Join The Australian Arts Party [#geekgirl]
“The Arts Party believes in involving all members in the process of decisions making – all the way from the formation of the party, through to decisions about policy platform and development, communications of our activities and political activism. Party members will be asked to inform and direct the party through regular polls, held online and by other accessible and open means. We will make sensible use of technology, wherever possible, to enhance our member involvement and make being an active and involved member of the party easier and more enjoyable. We will encourage active involvement by our members as we formulate and evolve our policies for each future election and as we solidify our plans for future influence over parliamentary decisions on a Local, State and Federal level.”
Find out more at http://www.theartsparty.org
“…Australian actions have certainly damaged the strategic partnerships with Indonesia…” [#geekgirl]
These US & Australian actions have certainly damaged the strategic partnerships with Indonesia, as fellow democracies. *SBY*
— S. B. Yudhoyono (@SBYudhoyono) November 19, 2013
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) = Nationally Sanctioned Corporate Monopoly [#geekgirl]
As the above video outlines, the hyper-secret Free Trade Agreement being currently brokered by the Trans-Pacific Partnership has nothing to do with Free Trade and is, in actuality, the inverse of it. The 12 countries involved in the TPP (which include Australia, Brunei-Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam) are currently secretly negotiating to allow:
- Drug Companies to increase prices and extend the term of their patents (thereby increasing dramatically the time before generic versions of the patented pharmaceuticals can hit the market)
- Restrictions on buying local goods and services, with individual countries being denied the ability to implement systems that mandate support of locally based product(s)
- Making Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labelling illegal
- Weakening of environmental regulations
- Severe restrictions on digital copying and electronic transfers, with significant interference with the basic functioning of the Internet
- Radical enforcement of a system that would make SOPA look weak by comparison
- Added secrecy to corporate and government alliances, including a deliberate lack of transparency regarding institutionalised information
- A substantial negative impact regarding the regulation of Financial Services
- The ruling out of Capital Controls
- Dampening of national law implementation in favour of Partnership rulings (as Yves Smith says: “The language in [the TPP Agreement]…goes something along the lines of ‘All signatories are required to make their laws and regulations conform to the standard of this agreement.’ They are literally required to make their nation-based laws subordinate to the laws of these agreements [with] liberalised capital flows and minimal restrictions…One of the things to extends…is the [idea of] special panels that companies can go to to get matters adjudicated if they believe that regulations have led them to lose profit. And it’s not even necessarily that they’ve currently lost profit, but it’s that they have potentially lost profit.“)
- The isolation of China
- Stigmatisation and removal of worker’s rights, labour agreements and employment protections/support (superannuation, pensions, retirement ages etc).
So if, like us, you’re preddy much shocked and appalled by the TPP and want to stop it dead in its tracks, watch the video below and take appropriate action.
“Tony Abbott’s first cabinet is the first in two decades to only include one woman…” [#geekgirl]
Tony Abbott’s first cabinet is the first in two decades to only include one woman: pic.twitter.com/98UW1mAMD6
— Lee Rhiannon (@leerhiannon) September 16, 2013
“Abbott’s ‘Back to Basics’ Ministry Criticised” [#geekgirl]
From SBS: ‘Liberal Senator Sue Boyce is shocked and embarrassed there is only one female cabinet minister in the incoming Abbott government.
Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott unveiled his ministerial line up on Monday, revealing the only woman in the cabinet is Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.
Senator Boyce, who is retiring from parliament when her term in the Senate expires next July, said the lack of women in cabinet should be a wake up call for the Liberal Party.
“It’s a systemic problem for our party,” Senator Boyce said in a statement.
“It’s a shame that this shocking and embarrassing statistic will permanently tarnish a wonderful victory.”
Senator Boyce urged the party to reform preselection processes in order to foster the depth of talent to ensure both women and men take on senior roles.
She also had a crack at the coalition’s preselection process in her home state of Queensland where only six out of 30 candidates were women.
Meanwhile, interim Labor leader Chris Bowen says whole sections of Australian society and industries have been left unrepresented by the first Abbott Cabinet.
Mr Bowen says for example, there is no cabinet minister with specific responsibility for the important resources industry.
And he says the Abbott Cabinet represents a sad day for political representation of Australian women.
“All cabinet ministers and all ministers should always be appointed on merit. The fact that the new Prime Minister could only find – out of his entire party room – one female member of parliament that he regards as meritorious enough to serve in his cabinet is a sad indictment. The cabinet of Afghanistan now has more females in it than the cabinet of Australia.”‘
An Open Letter From the Guy who did that Sweary Website
“We need to ignore the social convention that it is taboo to challenge other people’s ideas, or that questioning things is adversarial and rude. We need to be vulnerable enough to put our thoughts out there and engage with people honestly. We need to call out things we believe to be wrong. We need to stand up for what we believe to be right.
These next three years are going to be difficult for people on the progressive side of politics in Australia, but I implore you to not descend into personal attacks and hate. This may seem somewhat hypocritical for me to say in light of my sweary rant, but what I’m saying is that we should continue to have sweary rants about the government and politics, but when we’re talking to actual people, we need to convince them, not turn them off. We need to connect with them and persuade them that a progressive Australia is better than a conservative one. We need to make them believe that it would be fucking idiotic to vote for the LNP next time around.
I believe that the truth is on our side, but we need to have the courage to stand up for it.
Published under a creative commons CC BY-ND licence.”
Want An Arts Career After the 2013 Election Tomorrow? Then Don’t Vote for #Abbott [#geekgirl]
[This article seems to have slipped past Murdoch's slimy grip] “Make no mistake: having no publicly available formal policy (or even costed policy positions) is a slap in the face to people who care about the arts, culture and entertainment. It suggests that what happens in the next three years to the film and television sectors, the music industry, theatre, publishing and the performing arts is not a priority. But it also means the Coalition – should they win, as expected – can’t be held to account over specific policy decisions; surely to claim a mandate on culture specific ideas need to be tested at the polls?…So if arts and culture matters a great deal to you, take a look at our questions and the major parties’ responses. Keep the link, print it out, mull it over and make it part of your decision.”
“If youre a healthy, wealthy, white, heterosexual, self-centred male…” [#geekgirl]
If youre a healthy, wealthy, white, heterosexual, self-centred male, Tony #Abbott is your man. For everyone else lucky theres other parties.
— Deirdre Rose (@deedre) September 6, 2013
“Labor’s policies best reflect our values” [#geekgirl]
The Age comes out in support of Labor: “The Age has long held that policy, not personality, is the core of our democracy. It is on this basis that we advocate a vote for Labor in the federal election on Saturday…
On the issue of trust, the Coalition’s own actions leave us with significant reservations. It has obfuscated and ducked critical issues, deliberately keeping voters uninformed about its savings plans or revenue-raising initiatives. Worse has been its breathtaking arrogance in cynically delaying until the last minute its policy costings – this, from the party that drafted the charter of budget honesty. When it comes to trusting Labor, we appreciate the public’s confidence may be so undone that a change of government could prove to be a circuit-breaker, injecting a short-term sense of stability. But The Age values policies above political opportunism; we do not advocate a vote simply for the sake of change.
The Age believes in economic and social progress, in liberty and justice, in equity and compassion, and openness of government. We believe the role of government is to build a strong, fair nation for future generations, and not to pander to sectional interests. It is with these values in mind that we endorse the Labor Party in this important election.”
“Libs’ Internet filter announcement…is the most undemocratic attempt at censorship…” [#geekgirl]
Libs’ Internet filter announcement 40hours from an election is the most undemocratic attempt at censorship I have ever witnessed…
— Thomas Randle (@Rundll) September 5, 2013