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Cantering towards destruction

October 6, 2018 - 11:02 -- Admin

Whoever wins the next election is going to face a monumental task to reduce our emissions in order to tackle the existential threat posed by climate change. In one way, it would serve Scott Morrison right to have to face the consequences of his lies.  But the country cannot afford someone who thinks prayer is…

Words can fly and words can bite

October 5, 2018 - 18:02 -- Admin

By George Theodoridis  Exhibit 1: Justin Milne to Guthrie (via email): “…I just think it’s simple. Get rid of her. My view is we need to save the corporation, not Emma…” Milne says these comments were taken out of context. Exhibit 2:  PM Morrison to journalist Cassidy: “I expect the ABC Board to do better and if…

Limiting Israel: Russia Deploys the S-300 to Syria

October 5, 2018 - 13:15 -- Admin

Relations between Russia and Israel have been those of an estranged couple punctuated by occasional breakouts of tense understanding.  As with other such couples, a public row does not necessarily reflect the more placid, if stern discussion that might happen behind closed doors. On the public side of things, Russia’s decision to deploy the S-300…

Scottie Morrison Was Right – The Banking Royal Commission Was A Waste Of Time!

October 5, 2018 - 09:41 -- Admin

While I’m sure some of you having been taking an avid interest in the Banking Royal Commission, there’ll be others who haven’t quite kept up. One of the shocking takeaways so far is the discovery that banks are putting profits before their customers. Of course, when I say “shocking” I’m only refering to handful of…

Repudiating the Global Commons: Trump’s Militarisation of Space

September 3, 2018 - 15:35 -- Admin

In international law, a category regarded by certain legal philosophers as non-existent (there being no overarching sovereign to police it), aspirations reign like obstinate fantasies. The 1967 Outer Space Treaty is one such example, decorated by such expressions as outer space being the “province of all mankind” (Art. 1), with the “common interest of all…

Cormann’s Calamitous Capitulation

September 3, 2018 - 11:56 -- Admin

There is no doubt about who was behind last week’s move to displace Malcolm Turnbull. It was the ever-vengeful and habitually destructive Tony Abbott, who from the moment Turnbull toppled him in 2015, set about doing the same in return. He will have gained some satisfaction from the party room’s decision – Turnbull is gone.…

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…