Tag: commonwealth government

  • Citipointe contract is just the start of the Liberals’ war on queer kids

    Citipointe contract is just the start of the Liberals’ war on queer kids

    A school in Brisbane has been the subject of public remonstrance over an enrolment contract foisted on to parents last week which appears to allow the school to expel LGBTI students and those who present as anything other than their “biological sex”. The Citipoint Christian College is a Pentecostal school whose governing body believes that […]

  • AEC Twitter experiment outrages election conspiracy theorists

    AEC Twitter experiment outrages election conspiracy theorists

    The Australian Electoral Commission has logged on, and both drips and antivaxxers are outside the window shouting at them to log off. (Show yourselves, cowards!) Misinformation about voting is clearly at the top of the minds of election administrators around the world. The culture war is truly transnational and nonsense about Dominion voting machines, elections […]

  • No Conor, Australia is not falling to COVID dictatorship

    No Conor, Australia is not falling to COVID dictatorship

    In 2020, American governments decided that it was acceptable to overwhelm their health system, permanently maim a potentially innumerable number of people with post-COVID syndrome, while slaughtering six hundred thousand of their own people in defence of their citizens’ right to go to a Denny’s. In 2021, the Australian states, who decided not to accept this outcome, ordered restaurants to use Uber Eats and click-and-collect: How utterly Orwellian?

  • Could one stack The New Liberals?

    Could one stack The New Liberals?

    Victor Kline, leader of The New Liberals, an upstart party which seeks to replace the Liberals on the centre, tweeted to those seeking to join the party, but who were unable to pay the party’s modest $50 a year fee ($10 for unwaged people), that there were generous benefactors who would “sponsor” their fees. The […]

  • About that time Malcolm Fraser created a fake department…

    About that time Malcolm Fraser created a fake department…

    With the controversy erupting earlier this year over Scott Morrison’s decision to keep embattled ministers Christian Porter and Linda Reynolds in his cabinet, it may be worth remembering how much worse it could have been had the Prime Minister not been able to find “real” jobs for Porter and Reynolds. He could have, as Malcolm […]

  • What will it take for the ANU’s tenants to pay their workers?

    What will it take for the ANU’s tenants to pay their workers?

    A few years ago, student newspaper Woroni caught the (now-closed) Sumo Salad restaurants in LK and the Canberra Centre underpaying its workers using a similar sham “training” arrangement of the kind that Grill’d would be caught doing a year later. This week, ANU Observer caught grocer Daily Market and popular bubble tea joint Chatime paying […]

  • The link tax is a terrible idea

    The link tax is a terrible idea

    So, you’re telling me that a bill that provides no incentive for Facebook to cooperate disincentivised them from cooperating? And we’re supposed to be mad at Facebook!?

  • You can break the law. Just don’t break my rules.

    You can break the law. Just don’t break my rules.

    On Sunday, Bridget McKenzie finally resigned from the ministry, but not for stealing $100 million dollars of Sports Australia’s money to run a re-election slush fund. It was a technicality: her membership of a clay target shooting club to whom she gave a grant constituted an conflict of interest in breach of the ministerial code.

  • Abbott calls for “special courts” for returning jihadists

    Terror needs to be dealt with. With the presumption of innocence intact.

  • There shouldn’t be a marriage plebiscite. Deal with it.

    The religious right-wing is getting in a hissy-fit about Bill Shorten’s recent comments about his opposition to the marriage plebiscite, especially eternally confused News Corp. columnist Miranda Devine who went as far as saying that Shorten “has no faith in free speech”. There are many good reasons to oppose the plebiscite and few good reasons to support the plebiscite.