I make this pledge to you the Australian people.

Click here for source: http://sallymcmanus.net/?p=29 The List: 50. Refuses to support jobs at SPC at the cost of hundreds of jobs – 27 December 2013 49. Appoints Tim Wilson, a Liberal Party member and Policy Director of a right-wing think tank to

the position of Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission even though this think tank argued for the Commission to be abolished – 23 December 2013 48. Approves private health fund premium increases of an average 6.2% a year – 23

December 2013 47. Fails to provide the promised customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013 46. Requests the delisting of World Heritage status for Tasmanian forests – 21 December 2013 45. Abolishes

the AusAID graduate program costing 38 jobs – 17 December 2013 44. Cuts Indigenous legal aid by $13.4 million with an unknown number of advocacy and policy jobs to go – 17 December 2013 43. Abolishes the position co-ordinator-general for

remote indigenous services – 17 December 2013 42. Changes name of NDIS “launch sites” to “trial sites” and flags cuts to funding – 17 December 2013 41. Abolishes the National Office for Live Music along with the live music ambassadors – 17

December 2013 Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/job-losses-real-and-hidden-mount-up-as-coalition-pursues-funding-cuts-20131228-300uv.html#ixzz2opOwl9hi40. Disbands the independent Immigration

Health Advisory Group for asylum seekers – 16 December 2013 39. Backs Qantas bosses over the workers as 1000s local jobs threatened – 14 December 2013 38. Starts dismantling Australia’s world leading marine protection system – 13 December

2013 37. Scraps the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water – 13 December 2013 36. Breaks its NBN election promise of giving all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016 – 12 December 2013 35. Dares

Holden to leave Australia. Holden announces closure which costs Australian workers 50 000 jobs – 11 December 2013 34. Approves Clive Palmer’s mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin, turning the Great Barrier Reef into a dumping ground for dredge

spoil and a shipping super highway – 11 December 2013 33. Demands that the few childcare workers who got pay rises “hand them back” – 10 December 2013 32. Approves the largest coal port in the world in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage

Area – 10 December 2013 31. Removes the community’s right to challenge decisions where the government has ignored expert advice on threatened species impacts – 9 December 2013 30. Downgrades national environment laws by giving approval

powers to state premiers – 9 December 2013 29. Undermines Australia’s democracy by signing a free trade agreement with South Korea allowing corporations to sue the Australian Government – 6 December 2013 28. Damages our diplomatic

relationship with our nearest neighbour East Timor – 5 December 2013 27. Repeals the pokie reform legislation achieved in the last parliament to combat problem gambling – 4 December 2013 26. Suspends the Wage Connect program, despite it

being proven to deliver good outcomes for unemployed people – 3 December 2013 25. Axes funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, forcing the 46 year old organisation to close – 27 November 2013 24. Back-flips twice on

Gonski, reversing a commitment to a ‘unity ticket’ and failing to deliver equitable education funding – 25 November 2013 23. Damages enormously our diplomatic relationship with the Indonesian Government by refusing to apologise for tapping the

phones of their President, his wife and senior Government officials – 23 November 2013 22. Converts crucial Start-Up Scholarships into loans, increasing the debt of 80,000 higher education students by $1.2 billion – 21 November 2013 21.

Introduces a Bill to impose on workers who are elected to unpaid committees in their union huge financial penalties and jail terms for breeches of new compliance obligations – 14 November 2013 20. Condones torture by foreign governments by

saying “sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen” – 14 November 2013 19. Hides information from the Parliament and the people about the government’s treatment of asylum seekers – 13 November 2013 18. Separates a refugee

mother from her newborn baby – 10 November 2013 17. Abolishes 600 jobs at the CSIRO – 8 November 2013 16. Scraps Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, established to help address the challenges we will face in coming years as the number of

older Australians grows – 8 November 2013 15. Moves to massively reduce superannuation for low income workers while increasing it for high income workers – 6 November 2013 14. Refuses to offer support to manufacturing in Tasmania, despite

requests and warnings. Caterpillar announces the move of 200 jobs from Burnie to Thailand, costing approximately 1000 local jobs – 5 November 2013 13. Launches a successful High Court which strikes down the ACT Marriage Equality laws

invalidating the marriages of many people and ensuring discrimination against same-sex couples continues – 23 October 2013 12. Denies there is a link between climate change and more severe bush fires and accuses a senior UN official was “talking

through their hat” – 23 October 2013 11. Appoints the head of the Business Council of Australia to a “Commission of Audit” to recommend cuts to public spending – 22 October 2013 10. Appoints Howard era Australian Building & Construction

Commission (ABCC) Director to help reinstate the ABCC with all its previous oppressive powers over construction workers – 17 October 2013 9. Fails to “stop the boats”. Hides the boats instead – 23 September 2013 8. Scraps the Social Inclusion

Board, which had been established to guide policy on the reduction of poverty in Australia – 19 September 2013 7. Abolishes the Climate Commission in an attempt to silence our climate scientists – 19 September 2013 6. Appoints himself Minister

for Women – 16 September 2013 5. Appoints only one woman into his cabinet and blames the women for his decision, saying he appoints “on merit”– 16 September 2013 4. Abolishes key ministerial positions of climate change and science – 16

September 2013 3. Breaks his 11 August 2013 promise to spend his first week with an Aboriginal community – 14 September 2013 2. Takes away pay rises for childcare workers – 13 September 2013 1. Takes away pay rises from aged care workers –

13 September 201

The Australian Independent Media Network

TonyAbbottProfileThe following is an excerpt from Tony Abbott’s 2013 election campaign launch speech with an interactive report card on how he is going so far.  Click on the links to read further.

“This election is about making a great country even better; and that starts with changing [to] the worst government in our history.

I will spend the next two weeks reassuring people that there is a better way while Mr Rudd will spend the next two weeks trying to scare you about what might happen if he doesn’t keep his job.

Mr Rudd thinks this election is all about him.

Well, it’s not about him and it’s not about me.

It’s about you and how a better government can help your family and make your job more secure.

We know that a stronger economy is not about picking winners but about helping everyone to get ahead.


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Why can’t journalists ask the obvious questions?

The most stunning Press conference is occurring in Canberra ABC 24
All Premiers Have told Abbott to shove it.
Historic, even if some of them cave, the pressure is on, the people are having an impact. Get on the phone and rev up your Senators to say no to Canberra and Abbott. Even Conservative Senators Must represent their state before their party. The latter is advice given to all and sundry by Campbell Newman QLD.

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We are all frustrated at the lack of scrutiny afforded to our politicians, and in particular to the government’s repeated claims that we have a debt crisis. Why is it, however, that there don’t appear to be any journalists in the mainstream media who have the gumption to simply ask; “Prove it”? One of our readers has circulated a letter to the independent media sites (The AIMN included) asking that we continue to pose the questions that the mainstream media avoids. The reader, James Fitzgerald, makes a lot of sense.

I sent this to the Guardian Australia this morning, and to the ALP and the Greens as well as New Matilda, The Hoopla and Crikey in the hope that someone (or everyone) runs with it. The journalism sentiments apply to you, too:

Hello, thank you for being a part of the Australian free press.


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“There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead, but lets be absolutely clear. I am determined to price carbon”. Julia Gillard

The proposition that a “Mandate” abolishes opposition is the very definition of totalitarianism.
We now see the drift to fascism sneaking up on us recently in our ‘on water policy’.
The Military Law has a charge of “Disobeying a lawful command”.
It is sobering to see how easily the Navy has obeyed unlawful commands from the Executive Government of the day.
The Navy turned that boat about to run out of fuel and drift for three days. Three men drowned crossing a river on Indonesian island. It could have been, that the out of fuel “Life Boat” drifted out into the Vast Indian Ocean and we found Desiccated bodies months later. Where would our honour be then? Where is it now?
So easily we drift away from the sovereignty of the people to see the military breaking the international law of the sea, to obey the Executive power over the Parliament (the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Queen), thereby breaching the separation of powers.
The High Court should order the navy to not exceed its duty to defend Australia and instead to refuse to obey commands that are clearly unlawful. If that Boat went down the crew
would be held responsible for what amounts to a crime in International Law of the Sea…….
Our Navy shames itself and us.

Fair Media Alliance

I love a good conspiracy theory – I especially love to laugh at them.

One of my very closest relations has tried many a time to convince me about the Aliens at Roswell.  And we have a friend who has a dossier, several inches thick, which proves beyond a doubt that no planes ever flew into the Twin Towers.  And then there’s the Grassy Knoll.  I don’t disbelieve any of these good people, but I don’t believe them, either.

From http://www.ascensionearth2012.org/2013/01/roswell-interview-with-alien-survivor.html

But there is a certain power in numbers, as this recent poll by Public Policy Polling in the US suggests with gob-smacking results like these:

–          37% of voters believe global warming is a hoax, 51% do not. Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and Independents are more split at  41-51. 61% of Romney voters believe global warming is a hoax

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Budget for Abbott’s Australia

Café Whispers


The Abbott government has been working incessantly to work up to the Mother of All Scare Campaigns.  There is an emergency!  There is a crisis!  About what, the government has been careful to avoid backing up with anything factual.  Economists both left and right leaning have said not one single word in support.  We do know that there is debt, writ large with a capital D and that somehow pensioners and disabled people are the cause of it. . . or at least both Hockey and Abbott sticking to their chosen theme would have us believe so.

This brought to mind one of John Howard’s favourite techniques, this being to prime up his audience usually via the media so as to create ‘a situation’.  Newspapers, shock jocks et al would dutifully comply running numerous *shocking stories* complete with photos taken by willing neighbors/rellies and other assorted accomplices of, for example: …

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Budget for Abbott’s Australia

Café Whispers


The Abbott government has been working incessantly to work up to the Mother of All Scare Campaigns.  There is an emergency!  There is a crisis!  About what, the government has been careful to avoid backing up with anything factual.  Economists both left and right leaning have said not one single word in support.  We do know that there is debt, writ large with a capital D and that somehow pensioners and disabled people are the cause of it. . . or at least both Hockey and Abbott sticking to their chosen theme would have us believe so.

This brought to mind one of John Howard’s favourite techniques, this being to prime up his audience usually via the media so as to create ‘a situation’.  Newspapers, shock jocks et al would dutifully comply running numerous *shocking stories* complete with photos taken by willing neighbors/rellies and other assorted accomplices of, for example: …

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He would come out of the darkness.

He would come out of the darkness, lost somewhere in a fog of morphine and over-proof rum. He would rave, scream, shouting and crying reliving things he experienced during the war. He was a drunken, abusive, violent bastard and he was my father.
We huddled in the front upstairs bedroom in 32 Probert Street, Camperdown an inner city working class suburb of Sydney. Mum, Patty, Lorraine, baby sister Joy and me, with a galvanised bucket in the corner to piss in, When he began noisily climbing the stairs, towards us, waiting for him to smash his way through the door to get at us.
I remember the sounds of everything about me turning down as if some unseen hand had turned a knob on a radio down and down.
I have never been so frightened and powerless in my life. Here I was at about eight or nine years old and there is a slobbering cursing stranger on the other side of the door.
I am age11, in primary school ‘supposedly’ in my mind, having to protect my family from someone who was four times my size, and had already bashed most of us with his fists, and his vacant eyes and foul beer or rum soaked breath; left a horror, a sensory imprint on our brains for life.

“When I grow up I will never drink and my family will always sleep safe in warm beds…..I’ll make sure they are protected and never go hungry”…..I promised myself. The two-story house was part of a terrace. No doubt ‘gentrified’ by now. Many families lived within earshot around us.

So ultimately they suffered the same sleepless nights and ineffective school days when he started up having come home from the pub after the six o’clock swill the swearing and shouting would begin an the cry would go up from the neighbours; “The f***ing Wards are at it again” and soon after the wallopers would arrive. He would put up some resistance, they would give him a thump or two and he’d be off to the cells in Newtown Police Station for some time. We missed a lot of school or slept through a lot of lessons after finally getting to bed sometimes after 4 am. It all came to a head one night when he began shouting at the foot of the stairs. Patty two years older than me, now dead, took the bucket and threw the contents down the narrow steep stairs all over him. Everybody rushed into mum’s room and bolted the door. Mum is by this time screaming “help us, help us” my sisters are reduced to tears, his fist crashed through the panel of the door and reached in for and pulled open the bolt, that is when I literally s**t myself. My legs couldn’t move, my eyes were open so wide, no sound came out of my mouth and that almost solid silence filled the room.Mum and the girls ran out around and behind him and he came straight for me.
I fell back, he fell on me and began choking and punching. Some how I slipped from his grip, he was after all soaked. I clearly remember thinking I was in a place where I couldn’t be any lower as a creature on this god’s earth. Terrified, smelling of other people’s urine, my own shit down my shorts legs, I ran into the night not seeking my family but simply as a coward fled. I sat in Camperdown Park in the cold, frightened and shivering, till I woke with the dawn and crept home like a mongrel dog that I was. I remained shamed by this all my life.
I learned that most times you don’t know how you will react to life’s situations until you are confronted. And then again you may react differently the next time the same thing turns up. The Police took him away again and he ended up in Concord Repat for some weeks getting electric shocks to his brain to control his behaviour. He was a bit of a zombie for a while and mum got pregnant with Rhonda. About this time I wagged school a lot and wandered into the city. I remember seeing the AWA radio tower in Clarence Street as probably the tallest building in Sydney, wow! You may remember newsreel footage of the mid 40’s early 50’s as you grew up, and how that footage let us know (in a visual form) what was happening around the world; weeks after the event of course. Well those news reels were my escape. Down by Wynyard station and at the State Theatre in Market Street you could watch a whole hour of news reels for sixpence. Plus the series of newsreels started over again so I managed to pass the hours learning about the aftermath of world war two. The thing that has stayed with me was the first images of British soldiers entering Bergen Belsen concentration camp.

The stick figures in vertically striped pyjamas, the stunned look on the soldiers faces as their bulldozers pushing 20 or 30 skeletal, naked cadavers into a trench and I’m thinking at the age of 10 or 11 “this is where he has been and this is why he is such a bastard”


For me that was some sort of comfort because I could make sense of the horror and rage he let out when he was so drunk or off his head. I warmed to him a little when he was sober, but could never look on him as a person I could love.

North Newtown Primary Demonstration School was a mixture of some absorbing learning times and brutality and fighting to protect myself from the bullies. They gave me many a good bashing and humiliation but taught me that the hits you get

right now don’t really hurt till much later, so there is no need to be afraid of threats or fights.

We would get ourselves off to school. Mum would have already gone to work and unfortunately she had given up on house work and disappeared into her own world of work and singing lessons. Opera mainly, she had quite a voice and singing allowed her to escape reality. So there we were, a little band of misfits around school and as you probably know, is if you are different; just like in the chook yard, the mob is merciless.
What I learnt was, just like the bloody chook yard, is, if you turn your back and worse if you run, you become everybody’s target.

Maybe eight months after my father had finished a bout of electric convulsive shock treatments he went off the rails, came home smashed, I mean really totally blind drunk and it was dark. Just after twilight.

Lorraine came running to get me at my mate’s house in the next street,

” he’s hitting her again” , Lorraine is yelling at me.
By the time I got into the kitchen she is bleeding from her face. Heavily pregnant with Rhonda , she is sliding down the wall as her legs collapsed out from under her. His back is turned to me and he says to himself, “Look at her. Like a f***ing great whale”. I hit him with a toy gun that I held by the barrel. But the barrel was only made with electrical metal conduit and it just sort of bent around his neck. I knew I had hit him as hard as I could, and he now turns towards me, coming after me. -This nightmarish flash back stays with me through- out life!

This time I know I can’t hurt him and fear grabbed my insides , they went like ice. I ran again outside and up the path. I hear him calling after me. Somewhere in the dark and as I ran, I decided I was not going to leave my mum like that and turned back down the path.
There he is coming, he’s staggering into the shaft of light that is coming out of the Kitchen window. I grabbed hold of a quarter house brick from under the peach tree and ran at him, I leaped up and smashed that bastard in the forehead.

A gash two or three inches long opened up like magic above his eyes, blood suddenly flowed out then and runs down into his left eye. He is stopped in his tracks and still in the light, stared up the path blankly. Then slowly he turns around and walks back into the kitchen with me left wondering what else I would have to do to stop him.
I followed him back up the Kitchen steps in time to see what happened next. He falls to his knees and to my surprise, in an almost sober voice, said, “Val who did this to you”?

By this time the locals have done the usual thing and the knacker twisters are thundering through the already open front door and down the hall past his bedroom. They charged across the dining room, out the back door past the ice chest and landed heavily on top of him and give him a bit of what for. Good on them I thought to myself, the bloody pig.

They dragged him off to the cells. From there, he was sent again for more Repat Hospital Electric Convulsive Therapy and came home weeks later with a hundred tiny little morphine tablets in a cylindrical cardboard container and sought oblivion washing those pills down with many bottles of Beenleigh O/P Rum.

Over the next few years I got taller and stronger and if he caught hold of any one of us he was immediately pole axed with pieces of wood or bottles or anything that came to my hand. We then dragged the mongrel off to bed.

My school work went down hill through lack of sleep. I had begun to stay super alert during the night, on guard, until I fell asleep between 3am and 4am. My mother was contacted by my Head Master at North Newtown Intermediate High School.
She agreed with the headmaster in my absence, that as I was disruptive in class or fell asleep at my desk I should either repeat first year of high school or leave school altogether.
I left at fourteen!
The law allowed that sort of child abuse in those days. We were after all just working class kids, (with chips on our shoulders). Many intelligent people fell by the wayside in those days and struggled for the rest of their lives with the handicap of a limited education.

Later, I often wondered how she could have been so careless, about my education, when she herself was the Dux of Fort Street Girls High School in the years following the First World War.

Ultimately I came to realise, she suffered her own level of shell shock, as my father bought his war home with him.
She moved us to Melbourne to avoid the possibility, that I would kill my own father .


Lest We Forget. “Remembering Abbott’s Past”

Well said.

The Australian Independent Media Network

Abbott Lest We Forget.

The Guardian has judged him as ‘’politically incorrect to the point of dementia’’

New Statesman said Abbott represents ‘’politics at its most crass, exploitative and disturbing’’

UK Labour MP Paul Flynn called him ‘’a bigoted airhead’’

The LA Times called itself ‘’scandalised by his prejudices’’

The Sydney Morning Herald said ‘’Tony Abbott had plumbed new lows in government decency’’

Le Monde thinks he is ‘’sexist and vulgar’’

The influential Huffington Post said ‘’he is simply an idiot’’

In the midst of the New South Wales Premier’s resignation a reporter asked a seemingly legitimate question about corruption on the conservative side of politics in that state. The Prime Minister’s reaction was indeed unbefitting of the highest office in the land. His anger at the mere suggestion of corruption from his side of politics was palpable. Lest we forget.

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Learning more about passive aggressive behaviours.

Very timely insights.

Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

“Behind the smile, a hidden knife!”

― Ancient Chinese saying describing passive-aggressive behavior

The NYU Medical Center defines a passive-aggressive individual as someone who “may appear to comply or act appropriately, but actually behaves negatively and passively resists.” Passive- aggressive actions can range from the relatively mild, such as making excuses for not getting together, to the very serious, such as sabotaging someone’s well-being and success.

Most chronically passive-aggressive individuals have four common characteristics: They’re unreasonable to deal with, they’re uncomfortable to experience, they rarely express their hostility directly, and they repeat their subterfuge behavior over time. Passive aggressiveness may be directed towards a person or a group.

Before we explore how to effectively handle passive-aggressive people, it’s useful to recognize their common behaviors. Here are three categories of passive aggression:

Disguised Verbal Hostility.

Negative gossip. Sarcasm. Veiled hostile joking — often followed by “just kidding.” Repetitive teasing. Negative orientation…

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Tony Abbott has that rare ability to be incredibly stupid

They, the LNP, have already sold our Gold reserves and all our Airports, Medibank will be sold to US owners. The HECS debts are about to be sold to Debt collecting agencies. The CSIRO is going soon; and yet they will still give some $ 10 billion in subsidies to miners like Fat Gina by not collecting excise on Diesel fuel, same for truckers and farmers.
The H R Nicholls Society members sitting in the Cabinet have the numbers to now control the LNP government.
The H R Nicholls Society supports the deregulation of the Australian Industrial Relations System, including the abolition of the award system, the widespread use of individual employment contracts and the lowering of minimum wages. The Society only believes in limited labour market regulation, as it believes that excessive minimum wages and job security lead to higher unemployment and lower productivity.

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Tony Abbott keeps raising the bar of stupidity.

His speech last night at a timber industry dinner lauding timber workers as “the ultimate conservationists” brings home the gold medal.

Corinne Grant provides a wonderful take on this superb performance:

It’s pretty much standard for politicians to suck up to their audiences.

If they’re talking to mining magnates, they tell them they’re the backbone of Australia. If they’re talking to farmers, they tell them they’re the backbone of Australia.

If they’re talking to factory workers they tell them they’re the backbone of Australia (and then they tell them they earn too much).

But when Tony Abbott told a room full of loggers that they were the ‘ultimate conservationists’, even that audience must have been reaching for its sick bag.

Seriously, people who cut down trees are saving them? As what? IKEA furniture?

Just brilliant, Corinne.

But while…

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America’s first carbon-trading program can boast some impressive numbers

They have been doing this in the USA since 2009
Tony Abbott, our PM is a goon.


How do you turn $1 billion into $2 billion, all the while helping to slow down global warming? By capping carbon dioxide pollution and charging for emissions permits, then plowing the revenues into clean energy and energy-efficiency programs.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a carbon-trading program that covers nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, charged power plants about $1 billion for the right to pollute the climate from 2009 to 2012. Of that, $707 million has so far been invested into green programs, and $93 million has been transferred into states’ general funds, according to a new RGGI report.

Three-quarters of the investments have been used to help utility customers cut back on the amount of power that they use. Those efficiency improvements are eventually expected to save 800,000 households and 12,000 businesses more than $1.8 billion in energy bills.

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