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“What’s that thing, Malcolm?”

July 30, 2018 - 16:58 -- Admin

This satirical short story (or long joke) from Tony Andrews, depending on how you look at it, is still relevant even though the cast have changed portfolios since it was originally written, and one of the actors has left the stage. The lead character may soon join her.  Time and popularity are fleeting, but the…

Plans for Attack: US Plans for Striking Iran

July 30, 2018 - 13:07 -- Admin

The world of the terrifying hypothetical is programmatically standard in the Trump White House. Periods of tense calm are followed by careless flights of fury, digs and remonstrations. Mortal enemies become amenable comrades; reliable allies turn into irresponsible skinflints who ought to fork our more for their defence. For all that swirling chaos, the one…

Not so super Saturday for Turnbull but silencing of dissent a winner.

July 29, 2018 - 23:55 -- Admin

Love is in the air is on endless loop at PM’s eleven-week, five by-election, 500,000 voter dance marathon. It’s a bizarre, grotesque, contest as bone-weary MPs fight to stay upright to the end this week. Turnbull, meanwhile, flits among the “crucial” by-electorates of Braddon, Longman and Mayo, boosting morale. Spinning. Sloganeering. Grandstanding. It’s Mal’s take on…

The dearth of Australian journalism

July 29, 2018 - 17:15 -- Admin

By Henry Johnston ABCTV’s the Insiders broadcast 29/7/2018 the morning after Super Saturday demonstrated the parlous state of quality Australian journalism. After interrogating Liberal Minister for Defence Industry and Leader of the House Christopher Pyne, and Opposition Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek about the results of the previous night’s Super Saturday by-elections, host Barrie Cassidy introduced…

“Let’s agree to disagree …”

July 29, 2018 - 16:15 -- Admin

By Tony Andrews Words often spoken by those who, when countered with factual information, refuse to concede or even acknowledge the others person’s point of view. The Prime Minister blamed the opposition leader Bill Shorten for cuts to penalty rates. He’s the opposition leader, not the government. They allowed workers penalty rates to be cut,…

Pyne Tells Us That The Government Likes Wasting Money; Downer Tells Us That He Doesn’t Spread Hate

July 29, 2018 - 10:43 -- Admin

Sometime last night it became clear that the Government wasn’t going to win any of the seats, Christopher “The Fixer” Pyne began telling us that it was only to be expected. Governments never have swings toward them in by-elections, apparently. Why, there hasn’t been an occasion since 1920 of anyone doing that! Really, Labor shouldn’t…

Like Spoilt Little Brats

July 29, 2018 - 09:09 -- Admin

It was not paranoia, it was real. The past three weeks saw our supposed free press, our once proud doyens of truth and justice forsake their role and barrage us with a one-sided attack on Bill Shorten, in a manner not seen since their failed attempt to hang draw and quarter him during the Trade…