Disaster Survivors Speak Up


Over the last few weeks we have had a number of environmental catastrophes, from countless fish dying, to floods in Townsville, to bushfires in Tasmania. Scott Morrison went on a trip to Townsville that brought ire for his lack of response. He was asked about the role of climate change in the increased number of extreme weather events around the world and, on a foray that was simply for public image leading into the election, said he didn’t want to bring politics into the issue. He no longer has the choice – the people are bringing it to him.

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


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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Disrespecting the PM


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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Australia Ranks High But Should Be Doing Better


The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released the 2018 Democracy Index about a week ago, and Australia ranked 9/167 – an impressive feat. This week also saw the release of Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) 2019 World Report, covering all the events of 2018. While praising our human rights record, as the EIU ranking would suggest, there is much left to be desired that would greatly boost our image on the global stage.

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Death Penalty Has No Place in a Civilised World


On October 2nd, Washington Post journalist and critic of the Saudi Arabian government and monarchy, Jamal Khashoggi, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Now, in an attempt to distance their connection to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, five suspects have been sentenced with the death penalty. The prosecutor held back from naming anyone directly connected to the Crown Prince, and obviously did not suggest the hit was ordered by him or his advisors. But is the death penalty really justice, or is it simply justified murder?

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