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Seeking the Post-Corona Sunshine: More Continuity for Post-Fitzgerald Electoral Reforms in Queensland?

September 26, 2020 - 14:56 -- Admin

By Denis Bright   Even Nostradamus himself might be hesitant about predicting the final outcomes of the Queensland state election on 31 October 2020. Opinion polls to date have been of scant assistance. This article can only promote discussion about some of the new variables in this year’s contest. These are strange times with lots of…

The ‘Panama Papers’ exposed the greed of the rich – and then nothing happened

September 26, 2020 - 10:30 -- Admin

By Paul Gregoire   The Panama Papers could have been a massive moment in history. However, the culture of tax havens, loopholes and our richest paying zero tax continues unabated. An Oxfam report released on January 20 revealed that last year 26 billionaires owned the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.8 billion people around the globe.…

Australia’s poor old women

September 25, 2020 - 20:00 -- Admin

By Jane Caro   Despite women facing the wage gap, eventual poverty and possible homelessness, the government is quite happy to blame us for our fate. As soon as the Federal Government understood that millions of Australians were likely to find themselves living on unemployment benefits for the foreseeable future, they realised just how politically untenable…

Assange’s Thirteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Mental Health, Managed Risk and Publication Chronologies

September 25, 2020 - 16:32 -- Admin

September 24. Central Criminal Court, London. The lion’s share of today’s Old Bailey proceedings in Julian Assange’s extradition trial was spent on battles over mental health and dire risk. The prosecution continued its attempt to minimise the dangers facing Assange were he to be extradited to the United States for 17 charges under the US…

Industrial relations reform talks breached again as deadline approaches

September 25, 2020 - 16:29 -- Admin

With less than a week to go in the scheduled agenda for the industrial relations reforms negotiations which have been ongoing since early June, Sally McManus – national secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) – has voiced her displeasure over an apparent breakdown in the talks which have been primarily featuring union…

The big lie

September 24, 2020 - 20:00 -- Admin

By Leonie Saunders   A little over two weeks have passed since I listened intently to the presenter of the ABC’s Statewide Drive program, Nicole Chvastek interview the owner of a popular Kyneton restaurant to get his opinion of the COVID-19 Roadmap aimed at taking Victoria out of lockdown that Premier Andrews announced the previous day.…

Assange’s Twelfth Day at the Old Bailey: Autism, Suicide and Prisons

September 24, 2020 - 18:00 -- Admin

September 23. Central Criminal Court, London. Following the script sheet of the previous day, the non sequitur, pop medical view of the prosecution was again in sharp evidence at the Old Bailey. In an effort to make the road for Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States for 17 charges under the US Espionage Act…