Mr Howard’s new plan for NT indigenous communities, announced on Thursday, has overwhelmed other topics of debate on Australian political blogs. The question: has the PM finally summoned up the New Tampa his opponents have been expecting? tigtog thinks so, except that:
Unlike the total beat-up of Tampa, there is a genuine problem to be addressed with respect to sexual abuse, but Howard’s announced plans reek of the Something Approach:
Something Must Be Done.
This is Something We Could Do.
Let’s Do That Thing Then.
Neither Sarah nor Jeremy think doing something is doing enough. Ken Parish launched a scathing attack here at Troppo, focussing on the recklessness and impracticality of many of the proposed measures, rather than on the motives. Andrew Bartlett is pleased that at least the issue is getting priority, and gives support to Kevin Rudd’s bipartisan ‘war cabinet proposal’. Tim Dunlop will ‘judge the program on its results’. John Quiggin has a similar response, noting that enforcement measures are emphasised while there’s no mention of measures to create jobs. At LP, Gummo Trotsky supplies a handy set of links to relevant transcripts, while Mark Bahnisch provides a useful roundup of blog discussion.
Apart from a little updating, this shortish and under-personed Missing Link is the one that was meant to hit the stands on Friday. Contributers were Amanda Rose, Jason Soon and James Farrell
News and Politics Stuff
Indigenous matters dominated the agenda even before the PM’s announcement. Mark Bahnisch, for example, had reiterated his critique of Pearsonism, which he regards as an unfortunate source of legitimacy for the government’s punitive and tightfisted policies. He agrees with Gary Sauer-Thompson that, in Mark’s words ‘self determination has never really been tried’.
Around the same time, the verdict in the Mulrunji case came in. John Quiggin does not criticise the finding that Sergeant Hurley is
innocent not guilty, but observes that nonetheless the case is not over. He lists the flaws that the case exposes in indegenous policies and procedures at every level.
Other matters in the domestic political arena:
Andrew Bartlett informs us that the Treaties Committee has just tabled a report. He explains why he dissented from the main recommendation, to sign new treaty with Indonesia. He dissented from that pay rise too, as does Tim Dunlop.
Elsewhere Tim wonders what’s going on in the head of BCA Chair Michael Cheney when he insists that the anti-anti-WorkChoices advertising should not be political.
Tim Blair covers the brouhaha over the knighting of Salman Rushdie, pointing to two very different and interesting responses, one from a very scared Brit and one from a moderate Muslim. He also continues his feud with the people at MediaWatch. Meanwhile, Steve Edwards’ take on the Pakistani response to the Rushdie knighthood is here. Steve is back in full polemical force and plays a tit for tat game:
The Australian government (ideally the EU, although despite its official "secularism" there has scarcely been a regime more likely to cringe at the first sign of religious hectoring) should grant a full legal amnesty to anyone who assassinates a high-ranking official (such as a minister, chief of police, head of the clerical council, etc) in any foreign government that is demonstrably a theocracy; i.e. any regime under which it is illegal (particularly on pain of death) to renounce a superstition, denounce it, or adopt another. We could eventually expand this amnesty to assailants of prominent clerics, academics and journalists who merely support state-sponsored murderous aggression against "blasphemers" and "apostates".
Andrew Landeryou has a nuanced post on China and the broader question of trading with countries with poor human rights records.
The ALS blog is running a poll on which is the worst tax?. The accompanying blogpost has already spurred some interesting discussion.
Life and Other Serious Stuff
Dreadnought is skeptical of polls on attitudes towards gay marriage.
As experts scrutinize the rival broadband proposals, Robert Merkel time-travels to the ’90s to discover how we got into this mess in the first place.
Laura complained to the Advertising Standards Board about the Nando’s advertisement with the pole dancer. They dismissed it, and her discussion of the case is fascinating.
Shaun Cronin reports on the latest tragic instance of Aussie brain drain: those cursed Americans have gone and poached one of our best and brightest creationists. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Tim Lambert catches out Miranda Devine maligning good ‘good Aussie toilets’. Paul Norton uncovers a bipartisan conspiracy to misrepresent the Catholic Church as uniformly reactionary on social issues and the environment.
Apropos of the Melbourne shootings, Pavlov’s Cat wonders how we arrived at ‘gunman’ as the consensus term for perpetrators of such crimes.
Sarah drags herself to the keyboard to condemn infant formula companies for the further decline of breastfeeding in developing countries.
Readers who know what a macro is (in this context, something like a caption, but apparently not exactly a caption) might like to join in Lauredhel’s Tony Abbott Macro Challenge.
John Quiggin is raising money again for charity, and urges you to get in before the end of the tax year. Troppodillians echo Kim and Helen in congratulating John on the fifth anniversary of his site, a mainstay of Australian blogdom.
TimT, guest posting at Sarsaparilla, on Australian childhood classics.
A review of The Burlesque House in Melbourne at The Morning After.
Death watch for Mick Molloy’s The Nation continues, re:soundings diagnoses the problems.
A lot of artistic and desgin effort goes into video games these days, The Dust Forms Words loves Okami: "The hand of the artist is visible in each and every image on screen."
Want to know all about Mark Philippoussis’ reality dating show Age of Love but can’t (or don’t want to) watch it yourself, I have done the dirty work for you.