Monday, 20 June 2022

Fighting Fake News with REAL 20/6/22; Julian Assange Australia's Gift to America; Economic Reality was never Morrison's; Wage Stagnation; Inflation; World Comparison and Morrison/Frydenberg; Blackmail and Ransom;




 Australia's Shame has grown exponentially under a decade of LNP government kowtowing to the USA

If Russia were persecuting a whistleblower like Julian Assange, the US would rightly condemn it as authoritarian abuse. But because that persecution is backed by the US, the mainstream media and American politicians are fine with it.

Source: We Would Never Tolerate Julian Assange’s Persecution If Any Other Country Carried It Out

Employment Minister Tony Burke does not believe wages growth is about to further fuel inflation, saying pay rates have suffered a decade of stagnation.

Source: Wages not fuelling inflation, Burke says – Michael West


Contrast this with what Morrison and Frydenberg were telling us and reality bites. Now Peter Dutton is here to tell us what good managers they were.

The Independent Australia ranking on economic management (IAREM) for 2022 reveals Switzerland now leads the world and Australia remains outside the top 20, reports Alan Austin.

Australia’s dismal 22nd ranking – behind Portugal, Malaysia, Guatemala and Ecuador – is the nation’s fourth year outside the world’s top 20. This contrasts with being in the top spot under Labor in 2009 and from 2011 to 2013. This decline reflects the long-term effects of hundreds of billions lost offshore in company taxes not collected and billions more lost to corruption and gross mismanagement under the Coalition.

Variables which have deteriorated most severely over recent years in Australia are inflation, economic growth, the tax burden and federal government debt.

Source: IAREM 2022: Switzerland tops economic rankings, Australia out of top 20

gas, fracking, gas fired recovery

Prepare to subsidise fossil fuel plants indefinitely. That is the message this morning as, in the wake of Coalition dithering, the new government grooms Australian energy customers for more of the same energy policy. It’s the Richard Wilkins solution. Callum Foote and Michael West report.

Nine years of Coalition dithering on climate and energy have surely taken their toll. Way behind the eight-ball on transition to renewable energy, the new government is now grooming Australians to subsidise multinational fossil fuel corporations to keep their polluting coal and gas power stations running way into the future.

The public grooming comes via Murdoch and Nine media this morning to extend the life of fossil fuel plants and entrench the power of the very same corporations which have just extorted the energy market operator AEMO by threatening to pull supply out of the grid unless richly compensated. 

Source: Ransom Notes: pay us to keep our old power plants running or else, say fossil fuel majors – Michael West


Robert Redlich is far less sanguine about integrity in politics after five years as IBAC Commissioner.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Age, Robert Redlich, QC, said in the lead-up to the November state election that scrutinising “how the government of the day is expending the public purse” was the most important role of a commission like his.

Source: Anti-corruption commissioner Robert Redlich wants pork barrelling declared corrupt

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