Source: First Dog on refugees: let them all come | Comment is free | The Guardian
The Abbott Coalition government came to power two years ago this week with a promise to change Labor’s fibre to the premises (FTTP) National Broadband Network (NBN) to one using less-expensive fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technologies, spruiking its network with the three-word slogan: “Fast. Affordable. Sooner.” But with the release in August … Continue reading
“There were three gradations of inveracity – there were lies, there were damned lies, and there were statistics” (Arthur Balfour, 1892) You may have noticed that Abbott and other members of the front bench regularly throw around numbers and statistics to back up what they’re saying. Numbers and statistics are … Continue reading
Tucked away in the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s report on the government’s citizenship stripping bill, which was released on Friday, is one of the more memorable statements of Australia’s involvement in the War on Terror.
The brother of an Iranian asylum seeker who was allegedly raped on Nauru has made a heartfelt plea to the government to reunite the woman, now in Australia, with her family.The asylum seeker, Nazanin, was allegedly attacked in May on her way back to the Nauru detention centre after a … Continue reading
he UNSUBTLEBERG family – MOTHER, FATHER, BROTHER and SISTER – are driving along a lonely country road, on their way to camping holiday. MOTHER: Wait, what’s that?! Stop the car! [They screech to a halt] FATHER: Wow, that’s quite a crash! That car’s completely wrecked!
Two years in and the Abbott government remains a clamor of battle slogans in search of a policy purpose. The prime minister keeps shaping up for confected daily fights without comprehending that is exactly why he is losing the political “war”.
The government has ceased processing citizenship applications from boat-arrival refugees entitled to become Australians, leaving hundreds in limbo. For years, Rahim, an Afghan Hazara, waited to become an Australian citizen. Deemed a refugee and granted residency, and having lived in the community for the requisite four years, he passed the … Continue reading
It looks like Team Australia, smells like Team Australia, sounds like Team Australia. But in fact it was a game used to simulate real world global politics, and the results were startling. Back in the real world, Dr Lissa Johnson looks at the collision of government and fantasy in the … Continue reading
The government is showing profound naivety in contemplating entering the Syrian civil war, based purely on domestic political desperation. The telling thing about the fact that the Abbott government begged for a US invitation to bomb Syria for domestic political purposes — first mooted by, of all people, Oz editor-at-large Paul Kelly, … Continue reading