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Secret Agreements: The Australian-Israel Defence Memorandum of Understanding

April 14, 2024 - 11:19 -- Admin

While the Australian government continues to pirouette with shallow constancy on the issue of Israel’s war in Gaza, making vacuous utterances on Palestinian statehood even as it denies supplying the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) with weapons (spare parts, it would seem, are a different, footnoted matter), efforts made to unearth details of the defence relationship…

Government heat map ‘wake up call’ to stop burning fossil fuels

April 12, 2024 - 16:41 -- Admin

Climate Media Centre  Advocacy groups have welcomed the release of the Federal Government’s announcement of a heat mapping tool to assist affected communities deal with the worst of extreme heat, but have called on government to do more to address the root cause, climate change caused by the continued use of fossil fuels.  Emma Bacon,…

Compulsory income management doing more harm than good: Study

April 12, 2024 - 11:56 -- Admin

Charles Darwin University Media Release Compulsory income management (CIM) in the Northern Territory is perceived to be ineffective in reducing harm, can contribute to situations of family violence and is incompatible with the needs of welfare recipients, a new study led by Charles Darwin University (CDU) has found.  The study, conducted by members of CDU’s…

Flicker of Hope: Biden’s Throwaway Lines on Assange

April 12, 2024 - 11:47 -- Admin

Walking stiffly, largely distracted, and struggling to focus on the bare essentials, US President Joe Biden was keeping company with his Japanese counterpart, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, when asked the question. It concerned what he was doing regarding Australia’s request that the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be returned to Australia.  Assange, who has spent five…

Seizing a Future Made in Australia

April 11, 2024 - 13:55 -- Admin

Climate Council Media Release   THE CLIMATE COUNCIL celebrates today’s announcement that the Future Made In Australia Act is soon to roll off the Federal Government’s policy production line. Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said: “This is exactly the sort of leadership Australia needs to tackle climate pollution, generate clean jobs, and ensure a brighter future…

The Meanjin essay: The Voice and Australia’s democracy crisis

April 11, 2024 - 09:39 -- Admin

with Stephen Charles AO KC The dire state of truth in Australia’s civic space crystalised in 2023. We had seen the waning influence of News Corp’s impact on our elections and assumed it meant that enough of us were becoming inoculated against the propaganda. The defeat of the notoriously mendacious Coalition government might have signalled…

Haunted by waters

April 11, 2024 - 08:11 -- Admin

By James Moore   We were young when we lived near the Rio Grande and sometimes on Fridays the boss took us out on his boat and a few of my colleagues were pulled on water skis. I mostly remember the children sitting on their haunches in the canebrakes and how they stared at us with…

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New home starts sink to 11-year low

April 10, 2024 - 15:34 -- Admin

The latest building activity data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has confirmed there is still a long way to go before Australia overcomes the housing crisis. Master Builders Chief Economist Shane Garrett said work started on just 163,285 new homes during 2023, a 10.5 per cent reduction on the previous year. “During 2023,…