By John Lord Never in the history of this nation have corporations, rich individuals, and the Government that supports them, been so openly brazen. The Australian Tax system is absolutely riddled with rorts for corporations and the privileged.The Abbott Government has shown an insensitivity to the common good that goes … Continue reading
By Max Chalmers The majority of people who come by boat to Australia are found to be refugees needing protection. Only a minority of the Australian public realise that. Max Chalmers reports A new poll on the public perception of asylum seekers has found less than one third of Australians … Continue reading
Greg Hunt’s bargain carbon auction | First Dog on the Moon | Comment is free | The Guardian.
By Jeff Sparrow Barnaby Joyce, ever the defender of Australian beef exports, has been trying to hose down his colleagues’ “concerns” about halal certification. “Unless [meat is] halal certified, we can’t sell it,” he said on Monday. “That means the whole processing line becomes unviable.” He has a big task … Continue reading
Companies that get products halal certified have been targets of a campaign that claims halal certification funds terrorism. Conducted largely through social media and online networks, Australian anti-Islam groups have been demanding companies that carry halal certification labels drop them. This anti-halal campaign was a key demand at recent “reclaim … Continue reading
A guard at the Manus Island detention centre has said Muslims should assimilate and has shared an article suggesting they “cannot be Australians” in a series of Facebook posts that appear to support the Reclaim Australia and boycott halal movements. John Akrigg was contracted by Wilson Security on behalf of … Continue reading
You’re an Ibis? You want to work on Nauru? Where do you see yourself in five years? | First Dog on the Moon | Comment is free | The Guardian.
The federal government is seeking extraordinary new powers that would make it largely immune from liability for inappropriate uses of force on people in immigration detention centres. The new powers would allow immigration officers – which may include private contractors – to use “reasonable force against any person” if the … Continue reading
A racist carrot reclaims Australia | First Dog on the Moon | Comment is free | The Guardian.
Treasurer Joe Hockey personally approved a decision to shield companies sending billions of dollars offshore as part of apparent tax-dodging strategies from being named. Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan said in a letter to the Senate committee into corporate tax avoidance that Mr Hockey endorsed his decision not to release the … Continue reading