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Life out of Balance

May 6, 2020 - 14:55 -- Admin

I recall 1982 as a confluence of firsts. As I began my thirty first year, life seemed as an endless sequence of possibilities, rolling toward a future gilded with boundless opportunity. The bitter years of the Fraser interregnum, triggered by the dismissal of Gough Whitlam rapidly gave way to Bob Hawke’s unstoppable rise. The scent…

Muting Justice: Rescheduling Julian Assange’s Hearing

May 6, 2020 - 13:20 -- Admin

“When we think of the repression of journalists, we automatically evoke foreign lands. We rarely, however, evoke or remember our own dissidents.” (Peter Oborne, Middle East Eye, May 5, 2020). It all spoke well of British justice, which meant poorly. As one correspondent from the Australian Associated Press put it in describing the latest case…

Dial M for Monster

May 5, 2020 - 11:46 -- Admin

By Kathryn   Murdoch cares nothing about Australia or Australians. It was Murdoch who tossed his Australian citizenship in the garbage all those years ago when he wanted to spread his tentacles throughout the USA and could not do so with dual citizenship! All Murdoch cares about is himself and the fascist, neoliberal agenda of his…

Greed isn’t good

May 4, 2020 - 18:00 -- Admin

By 2353NM   It seems Australia’s success so far in reducing the impacts of COVID-19 has a lot to do with the co-ordinated efforts of the various state governments and the federal government. Comparisons to other countries with similar qualities of life demonstrate Australians are experiencing less coronavirus-related illness and death. Certainly, the standard of our…

The Rohingya in Malaysia: Coronavirus and Alibis for Paranoia

May 4, 2020 - 14:15 -- Admin

Rounding up undocumented workers, migrant and refugees is part of a brutal order of things in Malaysia. When matters economic are going well, authorities turn the blindest of eyes. The money pours in; development goals are being met. During times of crisis, the eye sharpens in the search for scapegoats. With the enervating effects of…

We cannot afford to flout the grave risk posed by climate change and a government who wants to “do us slowly”

May 4, 2020 - 13:27 -- Admin

According to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, who, for some reason, have taken over from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment in reporting on Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, “The 2019-20 bushfires will have negligible impact on Australia’s progress towards its 2020 or 2030 target.” This is despite that same department…

The Mongrel that is Rupert Murdoch

May 3, 2020 - 06:00 -- Admin

In an effort to deflect some recent criticism from former Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull, and former Opposition Leader Bill Shorten about his media empire, while addressing News Corp’s December 2019 annual general meeting Rupert Murdoch assured all that: “There are no climate change deniers around I can assure you” after he was…

When you have lung disease the fear of going “back out there” is very, very real!

May 2, 2020 - 16:02 -- Admin

By Kerri    Feeling like I am radioactive but grateful for the reassurance of overt hygiene measures I place my mouth securely and airtight over the mouthpiece. The tests begin. Lung Function Tests involve breathing through the machine. In and out normally then deep breath in and rapid breath out to completely empty the lungs…