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A State of Failure

October 3, 2017 - 19:55 -- Admin

When John Howard made the statement: ”Most famously, in 1996 Howard wanted Australians to be comfortable in their own skins. When pressed aggressively by Four Corners reporter Liz Jackson about his ambitions for Australia in the year 2000, Howard simply said he wanted Australians to be “comfortable and relaxed” about their past, present and future.…

The jet-setting Steve Ciobo

October 3, 2017 - 17:27 -- Admin

If you were wondering why you haven’t seen Steven Ciobo, our Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, lately, it’s because he is rarely in the country.  For the first six months of the re-elected Turnbull government, Ciobo claimed almost $700,000 in expenses. His airfares alone are staggering. Nine days after the election, he headed off…

Fear boosts ratings

October 2, 2017 - 21:09 -- Admin

There are, and always will be, things we should be concerned about, things we should be working to improve, but they get lost in the political misinformation deliberately fed to us by a government that lacks any integrity, a government who chooses to confect crises and then boast about saving us from dangers that either…

British Labour’s National Investment Fund: Redefining Centre-Left Politics

October 2, 2017 - 20:05 -- Admin

Denis Bright invites discussion on Jeremy Corbyn’s National Investment Fund. Can it assist in revitalising the British economy and the finacial hub of the City of London? Is the future of Britain in better hands with the remnants of Thatcherism as claimed by Conservatives at their Annual Conference? Following Labour’s net gain of 30 seats…

Straw Dogs

October 2, 2017 - 15:14 -- Admin

Straw dogs were used as ceremonial objects in ancient China. In one translation Chapter 5 of the Tao Te Ching begins with the lines; “Heaven and Earth are heartless/treating creatures like straw dogs”. Su Zhe‘s commentary on this verse explains: “Heaven and Earth are not partial. They do not kill living things out of cruelty…

The Rule Book

October 2, 2017 - 11:30 -- Admin

By Kyran O’Dwyer If you are to believe the pollsters, politicians are not trusted. Various ‘ratings’ put the level of trust in the ‘profession’ at somewhere between 12 and 20%. Having never met anyone who trusted a politician, comment escapes me. It is of interest the occupation of ‘pollster’ is also distrusted. Yet we seem…

Turnbull’s fake gas crisis upstaged by Dutton’s real cruelty.

October 1, 2017 - 23:23 -- Admin

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” … “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”   Through The Looking Glass Thunderous applause reverberates up and down the nation this week as the High Court releases its reasons for allowing…

The ridiculous Murdoch press

October 1, 2017 - 15:04 -- Admin

In a perfect example of how ridiculous the Murdoch press is, Amy Harris reported in the Daily Telegraph that “RAINBOW flags and ‘yes’ or ‘no’ slogans have been banned from tonight’s rugby league Grand Final and will be seized by security officers making compulsory bag checks.” Read down a few paragraphs and Amy says “This…

An analysis of terrorism: The Turnbull government and political advantage of an ‘Existential Threat’ (Part 2)

October 1, 2017 - 15:00 -- Admin

By Dr Strobe Driver (Continued from Part One) Existentialism: applied to terrorism First and foremost it is important to observe several attacks which have been noted by commentators’ as being of an existential nature, and it is this labelling that continues to inform the threat level: the Bastille Day attack in Nice (14 July, 2016),…