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September 2014

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30 September 2014

George Brandis has silently swept away your freedoms

Lockdown: An Australian Federal Police officer at the ministerial entrance to Parliament House.

Australia has changed radically since last week though it might not look like it on the surface.
Late Thursday night the Senate passed the National Security Amendment Bill (No.1) 2014 giving unlimited power to spies and secret police.
The laws have been maimed. Unimaginable things can happen now, things that Australians have only read about in books. Not books like Thomas Paine's The Rights of Man. Those principles have been thrown away. [Read More...]

30 September 2014
by Kate O'Callaghan

Sickness Country: Selling Nuclear to the Neighbours

Earlier this month, Tony Abbott travelled to India to seal the deal on a bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement which will allow the sale of uranium to the subcontinent. Australia had previously banned the sale of uranium to India, due to its status as a non-signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. [Read More...]

30 September 2014
by Kaye Lee

Fly United?

Bill Shorten has said “The only thing standing in the way of Tony Abbott winning another term in 2016 is our ability to stand together.”

I disagree.

I don’t want to just be part of a group standing there waiting for Abbott to implode. I want to rage against every injustice. I want to expose the lies and hypocrisy. I want to discuss what we must do to protect vulnerable people and a vulnerable planet. Instead of the future of the budget, I want vision for the future of society to become the narrative. I want our priorities reassessed. [Read More...]

30 September 2014
by Sean Stinson

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to war we go…

It’s almost 100 years since the Sykes-Picot agreement was signed, in which Britain and France divided up the spoils of the Ottoman Empire, paving the way for the mess we see in the Middle East today. Suffice it to say dividing up territories with a pencil and a ruler without regard to ethno-religious distribution, nowadays known as demographics, was probably not the most well thought out plan for regional stability. [Read More...]

29 September 2014
by John Kelly

It should never have come to this.

As fact is sorted from fiction about recent incidents involving members of Australia’s Muslim communities, I cannot but lament that the media is not making any effort to minimise the hysteria that is developing. Reporting events is one thing but to constantly speculate about aspects that have no foundation will cause great harm. [Read More...]

29 September 2014
by David Singer

Obama, Putin and Rouhani can deal IS out

President Obama's sudden about face in deciding to attack IS in Syria on 21 September - without express approval of Syria or a resolution of the United Nations Security Council - has provoked a strong response from Russia and Iran - President Assad's main supporters in his three years struggle to remain in power in Syria. [Read More...]

29 September 2014
by Richard Holden

Why there’s no option but action on Australian tax rules

In the year ahead there will be a national discussion about the ­future of our taxation system. It will have important implications for economic growth and social policy. The discussion will only be productive if all options are on the table, and if participants don't resort to what Robert Kennedy called "obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans".
The quintessential such move in tax discussions is to label a change "regressive". Raising the rate or broadening the base of the GST is regressive. Increasing the top marginal rate isn't. [Read More...]

29 September 2014

Russia Discovers Massive Arctic Oil Field
May Be Larger Than Gulf Of Mexico

The oil production platform at the Sakhalin-I field in Russia,
partly owned by ONGC Videsh Ltd., Rosneft Oil Co., Exxon Mobil
Corp. and Japan's Sakhalin Oil and Gas Development Co.

In a dramatic stroke of luck for the Kremlin, this morning there is hardly a person in the world who is happier than Russian president Vladimir Putin because overnight state-run run OAO Rosneft announced it has discovered what may be a treasure trove of black oil, one which could boost Russia's coffers by hundreds of billions if not more, when a vast pool of crude was discovered in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic Ocean, showing the region has the potential to become one of the world’s most important crude-producing areas, arguably bigger than the Gulf Of Mexico. The announcement was made by Igor Sechin, Rosneft’s chief executive officer, who spent two days sailing on a Russian research ship to the drilling rig where the find was unveiled today. [Read More...]

26 September 2014

More alarm bells than GFC

An analysis of 16,000 annual reports has revealed nearly a third of Australia’s listed companies are fragile and at risk of financial catastrophe.

Analysis of almost 16,000 annual reports by the professional accounting body CPA Australia, shows there are more alarm bells ringing now than during the depths of the global financial crisis in early 2009.

The research, conducted between 2005 and 2013, says the red-flagged companies are exposed to the dual risks of end of the mining investment boom and an unexpected slowdown in China. [Read More...]

26 September 2014

Australia, the United States, the Islamic State and oil

There was a story from one of the Gulf Wars about a reporter asking Western troops why they thought they were there.

A US soldier said something like:

“Ah’m here to serve mah country ma’am.”

While a British soldier replied with:

“Wool, itsa oil, innit?”

As yet another Western intervention/invasion in the Middle East gathers pace, why is the commentariat apparently oblivious to the role of oil?
Oil has driven a century of meddling by Western countries ‒ meddling that has fed generations of resentment and radicalisation ‒ and you can be sure oil is behind the current interest of the U.S. in the Islamic State (I.S.). [Read More...]

26 September 2014

The Rush to Violence

Between 4 and 20 August the Saudi Arabian government beheaded 19 people. Saudi Arabia, which has funded and armed ISIS from inception (initially with CIA support), is now bombing alongside the USA in Iraq and Syria.

Forget the war technology porn regularly being broadcast by western media, with those spectacular photos of missiles erupting from ships into the night sky. Those missiles and bombs eviscerate and maim innocents as well as combatants, children as well as terrorists. The West always first denies, then regrets, “collateral damage”. The propaganda can be laughable. During the invasion of Iraq I remember a news propaganda item about how a cruise missile can enter a specific window, being followed by the next item – the US had apologised to Syria for two missiles aimed at Iraq which had hit Syria by accident. [Read More...]

25 September 2014

Australia's meek media: Why giving more powers to spies and cops is dumb

The war on terror is now starkly presented as being on our doorstep. The sensible response is seen to be giving the police, ASIO and the security services more power. However, appearances can be deceiving.
THE FIRST ALLEGED TERROR-RELATED DEATH on Australian soil tragically occurred on Tuesday night this week in Melbourne. [Read More...]

25 September 2014
by Dean Ashenden

Australian schools: the view from Mars

The support for more competition in schooling expressed this week by the Harper review of competition policy is so facile, cast at such a high level of abstraction and in tones of faux reasonableness, that it can only be regarded as mischievous. [Read More...]

25 September 2014
by Graham Preston

Free speech under threat: a case study in double standards

What would you think if police were to arrest a person who was peacefully standing on a public footpath in Australia while holding a sign quoting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
Well, it did happen, back in March of this year. Probably you heard all about it because of the great outcry raised by the guardians of civil liberties at such an attack on freedom of speech and conscience in this country.
Just to make things quite clear, yes, the arrest did happen, but, no, there was no concern at all expressed by civil libertarians. [Read More...]

24 September 2014
by David Leyonhjelm

Australia - A nation of victims

In legal terms, Australians have a right of self-defence. While some states rely on the common law and others have it enshrined in statute, the right itself is never questioned. Moreover, juries consistently refuse to convict those charged with serious offences whenever self-defence is made out. [Read More...]

24 September 2014

Time for change? New Zealand PM wants to cut Britain’s Union Jack out of national flag

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who just won a third term in office, wants to drop the Union Jack from his country’s flag. He plans to hold a referendum in 2015, which could lead to the creation of a new flag for the nation. [Read More...]

24 September 2014
by Doulas Adams - Hitchhikers Guide

An outsiders view of us Aussies!?

"Australia is a very confusing place, taking up a large amount of the bottom half of the planet. It is recognizable from orbit because of many unusual features, including what at first looks like an enormous bite taken out of its southern edge; a wall of sheer cliffs which plunge into the​ girting sea Geologists assure us that this is simply an accident of geomorphology, but they still call it the "Great Australian Bight", proving​ that not only are they covering up a more frightening theory but they can't​ spell either. [Read More...]

23 September 2014

Why Australia needs a Minister for International Education

The export of education is an Australian success story. It is now Australia's third largest export industry (number one in Victoria). It has grown in an unplanned way, by trial and error. It is now time to make the most of Australia's progress by creating a minister for international education. [Read More...]

23 September 2014

IS: illusion versus reality

Much has been said about President Obama's strategy to degrade and eventually "destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Regardless of the soundness of the President's strategy, to ensure greater success in defeating ISIS, three distinct interlinked aspects must be factored in: careful consideration of the root causes behind the rise of ISIS, simultaneous inclusion of socio-political and economic development along with the military campaign, and the real, not illusionary, role and capability of the coalition members President Obama has assembled. Bearing this in mind and acting accordingly will permanently degrade ISIS and prevent it from rising again to pose a serious threat to our allies in the Middle East and Western security in the future. [Read More...]

23 September 2014
by John Pilger

War, circus and injustice down under

Oh Look! There's a witchetty grub!

There are times when farce and living caricature almost consume the cynicism and mendacity in the daily life of Australia's rulers. Across the front pages is a photograph of a resolute Tony Abbott with Indigenous children in Arnhem Land, in the remote north. "Domestic policy one day," says the caption, "focus on war the next. [Read More...]

22 September 2014
by John Passant

Abbott unleashes terror against Muslims in Australia

Police close streets as anti-Mosque demonstrators attack pro-Mosque supporters

Well that didn’t take long did it? On Friday a week ago ASIO raised the terror threat level but had no specific intelligence. On Sunday Abbott announced we were going to deploy 600 troops to the Middle East to fight the ‘death cult’ Islamic State. Then, surprise surprise, on Thursday 870 police raided homes in Sydney and Brisbane, detained 15 people, charged one with conspiracy to commit a terrorist offence and what do you know? Since Friday reports of people abusing Muslims in the street have increased. Nto one police officer to protect them, let alone 870. [Read More...]

22 September 2014

Woolworths in strife over faulty products

Woolworths failed to warn customers about dangerous products

Supermarket chain knowingly sold unsafe items, the ACCC says.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed a lawsuit against Woolworths claiming that the supermarket company knowingly sold faulty products to consumers. [Read More...]

22 September 2014

Third term for John Key’s Nationals in NZ

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has won a third term in office, with the National Party gaining enough seats to govern alone.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s National Party has won a third term in office with an unprecedented govern-alone victory. [Read More...]

21 September 2014
by Sophie Morris

David Johnston's making as a defence minister

Follow the link in the right hand column for the full article.

20 September 2014
by Mike Seccombe

Terror laws also threaten right to protest

Hidden in new anti-terrorism laws are wide powers governments want to silence dissent and quash protest.

Whoever came up with the list of items in schedule six of the Queensland government’s G20 (Safety and Security) Act has a heck of a criminal imagination. [Read More...]

20 September 2014
by Adam Todd

Port Adelaide: the basket case that roared

There is an almost revivalist feeling among Port Adelaide fans.
Port fans have gone from a motley few to an army on the march.

Irrelevant. Pathetic. A basket case.
These were just a few assessments of the Port Adelaide Football Club circa 2012.
Even as a loyal Port man, it was increasingly hard to counter. [Read More...]

19 September 2014

War and peace – and war again? The battle for Tasmania’s ancient forests

Forest activist Mark Agnew near his home in Tasmania’s Wielangta forests

For 30 years activists and loggers fought over the future of Tasmania’s old-growth forests. Finally, in 2012, came a historic peace deal. But on 2 September the state’s newly elected Liberal government tore it up. So what next for both sides?

Tasmania’s loggers and forest activists still talk bitterly about “the bad old days”.

“A logger turns up to work in the morning and finds that someone’s been on site and defecated in his helmet, or urinated in the billy, or put excreta up under the handles of his machines,” is how Terry Edwards, the head of Tasmania’s logging industry association, remembers it. [Read More...]

19 September 2014

Audio Report

First man to be charged over Sydney terror raids fronts court

Omarjan Azari

19 September 2014
by Malcolm King

The Advertiser's days are few

South Australian's only daily and weekend newspapers are in dire straits as the downward trend in circulation and advertising revenue cannot be stopped.

Like most large metropolitan newspapers, The Advertiser has been squeezed by high news gathering costs, decreasing ad revenue (the classifieds have fled online) and a loss of consumers. [Read More...]

18 September 2014

Excavation in South Australia’s mid-north for clues to 1973 abduction of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon from Adelaide Oval

Major Crime Detectives, with the help of STAR operations and forensic investigators, have inspected several sites at Yatina.

POLICE are excavating sections of Yatina in the state’s mid-north in a search for clues to the 41-year-old cold case abduction of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon from Adelaide Oval.
STAR Group officers and SES workers have supported Major Crime detectives in digging out a well and searching other parts of the remote outpost near Orroroo, but police say they have not found anything of significance. [Read More...]

18 September 2014

Scottish Police Rebut Unionist Smears

George Robertson – Third Arse From Left

George Robertson has been designated by the Labour Party to lead a campaign to have a Yes vote nullified, on the grounds of campaign irregularities, intimidation and overspending. This has been agreed by Miliband’s office. One of the great advantages of being a small country like Scotland is that you very easily discover what is happening through family and social connections. [Read More...]

17 September 2014

Australian export risk on China dirty coal ban

A tourist with a protective mask takes a selfie at the Bund under heavy haze in Shanghai.

Editor: It's rather ironic that shortly afer Tony Abbott's announcement that Australia will join NATO in sending troops to the middle east, that China reviews its coal import policy to exclude 'dirty coal'.
Australia's coal exporters seemingly do not associate NATO and Abbott's decisions with 'dirty coal', by stating "We don't know what the endgame is".
Quite obviously blind Freddie is not a coal exporter!


Australian coal exporters are scrambling to clarify the fallout from changes to China's coal import rules, which could expose the industry to billions of dollars in lost sales as China seeks to cut air pollution. [Read More...]

17 September 2014
by David Flint

David Cameron should have looked to the Australian example before he allowed the so called Scottish 'referendum'.

Homeowners in an independent Scotland could face significantly increased mortgage payments and at the same time suffer a fall in real estate values, according to press reports.
The fact is that nobody has any idea of what the currency of an independent Scotland would be.
This demonstrates the extraordinary complacency of the British government, and especially of the British Prime Minister David Cameron. [Read More...]

17 September 2014

Middle Australia: a new narrative for Labor?

Tucked away in one of the last Fairfax-Nielsen public opinion polls in mid-July is the intriguing fact that although the ALP was leading on a two party preferred basis, and Bill Shorten was preferred as Prime Minister to Tony Abbott, Abbott was ‘way ahead of Mr Shorten on the issue of “vision for Australia's future'’, leading 54 to 38 per cent’. It’s an odd finding in the sense that while voters appeared to think Abbott has a vision, a good number of them don’t seem to like it. It’s a worrying finding in that many voters don’t think Labor has a vision. A similar problem dogged Julia Gillard as Prime Minister: journalists said she didn’t have a ‘narrative’, a story that linked together Labor’s policies into a coherent vision. [Read More...]

16 September 2014
by Jennifer Marohasy

Bureau caught in own tangled web of homogenisation

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology now acknowledges that they change the temperatures at most, if not all, the weather stations that make-up the official station network from which national temperature trends are calculated. Indeed, earlier in the week, 28 pages of 'adjustments' were released online following a series of articles inThe Australian and The Weekend Australian by Graham Lloyd. Scrutinise the detail in this document of adjustments and not only is the rationale and methodology indefensible, but it contradicts information published in the official Station Catalogue which is meant to be the go-to document for understanding this official network known as ACORN-SAT (Australian Climate Observations Reference Network –Surface Air Temperature). [Read More...]

15 September 2014

Scottish Independance - People Power to the Max!!!

For anybody who doubts the force of people power, watch the live stream below.

The stream is about 6 hours old at 06:30 Mon 15th Sept Adelaide time, so obviously it is a recording. Nevertheless, it can be used as a tutorial for activists in Australia. For the real action skip to about half way through, and watch from there on. Really worth a look.

14 September 2014

A New Section of bigwallbling.com

Whilst the majority of the articles published here will have an Australian flavour, the new Sunday section will be much more broad, concentrating on world events that will or may have an impact on Australia.
The Sunday Expose will be much more multi media oriented, and will contain more video and audio content.
The first article in this section is on the geopolitics of WW3, an event that if things continue as they are, is not far away.
We hope you like it. Follow the link in the right hand column to get there...

12 September 2014
by John Lord

Seriously. Is our Democracy stuffed?

Two books have recently been published that address the state of our democracy. The first “Triumph and Demise” is by The Australian’s editor-at-large, Paul Kelly. In the final chapter Kelly suggests that our political system is in trouble and that, if that is the case, then by definition so are we. The Prime Minister launched the book and in doing so fundamentally disagreed with the authors assertions. [Read More...]

12 September 2014
by Barry Everingham

The biggest deficit for the Libs is Abbott and his likely replacement

The longer Tony Abbott is in the PM’s seat, the more frightening it is how little he knows about Australia — and it’s not as though there’s a suitable replacement, repines senior correspondent, Barry Everingham. [Read More...]

12 September 2014
by Peter Coates

Our submarines to be built overseas?

On September 8, 2014 Tony Abbott reignited South Australian concerns that Australia's long anticipated future submarines would be built overseas. These submarines might be built more quickly and cheaply in Japan or Germany. Jay Weatherill, the Labor Premier of South Australia, is adamant that submarines should again be built in his state - following the Collins. If the submarines are built in Japan they would almost certainly be Soryu class submarines. The prospect of assigning the project to Japan brings up many issues including: fewer job opportunities for Australians; only small cash injection for South Australia's economy; and (dealt with below) Australia being Japan's first major defence customer as well as the Soryu's range limitations. [Read More...]

12 September 2014
by Bruce Haigh

The Abbott Doctrine: a rush to the cliff

The lemming-like haste to follow Americans into not one but possibly two new wars is as unwise as it is unseemly.

The Americans have no entry or exit strategy for their renewed push into Iraq and no identified objectives other than sending ISIS to hell, if one is to take the emotive statement of US Secretary of State, John Kerry as a preferred policy option, which it is hard to do. [Read More...]

11 September 2014

‘Sorry for the bomb’: Aussie police apologize for training device left in Sydney airport

Australian police were forced to apologize after it turned out that police officers left explosives in Sydney airport after a sniffer dog training exercise. The devices remained in the airport for almost a month without anyone retrieving them. [Read More...]

11 September
by Peter Wicks

Attempts to trash Julia Gillards reputation fail in every aspect

Tony Abbott’s Royal Commission into Trade Unions was supposed to be about two things, the vindication of Kathy Jackson and the persecution of Julia Gillard.
However just like Tony Abbott’s first budget, these two objectives have both turned into monumental public failures. [Read More...]

11 September 2014

Aussie dollar falls to six month low

Wall Street extended yesterday’s losses, while a strengthening in the US dollar pushed the Aussie down to its lowest level since March.
The Australian dollar continued its sharp fall overnight because of the rise in the greenback and also the fall in commodity prices, it was worth 91.99 US cents. [Read More...]

11 September 2014
by Mike.B

Reconciliation of Australian Politics

As I follow the lead stories in regards to the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum, and the 'Yes' and 'No' brigades put forward their cases, it is quite incredible to see the similarities between the neo-cons of Westminster and the Australian LNP/Labor parties.
Our whole political future is planned ahead. Have a look at the list below. [Read More...]

10 September 2014

Tasmania's anti-protest laws would have chilling effect on freedom, says UN

Tasmania logging protest

Proposed laws that would imprison protesters who disrupt businesses are probably in breach of human rights, say experts

Environmental groups say Tasmania’s proposed anti-protest laws are largely aimed at anti-logging activists. [Read More...]

10 September 2014

Queensland passes laws to stop ‘vexatious’ green groups

Laws that limit the capacity of most Queenslanders to object to new mines have been savaged as an attack on democracy

New state laws will prevent most Queenslanders going to the land court to object to proposed mining projects. [Read More...]

10 September 2014

Michael Danby refers James Ashby to Federal DPP

Melbourne Ports MP Michael Danby alleges James Ashby has perjured himself by his comments on 60 Minutes Sunday night. [Read More...]

07 September 2014
by James Wight

A year in Abbottland

Twelve months into the Abbott government, its misdeeds could fill an entire book. But here I’ll attempt to summarize them, as it’s important we remember them all to maintain the rage. If you think this article is too long, blame Tony Abbott.

For 28 months, they promised to reveal all their policies and budget cuts ‘in good time before the next election’. In reality, they walked away from unwanted questions, hid major policies and cuts until 36 hours before the election, hid others until after the WA by-election, and continue to hide behind a series of reviews stacked with hand-picked ideologues who anyone can see will recommend a radical right-wing agenda. [Read More...]

06 September 2014

New Ashby scandal could ‘rock’ Abbott Government

60 Minutes (Channel 9′s) current affairs program will on Sunday night air an interview with James Ashby. The promotional teaser doing the rounds of social media suggests that the program will reveal a secret plot that will “rock the Abbott Government”.

The language used in the teaser is provocatively inviting for those, like me, who have followed the case closely, and have been appalled by the alleged plot to dismiss an elected government. [Read More...]

06 September 2014

Australian federal court rules isolated genetic material can be patented

Decision is likened to ‘being allowed to patent oxygen’, as critics warn of serious repercussions for medical research.

The federal court has decided a company can patent human genetic material. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters The federal court has ruled that a company may patent genetic material that has been extracted from the human body, in a move that may have serious repercussions for the future of medical research in Australia. [Read More...]

06 September 2014
by David Marr

Abbott & Freedom

In Tony Abbott’s Australia, a young woman faces jail because word got out that one of his daughters was given a $60,000 scholarship to study at the Whitehouse Institute of Design. This scholarship was never advertised. Students at the college in Sydney had no idea such largesse was available. News of Frances Abbott’s win provoked a two-month investigation by the New South Wales Police and a charge of accessing restricted data without authorisation. Penalty: imprisonment for a maximum of two years. [Read More...]

06 September 2014

The short march to another war

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and US Secretary of State John Kerry sign a Force Posture Agreement last month.

In the past month, the emerging "Abbott doctrine" has put Australia on a war footing.

In the parliamentary backwater known as the Federation Chamber, the debate sputtered a few times but failed to ignite. In truth, it was not a debate at all but a few MPs reading into the Hansard their hesitation about Australia entering a new war. [Read More...]

05 September 2014
by Ross Jones

The strange and suspicious case of Tony Abbott’s citizenship

Why is the PM's chief of staff so desperate to prevent proof emerging about whether Tony Abbott is eligible to sit in Parliament?
You don’t want to be blocked by Mal Brough — look what happened to Peter Slipper.

It happened to Tony Magrathea when he posted a message to Brough telling him there was a serious cloud hanging over the legitimacy of his leader, Anthony John Abbott, to hold the highest public office in the land. [Read More...]

05 September 2014
by Alan Davies

Are cars the way to address outer suburban transport disadvantage?

Progressives should embrace the idea that the best way of improving the mobility of most very low income outer suburban residents is by assisting them with the high costs of driving

One good thing to come out of Joe Hockey's recent public gaffe on indexation of fuel excise is the attention it gave to the neglected issue of transport affordability in the outer suburbs of Australia's capital cities. [Read More...]

05 September 2014
by Chris Dalby

Why the debate over energy storage utterly misses the point

The debate over which energy storage technology will prove to be the best in the long-term is woefully misguided.

Many technologies have been tested in the field or been fully installed, but their real-world applications have created constant questions around a number of fixed themes: the three-points concern cost, technology, and potential environmental impact, as well as the need for specific regulation and end-of-life management. [Read More...]

05 September 2014
by Dave Sweeney

Old mistakes in New Delhi: Australian irresponsibility and Indian uranium sales

Before jetting off to India today to sign a controversial uranium export deal set in motion seven years ago by John Howard, Prime Minister Tony Abbott made an extraordinary admission. "If we are prepared to sell uranium to Russia, and we've been prepared to do that in the past, surely we ought to be prepared to provide uranium to India under suitable safeguards," he told ABC television last night. [Read More...]

04 September 2014
by Craig Murray

Editor's Note. The author of the following article was a British ambassador, he has a deep understanding of the way neo-con governments work. I posted this article, not for the Scottish referendum which takes place on the 18th of this month, but because David Cameron is fear mongering about terrorism in a very similar way to Tony Abbott.
Craig Murray's prognosis is not pure speculation, he has ex colleagues on the inside, and what he foretells, generally happen. It shows what we can expect from the LNP soon. Here's the story...

After Project Fear, Expect Project Terror

Delighted that the popular upsurge in Scotland has been reflected in the polls and the mainstream media have started to notice it is happening. There is no doubt that unless the No campaign can find a game-changer (and a curiously untraceable person throwing an egg at Jim Murphy isn’t it), then the people of Scotland are going to seize their chance to escape from neo-con domination and create their own society. [Read More...]

03 September 2014

Australia set to boost partnership with NATO

Australia will become enhanced partner of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Julie Bishop.

Editor's Note

Australians should be outraged by the decision of the LNP to become part of NATO. Without any consultation with the Australian people, the government has secured a future of war for us. NATO is a war machine, it exists solely for oppression. The humanitarian deeds it may have achieved have always been clouded with a sense of colonialism. It was set up to combat any perceived threat from Russia, and yet, has created mayhem across the world. With the BRICS alliance formulated to rid the world of the petrodollar, the US, which gains most of its revenue from the petrodollar, will not stand by and allow that to happen easily. It is posturing for war, world war, and it is simply about money.
This decision dwarfes the LNP's idiotic budgetary, immigration, or welfare decisions. It immediately puts us at odds with our major trading partners, and the Oceanian Asia Pacific region in general. WE MUST PROTEST

The Story...

Australia is set to boost ties with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the world’s most powerful political and military grouping. [Read More...]

03 September 2014
by Duncan Graham

Bland words to save face

It's taken nine months to produce just 311 words that are supposed to create an 'understanding on a code of conduct' for security cooperation between Indonesia and Australia following spying revelations.

Note this is not a code of conduct, but an 'understanding on' a code of conduct'. Not even an 'understanding of..' This isn't English, its bafflegab. [Read More...]

03 September 2014
by David Martin Jones

Security sleeps as death cult awakes

In the wake of the escalating violence in the new Islamic State under its self proclaimed Caliph Ibrahim, aka al Baghdadi, and estimates that 60 Australian Muslims have joined the jihadist army in the new state, the government announced a $640 million budget increase for the Australian security agencies and the Australian Federal Police and a series of yet to be defined measures that will somehow both "reassure the Muslim community", yet target those "at risk of radicalisation". [Read More...]

03 September 2014

Can you smell what The Caliph is cooking?

Next week is the 13th anniversary of 9/11. And Washington is back to bombing… It’s Iraq, all over again – an eerie echo of the most tragic of all post-9/11 developments: Shock and Awe.

Osama bin Laden, now arguably at the bottom of the Arabian Sea (according to the official spin), used to personify the intolerant Wahhabi worldview run amok. Then his Wahhabism married Sayid Qutb’s Egyptian Islamism, personified by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri. [Read More...]

02 September 2014

Queensland bikies confident court will overturn ‘draconian’ laws

Lawyers representing 17 motorcycle gangs challenge Newman government’s tough anti-bikie legislation

Among the laws being challenged are sections prohibiting three or more bikies from gathering in public.
Bikies are confident that a high court challenge will overturn laws they say are draconian and go too far. [Read More...]

02 September 2014
by Ben Eltham

The Rush To War Ignores How We Got In This Mess In The First Place

The two major parties' determination to avoid a parliamentary debate on going to war in Iraq should ring a few bells.

Swiftly, with little public discussion, Australia has committed to another open-ended military intervention in the Middle East. [Read More...]

02 September 2014
by Peter McPhee

Evidence-free policy: the Pyne reforms to higher education

Christopher Pyne says there is no alternative to his deregulatory reforms. The evidence suggests otherwise.

In the late 1980s, Labor education minister John Dawkins oversaw radical reforms to Australian higher education, including institutional mergers to create a “unified national system,” the introduction of the Higher Education Contribution Scheme, or HECS, and competitive research funding through the Australian Research Council. In principle, the agenda being articulated by the Coalition’s Christopher Pyne and his advisers is just as radical, although with different, even contrary, objectives. [Read More...]

02 September 2014
by Dr Helen Caldicott

Australia sleepwalks towards a dangerous nuclear future

Australia's Nuclear Alliance

An informed democracy will behave in a responsible fashion, however as we sleepwalk towards embracing nuclear energy, most Australians are not aware of the dangers and have forgotten the history.

THE Australian anti-nuclear movement started in Adelaide in 1971 when fallout from French atmospheric nuclear tests polluted Adelaide’s water supply. [Read More...]

01 September 2014

Suspended prison sentences now banned in all Victorian courts

Coalition government says it is making good on its promise to make jail terms equate to jail time in the state

Melbourne remand centre

Victoria will become the first Australian state to completely remove suspended sentences.

Victoria’s rollback of suspended sentences has come into effect. Suspended jail terms are no longer an option for the state’s magistrates when handing down sentences for crimes occurring after 1 September. [Read More...]

01 September 2014

Indigenous title claim settled in South Australia after 18 years in court

Kokatha people to receive compensation for an extensive area of SA’s north-west pastoral district

An Indigenous land use agreement between the Kokatha people, the state government and BHP Billiton was to be executed immediately.

One of the most complex Indigenous title claims in South Australian history has been resolved, the state government says. [Read More...]

01 September 2014
by Mike.B

Quit - Mr. Abbott

01 September 2014

ISIL and Abbott

Tony Abbott is using the atrocities of the Islamic State (ISIlL) to justify a warlike foreign policy, but ISIL did not emerge from a vacuum.

The mainstream media and Tony Abbott’s ragtag band don’t want you to know this, but it is time to be realistic about the awful events that have taken place this year with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — or ISIS for short. [Read More...]

01 September 2014
by Mike.B

Adelaide Marches

Adelaide, considered by some to be the largest country town in the land. A veritable fortress of conservatism that is 'the land that time forgot'. The city of churches.

Those cliches changed on Sunday, when the people of Adelaide finally rose from their arses, took to the main street and protested Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey's brutally cold budget. [Read More...]