The right to insult – Murdoch suggests Muslims to blame for #MH370: @e2mq173 comments

18th March 2014 By Errol Brandt From Left Field Rupert Murdoch was in fine form over the weekend, making wild allegations about those responsible for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight. Rupert made it clear that he believed “Muslims” were to blame for the missing flight. Without evidence – unless he is privy to information denied […]

Dear Gina @e2mq173 responds #DearGina

By Errol [email protected] From Left Field Dear Gina, You probably receive a lot of fan mail. but I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your piece about the Age of Entitlement. Quite frankly, we don’t hear enough scornful derision from the plutocracy these days. Your article warmed my cold heart. Unfortunately I fear […]

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce makes grist for Hockey’s mill @e2mq173 comments

By Errol Brandt @e2mq173 The Abbott Government has finally found its cause célèbre, the platform from which to prosecute its case for industrial relations reform. The latest financial results from Qantas confirm that it is in serious trouble and that something must be done. The only question is what? The Abbott Government has refused to offer […]

Corporate assistance for the greedy, not the needy @e2mq173 comments

By Errol [email protected] From Left Field 31st January 2014 Prime Minster Tony Abbott has sealed the fate of fruit growers and processing workers in the Goulburn Valley region of northern Victoria, by refusing the company’s plea for $25 million in federal assistance. Deciding which industries to support is a difficult question for governments. When it comes […]

Has Abbott changed his mind on a Soviet-style media? @e2mq173 comments

By Errol [email protected] From Left Field 29th January 2014 Prime Minister Abbott seems to have changed his mind on Soviet-style media reforms. Despite criticising the proposed Gillard/Conroy media reforms of March 2013, Abbott now appears interested in additional regulation that would force the ABC to go a little easier on the government. In 2013, Abbott told […]

Abbott’s undeserving poor @e2mq173 comments

By Errol [email protected] From Left Field 27th January 2014 Tony Abbott appeals to the kind of voter who likes to believe in simple stereotypes and even simpler solutions. His attack on Australia’s welfare recipients is the latest version of a strain of conservative politics that relies on disparaging a set of people known as the ‘undeserving […]

Killing for conservation @e2mq173 comments

By Errol [email protected] From Left Field 27th January 2014 Shocking images, like the one above, are circulating again through social media. They are part of a grassroots campaign to draw attention to trophy hunting, the business of hunting African animals for sport. The image above is particularly powerful. It depicts a happy family crouched in front […]

Abbott’s slogans fail to inspire in Davos @e2mq173 comments

By Errol [email protected] From Left Field 25th January 2014 Tony Abbott took centre stage at the World Economic Forum this week in Davos, Switzerland. He was there to outline Australia’s vision for the presidency of the G20 and set the agenda for various G20 meetings and events during 2014, culminating with the Leaders’ summit on November […]

Muddying the waters between guardians and traders @margokingston1 reports

Intro by Errol [email protected] 10th January 2014 2014 will be a busy year for investment bankers in Australia. The Abbott government has approved an increase in private health cover premiums that is higher than inflation – an excellent indication that the government is fattening Medibank Private ahead of its sale later this year. But what happens next? Will the […]

Outing Aaron Schock – implications for Australia @e2mq173 comments

By Errol [email protected] Current affairs 8th January 2014 US congressman, Republican Aaron Schock, has apparently been ‘outed’ by a former CBS reporter.  The reporter seems to have done this because of Schock’s perfect voting record against LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) equality legislation. Those with connections to corridor gossip in Canberra will recognise the parallel with rumours […]