Friday 19 May 2017
It has been known for years that besides the terrible incarceration inflicted on people who have not committed any crime it has been the conservatives intent to make their conditions so deplorable that they just give up.
Bleak and brutal conditions are fashioned so as to break the spirit and dehumanise the individual so that suicide seems the only option. People like Peter Dutton create these environments of self-harm and human despair. The apathy of it is reflected in the faces of the Australian people.
“Confidential documents from inside Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus Island reveal bleak and brutal conditions inside, including persistently high rates of self-harm, repeated suicide attempts, regular violent and sexual assaults, and warnings of an emerging culture of drug use by staff and detainees.
Incident reports obtained by the Guardian show that on several occasions, four men in detention on Manus have attempted suicide and self-harm in a single day. In one week, 16 self-harm and suicide attempts were recorded by authorities.”
And did I hear that the Minister has been given $250 million to upgrade his offices.
Rather obscene, I should think.
2 With special counsel appointed to oversee probe Russia’s involvement with Trump American politics is becoming the never-ending scandal story with the President playing a leading role. The justice Department has picked former prosecutor and FBI director Mueller to lead the investigation.
In another emerging scandal it’s now claimed that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill in June 2016 with his fellow GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan interjected and stopped the conversation from exploring McCarthy’s assertion, saying: ”No leaks. This is how we know we’re a real family here.”
How ironic it would be if James Comey becomes the man who saved America and the world from the presidencies of both Clinton and Trump.
Will it take the FBI to do what America’s dysfunctional major political parties could not?
Look forward to the next exciting episode of ”The White House Needs a Plumber.”
3 Australia, not to be left behind in the scandal stakes has a major one of its own.
Adam Cranston, the 30-year-old son of deputy tax commissioner Michael Cranston is among nine people arrested over an alleged $165-million fraud syndicate following 30 AFP raids across Sydney on Wednesday.
Turnbull’s comments on the midday news: “it shows the system is working.” Please explain. Not clear for whom the system is working for.
It seems the Australian Taxation Office Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston is to be charged in connection with an alleged $165 million tax fraud syndicate. Police have described it as one of the biggest white collar fraud investigations in Australian history.
Among the items seized under proceeds of crime were 25 motor vehicles, including luxury cars and racing cars, 12 motorbikes, 18 residential properties, two aircraft, $1 million from a safe deposit box, firearms, jewellery, bottles of Grange wine and artworks.
All a bit obscene, I think.
4 Health funds are apparently overseen by regulators, including APRA, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and made $1.4 billion to April 2017. The funds lobbied heavily for the latest 4.8 per cent increase in premiums to battle what it called the “relentless upward curve of health inflation.”
In 2016, the government waved through a 6 per cent increase, with premiums rising a cumulative 28 per cent since 2012.
A bit obscene, I should think.
5 It seems the people building Australia’s high-speed broadband network, the NBN has 5000 staff, and is spending more on coffee than all other major government departments and agencies, which have a combined total of about 155,000 staff. $447 thousand on coffee.
An obscene use of taxpayer’s money.
6 It seems Anthony Albanese agrees with my thought that That Bill Shorten should have gone in harder with his budgets reply speech. Yes let the people know that the Liberals are pinching Labor policies.
“We should celebrate our victories,” said Albo.
7 Wage growth figures show that we have entered negative real wage growth where wages are not even matching inflation. The cost of living is now soaring.
Yes, that is obscene.
8 Donald Trump now reckons he is the worst treated politician in history. With apologies to the three who were assinated I hope.
Now that is obscene.
9 Cory Bernardi says Liberals flocking to Australian Conservatives. 700 Have signed on. Don’t laugh. Given the size of the Liberal membership that’s a fair chunk.
My thought for the day.
“John Lord wants to write something positive about Australian politics.”
Is that obscene?