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When People Break The Law…

June 26, 2014 - 19:30 -- Admin

Let’s take a look at Peter Greste for a second. He must have known that he was breaking the Egyptian law. Or at the very least, by working in a country which cooperated with the USA in the rendition of terror suspects and publishing things which the government didn’t like, he must have known that he was running the risk of a lengthy jail sentence.

Similarly, anyone who participates in a protest is running the risk of being jailed.


June 26, 2014 - 13:02 -- Admin

An award winning story

By John Lord
‘The red rose whispers of passion

And the white rose breaths of love

O, the red rose is a falcon
And the white rose is a dove’.

John Boyle O’Reilly

The Miser’s Apprentice

June 26, 2014 - 11:34 -- Admin

I recently came across an article from 2009 called The Howard impact which compares Australia’s performance against seventeen other advanced democracies including the United States, Canada, Japan and the countries of Western Europe.  Whilst I have no desire to live in the past, the facts from the Howard era are chillingly relevant as this government is driven by an even fiercer version of the same ideology that created

Galileo, Modern Monetary Theory and The Job Guarantee

June 25, 2014 - 17:42 -- Admin

If you lived around the time of Galileo, the argument that the Sun went around the Earth would make perfect sense.

After all, it appeared in the East in the morning, passed overhead in an arc during the day, and finally disappeared in the West in the evening, much like that of a wheel going around the axis of a hub.

The Moon also did this at night and why shouldn’t it?

The ABC of Bias

June 25, 2014 - 17:36 -- Admin

“Brooks found not guilty of
hacking charges”


Headline in “The Herald-Sun”

Ok, it seems to go like this. Private media companies are allowed to be biased because they’re private. Fair enough. But the ABC shouldn’t be biased because it’s taxpayer funded. And we know it is biased, because it doesn’t agree with the private media companies. Who we accept are allowed to be biased!

The Fairness Test

June 24, 2014 - 20:22 -- Admin

I recently wrote an open letter to Bill Shorten, expressing my dismay at three particular policy stances the Labor party has adopted – continuation of off-shore processing for asylum seekers, support for the school chaplaincy program and for Abbott’s Green Army. I wanted the party to show more leadership on such issues, and also to have a more consultative way of coming to important policy decisions.