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Weird scenes inside the Abbott mind

May 4, 2017 - 08:40 -- Admin

I didn’t think it was possible but Tony Abbott is getting worse. He is now claiming that a “cultural cowardice” at the heart of public institutions such as the ABC and the public service has caused people to abandon the major parties and mainstream political leaders have failed to promote the “virtues and benefits” of…

A Different Strike Story

May 3, 2017 - 21:12 -- Admin

Since I’m currently researching trade union narratives, you can imagine my ears pricked up when I heard the news today that Fairfax journalists were again going on strike. This time the strike is for a week, in protest against more staff cuts, and will likely mean it is pens down for reporting the 2017 budget.…

The Race Towards Feudalism

May 3, 2017 - 20:13 -- Admin

By Christian Marx The ultimate conservative manifesto has always been to make the rich, wealthier. This can only come at the expense of weakening the middle class and attacking social services. The extreme side of the conservative party (in Australia at least) is run by the hard-right crypto Fascists. This rag tag bunch of psychopaths…

Managing Substance Abuse in Australia

May 3, 2017 - 10:00 -- Admin

Denis Bright continues the discussion on the challenges posed by substance abuse in Australia. Should the focus of responsible campaigns continue to be on law enforcement and education programmes to control illicit drug use? As in other consumer societies, substance abuse in Australia is a mainstream activity. Excessive use of tobacco, alcohol, patent and alternative…

Gonski 0.5

May 3, 2017 - 09:27 -- Admin

As the details of Malcolm Turnbull’s “new” announcement to “stop the arguments” about school funding emerge, it is worth revisiting how we got into this position. On August 29, days before the 2013 election, Christopher Pyne said ”you can vote Liberal or Labor and you’ll get exactly the same amount of funding for your school”. By…

Next Week’s News

May 3, 2017 - 09:23 -- Admin

Today I didn’t have my iPad at breakfast, so I didn’t get the chance to read the daily paper. Instead, I continued reading a very interesting non-fiction book and started to think more generally about the world rather than catch up on the immediate events of the day. And then I started to think about…

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Australia and North Korea: Time to grow up before we get burnt.

May 2, 2017 - 13:16 -- Admin

By Christopher Kennedy Caught in a strategic hub between China and Japan, North Korea has always been a place of conflict. If the Chinese or the Mongols we’re not invading the Japanese were having a go. Australia, instead of being a diplomatic hub between Chinese and American interests in this present Korean conflict, for various…