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Monday, 20 November


The depths to which xenophobia and bigotry has reduced Australia North Coast Voices

Australia began to ignore its obligations under international law in 1992 and its determination to turn back asylum seeker boats and reduce the number of refugees accepted into this country grew apace until this is the situation in November 2017.

The New York Times, 18 November 2017:

Veteran United Nations officials said this month they had never seen a wealthy democracy go to such extremes to punish asylum seekers and push them away.

Papua New Guinea officials and local leaders, enraged at how the camps closure was handled, have demanded to know why Australia is not doing more to help the men.

HuffPost, 18 November 2017:

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's main medical association called on Saturday for the government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside a recently closed detention center in Papua New Guinea.

The asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Australian-run Manus Island Centre for the past 18 days, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) to close it in a standoff the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis".

Australia has shut access to the cente...


Volunteering levels in Australia and on the NSW North Coast North Coast Voices

There has been some talk in local media about volunteering levels, with one bright spark suggesting that volunteering be made mandatory.

But are volunteering levels in Australia in such dire straits?

If one looks at available statistics it appears that Australia is fairly well served by people willing to give their time and effort to local communities.

The same can be said for the NSW Mid & Far North Coasts.

Here is a breakdown of volunteering levels.

The 2016 Census revealed that Australias population is 23.4 million people. Of this:

* 3.6 million people or 19.0% of the population aged 15 years and over are engaged in voluntary work through an organisation or group.
  This is a 1.2% increase from the 2011 Census  results, where 17.8% of people responded they were engaged in voluntary work.

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Sunday, 19 November


Sydney firm launches major privacy class action The AIM Network

Media Release A Sydney law firm is expected to launch one of Australias largest class actions in the new and expanding area of privacy breaches. Centennial Lawyers will tomorrow file the lawsuit against the NSW Ambulance Service in the Supreme Court of NSW. The plaintiff alleges that a contractor was allowed to access personal workers

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Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru The AIM Network

Refugee Action Coalition Media Release Urgent surgery needed for brain-injured refugee on Nauru A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru this morning around 7.00am has been unconscious in the RON hospital since yesterday afternoon (Saturday 18 November). The accident between two motorbikes, happened on the Fly Camp Rd, the same

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Carpe diem Catallaxy Files

This interesting story caught my eye:

WITHIN hours of the same-sex marriage announcement on Wednesday, an outspoken No voter who owns a beauty salon in Perth was floored by a gay wedding request.

Belinda received a booking inquiry on her salons Facebook page from gay couple Brad and Chris for a full body wax to make our honeymoon extra special.

My partner Chris and I have started planning our big day for Jan now the vote thing is over, So excited!

 Belinda, who is afraid to use her real name, is certain she is being trolled by gay activists.

Its not genuine. They know Im an active No voter and they think they can goad me

Are they going to turn up at the shop tomorrow? Where do I stand now if there are people out there deliberately trying to force me to participate in gay weddings?

Yes. Well. What to make of this request? First of all why would anyone care why people would want to have a full body wax? Does Belindas business offer that service or not? Given that she now knows its for a wedding she should charge a wedding premium for the service. All other caterers seem to do so.

Nobody is forcing her to participate in anything just do your job. Run your business. Mind your own business.

Then, of course, we have to wonder how smart all of the individuals mentioned in this story really are.

Who would invite someone who they think loathes them to pour hot wax onto their body and rip their hair out by its follicles?

Who would pass up the opportunity to pour hot wax onto somebody they loathe and rip their hair out by the follicles?


A Lurker An Open Letter to the Liberal Democratic Party, the Liberal Party of Australia, and the National Party of Australia. Catallaxy Files

Good Afternoon,

Now that those of you who have agitated for same-sex marriage have received the go-ahead from 61.6% of those who sent back Yes responses to your postal survey, I would ask the following questions of your lawmakers:

  1. What exactly are you planning on doing to ensure that the fundamental freedoms of all Australians, especially those of minority groups (and Christians/Social-Conservatives now could be categorised as a minority group) are not eroded or diminished by same-sex marriage being written into law?
  2. How exactly will you protect and strengthen the following freedoms Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Conscience, Freedom of Expression and last, but not least, Freedom of Religion?
  3. How will you ensure that both religious and non-religious Australians will not suffer discrimination, law-fare, violence, bullying and intimidation simply for holding a public view against same-sex marriage?
  4. How will you ensure that families can remove their children/opt out of Government educational programs like and similar to Safe Schools without negative consequences for either the child or the family?
  5. How will you ensure that radical gender theory is not wholesale inflicted on Australian society?
  6. How exactly will you ensure that protections for any and all freedoms that are written into law cannot be easily overturned, rescinded, removed or diluted by future Governments?
  7. In your haste to pass a Same-Sex Marriage Bill, how will you ensure that by passing such a Bill, you will do no further harm to Australian society?


A Lurker


The Veiled Threat: Australias Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy The AIM Network

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guineas Manus Island has surfaced. New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, much to the irritation of Australias Turnbull government, has been particularly

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Abbotts down, but is he out? The AIM Network

By Ad astra Tony Abbott has been on the way down for years. His time in the sun began unexpectedly on the 1st of December 2009 when he became Leader of the Opposition after toppling Malcolm Turnbull in a spill brought about by Turnbulls support for Kevin Rudds Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Abbott had the

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Corys Croissants or Religious Freedom In Australia! The AIM Network

You may not have noticed it, but one of Cory Bernardis motions in the Senate the other day had to do with croissants. Now, having written satire in the past, its often very hard to point out some of the things that the Liberals and ex-Liberals like Bernardi and Hanson have actually done. Manys the

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Donald Trump and economic policy Catallaxy Files

Just received this very nice note so thought I would say something about the question asked. Here is the note:

I enjoy reading your contributions to Catallaxy on a regular basis. I cant say I know a lot about economics, but I especially like hearing you arguments to current economic theory. Rational debate is a powerful tool.

Recently, I was at work and a conversation around the lunch room turned to America politics.

Most of my work colleagues are Never Trumpers, but when I pointed out the American economy was currently doing very well, with record high stocks and decade low unemployment, one of my colleagues said something thatade me questions Donald Trumps success. The comment was

The current economic success in American has nothing to do with Donald Trump. It wouldnt matter who was President at the moment. The economy just goes through natural peaks and troughs in a capitalist society...

Knowing that the President has now been in place 12 months, and knowing that the Republicans still have not released their tax plan, is the above statement true?

Nothing like magical thinking to make you believe in the tooth fairy.

The parlous state that Obama left the American economy in will require an astonishing amount of luck combined with a great deal of very well constructed policy to move past. You do know that in the entire eight years Obama was president, the US economy on not a singe occasion achieved a growth rate as high as 3%. Trump has now achieved it twice, with more to come. Obama even inherited the recovery phase following the GFC which is almost invariably an economys period of strongest growth since part of what happens is the recovery of ground lost during the recession. Instead, there were eight years of low growth and stagnant employment. There is not an economic story to tell to his credit, even with interest rates at near zero and public spending at an all-time high, which in standard economic theory are a good thing. Of course, both are harmful to an economys prospects but dont expect your friend to know it or believe it if you tell him.

But why take my word for it. Here is Conrad Black pointing out that Trump is already the most successful U.S. president since Ronald Reagan. And as you can see from the beginning of this excerpt, he is not PDTs greatest admirer, but even so:

He can be a tiresome and implausible public figure at times, and the reservations widely held about him, in the United States and elsewhere, are understandable and not unfounded. He is, however, the most effective U.S. president since Reagan. In the 20 pre-Trump years there [occurred] the greatest world economic crisis since...


KKK in Bennelong Catallaxy Files

Citizens need no better demonstration of the difference in political skills between the Liberal Party and the Labor Party than by looking at the contest for Bennelong.

While the ALP is playing chess in nominating Kristina Kerscher Keneally (KKK), the Liberal Party is playing with themselves in renominating John Gilbert Alexander (Alexander).

KKK is young, experienced and politically astute and has recently moved into the seat (or close enough). Alexander is no so young, not so fresh has has recently moved out of the electorate having recently sold in Bennelong and bought in Wentworth.

Lets take a guess who is going to be the longer term prospect for the seat? KKK or Alexander?

With the Bennelong contest, the Labor party is in a win-win scenario. By having Keneally run, the ALP is forcing the Liberals to spend lotsa resources to defend the seat so as to avoid the government going minority. And these arent exactly resources the Liberal Party is swimming in.

The rumor is, that a former President of the NSW Liberals said when discussing fundraising, you only get one Malcolm Turnbull in your lifetime. Ironic isnt it.

Add to this, the Liberal Party is bleeding members and donations to the Australian Conservatives and it is not certain that Malcolm Turnbull will run at the next election let alone kick in another million or two to bail the party out, again.

Lets get serious here. KKK is in the Bennelong hunt for the long haul.  Its not as if she is trading a rising TV star for a return to politics. Her TV star seems on the decline with SkyTV management sending her to Canberra.  And her lunch time panel partner, Peter Van Onsellen, seems to have disappeared from the Sky 2018 program completely.

The money at Sky seems to be for the evening commentary and KKK has not been in that game for a while.

So even if KKK does not win this time, she will contribute to bleeding the Liberal Party and in doing so, well positioning herself to run next time when the incumbent probably wont run.

And further demonstrating the difference between Labor and the Liberals, guess what policy tickets is KKK running on?  Medicare administration funding, electricity prices and NBN. Oh and also the lack of pork barreling for Bennelong. Listen to...


In which the pond sprays on some Devine good grace and good faith, as promised ... loon pond

Remember that Devine talk of good grace?

It seems like so long ago, an eternity ... and luckily this Sunday Miranda the Devine provided a chance to see how the accepting with good grace was going (sadly Akker Dakker had the good grace to disappear, presumably on a holyday to lick his homophobic wounds) ...

First the pond had to get past another bit of Devine malice ...

Try telling that to the Donald ...

And so to the good grace, as the pond promised ...

That bit of street art immediately sent the right signal to the pond ... the Devine's good grace was going to be malice and vandalism in action ...

Now there's any number of things to note here, including the way that the 18C-loving Murdochians never actually show the full work in all its glory ...



Alliance time? Greens unseat Labor in historic Northcote by-election landslide Independent Australia

Alliance time? Greens unseat Labor in historic Northcote by-election landslideA massive swing to the Greens in a Victorian by-election, in a seat Labor had held for 90 years, sends a strong message to Bill Shorten. read now...


Modern ministerial sackings (Part 3): Purges over performance and positions Independent Australia

Modern ministerial sackings (Part 3): Purges over performance and positionsThe Turnbull and Abbott Governments had the most lost ministers per year for performance issues or disputes since the Whitlam days. read now...


What was true in history is true now The AIM Network

Below is a passage of observation by Theodor Mommsen from his magnum opus; The History of Rome, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1902. This work would have been a major part of the teaching of Classics in many universities of that era. The accrued knowledge ought to have welded itself to

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What was true in history freef'all852

Below is a passage of observation by Theodor Mommsen from his magnum opus; The History of Rome, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1902. This work would have been a major part of the teaching of Classics in many Universities of that era. The accrued knowledge ought to have welded itself to our culture, social science and general knowledge, and should be learned wisdom to use and reflect upon through the years. But it is not! It is a waste of knowledge up there with the loss for millennia of the knowledge for making concrete How many mistakes could have been avoided and lives spared if such knowledge was digested with integrity or even was taken seriously.

I, myself, am disgusted and disappointed at the lax attention to such knowledge by those who ought to know better. As a tradesman who was taught the accrued skills of my craft, accumulated over many millennia of a society working with timber and construction..applied and improved upon through the wisdom and knowledge of many times illiterate but astute artisans..I feel disappointed and let down by a clique of higher-educated elite who seem to prove Mommsens observations below to be so accurate.

However, it is neither wit nor wisdom on my part to make these observations, for I am but the messenger. It is however, on the part of those who ought to understand and know better; an utter betrayal of a fine education and a dishonourable disgrace of political knowledge. I would say that those revered institutions of private school education and sandstone tertiary education, that conduct their system of instruction of their charges under a banner of pompous and insincere Latin mottos or logos that preach such lofty aspirations but in truth are little better than the most vulgar colloquial slang spat into a gutter by an inebriated starting-price bookie after a bad day at the races.

Theodore Mommsen:

It is true that the history of past centuries ought to be the instructress of the present; but not in the vulgar sense, as if one could simply by turning over the leaves discover the conjunctures of the present in the records of the past and collect from these the symptoms for a political diagnosis and for the specifics for a prescription ; it is instructive only so far as the observation of earlier forms of culture reveals the organic conditions of civilization generally the fundamental forces everywhere alike, and the manner of their combination everywhere different and leads and encourages men, not to unreflecting imitation, but to independent reproduction.

In this sense the history of Caesar and of Roman Imperialism, with all the unsurpassed greatness of the master worker, with all the historical necessity of the work, is in truth a more bitter censure of modern autocracy than could be written by the hand of man. According to the same law of nature in virtue of which the smallest organism infinitely surpasses the most...


In which petulant Peta offers Malware the chance to do some cat-herding ... loon pond

The lizards of Oz always produce wondrous, bizarre sights but this sad reflection reflecting on sad reflections produced so many reflections that the pond was blinded by the light ... cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night, blinded by the light, mama always told the pond not to look into the sights of the rambling spewman sun, ooh but mama that's where the fun is ...

Moving right along - what, you thought the pond would read rambling doucheman? This pond offers very low standards but it has some - it was time to revert to the Sunday Terror this day and read the thoughts of petulant Peta ...

The aim of this game is to see how she can cause Malware maximum grief, while appearing modest, reasonable, even conciliatory,  and by chance it was the subsidiary column, tucked away out of sight by the Terrorists, that offered the best hope for a classically devious Peta sighting ...

In the last few days, the standard reptile line has always been to conjure up the ghost of Eddie, but petulant Peta is just as interested in giving Malware a big fright ...

There's the obligatory Eddie reference, but then comes a kind of character reference for the wannabe usurper, along with a smiling photo that would never be seen in the lizard Oz ...

Remember, this is how the reptiles like to do it ...


Day to Day Politics: The Politics of Hate The AIM Network

Sunday 19 November 2017 One of the most heartening observations from watching the various gathering of politicians was seeing political opposites openly embracing after the Yes side was announced the winner of the Marriage Equality survey. People in other circumstances who would openly display an avowed hatred of their opponents were sharing the love. I

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EXCLUSIVE! Barnaby Joyce: Peeling back the rumours Independent Australia

EXCLUSIVE! Barnaby Joyce: Peeling back the rumoursThe Nationals run New England and they dont want anyone to talk about the rumours swirling around Barnaby Joyce, reports Ross Jones. read now...


FACT CHECK: Size comparison - cargo vessel Island Trader and cruise ship Caledonian Sky North Coast Voices

The debate concerning the Sydney-driven proposal to make the Port of Yamba a cruise ship destination continues.

I have noticed there has been some comment on social media that the small cruise ships Yamba could expect to have visit would be same size or smaller than the Island Trader which used Yamba as its home port for around 17 years.

The phrase small cruise ship is being taken literally and the conclusion invited is that these cruise ships are so small there is nothing to be concerned about.

To assist with a more accurate size comparison I have laid out the dimensions of the cargo vessel MV Island Trader and the passenger ship MV Caledonian Sky below.

The comparison indicates that if the proposal goes ahead the average small cruise ship entering the Clarence River estuary is likely to be at least twice the size of the Island Trader.

# This is MV Island Trader

The Island Trader was built in 1981, has 485 gross tonnage, dead weight of 242t*, is 38.8m long, 9m wide and has a maximum draft of 2.8m.


Post Same-Sex Marriage "Yes" Victory: I want everyone to have the right to discriminate against the LGBTI community North Coast Voices

Tony Abbott on Facebook, 15 November 2017:

I always said this was an issue where the Australian people wanted their say and todays result demonstrates that seeking their views was the right thing to do.
I congratulate the yes campaign on their achievement.

The people have spoken and, of course, the parliament should respect the result.
I also thank the 4.7 million Australians who supported marriage between a man and a woman.

Both the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader have pledged their support for freedom of religion.

I look forward to a parliamentary process that improves on the Dean Smith bill to implement same sex marriage with freedom of conscience for all, not just the churches.

So far, this process has been a credit to us as a nation and now needs to be completed in a way that keeps us the best country in the world.

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Saturday, 18 November


Richard Wolstencroft & MUFF ~versus~ Those Degenerate Gays slackbastard

Local filmmaker, self-described transcendental fascist and, more recently, Trump fanboy and partisan of the AltRight,* Richard Wolstencroft, established the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) in 2000 after the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) declined screening his 1999 film Pearls Before Continue reading


Roundup Nov 18 Catallaxy Files

The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Coal-fired power Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, Australia 0.

Trumpwatch. Pressing on with deregulation. 105 rules down.

Climate. Brainwashing required to deal with global warming (Jerry Brown).Jo Nova on the madness of climate control the Climate Action Network rating the contribution of the nations of the world.

Since India is getting the Green Guernsey and the US is getting a wrist slap, we know for sure this chart is not based on actual CO2 emission trends, or perhaps even any numbers.

The US, after all, has reduced emissions more than anywhere else while India is doubling its coal mining. Is that what we should aim for?

Australia, meanwhile, can never do enough, despite reducing our per capita emissions by a phenomenal 28% from 1990-2013. We sacrificed our electrical grids, have implemented an Emissions Trading Scheme and say we are aiming for the same obscenely tough 28% reduction that is the fashion despite being a heavy industrial quarry, with the lowest population density, biggest distances, and highest electricity costs in the world. To make it harder on ourselves the chief commodity we are disadvantaging happens to be our second largest export industry. Despite all this, CAN ranks Australia Very low.

Dan Mitchell. The equality trap. With the very best of intentions of course.

When talking to such people, my first priority is getting them to understand that its possible for an economy to grow and for all income groups to benefit. I explain how even small differences in long-run growth make a big difference over just a few decades and that it is very misguided to impose policies that will discourage growth by penalizing the rich and discouraging the poor.
I sometimes wonder how vigorously to present my argument. Is it actually true, as Thatcher and Churchill argued, that leftists are wil...


CARTOONS: Hats off to Malcolm Independent Australia

CARTOONS: Hats off to MalcolmYes! It's four more new cartoons from Mark David. read now...


Northcote by-election results live The Tally Room

10:25pm As my last contribution for tonight, here is a map of the booth results and the Greens swing (which can be toggled).

8:23pm Im gonna turn off for a little while and will come back once most of the votes have reported.

8:22pm With seven booths reporting preferences, the Greens have won six. Labor held on with 53.3% in Darebin Parklands, but that was a swing of almost 21.8%.

8:20pm Six booths have reported preferences. The Greens are on 55.3%, but are projected to increase that to 60.7% as the remaining booths come in.

8:18pm Just back from dinner now. 10 out of 14 booths have reported the primary vote. The Greens polled 48.3% of the primary vote so far, and my model suggests it will creep up to about 49.3%.

7:49pm Four 2CP booths have reported, and the Greens are on 56% of the vote after preferences. This is a swing of 17.8% in these four booths, and youd expect that Greens vote to grow as bigger booths report.

7:47pm Weve now got six votes reporting primary votes, and the swing to the Greens remains above 14%, which would put them on track to win a majority of the primary vote.

7:43pm 14% primary vote swing to the Greens in Preston South. Its worth noting the best Greens areas have not yet reported its possible they will not gain as large swings there.

7:39pm 21.5% swing to the Greens after preferences at Alphington North.

7:33pm We now have preferences from Alphington and Darebin Parklands and the swings are just as big. A 14.7% swing in Alphington and a 21.8% swing in Darebin Parklands. Between these two booths its a swing of 16.8%, which would project to a Greens 2CP just over 60%.

7:29pm Another big swing to the Greens of almost 15% in Alphington. Overall swing to the Greens is sitting on 14.8% after four booths.

7:23pm Alphington, in the south-east, saw another double-digit swing to the Greens. The Greens gained 10.7% for a total of 43.6%, while Labor dropped 5.3%.

7:22pm Off two booths, the Greens are up 15.25%, and Labor is down 9.6%. Its worth noting both booths are in the north of the seat, which is one of the more pro-Labor areas. It suggests the Greens are making inroads in Labors better areas.

7:21pm The second booth, Bell, is substantially bigger than Darebin Parklands, and has a similar pattern. 13.6% swing to the Greens, 7.8% swing away from Lab...


A gas market run by a cartel is no market Pigs Fly Newspaper

A gas market run by a cartel is no market

Despite what Canberra believes, the gas crisis is not a question of supply.
The problem lies with the handful of extremely powerful companies which steer the market as they see fit.

The alleged gas crisis in Australia is patently not about supply. It is about systematic abuse by a handful of gas oligarchs to reap giant profits and rig prices.

The creation of such a crisis is as politically convenient for politicians as it is economically and financially advantageous for the handful of companies running this national sideshow.

With the rewards of power, profit and incumbency, like those Ive just outlined, why would either the cartel or our political leaders desire a real, meaningful outcome?

The actions of the Turnbull Government over the last few months, supposedly a party that champions the free market, in failing to act to curb LNG exports, is deeply troubling.

With even a laymans understanding of financial and economic analysis, this decision is baffling. It will cause further harm to our national prosperity. Lets not delude ourselves, the gas industry in this country i...


An opportunity for a Bill of Rights John Quiggin

One of the striking outcomes of the equal marriage survey is that a lot of people who had always assumed themselves to be part of (in Spiro Agnews phrase) the silent majority have been presented with undeniable evidence that they are actually in the minority. Not only that, but the minority to which they belong on equal marriage would be even smaller if it werent boosted by lots of people theyve always thought of as undesirable minorities. Most notably, the note vote was swelled by Muslims and recent migrants from more traditional cultures.

Against that background, its not surprising to see people who have never had a good word to say about the United Nations, or about a Bill of Rights, embracing the idea of incorporating the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights into Australian law (were already a signatory, but that has no legal effect).

It would be absurd to incorporate a document dealing with topics as diverse as the death penalty and war propaganda (both prohibited) into the Marriage Act. Nevertheless, now that the issue has been raised, its a great opportunity for Australia to get something like a Bill of Rights enshrined into law (though of course it wouldnt change the Constitution).

Its tempting to use the thumping majority recorded in the survey as a stick with which to beat those (variously described as dinosaurs or reactionaries) who campaigned against equal rights on this occasion. But all majorities are temporary. It would be far better to use this moment to make common cause in support of protections for minorities of all kinds.

A couple more points

As occasional commenter Fran B points out on Twitter, theres no risk of the ICCPR becoming a backdoor way of implementing Brandis right to be a bigot. Section 18(3) reads

Freedom to manifest ones religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.

and this clearly includes the protections of our current anti-discrimination law, not to mention Article 26 of the ICCPR which prohibits all kinds of discrimination.

Another appealing feature of this approach is that it doesnt leave room for lots of quibbling about what rights to protect: we cant amend the ICCPR, so the appropriate approach is to legislate it as a binding set of principles, then use subsequent legislation to interpret.

So, lets get equal marriage done straight away, then turn to the broader question of protecting civil and political rights for everyone.


Dammit, there must be room for a complimentary woman at the reptile table ... loon pond

The reptiles of Oz were keen this morning to propose that gorgeous George would pour oil on troubled waters, or if you will, kero in the rain tank to quiet the mossies, but dammit, to mix the metaphors, the squeaky wheel is always unhappy, no matter how much oil you drop on it ...

Paranoia's the name of the game, and fear and loathing must continue apace.

It's not enough to fear the apocalypse, the rapture, the end of the world, a life spent in limbo (if it existed), the usefully invented purgatory, or an eternity of hellfire, it's those damned progressives assaulting traditional values that must keep everyone up at night ...

You know, traditional values like burning witches and heretics and gays, or at least stoning them to death, and other traditional values ...

Say what?

Shanahan has also taken to scribbling the same sort of paranoia sighted three days earlier in their ABC?

Relax, that's just silly old Andrew West wanting to stir the pot and keep the paranoia bubbling along nicely in the Religion Report on RN here ...

No need to listen to that lightweight outing - yes, the pond did, and knows whereof it heard - because when the going ge...


Inspirational Orbn Oz Conservative

One nation that is holding out against its own dissolution is Hungary. Its Prime Minister, Viktor Orbn, gave a speech this week to a congress of his political party, Fidesz. It is, in the main, one of the great inspirational speeches from a major political leader.

I say this, even though it is difficult to categorise his speech politically. Is he a Christian and nationalist right-liberal? Or a traditionalist? At the very least, he is shifting the Overton window back toward something close to a traditionalist politics.

One reason I hesitate to label Orbn a traditionalist is that he excludes race as a foundation of national identity. I have written before (here and here) that I disagree with those who think that a communal tradition can be founded on racial self-interest alone. Orbn goes entirely the other way. He provides a rich foundation for a communal identity, but excludes what realistically ought to be there, namely a common ancestry.

I will now hand over to the extraordinary Hungarian PM:

...we should realise that the spirit of the age is not the same as the prevailing media trend. We should realise that the soothing melodies pouring out of the speakers of powerful global corporations and global political organisations siren voices encouraging breezy irresponsibility, frenzied consumption and boundless self-indulgence are not at all the same as the spirit of the age. Under the soft blanket of dreams laid down by the global elite, one finds the cold, hard reality of life. We see tens of millions of Europeans working hard and struggling day in, day out to keep themselves and their families afloat. We see how they yearn for security and order. We see how they cleave ever more firmly to their cultural identity, and fight every day for every square metre of their normal European life. This is the true spirit of the age. So we should refocus our vision, and well see that in fact the spirit of the age is on our side: it is on the side of hardworking and responsible Europeans who provide for their families, love their homelands and insist on their Christian roots. We are in a majority in an overwhelming majority. It is only a question of time, and we shall prevail not only in Hungary, but in the whole of Europe; indeed, we shall prevail in the entire Western world.

This is also well understood by globalist elites, the bureaucrats who serve them, the politicians in their pay, and the agents of the Soros-type networks that embody their interests. They understand it well, and therefore theyve invented the magic wor...


In which the pond suffers along with Dame Slap as she rents the air with a howl of pain ... loon pond

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix ...

Say what? The world has moved on?

These days it's Game of Thrones?

No matter, the pond can recognise a cry, nay, a howl of pain ... a shriek of endless suffering ... a sense of deep loss ... a feeling of abandonment and betrayal ... of desertion ... with consequent disturbance in the force ... and the weird species dysphoric anthropomorphism which creates the sense of being a donkey, or an ass ...

Lo, what golden ass is this that approaches?

A donkey vote.

Not to put too fine a point on it, Dame Slap confessing to being a donkey? Or worse, a Game of Thrones' fan?

Pausing in the ritual proceedings, the pond first had to acknowledge the many blood sacrifices it makes each day when it comes to blogging.

There's no time for the dog botherer, with his cheer-leading of Malware, urging him to hearken to the clarion cry of the deeply conservative on energy, conservatism having worked so well for SSM ...



New Music Through Old Ears: Kid Clarksons Maroon Flag Independent Australia

New Music Through Old Ears: Kid Clarksons Maroon FlagEntertainment editor John Turnbull checks out recent releases from Americas sweetheart Kelly Clarkson, hyper-patriot Kid Rock, punk survivors Anti-Flag and pop septuplets Maroon 5. read now...


Sally McManus: Speaking words of hope The AIM Network

Of the thousands of words in the hundreds of articles written about Sally McManus none describe her more passionately or more succinctly than these offered by Trish Corry: Sally McManus is everywhere. Fighting the good fight. Travelling all over Australia. Standing with workers. Speaking words of hope [my emphasis]. Fighting for workers. Standing

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Weekend Reading Catallaxy Files

My RMIT colleagues Chris Berg, Jason Potts and I have a new working paper out on the economics of identity.

Identification forms a key part of all but the least sophisticated economic and political transactions. More complex or significant transactions demand more formal identification of the parties involved. In this paper we develop an institutional economics of identity. We distinguish between a Demsetzian evolutionary view of identity institutions and a legal-centric view of identity institutions. In the former view, identity is a contextual, fluid and subjective, and evolved for market, social and political exchange. In the latter, identity is uniform and permanent, and created (imposed) by governments. Governments have an interest in identity insofar as identity is used in the process of tax collection, entitlements, and conscription. Private organisations free ride off state-provided identification services. The paper concludes with a discussion about technological change and identity management. We characterise two possible futures: one in which new technologies enable states to create more comprehensive uniform identities, and one in which new technologies enable identities to be federated and transferred to citizens.


Modern ministerial sackings (Part 2): Scams, sex, shares and citizenship Independent Australia

Modern ministerial sackings (Part 2): Scams, sex, shares and citizenshipThree quarters of the Federal ministers forced to leave their posts in the last 45 years have been from the conservative side of politics. Alan Austin continues this exclusive Independent Australia series. read now...


In which, as alarums and panic spreads amongst the reptiles, the pond cuts directly to the prattling Polonius chase ... loon pond

The Terror in terror, the Fairfaxians rampant, oh deary me, what's a reptile to do?

Oh what a stern and unhappy woman she is, not a hint of a smile, a frowning harridan ... but will it be enough?

Can the reptiles yet achieve what they managed for SSM? Or will Black Knight syndrome prevail yet again?

Who knows, who can tell, who can say? Certainly not the reptiles ...

The reptiles are in a state of uproar and agitation this day, confused and bickering amongst themselves ...

Oh deary, deary, so many voices, some shouting about dinosaurs, some confessing to being donkeys - as if no one knew - so what's a blogger...

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Response by Department of Human Services to Sandra Legro on November 17, 2017.
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Thursday, 29 June


Renzie Duncan and Philip Miriori team up in another illegal Bougainville venture "IndyWatch Feed"

Sydney lawyer and mining venture capitalist, Renzie Duncan, is on the prowl again for Bougainvilles mineral wealth, with his old friend Philip Miriori,  the scandal-plagued, self-appointed head of the Meekamui Tribal Government.

This time its through Central Meekamui Exploration Limited, which is in partnership with Australian mining firm RTG Mining.

Company extracts indicate that Central Meekamui Exploration Limited, despite its very local name, is in fact a foreign enterprise.

This assertion is based on the fact it is 50% owned by Australian company, Central Exploration Pty Ltd.

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