Here’s my latest with Caldron Pool. If you’re unfamiliar with China’s Golden Shield Project, here’s what you need to know. (Link below & in profile)
“...If when talking about the GSP, our focus is on protecting family values, than the GSP is an easy sell. Protections that include internet safety for Children and adults with addictions are plain common sense. For true freedom to exist, it has to have a certain degree of parameters to ensure and uphold its existence. Otherwise, we become enslaved to the machine, and land somewhere in the Matrix.
However, if the goal of governance over the internet, such as the GSP, is the protection of an ideology, an unelected bureaucratic caste, the invasion and suppression of citizen’s rights, and that control is masked by propaganda about protecting family values, then instead of being controlled by the Matrix, we enter a land controlled by those who own the Matrix, which is as equally horrifying.”
Time to start posting😄
... Let’s speed this up!
There is a slow but steady increase of first preferences given to minor parties - often as a result of dissatisfaction in the major parties.
This data is slightly dated but the trends shown continue.
Let us not forget that the LNP was founded as an alternative to the ALP. Seems that the illusion of choice is much less relevant now that both parties echo many of the same political stances (Convergence Theory) and both have failed to look after the Australian people in the long term. Instead, constant self-interest has triggered multiple leadership spills leading to untimely changes of prime minister. The classic argument against a multi-party system is that is is less stable, but clearly Australian politics can not be described as stable.
A multi-party system is consistent with democratic principles, giving a voice to more constituents, and promoting proportional representation of the people.
Source of data: theconversation.com
#auspol#australianpolitics#australia#politics#alp#lnp#libspill#voting#convergencetheory#twopartysystem vs #multipartysystem
Join us for our annual Valentine's Day Breakfast! Thursday 14th February at 7am in South Brisbane. In support Ali France for Dickson and Jo Briskey for Bonner. Book online: trybooking.com/BAAHZ #auspol#ausvotes#dickson#bonner#feminists
0 41 hours ago
The burgers are better at Deepwater, NSW. The old pub that burnt down is well and truly back up and running, now called the Longhorn. Never have I had a burger this big for $15. The steak burger beside it was only $13. Cheap meals, great people! It’s amazing who you meet on your way to Tamworth. #auspol#deepwater#longhorn#nsw#paulinehanson#onenation
26 3621 hours ago
Today I met Kieran Drabsch, the @australianlabor Party Candidate for Farrer. He's a teacher from Griffith, with a brilliant mind for science and a passion for protecting our riverways.
People don't communicate enough, especially those in Government, so we're committing to working closely together to make sure our efforts are doubled in representing this region, in particular, our cross border community. Where policy on one side of the border adversely or positively impacts the other, neighbouring leaders need to communicate and work together to get the best for their communities #indivotes#auspol#rivers#science
0 111 hours ago
We should not fear the transition to cheap clean and renewable energy.
What we must fear though is what happens if we keep burning fossil fuels. It would be the end of civilisation as we know it.
All political parties should come up with programs how to make the transition.
If your party or representative doesn't have a plan that makes sense and addresses the urgency of the problem, don't vote for them.
Make your next vote for the climate! 👉 #icaremovement#Repost@guardian
@ocasio2018, the youngest person elected to US Congress, believes the climate movement is going to be the civil rights movement of our generation. This week she joined forces with potential 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to call for a climate change revolution.
Hydrogen can be the next great renewable energy industry for Australia and Labor has a plan to make it happen. A Shorten Labor Government, if elected, will invest $1.14 billion in a National Hydrogen Plan, which will supercharge Australia’s burgeoning clean hydrogen industry, create new green jobs, grow new innovative businesses, and help Australia and our trading partners tackle climate change.
1 72 hours ago
Microsoft paint is truly a godsend unless I think of making a meme with rotated text.
I’m super excited for @helencarew, our independent candidate for Indi - we need to get behind Helen, so sign up at helenhaines.org —> Dr Helen Haines is a mum, nurse, midwife, medical administrator and medical researcher and lives in #Wangaratta and she’s standing for parliament.
Helen’s also one of the nicest and smartest people I’ve met; be part of her campaign.
0 155 hours ago
Scummo doesn’t know. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 The context for friends around the world: Scummo is the nickname of Australia’s current PM (ok, my nickname for him, kinda like how I use the name Voldemort to describe horrible people). We’ve had so many PM’s in recent years it’s diabolical. Anyway, Scott Morrison likes to think he’s the everyman, but he’s not. He's the everyday racist in a leadership position he stumbled into. The Government is committing $6.7 million to re-enact Captain Cook’s circumnavigation of Australia. The circumnavigation that did not happen!
The second image is one I found on Twitter where someone has cleverly superimposed Scummo’s face on Cook’s.
The line ‘where the bloody hell are we?’ is a reference to an $180 million Australian tourism ad campaign (which incidentally failed to increase tourism figures). The original line was ‘So where the bloody hell are you?’ (as in, why aren't you here?). Given all of this, Scummo has no bloody idea. #auspol#auspolitics
Access to Affordable , Safe and Secure Housing will be one of my key priorities
Footage Courtesy of Prime news
1 117 hours ago
Morning meeting with Ben Jackson from the Western Sydney Community Forum, briefing me on the ‘Build Beyond Bricks’ campaign, which aims to build capacity within the community sector.
While Western Sydney, through various bodies, is currently undertaking a significant infrastructure investment, it is also important to have a focus on community organisations who deliver crucial on the ground support.
The strength of community services relies on more than just buildings. This affects Macquarie to a large extent because its geographical size creates barriers to access services.
I will be exploring this area more and seeing how any advocacy can assist with the objectives within this framework.
We know that doctors who live & train in regional communities are more likely to practice there. So we're providing $5.34m to upgrade MonashUniversity Mildura's medical school as part of our wider Murray-Darling Medical Schools
Great to join ex-ADF Afghan veteran, Phillip Thompson OAM - 2018 QLD Young Australian of the Year in Townsville to support veterans, aged care, drug and alcohol rehab.The Government will commit $5.9 million to the The Salvation Army Australia to build a new 10 bed detox facilty in Townsville and fund an additional eight adult residential rehabilitation beds.
Under the Liberal Party of Australia/Nationals Government, aged care funding is up, residential care places are up, and home care packages are up – to record levels.
3 169 hours ago
Spent a couple of hours taking our #LetsDoBetter campaign to the streets at Spit Junction in Mosman this morning. I asked dozens of people what was on their mind in terms of federal politics. Top 3 answers; “Stability”, “Climate Change”, “Better representation” #LetsDoBetter when #WarringahVotes#auspol
"If politicians like Scott Morrison want to win the votes of people like me, they don’t need to convince me they’re like me. They need to convince me I couldn’t do a better job. Because if all there is to it is drinking beer and watching sport, well, then I’ve been preparing for the job all summer." New today on Homer, an essay by Jack Gramenz: 'A f**cking boring life: Masculinity, beer and the leaders of men.' In it, Jack gently proffers some advice to politicians regarding the likelihood that visible beer-drinking will translate into votes. Visit our website to read the full piece.
Image by Jamie on Flickr.
1 1411 hours ago
Double tap if you agree.
A new report from Oxfam has found the number of Australian billionaires increased from 33 to 43 in the past year.
The total wealth of Australian billionaires increased by $160 billion in total, an increase of roughly $100 million per day over the year.
Meanwhile wage growth for Australian workers remains at near-record lows.
Our economy is working for billionaires, but it is not providing a fair go for all.
We need to #changetherules so working people have pay rises again. Wealth does not trickle-down, strong rules are needed to ensure billionaires share.
Who’s interested in Women’s Birthing Rights! Share to Twitter!
You’re doing a great job azure.rigney
Check out MCN_Advocates’s Tweet:
please retweet and tweet to greghuntmp, catherine_kingmp #auspol#metooinbirth#noconfidence mcn_advocates
Wonderful to be welcomed for discussions with my Japanese counterpart, Minister Takeshi Iwaya. Our levels of defence cooperation and engagement, including in military exercises, continues to increase as they should. Japan is one of our most important defence relationships in the Indo-Pacific. 🇦🇺🇯🇵 #auspol#ausdef#japan#australia
1 18621 hours ago
I was honoured to lay a wreath at the the Memorial for Self-Defense Force Personnel at the Japanese Ministry for Defense, Ichigaya. 🇦🇺🇯🇵 #auspol#ausdef
Just a little action, just a little thing like showing up for events like these, can make all the difference.
We are taking back our rights to be heard by the government.
The world we live in is rapidly changing, we must do something before it is too late.
Students across the country are standing up, speaking up, and taking action for the fight against climate change.
We are doing our part.
We are not here to skip school; we are here because we care. We care about the future of this planet, we care where the human race, and every other species is headed.
We need to take action.
The youth are rising, no more comprising.
“Our parliament should reflect our diverse and vibrant communities” — Matthew Thompson, the Greens Candidate for Sydney @mattthmpsn
The Daily Telegraph attempted to shame our wonderful and proudly queer candidate with an article scrutinising his Instagram posts late yesterday evening. We all have digital histories, and, as Matthew points out in his interview with @junkeedotcom, “young people - people who have grown up with Facebook and Instagram and on social media - we all have shitposts like this. We all have made a comment here or a photo there that is a bit on the nose, or a bit tongue in cheek, or a bit irreverent”. We are proud of Matthew’s work for the Party and his candidacy for Sydney.
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Breaking News: I’m so honoured to be Co-Deputy Leader of the Greens again!
I’m looking forward to working with Richard and Adam as my fellow Co-Deputy, and all our party room colleagues and party members, to create a fairer and more sustainable future for all of us. I’m thrilled that the women’s portfolio is now back in party leadership at a most pivotal time for women, not just in politics in Australia but across a range of issues impacting women’s equality around the world.