Under Gillard’s watch 24,024 people have arrived on 391 boats manned by 674 crew. That is three times the number of boats and four times the number of people arriving over the same period - 2 1/2 years - than under Rudd.
To achieve such a disaster requires an exceptional level of policy stupidity. And Immigration Minister Chris Bowen bears little responsibility, considering most of his ideas were knocked back.
Yet with the clownish pratfalls comes the menace.
I AM satisfied that fair-skinned Aboriginal people (or some of them) were reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to have been offended, insulted, humiliated or intimidated by the imputations conveyed by the newspaper articles. - Federal Court judge Mordecai Bromberg, in Eatock v Bolt (2011)WHEN I first saw columnist Andrew Bolt’s now notorious articles identifying a number of “fair-skinned Aborigines” as recipients of grants, job opportunities and awards for no clear reason other than their questionable “race”, I was sitting at my desk in an Aboriginal-identified government position.My first thought on reading the articles and viewing those pictures was: “Holy shit - he could be talking about me!”
In keeping with the finding of Justice Bromberg in the racial discrimination case brought against Bolt, I did indeed feel humiliated and intimidated by the implications of Bolt’s article: I felt hurt, shamed and vulnerable.
But rather than simply complain about how the article made me feel, I understood I could only resolve my discomfort through first examining why it made me feel that way.I realised I felt vulnerable because there was no way I could defend my own position if it were to be challenged; it was indefensible that I should occupy an Aboriginal identified position when I knew that race-based preferential treatment was misguided and unjust policy. I felt shamed because my position was shameful, and my choices were shameful; I knew I was a party to something very wrong, yet I chose to continue because complying was easier than walking away from my chosen career. I felt hurt because the truth hurts, and my comforting rationalisations about myself and my place in the world were already painfully dissolving.
(Thanks to reader elinjaa.)
Anthropologist Dr Frank Salter notes the acceptable face of racism - vilifying Anglos.
(Thanks to reader Ralph.)
Tim Flannery may be an alarmist and he may be wrong. But to call him a racist for holding an evidence-based opinion on the impact of Aboriginal settlement on the environment is a despicable slur:
ABORIGINAL academic Marcia Langton has accused former Australian of the year Tim Flannery of holding a racist belief that indigenous Australians are ‘’enemies of nature’’.
In her fourth Boyer lecture, an extract of which is published in today’s Saturday Age, Professor Langton attacked Professor Flannery - a distinguished scientist, explorer and conservationist - for comments in his recent Quarterly Essay, After the Future: Australia’s New Extinction Crisis, which she said suggested he believed land was not ‘’safe’’ if it was owned by Aboriginal people.
‘’Even under Labor governments with a strong green bent, national parks are not always safe. In 2010, the Queensland Bligh government began the process of degazetting a large part of Mungkan Kaanju National Park on Cape York Peninsula with a view to giving the land back to its traditional Aboriginal owners,’’ Professor Flannery wrote in the essay.
Professor Langton, the foundation chair of Australian indigenous studies at the University of Melbourne, suggested Professor Flannery had succumbed to the ‘’environmental campaign ideology that Australia’s first people are the enemies of nature’’…‘’They are not wilderness areas. They are Aboriginal homelands, shaped over millennia by Aboriginal people. The presumption by conservationists that these areas need to be rescued from Aboriginal people - as made clear by Tim Flannery and in the Wild Rivers saga in Queensland - is a strange twist on the racist fiction of terra nullius overturned by the Mabo case,’’ Professor Langton argued.
This is not argument but name-calling.
(Thanks to reader drw.)
On last night’s 2GB show, we interviewed Lord Monckton about being kicked out of the Doha meeting on climate change after informing the summiteers the planet hadn’t warmed in 16 years.
Monckton writes about the incident here, and prescribes this handy antidote to hysteria:
Reader Mike detects a cooling in the market for global warming snake oil:
The litany of low carbon prices, low sales of “indulgences” (carbon credits) suggests the financial world is very unconvinced that talks in Doha will achieve anything of note. And they provide a counterpoise to the hysterical releases of reports of impending climate doom which have saturated Fairfax and ABC climate coverage during the Doha talks.
Examples - and note how absurdly high the Gillard Government’s $23 a tonne carbon tax is compared to prices for carbon credits in Europe and New Zealand:
MarketsCalifornia CO2 permit demand one third as strong as previously thought
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 6 (Reuters Point Carbon) – Demand for California CO2 permits at the state’s first auction last month only slightly outpaced what was offered, the program’s regulator said Thursday, far less than what many in the market originally believed.
http://www.pointcarbon.com/news/1.2089488U.N. keeps alive CDM credit crunch plan
DOHA, Dec 6 (Reuters Point Carbon) – A plan to drastically curb the supply of carbon offset credits remains on the table going into the final day of two-week U.N. climate negotiations in Qatar.
http://www.pointcarbon.com/news/1.2089429EU carbon gains 5.7 pct on utility buying, auction
LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters Point Carbon) - European carbon prices rose as much as 5.7 percent on Thursday, shrugging off additional supply from an EU auction as utilities snapped up permits at near-record low prices, traders said.
http://www.pointcarbon.com/news/1.2089342EU sells 5.3 mln third phase EUAs at 6.30 euros each
LONDON, Dec 6 (Retuers Point Carbon) - The EU sold 5.3 million carbon allowances from the third phase of its emissions trading scheme for 6.30 euros each on Thursday, German bourse EEX said.
http://www.pointcarbon.com/news/1.2089138NZ carbon hits new lows on weak EU market
DOHA, Dec 6 (Reuters Point Carbon) – Spot permits in New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme fell 12 percent week-on-week to close Thursday at NZ$2.55, fresh record lows as European carbon prices crumbled.
http://www.pointcarbon.com/news/1.2088368CorporateSwedish energy fund pulls out of EU carbon market
LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters Point Carbon) – A Swedish energy fund has stopped trading carbon after plunging CO2 allowance prices offset gains made in other markets, a fund manager at the company said on Thursday.
http://www.pointcarbon.com/news/1.2089202ArcelorMittal pulls out of EU CCS competition
LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters Point Carbon) – Steel giant ArcelorMittal has pulled out of the first phase of a landmark EU scheme to fund demonstration carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, the company said Thursday, leaving just three projects in the running from an initial shortlist of eight.
The politics of personal destruction has been imported into Australia, to be used by the Prime Minister on both Labor foes and Liberal:
JULIA Gillard used her prime ministerial office to run a political “war room” in the lead-up to this year’s leadership spill and had sanctioned the carpet-bombing of rival Kevin Rudd by her senior ministers, according to new claims about the event…The Monthly claimed that central to the strategy of publicly destroying Mr Rudd’s character was Ms Gillard’s communications director John McTernan, a former adviser to the Blair government in the UK. It cited a similar strategy that was used in the political battle between Mr Blair and his successor Gordon Brown.
Reader Michelle notes another familiar trick:
That’s the same trick Gillard used for her trust/slush fund press conference.We now know that in those weeks Gillard was in negotiations with the organisers of the coup. She decided to use Hartcher and Coorey’s article as a vehicle to take umbrage with Rudd over any suggestion of disloyalty on her part and challenged him that same evening. Strange to relate, a significant portion of the Canberra press gallery reported on this sequence of events as though it were perfectly logical and Gillard had only acted under extreme provocation.
Julia Gillard says electricity price rises are good:
Julia Gillard says electricity price rises are bad:
It’s like the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.
In my opinion, a boycott of Israeli academics is racist and anti-intellectual and should not be tolerated in any Australian university:
THE head of the University of Sydney’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies has been slapped down by his faculty head for refusing to help a Jerusalem-based civics teacher to study in Australia.The dean of the university’s arts and social science faculty, Duncan Ivison, yesterday wrote to Jake Lynch spelling out that “he does not speak for the faculty on visiting scholars and cannot make decisions about who comes here”.Associate Professor Lynch caused outrage after he rejected a bid for assistance by Hebrew University of Jerusalem academic Dan Avnon, credited with developing Israel’s only state program in civics written for Jewish and Arab students, on the basis of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.
This is the Anzac spirit:
A RIVAL dawn service at Gallipoli on the 100th anniversary of the campaign, in 2015, is being planned by angry tour operators who say the government’s plans for a ballot to restrict attendance is un-Australian.The government, fearful that the official North Beach commemoration site will be overrun for the historic occasion, has proposed a ballot system under which the official ceremony will be limited to 8000 Australians, less than half the number that would otherwise be expected…Paul Murphy, owner of tour operator Military History Tours, said he had 1800 people who had already booked to attend the 2015 ceremony before the government announced the ballot plan in September last year because of safety concerns about such large crowds within a confined space on North Beach…“Since when did Australian bureaucrats get the right to tell who can go to a dawn service anywhere in the world?” Mr Murphy asked…The plan is being backed by another tour operator, Gallipoli 2015, whose manager Marcus Falay said his company would support a rebel dawn ceremony at Gallipoli.“I think the government has made a big stuff-up with these ballots,” Mr Falay said. “Australia is a free country...”
Well, it was, until relatively recently.
Muslims in the West need to do serious work to demonstrate - not merely assert - that their faith is no threat:
The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has commissioned an opinion poll to find out what Germans think about Muslims. Generally, the results are regarded as “catastrophic”.Respondents to the poll were asked to choose which of 21 statements they were offered about Islam that most closely reflected their opinion. 83% of them think that Islam is associated with impairing women’s rights, 77% thought Islam was a literalist religion; 70% said Islam is associated with religious fanaticism and radicalism. A significant part of Germany’s population also believes that Islam is ready for violence (64%), hatred (60%), active missionary activity (56%), and striving for political influence (56%). Only 13% of respondents associate Islam with love for neighbours; 12% - with charity; 7% - with openness and tolerance…The high level of mistrust in Islam is reflected in other questions. For example, in 2006, 55% of respondents answered yes to the question “Do you think that serious conflicts will appear between the Western Christian culture and the Arab Muslim culture in the future?” Today there are 44% people who think so. In 2006 and today a quarter of respondents believe that such serious conflicts exist even now.
To shout “racism” is not to explain but conceal. There is more racism, it appears, among the Muslim diaspora, to judge by a pronounced tendency to separatism and an unacceptably high threat of terrorism and violence against non-Muslim targets.
I do not doubt that with goodwill, frankness and proper public policies we can work through this in Australia, but it is foolish to deny a genuine problem - and one that may even be beyond repair, at least for generations, in some other nations.
(Thanks to reader Malcolm.)
Once again, as with all internal polls, we should wonder why it was released:
The meeting came as the Seven Network reported internal Labor Party research that showed the government’s primary vote had slipped back to 33 per cent and it faced a catastrophic result in western Sydney. The poll showed Labor would pick up two seats in Queensland, and possibly one each in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. But it would lose three in Tasmania and up to 10 in NSW.
To label a problem is to announce you are listening and prepared to change. Is Labor asking voters in NSW to watch for the response to come?
Or is Labor messing with the Coalition’s mind? The claim of perhaps picking up seats in Queensland, rather than lose almost every single one, seems extraordinary. Is Campbell Newman really so on the nose, or is Labor trying to build a narrative? If Queensland really has turned so dramatically, Labor has gained much hope.
The humiliation could have been foreseen, but the apparent consequences not:
THREE days after being duped by Australian radio presenters during a royal phone prank, a London nurse has been found dead after an apparent suicide.Jacintha Saldanha, 46, a mother of two, was unable to be revived after being found unconscious at a nurses’ accommodation block near London’s exclusive King Edward VII Hospital at 9.35am (local time) on Friday…Hospital chief executive John Lofthouse, who earlier in the week described the hoax call as “foolish”, confirmed Ms Saldanha’s death…“We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital had been supporting her throughout this very difficult time.”
Mrs Saldanha was staffing the hospital switchboard when she took a phone call from 2Day FM DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian…The radio presenters pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles, and asked to be put through to Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, who was in the hospital with a pregnancy-related illness.
I don’t think that kind of joke will work for quite a while.
One nurse’s terrible humiliation was one DJ’s career opportunity: