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Scott “had a go”

September 3, 2018 - 09:19 -- Admin

Pretending he is leading a united team, Scott Morrison handed out flag badges to remind his colleagues whose side they are on. It didn’t work. Inevitably, the recriminations continue as speculation grows that Scott had been planning on “having a go” for some time. Despite not having anonymous sources to brief me or drop leaks…

Warring against Encryption: Australian proposals for the Tech Giants

August 17, 2018 - 16:15 -- Admin

What is it with Australia’s law enforcement authorities? Their uncontrollable appetite for encrypted data – primarily the data of private users – is so voracious it has become a parody of itself. There seems to be little that will restrain such politicians as Cybersecurity minister Angus Taylor, who insists that the technology giants cough up…

7:30 Report – Lies and revelations

August 8, 2018 - 10:51 -- Admin

The last two evenings have seen the PM and the head of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation trying to justify/sell Turbull’s captain’s call on 7:30 report. First up was Malcolm looking distinctly uncomfortable – so uncomfortable that he forgot Tony Burke’s name as he lamely, and so excruciatingly predictably, tried to blame Labor. When asked…

Off With Her head !

August 8, 2018 - 10:46 -- Admin

Unless you have been hiding under your doona for the last week and singing la la la, with your fingers in your ears, you could not help but be aware of the odd happenings in the life of Labor parliamentarian Emma Husar. Our own version of Lois lane [Alice Workman at BuzzFeed] has been on…

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The Non-University and the Manager

August 8, 2018 - 09:30 -- Admin

We have been seeing over the last few decades the birth of the non-university, an institution hollowed out of its seminal functions: teaching and scholarship. Such an institution emphasises the functions of commerce and branding not dissimilar to the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company), dedicated to goods and services and the establishment of…


August 7, 2018 - 10:27 -- Admin

When I bought my first home back in 1973, Australians were being advised not to pay more than 25% of their net income on their mortgage. It was sound advice and one, even the banks used, to calculate whether the mortgagee would be able to meet the quarterly repayments. As a further rear guard action,…