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This week in Canberra politicians on both sides of parliament made speeches condemning racism and congratulating each other for them.

This week on Nauru Medical staff reported a 12-year-old refugee boy on a hunger strike for more than a fortnight is close to death.

The boy has been held with his family on Nauru for five years since fleeing Iran. They have been assessed as refugees but refused resettlement in the USA, as are all refugees from Iran.

The Stench of Fraser Anning

Lovely to hear both sides of Parliament condemn Fraser Anning’s repugnant speech today. It’s been a change from the rhetoric we’re use to hearing from Parliament in recent times.

We’ve heard George Christensen constantly attack Muslim immigrants calling for them to be banned. He’s also spoken to the far right-wing Q Society and appeared on a Neo-Nazi podcast.

Bludgers Beware

I’ve posted all this before, but New Corp have posted this headline before too. So once again, here is a reminder of why the true bludgers have nothing to beware of:

The Newstart allowance is nearly $200 per week below the poverty line.

Over 730,000 children are dependent on welfare payments to their parents/careers.

32% of people receiving Newstart allowance are over 50.

50% of Australians and 70% of households have accessed welfare at some time in the last 15 years.

Criminal Gangs in Victoria

About this pamphlet Matthew Guy.

I know you’re saying it isn’t specifically targeting “African gangs”, in fact it isn’t even a photo of Melbourne. It’s from a story published in 2012 about gangs in London. The problem with your pamphlet isn’t just that it contradicts data from the state’s Crime Statistics Agency which show crime in Victoria has decreased by nearly 9% in the last year, it’s about context.

Alan Tudge: Man of Values

A first-generation Australia who doesn’t like immigrants

Labels Australia’s welfare system as "poison“ while claiming $546,210 in expenses in 2016
Oversaw the robodebt fiasco

Exaggerates or lies about his department's results

Wants everyone to fit in with his values.

Food for thought

In an article published in today's Sydney Morning Herald, Jane Shilling of the London Telegraph argues that White House secretary, Sarah Sanders, should not have been refused service by the Red Hen restaurant because of her politics. She also argues that civility is the key to creating dialogue with the Trump administration.

Fuck civility. Shilling could not be more wrong.

Andrew Bolt and Domestic Violence

Here is the full story:

Women are more likely to experience violence from men they know, often in the home, than from some monster lurking in the bushes

One in four Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner

On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner, according to the most recent analysis of homicide statistics in Australia

One in four Australian women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner

Australia's Newest Threat

Immigration minister and Border Force Obergruppenführer, Peter Dutton, has warned that Australia is at risk of succumbing to compassion.

Citizens are being urged to remain vigilant against the spread of compassion in Australia which, if left unchecked, could see our society regress into an egalitarian dystopia, where greed and self-interest struggle to survive.

The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax

Here is an update on the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax:

In the 12 months that Robert Mueller has been conducting his witch hunt hoax, 20 witches and three witches’ businesses have either been indicted or admitted guilt and a total of 75 charges (none concerning witchcraft) have been laid.

Five witches are now cooperating with the witch hunt.

The Witch-in-Chief has begun insisting that he has the constitutional right to pardon himself from charges that might result from the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax.

Punishing the Banks

Here are some revelations from the Royal Commission into banking so far:

NAB employees in Western Sydney were paid bribes of up to $2800 to wave through loans they knew were based on fake documents.

Fake payslips, IDs and Medicare cards were allegedly made up to generate loans for the bank’s “Introducer Program”, which generated $24 billion worth of home loans and paid out between $100-$150 million in commissions between 2013 and 2016.

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