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How bad does the LNP have to get before people stop voting for them?

September 25, 2019 - 19:30 -- Admin

By Kathryn Is it possible we could ever have a worse government than the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison circus? Not to diminish the absolute mess the Howard/Costello government made of our economy when they recklessly threw away countless billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars on a vile illegal war (in Iraq) at the height of a mining boom, Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison…

Medieval combat for ‘the Palace letters’ (part 9)

September 25, 2019 - 16:00 -- Admin

By Dr George Venturini   A ‘Commonwealth record’ is defined as any record which is the property of the Commonwealth, but the term does not extend to such material in a collection maintained by the Australian War Memorial, the National Library of Australia or the Australian National Gallery. The Australian Archives will have the power to…

Railroaded by the Judges: Boris Johnson fails in the UK Supreme Court

September 25, 2019 - 15:30 -- Admin

It delighted Labour supporters and party apparatchiks who had been falling over each other in murderous ceremony at the party conference in Brighton: Prime Minister Boris Johnson would come to the unwitting rescue with his own version of a grand cock-up. This involved a now defeated attempt to circumvent parliamentary scrutiny and interference ahead of…

Domestic Politics Abroad in the Name of Official State Visits: Updating Australian Values on the Run at Partisan Events in the Trump Era

September 25, 2019 - 13:12 -- Admin

By Denis Bright   Endorsement of the moral purpose and manifest destiny of the Trump Administration throughout the Prime Minister’s tour of the USA is not in the long-term interests of Australia as a responsible middle power in global politics. Australia’s own moral commitment to action on climate change was conspicuously absent from Scott Morrison’s address…

Normal Intrusions: Globalising AI Surveillance

September 23, 2019 - 19:00 -- Admin

They all do it: corporations, regimes, authorities. They all have the same reasons: efficiency, serviceability, profitability, all under the umbrella term of “security”. Call it surveillance, or call it monitoring the global citizenry; it all comes down to the same thing. You are being watched for your own good, and such instances should be regarded…

The hazard of heedless politicians

September 23, 2019 - 17:01 -- Admin

By Ad astra   No, ‘heedless’ is not a misprint; nor should it have been ‘headless’, although some might prefer that descriptor with poultry overtones! ‘Heedless’ signifies an alarming propensity so many politicians exhibit – the capacity to ignore evidence that does not align with their entrenched beliefs, their unshakable ideological position. And it matters not…