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Marketing 101

April 30, 2023 - 10:57 -- Admin

The federal government’s budget is due to be released on 9 May. Since assuming power in May 2022, the government released a budget in October that removed a lot of the excess and pandering to special interest groups that was inherent in the aptly abbreviated ATM (Abbott, Turnbull, Morrison) Coalition Government’s budgets of the previous…

Australia: Outsourced to the US Military Establishment

April 29, 2023 - 12:36 -- Admin

It’s a very funny thing. In the US, the provision of services in such industries as security and intelligence is outsourced in a sprawling complex of contractors and subcontractors. In Australia, the entire military and security establishment is outsourced to Washington’s former mandarins, many of them earning a pile in consultancy fees. This, perhaps, is…

In the Shadows of the Strategic Defence Review: Are Threats from Fear Itself and the Possibility of Global Recession More Imminent?

April 28, 2023 - 18:00 -- Admin

By Denis Bright   Is the perceived strategic danger from China comparable to the threat of fear itself and the possibilities of global recession arising from these fears? A global recession or serious economic slowdown would certainly change the orientation of container sea traffic by switching from long-standing and profitable business partnerships with China to the…

Weaponised Unreality

April 28, 2023 - 09:11 -- Admin

Australia’s Liberal politicians – and their media friends – need to be very careful. Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News has helped created such a crisis of trust in America that there is no way to contest the unreality in which its audience so stubbornly believes. Weaponised unreality is a term devised to capture the idea that…

Anxiety as Socialism: AI Moratorium Fantasies

April 27, 2023 - 14:55 -- Admin

Rumours and streaks of hysteria are running rife about what such artificial intelligence (AI) systems as ChatGPT are meant to do. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy recently showed himself to be ignorant with terror about the search bot created by OpenAI. “ChatGPT taught itself to do advanced chemistry. It wasn’t built into the model. Nobody programmed…

Politicians, advocates and prominent Australians call for JobSeeker increase in Federal Budget

April 26, 2023 - 15:15 -- Admin

ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Service) Media Release Politicians from across the aisle, academics, business leaders, community advocates and other prominent Australians have joined in a rare display of unity to urge the Prime Minister to implement the first priority recommendation of the Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee and deliver a substantial increase to JobSeeker and…

Labor Insiders Call to Raise the Rate

April 26, 2023 - 14:25 -- Admin

Media Release The powerful NSW Labor Administrative Committee will this week consider a motion to request the Federal Labor Government to raise the rate of Jobseeker. Chris Haviland, former Federal Labor MP and Administrative Committee member will move the motion, which asks the Government to increase Jobseeker in line with the recommendation of the Government’s…

Blood, Golf and Saudi Arabia: The LIV Tournament in Adelaide

April 25, 2023 - 13:45 -- Admin

The recently concluded LIV Tournament in Adelaide was a matter of bread, circuses and golf. It was something of a triumph for the chief sponsor: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and, more notably, the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Critics, and criticism about the regime and the blood-spattered House of Saud, were generally forgotten. This…