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Australia’s Immigration System Leaves Visa Applicants in Limbo for Years

February 4, 2024 - 10:49 -- Admin

By Loz Lawrey In late 2021 Afghanistan’s capital Kabul fell to the Taliban. These religious zealots had swept through the country following the withdrawal of American forces from the country. At the time I, along with other Australian citizens, assisted Afghans whose very existence was threatened by the new regime to complete and lodge applications…

When Much is Too Much: Elon Musk’s Compensation Package

February 3, 2024 - 11:49 -- Admin

When is the acquisitive nature of open frontier capitalism too much? When Elon Musk is told that US$56 billion as a pay package is unfair. This, at least, was the finding by Delaware Court of Chancery by Judge Kathaleen McCormick regarding the spellbinding 2018 compensation package for the planet’s wealthiest human being. McCormick and Musk…

Money, money, money. It’s a rich man’s world.

February 3, 2024 - 06:00 -- Admin

The headline conveys a tale of acquisition, narcissism, and unimaginable wealth. The world is overflowing with money inherited, earned honestly or obtained through corrupt means. Nevertheless, little is acquired through equal opportunities. It is a world where the rich have a significant advantage. It is a rich man’s world. Let’s begin our investigation with some…

Seizing Australia’s AI opportunity

February 2, 2024 - 12:08 -- Admin

Productivity Commission Media Release New research from the Productivity Commission finds that artificial intelligence could significantly boost Australia’s productivity if governments implement well-directed policy and regulation. In this set of three papers, the Commission places Australia’s AI opportunity in a global context, to consider how our governments can help to maximise the potential economic benefits…

Fears for 15,000 animals stranded on MV Bahijah grow as Department of Agriculture considers re-export

January 31, 2024 - 17:50 -- Admin

Australian Alliance for Animals Media Release The Australian Alliance for Animals is calling for common sense to prevail as the Department of Agriculture considers an application to re-export thousands of Australian sheep and cattle stranded on the MV Bahijah currently anchored off the Port of Fremantle. The vessel departed Australian waters for Jordan on 5…

Why stronger environmental safeguards are a necessary part of climate action

January 31, 2024 - 17:00 -- Admin

By Dr Michael Seebeck   Response to Dr Jennifer Rayner’s article arguing for exemption of renewables infrastructures from normal environmental laws – “Climate laws are key to protecting nation’s environment” – the New Daily, 26/1/24. “Clean energy” is a misnomer and a wonderfully successful marketing term for an industry absolutely reliant on fossil fuels (1)(2)(3), and…

Cannibalism, Conservatives and Lies: Australia’s Nemesis Story

January 31, 2024 - 12:47 -- Admin

Palace coups have become a seasonal tradition in Australian politics.  Between 2007 and 2018, Australia had six prime ministers, four of whom were overthrown by their own parties, the first five never being allowed to complete their first term in office. In contrast, between 1983 and 2007, the country could count on the dry, solid…