Eat Your Greens

We speak truth to power and we eat our greens
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'Eat Yer Greens'
"Opinion is the bridge between ignorance and knowledge" - Plato
Australia has sleepwalked into a society where profit trumps quality care
Angus Taylor says Australia has the world's largest carbon capture and storage project. Here's what he's not saying
Humanity over Ideology
Why did we expect Australia's aged care to cope amid Covid when it was struggling before it?
Tanya Day's family 'devastated' that no police will face charges for death in custody
Transparency over Secrecy
It’s a man’s (pandemic) world: how policies compound the pain for women in the age of COVID-19
80 years ago, Violet was stolen and forced into unpaid work. She says the PM is wrong: It was slavery
Our suicide research is clear: Australia needs more urgent action to address the Covid-19 fallout
Covid-19 has exposed the catastrophic impact of privatising vital services
Action over Inertia
Top super fund dumps coal miners as emissions cuts intensify
Australia risks becoming dumping ground for world’s heavy polluting cars
A thousand yarns and snapshots – why poetry matters during a pandemic
Morrison government 'ignored' Climate Change Authority's advice on Covid recovery
Past pandemics show how coronavirus budgets can drive faster economic recovery
More than 50% of those on secretive NSW police blacklist are Aboriginal
Humility over Hubris
Our 'hands off' Prime Minister
Australia's electricity grid could run with 75% renewables, market operator says
Being an ally to people with disabilities
Why is the government restricting Medicare funds for ECGs when expert advice says exactly the opposite?
Honesty over Obfuscation
Why most Aboriginal people have little say over clean energy projects planned for their land
Seizing the moment: how Australia can build a green economy from the Covid-19 wreckage
Josh Frydenberg's office asked if environmental rule changes could be kept secret
Affluence is killing the planet, warn scientists
Too many adjectives, not enough ideas: how NAPLAN forces us to teach bad writing
The perils of privatisation and private greed
Developer lobbied Frydenberg to de-list area of wetland for Queensland's Toondah Harbour complex
A single mega-project exposes the Morrison government’s gas plan as staggering folly
The Morrison government’s biggest economic problem? Climate change denial
Exception or the rule? When corruption becomes commonplace
When the Coronavirus Supplement stops, JobSeeker needs to increase by $185 a week
Morrison government paid empathy consultant $190,000
Australia's environment in unsustainable state of decline, major review finds
Immigrants don't take Australian jobs. They create jobs for others
Two-thirds of the debt in the budget was borrowed before the start of the pandemic.
Under coronavirus, pro-market ideologies around the world are overturned. But it's too little, too late
Home for Good: Social Housing for an Ageing Population
Coronavirus is a human crisis beyond most of our scariest dreams - we will need to restart our society
Killing the golden goose: How Australia's international students are being driven away
'Dying in poverty’: disability pensioners left out of boosted welfare payments fear for future
Remember Josh Frydenberg scoffing at a 'wellbeing budget'? He's not laughing any more
We are witnessing a critical time in history. You should keep a diary
Wind and solar plants will soon be cheaper than coal in all big markets around world, analysis finds
'A huge hit': foreign students may shun Australia after their treatment during Covid-19 crisis
The number of climate deniers in Australia is more than double the global average, new survey finds
Coronavirus is a dress rehearsal for what awaits us if governments continue to ignore science
Australian CEOs must rupture the political stagnation to lead the charge on climate action
The COVID-19 pandemic may be an opportunity to transform the way we live - David Suzuki
Is social housing essential infrastructure? How we think about it does matter
'We're all just waiting': NSW south coast residents still in limbo three months after bushfires
The Darling River is simply not supposed to dry out, even in drought
New Zealand’s well-being approach to budget is not new, but could shift major issues
Annual CSIRO update finds renewables are cheapest new-build power
We’re innovative when housing bushfire victims. Why not all the homeless?
If Australia's resources were taxed the way Norway's are, we could secure the future of our schools
What's driving poor mental health among young Australians? We asked them
Australia’s electricity market must be 100% renewables by 2035 to achieve net zero by 2050 - study
Federal government holds back vital Covid-19 spread data
Society over Economy
Germany is shutting down its coal industry for good, so far without sacking a single worker
Domestic violence: women's safety advocates say Coalition is ignoring experts
CapTel text-captioned telephones will not work as of February in blow for Australia's deaf community
Why mental health treatment can be too expensive for those who need it most
Coronavirus highlights the painful political truth about health inequality. Is social democracy the answer?
44 inspiring climate solutions from around the world that are tackling the climate crisis with practical action
‘Mum, I want to go home’: heartbreaking testimony of health system failing children with disabilities
Scott Morrison’s ‘work harder to earn more’ nonsense shows how out of touch with workers he is
The ripple effect: How supporting Indigenous home ownership drives a strong economic future for Australia
How Covid-19 laid bare the cracks in Australia’s aged care system
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There are no recipes here, although the advice holds - it's good to eat your greens. Eating our greens is good for us and, in time, we come to love them. Some of us even end up growing them. Being informed is also good for us, it's a core responsibility we have as humans, as is giving way to pedestrians, sharing our food with a stranger, greeting our neighbour and not drinking bad coffee.

Even more than that, if we want a kinder, gentler, more compassionate society, one which, presumably, we would all benefit from, it's also incumbent upon us to refrain from taking a position on any subject by basing that position on an ideology, merely because we are not prepared to apply the intellectual rigour required to properly understand it.

With that as a foundation, it's reasonable therefore to conclude that in today's world, there is a surfeit of news coverage, and with it no shortage of opinion, on topics various - drought, bushfires, water management, the environment, climate change, economics, human rights, the welfare of others, political machinations, the list goes on. It's against this background of news saturation that a library of 3,000+ (and counting) pieces of credible journalism from reliable sources was established. It morphed into 'Eat Your Greens', in an attempt to present information, easily accessible, that contributes to making us a better informed, gentler and kinder society. It's also incumbent upon us, if we are to have this kinder, gentler, more compassionate society, that we hold the political class to account.

'Eat Your Greens' attempts to expose this and hold accountable those who weild power, by shining a light into some dark corners and turning over some rocks - and - who wouldn't want that. If you'd like a recipe for a top notch mushroom & fennel risotto, let me know. Read on.


Every now and then someone will begin a sentence with "I'm no expert but …" which will invariably, though not always, precede a monologue resembling little more than a passing acquaintance to the subject at hand, revealing the speaker's pre-conceived version of the truth. This is not knowledge, it's an opinion, which, as Plato put it, is the bridge between ignorance and knowledge, and which outs itself as nothing more than ideology.

Ideology is not grounded in kindness or knowledge, it's usually grounded in the preservation of power, in privilege, prejudice, in any or all its manifest forms, or in fear, or a combination of all of those things. Ideology preserves injustice, destruction of environment, marginalisation of minorities, racism, institutionalised discrimination, species extinction, preservation of privilege, and high-office graft. And for the ideologue, the truth of a matter, or the facts that may prove or undermine their ideology more often than not is less important than the number of people prepared to believe in it. Ideology encourages hyper-partisan reasoning due to what psychologists call "motivated cognition," which is the act of deciding what you want to believe and using your reasoning power, with all its might, to get you there. Just as it's true for individuals, it's also true for organisations and nation states.

Economic Ideology, for example, as it's extant is underlined by the following patently contradictory statement by Australia's Prime Minister, meeting at the junction of ideology and neo-liberalism (which we'll get to), probably unaware of his statement's obvious juxtaposition, in response to the government's reducing the Jobseeker payment - "the government can’t allow the lifeline [to] hold Australia back as we move into the next phases of recovery." (Nov '20). Whilst this statement (article here) demands closer examination it's perhaps best left to let it speak for itself, or, in the spirit of Hamlet, allow it to be "hoist with its own petard."

'Eat Your Greens' looks at the juxtaposition between economy and society, a distinction that political ideology fails to make. Making political decisions based solely on an Ideology starts wars, divides communities, discourages innovation, promotes secrecy and advances prejudices. And yet ideology is often based on minimal examination or appreciation of the things that make a society work. It's good then to ask oursleves how we might go about defining one.


The modern incarnation of the term, popularised by post World War II free-market proponents, such as economist Milton Friedman, emanated out of a push-back against post-Keynesian theories that advanced the view that the state is best positioned to support the social and economic well-being of its citizens.

Neo-liberalism's underlying principle is one of the state having a passive, not an active, role in society and economy. It's proponents claim that the market is better positioned to deliver prosperity, health outcomes and many services hitherto the preserve of governments, adopting a “if it's not working, and particularly if it is working, let the market take it over” philosophy. If there was a single event to punch a crater size hole in that theory it is Covid-19, although it's not as if we weren't warned, with the failure of the privatised aged care system being its poster child. A neo-liberal would advocate government staying out of the way and allowing individuals decide, individualism being the bastard child of neo-liberalism. This meme falls at the first and most fundamental hurdle, that being a mis-interpration of what economics actually is. Economics has very little to do with maths, or statistics, it’s not logical, it never has been. Economics is a study in sociology, the market is not logical, it’s irrational, mad as a cat and prone to outbursts that defy the logic purported to it. A neo-liberal, even a rabid one, would surely not attempt to make the claim that their theory is a panacea but nonetheless, they will almost always look to the market as the default setting for addressing what they adjudicate to be a hitherto faulty or implacable situation.

Let’s step back a bit - the natural enemy of the neo-liberal would be the socialist, another term most people would struggle to muster up a definition of. Broadly speaking, socialism is the democratic (or in some cases, the revolutionary) socialisation of the means of industry, production, distribution and exchange. In its diluted form then, socialism exists in some form or another, in every developed country in the world. Each time a government interferes in the market, it is, by its actions, setting aside any ideological adherence to neo-liberalism while at the same time trumpeting its virtues. Publicly funded health care is a form of socialism yet very few of us would demand that the government placed the responsibility for health care wholly and solely into the hands of the market, particularly given that private health care costs two to three times the cost of operating the public system, which would represent something more than an act of political folly.

Neo-liberalism, econonically speaking, advocates a takeover, while politically it abdicates responsibility, arguing that it has handed over control and therefore oversight, to the market. It will argue that is therefore not at fault if the whole thing implodes. And here is the rub, neo-liberals find it almost impossible to seperate a society from an economy, they view the economy as holding primacy and believe that all good things emanate from it. Time and time again they are proved wrong and time and time again, they look for new strategies to implement and promote their logic. We only have to look at how neo-liberalism increased inequality in the aftermath of the GFC to prove the point.

There is no doubt that the market has given us great innovation, it can and does drive progress but it is, at its core, an amoral system, it makes no attempts at being moral, nor should it - such that any contingency related to catering to the needs of people, be it fairness kindness, or compassion will have a price, or cost, assigned to it, set against the end result, which is not fairness, kindness or compassion but profit.

It’s important to note that Socialism on it’s own does not work any more than neo-liberalism on its own does, however, neo-liberalism as it’s advocated by our current government, does not deliver a strong or fair civil society any more than putting a saddle on a horse guarantees that you will be able to ride it. Neo-liberalism makes no effort to account for suffering, citing disadvantage as a natural by-product of a healthy economy and therefore, according to the neo-liberal model, a healthy society. I enjoy the dynamics of the market and the benefits it can provide but at the same time I bristle when caring for people is reduced to an auction, it begets the things that diminish us as a society and reflects back to us our core values.

 

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    Economy




    Homelessness & social housing

    Health Care




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    Mental Health

    Mental health website for people with intellectual disability created with help of those with lived experience (Aug '20)

    When and how to talk about your mental health in a new relationship (Jun ’20)

    Neglected to death: David Harris’ life reveals the awful burden of mental illness (May ’20)

    My family's history reveals the terrible toll a pandemic takes on mental health (May ’20)

    Woman who suffered miscarriage in coronavirus quarantine was forced to return to hotel (May ’20)

    How loneliness helped me find my place in the world (Mar '20)

    My life with autistic twins: 'Your family is cracking, but through the cracks comes light' (Jan '20)

    MRI scans causing anxiety, claustrophobia (Dec '19)

    The Power of Self Belief and Self Care; and the Scourge of Anxiety (Aug '19)

      disability

    It’s hard for people with severe mental illness to get in the NDIS – and the problems don’t stop there (Jan '20)

      women

    There’s a big problem with the Murdoch media no one is talking about — how it treats women leaders (Nov ’20)

    Why do female leaders seem to be more successful at managing the coronavirus crisis? (Apr ’20)

    The secret weapon in the fight against coronavirus: women (Apr '20)

    These women traveled 4 hrs with 5 trucks of supplies to cook food for 150 tired Australian firefighters (Jan '20)

    How two women from a conservative Queensland town made the deportation of a local Tamil family national news (Feb ’20)

    Open, honest and effective: what makes Jacinda Ardern an authentic leader (May ’20)

    Did a tragic family secret influence Kate Sheppard’s mission to give New Zealand women the vote? (Jul '20)

    From hidden women to influencers and individuals – putting mothers in the frame (may '20)

    The secret weapon in the fight against coronavirus: women (Apr '20)

    The Secret to Germany’s COVID-19 Success: Angela Merkel Is a Scientist (Apr '20)

    Australia Put Hundreds Of Women On A Tiny Island. There Are Just Eight Left. (Feb ’20)

    The Woman Who Discovered the Cause of Global Warming Was Long Overlooked. Her Story Is a Reminder to Champion All Women Leading on Climate (Jul ’19)

    In New Zealand, we are starting to value women’s work fairly. It’s time for the world to follow (Mar ’20)

    ‘I didn’t want to be homeless with a baby’: young women share their stories of homelessness (Jul ’19)

    The woman who loves garbage: Veena Sahajwalla on making the best of waste (Jan’16)

      Inequality




    The outlook for older women in Australia is dire – but no one seems to care (Nov '20)

    Low-paid, young women: the grim truth about who this recession is hitting hardest (Jul ’20)

      Domestic Violence

    Woeful Treatment of Victims of Domestic Abuse … National Homeless Collective (May '20)

    A tragic reality: Domestic violence is the main cause of homelessness in Australia (Jun '17)

      education

    ‘I will never come to Australia again’: new research reveals the suffering of temporary migrants during the COVID-19 crisis (Aug '20)

    'A huge hit': foreign students may shun Australia after their treatment during Covid-19 crisis (May '20)

      Arts

    A thousand yarns and snapshots – why poetry matters during a pandemic (May '20)



    First Nations people have faced moments like this before. We can learn from the poems that sprung from them (Apr '20)

    A beginner’s guide to reading and enjoying poetry (Apr '20)…

    The Poetry Accordion



      aged care

    Which aged care services near you weren’t up to scratch in 2019? (Mar '20)

    ‘I will euthanise myself before I go into aged care’: how aged care is failing LGBTI+ people (Feb '20)

    Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

    Royal Commission Transcripts

    Government caves in to a “few big interests”, ignores Aged Care Inquiry reforms (Dec '19)

    PM promises more funding after aged care system found to be 'harmful' and underfunded (Oct '19)

    Our ailing aged care system shows you can’t skimp on nursing care (Jun '19)

    Number of reported assaults in aged care almost double in two years (Nov '19)

    Red tape in aged care shouldn’t force staff to prioritise ticking boxes over residents’ outcomes (Aug '19)

    Nearly 2 out of 3 nursing homes are understaffed. These 10 charts explain why aged care is in crisis (May '19)



    Nearly 2 out of 3 nursing homes are understaffed. These 10 charts explain why aged care is in crisis (May '19)



    As home care packages become big business, older people are not getting the personalised support they need (Mar '19)

    Home Care: operators snipping 50pc fees from the elderly in home care (Mar '19) Aged care failures show how little we value older people – and those who care for them (Sep '18)

    Turning away from evidence and data in aged care (Feb '18)

    Royal Commission Interim Report into Aged Care Quality and Safety … Neglect (Nov '19)

    Aged care to get an extra $537m, most to be spent on 10,000 home-care packages (Nov '19)

    PM promises more funding after aged care system found to be 'harmful' and underfunded (Oct '19)

    ‘It felt like a prison’ – too many young Australians are still stuck in nursing homes (Sep '19)

    Why is nursing home food so bad? Some spend just $6.08 per person a day – that’s lower than prison (Jul '19)

    More people are retiring with high mortgage debts. The implications are huge (Jun '19)

    Aged care royal commission begins with emphasis on 'rising torrent of concern' (Jan '19)

    Has government by media replaced consideration of evidence in aged care? (Jan '19)

    Exclusive: The phone call that denied elderly patients access to hospital … The Saturday Paper (Aug '20)

    Revealed: the Liberal, Murdoch networks making millions delivering ‘Uber for aged care’ (Sep ’20)

    Tone deaf: aged care providers’ PR campaign strikes wrong note (Sep ’20)

    Bill Shorten says aged care is a Federal Government responsibility. Is he correct? (Aug ’20)

    Passing the Buck: why Victoria’s Covid is raging in private aged care homes (Jul ’20)

    Aged care operators exploit lockdown to squeeze more grants from Government (May ’20)

    Scott Morrison gives masterclass in political malleability over aged care Covid deaths (Aug ’20)

    'Chaos' at Victoria's Epping Gardens: how privatised aged care has failed during the coronavirus pandemic (Jul '20)

    How Covid-19 laid bare the cracks in Australia’s aged care system (Aug '20)

    Federal government holds back vital Covid-19 data (Aug '20)

    Privately operated aged care homes behind devastating Covid-19 infection rate in Victorian health workers (Aug '20)

    Are political donations protecting Bupa’s aged care licence? (Aug '20)

      children

    A primary school–aged child in court surely represents the ultimate failure of society, yet Australia won’t raise the age of criminal responsibility (Jul '20)

    Number of Australia’s vulnerable children is set to double as COVID-19 takes its toll (Jun '20)

    Protecting the psychological health of children through effective communication about COVID-19 (Mar '20)

    ‘Mum, I want to go home’: parents say health system is failing disabled children (Feb ’20)

    ‘These children are in limbo’: the New Zealanders locked out of Australia’s NDIS (Feb ’20)

    Yes, the system needs to be better. But here’s how to ensure your child can access the NDIS if they need it (Feb ’20)

    Young people in nursing homes denied basic human rights (Jul '12)

      Work & unemployment

    NSW government announces taskforce to investigate food delivery deaths (Nov '20)

    Uber Eats rider killed in Sydney is the fifth food delivery death in two months (Nov '20)

    Death of Sydney Uber Eats rider the fourth food delivery fatality in two months (Nov '20)

    Australia's delivery deaths: the riders who never made it and the families left behind (Nov '20)

    Deaths of two food delivery riders in Sydney throws spotlight on gig workers' conditions (Oct '20)

      Social Safety Net (jobseeker/robodebt)

    Joining the job queue: 'I never wanted to rely on Centrelink. It beats people down' (Jul ’20)

    Church leaders join environment groups to call for increase to JobSeeker payments (Jul ’20)

    Coalition plays down reports of permanent $75 rise in jobseeker payment (Jun ‘20)

    Work for the Dole facing coronavirus 'timebomb', says economic think tank (Jun ‘20)

    Morrison government announces return to mutual obligation for jobseekers (Jun ‘20)

    'I wouldn't eat three meals a day': poverty findings heighten calls to maintain boosted jobseeker (May ‘20)

    When the Coronavirus Supplement stops, JobSeeker needs to increase by $185 a week (may ‘20)

    Reducing the dole to its pre-coronavirus rate would be a massive brake on the economy (may ‘20)

    JobSeeker payments will be wound back once coronavirus crisis is over, Morrison says (Apr ‘20)

    'Time to click reset': coronavirus offers chance to end Australia's welfare wars (Apr ‘20)

    Spending the coronavirus bonus: 'I haven't bought my daughter a birthday present since 2012' (Apr ‘20)

    'It will change my life entirely': young people on getting the $550 coronavirus supplement (Apr '20)

    Government did not plan to inform jobseekers their welfare appointments were suspended (Mar ‘20)

    The Australian welfare system has always been needlessly cruel. Now it’s punishing half the country (Mar ‘20)

    Australian jobseekers to get $550 increase as part of huge coronavirus welfare package (Mar '20)

    Welfare recipients on cashless debit card will have $750 stimulus payment quarantined (Mar '20)

    Sick or disabled people on Newstart face 'unrealistic' obligations to find work (Mar '20)

    Cashless welfare card: how does it work and what changes is the government proposing? (Feb '20)

    Jacqui Lambie says people scared and confused by Coalition’s cashless welfare card plan (Nov '19)

    Man died of bowel cancer while waiting for disability support pension approval (May '19)

    'Senseless cruelty': peak welfare body pushes for $95-a-week increase to Newstart (Jan '20)

    There’s mounting evidence against cashless debit cards, but the government is ploughing on regardless (Nov '19)

    ‘Please listen to us’: the Newstart recipients trying to convince Scott Morrison he’s wrong (Nov '19)

    I'm an addict and on the dole, but it's not drugs that keep me in this nightmare (Oct '19)

    Lesson for Australia. Make it hard for people to get benefits, and they’ll stop, but they mightn’t get jobs (Oct '19)

    Newstart recipient has payments suspended after appearing at Senate inquiry (Oct '19)

    More than 120,000 people whose welfare was suspended were not at fault, data shows (Aug '19)

    Newstart recipient on Q&A: 'How would you suggest people like me have a go?' (Aug '19)

    'Unfunded empathy': Scott Morrison pushes back on growing calls to lift Newstart rate (Jul '19)

    Life on the breadline: Centrelink's 'mutual obligation' is a system of humiliation (May '19)

    Punished by the lucrative welfare-to-work industry: 'I was contemplating suicide' (May '19)

    Coalition stopped welfare payments to 55,000 homeless or at-risk jobseekers in six months (Apr '19)

    The demerit system is ruthless social policy, designed to keep the poor powerless (Jul ‘18)

    Duncan Storrar went on Q&A – now his personal life is dragged through the mud (May '16)

    You're not a 'bludger' if you pay no net tax in Australia (May '16)

      political ideology

    Coalition gives another $10m to Foxtel to boost women's sport on TV (Jul ’20)

    Australians say ABC saved lives during summer bushfires, royal commission told (Jun '20)

    ABC has for too long been unwilling to push back against interference – at its journalists’ expense (Aug '20)

    New government report targets ABC (Jun '20)

    ABC loses $793m funding since 2014 when Coalition made its first cuts – report (May '20)

    Cutting the ABC cuts public trust, a cost no democracy can afford (Jun '20)

    What if the greatest threat to a free media was from within? (Jun '19)

    Why the ABC, and the public that trusts it, must stand firm against threats to its editorial independence (Jul '18)

    ABC targeted in government deal with Pauline Hanson (Aug '17)

      secrecy

    Scott Morrison dodges questions about sports grants expansion revelations (Sep ’20)

    Scott Morrison refuses to take questions about timing of changes to sports grants (Mar '20)

    'I have no words': PM criticised for silent treatment at coronavirus presser (Mar '20)

    Sports rorts: Scott Morrison sidesteps question about late changes to spreadsheet (Mar ’20)

      funding cuts

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    Budget 2014: Axe falls on foreign aid spending, nearly $8 billion in cuts over next five years (May ’14)

      propaganda

    Research reveals shocking detail on how Australia’s environmental scientists are being silenced (Sep '20)

    Australian scientists say logging, mining and climate advice is being suppressed (Sep '20)

    Australian War Memorial volunteers told they could lose role if they speak publicly about controversial expansion (Jul '20)

    Eureka flag ban shows government’s distaste for democracy (Feb '20)

    Aurora Australis officer asked to remove post criticising Scott Morrison's climate policy (Feb '20)

    Terrorism police list Extinction Rebellion as extremist ideology (Jan '20)

    Protesting and boycotting the Morrison Government way (Nov '19)

    Scott Morrison threatens crackdown on protesters who would 'deny liberty' (Nov '19)

    Australia’s prime minister pledges to outlaw climate boycotts, arguing they threaten the economy (Nov '19)

    Coalition may use government contracts to crack down on environment protests (Feb '20)

      Corruption, Cover Up

      Rorts, Conflict of Interest, Accountability

      Foreign Policy/Defence/Military

    The Brereton Report: the failure of political and military leadership (Nov '20)

    Grattan on Friday: Australia’s war crimes in Afghanistan – how could those up the chain not know? (Nov '20)

    Afghanistan war crimes inquiry: Calls to drop prosecution of whistleblower David McBride (Nov '20)

    Allegations of murder and ‘blooding’ in Brereton report now face many obstacles to prosecution (Nov '20)

    Brereton war crimes report fallout: what now for Australia's elite special forces? (Nov '20)

    We knew the war crimes inquiry would be bad – but this is gut-wrenching and nauseating (Nov '20)

    Australian special forces involved in murder of 39 Afghan civilians, war crimes report alleges (Nov '20)

    Dan Oakes explains why being cleared of prosecution over Afghan Files alleged war crimes reporting isn't end of battle (Oct '20)

    Police raids and prosecution of whistleblower David McBride spark global condemnation (Jun '19)

      covid-19: economic support & recovery

    Data from 45 countries show containing COVID vs saving the economy is a false dichotomy (Nov '20)

    No snapback: the budget sets us up for an unreasonably slow recovery. Here’s how (Oct '20)

    Jobmaker will create just 10% 'genuinely additional' jobs of Coalition's total pledge, treasury says (Oct '20)

    Voodoo economics: the Treasurer harks back to the supply-side revolution of Thatcher and Reagan (Jul '20)

    Past pandemics show how coronavirus budgets can drive faster economic recovery - New Zealand (Jul '20)

    Let's look at the Thatcher years (Apr ’13)

    Australia needs public spending – but beware the burden of white elephants (Oct ’20)

    Reserve Bank of Australia may have to buy state debt if Covid recovery slow, S&P says (Sep ’20)

    Albanese says Coalition should use budget to invest in social housing, skills and manufacturing (Sep ’20)

    Why it doesn’t make economic sense to ignore climate change in our recovery from the pandemic (Aug ’20)

    Scott Morrison says Australia cannot shut down to contain second wave of Covid-19 (Jul ’20)

    HomeBuilder might be the most-complex least-equitable construction jobs program ever devised (Jun '20)

    She won’t be right, mate: how the government shaped a blokey lockdown followed by a blokey recovery (Jun '20)

    Coronavirus economic recovery committee looks set to push Australia towards gas-fired future (May '20)

    COVID-19: Australia’s fiscal response is now among the biggest in the world … % of GDP (Apr '20)

    We do not have to worry about paying off Australia's coronavirus debt for generations (Apr ’20)
    Immigration minister points finger at Victoria over New Zealand travellers (oct ’20)

    Federal and State blame game won’t shift the burden of economic revival (Sep ’20)

    Playing the COVID-19 blame game may feel good, but it could come at a cost — the government’s credibility (Aug ’20)

    Morrison government deflects blame for aged care crisis (Apr ’20)

      covid-19: public health response

      covid: around the world

      first nations people

      Immigration/refugees

    Handcuffed asylum seekers 'paraded like criminals' in Australian hospitals, doctors say (Nov '20)

    Use of force in immigration detention (Nov '20)

    How an inner-city motel became a detention centre for more than 100 refugees (Jun '20)

    Asylum seekers transferred to Australia under medevac laws held in Melbourne hotel (Dec '19)

    For the refugees Australia imprisons, music is liberation, life and defiance (Sep '20)

    Why has a two-year-old girl lived her entire life in Australian immigration detention? (Jul '20)

    Dutton's bid to ban mobile phones in immigration detention centres could be unconstitutional (Jun '20)

    'We are sitting ducks for Covid 19': asylum seekers write to PM after detainee tested in immigration detention (Mar '20)

    ‘People are crying and begging’: the human cost of forced relocations in immigration detention (Mar '20)

    'Hysterical and ruinous': Christmas Island furious over Australia's coronavirus plans (Feb '20)

    "Worse than prison." Australian evacuees on the real conditions on Christmas Island. (Feb '20)

    Leaked photos of Papua New Guinea prison reveal 'torture' of 18 asylum seekers cut off from world (Jan '20)

    Last asylum seekers held in Papua New Guinea detention centre released (Jan '20)

    As a refugee detained indefinitely by Australia, I wish you a happy new year (Jan '20)

    The Truth about Border Protections (Sep '19)

    Australia's Shame (Sep '19)

    Two-year-old in immigration detention forced to have rotting teeth surgically removed (Jul '19)

    What now for asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island in need of medical evacuation? (Feb '19)

    Medevac Bill (Feb '19)

    How many more people must die on Manus before Australia ends indefinite detention? … Behrouz Boochani (Jun '19)

    Morrison ignored boat security advice … Medivac Legislation(Mar '19)

    The Paladin scandal is only a drop in the ocean of corruption on Manus and Nauru … Behrouz Boochani (Mar '19)

    Government to pay $70m damages to 1,905 Manus detainees in class action (Jun '17)

    Asylum seekers say Paladin 'doing nothing' for its $423m Manus Island deal (Feb '19)

    Nige learned to cook in immigration detention – now he's teaching Australians his recipes (Nov '20)

    New Australians feel abandoned as they battle social isolation, struggle to find employment (Oct '19)

    English test for Australian partner visas reveals Coalition's true nationalist colours (Oct '20)

    ‘The neighbours were always very welcoming and warm’: little things count to help refugees belong (Jun '20)

    Immigrants don't take Australian jobs. They create jobs for others (May '20)

    'We owe Australia alot': Refugee community donates $160,000 to bushfire relief, offers up tradies (Jan '20)

      climate Politics/Climate Economics

      climate change action/Inaction/Denial

      Environmental Degredation/Extinction of Species

      Fire & Drought

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    Scott Morrison says drought the Coalition's 'first call' – but makes no mention of climate (Oct '19)

    Farmers' protest is a sign water politics is about to go into hyperdrive (Aug '19)

    Last summer’s fish carnage sparked public outrage. Here’s what has happened since (Feb '20)

    These drought-hit young people feel forgotten, but they're speaking up with their ideas on dealing with the dry (Oct '19)

    We are talking about 'drought-proofing' again – they are simplistic solutions that will destroy Australia (Jul '19)

    The Darling River is simply not supposed to dry out, even in drought (Jan '19)

    One Day Closer Every Day (Sep '19)

      emissions

      motor vehicles

      renewables

      biodiversity/water/ecosystems/agriculture

      Fossil Fuels Industry

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    Queensland election: why the resources council's jobs figures don't pass 'the laugh test' (Oct '20)

    Taylor puts gas and CCS at centre of technology roadmap, coal and nuclear not excluded (May '20)

    Gas companies say they are working with Covid commission and expect federal support soon (Aug ’20)

    The gas cartel has bought Morrison lock, stock and barrel (Aug ’20)

    Is the Coalition's gas nirvana just an attempt to have its fossil fuel cake and eat it too? (May ’20)

    Gas lobby seizes Covid moment, and declares war on Australia’s future (May ’20)

    Resources industry to receive coronavirus boost with land release for coal and gas exploration in Queensland (May '20)

    Zali Steggall calls for probe of Coalition plan to underwrite gas, hydro and coal power (Apr ’20)

    Melissa Price lobbied by energy company before coal-fired power review requested (Apr ’19)

      energy policy & markets

    Banks Don't Want to Lend to Australia's Coal Miners Any More - Bloomberg (Jun '20)

    Adani mine: three major insurers to have no further involvement in coal project (Jun '20)

    'Mystifying': Minister backs coal as super fund vows to exit (Jun '20)

    Major investment firm dumps Exxon, Chevron and Rio Tinto stock (Aug '20)

    Suncorp out of oil and gas drilling, leaving QBE isolated (Aug '20)

    First State Super to divest from thermal coal mining investments (Jul '20)

    Top super fund dumps coal miners as emissions cuts intensify (Jul '20)

    Norway’s giant oil fund ditches stake in Australia's AGL over fossil fuel concerns (May '20)

    European Investment Bank to phase out fossil fuel financing (Nov '19)

      Climate science

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    The Score Card

    The total number represents separate reportable topics applicable to the category listed - one or more articles have been written about the topic. Some examples are listed.

    Cover up - government or ministerial incompetence, concealing government decisions, denying or hiding conflict of interest, government graft
    15
    Climate change denial/inaction - claim that climate change doesn't cause bushfires, no vehicle emissions standards or EV targets, claim that Australia can do little
    12
    Secrecy/Refusal to release information - refusal to make documents available, PM rejecting the premise of questions, refusing to answer questions, claiming the issue is someone else's responsibility, secrecy of legal proceedings, secrecy of Covid Commission, PM ditching plans for transparency
    28
    Ministerial & government accountability - workplace bullying, aged care, Ruby Princess, Robodebt, Great Barrier Reef, sports rorts, military war crimes, NBN
    14
    Ignoring experts on Covid recovery - advice from Climate Change Authority, Reserve Bank, major consulting firms, CSIRO, AEMO, business groups, responsible lending obligations
    11
    Announcements that lead to nothing - drought relief, CovidSafe App, Job-Maker, HomeBuilder, Arts rescue package, bush-fire relief
    7
    Government & PM self-promotion - bush-fire advertisements, Covid advertisements, empathy consultants, photo opportunities
    5
    Corruption - public money used to fund Liberal Party research, ignoring warnings on sports rorts, fossil fuel interests given grant money, defying Treasury advice in favour of Party donors, government largesse in favour of Party donors
    12
    Conflict of interest - grants to associates, Covid Commission members, Ministers accepting lobbying, Ministerial responsibility and business interests colliding
    15
    Backing or subsidising fossil fuel - Adani, Narrabri Gas, Covid Recovery, Acland coal, BHP, Shine Energy
    8
    Legislated environmental destruction - species extinction, land clearing, refusal to act, complicity with vested interests, dilution of environmental protections
    21
    Suppression of dissent - legislation, police action, control of narrative
    10
    Asylum seekers denied justice - justice postponed, applications deferred, bureaucratic obfuscation, abuse, denied care
    17
    Disenfranchisement of women - ignored in budget, women at risk of homelessness, dismantling of childcare support, workplace bullying
    18
    Perpetuating inequality - gig economy worker protections, rental market for older Australians
    7

     

     

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    It's reasonable conclude that during the past year or two, there has been a surfeit of news coverage, on topics various. Drought, bushfires, water management, the environment, climate change, political machinations, the list goes on. A library of credible journalism from reliable sources was established, which then morphed into the Flip-Side, in an attempt to present information that made all of us a better informed, gentler and kinder people. To be informed, it goes with saying, is a core responsibility of all mature citizens. Gentler and kinder because we all benefit by not engaging in ideological shouting matches over a meal or a drink. S

    Every now and then you'll hear someone begin a sentence with "I'm no expert but …" which will invariably, though not always, precede a monologue resembling little more than a passing acquaintance to the subject at hand, revealing the speaker's pre-conceived version of the truth. This is not knowledge, it's an opinion, which is, as Plato put it, the bridge between ignorance and knowledge, and which outs itself as nothing more than ideology.

    Ideology is not grounded in kindness, intellectual rigour or knowledge, it's usually grounded in the preservation of power, in privilege, prejudice, in any or all its manifest forms, or in fear, or a combination of all of those things. Ideology preserves injustice, destruction of environment, marginalisation of minorities, racism, institutionalised discrimination, species extinction, preservation of privilege, and high-office graft. The Flip-Side attempts to expose this and presents us with more to think about, by shining a light into some dark corners and turning over some rocks - and - who wouldn't want that. Hover to read the “flip-side.” Read on.

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