Craig Kelly MP – working for his electorate by rubbishing the ABC and pandering to Islamophobes

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Craig Kelly is the Liberal Federal MP for the seat of Hughes.

When this story and picture surfaced of a man allegedly bashed by police during a  raid on his home connected to Operation Hammerhead, Craig joined in the jeers from his anti-Muslim Facebook fans with a swipe at the ABC for *gasp* reporting the news.

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We don’t have much evidence that Craig is very bright so we will tell him that bashing suspects is NOT correct police procedure. In some rare instances an officer may need to act against an alleged suspect to protect the lives of themselves, their colleagues or someone else at a crime scene.

This was not the case in this instance.

We are not aware either that this man has been charged with any crimes.

What Craig should have done before opening his mouth was to request an investigation by his State colleagues. After all he has more clout with Police Minister Stuart Ayres than we do.

We are also told that the Police Commissioner would regard such allegations as serious and is keen to emphasise that unprofessional conduct by the police is not sanctioned.

It is the job of the ABC to report news, not to make life more relaxed and comfortable for the current shambolic Federal government. And we know that the ABC sometimes goes overboard in brown-nosing the current government in an effort to silence its yammering critics, all of whom are besties of the Coalition.

But we hope the voters in Hughes remember at the next Federal election that their current member prefers cosying up and having a laugh with his rabid Facebook cronies as well as rubbishing the national broadcaster rather than actually doing any electorate work.

Dear Australian Liberal National Party

Guest post by Rachael Price

Dear Australian Liberal National Party

My name is Rachael. I am a second year university student. I am under 30 years of age. I am unemployed. I will be impacted by your changes to the eligibility criteria for Youth Allowance.

Before you considered implementing these changes I was excited at the prospect of graduating from university: of course I was worried about my chances of gaining employment fresh out of uni, but I was focused on getting my degree and succeeding in the eyes of society.

Right now, I am shitting myself due to the six months I will be without financial support. I am certain this genius (this is sarcasm) brain fart was conceptualised with a certain stereotype in mind. This is the Liberal Party’s perception that us selfish Gen Ys have successful parents who would be able to feed, clothe, house and drive us around for six months while we apply for 40 jobs and go to all the job interviews we’ll get (more sarcasm).

It is obvious you kept this stereotype of “the ideal Australian LNP voting family” in mind when you ignored the fact that 719,700 Australians were unemployed in May 2014. You kept this stereotype in mind when you ignored the fact that there were only 146,100 job vacancies in Australia during May 2014. It looks to me like the numbers don’t exactly add up. You kept this stereotype at the forefront of your minds when you ignored the fact that 2,265,000 Australians are living below the poverty line. My family falls below this line.

My family is my mother. She works two jobs, seven days per week and still does not earn enough from her jobs to pay rent, bills and living costs. Unlike your stereotype of drinking, partying hard and going to music festivals I give most of the money I receive from Centrelink (i.e. taxpayers) to my mother so I can continue to live at home. She would not be able to keep me at home without this money.

When I graduate and you deem me unfit to receive support to live, I will have to leave home. I have no other family. I have nowhere to go. To tell me to go to an already struggling charity sector displays your lack of compassion and knowledge of the amount of support they are able to provide. According to Homelessness Australia there are currently 105,237 people who are without a home in country you were appointed to lead and care for.

Another stereotype you kept in mind was that us Gen Ys are lazy and selfish. Halfway through my first year of university I was fortunate enough to gain an unpaid internship in the industry I wish to work in after I graduate. I have been there 12 months today and hopefully I can continue to work there until I complete my education. This will give me around 30 months of on-the-job experience and maybe just enough to gain employment out of uni. But employers expect up to three years experience. The only way to get experience is to work in unpaid internships. In case you missed it, the key word is UNPAID. While companies know they can get a recently graduated student to do work for nothing, they will not consider paying them for it. At the moment, I am getting in to debt for a degree that might not be used.

When I leave uni, not only will I most likely be rejected from employment but I will also be rejected from financial support too. You might achieve your goal of a surplus of money but not without gaining a surplus of societal problems. Crime will increase. Prostitution will increase. Suicides will increase. Mental health will deteriorate. This budget is cruel. It was shaped by crude stereotypes that you have applied to every single young person in Australia. You have no idea what you are doing to my generation. Or you do and you just don’t care. If that’s the case, who’s the selfish generation now?

Kind regards

Rachael

 

Rachael blogs here

Open Letter to Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner

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Dear Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission,

It was truly excellent to see you denouncing the racist buffoon Sue Wilkins Karen Bailey for her racist and child-abusive rant on a Sydney to Newcastle train last week. I mean, that’s pretty much what the majority of your job is, right? It’s up to you to hold a light to racism in our society when and where you see it and speak to the public about why it is unacceptable. Maybe change a few minds, educate a few dopes? It was also inspiring to see the NSW Police act so quickly to find the woman and have her charged. They even prepared statements to address media outlets.

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So why the continued silence regarding online discrimination?

From Nazis and white supremacists to homophobes and sexists, from rape enthusiasts and disability abusers to anti-immigration nut jobs, the Internet is rife with discrimination produced in Australia by Australians who are happy to give their name, location, employment status and photo to their comments. We’ve been immortalising the comments on our website for years. Yet it takes a 50 year old dunce on a train to say the word ‘gook’ and everyone just loses their shit.

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So where are you? Where are the State and Federal Police? Nowhere to be seen. It’s depressing to say the very least. Our Race Discrimination Commissioner is absent and our authorities lack interest and power.

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So the old biddy has said her apologies under the pseudonym of Sue Wilkins and everybody is breathing a sigh of relief. Thank goodness we got through that, right?

Wrong.

These opinions exist in our society. It’s a fucking plague. These opinions are validated by oxygen thieves like Scott Morrison, Cory Bernardi, Tony Abbott and their bumbling supporter MPs sidekicks and accompanying Murdoch led media circus. These hate-filled discriminatory opinions bubble to the surface on public trains and buses regularly but even more regularly online and nobody appears to give two shits either way.

How can people expect to feel as though they are safe in this country if their sexual orientation, physical ability, country of origin or religion are the focus and target of so much anger and hatred? Who is there to help people who read this shit online? Who is there to help the people who are the victims or onlookers to vile discrimination? I’ve interviewed anonymous police officers several times and have been told regularly that police will not bother charging a person unless they’ve physically abused someone. The Telecommunications Act lacks teeth and it lacks officers who are willing to go after these people.

Here are some screenshots that were taken today. They are from a Facebook group set up to oppose a mosque being built in Kalgoorlie. I’m sure if you ask them on Today Tonight they’ll tell you that their opposition exists because of ‘parking and traffic concerns’ or some other bullshit. But it’s what’s simmering underneath and boiling to the surface of social media that is the all too common truth. Australia is a fucking racist country. End of story.

Do something about it Tim.

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Guest post – Broken Promise – The promise we are glad Abbott has broken

May 28, 2014

Peter Wicks

 

It has come to light that Tony Abbott and the Coalition are set to break yet another election promise.

Unlike all of the other broken promises however I don’t think we will be seeing a backlash from the public over this one, although some sections of the public will no doubt be disappointed.

Fairfax has revealed that George Brandis is backing down to decency and public outcry over his proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, in what has become known as the Section 18C Attack, or the Bolt Bill.

Those who will no doubt be disappointed over Abbott’s latest broken promise will be some of the most influential to the Coalition.

Racists, Bogans, Nazis and bigots will together with shock-jocks, right-wing columnists, Senator Cory Bernardi and of course Attorney General George Brandis will no doubt mourn this day as a loss for freedom of speech, along with other Coalition MPs.

The freedom they desperately sought was the freedom to racially vilify people. The freedom to use words as a weapon and reduce people to an object that is easy to hate as Hitler did so effectively with his anti-Semitic propaganda designed to dehumanise Jews on his rise to power.

We all remember how badly that ended…

This freedom to vilify and preach hate was of course the promise that Tony Abbott and George Brandis made to columnist Andrew Bolt, and thankfully they have failed to deliver.

The promise was made after Bolt was found guilty of breaching the Discrimination Act in 2011 in Federal Court.

This is one promise I am glad to hear the Abbott government breaking, although it will no doubt lead to months of publicly crying like a baby from Andrew Bolt and others like him.

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To those of us who accept people from all walks of life and backgrounds without judgement this is a huge win. It is a huge win also because it has proven that if there is a large enough outcry the government elected to represent us will eventually listen to us and may truly represent us instead of their nutty mates.

Australians have spoken with a united voice on this issue and boldly stated that it is not acceptable to vilify someone due to their race in this country.

Australians have heeded the old saying of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Australians accept that we are part of a multicultural society and that means that we should accept people of all races as they are part of the fabric of our great nation.

We’ve been a multicultural society ever since us white folk invaded aboriginal land.

It also shows that Australians are wise enough to recognise that the campaign of fear being perpetrated by those on the right is not working.

The campaign I speak of is the campaign that attempts to portray the extremists and the radical as part of the norm within some sections of society. An example of this would be the campaign about how one day we will have sharia law in Australia if we don’t do something now, as that is what all Muslims are apparentlyseeking.

I’m sure most of you have heard something along a similar line.

This is of course complete and utter crap. We are more likely to see Elvis as our Prime Minister than we are to introduce sharia law here.

Much to the displeasure of the racists and right-wingers we are an overwhelmingly decent society and we long to remain so.

As much as Andrew Bolt and others like him may subtly preach hate and fear, sadly for them most of their listeners and readers aren’t that easily led and are quite capable of differentiating between political commentary and the rantings of a fuckwit.

On this broken promise from the Coalition, I have two words to say.

I say these two words not because of any religious views (I’m an atheist), but because I think today is a great day to be proud of our nation’s ability to accept others and to make a stand against racism in all its forms, plus I can think of no other words that will piss off the right wingers more.

Praise Allah.
 
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A Few Good Men

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 Coalition bully-boy Scott Morrison has had plenty of opportunity since the elections to chest-beat, yap and howl over asylum seeker policy and so-called “border protection”..  We well remember the three-word “Stop the Boats” bogan slogan and brand-new hot Lindsay MP Fiona Scott wailing about the millions of leaky boats heading up the M4.

Now as promised they have found a two-star general, promoted him to three-star general and made him the fall guy for when things go wrong, which will happen – we would only need another Siev X  to watch this failed process in action.

We have no doubt that the newly minted Lieutenant-General is a fine soldier and good bloke. He probably deserves a VC for having served under John Howard in administrative as well as combat roles.

However he is now the bombastic Morrison’s scapegoat for anything that goes wrong with their boat policy.

And rest assured, this government will be very keen to find scapegoats for anything of theirs which goes wrong. Especially if they can sheet the blame to a soldier or public servant.

The unfortunate Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell

The unfortunate Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell

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North Korean despot Kim Jong-Un hails the name of Australian xenophobic border policy as aligning with his government’s own paranoia

We cannot help thinking of North Korea as we watch the new government rush to drag a veil of secrecy over its great big new militarised response to asylum seekers and boat arrivals

We remember how keen the Coalition were when they were in Opposition from 2007 to stir up the bogots into a hate frenzy every time a boat arrived, to the extent that racism is now an integral part of Coalition policy. We remember how they poured scorn on any attempts to humanise Australia’s approach to refugees and asylum seekers. We know the awful far right Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) has given them a shopping list of demands which include the abolition of the AHRC

But two men, Christmas Island locals, are trying to shine a light on the shrouded, ridiculously-titled “Operation Sovereign Borders”.

One of them is Gordon Thomson. Gordon Thomson is the Secretary of the UCIW, which covers all workers on the island except for those in the AFP.

Gordon Thomson, general secretary of the Union of Christmas Island Workers. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Via his Twitter, Thomson is keeping the rest of the world informed on boat arrivals.

Thomson has long advocated for better treatment for asylum seekers incarcerated on Christmas Island. He is now providing an information source to the public on boat arrivals. The service the government will not give you.

The second man is Jon Stanhope, former Chief Minister of the ACT and now Administrator of Christmas Island.

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Stanhope also has long advocated better treatment for asylum seekers. As a public servant and former Labor politician he is likely to lose his job as the new regime purges the public service to make room for its yes-men.

So a heads-up to the bogots. The boats will still come.

Except your prime minister is not going to tell you. So you know where to direct your unfocused and ridiculous anger and hate  from now on – to your prime minister.

Another information source

The Curmudgeon’s Magazine

Now’s a really good time to re-think voting Abbott

Thoughts from a non-Labor person

Heathen Scripture

Australia. Don’t fucking ruin it for everyone. Sometime in the next couple of days you are all going to do that weird dance with the little cardboard houses and the scrawling of runes on scrolls, and like a magical phoenix sewn from boredom and Windsor knots, a new government will be formed. According to what I’ve read in the newspapers owned by one guy, and seen in the polling of people his age who still have hand-cranked telephones, enough of you are going to vote for Liberal or National candidates that Tony Abbott will be installed as Prime Minister.

What I really, really wonder is whether you’ve thought this through.

If you are planning to vote Coalition, I’d love you to actually read the following and think about it, rather than scrolling straight to the comments for a pre-emptive gloat. Because your choice would be a very poor one, for…

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Breaking News – When a little guy took on the Libs

One day recently a guy decided to make a website.

We liked this guy’s work so much we linked to it on Facebook and also published individual pics from it on our Facebook page.

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“Macro-economics is not a household budget” – an example of the little guy’s work

However the Liberal supporter swarm did not like it very much, probably because it highlighted their dodgy propaganda.

People with extreme notions of self-entitlement and a born-to-rule mentality tend not to like when little guys take them on.

We know he wasn’t threatened just because he wrote a few swear words.

He was threatened because he actually dared to compare Labor and Coalition policies in a number of critical areas – and guess whose policies came out better?

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We have contact details and a name for the little guy but we will not publish them.

So let’s see what his attackers have done.

1. Alleged Liberal Party lawyers demanding his personal details from his ISP – this is illegal by the way without a subpoena

2. Sharing his personal information online

3. Threatening him regarding his career

Sound familiar? We know only too well what these creatures are capable of once their mendacity is exposed

You can check out their high “calibre” here

Election special No 9 – Invisible – The great disappearing act of Liberal candidate Jaymes Diaz

Proof that ratbags are not confined to the fringe parties.
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If there is one thing most people hate it is buying something and getting it home and it is not how you thought it was going to be. What you thought was going to be useful turns out to be useless and what you thought was going to be great turns out to be utter crap.

Those who own a business or work in HR must also know the feeling when you hire a candidate and they don’t quite match all the glory of their CV. Someone you thought to be qualified and have the necessary skill-set when they rock up to work it turns out they aren’t fit to mop out the toilets.

A similar dilemma hangs over the heads of voters of the Greenway electorate in Sydney’s western suburbs.  They are asked to vote for someone they don’t know much about and make a leap of blind faith…

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Election special No 7 – $200 each! Coalition to fund straight couples

This election we have eagerly been awaiting yet more socially regressive policies from the major parties. This one however had slipped under the radar until the folk at Same same drew our attention to it.

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Tony Abbott’s Coalition isn’t just against giving same-sex couples the right to marry, they’re also promising they’ll give heterosexual marriages a helping hand to the tune of a $200 voucher each.

On the Australian Christian Lobby’s Australia Votes guide to the election, the Liberal National Coalition was asked: “What will your party do to encourage marriage and resilience in couple relationships?”

Here’s the surprising response: “The Coalition will provide a $200 voucher to all couples when they register their intention to marry, which will be redeemable on an approved marriage education, counselling or parenting skills service.

“Couples can use this voucher before or after their wedding to choose the service that best suits their needs, be it one which assists in developing communication skills, conflict resolution, financial management, parenting skills, or for counselling services if problems arise in a marriage.”

“The Coalition will provide a $200 voucher to all couples when they register their intention to marry.”

While the Coalition’s refusal to support marriage equality leaves same-sex families with kids out in the cold, they add: “The Coalition, if elected, will place a greater emphasis on prevention and early intervention as a means of ameliorating the negative consequences of poverty, family dysfunction and social exclusion.”

They also reiterated their stance on marriage: “The Coalition policy supports the current definition of marriage contained in the Marriage Act.”

“Any change to the policy would be a matter for the Party Room in the future, as is the case with all policies,” their response added, concluding: “Tony Abbott supports the existing definition of marriage.”

The Australian Labor Party’s policy on the increasingly uncontroversial issue is also well known, and reiterated on the ACL’s website:

“The Rudd Labor Government believes that all people are entitled to respect, dignity and the opportunity to participate fully in society regardless of their sexuality.

“When the issue of same sex marriage has previously been considered by Parliament, Federal Labor has allowed each MP and Senator a conscience vote according to their own personal views.

“This reflects the fact that people of good will can hold different positions on this fundamental matter.”

Same Same has sought confirmation from the Liberal Party on their marriage voucher policy, and will update this story if/when we hear back.

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This policy, as well as being highly discriminatory towards not only same sex couples but also to hundreds of thousands of men and women in de facto relationships, many of which are of long standing and are legally recognised to all intents and purposes as equivalent to marriage, assumes that these “marriage preparation” courses actually deliver the goods in terms of preserving relationships and lowering the rate of divorce.

However no valid objective peer-reviewed data has ever been available to support that notion

Since it is a project of the mad mullahs at the ACL, do atheists and other non-believers, or non-Christians for that matter, have to sign up?

Do celebrants have to hand out the voucher or will it be available from your local Coalition MP’s office?

And is it available for straight couples entering their second, third or subsequent marriages? Some MPs may be personally interested in that.

The Antibogan would probably prefer a new microwave. 😉

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