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Not in my name

April 23, 2024 - 11:47 -- Admin

By Roger Chao  Not in my name In this quiet hour, I summon words, a humble man amidst shadows long, To speak of wounds not my own, to voice a plea so loud and strong. For streets that haunt with harried silence, for whispers in the dark, For the women who carry nightmares in the…

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Censorship Wars: Elon Musk, Safety Commissioners and Violent Content

April 23, 2024 - 11:33 -- Admin

The attitudes down under towards social media have turned barmy. While there is much to take Elon Musk to task for his wrecking ball antics at the platform formerly known as Twitter, not to mention his highly developed sense of sociopathy, the hysteria regarding the refusal to remove images of a man in holy orders…

Political Futures: Prepare for the Onslaught from Professionalized Lobbyists

April 22, 2024 - 14:31 -- Admin

By Denis Bright   Australia is quite vulnerable to political instability associated with future downturns in global trade and investment. Despite the current affordability crisis, market volatility is currently quite low in Australia largely because of our ties with dynamic Asian economies. Still, periods of market correction every 10-15 years challenge the policy skills of each…

The ALP – Arguing for a Minimum Program

April 22, 2024 - 11:13 -- Admin

The ALP has long been characterised by internal ideological divisions between self-identifying social democrats and self-identifying socialists. This division has always problematic because there are competing definitions of social democracy and socialism. Sweden has been described both as socialist and social democratic. Democratic socialists always contested the notion that the former Eastern Bloc represented ‘real…

Reflections on the return of the Green Horned Devil.

April 21, 2024 - 23:14 -- Admin

The green-horned devil, “Mother of Dragons”, or 12P/Pons-Brooks, a dirty big snowball, larger than Everest, hurtles into view from the edge of the solar system every seventy-one years. And out. It’s pulled by our sun’s gravity, an invisible vaudeville hook, flashing by the rare blue jewel of earth, a nephrite jade orb and ion streamer…

The paradox of tolerance: do we suppress authoritarians’ speech before they suppress us?

April 21, 2024 - 20:40 -- Admin

The global movement towards authoritarianism took a step forward this week, and faced an experiment in checking its infiltration. In America, a frightening move towards crushing protest was made when the Supreme Court refused to hear the Mckesson v Doe case on liability accruing to protest organisers. In Europe, an international gathering of far right…

A Lot Has Happened While I’ve Been Away…

April 21, 2024 - 17:09 -- Admin

Ok, some of you may have noticed that I’ve been on holiday… Just in case that seems a little egocentric, I’m sorry. It’s just that someone commented about one of my recent contributions that they’d been waiting to see what I made of it and it sort of made me think that there were people…

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Universities for AUKUS: The Social License Confidence Trick

April 21, 2024 - 13:39 -- Admin

“Can we still see universities as places to learn and produce knowledge that, at the risk of sounding naïve, is for the greater good of humanity, independently transient of geopolitical skirmishes?” Wanning Sun from the University of Technology, Sydney, asks in hope. “The history of universities during the Cold War era tells us that it…

The Silent Truth

April 20, 2024 - 06:33 -- Admin

By Roger Chao The Silent Truth In the tumult of a raging battle, beneath the echoing cries, Where shadows merge with fading lights, the silent truth belies. A world not split by borders, nor by rifles drawn in dread, But bound by shared existence, in the spaces tear-stained red.   We gather here as fragments…

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