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The Aim Network 30 July 2014:
Media mogul Murdoch is buying a Conservative alternate universe
The Abbott Government is leading Australia down America’s path on a range of social and economic issues, and holding the reigns is Rupert Murdoch.
On Line Opinion 11 June 2014:
Democracy and diversity: media ownership in Australia
…… Rupert Murdoch, the founder and CEO of News Corp, used the media to sway” voters with headlines such as: “Australia needs Tony” and “Kick this Mob [Labor] Out”.
Link to related article from The Washington Post 30 July 2014:
The West must prepare for a wounded Putin to become even more aggressive
…… but his response to the [MH17] tragedy was to stonewall and deny responsibility even while escalating his weapons deliveries to the flailing insurgents.
THE DEVIL – SBS 4 JULY 2014
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has defended the Abbott government’s asylum seeker policy after the United Nations said it was “profoundly concerned” by reports on the treatment of Tamil asylum seekers.
THE ANGEL – UNITED NATIONDS SECURITY COUNCIL 22 JULY 2014
TRANSCRIPT – ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 2166 – FLIGHT MH17. Explanation of Vote by HE The Honourable Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia.
“…… We must have justice. We owe it to the victims and their families to determine what happened and who was responsible……”
Link to related article from The Age of 2 July 2014 by lawyer Julian Burnside:
Silence on missing asylum seeker boat a disgrace to the nation
“We are breaching our central obligation under the refugee convention” says lawyer Julian Burnside, after two boatloads of asylum seekers were allegedly screened and handed over to the Sri Lankan navy by Australia.
Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy
BBC article 17 April 2014 based on a recent study by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin I Page.
Link to The Huffington Post United Kingdom reporting on Rebekah Brooks’ acquittal (24 June 2014) :
Rebekah Brooks Not Guilty Of Phone Hacking Charges, Andy Coulson Guilty
Rebekah Brooks was overcome by emotion on hearing she had been acquitted on all charges in the phone hacking trial, as her former lover Andy Coulson was convicted.
Link to related article from The Sydney Morning Herald 6 May 2014:
Tony Abbott’s policy a failure as boats keep coming, says Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa
The turn-back of two groups of asylum seekers on Monday has put further strain on the Australia-Indonesia relationship after Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa launched another stinging criticism of the Abbott government’s boats policy.
Coverage by ABC News on 24 February 2014:
Candlelight vigils held for slain asylum seeker Reza Berati who died on Manus Island
[Contradicting an earlier statement] … Immigration Minister Scott Morrison released a statement saying that new information suggests the fatal head injury sustained by Mr Berati, along with much of the violence that night, occurred inside the detention centre’s perimeter.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young writing in The Age on 19 December 2014:
Agony of children treated worse than animals
Genuine refugees suffer on Nauru as the government works to break their spirits.
Backtrack to June 2012 ~ ABC News video of an emotional Hanson-Young wiping away tears in the Senate as she recounts the story of a young asylum seeker.
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