Joyce affair reveals Australia’s corrupt and crony political culture

By Joe Montero
Since this article was written, Barnaby Joyce has announced his retirement, on the grounds that he “can’t take it anymore.”  As indicated below, the situation had developed to the point where his own team pulled the knife in him. It is likely that he was given the option to leave or be pushed.  He took the first.

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Study provides evidence that the sea level rise is real and accelerating

This article from From DW (13 February 2018) concerns the release of the findings of a study by the National Academy of  Sciences (PNAS), which is based in the United States. This adds to the mountain of evidence that shows the planet is warming. The co-authors on the study came from the University of South Florida, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Old Dominion University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

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Canada’s Philippines arms deal will abet human rights violations

By Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights)

“Canada’s $233 million arms sale of military combat helicopters to the Philippine government will enable and worsen the already dire human rights situation under the Duterte administration. We call on the Canadian people and Filipino migrants in Canada to oppose this arms deal and intensify support for human and people’s rights in the Philippines,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, after the agreement between the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and Philippine military was announced on February 6, 2018. Continue reading Canada’s Philippines arms deal will abet human rights violations

West Papuan leader appeals for support on eve of Summit

The following message has been sent to the people of PNG, by Benny Wenda, who chairs the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). Next week there is going to be an important summit in Port Moresby. This should also be of interest in Australia, because our nation has been involved in the situation in West Papua, and because the Melanesian peoples are our close neighbours. Our government should stop supporting the Indonesian occupation.

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AGL profits off Aussie households’ energy bill misery

The following article by James Fernyhough (The New Daily 8 February 2018) provides an answer to the announcement by energy monopoly AGL, to raise charges for power. The bottom line is we are paying too much. Whether one agrees with the explanation presented here or not, there is one certainty. The purposely created market is not working in the interests of the Australian community.

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