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Border Paranoia in Fortress Australia

February 20, 2024 - 20:31 -- Admin

The imaginative faculties of standard Australian politicians retreat to some strange, deathly place on certain issues. In that wasteland, they are often unrecoverable. Like juveniles demanding instant reward, these representatives find complexity hideous, troubling, discomforting. Focus on the prospect of immediate electoral gain, the crude punch, the bruising, the hurt. That, in sum, is Canberra’s…

Rafah, Gaza: Urgent Statement from CEOs of Humanitarian and Human Rights Organisations

February 19, 2024 - 14:21 -- Admin

Oxfam Media Release We are appalled by the harrowing developments in Rafah, Gaza’s most populated area where 1.5 million people are sheltering as their last resort – over half a million of them children. If Israel launches its proposed ground offensive, thousands more civilians will be killed and the current trickle of humanitarian aid risks…

Joe Biden: The Damnation of Age

February 19, 2024 - 14:11 -- Admin

He was sweet and well meaning, but he was old. He was hazy. His memory was poor. Doddering, confused, the self-proclaimed leader of the Free World seemed ready to check into a retirement village. That, at least, is the thick insinuation of the Special Counsel’s report on President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents when…

Revealed: Properties in nature’s firing line

February 19, 2024 - 13:53 -- Admin

With Australians enduring intense climate-related disasters during the past five years, analysts and lawyers are warning that prospective homeowners and investors could be buying into a perfect storm.  Making buyers aware of the potential bushfire, flooding and coast erosion threats to property could be a compliance issue for governments, property lawyers, and the insurance industry.…

Outbound Train

February 19, 2024 - 12:54 -- Admin

By James Moore   “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy The water from atop the bridge was a cold and steely blue and even though I was barely an hour from home I felt as if I were abandoning all I had known. The emotional response was uncontrollable and I…

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Here Come the Steroid Games

February 17, 2024 - 11:27 -- Admin

To attribute weighty moral codes to athletes has always been a silly pastime of the judging classes and flesh admiring voyeurs. But sporting bodies, in a manner similar to the clergy, demand something called the level playing field. Fairness and fair play imply that sports people will follow various principles and rules in competition. They…

When Scott Morrison met Nemesis

February 16, 2024 - 11:19 -- Admin

There are few surprises regarding the final episode of Nemesis, the three-part account on how the Australian Liberal Party, in partnership with the dozy Nationals, psychotically and convulsively disembowelled themselves from the time Tony Abbott won office in 2013. Over the muddy gore and violence concluding the tenures of Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull, one plotter…