bittersweet that it's bourgeois egotists that have done the most damage to their party, and not any Left movement
i feel you but watching the libs take this big of an L is nothing but sweet to me after what they've put everyone through over the past few years
the important thing for those of us not invested in party politics is that the libs' ill fortunes are a direct result of their hard right faction trying to regain full control and purge anyone they don't trust to cater fully to the whims of e.g. the coal industry. australians, especially the well-heeled ones who voted last night, might not care very deeply about social programs but they apparently do care about climate change and this might turn out to be the biggest sticking point for the liberals going forward - they have had too many changes of leadership ostensibly over energy policy while they ignore voters shouting that the planet's dyin'.
how bad have they hung themselves, for us foreigners who haven't kept up?
In practical terms this just removed their majority in the House of Representatives, so they're less likely to send their most socially regressive fantasies into law, but workers are still fucked.
In symbolic terms, the Liberal Party has held the seat of Wentworth for the vast majority of its history since Federation, with only insanely racist proto-fascist parties prior to the Liberals/spot of independents. I don't think this changes as much as some people want to believe. The people of Wentworth are the degenerate bourgeoisie and their only commitment in politics is to themselves, so without the prestige of having their PM as their member, they would reasonably prefer whomever causes the most upset to the guy who backstabbed their PM.
happy halloween shriekingviolet
better than dawn
Just spoke at Geelong Trades Hall Council at Victorian Socialists gathering for Western Region. Very working class crowd.— Stephen Jolly (@stephenjolly99) October 27, 2018
a bunch of melbourne sex workers claim he's a rapist to boot
they associated with any other groups?
afaik theyre a project of the melbourne trots, ie mostly socialist alliance, socialist alternative (the warring scions of Cliffite Trotskyism) and a bunch of nimby-left independents
accidentally found myself talking to a campus trot kid the other day and i was arguing it's better to petition the government to deny those chucklefucks visas than have to protest once they get here. the kid was saying something vague about not relying on the capitalist state to exercise that sort of power but it really just sounded like he was trying to convince himself he cared about more than newspaper-selling opportunities
we ought not to rely on a hammer to drive in nails, says the trot while headbutting the wall
The Indigenous affairs minister, Nigel Scullion, has used money earmarked for alleviating Indigenous disadvantage to fund a fishing industry lobby group he used to chair.
He approved a grant of $150,000 to the Northern Territory Seafood Council so it could argue how it would be negatively affected by land claims – claims he opposed during his time in the role.
Under the NT Land Rights Act, those who consider a land claim would have a negative impact on their business or personal interests can argue a “detriment” case about how their future access to income, land or water would suffer if the claim were approved.
A group of six land claims in the NT have been held up – some by almost 30 years – by unresolved detriment issues.
Scullion chaired the NTSC from 1994 to 2001, and gave statements or appeared in person to argue detriment in at least two of the claims.
As minister he approved grants of $150,000 to the NTSC, $170,000 to the NT Amateur Fishermen’s Association, and $165,000 to the NT Cattlemen’s Association for “legal fees, effectively … to put forward a case of detriment to the land commissioner”, as he told a Senate hearing last week.
The money was taken from the $4.9bn Indigenous advancement strategy, which is supposed to “improve the way the government does business with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to ensure funding actually achieves outcomes” – according to the government’s website.
Parties who wish to lodge detriment claims are able to seek financial support from the Attorney General’s Department.
Scullion told Guardian Australia the funding provided to the pastoral and fishing organisations could also be used “to develop education resources and training materials on Aboriginal land and sea country in the Northern Territory, Aboriginal land rights history and legislation as well as to assist these organisations in representing their members in relation to Aboriginal land claims in the Northern Territory”.
His evidence on behalf of the NTSC was a matter of public record, he said.
tl;dr the Indigenous affairs minister (previously mentioned in recent posts here for his enthusiastic support of white supremacist statements and motions in parliament) has been doling out wads of cash to industry groups to help them oppose indigenous land rights claims, including to a group he used to chair; to add insult to corruption, those groups actually have a seperate channel to seek government money for that purpose and either didn't bother or are double dipping just to fuck First Nations people even harder
Been a while since I've had the energy to comment on the Don Dale stuff but the report came out the other day and this rates a special mention http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-21/nt-royal-commission-girls-in-youth-detention/9174392
Young women and girls in the Northern Territory's youth prisons were inappropriately touched by some male guards and received less access than male detainees to education and hygiene facilities, the royal commission has found.
A section of the report, released late last week, described the experiences of girls inside Darwin's Don Dale youth detention centre and Aranda House in Alice Springs.
The commissioners found the treatment of female detainees "did not meet standards" applied for their male counterparts.
"These girls and young women were small minorities in male-dominated environments," the report read.
"They had less access than male detainees to basic amenities, recreation areas and education.
"At times, male youth justice officers showed inappropriately sexualised behaviour towards girls and young women and otherwise behaved towards them in a way that did not meet society's expectations."
I'll leave the details for those who wish to click the link above, in any case, I always said the treatment of kids at Don Dale met the definition of child sexual abuse, unsurprisingly things were worse there for girls
One year later and there is currently a riot a Don Dale with reports of buildings set on fire. This comes in the wake of recent reports to parliament that girls held at Don Dale are forced to shower under the watchful eye of surveillance cameras.
After last year's royal commission it was announced Don Dale would be closed down. A new facility is being built to replace it. It won't be ready until 2021.
edit: actually looks like parliament will be shut down rather than allow this to go to a vote. lol
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fellow strayans, i would ask that if you enjoy this video please share it around, a little bird tells me this guy keeps getting banned from fashbook for not being racist enough to meet their community standards
wow, L.A. Beast has really stepped up his game
is he eating australian politicians now, because if so i will click that video
Tony Abbott and John Howard designed a "Bachelor of ""Western Civilization""" and both ANU and USyd rejected their offer of $50 million to run the degree. Shopping around for a sucker they found the University of Wollongong, who negotiated in secret (to avoid the backlash USyd suffered during negotiations), and accepted the terms hook line and sinker. UoW has already confirmed that the Ramsay Centre (the funding body, with two of our most reactionary former prime ministers on the board) will be vetting the curriculum and also have goons sitting in on classes to ensure everything is going to plan. If it goes ahead, a right wing group of politicians ad businessmen will be able to control university curricula and hiring choices to promote "Western culture".
Without doxxing myself I am very close to this - there have already been death threats and the vice chancellor has called in extra security to protect his office today (gutless). Despite announcning this at the most cowardly possible moment (after classes and exams have ended, and right before Christmas) there looks to be an enormous shitstorm brewing.