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When "Total Responsibility" means "No Responsibility"

In 2004 Prime Minister, John Howard, has said that he takes total responsibility for Australia's decision to join the war. However as the the Chilcot Inquiry has shown the decision to invade Iraq was most certainly a breach of international criminal law and and specifically a crime against peace.

The Day Before The Election

The Coalition will win tomorrow. The swing and the number of seats that Labor needs to win is too big and whilst they'll put a good fight, it'll be just out of reach.

With the Coalition returned, the price of housing will become increasingly out of reach, because the Coalition is the party that is wedded to the insane policy of taxpayer-funded subsidies to the landlord class, despite the fact that it is a miserable failure in providing new housing stock.

The Dutton Ternary Paradox

It is understandable that, when a governing party is faced with downward opinion polls, that they may attempt to throw a dead cat. Immigration is always a good target these days, even for a country built on immigrant labour (how quickly we forget).

Understanding Supply and Demand

In a recent interview with Leigh Sales of ABC1, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, claimed that he didn't need any evidence for his claims that a third of "investors" will leave the property market if Labor's proposals on negative gearing are introduced and that Labor's negative gearing reforms would "take a sledgehammer" to property prices.

Porco Rosso: The Red Pig

Last Sunday I visited the beautiful deco-era Astor Cinema to see a Studio Ghibli double, My Neighbor Totoro and Porco Rosso. For those of a political mind, the latter is a very interesting historical fantasy. Set during the Great Depression it follows the adventures of a former WWI Italian fighter pilot who now makes his money as a bounty-hunter against "air pirates" on the Adriatic coastline. As a fantasy film the pilot has been struck by a curse and has been turned into an anthropomorphic pig.

Letter to Andrew Broad, Federal Member for Mallee

To: mallee@aph.gov.au
CC: ctesta@sunraysiadaily.com.au

RE: Marriage Equality

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Andrew Broad,
Federal Member for Mallee

Dear Mr. Broad,

I read with interest the recent attention concerning your comments on marriage equality have generated. I hope you will be able to elaborate on some matters that logically arise.

Isocracy As Supervenience from Socialism + Liberalism + Anarchism

The new Isocracy committee for 2015-2016 has a fairly active member of the Labor Party as a president, and now a fairly active member of the Liberal Party as vice-president. For some people on the left this would be an anathema - imagine having a member of the Liberal Party of Australia, the chief conservative and often reactionary party on the committee of a body that espouses libertarian socialism. How can this be possible?

Memories of Reluctant Advocacy : Asylum Seekers

It was about fifteen ago I attended a fundraising quiz night for an asylum seeker advocacy group at Trades Hall, following a report on the detention centre in Woomera [1]. The quiz night raised a few hundred dollars from the assorted (mainly) student activists. However a couple of days prior to the event I had been doing some additional work; I was able to announce pledges from state Labor MPs for over two thousand dollars.

Property is not so simple

Matt Malesky "Now, legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on. All these plans as a whole --with their common aim of legal plunder -- constitute socialism."
~ Frederic Bastiat

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