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Deflating democracy

December 7, 2018 - 17:22 -- Admin

By Henry Johnston  Earlier this week my neighbour asked, “Is America a democracy?” I replied, “America is a republic which aspires to democracy via its Constitution and Bill of Rights.” We continued our discussion from the perspective of white and non-white U.S. citizens, but our conversation eventually ended in stalemate. We agreed Shakespeare’s line, now…

The Security Derangement Complex: Technology Companies and Australia’s Anti-Encryption Law

December 7, 2018 - 12:10 -- Admin

Australia is being seen as a test case. How does a liberal democracy affirm the destruction of private, encrypted communications? In 2015, China demonstrated what could be done to technology companies, equipping other states with an inspiration: encryption keys, when required, could be surrendered to the authorities. It is worth remembering the feeble justification then,…

Comparative corruption and transparency

December 7, 2018 - 09:30 -- Admin

By John Haly  The media and public’s desire for a Federal anti-corruption body and the search for revealing transparency has met with a lagging response by the government. From the mantra of “on water matters” when resisting transparency around refugee issues to the failureto submit Peter Dutton to the High Court over his extraordinary profiting from the public purse, the…

To Hope or not to Hope.

December 6, 2018 - 19:46 -- Admin

To Hope or not to Hope. George Theodoridis   For a wedding gift, Zeus gave Pandora (Allgifts, in english) an urn which contained all the ills that face humanity. Sickness and death and pain and hate and suchlike destructive things. The urn, which was made of the same clay from which Pandora was made (there’s…

Five shades of faded blue

December 6, 2018 - 18:00 -- Admin

By Ad astra  How well the ancient Biblical words apply to the Coalition: ”How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle…thou wast slain in thine high places, and the weapons of war perished!” The true-blue Liberal flag, once graced with rich shades of competence, efficiency, endeavour, diligence and success, now flies tattered, limp…

The Bomb that Did Not Detonate: Julian Assange, Manafort and The Guardian

December 6, 2018 - 13:37 -- Admin

“This is going to be one of the most infamous news disasters since Stern published the ‘Hitler Diaries.’” (WikiLeaks, Twitter, Nov 27, 2018). Those at The Guardian certainly felt they were onto something. It would be a scoop that would have consequences on a range of fronts featuring President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul…

In Contempt of Parliament: The Legal Advice of Brexit

December 5, 2018 - 14:30 -- Admin

It is attrition, suffocation and contortion. While Theresa May’s Brexit program, weak, compromising and cobbled as it is, endures that bit longer, her opponents from within and without government have been essentially undercutting her on various fronts. Foppish and solutions-free Boris Johnson does so from the perspective that the May program as it has been…

Satanic Football Ban – Christian School Acts

December 5, 2018 - 13:50 -- Admin

By David Ayliffe  Children at a remote Victorian Christian School have been forbidden to watch, play or discuss football by the conservative Principal of the school, Phil Upright, who calls the game “Satanic”. Pastor Phil Upright, who leads the “Discriminate a right and a Privilege Independent Thinking Political Party” also heads Liberty Christian Church and is…