The US's first attempt to export the Tea Party has all but imploded. Angry voters have hit back at the Australian Liberal Party's doctrinaire adoption of brutal right-wing policies. Nial McLaren from Truthout warns there is a larger message in this antipodean squabble.
Without objective critical analysis or informed debate, the Washington Consensus principles of fiscal austerity, privatisation and liberalisation are likely to be implemented in Australia. The economic consequences are likely to be a boon for the wealthy – including overseas "investors" – and increased costs and rising inequality for the ordinary Australian citizen, as overseas experience has shown.
The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has taken aim at the coal-fired power industry and the mining sector in a report naming and shaming Australia's top 10 worst polluters.
Labor has condemned Prime Minister Tony Abbott's claim that Australia was heading for a "Greek-style economic future" as inflammatory, irresponsible and capable of harming economic confidence.
The Prime Minister should be far more responsible than this constant scaremongering which is having a clear impact on confidence in the community
Mr Abbott made the remark during a radio interview in which he pledged he would not fix the federal budget this year at the expense of households but predicted a "broad budget balance" within five years.
Lord John Prescott admitted that he and Tony Blair “were wrong” to invade Iraq.
Then Daley took on Hockey's claim that he was delivering the biggest infrastructure program in Australian history.
"It certainly hasn't gone up," he said. "It's probably tailed off, at least in as a percentage of GDP."
Hockey said Daley was wrong. "For a start we put $1.5 billion into WestConnex in Sydney," he said.
Daley reminded him that the project predated the Abbott government. He said not a single new project approved in Hockey's first budget had received a green light from Infrastructure Australia.
The vast majority of Americans have been the victims of one of the biggest and longest-lasting robberies in history. Danny Katch investigates - and uncovers the culprits.
Officially termed an “incident” (as opposed to a “massacre”), the events of March 16, 1968, at My Lai - a hamlet in South Vietnam - are widely portrayed and accepted to this day as an aberration. While the record of U.S. war crimes in Southeast Asia is far too sordid and lengthy to detail here, it’s painfully clear this was not an isolated “incident.”
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The Senate is set to reject the Federal Government's second bid to deregulate universities.
The International Court of Justice (CIJ) ruled Thursday a prior ruling by an Ecuadorean court that fined the U.S.-based oil company Chevron US $9.5 billion in 2011 should be upheld.
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