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New research sheds light on Australian demand for child sexual abuse online

December 19, 2023 - 13:31 -- Admin

IJM Media Release   New research released by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) today sheds light on the prevalence of Australians accessing child sexual abuse material online. The study, ‘Prevalence of viewing online child sexual abuse material among Australian adults’, surveyed over 13,000 Australian adults, with 0.8 per cent of participants disclosing they had intentionally…

Cardinal Crimes: Absolute Rule and Fleecing the Holy See

December 18, 2023 - 15:37 -- Admin

Like a bank with branches everywhere, the Catholic Church will go after its own when circumstances permit, wherever they are. In other instances, it will take the opposite tack, shielding the detractors or deviants from local scrutiny, and concealing them from the burden of accountability. Italian Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, former adviser to Pope Francis…

Building Tomorrow Today: A Fair Economy, End to Poverty, Inclusive Communities, and a Livable Climate

December 18, 2023 - 11:45 -- Admin

By Denis Hay Considering the Australian Council of Social Service’s (ACOSS) Five-Year Impact Strategy 2023-2028, it is crucial to explore how a fair economy, the end of poverty, inclusive communities, and a sustainable climate are interlinked and can be achieved through strategic initiatives. The research underscores the significant benefits of these interconnected goals. Economic Fairness…

The Americanisation of Australian politics: watching the Atlas Network

December 18, 2023 - 11:19 -- Admin

It is no accident that the Australian “conservative” movement has transformed into an echo of the toxic American Right. Fossil fuel money and a giant international network of junktanks bear much of the blame. Dr Jeremy Walker’s research into the Atlas Network’s Australian partners brought that American body to prominence over the referendum campaign. The…

JASPER………..You Mongrel !

December 18, 2023 - 07:19 -- Admin

Day One Wednesday – 13 December 2023 Increasing swirling wind with horizontal rain lashing house. Jasper is not our first cyclone since we moved to Far North Queensland forty years ago. Probably the worst for us was Larry in 2006 as we had structural damage which took many months to have fixed. That was one…

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The American Scheme

December 17, 2023 - 21:42 -- Admin

By James Moore   The news conference was going to be dull and provide no real facts. The nature of those events rarely changed in Washington. News, in this case, was the fact that a report was being released on the Iran-Contra affair, an illegal government scheme constructed for selling weapons to Iran and then rerouting…

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False Transitions and Global Stocktakes: The Failure of COP28

December 17, 2023 - 14:19 -- Admin

The time has come to treat the sequence of UN Climate Change Conferences, the latest concluding in Dubai, as a series of the failed and the abysmally rotten. It shows how a worthless activity, caked (oiled?) with appropriately chosen words, can actually provide assurance that something worthwhile was done. Along the way, there are always…

Empowering Australians: A Progressive Vision for National Prosperity

December 17, 2023 - 11:44 -- Admin

By Denis Hay   In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia stands at a crossroads, facing the choice between prioritizing corporate profits or the well-being of its citizens. The current political landscape, characterized by tax benefits for the affluent, fossil fuel subsidies, and substantial military investments, starkly contrasts with the pressing needs of many Australians…

Negativity Bias: What is it and how it’s used in politics?

December 16, 2023 - 06:00 -- Admin

In the final two months of 2023, the Australian political landscape was plagued by negative bias campaigning tactics similar to those of Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison. It is unsurprising, considering that negativity is a core element of their political philosophy. They appear incapable of recognising any positive aspect of their opponents’ policies whatsoever. Regrettably, political negativity…