#TPPA Public Scrutiny Motion Passes In The Aus Senate [#geekgirl]
— Peter Whish-Wilson (@SenatorSurfer) December 4, 2013
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
Tony Abbott’s Trust Scorecard = 0 [#geekgirl] [#nosurprise]
MOST GOVERNMENTS fail to keep some commitments. Soon after their elections to office in 2007 and 2008 respectively, Australia’s PM Kevin Rudd and US President Barack Obama were confronted with the global financial crisis. Many pledges had to be set aside.
In 2010, Australia’s PM Julia Gillard and her British counterpart David Cameron found themselves leading minority governments in hung parliaments. Both were obliged to shelve key undertakings.
The Abbott Government, however, has no excuse for the multiplicity of post-election u-turns, broken promises and hypocrisies. The list is rapidly becoming longer than for any Western government in memory.
“Democracy Has Been Suspended…” [#geekgirl]
“Abbott refuses to explain public service chief sackings” [#geekgirl]
So Abbott starts sacking whomever he likes, with no reasons needed or offered. And if you thought WorkChoices was bad – imagine what he’s going to allow your boss to do to you now, eh?
[Via ABC News]: “Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to explain why he sacked three top bureaucrats, saying that he respects the “integrity” of the public service.
Yesterday, Mr Abbott announced that the secretaries of three departments had had their contracts terminated and that Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson would step down next year.
The Labor Party has roundly criticised the sackings as “ruthless” and motivated by a political agenda.
But the Prime Minister has emphasised how much he respects the public service.
“I’m not going to get into the whys and wherefores of individual decisions,” he said.”
“Abbott shuts down Climate Commission” [#wtf] [#geekgirl]
[Via The Canberra Times] “The Abbott government has abolished the Climate Commission, which had been established to provide public information on the impacts and potential solutions to global warming. It is understood Environment Minister Greg Hunt rang chief climate commissioner Tim Flannery at 10am on Thursday to tell him the body had been shut down…The Australian Financial Review has reported that Mr Hunt has also ordered the closure of another key body in Australia’s climate change policy, the Climate Change Authority. The authority was created to advise the government on emissions reduction targets and caps and to detail international efforts to combat climate change. The authority was due to release a draft of a report on targets and caps next month.”
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