The world outside mainstream media is a wonderful place. Every week, I will take you with me as I look back over my last week in my world outside the MSM. All articles, tweets and blogs are embedded, so click and share the love for independent news and people power!
Favourite News Article This Week
My favourite independent news article this week is by Julian Burnside. The increasing interest in Australian citizens should be a serious concern for us all.
Human rights advocate and barrister Julian Burnside AO discusses Border Force’s increased interest in Australian citizens, as PM Malcolm Turnbull announces greater powers for the Australian Defence Force. The lesson is: when governments misbehave, it’s just a matter of time before they will come for you.
Favourite Political Video Of The Week
This video is of workers in Sale, Victoria. These workers are facing massive pay cuts and casualisation. This is the workers’ stories and they are organising and speaking up.
Favourite Blog Post This Week
My favourite blog post this week is from a new site I follow: Pearls and Irritations. In this article, Professor John Quiggin discusses a possible turning away from privatisation. I was fortunate enough to hear Professor Quiggin speak at a Not For Sale information night in Rockhampton in 2014. The Newman Government were trying to sell Ergon Energy. The LNP Government under Nicholls will also try to sell Ergon Energy. Never. Ever. Forget. Our Assets Are Not For Sale. Not Now. Not Ever!
JOHN QUIGGIN. Governments are buying up where the market has failed. Is this the end of privatisation?
Australian governments are back in business. Every couple of months, it seems, we hear of a new venture into public ownership of business enterprises, or an expansion of existing enterprises. Most recently, Victoria’s Labor government has announced the purchase of a sawmill in Gippsland to stave off the threat of closure.
This will be my favourite Tweet for a while
I wrote a blog last week to raise awareness for Waltja’s campaign for blankets for Central Australians. They sent me this in appreciation. Please donate if you can.
I just want a Sally McManus T-Shirt!
Winning Back Workers Rights
QLD State Treasurer and NSW Premier
Gladys was very sad after this photo 🙂 Go Queensland!!!!
What’s Not to Like?
Memes, Vids and Stuff
And on the Third Day, they ascended into Melbourne
I just Want a Sally McManus T-Shirt!
Video posted by Sally McManus – What have Unions ever done for us?
Gotta Get Me Some ALP Spicy Meme Stash!
How to talk to a Liberal
From the Vault PMSL
I got stuck watching Shaun Micallef videos for three hours. I mean who doesn’t? I came across this. Obviously not Micallef and not from this week, but I had to share.
Captain Obvious Checks in with Super-Agency Man
As They Say – Leave The Best ‘Til Last
Turnbull Blames Dr. No to the tune of Dr. Hook. Well done Stu!
My World Outside The MSM
Thanks to everyone who has shared my posts this week. In case you missed them – My blog posts this week were:
The Prime Minister has made another attempt to divide Australians and pit state against state. Frustratingly, he has turned his back on Queensland by refusing to assist with Disaster Funding. Explicitly, the Prime Minister does not see disaster mitigation as a national issue. In other words, Turnbull believes that if bushfires rage through NSW, that is a problem for NSW. Similarly, if floods and cyclones hit Queensland, therefore, it is a problem for Queensland. Turnbull has to go!
This week, in “House Music” I discuss Income Management and the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs. I will also discuss the FRC in Cape York. The FRC is the Families Responsibilities Commission. This commission has input into income management restrictions in their community.
House Music is a weekly blog where I discuss various Bills, Committees, Petitions and try to raise awareness of the valuable resources on the APH website.
Vulnerable Jobseekers need strong leadership. A shift away from a budget-savings model to a compassionate, supportive jobseeker-focused model is needed. The diverse needs of jobseekers, particularly vulnerable jobseekers, are ignored within the jobsearch framework and welfare reforms. Vulnerable Jobseekers are becoming increasingly invisible.
Turnbull’s claim that the Turnbull Liberal Party is a party embracing Menzies Liberalism, is a self-delusional fallacy. In terms of progressive welfare reform, the Menzies Liberal is dead.
The neo-liberal/conservative successors of Menzies are the insidious pathogen that flows through the Liberal party’s veins to sustain its current mutant form. Menzies views on social security and Turnbull’s stigmatising and punitive approach are poles apart.
Well, that was my world outside the MSM over the last week. How did your’s go?