Category Archives: Top 5

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A Letter to President Biden: Rebuilding US credibility

You will be acutely aware that, after the ravages of the Trump years, you have a big healing job ahead of you, not only at home but abroad.

Posted in Top 5, World Affairs | 33 Comments

The Irrepressibles tame the Invincibles in their impregnable fortress

A transformative cricket series will do more to strengthen Australia–India bonds than any amount of public diplomacy.

Posted in Politics, Top 5 | 10 Comments

Australia’s Covid-19 quarantining – an abrogation of federal responsibilities! There is no national plan

Perhaps the most contentious issue of our Covid year is who is in charge of quarantining? With continuing outbreaks of Covid-19 linked to incoming travellers, Australians have reacted with astonishment that quarantining issues were not foreseen and planned for years … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Politics, Top 5 | 7 Comments

Latest hits from His Master’s Voice – Little Johnny and the Trumpettes

While our parliament houses will not be stormed any time soon, Sky News is still around, as is Rupert Murdoch, Trump’s great backer, and The Australian. So, too, are George, Pauline and Craig.

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Western governments will have blood on their hands unless they stop persecuting Julian Assange

The case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is complex, containing elements of law, freedom of speech and of the media, journalism, politics, international relations and health. In the recent hearing to determine whether Assange should be extradited to the US, … Continue reading

Posted in Human Rights, Top 5 | 25 Comments

Tamed Estate: copying and pasting government drops?

Spruiking the Coalition’s 2020 tax cuts; Australians’ ‘$200 billion’ war chest; Google’s experiments; free speech; and even a Liberal Party self-congratulatory piece on the NBN. 

Posted in Media, Politics, Tamed Estate, Top 5 | Tagged | 17 Comments

Planting booby traps for Joe Biden in Taiwan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the dying days of Donald Trump’s presidency, announced on 9 January that all “contact guidelines” regulating when and how US officials could interact with their Taiwan counterparts were “null and void.”

Posted in China, Top 5, World Affairs | 7 Comments

The love affair that made America grate.

Between rides and walks on the Trump Golf Course and embracing at the White House, Murdoch and Trump have debauched democracy.

Posted in Politics, Top 5 | 10 Comments

The Murdoch-Trump love affair

Posted in Public Policy, Top 5 | 12 Comments

Preparing for a 3°C warmer future: the ideological shift and institutional response Australia will need.

Three things are obvious. The collective emission reduction efforts of nations will not avoid 3oC global warming by the century’s end. Therefore, national adaptation actions will need prepare for the worse than expected scale and impact from the effects of … Continue reading

Posted in Climate, Top 5 | 6 Comments

Tamed Estate: The ALP – the Australian Liberal-lite Party

When Labor leader Anthony Albanese dumped his party’s franking credits policy, the mainstream media duly trotted out the “retiree tax” line. “Subsidies to wealthy superannuants to continue” doesn’t have quite the same ring.

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Right outcome, wrong reasons on Julian Assange

British justice has been done, but it is hard to fathom. Assange’s crime is different from the usual. He embarrassed the US by revealing activities recorded by Americans themselves, and the lawlessness of the US military that continues every day, all … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Top 5 | 14 Comments

No Plan PM: how government’s lack of an aged care plan cost lives.Typically the PM then blamed others.

While the federal government indulged in semantics, Covid-19 deaths continued to rise in the woefully under-prepared residential aged care sector. 2020 was a horror year for older people living in residential aged care.

Posted in Politics, Top 5 | 9 Comments

Assange ruling sensible, but no implications for press freedom

The judge accepted the legal arguments presented by US lawyers, saw no inherent threat of potential injustice, but denied the extradition request on health grounds. However, dumping, unfiltered, thousands of files on to the web is not journalism.

Posted in Politics, Top 5 | 84 Comments

Rethinking 2020: We should never forget it

For millions of people, 2020 was the worst of years. But it also showed humanity at its finest. At times, I find it tempting to want to wish away all memory of 2020. It was a sorrowful, depressing year. Tempting … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Top 5 | 8 Comments

The world after 2020

What a year 2020 was for Australia, with first the fires and then the pandemic. Now at the end of it, we’re still confronted with the challenges of climate change in the shape of floods, not fires, and our Prime … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Top 5 | 6 Comments

Is the Darwin Dan Murphy’s Woolworths a Juukan Gorge moment?

As time has passed, opposition to Woolworths’ plans for a massive alcohol store near three dry Indigenous communities in Darwin has strengthened and become more vociferous. Even with the assistance of a pliant Northern Territory Government, approval of this shocking … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Public Policy, Top 5 | 14 Comments

What real reform looks like: increase wages and tackle inequality, climate change

The economy has been stagnating for years under successive Coalition governments. It badly needs fixing, but it can be done. This is how.

Posted in Economy, Top 5 | 19 Comments

The long-term global balance of power is favouring China

The twenty-first is likely to be China’s century. Over the period since I first started visiting and living in China in the mid-1960s, the global balance of power has shifted enormously in China’s favour. The US and the West have … Continue reading

Posted in Top 5, World Affairs | 32 Comments

Post Brexit? It is not pages of legal text that sustains communities. It is political commitment.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government may have got Brexit across the line, and avoided the embarrassment and discomfort the country would have suffered had they not, but clearly they have not delivered on what was promised at the … Continue reading

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We thought you saw us nurses – seems we were wrong

In 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife there has been a focus on nurses and nursing. Not the one planned, but nonetheless, nurses have been seen: by politicians and the public. But not by the medical doctors … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Top 5 | 6 Comments

Media in the Asian Century: Read all about our media expertise on China!

This week Sharri Markson exposed the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the British MI6 and others for a gormless bunch of gumshoes and naifs.

Posted in Media, Top 5 | 26 Comments

We have already ceded our sovereignty, not to China but to America for no good reason.

Racism, fear and lack of moral courage sees Australia tied to a declining America, suffering, as a result, a lack of self-respect, independence and a viable and progressive relationship with our largest trading partner.

Posted in Defence and Security, Top 5 | 75 Comments

Heart of Darkness: Our expeditionary imperial culture and alleged war crimes in Afghanistan – and elsewhere

We tend to forget that our military, political and other cultures were formed in the frontier wars of British imperial expansion in the 19th century. Because those wars were fought in the process of taking the land of Aboriginal and … Continue reading

Posted in Defence and Security, Politics, Top 5 | 9 Comments

Prime Minister: Saying you no longer intend to cheat on climate change does not merit applause

The Prime Minister has brushed off his failure to gain a speaking role at the Glasgow global warming summit as inconsequential. But the reality is that the Prime Minister and his government continue to fail us.

Posted in Climate, Politics, Top 5 | Tagged | 17 Comments

Cricket Australia continues to feast on unhealthy product advertising

The advertising of alcohol, gambling and junk food, especially in sport and during children’s viewing times, has been contentious. With summer upon us, cricket is again swamped with these ads, exposing millions of kids to them and threatening their health … Continue reading

Posted in Public Policy, Top 5 | 2 Comments

Tamed Estate: IR changes good for workers. Really? The fine print is buried.

With workplace reform winging its way towards the Senate, the mainstream media’s coverage of the changes was predictably unbalanced.

Posted in Politics, Tamed Estate, Top 5 | Tagged | 4 Comments

What responsibility does ADF’s top brass have for war crimes in Afghanistan?

As much as clothes, language has fashions.  This month’s in-vogue expression is “walking back” – a metaphor for resiling from a position previously taken. And in these changing times, there is a lot of walking back about.

Posted in Defence and Security, Top 5 | Tagged | 15 Comments

Coalition Spin Kings: Expecting accountability in aged care is mere tilting at windmills

The federal Health Department has learnt a thing or two from Scotty from Marketing. It has just announced version seven of the aged care pandemic plan. Never mind that the previous six versions never existed.

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Playing to the local gallery on crimes in Afghanistan

It’s hard to escape the feeling that most of the heat and light generated by Scott Morrison’s fury at a cartoon by a middle-level Chinese tiger cub was designed for Australian, rather than Chinese, consumption. Regardless, it could be a … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Top 5 | 9 Comments