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Why should our politicians be the only people who are unaccountable?

December 12, 2018 - 12:55 -- Admin

Over the last couple of decades, organisations throughout society, whether they be charities, not-for-profits, unions, or corporate boards, have seen increasing requirements for more transparency and accountability The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was established in December 2012 to, in part, “maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the sector through increased…

Seventy Years of Aspiration: Rights Charters and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 11, 2018 - 19:37 -- Admin

It was a gathering of activists masquerading as deep thinkers. Ostensibly, it was to celebrate seven decades of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one devised in the aftermath of a traumatised world and easier to do so for that fact. But this gathering on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne which featured irritatingly optimistic speakers showed the lamentable…

My Land

December 10, 2018 - 20:06 -- Admin

By Khaled Elomar I reflect on my childhood in a war-torn country (Lebanon). The absence of hope, security and prosperity. The instability of rule and governance. The limited education that any child or adolescent is exposed to, if they are lucky to be exposed to any of it at all. Then I see where I am…

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Oh the irony

December 10, 2018 - 18:00 -- Admin

One of the production team behind The Political Sword regularly attends a trivia night at a local pub. Recently the host (who runs a company that hosts multiple trivia nights every night of the week — so he’s pretty good at finding obscure facts) made the claim that 49 percent of Australians are either immigrants or one/both…

A Climate of Opinion

December 10, 2018 - 14:39 -- Admin

By John Haly The battle for climate change mitigation is euphemistically referred to as a “debate” amidst ideologically restrained political advocates that still think there are legitimate oppositional interpretations about it, to respect. When opinions replace facts in a “post-truth” world, the result may be that confusion and ideology reign inappropriately in society. The increasing occurrence amidst western nations…

Border Protection Hypocrisy

December 10, 2018 - 09:51 -- Admin

Come by boat and you will be denied entry to Australia for ever, but if you come by plane, it’s okay. This is the bizarre outcome the ‘stop the boats’ policy has produced. People smugglers are alive and well, doing great business, after changing their business model to accommodate the government crackdown on asylum seekers…

Morrison’s Bluff

December 10, 2018 - 09:45 -- Admin

    Back in September 2014 a young man died in a Brisbane hospital after he had contracted a leg infection on Manus Island where he had been held in detention by Australian immigration authorities. Brisbane Coroner Mr Terry Ryan found his death followed a series of clinical errors and delays, including a lack of…

Our politics is not reality TV?

December 9, 2018 - 23:30 -- Admin

“Politics is not a reality television show,” scowls ScoMo, in a cameo piece to camera, Thursday, in the “most hysterical presser in our nation’s political history” according to Shadow Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus. Labor doesn’t help with its smart-arse stunt news conference late Thursday proposing to support the Coalition’s botched and dodgy encryption legislation unamended given…

The people have spoken

December 9, 2018 - 16:25 -- Admin

By Stephen Fitzgerald The rich get richer and the poor get poorer! With record corporate profits as wages stagnate and living standards for workers plummet this saying is starting to ring true. This is not just happening in France but, across the entire western world where right-wing political bodies govern on behalf of the financial…