Disclaimer: these are unedited excerpts – and may be out of sequence. Strong borders and a strong humanitarian immigration program 62. To maintain Australians’ confidence and trust in the integrity of our migration system, Labor will fund and maintain robust border security measures that support the orderly processing of migration to our country and […]
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Trump’s Second Impeachment
Resolved, That Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and mis- demeanors and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate. Article of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the […]
How Many American Idiots Are There? 73 Million.
This was no ordinary election. By now, you know that. But I mean it in a slightly different way. Not just that Trump’s still trying to steal it, and the GOP’s in cahoots. No, I mean that this election was something like a census of American Idiots. If you’ve been keeping up with the news, […]
How can we reimagine democracy?
Australians’ faith in politics has collapsed – how can we reimagine democracy? “Late last year the Democracy 2025 project of the Museum of Australian Democracy and the University of Canberra released a major piece of research finding that trust in democracy in Australia has plummeted from 86% in 2007 to 41% in 2018. Through quantitative […]
A Contract with the Electorate
This doesn’t require any structural change, just a procedural one. Contesting parties and independents each publish a policy prior to an election at any level. Each candidate enters into a legally-binding contract with their electorate to uphold the policy they subscribe to, whether party or individual. If it’s a party policy, then each party-endorsed candidate […]
Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?
On June 14, 2016, the Washington Post reported that Russian hackers had broken into the Democratic National Committee’s files and gained access to its research on Donald Trump. A political world already numbed by Trump’s astonishing rise barely took notice. News reports quoted experts who suggested the Russians merely wanted more information about Trump to […]
The Coming Collapse
It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion. by Chris Hedges The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural […]
Community Plan Candidates 2017
Here are the candidates who have expressed their support for, and/or contributed to the drafting of, the CPCC so far: Wyong Ward: Group A – Louise Greenaway – Central Coast New Independents Group D – Kyle McGregor – Labor Party Budgewoi Ward: Group A – Doug Vincent – Labor Party Group E – Sue Wynn […]
Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump
ON THE CORROSIVE PRIVILEGE OF THE MOST MOCKED MAN IN THE WORLD Once upon a time, a child was born into wealth and wanted for nothing, but he was possessed by bottomless, endless, grating, grasping wanting, and wanted more, and got it, and more after that, and always more. He was a pair of ragged […]
Flux & Issue Based Direct Democracy
by Max Kaye, first published on http://voteflux.org on Friday, 26 May, 2017 The Flux Movement is founded on (what I now call) Deutschian Fallibilism. It’s an evolution of Popperian Fallibilism and David Deutsch’s book The Beginning of Infinity does a great job of explaining both the theory and exploring the breathtakingly profound consequences. In one light it’s […]