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The Newsman

May 2, 2024 - 10:14 -- Admin

By James Moore   “If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.” – Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. Dan Rather was twenty years a legend by the time I began to work in Houston television news. Eventually, I was…

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Not good enough

May 2, 2024 - 10:00 -- Admin

By Bert Hetebry What is the problem with men? As I sat down to write this I flicked on the news, and it seems Bruce Lehrmann wants to appeal the defamation decision in his case against Channel 10. The judge summarised his (Lehrmann’s) position eloquently, something like, ‘having escaped the lion’s den, he went back…

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University Investments: Divesting from the Military-Industrial Complex

May 1, 2024 - 14:43 -- Admin

The rage and protest against Israel’s campaign in Gaza, ongoing since the October 7 attacks by Hamas, has stirred student activity across a number of US university campuses and beyond. Echoes of the Vietnam anti-war protests are being cited. The docile consumers of education are being prodded and found interested. University administrators and managers are,…

Australian dividend payouts to shareholders rise 6 times faster than worker pay since 2020

May 1, 2024 - 13:24 -- Admin

Oxfam Australia Media Release   Australian dividend payments to shareholders from corporate investments grew six times faster than worker pay between 2020 and 2023, new Oxfam analysis reveals on International Workers’ Day (May 1).   Accounting for inflation and through COVID-19, the war in Ukraine and the cost-of-living crisis, dividend payments in Australia rose 37%, while average…

The Wizard of Aus – a story for the stars of the Overlooked Children immigration campaign

May 1, 2024 - 12:06 -- Admin

By Jane Salmon A Story About Young Refugee or Stateless Children Born Overseas Once upon a time, a group of brave children embarked on a perilous journey. A tornado of strife had upended their lives in Iran. Friends were lost. They had to leave. Some of their companions had failings, but all along the way,…

Anzac and the Pageantry of Deception

April 30, 2024 - 14:56 -- Admin

On April 25, along Melbourne’s arterial Swanston Street, the military parade can be witnessed with its bannered, medalled upholstery, crowds lost in metals, ribbons and commemorative decor. Many, up on their feet since the dawn service, keen to show the decorations that say: “I turned up”. Service personnel, marked by a sprig of rosemary.  The…

Neoliberalism dreads an educated electorate

April 30, 2024 - 09:05 -- Admin

Those with a dedicated interest in maintaining the status quo fear education in the wrong hands. America’s current moment illuminates trends in Australia’s education: from the draconian repression of US student protests against the probable genocide taking place in Gaza to the Republican campaign to destroy public education, we must take note. Campus protests against…

The HECS Hex

April 29, 2024 - 19:24 -- Admin

By Bert Hetebry A hex according to the Cambridge dictionary is ‘to put an evil spell on someone or something in order to bring them bad luck’. Looking at the recent article on HECS debts and how they are increasing under the indexation of the debt, certainly seems like an evil spell to a curse…

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To Peacefully Petition

April 29, 2024 - 13:37 -- Admin

By James Moore   “You don’t go on bended-knee to petition the official culture for your rights. You have to take them.” – Terence McKenna. In a matter of days, 54 years will have passed since the National Guard shootings of unarmed students at Kent State University in Ohio. They had peacefully assembled on their campus…

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