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A plague on democracy - Murdoch, Turnball and demagoguery

This article came from the Independent Australia

by Dr Binoy Kampark

Republished with permission of the author

Rupert Murdoch's power goes beyond that of his media empire. Dr Binoy Kampark illustrates the man's potent political influence.

Turnball and Murdoch

IN ONE SENSE, feeling sentimental about the deposing of Australia’s aggrieved Malcolm Turnbull by loiteringly dangerous and terrified reactionaries within his own party would be akin to feeling sympathy for a maimed animal readied for the coup de grace. He had already laid the grounds for weak, self-corroding leadership — spates of poor political judgment, fatuous attempts to seek reconciliation with ideological detractors when he was merely giving ground and, ultimately, an inability to keep his nerve in the face of the pugilists.

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US Marines in Darwin - The Force Posture Agreement

The Force Posture Agreement between the U.S. and Australian Governments

Bevan Ramsden

This Agreement makes Australia a base in the Indo-Pacific-South East Asia for the U.S. military and from which they can parade their strength, intimidate and launch hostile acts against our neighbours.

The Force Posture Agreement between the Governments of the U.S. and Australia facilitates:

The stationing in Darwin, for six months each year, of up to 2,500 US Marines; they are trained and equipped for immediate deployment and who, while in Australia, train for war in exercises with the Australian Defence Forces

Access to Australia’s airfields and airport facilities for US fighter planes and bombers

Access to Australia’s seaports for U.S. naval vessels

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Great Barrier Reef Politics

by Binoy Kampmark

Great Barrier ReefAustralia’s environment has been in precarious hands since European settlement found its lengthy and persistent way to the continent.  It has been mined, mauled, drained, farmed, deforested and despoiled at a rate that was only restrained by the size of its small but rapacious populace.  When environmental matters have made an appearance, they have done so with a veil of political opportunism.  Few typify this more than Labor’s environment minister Senator Graham Richardson’s efforts regarding the Tasmanian forests.  To win over the conservation-minded voter in marginal, city-based seats, it was good to go green – at least for a bit.

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Anning speech: racism and division must not be allowed!

This article came from the Vanguard website

Multicultural handsOn the 14th of August 2018, Fraser Anning, senator and Katter's Australian Party member, gave his controversial maiden speech to an almost universally negative reaction.

This is largely due to his abhorrent comments regarding the nature of immigration, calling for a “final solution”, a plebiscite with which the Australian public would decide whether or not we return to the “predominantly European immigration policy of the pre-Whitlam consensus”. It was essentially calling for a return to the White Australia Policy though using more palatable rhetoric.


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Should Australia assist in US Attacks on Iran?

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Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN)

27 JULY 2018

“Whilst hoping that it may be inaccurate, IPAN is disturbed at the news that the USA is planning an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. It is outraged at the report that Australia probably will be actively involved in this planning,” said Nick Deane, National Committee member of the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network.

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