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What a ‘balls-up’ of a government

October 3, 2019 - 06:00 -- Admin

This is now my third post in a row in which I talk about the mistakes, bungles, stuff ups and what we Australians call ‘balls-ups’ of this government. You wouldn’t think a party, or more accurately a coalition, couldn’t continue in government for six years making so many errors, faults, blunders, slips, gaffes and an…

Medieval combat for ‘the Palace letters’ (part 11)

October 2, 2019 - 16:00 -- Admin

By Dr George Venturini   As we have said, it is clear that the Archives Act includes within its field of operation a record that is the property of a Commonwealth institution, relevantly the official establishment of the Governor-General. By analogy with Kline, we construe the legislation as not including as property of the Commonwealth what…

St. Vincent’s Catholic Orphanage: Criminal acts, sadism, and nightmares …

October 2, 2019 - 13:28 -- Admin

It is time to speak of terrible things. The Sisters of Mercy. The Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane. To date I have not accused either entity of direct personal responsibility for failing to protect me from the perpetration of a series of criminal acts upon my person. I do so now. Publicly, and without reserve. Gag…

Donation transparency

October 2, 2019 - 10:21 -- Admin

By Dr Martha Knox-Haly and John Haley. The Australian government’s increasing corruption is both measurable and comparable with other sovereign states. Trends in fluctuating Transparency International score for Australia in the last 25 years and international comparisons on political donations rules, are revelatory. In 2013, Australia was amongst the top 10 countries on the Transparency International…

New research puts Australia at forefront of blue carbon economy

October 2, 2019 - 09:00 -- Admin

Edith Cowan University Media Release In world-first research, Edith Cowan University researchers and an international team of collaborators have accurately quantified the amount of greenhouse gasses — or ‘blue carbon’ — being absorbed and emitted by Australian marine ecosystems. Published today in Nature Communications, the paper shows Australian seagrass, mangrove and salt marshes absorb 20…

Dangerous Detentions: Julian Assange and Remaining in Belmarsh

October 1, 2019 - 21:30 -- Admin

Much ink has been spilt in textbooks describing situations where autocratic states can behave badly. They abuse rights; they ignore international law and they ride roughshod over conventions. Liberal democracies may boast that they follow matters to the letter of the law, and make sure that citizens are given their fair and just cause in…

Sunny Days Ahead in China Beyond the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the PRC?

October 1, 2019 - 13:10 -- Admin

By Denis Bright   Most of China basks in perfectly warm weather for the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the PRC. It would be remiss of me not to make a comment on this occasion. I made a short visit to Guangzhou late 1974 which extended into the New Year. The Australian embassy in Beijing…

They’re only children

October 1, 2019 - 09:57 -- Admin

Malala Yousafzai was barely 11 years old when she began championing girls’ education, speaking out in TV interviews. The Taliban had overrun her home town of Mingora, terrorizing residents, threatening to blow up girls’ schools, ordering teachers and students into the all-encompassing burqas. Malala was only 15 when the Taliban shot her in the face.…

When Convenience Counts: Leaking, Whistleblowing and the Democrats

September 30, 2019 - 20:45 -- Admin

The entire Trump presidency has been a sequence of “watch this space” moments. Dismissals and political executions; attacks and distractions; gestures of deal making and promises of apocalypse. Perhaps it was high time for another bit of material to be added to this sprawling tapestry of mayhem. The elements seemed to form the basis of…

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