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It could have been removed, as talking of population has 'consequences' which some cannot accept.

Napthine could win support pushing for slower population growth (or none!), but he doesn't strike me as one who may have the courage to stand up against the Murdoch media and such interests. Considering that a loss is likely, he may as well go "all in".

Australian politics is way too conservative.

VICTORIA Police is invest­igating a decision to shoot dead four of its longest serving police horses. The four horses, Rubicon, Goldie, Mambo and Hear That Bell were destroyed with a single shot to the head on June 2 at the mounted branch property at ­Attwood. This is what they get for their long service to the Victorian Police - a bullet through the head!
The shootings have divided the mounted branch, one of Victoria Police’s most popular units whose horses lead the grand final, Melbourne Cup and Anzac Day parades as well as help keep order at street protests. They could have been rehomed, but the Police would rather the quick and easy way to end the lives of their former members, apparently! It's a fate shared by race horses, and those who no long bring profits and monetary.
The cruel irony is that the horses survived demonstrations, crowds and criminals, but they end up being "destroyed" by the very people who should be defending them! When it comes to Victoria's economy and values, there's very little left for those who don't work or contribute anymore, and horses, people are discarded as trash!

August 30, 2014: The world is facing one of the worst refugee crises in history - as conflict forces millions of people from their homelands. Most migrants are from Africa, risking their lives trying to get into Britain, and are causing major problems in many countries, including France.

Refugee crisis grips France as migrants flee wars and conflict

Somehow, the West is meant to voluntarily absorb the human overflow, from overpopulation and all the conflicts it causes?

According to UNHCR, there are 250,000 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, making them the largest refugee population in the country, followed by Somalis and Eritreans. Over the last seven months, nearly 15,000 Eritreans and more than 3,000 Somalis have also arrived in Ethiopia.

According to the Tunisian foreign ministry, Ras Jedir post receives between 5,000 and 6,000 refugees a day. "We just can't take in hundreds of thousands of refugees to be added to more than 2 million Libyans now living in Tunisia. Our economy can't bear more than that, and if our national interests require us to close the Libya border, we will close it," he said.

"We just can't take in hundreds of thousands of refugees to be added to more than 2 million Libyans now living in Tunisia. Our economy can't bear more than that, and if our national interests require us to close the Libya border, we will close it," he said.

An unprecedented three million people have fled the war in Syria, in what the UN is calling "the greatest humanitarian emergency of our era".

A further 6.5 million are internally displaced, which means over half of all Syrians have been forced out of their homes due to the conflict, according to the latest figures from the UN Refugee Agency.

Syrian refugee crisis: over three million forced to flee

The Italian navy is running to save asylum seekers from drowning on the dangerous voyage in open boats from North Africa to Italy. The Italian navy is actually increasing Italy’s problem as the first port of call for over half the undocumented immigrants entering the European Union. The migrants don't really want to stay in Italy, which is going through a prolonged economic crisis and has very high unemployment. They would rather move on to more prosperous EU countries further north.

National Wattle Day
1st September 2014
Native Australian Awards Announced
Wayne Kenneth Glew

Outstanding endeavours in support of Australia’s heritage of the
Common Law, and of the Australian Constitution.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Distinguished contribution to retaining local culture through the creation and
performance of traditional Aborigine, and Australian folk style music.

Dr Bob Birrell

Excellence in objective research into the extensive effects of
mass immigration to Australia.

Net overseas migration to Australia is forecast to reach 246,300 by the end of September, a rise of 4.5%, and will continue to increase until 2016. The extension of streamlined student visa will allow the processing to low-immigration-risk providers registered to deliver advanced diploma courses. The forecasts for the permanent entrant categories are given as 39,500 for skilled workers, 35,200 for family visas, 14,500 for humanitarian visas and other permanent visas at 4,800.
The need for skilled migration, on a background of high unemployment, can't be justified. Why do we need more immigration? The skills shortages reason is illogical and can't be supported. This is a no-brainer way of increasing the size of our economy, the GDP, without productivity or industries. It's more about promoting the housing industry, and expecting the public to pay the downstream costs of infrastructure, and increasing costs of living. There needs to be a public debate on immigration, and a target population size for Australia. With increasing global scarcities, food security issues and climate change, we should be aiming for sustainability and preparing for the future, not in the "growth" stage!

The Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party Senator Ricky Muir, made his debut in Question Time, 4th Sept, quizzing the government about its plans to deregulate university fees.

“Can you give an assurance to future university students that under your proposed reforms university will not become unaffordable to everyday Australians?” he asked Senator Marise Payne. Politicians, in their cotton-wool protected ivory towers, have lost touch with the public, any of the privileges they had when they were young, and the costs of living.

Universities are the backbone of our nation, and route to maintaining high levels of knowledge and skills. The business model they operate under now is one based on profits, mainly from overseas students. Staff are being sacked, and costs cut to maximise profits and streamline courses.

Muir didn't go to university, but he said "I want my children to have the option to go to university if that’s the path they choose. I’m very fortunate to be on a high income for the next six years that I’m in this chamber,” he said.

“I hope to be here for six years after that but who knows Mr President, I may end up back in the sawmill on a modest wage".

University is becoming elitist, for parents with high salaries. Politicians who attended university in the 1970s, '80s and early '90s mostly had small tutorial sizes. They didn't have tutorial classes of 30, as so many of today's students do.

Many politicians – such as Kevin Rudd and Abbott – benefited from a free university education, thanks to Gough Whitlam abolishing fees in 1974. The Hawke government re-introduced fees in 1989 through the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS).

SMH> Political class acts

New Colombo Plan
The New Colombo Plan was launched on 10 December 2013 by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP. It will encourage a genuine two-way flow of students with the region, increasing the number of Australian undergraduates heading to the region to complement the thousands of students from the region coming to Australia to study each year. There would have to be a huge number of Australians flowing OUT to match the numbers flowing into Australia!

Australian universities should primarily be for Australians, not as an export industry for profits.

This Sunday 7 September is National Threatened Species Day. This date was chosen in remembrance of the day the last Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger), Benjamin, died in Hobart Zoo in 1936. Australia has a tragic extinction rate and there are some species in real trouble like the Tasmanian devil, purebred dingo, Mountain pygmy possum and Southern Cassowary.
The Australian Government has deemed over 1,600 species and ecological communities threatened and many more are listed under state legislation. The current International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List records that 99 Australian animals are critically endangered — they have at least a 50% chance of extinction within 10 years. Species loss is undoubtedly one of the major biodiversity conservation issues affecting Australia.
There are currently 24 aquatic species listed as threatened in NSW from both our marine and freshwater environments.
Rights of Nature recognize the Earth and all its ecosystems as a living being with inalienable rights: to exist, to live free of cruel treatment, to maintain vital processes necessary for the harmonious balance that supports all life.
The rights of nature are now enshrined in two constitutions, those of Bolivia and Ecuador. Nature, or Pachamama – an indigenous word for all life, has been legally acknowledged as having rights by the Ecuadorian people in their new constitution. Ecuador is the first country to incorporate rights of nature in their constitution.
Bolivia has been pilloried by the US and Britain in the UN climate talks for demanding steep carbon emission cuts, will establish 11 new rights for nature. They include: the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.
Australia is one of the few mega-diverse "hot spots" on the planet, yet it's been treated as a blank canvas for commodities for mining, logging, agriculture and urbanisation. Australia is already in human overshoot with regards to fresh water, and local food supplies, and there's no population plan. It means that flora and fauna habitats will continue to be under pressure to supply economic benefits for an ever expanding population - and anthropocentric greed!

Australian researchers have shown that a book written – and written off – four decades ago accurately predicted where the world would be in terms of resource allocation and the environment. And that does not bode well for the future of humanity.

Researchers from the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) at the University of Melbourne used data from the last 40 years to compare to predictions made by the authors of the 1972 book “Limits to Growth.” They focused on what the original authors termed the “business-as-usual” (BAU) or “standard run” scenario, collating it to what has actually happened since the publication.

Limits to growth"—groundbreaking book plus 40 years

I have linked to an article on the Real Economics blog, which covers this article. For those who are interested in economics, in particular, a non neo-liberal view, I do recommend this blog.

Dennis, the corrected linked page above, is:

<strong><a href="">Limits to growth"&mdash;groundbreaking book plus 40 years</a></strong>

   - Ed

Animal abusers users are brazenly posting images of their shocking attacks on social media, with violence against animals rising dramatically in Victoria. The dystopia in Victoria is breaking up families, increasing crime rates, filling our prisons and the violence is spilling out to innocent and hapless animals! There is too much uncertainty in Victoria, poor politics, a weak economy and the constant stresses on families for the costs of living, unemployment, traffic gridlocks, homelessness, and fragmented families. Wildlife are being attacked, and no doubt pets are in the firing line too!
According to Ms Jalbert, of the RSPCA, there was nearly a 15 per cent increase in complaints reported to the RSPCA over the last year.
"We're getting complaints and videos of beatings and stabbings ... these are happening in Victoria," she said.
Our suburbs are changing, from close knit communities to transient residents living in towers and multi-unit apartments. Rapid population growth means anonymity, and stresses on existing amenities and infrastructure. The weakest link in the chain of abuse is the animals we share our lives with - animals - and sadists have easy access to defenceless animals.

3aw Blog: animal cruelty rising in Victoria

Animal welfare groups are furious federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is seeking to exempt Saudi Arabia from Australia's animal welfare laws, allowing live exports with the country to resume.
RSPCA Australia said it strongly urged Mr Joyce to change his mind, saying his planned move would endanger Australian animals. Animals Australia, RSPCA and Tasmanian Independent MP Andrew Wilkie have slammed the federal government’s reported moves. Saudi Arabia imported $811 million in agricultural commodities from Australia in 2012-13, mostly comprising barley, wheat, beef and sheep meat.
Saudi Arabia will not accept the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS), which places responsibility for the welfare of livestock on the exporter, right up to the point of slaughter. Without even minimal standards of "animal welfare" and accountability, we'll see horrific visions of undercover reports of barbarity and sadistic slow torture of hapless animals. This is un-consciousable and inexcusable. Money doesn't justify destroying or abandoning animals to grotesque treatment and deaths. Barnaby Joyce should be expelled as being irresponsible and contrary to the concerns of animal rights groups.

The Islamic State jihadist group claimed it executed British aid worker David Haines, in retaliation for British leader David Cameron entering a coalition with the United States against the militants. At the end of the video, another hostage was shown and the masked man said he would be killed if Cameron continues to support the fight against Islamic State.

David Haines, 44, is shown in the latest video reciting an Islamic State script.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "This is a despicable and appalling murder of an innocent aid worker. It is an act of pure evil. Obama is now calling for a coalition of Western and Middle Eastern countries to fight Islamic State and has said the U.S. intends to bomb Islamic State positions in Syria.

In 2003, ostensibly but misguidedly as part of his global war on terror, the younger Mr Bush invaded Iraq, rid the country of Saddam but then got bloodily stuck. Now Barack Obama, having extricated American forces in 2011, has announced a new campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the jihadists who burst out of Syria and reached the gates of Baghdad.

The US and supporting aligned countries have opened up a pandora's box of evil, greed and violence - the result of greed and deception in the first place!

Editorial comment: If we recall the staged terrorist attacks of 7/7 (see article by Tony Gosling1), 9/11, the 2002 Bali bombings, the 1967 USS Liberty incident, the staged attack on Basra by British SAS troops dressed as Arabs, etc, etc, it should be clear that much of what goes on in the world today is not what appears to be happening. A good article about the current conflict in Iraq and Syria, is Washington menaces America with its ISIS Creation (11/9/14) by Tony Cartalucci (aka Land Destroyer). This article explains as well as any other article I can recall the seemingly perplexing conflict which straddles the borders of Syria and Iraq. Please see also OPCW, Julie Bishop set up Syrian government for invasion by the United States? (14/9/14) by James Sinnamon. - Ed


1. Another article by Tony Gosling UK Labour's surrender monkeys dare not criticize Britain's conscript economy (16/8/13), first published on RT, has been republished on candobetter.

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