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The ICJ’s Provisional Orders: The Genocide Convention Applies to Gaza

January 27, 2024 - 11:28 -- Admin

On January 26, legal experts, policy wonks, activists and the plain curious waited for the order of the International Court of Justice, sitting in The Hague. The topic was that gravest of crimes, considered most reprehensible in the canon of international law: genocide. The main participants: the accused party, the State of Israel, and the…

Mesmeric Weapons: South Africa’s Nuclear Program

January 26, 2024 - 14:45 -- Admin

The lessons of the South African nuclear weapons program are deep, profound and largely ignored by non-proliferation dogmatists. They show that a regime, even one subject to sanctions and exiled to the diplomatic cold room, can still show aptitude and resourcefulness in creating such murderous weapons. The white regime of Apartheid South Africa was marginalised,…

Sorry, No Vacancy

January 26, 2024 - 13:30 -- Admin

By John Haly   “There is enough work in Australia for nobody to be on unemployment benefits except for those medically incapable.” (Quote from Twitter!) This is a familiar theme on social media. Such claims are often made, predictably, by a privileged white male with a job; and no understanding of the misery of the unemployed…

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Spud has his tail up

January 25, 2024 - 20:30 -- Admin

An arsehole is in plain view Just over half a term ago the prune juice kicked in and Australia had one of its more satisfying movements – the Great Schmo was number two-ed by the voters. Now, after a fruitless 18 months of unreturned phone calls Schmo (“If you’re good at your job, you’ll get…

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27 million ‘milestone’ no cause for celebration

January 25, 2024 - 17:53 -- Admin

Sustainable Population Australia Media Release Australia’s passing the 27 million population milestone is a matter of deep concern and not a cause for celebration, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ population clock, the milestone was passed at 3.45pm on Wednesday 24 January. It was helped along by a…

Tax corporate mega-profits after sensible stage three changes: CFMEU

January 25, 2024 - 17:01 -- Admin

CFMEU Media Release  The CFMEU has called for the Albanese Government to back its mega-profits tax to end the housing crisis after making sensible changes to income tax cuts. According to Oxford Economics Australia modelling, a mega-profits tax could comfortably raise enough money to build 52,600 social and affordable homes a year. CFMEU National Secretary…

Oxfam response to changes to stage three tax cuts

January 25, 2024 - 16:51 -- Admin

Oxfam Australia Media Release  In response to the Australian Government’s announcement on the stage three tax cuts, Oxfam Australia’s Interim Director of Programs, Rod Goodbun, said:   “We welcome today’s announcement that the Australian government has taken positive measures to address the relentless surge in the cost of living and enhance the fairness of the stage…

What does it mean to be Australian?

January 25, 2024 - 11:00 -- Admin

By Bert Hetebry   Sometimes we are proud to be Australian. We cheer on our cricket teams, we carry high hopes for our tennis players, cheer on the Matildas and their home-grown stars. But what really defines us as a nation? We are essentially a nation of immigrants, even those who can trace their lineage to…