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Rise of the right: The death throes of neo-liberalism or a new age of regression?

April 7, 2017 - 08:28 -- Admin

By Charlie Stuart The first two decades of the twenty-first century have seen major changes in the way politics operates throughout the world. This is reflected in the ever-changing face of the media, and its growing influence in political matters. The rise of the conservative right has been monumental. Donald Trump, the president without precedent,…

Searching for affordable housing in Toowong, Brisbane

April 6, 2017 - 21:56 -- Admin

Denis Bright invites discussion on social impact of the attrition of affordable housing in the inner suburbs of metropolitan and regional centres. This local perspective is from Brisbane’s thriving inner western suburb of Toowong. Is the slowing local property market shaping a fairer Australia or promoting more economic apartheid in our cities? The inner western…

Positive response to “world’s biggest users of Ice” announcement

April 5, 2017 - 18:07 -- Admin

Anti-drugs campaigner Michael White has responded to this week’s breaking news that Australians proportionally use more “Ice” than any other country in the world. “Having been involved in making work sites drug-safe for the past 16 years this news did not come as a complete surprise to me, as I have seen all types of…

Scott Morrison And The New Improvement Pub Test

April 5, 2017 - 07:22 -- Admin

“If you go down to the pub and talk to small business people, they’re not talking about econometric models. The Government doesn’t need to be convinced about the need to give small and medium-sized businesses a tax cut.” Scott Morrison “Beer, Bazza?” “Thanks.” “Two beers, please… What ya reading?” “Oh, there’s this news thing where…

Day to Day Politics: The Trump report No12. A madman indeed.

April 5, 2017 - 06:11 -- Admin

Wednesday 5 April 2017 1 Arguably the worst decision ever undertaken by a politician in the history of the Western body politic is the one taken by the President of the United States called ”Energy Independence” executive order. It reverses the one President Obama put in place to combat climate change and help America meet…

The insidious takeover by the IPA

April 4, 2017 - 13:45 -- Admin

When Leigh Sales asked Malcolm Turnbull why Section 18C was getting more attention than things like “out of pocket medical expenses, the fact that suicide rate among teenage girls has gone up 45 per cent in the past year, the fact that the average Australian female worker loses nearly all of her take-home pay in…

Day to Day Politics: It’s class warfare, my class is winning, but they shouldn’t be.

April 4, 2017 - 06:07 -- Admin

Tuesday 4 April 2017 What follows are edited pieces from an interview between CNN’s Lou Dobbs and Warren Buffet in 2005. Please note the year. BUFFETT: I personally would increase the taxable base above the present $90,000. I pay very little in the way of Social Security taxes because I make a lot more than…