Judgement Day

Involving yourself in the ocean of consciousness invokes meaning throughout our measly lives.
Measly in the way that it is probably insignificant, but could be greater (I’m not sure.)
And Judgement! is only pure when it is in the moment, in the context & only God can judge.
Moment and context meaning we can’t judge someone for their actions if we don’t know or understand their culture or upbringing.
So, god only judges in the context, because God is pure.
If God is within all of us than we all reserve the right to cast damnation.
As long as it’s in context.
So judge yourself at least.
That’s about as much context as your gonna get.
Cathartise yourself by at least judging something because it’s in our nature because gods in all of us & only God can judge.
SO JUDGE AWAY and we can revel in our sins together.
Dip our hands in the quagmire & really immerse ourselves in the context.
Because we gotta do it.

The American Dreams of Australian Citizens

Our tainted love for America and its values eclipses what Australia promises; if anything was promised at all.

As Australians, we should be ashamed of the continued inaction on our many haunting human rights issues and by all means, we should be (and some are) rioting in the streets against our governments total inability to recognize the rights of our offshore prisoners.

But Australians have no right to be mad… right? We have nothing like the Americans do in terms of promises and rights. We have nothing like the Statue of Liberty gracing our nation, I mean, besides the occasional colonialist in bronze soaking up the sunlight like the earth soaked the blood of the countless lives he was responsible for taking.

We have no monument declaring our dedication to freedom, opportunity and equality and why should we? Our constitution doesn’t support the values of a forward-thinking society.

Americans should be mad, they have a Bill of Rights that promise personal freedoms. A constitution laid down as the bedrock of American society and your eyes can easily glaze over the hypocrisy of freedom and liberty laced throughout the constitution as the amendments were written on paper in a nation that was built by slaves and signed by slave owners.

Now the Australian constitution on the other hand, though an achievement in itself, was implemented in the same period, and if not by the same people who championed the first infamous White Australia policies like the Immigration Restriction Act and the Pacific Island Labourers Act.

In all, it has five passages that allude to human rights and are as always, subject to loopholes. The constitution allows the right to vote, protection against acquisition of property on unjust terms, the right to a trial by jury, freedom of religion and the outdated ‘prohibition of discrimination on the basis of State of residency.

So, besides these five, we rely on common law, statutory law and the UN (whom we habitually ignore) to afford us human rights.

Australia is missing too much in our constitution and our legal framework for us to champion human rights and if anything, the very little rights that we hold dear in our country are being methodically stripped and ignored by our government.

But in essence, we weren’t promised very much anyway, just the five laws in the constitution and some relics of the British common law system. We did sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that we habitually ignore. We do have some wonderful acts that have been passed by parliament over the last fifty years, though, these can easily be undone. I am not just saying they can be overturned, we have literally seen it happen over the last few years.

Australians might very well be institutionalized because for some reason we all seem to believe we would never have our rights taken away from us, or at least not without reason. Tony Abbot proved that we are asleep to the issues of our rights with the introduction of his draconian counter-terrorism laws and Malcolm Turnbull cemented the fact we are in our very own Australian Dream when his government pushed through laws in 2016 that authorizes unlawful detention of people who have already served for terrorism-related crimes.

No, I’m not talking about the Australian Dream of a suburban house on a quarter acre block and a Holden (or god forbid, Ford) rumbling in the driveway. Although, that is definitely a conversation for another time, as many Australians young and old struggle with the reality that they may never own property and will for eternity be stuck in the mud with all the other serfs paying a huge chunk of their income for the privilege of living underneath a roof. This generations nickname has been coined, it’s Generation Rent.

I’m talking about a fugue-like state that Australians have been living under since before the enactment of the constitution.

I only point this complacency out to add with even more gravity that at this pivotal point in our society we are cornered by corrupt banks that charge our dead transaction fees, Super funds that rip hard earned cash out of our workers hands and a government that doesn’t seem to represent our values in almost any capacity, be it the insane corporate tax cuts which borrow from our healthcare, welfare and education, dissolution of workers’ rights that will leave many Australians out of pocket by the end of the weekend, the myriad of Indigenous issues like over incarceration, a despicable failure to close the gap, a failure to produce or even acknowledge the possibility of a treaty, the abysmal lack of environmental policy and finally, the horrid and continuing mistreatment of asylum seekers in our offshore prisons.

Our now PM Scott Morrison (one of the key architects of the offshore detention centres) said in a video recording played to every asylum seeker residing on Manus Island that “You will NEVER be settled in Australia. The Australian government will NEVER change its mind. You will NEVER call Australia home”

And why would the government care about asylum seekers? They’re not even bothered about the rights of First Nation’s, the consumer rights of their citizens and environmental rights that need to be implemented now more than ever. The world is hotter than ever and the 29th Prime Minister of Australia has just been ousted over an energy policy.

The amount of fuss the Murdoch press made over Turnbulls prime-ministerial duties were irresponsible, Alan Jones a Sky News commentator and radio host told ABC’s 7:30 called several MP’s and urged the change of leadership in the coalition. Malcolm even cited media powers as a reason for his eventual political demise. In some conspiratorial eyes, Murdoch was the instigator of the entire debacle with the Liberal spill happening only ten days after his arrival in Australia.

Perhaps in this age of information, the media needs more regulation, not to curtail their responsibilities as a fourth estate; to protect democracy by being the revelator of crucial ongoings in parliament house and the misdeeds committed by our representatives. But to ensure responsible reporting and to make sure the media takes the time to look through thinly veiled prepackaged politics.

The digital age has pushed already questionable journalistic integrity to a tipping point by forcing journalists to churn out dribble consistently. No wonder we don’t question the publics continued trends of disinterest in political ongoings and elections.

Winston Churchill said “Never let a good crisis go to waste” and our media has gone ahead and used the refugee crises to gain a political foothold, to feed into the fears and minds of our country and pit us against each other. We are being divided day by day, it is seen with the right and the left feeding on each other to gain views on YouTube and likes on Facebook.

The Australian government is culpable of tearing our fragile multicultural eco-system apart with their outrageous campaign that leverages the fears of the white and elderly with the appalling ‘Sudanese gangs’ ‘issue’. Racist and preventable, these tactics show a government out of touch. Mungo called it in April saying the coalition would resort to tactics worse than Abbots ‘ditch the witch’ campaign and that the budget will be a mixture of bribery and spin.

The bribery spoken of seems to be the governments unfathomable miscalculation of their constituent’s intelligence by dropping 444 million dollars into a private foundation (that has links to major energy corporations) knowing full well that the corporation who staffed only six workers at the time of the grant wouldn’t be able to spend that money by 2020 which is, as we now know, the deadline for a 714 million dollar commitment to UNESCO to preserve the Great Barrier Reef.

So why does the Australian government consistently ignore our rights? Is it because they don’t respect the culturally diverse landscape they helped build? Is it because they are putting profits over people? Is it because they are (said satirically) being realistic?

Our environmental rights, our humanity and our freedoms are put on the firing line every day by the people we vote for in our very lucky country.

Australians just like Americans, are tearing each other apart, the picture of those two elderly republicans wearing T-shirts saying “I’d rather be a Russian than a Democrat” comes to mind. The observation of parallels and contrasts between the American and Australian political climate is necessary to realize that we, as people, are more than our political party or our viewpoint because above all else we are all human.

We need to recognize the lessons of America and come together and look past our differences to realize our rights, the rights of our environment, the rights of the disenfranchised and the basic rights of all humankind.

I’d rather be an Australian than an asylum seeker.

I’d rather be aware than an Australian.

I’d rather be human.

Tourism; at what cost?

Why I want to climb Ayres Rock.

7 News just promoted Jetstar Australia’s new budget-priced direct flights from Brisbane to Uluru, not mentioning once the cultural significance of the landmark.jetstar

Despite the natural and spiritual import Uluru holds with First Nations and conservationists alike, it is still being climbed and with more than 10 % of visitors opting to climb the rock and… why not? The climb will be closed for good on October 26 2019, might as well get going while the goings good.

“hundreds of thousands of people every year flock to Uluru to see the rock, now thirty thousand people from Brisbane will be able to appreciate its natural beauty.” 7 News.

Yeah, let’s climb Ayres Rock! Let’s help exacerbate erosion and add to the permanent scars on the great big rock. It’s just a rock anyway, and if we need to go to the toilet, we’ll just shit on the mountain and let the fragile ecosystem deal with it. Later we can watch all the dried faeces cascade down into the only water source animals have for miles.

Yeah, it’s just a rock, who cares? It’s not that it is a sacred site for an ancient people of the worlds oldest civilisation. It’s not that it’s exactly the same as defecating on the Sistine Chapel or the Notre Dame Cathedral, it’s more that I don’t care that it is.

Climbers literally crush the eggs of one of the areas rarest animals, the tadpole shrimp lives on Uluru and their eggs are adapted to long periods of drought and are hatched by rain. The shrimp are on the verge of extinction. But, it’s just a rock and they are just a part of one of the rarest and most fragile ecosystems on earth.

Besides, at 179 dollars direct from Brisbane, who’s complaining? Maybe it’ll spark a plane ticket price war and we can travel all over Australia destroying sacred landmarks and cultural icons.  According to Seven News, it’s on “most international tourists bucket lists” so I’m just going to forget about the great sadness and responsibility the Anangu people feel whenever a fatality or injury happens on the climb and go for it!

The Northern Territory is astounding in its beauty as it represents Australian uniqueness and nature in its grandeur but, unfortunately, it is most known for its stony desert Island, Uluru. Which is why most tourists travel to the NT even though they could witness some amazing natural beauty just up the road. The NT is packed full of natural wonders and White Australia decides they need to climb a rock that has nothing to do with them.

101 different tours and experiences? Nah, I’m climbing the rock.

 

Modernising Workers Compensation in WA

As we speak, the Western Australian government is drafting a new bill to make Workers Compensation a more accessible law.

Delivering on an election commitment, the McGowan government looks to utilise public consultation to modernise workers compensation in Western Australia.

It looks like this bill will be introduced into parliament by the end of 2018, provided there are no hiccups along the way.

The bill will be developed in consideration to the WorkCover WA’s Review of the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.

This is a long time to put off a bill, and so far, the bill will only implement changes that support lifetime care for disastrously injured workers.

Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said that[1] “The current Act has only been amended on a piecemeal basis since it was adopted in 1981, and it’s unwieldy for stakeholders who use and apply it,

It seems the government is mostly rewriting the bill just to make it more assessible and transparent for workers seeking compensation claims and businesses wishing to know their rights when it comes to compensation payouts.

According to the safetyculture.com[2], Bill Johnson stated “Rewriting workers’ compensation legislation is an important part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to modernise the States industrial relations system.”

It seems they have forgotten to mention the rights and issues currently facing expired 457 visa holders, workers that have overstayed their visa and people who are working for businesses without proper documentation.

Illegal workers constitute a grey area[3] in current law and each case has been mostly settled in court; in current law, illegal workers are not defined as workers due to conflicting legislation, perhaps this new bill will address this issue.

This Bill could be a great example of leadership from the McGowan government, but we are yet to see what it really entails.

Main Source for  article: http://www.mondaq.com/australia/x/688140/employee+rights+labour+relations/WORKERS+ON+VISAS+CAN+THEY+CLAIM+WORKERS+COMPENSATION

 

[1] https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2018/02/A-Bill-to-modernise-workers-compensation.aspx

[2] http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/bill-modernise-workers-compensation-legislation-wa/#.Wt1FBsiWQ2w

[3] https://www.taylorandscott.com.au/our-services/migration-law/migration-visas-and-work-rights-including-workers-compensation/

WHY CARDINAL PELL NEEDS TO GO DOWN

It’s time for the Church to pay for its sins.

Cardinal Pell needs to be stripped of his rank and put in prison.

Even if he didn’t do anything, he needs to face the law. Because the Catholic church needs to apologise for all their wrong doings throughout history.

The church needs to know it can’t get away with atrocious deeds anymore because there is no place in our modern world for a cruel god or a cruel gods’ hand. The Catholic Church needs to do more than change their culture to address this widespread issue.

I mean, Pope Francis did set up a key panel called the ‘Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors’ which tried to implement change. Pope Francis even appointed two members who survived sexual abuse from the church but they couldn’t handle the fact that the commission wasn’t really making an effort and soon quit.

This is outrageous. The church hired two former victims, put them on a panel of people who have likely committed abuse as well and then totally ignored them. This is speculation, but I am mad.

It is fitting that a fledgling convict colony is bringing the mightiest religious outfit in the world to its knees and we need to go further. Not just for the children, but for the countless souls lost in the name of God and Catholicism.

From the Holy Inquisition where the Catholic church burned and tortured Europe for close to six centuries to the Crusades in a series of attempt to make war on a different people all in the name of reclaiming a holy land that they were free to pilgrimage to.

The point I’m making is that, like many institutions, The Catholic Church is built on a foundation of violence, torture and the overall degradation of mankind.

We can’t let the church take advantage of us and our children any longer.

I hope Cardinal Pell goes down even if he is not guilty, I am saying this out of spite and with conviction. The church needs to repent for its sins.

 

Big Banks to Compensate for their Shady Mistakes

After three weeks of tribunal hearings, the royal commission into banking has outlined corruption and misconduct throughout all the major banks of Australia.

The Commonwealth Bank has been encouraging mortgage brokers to oversell their loans, raise credit limits of gambling addicts and was even charging the deceased on their overdrawn accounts.

NAB has been found doing dodgy deals with gym owners for home loans.

The ANZ wasn’t even verifying living expenditures when processing loans, this is in direct violation of the National Consumer Credit Act

The thing is, with each disgrace coming forward, we as Australians are learning more about how we are not only funding these wrong-doings but we are also the victims.

Compensation has been made but how far should these banks go?

Labor is pressuring the government into establishing a compensation scheme for the victims of these banking giants.
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According to The Guardian, Bill Shorten wrote “it is unacceptable for people to suffer because of the misconduct of others” he also suggested that, if the Commission needed more time and resources, Labor will call on the government to give it to them.

It is important to realise that the Royal Commission can’t force the banks into paying a single dime in compensation.

Shorten is determined to set up a low-cost tribunal to help Australians get what’s theirs.

we are happy to wait for justice as long as it’s served with a side of compensation.

 

What do the Greens mean to you?

The Australian Greens are going through a tad bit of disunity, but does this really change who their constituents are voting for? Does it mean they will forget their roots and forget regular Australians?

The answer is no, the issues within the Greens will not affect their policies drastically. Voters need to be assured that the Greens will always stand up for what is right.

For example, I just received an email from Richard Di Natale this morning about their “dope plan” and the JUST LEGALISE IT campaign; they want to make marijuana legal for adult use.

In the early days Bob Brown campaigned for the natural beauty of Tasmania, this captured people’s hearts, this is what gained momentum for the Greens.

With Di Natale shredding his own party members and blaming sniping and bullying as the reasons for the loss of the Batman Electorate. This is self-sabotage; the Greens are only powerful when unified.

Richard as a leader should know this and I hope he is working on these issues within his party. The Greens have a tagline of “doing politics differently” but it seems like they have started doing politics the same.

Speaking of the same, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) under the Whitlam government was seen as the stomping ground for the beginning of left-wing politics in Australia because Whitlam realised then, they needed more than workers’ rights to win elections.

The Greens will always be competing with the ALP and the fringe parliamentary groups for votes because people who vote for the coalition are much too ‘sensible’.

The Greens lost to Labor in Batman because Labor campaigned brilliantly in Batman, and despite the backlash from the media, public and the right wing; Bill Shorten and his rhetoric on Adani came out on top.

Is a slight loss to Labor in a marginal seat like Batman something for the Greens to fret over? Probably not, there is always next time and be assured there are many more inner-city seats to contest for.

This is not said lightly; the greens are a Grassroot party and they need to focus on these small marginal seats and put their limited resources to good use.

Throughout the Batman campaign, the Greens focused entirely on the environment and asylum seekers.

Then, surprisingly, Di Natale tried to appeal to conservative voters on the eve of the batman election. This is enough to baffle many Green voters and it possibly lost them the electorate.

They need to be worried about principle because a two-trick pony with no principle isn’t very fun to vote for.

The Greens are one of the only credible representatives of the left in Australia, that is their voting base and that is where they should have been targeting in their campaign.

The leader of the Greens changed his tone to serve a more capitalist agenda; so, by in large, moving away from the left only served to disillusion his loyal supporters.
You can almost imagine a huge mural of Di Natale, one side he is holding a bunch of share slips and the other a couple of anti-mining pamphlets.

With the amount of support the Greens currently hold, I would be surprised if they continue to try and play both sides. Labor can barely pull it off and we all know how popular they are.

Perhaps this was just a strategical move from Di Natale to see if he could gain votes from the right by subtly changing his rhetoric.

It didn’t work. Their voting base is the same as always with the added bonus of youth voters.

Why the left should compromise with a UBI

How the Left can Compromise with a Universal Income.
Left wing politics has some some swell ideas about equality, but some are determined to shut down the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) on the terms that capitalism or crony capitalism could corrupt it.

This is jaded.

It’s not wrong in its fears but it is “jaded”.

The real scare here is if the right wing manages to take away all  the social benefits and services to pave way for the UBI. This is nasty, our social system would collapse under itself and debt would skyrocket.

We aren’t on our way to a magical land of a classless and stateless society, with a stagnating wage growth, higher power bills, high student fees and capitalism just running absolutely rampant it is only getting worse.

Let me get this straight, a UBI is a redistribution of wealth. It will be a sore point for many when we realize there will still be a class system. That is the way the world works, if you earn more then you are going to have more money to spend. The government isn’t going to take away earning rights.

The UBI is a good thing for the left and the right, why wouldn’t affluent businesses and land barons want their customers and serfs to have money to buy their goods and pay the rent.

If everyone can afford to pay for their food, water and shelter then everyone has the opportunity to move past class. Isn’t this what the left wants?

The idea of free money for everyone works; for everyone.

A UBI means we can literally skip the first two steps of Maslows Hierarchy of Needs. Meaning societycan move on to bigger and better things.

Martin Luther King said “The solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure; The guaranteed income”

The fact is that we have people living on the streets and a UBI would give people the incentive and means to be more and live better.

Some people don’t help others because they are busy trying to provide for themselves, some people have to hold two full time jobs just to survive and some people literally can’t work. These people need a UBI.

Erik Olen Wright, a prominent sociologist and advocate for a UBI explained in an interview for KPFA that a basic income will help socially productive work such as caregivers, music and the arts thrive.

A single mother needs a basic income, A student needs a basic income and just imagine a world without the starving artist.

Many believe a UBI could cause inflation, but inflation only occurs when new money is printed or when the amount of currency is actually greater then the amounts purchasable in the economy.

So in short, A UBI won’t cause inflation.

In 2003, the Mexican government rolled out a food aid program and gave some villages the market value of food in a month in cash. The economists looking at these villages saw only a miniscule rise in the cost of food prices by 0.2%, not a statistically paramount change but the economists can’t say the cash wasn’t the cause.

Like I stated before a UBI is a redistribution of wealth. The very thing the left campaigns for.

Right now the waters are unclear and there are social tests going on all around the world, Australia just has to wait and see how successful these tests really are before implementing something like this.

Some of the hard left is against this because they really believe that we should slay the bourgeoisie and redistribute the wealth to the masses like some hardcore Robin Hood.

They are harmless though, what we should be scared of is the fact that an unconditional income might increase the number of bad poets in society