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Equality of Opportunity

Equality of opportunity – it’s a lovely phrase that’s regularly trotted out by those who wield power in society. Equality in 21st century Australia isn’t a topic many people raise. It’s always “equality of opportunity”. Those people who trot out that phrase with monotonous regularity seem to have forgotten life is a handicap race.

Poor Sally

Poor Sally McManus, the new Secretary of the ACTU. She’s been pilloried from pillar to post by the corporate owned media, the government gelded ABC, the Turnbull led coalition government and disowned by Bill Shorten, the leader of Her Majesty’s loyal opposition for stating the bleeding obvious, the Trade Union Movement should consider breaking unjust laws.

Death and taxes

Death and taxes may be inevitable for mere mortals like you and me, but it seems they don’t apply to the corporate dominated mining sector in the land down under. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd soon found out, character flaws or no character flaws, no one tries to squeeze an extra cent out of the mining sector in the land of Oz. Brendon Grylls, the former leader of the National Party in Western Australia, has just lost the safest National Party seat in Western Australia, Pilbara, to the Labor Party at the Western Australian election last week.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink

You’ve got to hand it to the Victorian Labor government, they’ve finally realised their political survival is dependent on them improving housing affordability for first home buyers. It looks like they’ve thrown everything but the kitchen sink at the problem. Just a few of the schemes they’ve put in place include: stamp duty savings for first home buyers who buy homes that cost less than $600,000. A 50 million dollar pilot program will give around 400 Victorians the ability to co-purchase their first home with the state government. The state government will take up an equity share of 25%.

Love It or Leave It

I'm pretty confident you’ve sat behind a car with the Australian flag with the words “Love it or Leave” printed next to the flag. Bumper stickers give an insight into the mindset of the driver. “Love it or Leave” is pretty cut and dry. Love it or fuck off somewhere else. That’s the problem, isn’t it? Unconditional love, irrespective of the behaviour of the individual. It’s one or the other, nothing in between. Take it as it is or piss off.

Divided Nation and Little People

The story goes something like this. Voters are flocking to Divided Nation (the political party registered as Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party) because they stand up for the little people. Well if you're one of the 33% of Australians who receive a social security benefit or if you're a part time poorly paid worker, nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is a little different. Divided Nation sided with the government in three out of four recent Senate votes.

Blood Lust

The Murdoch media’s pursuit of Don Nardella, the former Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, for the $100,000 he legally claimed through a loophole in the expenses parliamentarians are able to claim for living outside their electorate, highlights the utter hypocrisy of Murdoch’s media empire in Australia.

Backfired

The Western Australia Liberal Party’s attempts to hold onto power by entering into a preference deal with Divided Nation has back fired badly, both for the Liberal Party and Divided Nation. Hanson’s party has been able to ride on the coattails of increasing levels of dissatisfaction with a political process that for far too long has put corporate interests before public interests.

Groper Lite

A few days ago we saw the leopard paint over its spots with water soluble paint. President Donald Groper, the most powerful man on earth after Vladimir Putin, made a coach’s speech to the American congress. An inclusive speech he claimed things were on the right track and before you know it, America would be great again. I assume he was talking about North America (excluding Canada), not central or South America. A man who knows all about fake news should get his facts right. He’s not President of America, he’s President of the United States of America.

Howard's Broad Church Self-Immolates

When you hear John Howard lament about the Liberal Party losing its way, you know things aren’t right in Tallarook. If there’s one thing you can say about the Prime Minister who lost his seat, it’s he has the uncanny ability to read the Liberal Party’s political tea leaves. What he’s seen lately makes him apprehensive, if not ill.

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