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Nearly three quarters of millionaires polled in G20 countries support higher taxes on wealth, over half think extreme wealth is a “threat to democracy”

January 17, 2024 - 15:24 -- Admin

Oxfam Media Release   Polling comes as 260 millionaires and billionaires sign new letter, directed at political leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, saying they would be “Proud To Pay More” in taxes. A staggering new poll has revealed that support for higher taxes on wealth is popular with dollar millionaires from across G20…

Lessons from the USA about patriotic beat-ups

January 16, 2024 - 19:26 -- Admin

As Australia approaches that time in January again, we see the unedifying picture of Peter Dutton’s team driving his post-referendum Base into a flag-waving orgy of aggrieved patriotism. He has decided to conduct an attack on Woolworths over a commercial decision that Australia Day merchandise was not popular. Dutton is whipping up the contingent which…

Strategies for protecting Australian voters against digital disinformation campaigns

January 16, 2024 - 14:47 -- Admin

By Martha Knox-Haly   From April 2023 to October 2023, Australian voters were subjected to an unprecedented social media disinformation campaign around the Voice to Parliament Referendum. The Voice to Government was supported by Scott Morrison in 2017, and it had enjoyed the steady support of the majority of Australian voters several years. The proposal was…

Bypassing Parliament: Westminster, the Royal Prerogative and Bombing Yemen

January 16, 2024 - 14:15 -- Admin

There is something distinctly revolting and authoritarian about the royal prerogative. It reeks of clandestine assumption, unwarranted self-confidence and, most of all, a blithe indifference to accountability before elected representatives. That prerogative, in other words, is the last reminder of divine right, the fiction that a ruler can have powers vested by an unsubstantiated deity,…

Israel’s argument at The Hague: We are Incapable of Genocide

January 15, 2024 - 15:15 -- Admin

Israel’s relationship with the United Nations, international institutions and international law has at times bristled with suspicion and blatant hostility. In a famous cabinet meeting in 1955, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion famously knocked back the suggestion that the United Nations 1947 plan for partitioning Palestine had been instrumental in creating the State of Israel. “No,…

Living in a More Motorized Harbour City: Are the New Motorways Improving Quality of Life in Sydney?

January 15, 2024 - 13:39 -- Admin

By Denis Bright   Media coverage of the traffic chaos in Sydney’s Inner West associated with the opening of the Rozelle Interchange on 26 November 2023 has faded into transport history. WestConnex now offers 33 kilometres of new road tunnels and improved motorway connections. The total estimated cost is at least $20 billion according to estimates…

Wealth of three richest Australians has doubled since 2020 as cost-of-living pressures for many continue to bite

January 15, 2024 - 11:28 -- Admin

Oxfam Australia Media Release  Analysis finds that in the same period, five billion people around the world have been made poorer. The wealth of the three richest Australians, Gina Rinehart, Andrew Forrest and Harry Triguboff, has more than doubled since 2020 at a staggering rate of $1.5 million per hour, new Oxfam analysis reveals, as…