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Help wanted

September 3, 2021 - 14:53 -- Admin

Moving to a new webhost, migrating to a new server, and upgrading our security system has not gone by without incident. In other words, there have been teething problems. Lots of them. Some of these we are aware of and they have been fixed by the tech team at our new web host. There are…

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“Mr Speaker, This Is Coalvid, Don’t Be Afraid, Embrace It, Step Toward The Light!”

September 2, 2021 - 18:00 -- Admin

Thankfully the playgrounds are opening again in Victoria. Over dinner, I told my son that I’d be able to take him there again tomorrow and hopefully that would improve his mental health. He pointed out that I hadn’t taken him there since he was in Grade 4 and – apart from the fact that he…

Droning Disasters: A US Strike on Kabul

September 1, 2021 - 14:20 -- Admin

No more profoundly disturbing statement was needed. In the dying days of the official US departure from Kabul, a US drone etched its butcher’s legacy with a strike supposedly intended for the blood-lusty terrorist group ISIS-K, an abbreviation of Islamic State in Khorasan Province. Its members had taken responsibility for blasts outside Harmid Karzai International…

Josh and Scotty’s excellent adventure can have no happy ending.

August 31, 2021 - 19:50 -- Admin

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s snap lockdown forces PM fan-boy, Josh Frydenberg to doss-down at The Lodge, in ScoMo ‘n Frydo’s Canberra Sleepover, a lightweight sitcom pilot about mateship, relatability and who does the washing-up. In Episode One –An Odd Coupling – scripted by professionally coached, empath and noted folk-orator, Scott “Demosthenes” Morrison, the PM…

In the Liberal world empathy is as scarce as vaccines

August 31, 2021 - 16:32 -- Admin

The Macquarie Dictionary defines empathy as “the mental entering into the feeling or spirit of a person or thing; appreciative perception or understanding. Empathy comes from the Greek word empátheia. In German the word is “Einfühlung”. Whatever its origin, or its roots, empathy is not part of the game plan of the NSW Premier Gladys…

We should be better than this

August 30, 2021 - 18:15 -- Admin

By 2353NM   In The Guardian’s detailed history of the ‘Tampa affair’ which occurred twenty years ago, you will notice a number of similarities with the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Sadly, you will also notice that the response by current Prime Minister Morrison is worse than then Prime Minister Howard’s response twenty years ago. As David Marr discusses…

New South Wales and Victoria: A tale of two press conferences

August 30, 2021 - 17:45 -- Admin

By Matthew Reddin   Two press conferences, two states dealing with Delta, two very different sets of reported numbers. I decided to compare the pair. In her July 23 press conference, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian labelled the 136 new cases of COVID-19 a ‘national emergency’. Today, August 30, NSW reported 1293 new cases. No reports were…

Abandoned and Alone: Lamenting the US-Australian Alliance

August 30, 2021 - 15:54 -- Admin

Listening to Australian pundits talk about the relationship of their country with the US – at least from a strategic perspective – can be a trying exercise. It is filled with angst, Freudian fears of abandonment, the strident megalomania of Australian self-importance. Critics of this complex are shouted down as Sinophiles or in the pay…

The greatest con of all: It’s safe

August 30, 2021 - 06:00 -- Admin

It started with the prime minister appearing on the morning television programme; The Today Show. He was making comments about Australia opening up. Morrison was making comments about the possibility of the country opening up. You see, he has this plan put together by the Doherty Institute: “Now, it’s like that movie – in The…