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The three-ring Cirque du Scomo

November 26, 2018 - 10:14 -- Admin

Sometimes, interesting things go on in the background to the main ring event at Cirque du Scomo. The Herald Sun reported on the Senate committee looking into the AFP raid of a Home Affairs employee, over the Peter Dutton au pair leaks. The Australian Federal Police is facing the humiliation of being found in contempt…

Coming Up Against Yellow Vests: Emmanuel Macron’s Fuel Problem

November 25, 2018 - 10:57 -- Admin

Governments and ruling regimes tend to face revolution in the face of harsh hikes in prices. Margaret Thatcher’s rule in Britain was rocked by the poll tax. In France, the once enthusiastically embraced Emmanuel Macron has decided to leave the ground rich with challenges against his administration. The Yellow Vests, the gilet jaunes, have decided…

Libs out of touch – Victoria says a resounding NO to hatred and division

November 24, 2018 - 20:36 -- Admin

Early counting in Victoria shows a landslide to Labor in a total repudiation of Matthew Guy’s law and order platform which always felt uncomfortably like racial profiling. The highlighting of a crime by a Muslim individual and some poor behaviour by some teenagers from the Sudanese community was a tacky campaign that may have resonated…

Japan: a shining example

November 24, 2018 - 10:11 -- Admin

  Professor Bill Mitchell’s blog, dated 22 November 2018, “Japan still to slip in the sea under its central bank debt burden” gives MMT advocates all the ammunition they need to present a case for greater fiscal participation in the economy. It signals quite clearly that government spending, not monetary policy (RBA interest rate management),…

Bringing God and Finding Death: A Christian Missionary on North Sentinel Island

November 23, 2018 - 15:54 -- Admin

Curiosity for the undiscovered last tribe, that tantalising moment when eyes are cast upon the previously unseen, remains the anthropological Holy Grail. But to do so would lead to the natural consequences that come with contact and invasion: the foisting of an alien divinity upon others, most probably a monotheistic Sky God, whose grammatically challenged…

When it comes to energy policy, you can always rely on the Coalition for a slogan

November 22, 2018 - 20:05 -- Admin

Labor’s proposal to subsidise solar battery storage has been met with derision by the Minister for Bringing Down Energy Prices, Angus Taylor, who was quick to deliver his zinger – “Labor has gone from pink batts to pink batteries.” Good one Angus.  Except he probably should have checked Liberal Party press releases which show that…

Morrison’s mistakes multiply

November 22, 2018 - 17:00 -- Admin

By Ad astra We ought not to be surprised at the multiplicity of Scott Morrison’s mistakes, given the lack of preparation he has had for the role of prime minister. Prior to Malcolm Turnbull’s ouster, Morrison was Treasurer and before that, Minister for Immigration. He had never had responsibility for making the wide range of decisions…