Judge #Gender Diversity Threatened By #OneTermTony [#geekgirl]
[From this Sydney Morning Herald article]: ‘A senior NSW judge has warned there are ”worrying signs” the Abbott government is winding back measures to promote greater gender diversity on the bench and called for vigilance to ensure hard-won advancements for female lawyers are not lost.
Ruth McColl, who has served on the Court of Appeal for more than a decade, said changes introduced by the former Labor government to improve the transparency of the appointment process for federal judges appeared to have been scrapped by the Coalition.
”The aim of the process was to ensure the evolution of the federal judiciary into one that better reflected the diversity of the Australian community,” Justice McColl said in a speech in Sydney on Thursday night.
”That position has now changed. According to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department website as at 22 February, 2014: ‘There are no current judicial appointment processes’ for any of the federal courts. Read what you like into that rather Delphic statement.”’
#OneTermAbbott’s Burial of a Pharmaceutical Review [#geekgirl]
[From an article at the ABC's Drum] “While Treasurer Joe Hockey is complaining that Australia is running out of money to fund the health system, the Coalition Government has buried a report with recommendations for large-scale savings on drug costs.
Not long before the Gonski Review website vanished in late 2013, a less well known but potentially equally important review also quietly disappeared from view. Unlike the Gonski Review, this particular disappearing act barely made a ripple on the public’s consciousness. But the burial of the findings and recommendations of the Review of Pharmaceutical Patents has huge economic, social and health implications for Australia.
The review began in 2012 and released a highly controversial draft report in April 2013. The final report was delivered in May to the previous government, but still has not been released.
The Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane recently indicated in Parliament that the current Government was not planning to release the final report, and was not even considering the recommendations in the draft report. And some time in the second half of 2013 the website for the review was taken offline along with all of the submissions. The draft report and background paper are still available through the IP Australia website.“
#OneTermTony’s “Wimp” Comments about #NoMoralsMorrison [#geekgirl] [#threewordslogans]
You don’t want a wimp running border protection, you want someone who is strong, who is decent and Scott Morrison is both strong and decent.” – One Term Tony
Mr Morrison also did not explain why it took until Saturday night to confirm conclusively that Mr Berati had died inside the centre.
“As time goes on the picture becomes clearer,” he said.
He declined to comment on whether he believed that Mr Berati was necessarily behaving in a “riotous” manner, or the behaviour of G4S staff at the time of the incident.
“I’m not going to speculate,” he said.
Mr Morrison said these questions would be determined by an independent review and police investigation.
Mr Morrison said Mr Berati’s body was in the process of being sent to Port Moresby and would undergo an autopsy.
Mr Morrison said he had faith in the PNG justice system and would not comment on whether it was appropriate to have allowed G4S guards to watch over Mr Berati’s body despite also potentially being subjects of an investigation.
“These centres by definition will always be tense places because people don’t want to be there,” he said.Mr Morrison said the government was in control of the Manus Island centre.
“The centre is under control as we speak right now,” he said. “Within hours of this incident taking place, the centre resumed operations.”
Mr Morrison also quashed reports the government was considering closing the PNG detention centre.
“The Manus Island processing centre will remain under this government,” he said.”
“We want our courts not to be corrupted…we want to be free…” [#geekgirl]
[There's a tiny fleeting moment in this video that sums up all the terror in which the Ukrainian people are currently floundering: at the 1.03 minute mark, just after she pleads with you that "we want to be free", you can see it. It's a nanosecond summation of the cumulative fear of the inhabitants of any country watching themselves slowly slip into democracy-strangulation... #YesIAmLookingAtYouAussiesAndAmericansandUKResidentsHere.]
Varied News Sources in Oz? #Where? [#geekgirl]
IPA “Australians have at their fingertips access to more news from more varied sources than ever before”. Oh sure..
— Steven Curren (@sacurren) January 30, 2014
#Abbott Moves Against The ABC & SBS [#geekgirl] [#GrrRRrr]
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has launched a calculated attack against the freedom of the press with today’s announcement of a governmental “efficiency study” into both of Australia’s public broadcasters, the ABC and SBS:
“In a statement, the Department of Communications says it will examine operational costs as well as products and services in order to “increase efficiency and reduce expense”. The decision comes a day after Prime Minister Tony Abbott claimed the broadcaster was unpatriotic in its coverage of the Edward Snowden leaks and asylum seeker abuse claims.”
Doesn’t Tony Abbott remember the following comments he so stridently voiced back when he was Opposition Leader (that are freely available on his own Political Party’s website) regarding how the then Prime Minister of Australia should accept that:
“… politicians don’t always like the coverage that they get but if you’re in public life you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth and a vigorous, critical media is an important part of a healthy democracy…what I will never support is any attempt to try to bluff the media out of doing its job which is to hold bad governments to account….regardless of who owns the newspapers I think it’s important that the media in Australia robustly hold governments to account and any attempt by government to slide out from under critical scrutiny is just wrong.”
Read the rest of Abbott’s mindbogglingly hypocritical comments here, quickly, before the rush to censor it like they did to the Gonski Report website and other inflammatory “hoist-by-his-own-petard” speeches by Abbott. Oh, and in my not-so-humble-opinion, be prepared for the results of the “efficiency” [HA!] study to most likely show that the ABC *needs* (just imagine I’m a closed-minded typical right winger here for a sec, m’kay?) to:
- Have its funding significantly reduced and/or
- Be sold off to the highest bidder (considering privatisation is the acceptable right-wing-bog-standard-solution to fix a country’s woes, yes?).
Now #Abbott Plans to Destroy #Tasmania’s Forests…. [#GRRR] [#geekgirl]
[From the sumofus.org] "It’s not often that environmentalists, the timber industry and unions agree on forests -- but now Tony Abbott wants to shred their landmark agreement to protect Tasmania’s forests. In just a few days, the government will ask the World Heritage Committee to strip Tasmania’s forests of their protection -- and we can’t let this happen.
It’s less than one year since Tasmania’s forests were given the highest level of protection. Green groups and the timber industry still support the agreement -- and even the Forestry Industry Association is asking the government not to interfere. But Abbott’s determined to undo this historic agreement to save the forests, unless we can show him the public won’t accept it."
“Gonski school funding report back online…” [#geekgirl] [#censorship]
[Via The Sydney Morning Herald] “The Gonski report is back on a government website, after an intervention by Fairfax Media.
All traces of the 286-page school funding report and its associated submissions vanished from departmental websites shortly after the Abbott government took office.
A search for the phrase ‘Gonski Report’ on the education department’s website returned the query: “Did you mean ‘lenskyi support’?”
The new education minister Christopher Pyne said he wanted to go “back to the drawing board” on school funding and charged his department with developing “a new model that is national, that is fair to everyone and that is needs-based”.
The Gonski Review, the most comprehensive in 30 years, vanished from the official record.
Asked through the freedom of information process why it had deleted the Gonski website the department referred to “the outcome of the federal election and the relevant machinery of government changes”.
In January Fairfax Media used a little-known provision of the Freedom of Information Act in attempt to return the report to the department’s site.”
“Tasmania forest heritage listing comes under threat from Coalition” [#geekgirl]
[Via the Guardian] “The federal government has decided to push ahead with a plan to remove world heritage listing from a swath of Tasmanian forest, potentially reopening bitter divisions over the state’s timber industry.
Richard Colbeck, parliamentary secretary for agriculture, said the government would write to Unesco’s world heritage committee to ask it to peel away about 170,000 hectares of forest from the protected region.”
Tim Wilson Tweets Protestors Should be Watercannoned [#geekgirl]