Oz Blog News Commentary

Articles from The Australian Independent Media Network

The family from Biloela will trade one cage for another

June 15, 2021 - 15:44 -- Admin

By TBS Newsbot   This morning, the Minister for Immigration announced that the family from Biloela will reside in Australia. The reality is quite different. This morning, we suddenly had the whiff of change, as the Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke proclaimed that the Murugappan family from Biloela will be released from Christmas Island and be…

Cult of YouTube personality: Thoughts on the FriendlyJordies legal saga

June 15, 2021 - 15:22 -- Admin

By Dean Cool   While headlines were made after a counter-terror squad arrested a FriendlyJordies producer, the whole story is bigger than that. Australian YouTube personality Jordan Shanks, aka FriendlyJordies, has spent a lot of time over the last year harassing corrupt politicians. That is, of course, when he wasn’t attacking anti-poverty activists for failing to…

Publicity and Exploitation: Fortress Australia and the Family from Biloela

June 15, 2021 - 14:17 -- Admin

Australian officials and paper mad types are running out of ideas as to how to be cruel towards refugees. We need to give them some credit: for years they have tried to do what most autocratic and murderous regimes do in a heartbeat: ignore international law, treat it with disdain and use those feeble excuses…

So Now We Can All Join in The Fray

June 14, 2021 - 14:22 -- Admin

Now even SBS has joined the populist throng of mainstream media journalism, reflux and regurgitation on COVID vaccination. ‘How to talk to someone who is hesitant about the coronavirus vaccine’ by Jennifer Scherer, SBS News, 13 June 2021. It seems all of us have a duty to perform in how we approach the COVID vaccination…

Vague Alternatives and G7 Summitry: The Build Back Better World Initiative

June 13, 2021 - 14:02 -- Admin

Summits often feature grand statements and needless fripperies. In Cornwall, the leaders of the G7 countries were trying to position and promote their relevance as the vanguard of democratic good sense and values. They, the message went, remained relevant, valuable and essential to the order of the earth, despite challenges posed by the autocrats. Never…

Journalists need to be watchdogs in the marketplace of ideas

June 12, 2021 - 15:58 -- Admin

When Donald Trump launched his ‘birther movement’ in the lead up to the 2012 US presidential candidate race, his accusations about President Obama’s place of birth should never have been published in mainstream media. By publishing these demonstrably false accusations, aimed at delegitimising America’s first black President, the media gave the accusations, and in-turn Trump,…