Category Archives: Politics

LAURIE PATTON. NBN latest: Oh dear, what can the matter be?

I’ve argued before, the only viable solution is to start replacing all the dud technology and that requires that we take the politics out and develop a bipartisan solution.

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MACK WILLIAMS. North Korea. Has Trump lost the plot?

The stalemate between the US and the DPRK has dragged on past the Kim Jong-un’s end of 2019 deadline.

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MINGMING CHENG. We depend so much more on Chinese travellers now. (The Conversation 12.2.2020)

 The travel bans dramatically escalate the potential economic impact of the novel coronavirus.

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ROBBIE GRAMER and COLUM LYNCH.Trump Seeks to Halve U.S. Funding for WHO as Coronavirus Rages(Brookings Report 10.2.2020)

The president’s new budget would cut more than $3 billion in global health programs.

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MARK BUCKLEY. Sheer Hypocricy – No Joke

The Morrison Government is withholding funds to the Commonwealth Secretariat “unless flaws in how it operates and hands out lucrative contracts are fixed.” You could not make this up!

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GEORGE W. GRUNDY. High Stakes Gambling

It may just be that Scott Morrison is right and nearly everyone else is wrong when it comes to climate change, but our Prime Minister is playing a very high stakes gamble with Australia’s future by refusing to act in … Continue reading

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ELENA COLLINSON and JAMES LAURENCESON. China and the Coronavirus. (Australia-China Relations Institute 10.2.2020)

Is China telling us everything it knows about Coronavirus?

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MARIO CAVALO. Something’s not right here folks”​. The USA 2009 H1N1 Virus compared to China 2020 Coronavirus(China Daily8.2.2020)

This vicious, political, xenophobic racist attacks and smearing of all things China needs to stop

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DAVID SHEARMAN and PHIL SHEARMAN; Anguished Scientists and the Collapse of Democracy

In the clouded eyes of government, scientific facts, which have guided our technologically advanced civilisation are now simply an opinion which can be discarded in favour of their own.

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HANNAH AULBY. Strangling Accountability.

The Centre for Public Integrity invites you to the inaugural National Integrity Forum: “Strangling Accountability”.

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JONATHAN PAUL MARSHALL. Barnaby Joyce and fantasies of Climate Technology

Fantasies about improved technologies, often seem to inhibit effective responses to climate change. This is illustrated through a brief commentary on Barnaby Joyce’s comments on climate policy after his closely failed challenge for leadership of the National Party.

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MUNGO MACCALLUM. THE Nats. and Barnaby

Barnaby Joyce is focussed and determined to the point of egomania, and utterly ruthless in the process. That is what makes him dangerous.

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JACK WATERFORD. The sports rorts will taint the Canberra air for a long time.

We need an inquiry into how public service stewards provide dubious alibis for ministers

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JOHN TAN. Is Australia prepared? The next virus outbreak could be bioterrorism.

Technology to create a synthetic virus like the China new coronavirus is well established. It is widely available to some governments, private firms, and individuals.

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LAURIE PATTON. The Data Retention Act. How not to introduce complex legislation.

Appearing before a Parliamentary inquiry into the Data Retention Act the Commonwealth Ombudsman Michael Manthorpe revealed that law enforcement agencies have obtained individuals’ web browsing history without a warrant.

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JOHN CARLIN. Brexit Has Happened: Good Night and Good Luck

The divorce has gone through, and now begin the negotiations as to who gets the house, the car and the kids.

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EDWARD ALDEN. Smaller countries lose in the US–China trade deal(EAF 9.2.2020)

Weakening rules put smaller economies — such as Canada, Australia, the ASEAN nations and Latin America — in an increasingly vulnerable position.

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JENNIFER DOGGETT. Even with massive taxpayer hand outs private health insurance is in a death spiral.(Croakey 7.2.2020)

If private health care has a future within the Australian health system we need to find a better funding mechanism than PHI.  This means one that is sustainable, fair and efficient and designed to meet the needs of today’s health … Continue reading

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DAVID WILLIAMSON. The Trump Card of the Right.

The political parties of the Left often still hold to the Enlightenment belief that we are rational creatures – that the person who has the best evidence based argument will win the debate. Sadly, as long as they do they’ll … Continue reading

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PROFESSOR JENNY HOCKING The ‘Palace letters’ case at the High Court

Echoes of the Governor-General Sir John Kerr’s vice-regal dismissal of the Whitlam government reverberated across the High Court this week, as the long-running Palace letters case came before the full bench on appeal.

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MICHAEL KEATING. The Gaetjens Report: a footnote

The Government has refused to release the Gaetjens report which purportedly exonerates the former Minister, Bridget McKenzie, and thereby the Government from charges of political bias in the distribution of the Community Sport Infrastructure grants. But why this refusal to … Continue reading

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MUNGO MACCALLUM. The Culture Wars continue

Turnbull’s legacy may not be one he will boast about, but it will certainly be remembered.

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DENIS MULLER. Media ‘impartiality’ on climate change is ethically misguided and downright dangerous.(The Conversation 31.1.2020)

In September 2019, the editor of The Conversation, Misha Ketchell, declared The Conversation’s editorial team in Australia was henceforth taking what he called a “zero-tolerance” approach to climate change deniers and sceptics. Their comments would be blocked and their accounts locked.

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PETER SAINSBURY. Sunday environmental round up, 9 February 2020

If we’d started the transition 30 years ago, gas might (might!) have been a viable transition fuel but it’s certainly not in 2020 despite what the PM and his gassy friends say.

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HANNAH PIERCE & MADDIE DAY. State and territory governments are taking on alcohol marketing

NSW and Tasmania are lagging behind the other states and territories in restricting outdoor alcohol advertising but no jurisdiction is taking action to restrict alcohol advertising in sports stadiums.

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MAX HAYTON. New Zealand campaign for September Election Day intensifies.

New Zealand’s Labour Government announced an election will be held on September 19 and almost immediately revealed its plans for massive investment in infrastructure.

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RICHARD WHITINGTON. Dies, mensis, annus….for the superstitious numerologists.

With Valentine’s Day, 14 February, not far off, I was starting to think about…….then it struck me!

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MICHAEL KEATING. Scomo and the Public Service: How Bad Can It Get?

The Report by the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Phil Gaetjens, into Bridget McKenzies’ handling of the Community Sport Infrastructure grants fails to address key questions and raises serious concerns about the relationship between the Government … Continue reading

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ABUL RIZVI. Dutton’s Trifecta of Border Protection Failures

For years now Peter Dutton has boasted of his border protection achievements. But a brief examination of the details of his boast shows that while he has excelled in gratuitous cruelty, dog-whistling and wasting taxpayer’s money, his actual border protection … Continue reading

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MARK BUCKLEY. Has Morrison Had an Epiphany?

Has our Prime Minister improved in his demeanour since the bushfire crisis? Has he reflected on the community’s assessment of his character, and decided that he needs a make-over, or a session of barnacle removing, a la Tony Abbott?

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