Category Archives: Politics

STUART REES Slandering Assange, Conning the Public, Why This Process Must End.

  On June 26 at the National Press Club, media bosses demanded greater protection for whistleblowers and journalists, yet in the treatment of journalist /whistleblower Julian Assange, mainstream media have colluded in slander promoted by the US, UK and Australian … Continue reading

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MACK WILLIAMS. Iran : Coalition of the less than willing !

The spectacle of Prime Minister facing the “full court press” from President Trump and his team across the dinner table in Osaka starkly demonstrated how G20 Osaka was to be Morrison’s real initiation to the global arena. As the Iran … Continue reading

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JACK WATERFORD. Pyne turning public role to private profit (Canberra Times 29.6.2017)

Australia yet again at the bottom of the democracies for standards of public conduct, and the will to enforce them.  

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. The exhumations have resumed.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the graveyard, the exhumations have resumed.  

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JOHN KERIN. Trump’s latest Farm Bill and Implications for Australia’s Farm Exports.

Trump’s trade policies and reaction to the rebound of them has resulted in another increase of $23b subsidisation on top of the $12b supposedly one-off package last year for US farmers who are ‘collateral damage, as a result of his … Continue reading

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RAMESH THAKUR. Folau saga: when employers and sponsors become the thought police

Like Paul Collins, I am destined for Israel Folau’s version of hell on multiple counts of sin. Indeed I will be even deeper in it since I have repeatedly, over several decades, refused to embrace the love and salvation offered … Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. A slight yearning for the ‘mother country’

UK Tory Government climate policy is enough to create a slight yearning for the days when Australian conservatives looked to the so-called Mother Country for guidance.

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 30 June 2019

In the USA young people are trying to lodge a legal case against the federal government for failing to protect their constitutional rights, and health professionals are supporting them strongly. Indeed, frustrated at government inaction, health people are getting increasingly … Continue reading

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SATURDAY’s GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND

A regular collection of links to writings and broadcasts in other media

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RICHARD BUTLER Australia can expect to be asked to take part in an attack on Iran: unless Putin saves us.

US hostility towards Iran has reached a threatening level. Disarray in policy making, lies and, the absence of any clear strategy is involved. War is now at hand and may even seem easier for the US. Australia must think through … Continue reading

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JOCELYN CHEY. “A Solution of Sorts”

Public trust in China as a responsible international player has declined dramatically according to the Lowy Institute’s annual poll released this week. The reasons for this are not hard to find since there has been ongoing anti-China propaganda in the … Continue reading

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ANDREW PODGER. Politics and Administration under the Second Morrison Government: Making the Partnership Work.

The relationship between politics and administration has been likened to the Chinese Yin and Yang: a dichotomy of almost opposites but simultaneously a complementary partnership in which neither can survive without the other. That is the challenge the new Morrison … Continue reading

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BRIAN LAWRENCE. The Government’s tax package and Labor’s response: the perspective of a cleaner

The Government’s tax package is unfair to low paid workers. In response, the Labor Opposition has just announced that it will support Stage 1 of the package, within which is embeded much of that unfairness. How might we reduce the … Continue reading

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JOHN TULLOH. Time for reflection for Turkey’s humiliated Erdogan

The electoral invincibility of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is officially no longer. When his party’s candidate lost the Istanbul mayoral race in March, he cried foul. After all, Istanbul was Turkey’s biggest city and the mayoralty was once the … Continue reading

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BOB DOUGLAS, Australia Should be Leading The Extinction Rebellion

Prime Minister Morrison is now in a very strong position to lead the way on radical policy reform. I am arguing here that we should help him to develop and promote a strategy for human survival in the face of … Continue reading

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MARK BUCKLEY. Peter Dutton Brings Us All Down (To His Level)

Just when you thought that Tony Abbott’s being dumped from the nation’s parliament was going to necessarily lift standards, Peter Dutton picked up his baton and ran with it.

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IAN McAULEY. Why do we trust our economy to this mob?

The Australian economy is in recession. Rather than heeding sound advice from the Reserve Bank the Coalition’s response is to sacrifice responsible economic management for an opportunity to embarrass Labor and to bully the Senate.

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MICHAEL KEATING. Australian National Outlook

  A very significant new report was released last week on the Australian National Outlook. In this article, I summarise the report’s discussion of the key challenges and policy choices that Australia faces, which will affect our future over the … Continue reading

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. The Peak Crazy of Morrison and Dutton.

It took just a month after the election for the miraculous Morrison mob to dial back up to peak crazy.  

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JACK WATERFORD. Morrison should move before his enemies organise( Canberra Times 22 June 2019)

Right now Labor is preoccupied with its defeat and is not the major obstacle to coalition survival. 

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MICHAEL LIFFMAN: do our universities need more clear thinking?

  The election result and the increasingly intolerant divisions in public discussion over recent years have led to the overdue recognition that Australia is indeed seeing a growing polarization in debate and policy development, and a disturbing tendency for people … Continue reading

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MAX HASTINGS. Boris Johnson: brilliant, warm, funny – and totally unfit to be PM (Daily Mail 11.10.2012)

For 20 years I have known London’s mayor as a god-medal egomaniac.  If he gets into No. 10, I’m on the first plane out. 

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BHIM BHURTEL. The threat to Christianity is from within. (Asia Times 21.6.2019)

Christianity is an indispensable cog in the idea of “Western civilization” along with other core values of “the West” supposedly based on the moral and ethical foundations of Christianity. Perhaps no one can imagine “Western civilization” secluding Christianity as depicted … Continue reading

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MICHAEL KEATING. Lies, Damned Lies and [tax] statistics.

Last Saturday the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) published an article, which purported to show that “Middle and high-income earners will face some of the highest tax rates in the English-speaking developed world unless the Morrison government’s $158 billion tax plan … Continue reading

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JACK WATERFORD. Morrison faces the climate storm( Canberra Times 15 June 2019)

Climate change is no longer a matter of dry debate: it’s already a bigger threat to our national security than war and trade tension in our region.

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DUNCAN GRAHAM Roaming for relevance

Politicians hunting the grey vote stalk retirement villages and pensioner clubs. Handy because electors mustered in dining rooms and community halls lean to groupthink. Dissidents don’t do well in confined spaces where they’re condemned to stay mum or risk exclusion. Wrong spots. … Continue reading

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 23 June 2019

Poor planning seems to be endemic in the gas industry. Despite clear evidence that gas is not low in emissions, not needed for grid reliability, not a viable transition fuel and not cheap, governments and gas producers continue to peddle … Continue reading

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SATURDAY’s GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND

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JACK WATERFORD.  The leaking tap: cherchez le Pezzullo-haters (7 June 2019)

As usual with a leak inquiry, it’s not clear that the AFP means to solve the crime. It could be too embarrassing.  (This article was posted two weeks ago in the Canberra Times but it is still very relevant. JM)

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J. BRADFORD DELONG. What to do about China? (Project Syndicate 5.6.2019)

By attempting to “get tough” with China, US President Donald Trump’s administration is highlighting the extent to which America’s star has fallen this century. If the US ever wants to reclaim the standing it once had in the world, it … Continue reading

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