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Aussie Politics in 2022

May 14, 2020 - 17:54 -- Admin

As one speculates on the deteriorating trajectory of the Australian economy under the stranglehold of Covid-19, it’s not hard to see the gradual demise of the Morrison government as we limp toward 2022, despite the perception that they have managed the whole health crisis reasonably well. With an election not due until mid-2022, something Labor…

The Liabilities of History: The Dangers of Pandemic Compensation

May 14, 2020 - 14:34 -- Admin

Smug assertions of liability in history are often incautious things. They constitute a fruit salad mix: assertions of the wishful thinkers; hopes of the crazed; the quest of genuinely aggrieved generations who feel that wrongs need to be rectified (the Elgin Marbles and transatlantic slavery come to mind). Before you know it, the next historical…

Seeking That Post-COVID Sunshine: Treasurer Frydenberg’s Economic Statement

May 14, 2020 - 09:34 -- Admin

By Denis Bright   My Preface As a financial member of the MEAA, I am always on my best behaviour when interacting with representatives of the LNP at all levels. Occasionally, I have phoned Josh Frydenberg’s electorate office in the Melbourne electorate of Kooyong or to his staff members in Canberra. Despite the high profile of…

Greasing the Revolving Door: Palantir Recruits Down Under

May 13, 2020 - 12:01 -- Admin

When he announced at the end of April that he would be retiring, thereby vacating the federal seat of Eden-Monaro, the Australian Labor Party’s Mike Kelly welled up. He noted persistent “health issues” from his time in the service of the Australian Defence Forces, including a worsening osteoarthritic situation and deteriorating renal condition. He had…

Is this the end of the road?

May 13, 2020 - 07:00 -- Admin

If there is one thing – and only one thing – that we can take out of the LNP’s win in the 2019 election is that conservative governments are a boon for independent media sites. Particularly so in Australia, where the mainstream media becomes more and more the mouthpiece for the conservatives. That leaves the…

Patriotic Vaccines: The Divided Coronavirus Cause

May 11, 2020 - 14:17 -- Admin

When it comes to the politics of medicine and disease, the United States has always attempted to steal the limelight, while adding the now faded colouring of universal human welfare. In 1965, Washington pledged financial and technical support to the international effort to eradicate smallpox, though the initiative had initially been spurred by the Soviet…

Tim Wilson Makes His Bid For PM

May 10, 2020 - 16:10 -- Admin

“I want to go to shops!” “Sorry, Timmy, but Mr Andrews has said that we’re not allowed until this COVID-19 is under control.” “Pah, I don’t like that Mr Andrews. Who said that he could be boss?” “The voters of Victoria actually elected him.” “Silly voters. Well, I don’t like it and I’m going to…