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The spying on Timor-Leste case … et cetera (part 4)

November 20, 2019 - 16:00 -- Admin

By Dr George Venturini   In mid-July the Northern Territory Bar Association held its biennial conference in Dili. In attendance were also two distinguished speakers: the lawyers Christopher Ward and Bernard Collaery. Conference participants adopted resolutions calling on the Australian government “to give up its unlawful and unjust claim to a boundary north of the median…

Dropped Investigations: Julian Assange, Sex and Sweden

November 20, 2019 - 13:36 -- Admin

Sex, the late Gore Vidal astutely observed, is politics, and not merely from the vantage point of those who wish to police it. In the case of whistleblowers, claims of aberrant, unlawful sex serves the purpose of diminishing credibility, tarring and feathering the individual and furnishing a distraction. Forget what was disclosed; focus, instead, on…

Tony Abbott’s government was “remarkably underappreciated”, says Tony Abbott

November 20, 2019 - 06:00 -- Admin

That 1000 people would pay $1000 dollars each to attend a function to celebrate former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s 25 years in Australian politics astonished me. To find out that they had to turn many others away amazed me even more. Then to find out that most of the speakers reckoned he was underappreciated left…

Politicians aren’t experts – they should listen to people who are

November 19, 2019 - 12:55 -- Admin

Politicians love to tell us how hard they work.  The hours are horrendous.  The toll on the family is unbearable.  Oh, the pressure. Bollocks. These people do not have to have any qualifications.  They haven’t had to spend years studying, incurring a huge debt, to get the job.  They don’t have to reskill in their…

Letting the Side Down: Prince Andrew, the Royal Family and Jeffrey Epstein

November 18, 2019 - 15:02 -- Admin

The choking cloud of Jeffrey Epstein’s paedophilic legacy has been floating over the Atlantic for some time. It does its best (or worst) in matters of US and British celebrity, warts and all. It has not, for instance, exempted the British Royal Family, whose cupboard stocked with misbehaviours and raunchiness got just more crowded with…

Now is the time, Mr Morrison.

November 18, 2019 - 13:04 -- Admin

“In this bucket is my house”, Aaron Crowe tells other unquiet Australians rallying in Macquarie St, Sydney, Tuesday. He lifts an organic compost bin, a repurposed twenty gallon steel red drum with hand-made wooden lid, a homely relic of former peaceful, rural domesticity, now, destroyed forever, aloft. The 38 year-old-father tips a few charred, remnants…

Open Guidelines: The Foreign Interference Problem in Australian Universities

November 17, 2019 - 18:14 -- Admin

Education has always been a political matter, whatever the apolitical advocates of it think it is. In Australia, it has proven sectarian, ideological, and skewed, often on the issue of funding. At the schooling level, private institutions receive more worldly goods from the taxpayer than state institutions. It is an absurdity that has become commonplace…