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Extinction Rebellion: Leaving it to the Students

September 20, 2019 - 18:15 -- Admin

The protestor of school age sported a placard featuring a distorted caricature of Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison: “Scomo was liking it hot.” A glorious spring day, and a gathering was already fussing and buzzing outside the Victorian State Library and students were striking. The placard image was one that toasted both ways – looking…

August 2019 Unemployment Data: Looking Beyond the 5.3% Official Unemployment Rate

September 20, 2019 - 16:31 -- Admin

By Denis Bright   The latest August 2019 employment data shows the Australian labor market in a transitional stage. The federal treasury is awash with funds from the senate’s rejection of tax reductions for larger companies. Commodity export prices are largely buoyant. However, the federal LNP is firmly committed to delivery of a balanced budget for…

Frydenberg and Steel-Plated Boots

September 19, 2019 - 21:15 -- Admin

The final results are in for the fiscal year 2018/19. The government’s May Budget prediction of a $4 billion deficit has come in officially at a $641 million deficit. Well, ring the bells, set off the firecrackers, send a telegram to the Queen. We almost made it. It’s as near to a surplus as you…

Nuclear energy – no way

September 19, 2019 - 15:48 -- Admin

By RosemaryJ36   This report was posted on Facebook today, being an article about Nationals Senator Sam McMahon and her disdain for renewable energy. It included the following: “I call upon my colleagues in this government to join me in examining a variety of means of collection of massive quantities of water delivered by our monsoonal…

Prospects of Israel’s Return to the Political Centre

September 18, 2019 - 16:21 -- Admin

By Denis Bright Prospects of Israel’s Return to the Political Centre Under a Blue White Coalition Government Headed by Benny Gantz Despite the strong showing by Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White Party, conventional opinion in Israel just prior to polling day still favoured a continuing coalition between Likud and the far-right religious parties with…

Medieval combat for ‘the Palace letters’ (part 7)

September 18, 2019 - 16:00 -- Admin

By Dr George Venturini   On 17 March 2018 Professor Hocking issued a news release about Justice Griffiths’ 16 March decision in the Federal Court action ‘Jennifer Hocking v. Director-General, National Archives of Australia’, in favour of the National Archives. Justice Griffiths had ruled that the ‘Palace letters’ between the Queen and the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, at…