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Scenario 1 in Indo Pacific Futures 2051: The Triumph of Shared Strategic Might

August 8, 2017 - 14:00 -- Admin

Introducing the Scenarios Denis Bright introduces three scenarios for the future of Australia’s international relations in 2051. It is the 150th Anniversary of Australian Federation but just another season in 60,000 plus years of Indigenous settlements. Pre-historic indigenous migrations and exploration of our northern coastlines by Makassan, Indo-Malaya and Chinese navigators had also long predated…

Democracy … So?

August 8, 2017 - 12:00 -- Admin

So, we’ve got democracy. OK, I can live with that. “Of, By and For the people” … sounds alright to me. And there’s the Westminster System of Parliament. That’s sweet; everything above board and regulated. And if not, we have that other essential arm of democratic governance, the Fourth Estate to fearlessly report and expose…

Turnbull Shows Everyone Who’s Boss!

August 8, 2017 - 08:18 -- Admin

Malcolm Turnbull called the Liberal Party back to Canberra a day early. There was to be an important meeting. Julie Bishop cut short her overseas trip because it was important to resolve this whole marriage equality thing. You know that thing that nobody cares about. I know this because various Coalition politicians keep telling us…

Bill’s ‘Class War’? ; Credlin must be Joking

August 8, 2017 - 07:00 -- Admin

“Bill’s low-rent class war” is scrawled across the pages of the “Herald-Sun” (6/7/17). Liberal operator and Opinion columnist Peta Credlin in full flight: defending the rights of the very rich against unconscionable calls to contribute to the common good. Defending the wealthy and corporations against the ungrateful masses – who in the face of a…

Day to Day Politics: Remember the IPA’s ‘Be like Gough: 75 radical ideas to transform Australia’?

August 8, 2017 - 06:00 -- Admin

Tuesday 8 August 2017. Public Apathy and 75 Ideas to Make You Shudder Since taking another look at the Institute of Public Affairs 2013 ’75 proposals’ for then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to radically change the culture and political landscape of Australia, I have wanted to revisit them. Mainly because the ideas they represent reinforce…

Inequality amblyopia

August 6, 2017 - 18:00 -- Admin

By Ad astra Inequality amblyopia is a condition affecting some conservatives, who simply cannot see inequality when looking directly at it. The facts and figures that convince objective observers that there is increasing inequality in our nation, are simply not visible to them. As in childhood amblyopia, or ‘lazy eye’ as it is called colloquially,…

Turnbull’s terror bust raises big questions over his government and his leadership.

August 6, 2017 - 17:11 -- Admin

Riotous splashes of daffodil – Petals on a wet, black bough, cheer a bleak Lakemba Street, in the flare of an OB TV van’s lighting, while the sounds of big diesel heaving and the grinding -peep-peep-peep of a garbage truck in reverse greet the nation Monday as it wakes to a motley squad of glum…