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Why Turnbull Has A Gas Problem And Why Vaccinations Are Not Safe!

March 9, 2017 - 21:34 -- Admin

Mm, it gets hard… I’ve spent several days trying to reconcile the idea that certain people can both admire a leader like Vlad Putin suggesting that Australia needs a leader like him, while arguing that any attempts to persuade people to vaccinate their children is an attempt to impose a dictatorship and we all should…

Rules are for poor people

March 9, 2017 - 15:38 -- Admin

In 2012, the OECD Anti-Bribery working group released a report saying they had “serious concerns that overall enforcement of the foreign bribery offence to date has been extremely low” in Australia. “Out of 28 foreign bribery referrals that have been received by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), 21 have been concluded without charges.  The Working…

Understanding Orwell: His teachings for a time of extremes

March 8, 2017 - 19:57 -- Admin

George Orwell and his dystopian novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four‘ have been widely discussed recently amidst the furore around the White House’s stream of dishonesty, but the conversation often misses the mark, writes Jake Watson, and at best undervalue Orwell’s still relevant political lessons. At worst, the far-right attempts to claim him for themselves; as seen in the…

Stranded RTO Students under Stress

March 8, 2017 - 19:39 -- Admin

Students are stranded as the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) fail rate leaves us in a stressful limbo. Add Australian Careers Institute to the list, otherwise known as Sage Institute (of Fitness, Childcare, Massage and Aged Care, among others). I am (or is that technically “was”) a student of Sage Institute of Fitness. As a student I…

How to deal with being raped: two incompatible points of view

March 7, 2017 - 22:47 -- Admin

On ABC Qanda last night, Icelandic writer Thordis Elva spoke about how she had, over a seventeen year period, communicated with and finally forgiven Australian Tom Stranger, who raped her when she was sixteen and he was eighteen. Stranger raped Elva as she lay literally paralytic from the effects of alcohol, in her own bed. He’d…

Stuart Robert, Paul Marks and buying influence

March 7, 2017 - 14:16 -- Admin

No doubt emboldened by the resurgence of Arthur “I don’t recall” Sinodinis, Stuart Robert is apparently lobbying Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to return him to the frontbench at the next significant reshuffle, likely by the end of the year. This has come about because the Queensland corruption watchdog has apparently found no evidence of wrongdoing…