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Vacant claimants

December 4, 2021 - 17:53 -- Admin

By John Haly   Predictably the crises of climate change and the pandemic highlighted deficits in health services, markets, welfare and education. Both have accelerated a predictable economic recession.  To understand the early signs of an economic downturn, we need to go back to when politically acknowledged signs of a faltering economy appeared. The GDP downturn in the third…

Backing Horses: Australia’s Solomon Islands Intervention

December 4, 2021 - 14:30 -- Admin

The history of humanitarian or policing missions is a history of taking sides, disruptive partiality and the forfeiture of the very object powers claim when intervening in another country. Things become particularly absurd when the individual or government pleading for such help to an outside force is struggling to survive yet making grand statements about…

Political Fragmentation: The Challenges Posed by a Possible Lifeline for the Re-Election of the Federal LNP

December 4, 2021 - 13:30 -- Admin

By Denis Bright   At a time of internal chaos in the federal LNP Government, political fragmentation still offers a lifeline back to government by Scott Morrison or one of his successors if current polling levels continue to deteriorate in 2022. Beyond the more mainstream of the far-right minor parties with recent federal parliamentary representation, there…

Democracy: A work in progress

December 4, 2021 - 06:00 -- Admin

That the people of Australia have lost faith in our system of Government is unsurprising. To say that we are ambivalent about our politicians is an understatement, and we are now ashamed.    To say that our democracy has taken a beating from the hard-Right of Australian politics over the past decade is no exaggeration.   …

What privileged middle-aged white men call “woke identity politics” is what matters to everyone else

December 3, 2021 - 18:39 -- Admin

There is nothing more infuriating, and typical, than hearing the things you care about being dismissed by affluent white men in power as “woke identity politics”. The wonderful Uluru Statement from the Heart has been dismissed as such.  Instead of using this blueprint to move forward, the men run scared at this perceived assault on…

Scotty Morrison’s Economic Bounce From The Printing Of Booklets

December 2, 2021 - 14:28 -- Admin

Interviewer – Good morning, we’re joined today by Tor Kingpoints, the only person available owing to all Liberal MPs flitting between the various going away parties for outgoing MPs.  TK – Good morning. Interviewer – So what’s the mood in the party room like.  TK – From what I hear, it’s very positive. The government…

Where there are Tailings, No Grass Grows: Serbians Protest against Rio Tinto

December 2, 2021 - 13:37 -- Admin

Another fault line has opened in the mining wars. In Serbia, resistance is gathering steam against various deals made between Belgrade and companies that risk environmental degradation and lingering spoliation. In this regard, the globe’s second largest metals and mining corporation, features prominently. Rio Tinto, bruised in reputation but determined in business, finds itself in…

Forget sports rorts and car park malarkey – misuse of public money in Defence is staggering

December 2, 2021 - 10:39 -- Admin

Labor’s fear of getting wedged on national security has allowed Defence spending to skyrocket with little scrutiny and no opposition. Currently, the budget is planned to grow by a remarkable 87.4% over the coming decade – well above the election promise of 2% of GDP.  With $575 billion to spend over ten years, someone should…