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Power without glory

May 16, 2019 - 14:37 -- Admin

By RosemaryJ36 I was amazed today to discover that Rupert Murdoch is only 5 years older than I am! Nothing to do with age and everything to do with mental outlook. He is one of a group of wealthy individuals whose use of power has been incredibly damaging. Since the 1990s, if not earlier, the knowledge…

Me or us?

May 16, 2019 - 11:04 -- Admin

This election has boiled down to a question of who do you care about – me or us? People who like to call themselves self-funded retirees are insisting they should keep their government handout for excess franking credits – what was a tax offset to avoid double taxation has morphed into zero taxation from companies…

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Modern Merchants of Death: The NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights

May 15, 2019 - 19:25 -- Admin

Arms manufacturers of old, and many of the current stable, did not care much where their products went. The profit incentive often came before the patriotic one, and led to such dark suspicions as those voiced by the Nye Committee in the 1930s. Known formally as the Special Committee on Investigation of the Munitions Industry,…

What’s the story with Kathy Jackson?

May 15, 2019 - 10:44 -- Admin

In June 2015, the Health Services Union (HSU) sued Kathy Jackson over allegations she spent $660,000 of members’ funds on personal expenses while national secretary. Before the trial, the HSU sought an injunction freezing Ms Jackson’s assets and blocking the sale of her $1.3 million NSW property to her partner, vice president of the Fair…

John Lord’s Election Diary No. 15: What are we voting for? This might help!

May 15, 2019 - 06:00 -- Admin

Wednesday 15 May 2019 Sunday 12 May 2019 1 It has come to the point in this campaign where all that needs to be said, has been said. One side has presented a comprehensive well-presented package that encompasses policies that will change our society for the better, make it fairer, with built-in safeguards to protect…

Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff

May 14, 2019 - 21:11 -- Admin

Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger. Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is bound to be challenging. Otherwise, justified behaviour can be read as provocative; retaliatory moves duly…

He hit me first

May 14, 2019 - 20:16 -- Admin

By Ad Astra We all have memories of a child bawling its eyes out after being clobbered by another kid. We also have memories of the offender’s customary excuse: ‘He hit me first!’. We tend to label such behaviour as ‘kids stuff’. But how many of you expected grown-up politicians to ape them? Yet they…

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May 14, 2019 - 15:05 -- Admin

By RosemaryJ36 When Israel Folau was once more the subject of a report on the evening news, my first response was to start mentally composing a letter, cynically asking the reader to search the Old Testament prophets for predictions about cures for leprosy, invention of carts on wheels mysteriously moving without being pushed or pulled,…