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Be Offensive and Be Damned: The Cases of Peter Ridd and Tim Anderson

December 13, 2018 - 17:33 -- Admin

It has been an ordinary year for universities in Australia. While the National Tertiary Education Union pats itself on the back for supposedly advancing the rights and pay of academics, several face removal and castigation at the hands of university management. Consumerism and pay are the sort of quotidian matters that interest the NTEU. Less…

William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate

December 12, 2018 - 14:58 -- Admin

In the incessant self-praise of the US imperial project, kept safe in a state of permanently enforced amnesia, occasional writings prod and puncture. Mark Twain expressed an ashamed horror at the treatment of the Philippines; Ulysses Grant, despite being a victorious general of the Union forces in the Civil War and US president, could reflect…

Why should our politicians be the only people who are unaccountable?

December 12, 2018 - 12:55 -- Admin

Over the last couple of decades, organisations throughout society, whether they be charities, not-for-profits, unions, or corporate boards, have seen increasing requirements for more transparency and accountability The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was established in December 2012 to, in part, “maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the sector through increased…

Seventy Years of Aspiration: Rights Charters and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 11, 2018 - 19:37 -- Admin

It was a gathering of activists masquerading as deep thinkers. Ostensibly, it was to celebrate seven decades of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one devised in the aftermath of a traumatised world and easier to do so for that fact. But this gathering on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne which featured irritatingly optimistic speakers showed the lamentable…

My Land

December 10, 2018 - 20:06 -- Admin

By Khaled Elomar I reflect on my childhood in a war-torn country (Lebanon). The absence of hope, security and prosperity. The instability of rule and governance. The limited education that any child or adolescent is exposed to, if they are lucky to be exposed to any of it at all. Then I see where I am…

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Oh the irony

December 10, 2018 - 18:00 -- Admin

One of the production team behind The Political Sword regularly attends a trivia night at a local pub. Recently the host (who runs a company that hosts multiple trivia nights every night of the week — so he’s pretty good at finding obscure facts) made the claim that 49 percent of Australians are either immigrants or one/both…

A Climate of Opinion

December 10, 2018 - 14:39 -- Admin

By John Haly The battle for climate change mitigation is euphemistically referred to as a “debate” amidst ideologically restrained political advocates that still think there are legitimate oppositional interpretations about it, to respect. When opinions replace facts in a “post-truth” world, the result may be that confusion and ideology reign inappropriately in society. The increasing occurrence amidst western nations…

Border Protection Hypocrisy

December 10, 2018 - 09:51 -- Admin

Come by boat and you will be denied entry to Australia for ever, but if you come by plane, it’s okay. This is the bizarre outcome the ‘stop the boats’ policy has produced. People smugglers are alive and well, doing great business, after changing their business model to accommodate the government crackdown on asylum seekers…