Author Archives: Peter Menadue

GILES PARKINSON. Coalition signs off with a budget tailored for climate denial (RenewEconomy, 2.4.19)

The federal Coalition government has delivered its last budget before the May poll, and pretty much finished the way it started in government nearly six years ago: Long term climate and clean energy policies and technologies are ignored, and the … Continue reading

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BRUCE THOM.  Climate change adaption: perspectives from Canada and England

Australia can learn lessons from other countries who take very seriously the importance of addressing now the various complex challenges of climate change impacts on environmental assets and the lifestyles and livelihoods of citizens. We have no national plan to … Continue reading

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MUNGO MACCALLUM. Drunken braggarts get stung.

Let’s be clear about the Al Jazeera sting against One Nation: the drunken braggarts who fell for it deserved all they got and more.

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MARGARET REYNOLDS.  New opportunity for Code of  Race Ethics supported by 54% of the Australian Parliament in 1998.

Senator Penny Wong considers today’s politicians  have failed to isolate  the extremism of One Nation as effectively as in the 1990s.

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ANDREW JAKUBOWICZ. Why Australia is the best place to be an online racist.

When no name pulled the trigger over one hundred times as he sluiced his way through the congregations at two Christchurch mosques, nothing he did was new. It was bigger, perhaps more “successful”, and maybe better planned than his role … Continue reading

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WANNING SUN. Chinese social media platform WeChat could be a key battleground in the federal election (The Conversation, 28 March 2019)

Labor leader Michael Daley’s “young Asians with PhDs taking our jobs” blunder cost him dearly in the recent NSW state election. His defeat also offered a taste of the crucial role the Chinese social networking platform WeChat could play in … Continue reading

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ABUL RIZVI: Migration confusion again (Part 2)

Judith Sloan writing in The Australian (We’re the big losers in this immigration numbers game) has called on the Morrison Government to do much more to drive down immigration, not just the migration program which is measured in terms of … Continue reading

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VACY VLAZNA. Christchurch, Nobel and the Aussie Comatose Conscience

The Christchurch tragedy has exposed the Canberra virus that haemorrhages hypocrisy, racism, lies, scaremongering and heartlessness infecting the Australian psyche.

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JOO-CHEON THAM. We’ve let wage exploitation become the default experience of migrant workers (The Conversation, 21.03.18)

Australia’s Fairwork Commission has so far this year examined more than a dozen cases of wage theft. Those cases involve hundreds of workers and millions of dollars in underpayments. And it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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ABUL RIZVI: Migration confusion again (Part 1)

Judith Sloan writing in The Australian (We’re the big losers in this immigration numbers game) has called on the Morrison Government to do much more to drive down immigration, not just the migration program which is measured in terms of … Continue reading

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MUNGO MACCALLUM.  Morrison has something to clap about.

Scott Morrison would have been happier and clappier than usual when he went to his Horizon Pentecostalist Church last Sunday.

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ALEX MITCHELL. Does this ring a Bell? (Justinian 21 March 2019)

The backstory of Justice Andrew (Taco) Bell’s role in helping Schmo Morrison grab the seat of Cook … Wheels within wheels … Memories of the Cook preselection rort … The PM’s Muslim baiting goes back to the beginnings of time … Continue reading

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ANTHONY PUN. Chinese Australian votes and the 2019 NSW State Election

This article promotes the theory that there is an effective Chinese Australian vote that can change political outcome of a seat if the ingredients viz. issues affecting Chinese Australians, high percentage of Chinese Australian voters and a marginal seat.  This … Continue reading

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MUNGO MACCALLUM.  The Right get back to dog-whistling.

It didn’t take long for the cultural warriors of the right to revert to form.

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LAURA TINGLE. Scott Morrison said all the right things after Christchurch attack, but his history tells another story (ABC News 22.03.19)

New Zealand artist Ruby Jones shared a simple drawing online last week after the massacre in Christchurch. It depicts a Muslim woman being embraced by another woman in grief . “This is your home and you should have been safe here”, … Continue reading

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JUDITH BETTS. Dutton, the media and framing Lebanese migration as Fraser’s ‘mistake’

Events in Christchurch have prompted a long-overdue examination of our own tolerance of the dog whistling and hate speech our politicians and the right-wing media have engaged in for years now.  But research conducted by a colleague, Dr Mehal Krayem, … Continue reading

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MAX HAYTON. Jacinda Ardern leads a nation in grief.

Under a remarkable young woman New Zealand is discovering deep resources of kindness and compassion. In the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre people touched by the tragedy built mountains of flowers and in their thousands attended rallies in support of … Continue reading

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CLIVE KESSLER.  Daley’s Asian blunder … And beyond

 Yes, Michael Daley’s Asian blunder was a bad choice of words —— and more. But when we have finished fulminating about his “racism”, consider this. What he is talking about to people in “the stressed and stalled lower middle” of Australian society … Continue reading

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STEPHANIE DOWRICK. We owe the dead and grieving insight and action as well as unlimited sorrow

The first response of most to the catastrophic tragedy in Christchurch is unlimited sorrow for all those directly and indirectly affected, but most especially for those whose lives have been ended or shattered. “Noor” means light in Arabic. Most of … Continue reading

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GWYNNE DYER. New Zealand vs. Australia: Terrorism and the difference (Japan Times 19.03.19)

LONDON – Extreme right-wing terrorism, mostly of the “white nationalist” variety, is becoming as big a problem as Islamist terrorism in many places. That’s certainly the case in the United States, where the U.S. Government Accounting Office calculated last year … Continue reading

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MUNGO MACCALLUM.  The mob will always work you out.

It is not clear who said it first, but it quickly became a catchcry of the long-lived government of Bob Hawke: the mob will always work you out.

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BOB CARR. Disaffected electorate knows the real score (The Australian, March 18 2019)

Why in a sports-mad nation, with football as an overarching religion divided into different denominations, has the promise of two new stadiums been such a vote loser?

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RAMESH THAKUR.  New Zealand’s Loss of Innocence (Project Syndicate, 17 March 2019)

Like the assassination of Olof Palme in Sweden in 1986, the 9/11 attacks in the US, and the murderous rampage of Anders Breivik in Norway in 2011, March 15 will mark the day New Zealand lost its innocence and entered … Continue reading

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GARETH EVANS. Asian Australians: Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling (2019 Asialink Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Lecture, Sydney, 13 March 2019)

The award of this year’s Weary Dunlop Asialink medal to one of our most distinguished Asian-Australians seems to me an opportune moment to revisit the question of whether we as a nation are making the most – in terms of … Continue reading

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TONY SMITH. The environment – top issue for New South Wales voters

Traditionally, New South Wales election campaigns are tightly controlled affairs. Perhaps because the major party planners think that most elections will be close, they concentrate on one or two key statewide issues and hope that local campaigning will see them … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. Cyber-security need not tear countries apart

Telecommunications company Huawei legal action against the US Government’s ban on their involvement in 5G roll-out is a counter attack on claims that their involvement would impact national security.  Exaggerated fears about cyber threat are part of a US campaign … Continue reading

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MUNGO MACCALLUM. Morrison a ‘fair dinkum’ hole in the air.

“When the people smugglers see me, they see a brick wall,” boasted our great war leader. Well, up to a point; they certainly see someone as thick as a brick and far less transparent and straightforward. But most Australians see … Continue reading

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BOB CARR. NSW state election: time for Gladys Berejiklian to show she cares for environment

 If Gladys Berejiklian wants something as much as a day without stadiums, it is one without a mass fish kill.

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STEPHEN FITZGERALD. At ‘Espionage in Australia Exhibition’ at the The Whitlam Institute (8 March 2019)

The Whitlam Institute mightn’t seem an obvious place to have an exhibition about spies. But I think it is. Not that it’s a spy agency (if it were, it would have a budget many multiples greater than it has), but … Continue reading

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QUENTIN DEMPSTER. Berejiklian government in danger in NSW election

With just two weeks to go to the state election, a political dispute over Sydney’s Allianz stadium has  galvanised New South Wales voters.

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