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Floods of Challenges: The Victorian Election Saga of Australia’s Transition from Neoliberalism and Guided Democracy

December 2, 2022 - 12:00 -- Admin

By Denis Bright   Victorians rejected the instability of minority government in favour of a third term for Labor’s Premier Daniel Andrews. He joins the ranks of just three Victorian Labor premiers who have achieved three consecutive election victories. This Labor Government will have a comfortable majority in the Legislative Assembly with a likely 54 seats.…

Virtual tourists can now teleport back 600 million years, exploring the Flinders Ranges’ ancient beginnings

December 1, 2022 - 15:58 -- Admin

University of South Australia Media Release Fancy donning a VR headset and taking a journey through deep geological time? From today it’s possible, with the launch of a 360-degree virtual tour of the 600-million-year-old Flinders Ranges in South Australia. One of Australia’s most captivating landscapes can now be explored virtually, thanks to a University of…

The Right is toxic: what next for conservatives?

December 1, 2022 - 10:56 -- Admin

The international right is cynical and dangerous. It is crucial we look beyond the surface rhetoric to understand what it represents because Australia is not immune. The global right is pervaded with “expert and prodigious liars”: truth is irrelevant to their pursuit of power. The American experience is key to Australia: from the Civil Rights…

To be truthful, “sorry” is a word so hard to say

November 30, 2022 - 06:00 -- Admin

When you think there isn’t much to write about in politics, the system spews out an avalanche of year-ending scandals, policy decisions, election results and reports. The year is approaching its final sunset before a new year reinvigorates us with good intentions. Some will reach fruition, and others will perish on the vine. “Sorry” will…

Mangroves: environmental guardians of our coastline

November 29, 2022 - 13:10 -- Admin

University of South Australia Media Release They are the salt-tolerant shrubs that thrive in the toughest of conditions, but according to new UniSA research, mangroves are also avid coastal protectors, capable of surviving in heavy metal contaminated environments. The researchers found that grey mangroves (Avicennia marina) can tolerate high lead, zinc, arsenic, cadmium and copper…

Tuvalu, Climate Change and the Metaverse

November 29, 2022 - 13:08 -- Admin

When lost to climatic disaster and environmental turbulence, where does a whole nation go? History speaks about movements of people, whether induced by human agency or environment, finding sanctuary and refuge on other terrains, or perishing altogether. In the case of the Pacific Island state of Tuvalu, the response is seemingly digital or, as its…

Nats Vote No OR When You’re Standing At The North Pole Everything Is South.

November 29, 2022 - 09:59 -- Admin

It’s sort of interesting that just a few days ago we had the conservative side of politics telling us that they didn’t have a position on the Voice because they didn’t have enough detail. Now, according to Nationals muppet, David Littleproud, there’s enough detail to announce that they’ll being opposing it. Ok, I shouldn’t be…

Was Amtrak Joe derailed?

November 28, 2022 - 18:00 -- Admin

By 2353NM   Prior to becoming President, Joe Biden was a US Senator for around 36 years. He is known as Amtrak Joe as he routinely took the daily 90 minute each way train trip (on the USA’s national passenger train network – Amtrak) from his home in Delaware to Washington DC to represent his state.…

Football Capitulates at Qatar

November 27, 2022 - 13:31 -- Admin

It did not take much. The initial promises of protest from a number of footballers and their teams at the Qatar FIFA World Cup were always suspect and hollow. There was Denmark’s less than impressive form of camouflaged protest via merchandise, supposedly defiant with its logo free monochrome colours. There was the barely threatening promise…