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PETER MARTIN. Relax, there’s no need to follow Trump on company tax – yet

We were mugs to believe what we were told in the election about property prices. The Prime Minister said if negative gearing went and capital gains were better taxed, prices would be “smashed”. His Treasurer said it would “take a … Continue reading

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JOHN DWYER. The curse of political mediocrity; The informed, bold, courageous policies that Australia needs in health are nowhere to be seen. (Part 2 of 3)

This “fair go mate” country of ours is wealthy but in reality ever less egalitarian. Increasing Inequity is palpable and most notable in the problems we have with housing, education and health. Health outcomes for Individuals are increasingly dependent on … Continue reading

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SCOTT BURCHILL. Class power Australia

If you are someone with power and privilege in a state capitalist society such as Australia, it is vital to maintain class consciousness for yourself, while eliminating it in others. It is particularly important that the broader community does not … Continue reading

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MICHAEL PEMBROKE. North Korea: Why negotiations can’t wait for denuclearisation

Few people know the true story of the Korean War; few understand the reasons for North Korean bitterness toward the United States; most are unaware of the extent to which Washington shares responsibility for the creation and perpetuation of the … Continue reading

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LINDA JAKOBSON ET AL. China and Australia Relations-Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

 I am grateful to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) for this opportunity to comment on the Bill. Please note that this submission is a duplicate of my submission to the PJCIS regarding the Foreign Influence Transparency … Continue reading

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PATRICK COCKBURN. Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah ‘worse than Hiroshima’

[Reprint of an article in the UK  Independent dated 23 July 2010] Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of … Continue reading

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JOSEPH A. CAMILLERI. Many are thinking: we can surely do better as a nation

Across the country there is much amusement, and a good deal of bewilderment. People are asking: how can our subservience to Washington’s bidding hit such an all-time low? How can a government think it can shape Australia’s future security and … Continue reading

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IAN BUCKLEY. Homo sapiens’ catastrophic prospects: why and how wise remedies so long resisted.

Proposed here is whether the wise counsel of Jesus of Nazareth, Adam Smith, George Kennan and legions of other insightful souls might well provide a sound basis for solutions to the world’s self-made catastrophic disasters – a vitally crucial issue … Continue reading

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ALAN GYNGELL. The management of Australia’s engagement with China is the most important issue in Australian foreign relations.

In 2016, Australia’s bilateral trade with China in goods and services topped AU$155 billion (US$122 billion), growing three times faster than world trade as a whole. China was Australia’s largest export market and largest source of imports. It was also … Continue reading

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QUENTIN DEMPSTER. The ABC’s selective publication of classified documents: “gutless kow-tow” or responsible journalism?

The ABC has been blasted by journalist critics over its selective editing of the national security classified and Cabinet-in-secret documents it received from a “bushie” who discovered them in discarded filing cabinets.

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GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND …

Are we heading for another Saturday Night Massacre? – Woodward and Bernstein. The wall Street “correction” is a financial phenomenon, only loosely connected to the real economy. As ABC Business Editor Ian Verrender explains, “markets — and particularly Wall Street … Continue reading

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Women in Tehran protest head scarves

Recently Iranian women started a movement  all over the country especially in Tehran . They stand on a platform, take their scarves off and drape them over a street sign. It is in protest again the Islamic dress code . … Continue reading

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RICHARD BROINOWSKI. Corruption in the Arms Trade

The Turnbull government is very excited about turning Australia into one of the world’s ten biggest arms traders. The announcement was prompted as much as anything else by President Trump’s announcement of a $US716 billion rise in the United States … Continue reading

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JONATHAN GREEN. Media complicit in the rise of political trolls

There’s an arresting moment early in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury in which Steve Bannon explains the mechanics of alt-right politics.

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JOHN THOMPSON. Private health insurers discriminate against country people

Private health insurers have asked the Commonwealth Government to prevent patients paying for public hospital services through their private health insurance (PHI).  This would be grossly unfair for those people in non-metropolitan Australia who are enticed into PHI through the … Continue reading

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HENRY SHERRELL. Assessing the effect of recent 457 visa policy changes

On 18 April 2017, the Turnbull Government announced the abolition and replacement of the 457 visa program. A number of new visa eligibility criteria were introduced immediately, and formal abolition will follow on 1 March 2018, when the 457 visa … Continue reading

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MICHAEL KEATING. Who Will Pay for Trump’s Wars?

This article supports Hugh White’s conclusion that the US is unlikely to succeed in fighting China for primacy in Asia. The US has been living beyond its means for a long time, and has depended on foreign finance, and especially … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE War and militarisation has become our new norm.

 War and militarisation has become ever present in so much of our public life.

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‘We have to change capitalism’ to beat climate change, says world’s biggest asset manager

Capitalism must change to avert climate change, according to the vice-chair of the world’s largest asset manager, Blackrock.

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ROGER SCOTT. Gittins on Universities Part 2: ‘Home and Away’

‘We’ve turned our unis into aimless, money-grubbing exploiters of students‘ [Ross Gittins, Canberra Times, 17 September 2017] Part 1 of my response to Gittins’ article dealt with the human side of the current university scene and noted pressures to conformity … Continue reading

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MELISSA STONEHAM. Who wins when powerful health leaders align with the gambling industry?

Last November, Australian casino giant Crown Resorts announced it had appointed former Federal Health Department head Jane Halton to its board. In the post below, Dr Melissa Stoneham laments the high profile move, asking why a health leader who had … Continue reading

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HENRY REYNOLDS. Another Australia Day!

Another Australia Day; another angry national debate! Little has changed, then, since last year. The partisans of both persuasions have returned to their old trenches. The rhetorical exchanges are much as they were twelve months ago.

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PETER SAINSBURY. Australia’s 2017 carbon emission projections – yet more spin and red herrings from the Australian government

Despite Australia committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% by 2030 compared with 2005, the Australian government is projecting, but trying hard to cover up, a 3.5% increase in greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030. It is also … Continue reading

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ROBERT MICKENS. The pope’s bewildering inaction on sexual abuse

Pope Francis has been away in South America this past week and, while in Chile, he drew only modest crowds of supporters. It was the frostiest reception he’s received on any of his 22 foreign trips — at least to … Continue reading

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JOHN LEE. The rise of China’s tech sector: the making of an internet empire.

Part one of this two-part series looks at the rise of China’s digital economy, the champion firms that dominate it, and their relationship with the Chinese state.  The Chinese government’s online censorship and alleged cyber espionage activities have long been a … Continue reading

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How America lost its faith in expertise, and why that matters. Good holiday reading

(In this article in Foreign Affairs Professor Tom Nichols points to great  public ignorance in the US about the world and the role of the US. The result is disturbing.) In 2014, following the Russian invasion of Crimea, The Washington … Continue reading

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BERNARD KEANE. No politician has the spine to stand up to Australia’s intelligence state

It’s standard in an end of year piece to attempt to identify some unifying theme in the events of an arbitrarily selected period of time. Sometimes themes and commonalities really do emerge. Other times, they’re the author’s confection.

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JOHN TULLOH. Time for the ayatollah’s of Iran to reflect.

‘Every year thousands of students graduate, but there are no jobs for them. Fathers are also exhausted because they don’t earn enough to provide for their family’. Iranian protester.  As unpalatable as it may be to the ayatollahs of Iran, … Continue reading

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American Imperium – Untangling truth and fiction in an age of perpetual war

In this article ANDREW BACEVICH says ‘Republicans and Democrats disagree today on many issues, but they are united in their resolve that the United States must remain the world’s greatest military power. This bipartisan commitment to maintaining American supremacy has … Continue reading

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MUNGO MACCALLUM. Turnbull ship still laden with barnacles

The renaissance of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership proclaimed with such jubilation by John Alexander after regaining the seat of Bennelong lasted just 24 hours.

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