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The Legacy of Daniel Andrews: Recognising the Good with the Bad

September 26, 2023 - 19:40 -- Admin

Today the impending retirement of Daniel Andrews – Labor Premier of Victoria – has been announced. For many of us this came as a surprise; but it seems Andrews wants to leave on his own terms. Andrews has led a reforming Victorian Labor Government. While championing the rights of trans women and men, Andrews also…

Study reveals most common forms of coercive control as DV offences rise NSW

September 26, 2023 - 08:00 -- Admin

Media Release A new study by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) that looked at the prevalence of coercive control behaviours in police domestic violence (DV) reports has found that in 57% of domestic violence (DV) events at least one coercive control behaviour was recorded by police.  The most common coercive control…

Great Expectations from the Summit of the G-77 Group in Havana Interact with Trends in Global Political Realities

September 26, 2023 - 07:00 -- Admin

By Denis Bright   The prospects for commitment to UN General Assembly’s sustainment development forum are being thwarted by a sharp escalation of the war in Ukraine. From the hard-line rhetoric in support of military solutions at the Security Council to surprise missile attacks on the headquarters of the Black Sea Naval Command at Sevastopol in…

Imperial Footprints in Africa: The Dismal Role of AFRICOM

September 25, 2023 - 20:30 -- Admin

No power in history has exercised such global reach. With brutal immediacy, forces from the United States may be dispatched and deployed within hours to combat any designated adversary. From its webbed network of bases official, semi-official and undeclared, Washington’s imperium can exert heft in a number of military domains with a ruthlessness the envy…

Murdoch: King Lear or Citizen Kane?

September 25, 2023 - 10:16 -- Admin

By guest columnist Tess Lawrence   It may be premature to write Emeritus Chairman Rupert Murdoch’s epitaph now that he’s ostensibly handed the keys of his media empire to his favoured scion and heir, Lachlan. Bubba Lachie, you will recall, is the infantile drongo recently forced to payout on a rather silly defamation action against our…

“This Is All A Giant Push By (INSERT NAME) To Trick You Into (INSERT PARANOID FANTASY)

September 25, 2023 - 09:35 -- Admin

“Beer?” “Thanks” “So what you been up to this week?” “I went on a march to support the No Campaign.” “Really, why?” “Look there’s no need to attack me just because I don’t support apartheid in Australia and I want to stop aboriginals being given my house.” “I wasn’t attacking you, I just wondered why…

Dutton reminds us of Abbott, but not in a good way

September 25, 2023 - 09:09 -- Admin

Reading Nikki Savva’s The Road to Ruin is a depressing read, because it validates what many of us believed before Tony Abbott became Prime Minister. Tony Abbott and his road to irrelevance Many believed he was unelectable. He lacked seriousness. He lacked grace. He, like so many other ‘Rhodes Scholars’, appeared to have gotten his degrees out…

No means no

September 24, 2023 - 15:22 -- Admin

As the now former Royal Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales discovered recently, no means no. Kissing someone on the lips without consent has consequences – and rightly so. There were various arguments put up why the non-consensual action was permissible before the reality hit that the action was completely inappropriate and even if Rubiales…

Mission to Free Assange: Australian Parliamentarians in Washington

September 24, 2023 - 13:24 -- Admin

It was a short stint, involving a six-member delegation of Australian parliamentarians lobbying members of the US Congress and various relevant officials on one issue: the release of Julian Assange. If extradited to the US from the United Kingdom to face 18 charges, 17 framed with reference to the oppressive, extinguishing Espionage Act of 1917,…