Australian Politics

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More experts urge Victoria to drop vaccine segregation

Yesterday I reported how multiple public health experts have questioned the need to lock unvaccinated people out of services once 90% of Victorians aged 12-plus are fully vaccinated. Premier Daniel Andrews has indicated people who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 may be barred from accessing all but the most basic services until 2023: “Whether it’s a

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Coalition finally admits CGT discount locks FHBs out of housing

Recall that Labor’s Bill Shorten promised to halve the capital gains tax (CGT) discount, aw well as restrict negative gearing to new builds, in the lead-up to the past two elections. Labor lost the election both times following a fierce scare campaign from the property lobby and the captured Coalition Government. More than two years

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Public health experts warn against Dan’s draconian vaccine segregation

Public health experts have questioned the need to lock unvaccinated people out of services once 90% of Victorians aged 12-plus are fully vaccinated. Premier Daniel Andrews has indicated people who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 may be barred from accessing all but the most basic services until 2023: “Whether it’s a bookshop, a shoe shop, a

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Even The Guardian wants Labor to reset Australian immigration

For years we have watched The Guardian defend Australia’s mass immigration program, arguing that immigration doesn’t suppress wages and doesn’t strain infrastructure, among other things. The Guardian’s economic poster boy, Greg Jericho, has also likened any criticism of Australia’s immigration program to “racism” and “dog whistling”: “Immigration – because there are many desperate to hate

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Immigration charlatans capture Australia’s political system

Hot on the heels of Crispin Hull’s comprehensive weekend demolition of Australia’s cabal of mass immigration charlatans, which have shamelessly captured Australia’s political system, Judith Sloan has entered the fold delivering a similar rebuke: Of all the public policy areas in which the views of ordinary folk are continuously trampled by the preferences of the

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Truth is dead. Long live the fakenet

Truth is dead and buried. It’s was killed by four blows to the head. The first and worst (also the best) is the internet which is the structural driver. Access to unlimited information has substituted authority, consensus and evidence with identity, fragmentation and narrative. The second and perhaps outright worst is the rise of post-modernity,

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Crispin Hull destroys immigration charlatans

The Canberra Times’ Crispin Hull has comprehensively destroyed Australia’s cabal of mass immigration charlatans, which have shamelessly captured Australia’s political system: Several events in the past week neatly illustrate what is rotten in the state of Australian politics and policy-making. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has told an Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry event that he

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United Australia Frankenstein slays Coalition re-election hopes

Careful what you wish for. After years of breathing life into woke-hating, coal-loving loons, the Murdoch press has birthed a Coalition Frankenstein monster: An exclusive Newspoll conducted for The Australian shows popular support for the Liberal-Nationals falling two points to 35 per cent, the lowest level of support recorded this term. That spike can only

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Sly ScoMo hides car park rorts

The Morrison Government has been accused of ‘hiding’ information over the $660 million commuter car park fund, which Labor argues was “wholesale rorting”. Set up in 2018 as part of the Urban Congestion Fund, the project was intended to construct car parks near urban railway stations. However, the Auditor-General found that none of the 47

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Labor, unions: Temporary migration surge will crush wages

Labor and the unions have tentatively pushed back against plans to quickly reboot Australia’s immigration program, arguing that flooding the nation with temporary migrants will crush wage growth: Opposition immigration spokeswoman Kristina Keneally, citing Dr Lowe, said high levels of temporary migration had contributed to Australia’s sluggish wage growth. “We need a migration system that

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Sly ScoMo blocks debate on anti-corruption bill

In the lead up to the last federal election Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised a national anti-corruption commission. Instead, the Morrison Government has put forward a farcical model that experts believe will actually “hide corruption, not expose it”. Now Scott Morrison has blocked Independent MP Helen Haines’ attempt to debate the “fundamental flaws” in the

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Fairfield mayor rejects Ponzi Perrottet’s immigration push

The Mayor of Western Sydney LGA, Frank Carbone, has categorically rejected Dominic “Ponzi” Perrottet’s call to double the nation’s immigration intake to 400,000. Carbone appeared on the Today Show yesterday (video below) where he stated categorically that Fairfield and Western Sydney cannot cope with such extreme growth, which would destroy housing affordability, put undue strain

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Labor squibs immigration debate

Labor’s Home Affairs spokesperson Kristina Keneally on Friday broke her silence on the immigration debate, dropping motherhood statements that Australia needs a migration program “that supports good, secure jobs for Australians – that stamps out wage theft and exploitation”: “As we start to open to the world again, where is Mr Morrison’s plan for re-starting

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Attention Phil Coorey: the mainstream, not fringe, wants lower immigration

The AFR’s political editor Phil Coorey on Friday claimed fringe elements on the left and right of the political spectrum are the ones pushing back against NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s call for a massive increase in Australia’s immigration intake to more than 400,000 people a year: [NSW] recommended a doubling of the pre-pandemic immigration rate

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LVO destroys Perrottet’s immigration madness on Bolt Report

Last night I gave a live interview on The Bolt Report whereby I tore apart NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s brain dead plan to import 2 million migrants into Australia over five years – effectively adding an Adelaide, Canberra plus Hobart to Australia’s existing population: I was also quoted in News.com.au by Frank Chung: Leith van

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Pfizer seeks “expedited” approval for Aussie kids

Good news: Pfizer Inc. will make an expedited application to Australia’s medical regulator for its Covid-19 vaccine to be considered for use in children aged five to 11, Health Minister Greg Hunt said. The company is expected to submit data on its vaccine to the Therapeutic Goods Administration within weeks, Hunt said at a press conference

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80% of NSW voters oppose a bigger population

As reported this morning, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has declared himself “someone who believes in a big NSW” and has promised to lobby Prime Minister Scott Morrison to significantly lift the migrant intake: “We’re going to have a real discussion [about] catching up some of those numbers that we’ve lost during this pandemic,” Mr Perrottet

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Attention politicians: Australians don’t want high immigration

Yesterday, The AFR published the views of vested interests beating the drum for a quick return to mass immigration: The Australian Financial Review revealed on Tuesday that NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet is being urged by his top bureaucrats to back a post-World War II-style immigration wave, making up for lost population growth via a doubling

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Joe Aston: JobKeeper waste $40b, not $27b

The AFR’s Joe Aston has continued his assault against the Morrison Government’s JobKeeper waste, this time rubbishing the Australian Treasury’s paper defending JobKeeper overpayments. Aston claims that the actual level of ‘waste’ is closer to $40 billion, not the $27 billion claimed by Treasury: All of the major newspapers dutifully reported that between April and

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Chirs Uhlmann, you goose

Chris Uhlman, you goose: Crisis reveals character and can lead to political revolutions. The Long Depression of the late 1800s sent shockwaves around the globe and, in The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt credits it with giving birth to the New Imperialism that drove the dire scramble for Africa. …A 13-year-old Jack Lang witnessed a

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Calls for ‘Teflon Dan’ to front IBAC

Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) yesterday heard further evidence of misuse of public resources within the state’s Labor Government. The AFR reports that Elle Schreiber, who had a senior role in the office of former Labor minister Adem Somyurek, told IBAC that she had often spent as much as 80% of her working hours

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Perrottet: “Adding more people isn’t a sustainable economic strategy”

Yesterday, I reported on the NSW Government’s dastardly plan to double Australia’s pre-COVID immigration intake to more than 400,000 people a year, which would “see the population swell by 2 million by 2026”: Mr Perrottet on Monday said the borders need to be opened up amid a “general labour” shortage to ensure a healthy economic

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There’s a reason ScoMo opposes an anti-corruption watchdog

In the lead up to the last federal election Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised a national anti-corruption commission. Instead, the Morrison Government has put forward a farcical model that experts believe will actually “hide corruption, not expose it”. Today Michael Pascoe gives a strong hint why: the Coalition is swimming in graft and corruption: Exposure

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NSW Government: We need “‘explosive” surge of 2 million migrants

An incoming premier brief from top bureaucrats within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet have told Premier Dominic Perrottet that Australia needs an explosive surge of 2 million migrants to boost the economy: Top bureaucrats last week urged Mr Perrottet to seize the national leadership initiative by pushing a “national dialogue on an aggressive

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Treasury defends JobKeeper rorters

Earlier this year, the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) revealed that a whopping $13 billion (over 13% of the $98 billion wage subsidy) was handed to nearly 200,000 companies that received JobKeeper payments but whose profits rose: Yesterday, the Australian Treasury released a paper defending these overpayments on the grounds that doing so would have stifled the

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Victoria’s IBAC claims its first ministerial scalp

Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) yesterday commenced five weeks of public hearings into the operations of the Victorian Labor Party. IBAC will examine allegations that current and former state and federal MPs directed taxpayer-funded staff to undertake party-political activities during work hours, as well as allegations that public money intended for community groups was

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Victorian Government throws more stimulus at property market

The Victorian Government has launched the $500 million Homebuyer Fund to assist about 3,000 people become home owners. Under the Fund, the Victorian Government will become an equity partner and aspiring home owners will only need a 5% deposit. Fund applicants will be subject to income thresholds, must be over 18 and must not already

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Australia’s five Donald Trumps should shut up

When MB successfully forecast and then chronicled Australia’s great “lost decade” of the 2010s, we did not anticipate it leaving a toxic rhetorical legacy worldwide. The political carnage of the “lost decade”, in which we plodded through six PMs in seven years has, unfortunately, populated the world with a phalanx of young(ish) and damaged political