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Every day the duplicity of this government becomes more apparent. In order to assist their political puppet masters, the Coalition is prepared to condemn future generations to the enormous task and cost of coping with catastrophic climate change.

Joe Hockey, in another crass display of duplicitous behaviour, tells us that Labor left us with a debt of $667 billion. What he fails to mention is that this is projected debt for 2024. By that time, if we continue on this path of destruction, I would suggest our debt will be far higher as we cope with natural disasters of increasing intensity and the health and social costs from rising temperatures and pollution of our air and water.

Our tourism trade will suffer as the reef dies, the old growth forests are logged, marine creatures are slaughtered, and animals become extinct as their habitat is handed…

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Andrew Bolt’s racial vilification case and the government’s subsequent hasty threat to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has placed ‘freedom of speech’ at the forefront of political debate. But its importance is always overlooked, or shunned, when it’s those of the Left side of politics who are exercising it. The media’s response to March in March rallies is an obvious case, writes Jennifer Wilson.

Peter van Onselen (pictured) devotes almost an entire page in the Australian this morning (paywalled, sorry) to complaining about the “unedifying” display of bad manners by some protestors who took part in the March in March rallies, comparing them with the infamously abusive banners held aloft by the three hundred or so activists who took part Alan Jones’s 2011 Convoy of no Confidence against Julia Gillard and her Labor government.

I would appreciate someone drawing up a…

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This is a repost of a piece I wrote around six months ago. I am re posting because of the death of the evil person who was the catalyst for writing it. Also because of the current interest in the proposed changes by Attorney General George Brandis to Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act. For those who are vitally interested in this subject I would first like to recommend you read two other points of view on the subject.

The first is by guest writer for The AIMN, T J Curtis who argues that we have sufficient free speech. The second is by Daniel Ward who argues that there should be no limits to free speech. That if people want to make fools of themselves then then they should be given ample opportunity to do so.

Both are scholarly and wonderfully articulated. In fact one could easily…

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Milan Kundera — ‘The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting’

I’ve heard a number of times recently that Labor is responsible for over 1200 deaths at sea, and that one man’s death in a detention camp pales into insignificance beside all those. But one man won’t have a bar of this argument, and that’s John Howard. In fact, he finds drawing a link between drownings and government policy “contemptible” I’m surprised that he hasn’t spoken up in the past few weeks. Perhaps, he has, but like the March In March, the Murdoch press are chosing to ignore it.

Anyway, here’s what he had to say about the sinking of the SIEV X in 2001.

ABC Wednesday, 24 October, 2001 

JOHN HOWARD: Well I didn’t do that. Mr Beazley was the person who first drew a link between our policy and those tragic deaths. If he had…

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Today I marched with my community at March in March Adelaide, and was honoured to have a chance to speak. Here is my speech:

Adelaide March in MarchThank you to the organisers of March in March for inviting me to speak today.

If you’re wondering who I am, I’m one of you. I’m not a politician. I’m not a journalist. I’m not a lobbyist. I’m not a mining magnate. I don’t own a newspaper. I’m not an ‘insider’.

But perhaps that is a benefit. Because it’s often the people on the outside who can see best what is happening inside. And right now, all I can see in our country’s recent past is the wreckage strewn in the wake of the Tony Abbott wrecking ball. And all I can see ahead is a whole lot more trouble for the country that we all love.

So today I would like to share with…

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As I’m not a subscriber to The Australian I’m rather fortunate that their paywall obstructs me from reading their daily diatribes. As was the case with a recent article by Janet Albrechtsen; ‘Compassion junkies back on their choice fix‘ – which unless you are a subscriber to Rupert Murdoch’s masthead you will also be blocked from enjoying this fine example of journalist integrity. I’m encouraged to assume it’s an absolutely factual article and one of utmost importance because Andrew Bolt refers to it in his sensationally named piece; ‘ The Left prefers to kill 1100 with compassion‘. And Andrew has kindly quoted from the article, giving me a glimpse of what was previously hidden from all but that small number of Australians who care to bother what people like Ms Albrechtsen write.

Quoting Albrechtsen, Bolt wrote:

Start with the rank hypocrisy of…

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