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Cheap Grace and Climate Change: Australia and COP26

October 16, 2021 - 17:25 -- Admin

It was not for everybody, but the shock advertising tactics of the Australian comedian Dan Ilic made an appropriate point. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a famed coal hugger, has vacillated about whether to even go to the climate conference in Glasgow. Having himself turned the country’s prime ministerial office into an extended advertising agency,…

Funeral Rites for COVID Zero

October 15, 2021 - 13:30 -- Admin

It was such a noble public health dream, even if rather hazy to begin with. Run down SARS-CoV-2. Suppress it. Crush it. Or just “flatten the curve,” which could have meant versions of all the above. This created a climate of numerical sensitivity: a few case infections here, a few cases there, would warrant immediate,…

So what’s this “Cashless Debit Card” thing all about then?

October 14, 2021 - 20:45 -- Admin

By Amanda Smith    The Cashless Debit Card is the latest iteration of a policy called “compulsory income management” (CIM) in Australia. Compulsory income management – meaning government and corporate control over all or portions of people’s social security entitlement payments, is an idea that had its roots as far back as 1982 in government,…

Waking up to Climate Change Dinosaurs

October 13, 2021 - 13:31 -- Admin

Morning listening on October 13. Australia’s Radio National. Members of the Morrison government are doing their interview rounds with the host, Fran Kelly. We enter a time warp, speeding away into another dimension where planet Earth, and Australia, look different. The first interview, with Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie, is filled with the sort of rejigged…

So Let’s Hear It For The Echo Chamber Unless We Disagree…

October 12, 2021 - 19:58 -- Admin

Definition of echo chamber : a room with sound-reflecting walls used for producing hollow or echoing sound effects — often used figuratively Now, I could be nasty here… However, I’m used to putting up with teenagers who are sometimes rather nasty to teachers and I’ve learned that fighting fire with fire just leads to a…

COVIDSafe: The Failure of an App

October 12, 2021 - 16:38 -- Admin

The returns have not been impressive. For an app essentially anointed as a saviour for tracing purposes in the worst pandemic in a century, COVIDSafe is a lesson in exaggerated prowess and diminished performance. It was billed as necessitous and supremely useful. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was fashionably vulgar in linking the use of…

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