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Day to Day Politics: Still struggling after four years.

August 18, 2017 - 06:00 -- Admin

Friday 18 August 2017 Our nation is paralysed with indecision, party infighting and calamitous leadership. The government has no eye to the future, no narrative to guide us through a complex, rapidly changing world. They, after four years in power seemingly are unable to make decisions because each one determines the future of our Prime…

Let’s talk about immigration

August 17, 2017 - 11:57 -- Admin

Whilst politics has always been an adversarial arena, the last decade has seen parliamentary debate sink to such a low level that they have become an impediment to rational thinking and progress.  As they battle each other for the funniest zinger or most cutting accusation, the country lumbers on with no direction. The reality show…

Dual citizen politicians: what to do?

August 17, 2017 - 09:41 -- Admin

It is evident that section 44 of the Australian Constitution causes considerable angst to elected representatives in the Commonwealth Parliament. Section 44 sets out who is capable of being “chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives”. It describes this eligibility in the form of who is not…

France En Marche: New Belle Époque for Responsible Middle Powers?

August 17, 2017 - 09:00 -- Admin

Denis Bright invites discussion on the ascendency of President Emanuel Macron as the final round in the 2017 election cycle approaches with half-senate election on 24 September 2017. Do the political events in France have implications for other responsible middle powers like Canada and Australia? Is the youthful President Macron now carrying a baton for…

Day to Day Politics: Please just go, Barnaby.

August 17, 2017 - 06:00 -- Admin

Thursday 17 August 2017 When The Australian publishes headlines like those listed below (all behind a paywall, sadly), you know you are in deep trouble. We are being governed by clowns but it’s no laughing matter. The Government has found itself in an agonizing muddle over Joyce’s actual citizenship status and sought to ensnare Australia’s trusted…

Manus death ‘cover up’ unacceptable

August 16, 2017 - 18:09 -- Admin

Media Release from the National Justice Project Manus death ‘cover up’ unacceptable – Bring the body here. The family of an Iranian asylum seeker found dead on Manus Island is demanding the Australian Government launch a vigorous and transparent investigation into his death. Hamed Shamshiripour’s body was found in bushland near the island’s Australian-run transit…

She is to blame for everything

August 16, 2017 - 13:23 -- Admin

By Melissa A. Frost I see myself as a bit of a social observer. I listen and watch: reading through reams of threads on Social Media, establishing the pulse of the populace. In the last couple of years I have noticed an alarmingly increasing trend of alienated baby boomer single mothers. It’s subtle. Lying between…

Kissinger gave ‘green light’ for the invasion of East Timor

August 16, 2017 - 12:00 -- Admin

By Dr George Venturini Heinz Alfred ‘Henry’ Kissinger obtained a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1954. His interest was on Castelreagh and Metternich – two empire builders. He devoted his life to sublimate them. In an incendiary, studiedly defamatory book the late Christopher Hitchens described him as “a mediocre and opportunist academic [intent on] becoming…