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Elite Atrocities: Australia’s Special Forces in Afghanistan

June 10, 2018 - 12:45 -- Admin

“Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going ‘up the Congo’.” (Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 9, 2018). They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors. Afghanistan, derided as a country of anarchic sensibilities, was never going to be a place…

The Food of Movement: Anthony Bourdain’s Universal Eater

June 9, 2018 - 17:01 -- Admin

Bruce Chatwin considered movement the indispensable feature of the human species. Sedentary natures killed through asphyxiation; a refusal to move suggested an acceptance of death. Walking he considered a virtue; tourism the ultimate sin. For the late Anthony Bourdain, a chef turned walker and explorer, no dish was odd enough or peculiar to be avoided…

Day to Day Politics: We badly need a change in government

June 9, 2018 - 06:00 -- Admin

Saturday 9 June 2018 We are in a post “World financial crisis” period where people have come to realise that it was greed and lack of regulation that caused years of suffering from recession, country to country. Australia didn’t suffer as much because our government with foresight acted quickly. Only today with recovery imminent do…

Two female NSW Ministers for Women oppose women’s health, safety and well-being

June 8, 2018 - 20:23 -- Admin

It says a great deal about our society and nothing much good, that women attending clinics and hospitals providing abortions are subject to harassment and intimidation by so-called “pro lifers,” to the degree that it has become necessary for the NSW parliament to pass legislation that criminalises such behaviour and threatens jail time for anyone apprehended…

Silk Road Solutions: Emergent Land Bridge from the Far East

June 8, 2018 - 11:06 -- Admin

By Denis Bright China’s Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI) are an unqualified plus for the global economy and improved living standards for more than half of humankind between the Far East, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Australia signed up to support the Asian Investment Infrastructure Bank (AIIB) despite pressure from the Obama…

Dazzled by Tech: Universities, Googlification and Microsoft

June 7, 2018 - 17:26 -- Admin

The mechanical, robotic striving of university politburos and their jack boot managers have always been interesting when it comes to one particular topic: the role of technology and its adoption. For it is in technology that the mediocre paper clip shuffler can claim to have achieved something – on someone else’s back, naturally. The shift…

We are mired in the gutter of character assassination for political purposes

June 7, 2018 - 13:32 -- Admin

The Coalition’s political strategy has been, for some time now, to attack individuals in relentless smear campaigns.  This does absolutely nothing to advance policy.  It does nothing to encourage debate, inform the electorate, or garner support for action.  It does nothing to improve the lives of Australians. Looking back over this century so far, it…

Malcolm Turnbull and ‘the $100 Billion Porker’

June 7, 2018 - 10:01 -- Admin

By Michael Griffin One would expect that the Treasurer of a nation entrusted with the duty of protecting a nation’s accounts and economy would be capable of performing the basic arithmetic involved in formulating a Credit/Debit balance sheet such as a national budget. When it comes to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s chosen Treasurer, Scott ‘the…