The political economy of our census fiasco

The root cause for the dramatic failure of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) first online census is bipartisan Australian economic vandalism. What I mean is the pursuit by the major parties of economic policies that work to the detriment of the nation by serving foreign interests.

How that explains the cascade of technical failures which shut down the ABS census website requires taking a more strategic view of the fiasco than that offered by technology commentators.


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Shorten cannot win against Turnbull

How lack of political talent and the rise of hand-held online chatter levelled Australian politics, and exposes the Labor fraud under Shorten of presenting itself as a desirable alternative to the Coalition.


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Vertigo and nausea in Canberra


Whether Malcolm Turnbull will be a better Prime Minister for Australia than the outgoing Tony Abbott is highly questionable, given the constraints of Byzantine Coalition infighting and allegiances tied to murky patronage. But he is the worst sort of news for Bill Shorten’s Australian Labor Party.

Right now there is no one who more closely resembles Abbott in style and popularity than Shorten. The latter is secure only because he’s irrelevant; the Australian public is not focused on a potentially better leader of an opposition that is little more than a cut-rate Liberal party these days.

Why and how did Abbott become arguably Australia’s most despised and unpopular PM?

Within his own party he had long been known as an ‘attack dog’, apparently savouring his reputation as a rabid beast, and ruling his party like it was a street gang in which the most psychotic streetfighter is always the leader.

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Wrath of Trumpenstein


Freakshow carnival barker Donald Trump has no intention of running for the presidency, and has no chance of gaining the Republican nomination.

This far out, even seasoned commentators are loath to pick the pony, but when I try to filter out spectacle from some constants, I think Clinton probably has the best chance. Much though I would welcome a Sanders presidency, I doubt the Democrat party machine would allow that to happen. The Republican clowns opposing Clinton seem less likely than Mitt Romney to stand a chance against an experienced Machiavellian, particularly if she can avoid damaging revelations, and maintain tight discipline in her team of political operatives.

I like spectacle as much as the next guy. Some of the finest journalistic writing flows from big tent campaigns, which are in themselves creative of odd circumstances and revealing moments. However, these can only really occur if the candidates believe in something more than winning.

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The original sin doctrine


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A recent revival in the innate-bad-guy-white-male-privilege argument makes me roll my eyes and shake my head. The way you’d expect a middle aged white man to react. And yet my reasons are not those outlined in the naïve and under-educated essay that may have started all of this fatuous petulance: Peggy McIntosh’s 1988 essay ‘White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies’.

The project proposed in that paper couldn’t have been better organised if the Koch brothers had spent a billion dollars funding it: keeping the natural allies against a self-destructive plutocracy forever divided against themselves, thus maintaining exactly what McIntosh decried: white male privilege. But even then only as an élite white male privilege, with most of the people who identify with this broad-brush description gaining not much of the privilege, but plenty of motivation to stand with those who do when the alternative is being crudely dismissed as ‘sinful’ solely by dint of penis and pink skin. This is is no more complex an argument than the the ridiculous Christian original sin doctrine, re-packaged by some shallow thinkers as an intellectually void but inexplicably fashionably coprophilia: throwing shit at people to see how much of it sticks.

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NBN voodoo economics … again


Sane people can be forgiven for once more wondering what it will take before the Voodoo economics of Australian telecommunications is exorcised by state regulation to prohibit monstrous price gouging and unrestrained cartel behaviours.

In an interview with Fairfax Media, iiNet CEO David Buckingham speaks about the need for the NBN to reconfigure its pricing as a result of streaming TV demand as if it were a mystery that Australians have been subjected to extortionate internet data rates since that racket was sanctioned by the idiots in the federal parliament.

The proof of the pudding? Why else would iiNet and Optus be offering unlimited Netflix streaming as part of their ‘deals’. The entire argument about bandwidth-based charges collapses into the lie it has always been. Kudos for Netflix and other streaming services for being able to exert this kind of pressure after regulators have simply turned a blind eye.
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St Valentine’s Day Massacre!

Daily Bugle Newsflash: Don Aannastacio Palaszczukinelli made Capo de Tutti Capi following massacre of rival Newmanoli gang.


Clark Kent reporting in Brisbronx: Striking back after less than three years, the almost wiped out Palaszczukinelli Southside gang has sealed its revenge by forcing the mobster commission to hand over control of the state to its boss.

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Australia’s traitors: Champions of neo-fedualism

How analysts, commentators, and politicians are distorting Australia’s political landscape. A personal assessment of the battle for Australia as an independent nation rather than as a minor feudal colony of imperial powers.


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Right self destructs in Queensland election


The election outcome is not yet entirely certain, and much less certain even than it seemed last night, but it is clear the LNP was rejected in a historic reversal of fortunes after just three years.

What went wrong?

While I’d like to propose my own reasons for wanting to see the back of the Newman Queensland Government as the principal points of failure, that would be inaccurate. What brought the LNP undone was Clive Palmer. A feud to the right of the Labor Party.

All those who predicted that the Liberal National Party (LNP) would be returned with a slim margin were right when you look at historical trends and numbers. Precedent suggests that no party routed as decisively as the Australian Labor Party (ALP) was in 2012 could make it back in just one term.

But that’s if you only look at the numbers, and the substance of politics is assumed not to matter because it is assumed to be anodyne.

This has not been the case in recent years.

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