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Is Labor Green with envy? Labor’s unwarranted attack on the Australian Greens.

Labor has stooped to a staggering low. Yesterday they waged an unprecedented and unwarranted attack over a deal made between the Greens and the Liberals regarding big-business tax transparency. The Greens did what Labor wouldn’t do – they made a move against the elephant in the room and struck a deal to ensure that Australians will no longer be kept in the dark about multiple large companies’ tax avoidance. This didn’t sit well with Labor as illustrated by Labor Senator for NSW, Sam Dastyari’s temper tantrum in Parliament yesterday: 

 Watch the full video here.

According to Dastyari, Labor was content to drag out their “tax campaign” even longer than the two years that they’ve already let pass by. How much longer do they think they have? It seems as though they’re already assuming a loss at the next election and that negotiations with the Liberals would continue for months (or years). Not good enough, Labor, we need tax transparency now. Thanks to the Greens we now have that. If it’s not to the extent that is desired, that’s the price we pay for electing the Coalition. For Labor to want to drag this out further in the hope that they could change the stance of the Liberals is ludicrous. And even if they could make them budge slightly, how much longer would that take, and would the wait have been worth it? But this is all beside the point.

Not only did Labor stall on such an imperative deal, they also seized the opportunity to diminish the Greens’ reputation in an attempt to sway any left-leaning swing-voters away from the Greens. In doing so, they’ve created an unnecessary rivalry which only serves to help the Liberals win the next election.

Perhaps most disappointing was Penny Wong’s involvement. An admirable woman who seemed to be above the LNP-style slandering, Senator Wong has always been a sentimental favourite of many. But thanks to the grandstanding yesterday, along with that of the rest of their party, Senator Wong, and subsequently, the Labor Party, has lost my support, and that of so many others.  

 Watch the full video here.

The official Australian Labor Party Facebook page also got in on the action a few hours prior, urging followers to contact Senator Di Natale personally by publishing his direct phone number. This was accompanied by a mass-email from Shadow Minister Chris Bowen urging supporters to do the same. 

  
To add fuel to the fire, Labor Senator Sam Dastyari also posted a meme that was designed to emulate an official Greens image, even (perhaps illegally) using their official logo. 

 Read Dastyari’s post here. 

Above the Greens’ logo there is a portion of the original image, indicating that this rush-job absolutely was thieved by Labor. What’s even more dumbfounding is that this was not a rogue action on Dastyari’s part. This is actually a Labor-authorised image. 

 

While these actions beggar belief, the Greens hit back with a calm, considered response:  
 

And this morning the Young Greens made the point(s) that so many Greens supporters (and former Labor supporters) were making yesterday, all wrapped up in a handy meme:

 

Labor’s fault here is threefold: they delayed taking any genuine action on the issue of big-business tax transparency for over two years; they have been spending their entire Opposition term (virtually) in hiding, except when they emerged to vote WITH the Liberals on issues that their supporters begged them not to (eg. data retention); and finally, they took this one instance as their opportunity to begin a smear-campaign against the Greens, all while giving the LNP a free, unopposed ride throughout this entire term.

There are simply no words for how unethical, unbelievable and unnecessary this is. Labor has overstepped their bounds and for what? Perhaps they feel that the Greens are a gentler target than the Liberals and less likely to come back swinging. Or perhaps they’ve finally noticed that they’re losing supporters by siding with the Liberals on key issues, but instead of reconsidering their stance on said issues, Labor is attempting to deflect by drawing attention to the one time this entire term that the Greens have struck any sort of deal with the Liberals. No matter what the reason, Labor’s actions were completely uncalled for. 

These dirty Liberal tactics are best left to the smear campaign experts themselves – the Liberals. At the very least they should be aimed at the Liberal Party, not the closest thing that Labor has to an ally. 

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Con-artist or genuine animal activist? Jaylene Musgrave under fire.

Jaylene Musgrave (from Facebook).

Last night would have been confronting for high-profile animal activist, Jaylene Musgrave as she was asked to answer to some very genuine questions about her animal fundraising. A Facebook post from a keen-eyed member of an Australian Vegan group (of which Mulgrave is a member), began the speculation in which other responses seemed to support the suggestion that Musgrave’s fundraising practices are suspicious. 

Touting herself as a “vegan warrior”, Musgrave has a highly complimentary explanation of her work as an animal activist on her own website, veganwarriors.com.au Therein she names celebrities and others of note who are her “supporters”, including Joan Jett who is named as an “ambassador”. 

Given that Musgrave’s legitimacy is being marked by supposed celebrity endorsements, it’s no wonder that there are many animal activists questioning the true destination of raised funds. Musgrave does her ‘fundraising’ solely via Facebook and receives payments only by direct bank deposit, never by PayPal. It has been noted by many that the clothes, shoes, handbags, etc that she is advertising on her pages, Vegan Warriors – Jaylene Musgrave and Fundraising for Animals are being sourced directly from eBay and other discount websites, and being sold for up to ten times the cost. The photos being used on Musgrave’s pages have been lifted directly from the original stores, indicating that stock is possibly not even in Musgrave’s possession.
One rightfully confused buyer mentioned that she had just purchased an item from Musgrave for over $130, only to be told that she will “order them now” and it would take around 10 days to arrive. Taking all of this into account, it would seem that Musgrave is selling items that she has seen online, (using the photo that the original store has used), with a hefty mark-up. Without being sure, it seems that Musgrave is then ordering the product from the actual store (for a low cost) and having it posted directly to the buyer. The buyer then receives a low-quality item for a high cost with the remainder of the money going directly into Musgrave’s pocket.

 Left – the original eBay listing. Right – Musgrave’s Facebook post. 

This apparent scamming aside, the question now is, does that money then get passed on to an actual organisation or charity, or does it remain with Musgrave? As far as I can find, Musgrave has no listing as a business or charity, and no legitimate information as to where exactly the funds raised are going. In a generic message that Musgrave sends to new Facebook friends, she mentions that “all monies to A.R campaigning”. The problem is, A.R Campaigning doesn’t seem to actually exist, and if it does, I will gladly stand corrected.

 

 

At the very least, it is almost impossible for Musgrave to know whether or not her products are ethically-made, let alone vegan. By using her name and standing within the vegan community to sell what is essentially a mystery product in terms of production, Musgrave has betrayed her own values and those who have trusted her enough to buy from her. At the very worst, she has created a trusted persona amongst the animal activism community with the intention to dupe people into believing that they’re donating funds to the most vulnerable of creatures. If this is true, it is indeed a betrayal towards the animals that Musgrave purports to protect.

It would be wonderful to be proven wrong in this instance – I would love nothing more than to discover that this is simply a misunderstanding. It is highly doubtful, however, as Jaynele Musgrave has been asked numerous times and given ample opportunity to answer the one simple question: “where is the money really going?”

Activist Receives Personally Threatening Letter From Anon Australian Company

  

The group ‘Palm Oil Investigations‘ has begun a powerful movement against the use of palm oil due to its environmental impact. Palm oil is commonly found in consumables and is a prominent ingredient in many Australian products.

Leading a charge against un-certified palm oil on Australian shelves, POI has made a massive impact by educating Aussies as to both the consequences of the use of palm oil and the specific products in which palm oil can be found.
  
An example of the important work that POI does.

They also have plans to soon release an app that will allow users to scan a barcode or search a product to quickly and easily ascertain as to whether or not it contains palm oil. Apparently news of this app has at least one company feeling cornered to the point that they actually threatened the volunteers behind the POI group

The cowardly anonymous letter leaves little to the imagination:
  
  
While the police investigate, we should all do our part to stand up to this company and the industry itself by following and supporting the POI page here and by making use of the app when it becomes available. 

Flag Man – Australia’s First Superhero

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Australia’s first superhero,
that is what they see;
to me they simply can’t say no,
they follow me with glee!

I stand and speak so tall and proud
and tell them that they’re all wrong,
that terrorists are scary,
and that this battle will be long.

Terror serves a purpose,
between just you and me;
terror keeps them quiet
and my faults they cannot see.

This terror is a blessing,
it keeps my stuff-ups hidden;
and my MPs dare not mention them,
because frankly, it’s forbidden.

I take my most important lesson
from the U.S and dubya Bush,
to cloak myself in people’s fear
of a terroristic ambush.

I surround myself with Aussie flags
as captain of this team;
I save them from the baddies,
a better hero they could not dream.

Australia’s first superhero,
the title suits me well,
hopefully they don’t yet notice
that I’m dragging them all to Hell.
– LL

Glenn McGrath’s hunting disgrace

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I grew up in a cricket household and have always considered the phrase, “ooh ahh, Glenn McGrath” fondly. As with many Australians – and overseas cricket fans – I’ve followed (at least somewhat) McGrath throughout his triumph and tragedy. Any admiration I had for the sporting legend dissipated when I laid eyes on images of him and his kills.

There’s just nothing positive to say about a man (or woman) who feels the need to slaughter animals for fun. A ‘hobby’, a ‘sport’, a ‘skill’, you can dress it up as whatever you please but there’s no denying that a hunter without necessity is plainly a killer.

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The justifications for game-hunting are widely regarded as truth but are, in fact, myth. Check out: Trophy Hunting: How To Kill Like A Coward for more info. There is no benefit to game hunting as it serves only to line the pockets of those in the industry and fulfil the ego of those who partake. Unfortunately, McGrath is no different. Images have emerged in recent days that offer a brutal insight into his character.

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McGrath has a history of recreational hunting and boasts good standing with the SSAA (Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia). In an article on the SSAA website, the hunting experiences of not only Glenn McGrath, but also Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie are outlined.

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While the ethics of general hunting practices are often blurry, there is simply no justification for game-hunting. To see these spectacular wild animals destroyed for no good reason is heartbreaking. There’s nothing brave about a man with a gun.

UPDATE: Glenn McGrath regrets his actions and confirms that the photos are real. Posting on Twitter 8 minutes ago, McGrath sounds somewhat remorseful but still attempts to justify the kills. Do you think he is genuine in his remorse or regretful that the images have been spread?

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