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Andrew Bolt is a threat to our social cohesion

August 5, 2018 - 13:52 -- Admin

Conservatives in this country have made it impossible to have a sensible discussion about anything. Population is a topic we should be discussing.  Infrastructure planning depends on it.  Allocation of finite resources depends on it.  Town and environmental planning depend on it.  Education and training depend on it.  Health services depend on it. Immigration must…

Fought to the Table: Talks with the Taliban

August 4, 2018 - 14:00 -- Admin

“Attempting to control rural areas in Afghanistan always eventually ends up boiling down to personal survival” (Evan McAllister, former Marine staff sergeant, New York Times, July 28, 2018). It genuinely doesn’t matter how the security boffins within the Pentagon frame it: the Taliban have fought the United States, through sheer will of force and mania,…

A business as usual approach to climate change

August 4, 2018 - 13:31 -- Admin

By Keith Antonysen Previously, whenever climate scientists have talked about the ills created by climate change they have spoken about the end of the century as being a time when bigger tribulations can be expected such as sea level rise, acidification of Oceans, and higher temperatures. Unfortunately, the time scale has moved towards contemporary times. What has…

The need for a fairer voting reform

August 4, 2018 - 11:34 -- Admin

By Callen Sorensen Karklis Recently it occurred to me that I needed to update my enrolment details to vote as I’ve just recently moved for study purposes close to my University. The recent Super Saturday by-elections throughout the country reminded me of the need to vote come next year’s upcoming federal election. As many of you…

Thriving on Dark Web: The My Health Record and Data Insecurity

August 3, 2018 - 17:00 -- Admin

Data is rarely inert. It moves, finds itself diverting, adjusting and adapting to users and distributors. Ultimately, as unspectacular and banal as it might be, data sells, pushing the price in various markets whoever wishes to access it. Medical data, given its abundance, can do very nicely in such domains as the Dark Web. With…

Longman By-Election: Failed LNP Paradigms Revisited

August 3, 2018 - 14:21 -- Admin

The federal LNP certainly seized upon Longman as its best chance on Super Saturday. Cheered on by initially favourable opinion polls, Prime Minister Turnbull persisted with his enthusiasm for the LNP’s Tax Packages. Most of the tax redistribution favours privileged income earners, large corporations and banking institutions. Just a week out from Super Saturday, Brisbane’s…

The Death of the Investigative Journalist: Channel Nine’s Takeover of Fairfax

August 1, 2018 - 16:30 -- Admin

The Yes Minister series portraying the skulduggery of Whitehall during the Thatcher years throws up a salient reminder how certain things do not mix. Should the art portfolio be slotted alongside television? Probably not, but politics is politics. Civil servants will intrigue and seek to influence the minister of the day for their own advancement.…