exact same thing, or something notably less impactful they would be hounded for it. Such is the case when you compare two bits of environmental news today.

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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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Don’t Take My Word for It! Why I Write

30/03/2019

I’ll be the first to admit I have some very strong opinions on certain topics, and when discussing them with people can be rather adamant that what I have to say is right. But I have no illusions whatsoever that people have to, or will, agree with what I have to say. And to that, I say good on them – they do not have to take my word as gospel, nor take the same or similar viewpoints. In fact, I enjoy it when people question me or argue; partly because it’s a guilty pleasure, but mostly because a discussion of ideas is how healthy discourse should work.

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One Nation, the NRA, and Al Jazeera: A Question of Public Interest Pt.1

29/03/2019

Whether it was from legitimate news sources, or the barrage of Betoota articles about people ‘on the sauce’, most would have heard about Al Jazeera’s How to Sell a Massacre investigation. Gun lobbyists – real and fake – politicians, secret meetings with alcohol, an undercover journalist, and conspiracy to buy election results. You would almost have to agree with One Nation’s own Steve Dickson when he said: “The is the stuff you see in James Bond magazines [sic].” But it is very real, and incredibly concerning for a number of reasons.

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Quick Quips: Out of Line

28/03/2019

David Draiman’s song Out of Line, featuring Serj Tankian, is easily my favourite song on his album Device. It doesn’t hold back on its criticism of abusive power, which remains undefined but can be applied to any autocratic or plutocratic institution. From the chorus:

“You try to justify the pain that you’ve wrought,

But you’re out of line, you’re out of line.”

It is safe to say in recent months, many have stepped out of line.

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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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