Politics at its Best

Some really good things happen in the Australian Parliament at times.  But sadly they receive little media coverage, because the stories aren’t as immediately exciting as some of the more tawdry events.

For example, how many column-inches, how much air-time has been wasted on the “Ute-Gate” saga about fake emails, and prime-ministerial favours to political donors?

One story

Continue reading Politics at its Best

Melbourne City Council Censors Painting the Criticizes China

Ronald McDonald carries the Olympic Torch past a burning Monk, by Van Thanh Rudd.

The Melbourne City Council says it rejected this painting from an art exhibition because it “does not fit the brief”. The painting is by Van Thanh Rudd, nephew of PM Kevin Rudd.

I reckon the real reason is that the

Continue reading Melbourne City Council Censors Painting the Criticizes China

China’s “One Child” Policy

According to the Wall Street Journal The Chinese Government will keep its “One Child Policy” for at least another decade.

As a result, a generation of children is China is growing up with no brothers, sisters, aunts or uncles.

Anyone found breaking this law faces huge fines. Government workers can lose

Continue reading China’s “One Child” Policy

Labor Activists Still Facing Harsh Treatment

http://www.ir2008.org/

Yao Fuxin, 57, was involved in organizing workers in Liaoning to address corruption and other issues facing the local factories. A former employee at the Liaoyang Steel Rolling Factory, he is married with one daughter. In late March 2002, Yao Fuxin was secretly detained and formally charged with “gathering a crowd to

Continue reading Labor Activists Still Facing Harsh Treatment

China is Getting Ready

” In the name of ensuring stability and harmony in the country during the 2008 Olympic Games. The Chinese governement continues to detain and harass political activists, journalists, lawyers and human rights workers.”“China is Getting Ready” by “Amnesty International

Google – Friend of Chinese Opression

Google is complicit with the Chinese Government’s censorship of it’s citizens.

China and Google” by “Oyster

China: the world’s biggest prison for journalists and cyber-dissidents

“Beijing 2008” by “HerveParisFrance

McDonald’s – Beijing Olympic partners

If you’re wondering why most companie$ and countrie$ aren’t officially prote$ting the thuggery of the Chine$e Government, here’$ a $ubtle hint:“McDonald’s – Beijing Olympic partners” by “shalvas”

Beijing Olympics 2008

In the run up to the Beijing Olympics I’ll be posting some photos I’ve found around the net by other people which express my sentiments.

The Chinese Government’s treatment of dissidents is appalling.

They tolerate no disagreement.

They’ve erected a huge firewall to prevent their citizens from reading anything online that criticizes their government.

Chinese

Continue reading Beijing Olympics 2008

At Home At Last

Full marks to new Labor Immigration Minister, Chris Evans, for granting permanent residency to Robert Jovcic

Jovcic was a victim of the previous goverments heartless immigration policy, which left him homeless and sleeping on the steps of the Australian Embassy in Belgrade.

Minister Evans says that this was “one of a number of regrettable

Continue reading At Home At Last