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The next referendum by Sara Stanley

Amongst a deal of general misguided commentary Fraser Anning, the new senator representing the Katter Party, suggested we have a referendum on the intake of migrants. I notice the far right of politics is increasingly calling for referenda these days. I suggest the general population would prefer the next referendum to be on the pay, perks and superannuation of politicians. As…

How Capitalist Utopia Became Everyone Else’s Dystopia – by Umair Haque – Published by Medium 30 July 2018

Take a good, hard look at the chart. I don’t usually write essays about charts— but this one’s different. It’s American collapse in four lines. It says that American elites mismanaged their economy so badly, so fatally, so totally, the rich world hasn’t seen the like since Weimar Germany. They created a capitalist utopia — but the problem is that that’s everyone…

Attacking Women by Sara Stanley

We lose track of the massive amount of money being spent on defending Australia. Along with our prided ally, the USA, we have poured Australian lives and dollars into extensive fighting, killing and bombing the homes of people who previously would not have even know Australia existed.  We have created many homeless people who we now fear might come to…

Would you go vegan to save the planet? – ABC SCIENCE – 9 JUNE 2018 By Environment Reporter Nick Kilvert

Researchers say it might be our best option. Even the most efficient livestock is more costly than cropping, researchers say. (Getty Images: Wayne Hutchinson) Would you give up animal products to save the planet? No more meat, dairy, leather, cheese? To a lot of people, that idea sounds like the end of the world — bacon is, after all, objectively…

Barak Obama re Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

Barack Obama There are few issues more important to the security of the United States than the potential spread of nuclear weapons, or the potential for even more destructive war in the Middle East. That’s why the United States negotiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the first place. The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working –…

Sara Stanley comments on CEOs pledge to reinvest any tax cuts

I was horrified to read the leading article in the AFR of 22 March 2018 ‘CEOs pledge to reinvest any tax cuts’. It goes on to report that the Business Council of Australia leadership plus ten chief executive officers of large companies sent a letter to all senators saying greater investment meant higher wages. They wrote ‘We believe that a…

Dutton and the White Australia Policy

In 1973 the Whitlam Government passed laws to ensure that race would be totally disregarded as a component for immigration to Australia. Thus it could be argued that the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, is in contravention of that legislation. A few days ago, Mr Dutton said white South African farmers ‘deserve special attention’ and ‘need help from a…

What chance does peace have? Why does Australia want to become a major manufacturer and exporter of weapons?

The resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 4 December 2017 re The Arms Trade Treaty includes the following: … that disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation are essential for the maintenance of international peace and security, ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………The total value of the global arms market is estimated to be around $60 billion a year, with about $8 billion…

THE ULURU STATEMENT – In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard.

The Uluru process, held with more than a thousand Indigenous people across Australia, led to the following Referendum Council’s recommendation for an Indigenous voice to Parliament: We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart: Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations…