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Rewarding incompetence – yet another scathing report about Dutton’s department

June 16, 2018 - 06:39 -- Admin

The 2014 National Commission of Audit decided there were “too many government bodies in Australia” and suggested abolishing, merging or privatising 99 of them. One recommendation was the consolidation of border protection services which ultimately led to the formation of Dutton’s superministry. “A consolidation of Australia’s border services has the potential to generate significant savings…

Dark Precedents: Matteo Salvini, the MV Tampa and Refugees

June 15, 2018 - 15:15 -- Admin

In August 2001, Australia’s dour Prime Minister John Howard demonstrated to the world what his country’s elite soldiers could do. Desperate, close to starvation and having been rescued at sea from the Palapa I in the Indian Ocean, refugees and asylum seekers on the Norwegian vessel, the MV Tampa, were greeted by the “crack” troops…

Pushing Huawei Out: Australia, the Solomon Islands and the Internet

June 14, 2018 - 15:30 -- Admin

Be wary of the Chinese technological behemoth, goes the current cry from many circles in Australia’s parliament. Cybersecurity issues are at stake, and the eyes of Beijing are getting beadier by the day. The seedy involvement of Australia in the Solomon Islands, ostensibly to block the influence of a Chinese company’s investment venture, is simply…

Four principle elements of life

June 14, 2018 - 14:15 -- Admin

Earth, Air, Fire and Water … The humanist side of politics see them as spiritual elements that need to be respected even when being put to use … The corporate side of politics see them as an opportunity to capitalise upon for personal enrichment … and there is the left – right divide. But mother…

Day to Day Politics: ‘Electricity Bill’ was electrifying with a very bright spark.

June 14, 2018 - 06:00 -- Admin

Thursday 14 June 2018 It’s strange how we humans judge each other. We seem to attach ourselves to others or teams of others all with varying qualifications, distinctions and virtue. We lock ourselves into groups for various reasons be it sporting teams, spiritual leaning or political parties. “No man is an island” did I hear…

Meeting on the Island of Death From Behind: The Kim-Trump Summit

June 13, 2018 - 16:00 -- Admin

Everything about this summit is in the showy warm-up run. “I am on my way to Singapore,” tweets US President Donald J. Trump, “where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World.” Such descriptions from America’s ever hustling television president tend to become child like, whether glowingly…