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Progressive - IT Pro - Murdoch Media Hater - Atheist DMs open for politics 🙂 My Tweets are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer.
3 Sep
@Peter_Fitz He sniped at Victoria whenever he could. He has given extra vaccines to NSW. His Government refused to give us support during lockdown and despite eventually caving, he increased the support when NSW went into lockdown. 1/2
@Peter_Fitz He lied about the ADF, which resulted in a partisan media campaign and last year's 2nd wave was a result of his refusal to set up purpose-built quarantine. His Government had no plan for aged care which led to 600+ deaths. 2/3
@Peter_Fitz As PM he said nothing when the media embarked on a security guard witch hunt, despite knowing that other states had used private security also, including the same company that Vic used. 3/4
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2 Sep
A cowardly and disgusting opinion piece from @TheAge that reminds us again how the media has made COVID so much more difficult to handle.

A THREAD ⬇️⬇️⬇️
#auspol #springst #ThisIsNotJournalism #CovidVic

The Age never praised the outcome. It's disingenuous and plain rude to write this paragraph now and admit that the lockdown last year paid off when The Age was critical of Daniel Andrews the entire time and made last year all that more difficult for all of us.
This was always the path to freedom. Not mentioning the botched vaccine rollout in this article proves @theage's bias. For The Age, the reason that we are still fighting COVID (botched vaccine rollout) doesn't matter because it gives them a chance to attack Dan Andrews.
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31 Aug
This is false @SenSHenderson.

The Coate Report does not make this finding.

If you're actually interested in educating yourself on this particular aspect of the Coate Report Senator Henderson, you can read section 9.5 Causation at law.
#auspol #CoateReport
The Coate Report was primarily focused on Hotel Quarantine and didn't particularly go into matters of Aged Care.

The term 'Aged Care' is only mentioned 9 times in the report.
The Aged Care Royal Commission revealed that the Federal Government did not have a plan for Aged Care.

The Aged Care Deaths were all in federally regulated and funded private aged care facilities NOT in state-run facilities, I think that makes the blame obvious @SenSHenderson.
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17 Jul
A breakdown of @JoshFrydenberg's opinion piece in the Herald Sun today. It's full of hypocrisy.

A thread. ⬇️⬇️⬇️
#auspol #KooyongVoices #VoteJoshOut

Naturally, this is the fault of @ScottMorrisonMP and his failure on vaccines and purpose-built quarantine.
Josh's article doesn't even mention the word vaccine.

I guess Josh knows there is no point in encouraging people to get vaccinated when you know there isn't enough supply.
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6 Jun
This article from @jamesmassola is absolute nonsense.

Apparently, Morrison is cool because he plays Pool with his Junior ministers and Albo isn't cool... because... well... Murdoch and Costello said he isn't.

A thread. ⬇️⬇️
#auspol #ThisisNotJournalism
Almost the entire first half of this article (about @AlboMP) is actually about Scott Morrison and how great he is.

The bar for greatness is low though - all you have to do is play Pool, have the media on your side and refuse to act on rape allegations, vaccines and quarantine.
So what you're saying @jamesmassola is that The Liberal Party have had leadership issues? Massive ones. 3 different Prime Ministers via spills - yet the media has not criticised them for it, despite hounding Labor for this before Abbott was elected.
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6 Jun
In this article, @rachelbaxendale uses photos obtained via unauthorised access to a fenced-off area so she can write a negative story on Hotel Quarantine.

I've spoken with a source from HQ to get the truth!

A thread ⬇️⬇️⬇️
#auspol #ThisisNotJournalism
We're also looking at @rachelbaxendale's follow up article after questioning @JamesMerlinoMP about her initial article at the presser.
#auspol #COVID19Vic #ThisisNotJournalism

Technically this is true. However, the full truth is that the bins are stored in a fenced-off area of the car park that is owned by the hotel. They are not in a section of the car park that is shared with residents, the material is stored in a separated, fenced-off section.
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9 May


Zach Hope and @Gay_Alcorn you must amend this article and apologise! @ABCmediawatch

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#auspol #springst #ThisisNotJournalism
The article looks at the strictness of lockdown measures across all countries via the Oxford COVID19 Government response tracker. Lockdown is measured via 9 ordinal scales with flags on those scales also. This is then calculated into a score out of 100.
The article correctly states that Australia reached a max total of 78 (78.24 to be precise) in February this year.

With 30 countries scoring higher than 95, clearly, Australia (and Vic) did not have the toughest lockdown, making this article rather pointless but whatever...
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8 May
Pathetic journalism from @michaelfowler08 and @sumeyyailanbey. An article criticising Victoria for having standby quarantine workers - ridiculous. A thread. ⬇️⬇️⬇️
#auspol #springst #ThisisNotJournalism
A loaded headline and opening paragraph that makes this all seem like some sort of scandal, when in fact it isn't. The article goes on to explain why these staff are still getting paid despite not working and the reasons make perfect sense.
.@theage was whinging about this last year also. It was poor journalism then and it's poor journalism now. When setting up hotel quarantine, you can't just contract a few hotels. You contract the hotels you need for capacity and then additional hotels in case problems arise.
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27 Apr
.@StevePriceMedia has used this article from September 2020 to back up his lies on @theprojecttv last night.

A thread ⬇️⬇️⬇️ break-down on the article and Steve's lies.
#auspol #springst #thisisnotjournalism #TheProjectTV

Steve's Tweeted today:

"As I said on The Project last night ADF support was offered to the Andrews Govt for quarantine from the start"

This is an entirely different argument from what he presented last night.

Support and Security are different and the Coate Report agrees.
Yesterday @StevePriceMedia was claiming that Vic didn't want the ADF to RUN quarantine. Support to Quarantine is different to RUNNING quarantine or providing SECURITY.

Steve knows he is wrong and now he is trying to change his argument from running quarantine to supporting it.
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26 Apr
I received this disgusting and transphobic flyer from the @ACLobby in my letterbox today. The scare tactics are only half-truths at best. A thread. ⬇️⬇️⬇️
#auspol #springst #LGBTQ
'Parents like you' only applies if you are a parent that is transphobic or homophobic and you try to suppress your child's sexual and/or gender identity.

For most parents, this doesn't apply. A good parent loves their child no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.
A good parent would seek medical advice on such a matter and as Attorney-General @JaclynSymes said during the debate on this bill:

"...nothing in this bill changes the advice, support and medical treatment that a qualified medical professional deems appropriate."
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25 Apr
Go and thumbs down and report this Sky News video for having a misleading headline.

Despite only interviewing 3 people, the title of the video claims that "most BLM protesters support street violence". This is clearly a lie.
#auspol #MurdochGutterMedia

To report, open the video, click the three dots above the describe button, click 'Report', select 'Spam or misleading', select 'Misleading text' and click 'Next' and then click 'Report.'

Don't forget to thumbs down the video also.
You can also type an explanation such as"The headline claims most BLM protesters support street violence despite only interviewing three people" or something like that.
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3 Apr
A thread on @vanOnselenP's article today that is insensitive and entirely absent of self-awareness.
#auspol #EnoughIsEnough #ThisisNotJournalism #MurdochRoyalCommission

Solutions have been put forward. @TamePunk has called for a national definition on consent, many have asked for consent training in schools and the Respect@Work report has sat with Porter for a year. Look at the thread below, there are many solutions.
'Her life and death are a tragedy. Especially for her family, who have expressed concerns that, perhaps due to mental illness that included a bipolar disorder, she may have imagined the rape'

You published that @vanOnselenP, you're part of the reason why women don't come forward
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20 Mar
A thread ⬇️⬇️⬇️ on the 55 recommendations of the Respect@Work report that @ScottMorrisonMP and his Government have ignored. #auspol #March4Justice #EnoughisEnough
The full report is titled Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces. Attorney-General @cporterwa received this report on the 29/01/20, over a year ago now. Yet he has done nothing with it.
In Commissioner @Kate_Jenkins_ forward, she reports that the Human Rights Commission has conducted for surveys since 2003. One in three people have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace over the past 5 years.
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24 Feb
A ridiculous article from @CMscreens. The MSM defence of Leigh Sales is becoming a bit concerning. A thread. ⬇️⬇️⬇️
#auspol #springst #abc730 #thisisnotjournalism #LeightheLiar
It's not complex at all. We want a host and program that is balanced. We want a program that holds the current Government to account, rather than the opposition. We want a program that presents corruption as a continued pattern with this Government rather than isolated events.
When Gladys lies to ICAC we don't want #abc730 to conclude she has done nothing wrong. We don't want a host that lies about being trapped in Victoria. We don't want Richard Colbeck given an interview with softball questions when he finally accepts an interview.
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21 Feb
An unusual situation article here from Nick Tabakoff. Terrible journalism, defending terrible journalism. A short thread. ⬇️⬇️⬇️ #auspol #LeightheLiar #thisisnotjournalism

Journalists hate Twitter because they can't control the right of reply and they can't silence criticism. Twitter users are entitled to 'pile-on' whoever they want, whether it be justified (as it was in this case) or not. Image
A stupid question that had already been asked by other journalists over the weekend. Sales received the same answer that Dan had given previously! Image
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7 Feb
Australians will be among the first in the world to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, if it proves successful, through an agreement between the Australian Government and UK-based drug company AstraZeneca. - Morrison Media Release 19/8/20. A thread on Vaccine Announcements! ⬇️⬇️#auspol
“The Oxford vaccine is one of the most advanced and promising in world, and under this deal we have secured early access for every Australian,” - @ScottMorrisonMP

Despite promises we would be 'among the first' and 'early access', not one Australian have received a vaccine!
Morrison's vaccine program is another case of announcements and re-announcements with no actual outcome for Australians. It's all smirk and mirrors. Photo ops and no follow ups. This thread will list every major Media Release / Announcement on the vaccine to Australians!
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5 Feb
1⃣ Both NSW and VIC used private security
2⃣ The ADF were never offered for security
3⃣ The majority of deaths were in private aged care
4⃣ The Aged Care RC and Senate Committee blames those deaths on the Federal Government ⬇️⬇️⬇️
#auspol #springst #DimTim #FACTS
5⃣ Businesses in other states are still on Jobkeeper
6⃣ The whole country had job loses
7⃣ The Coate Inquiry could not confirm that the ADF were offered for security
8⃣ The Coate Inquiry said that Private Security may still have been required even if the ADF were offered and used
9⃣ NSW used one of the same security companies as VIC
🔟Theviruss has broken out of HQ in several states including NSW
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5 Feb
Insulting, stupid, homophobic, biphobic or transphobic questions asked during the debate on the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 last night. Naturally with the member named and shamed. A thread! ⬇️⬇️⬇️ #auspol #springst #LGBTQ
"If, for example, somebody goes to them and
says, ‘I feel that I need a gender transition’, and the person says, ‘I don’t think that’s a very good idea’,
does that make them liable to be charged?" - Bernie Finn
.@JaclynSymes excellent answer "I assume you would be referring to seeking advice from a medical practitioner in relation to gender transition, and nothing in this bill changes the advice, support and medical treatment that a qualified medical professional deems appropriate."
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24 Jan
A thread on this opinion piece from @PeterLewisEMC, who is the Director of @CntrResponsTech which claims to be non-partisan and research driven. Unfortunately, this article and their ACCC submission suggests otherwise. #auspol #MurdochRoyalCommission #NMBC
The counter argument here is so obvious. The real threat to democracy in Australia is Mainstream Media. Specifically Rupert Murdoch / News Corp. One could argue that NOT having biased journalism easily accessible via Google would actually help democracy. #MurdochRoyalCommission
This is wrong. This legislation was not driven by the ACCC. The Government asked them to draft it. Yes, this is an opinion piece but the facts matter. You'd expect the Director of The Centre for Responsible Technology to be aware of this fact.
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23 Jan
A short thread on young Australians, their engagement in democracy and the hypocritical comments from Alan Tudge regarding students in politics. This thread is not an attack of @RurbsOz's article as I believe it is informative and well written. ⬇️#auspol

Naturally, I can't disagree with the results but I would point out a few things:
1) In my view the average adult doesn't know the basics of our democracy either. We know how to vote but many don't understand how the two chambers work, or what a double dissolution is.
2) I believe adults are more concerned with the impact of Government actions on their lives rather than the logistics of bill assent.
3) I believe students are the same. When it comes to politics they are more likely to care about climate change than how the Senate works.
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17 Jan
Why has Google removed Australian News from search results? What is the News Media Bargaining Code? A detailed thread ⬇️⬇️⬇️ #auspol #nmbc
Google has removed Australian News from search results in response to the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code, formerly known as the News Media Bargaining Code. This is to force social media companies into paying Australian news companies for their content.
Google's experiment is a clear warning or threat to the Australian Government and Independent Senators. Google has admitted to the change in search results and it is covered in this article here.
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