Royal con­fu­sion

Mercury (Hobart) - - YOUR TASMANIA - Peter Seek­ings Richmond

SO we don’t need a royal com­mis­sion into our greedy and po­lit­i­cally con­nected fi­nan­cial sec­tor but we do need a royal com­mis­sion into the unions. And we don’t need an au­dit into in­com­pe­tent par­lia­men­tar­i­ans who don’t even know if they hold dual cit­i­zen­ship but we do need a ridicu­lously ex­pen­sive and di­vi­sive postal plebiscite on same-sex mar­riage. And we won’t let peo­ple seek­ing refuge ac­tu­ally have refuge in New Zealand but we will lock them up in­def­i­nitely and deny them ba­sic hu­man rights, in­clud­ing the right to be heard, food, power and wa­ter, just in

In­vest in preven­tion

NINETY-NINE years ago on Novem­ber 11 at 11 o’clock, World War I ended. Some peo­ple hold a party, but many of us will stop and think, not only of those who died or were dam­aged in that un­nec­es­sary war, but the mil­lions who have died in World War II and wars since. We will be ask­ing what we can do to pre­vent war.

We are dis­gusted our Govern­ment is spend­ing bil­lions on weapons which can only be used in acts of ag­gres­sion. There

On pub­lic record

THANK you to the Tas­ma­ni­ans who ex­pressed their con­cern for the tragedy that is Manus. Know that even though suc­ces­sive Aus­tralian gov­ern­ments con­tinue the abom­inable treat­ment of these peo­ple, most of whom are known to be refugees, crit­i­cism from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is now on the pub­lic record. It is the ul­ti­mate black irony that Aus­tralia sought a seat on the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sion for Refugees. Prime Min­is­ter Turn­bull had the look of a guilty man as he re­fused the gen­er­ous of­fer of as­sis­tance from his New Zealand coun­ter­part.

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