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Boris Johnson’s dis-United Kingdom

Boris Johnson’s dis-United Kingdom

With both the mainstream and the social media full of jubilation or alternatively tears about the British general election results, let me sound a characteristic Arthur Chrenkoff note of caution: what we have witnessed yesterday was the most left-wing Labour leader since Clement Atlee being defeated by the most left-wing

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Stop defending an irresponsible movie and start apologising | Benjamin Lee

A Mined History: The Bougainville Referendum

It would be an understatement to claim that Bougainville, that blighted piece of autonomous territory in Papua New Guinea, had been through a lot. Companies have preyed upon its environment with extractive hunger. Wars and civil strife have beset its infrastructure and economy. Some 900 kilometres from the PNG mainland,

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PAUL BARRATT. Morrison’s Public Service “reforms” do us no favours.

SATURDAY’s GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND

A regular collection of links to writings and broadcasts in other media ABC’s Saturday Extra with Geraldine Doogue (from 0730 to 0900 or on their website  in case you miss it). How to help: as bushfires burn, people are wondering how best to donate time, money or resources. Geraldine talks

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Stop defending an irresponsible movie and start apologising | Benjamin Lee

Tis not the season to be jolly

As one day merges with the next and the year moves rapidly toward its own sunset, I cannot in all truth say that it is a season to be jolly.Christmas will come and go and Australia will enter its annual month-long period of self-imposed thoughtlessness. Then in February 2020 our

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Labor changes message on coal

Labor changes message on coal

Read moreDec 14, 2019NewsLabor changes message on coalKaren MiddletonIn an attempt to win back Queensland voters, Anthony Albanese expressed support for coal exports this week, confirming that Labor’s path back to government remains fraught.

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White Island eruption death toll rises to 15

White Island eruption death toll rises to 15

The death toll from the dramatic White Island volcanic eruption has risen to 15 with New Zealand Police confirming a patient who was being treated at Waikato Hospital has now died. Police can confirm a further person has died following the eruption on Whakaari / White Island, bringing

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Rioting in India's Assam continues over 'anti-Muslim' law

Rioting in India's Assam continues over 'anti-Muslim' law

Nearly 10,000 protesters have held a day-long hunger strike in northeast India. The state of Assam has seen much protest violence since the passing of a controversial new citizenship law which offers a path to citizenship for six minority religious groups from neighbouring countries but excludes Muslims. However, residents of

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Violence against women and collective guilt in India

Violence against women and collective guilt in India

A protestor wearing a blindfold takes part in a protest in solidarity with rape victims and to oppose violence against women in India, in New Delhi, India December 7, 2019 [Adnan Abidi/Reuters] On November 27, a 27-year-old veterinary doctor was raped, murdered and dumped by the side of a highway

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SBS World News bulletin: 14/12/19

SBS World News bulletin: 14/12/19

SBS News wraps-up all the national and international news including: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls for the UK to move past its Brexit divide, the death toll from the White Island eruption rises and Sydney’s new light rail experiences some teething issues.

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Sudan's Omar al-Bashir in court for corruption trial verdict

Sudan's Omar al-Bashir in court for corruption trial verdict

Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in April after months of demonstration [File: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters] A verdict in the corruption trial of Sudan’s former President Omar al-Bashir is expected to be delivered shortly in the first of several cases against the leader was removed after nearly 30 years in

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White Island eruption death toll rises to 15

White Island eruption death toll rises to 15

The death toll from the dramatic White Island volcanic eruption has risen to 15 with New Zealand Police confirming a patient who was being treated at Waikato Hospital has now died. Police can confirm a further person has died following the eruption on Whakaari / White Island, bringing

read more
Rioting in India's Assam continues over 'anti-Muslim' law

Rioting in India's Assam continues over 'anti-Muslim' law

Nearly 10,000 protesters have held a day-long hunger strike in northeast India. The state of Assam has seen much protest violence since the passing of a controversial new citizenship law which offers a path to citizenship for six minority religious groups from neighbouring countries but excludes Muslims. However, residents of

read more
Violence against women and collective guilt in India

Violence against women and collective guilt in India

A protestor wearing a blindfold takes part in a protest in solidarity with rape victims and to oppose violence against women in India, in New Delhi, India December 7, 2019 [Adnan Abidi/Reuters] On November 27, a 27-year-old veterinary doctor was raped, murdered and dumped by the side of a highway

read more
SBS World News bulletin: 14/12/19

SBS World News bulletin: 14/12/19

SBS News wraps-up all the national and international news including: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls for the UK to move past its Brexit divide, the death toll from the White Island eruption rises and Sydney’s new light rail experiences some teething issues.

read more
White Island eruption death toll rises to 15

White Island eruption death toll rises to 15

The death toll from the dramatic White Island volcanic eruption has risen to 15 with New Zealand Police confirming a patient who was being treated at Waikato Hospital has now died. Police can confirm a further person has died following the eruption on Whakaari / White Island, bringing

read more
Rioting in India's Assam continues over 'anti-Muslim' law

Rioting in India's Assam continues over 'anti-Muslim' law

Nearly 10,000 protesters have held a day-long hunger strike in northeast India. The state of Assam has seen much protest violence since the passing of a controversial new citizenship law which offers a path to citizenship for six minority religious groups from neighbouring countries but excludes Muslims. However, residents of

read more
Violence against women and collective guilt in India

Violence against women and collective guilt in India

A protestor wearing a blindfold takes part in a protest in solidarity with rape victims and to oppose violence against women in India, in New Delhi, India December 7, 2019 [Adnan Abidi/Reuters] On November 27, a 27-year-old veterinary doctor was raped, murdered and dumped by the side of a highway

read more
White Island eruption death toll rises to 15

White Island eruption death toll rises to 15

The death toll from the dramatic White Island volcanic eruption has risen to 15 with New Zealand Police confirming a patient who was being treated at Waikato Hospital has now died. Police can confirm a further person has died following the eruption on Whakaari / White Island, bringing

read more
Rioting in India's Assam continues over 'anti-Muslim' law

Rioting in India's Assam continues over 'anti-Muslim' law

Nearly 10,000 protesters have held a day-long hunger strike in northeast India. The state of Assam has seen much protest violence since the passing of a controversial new citizenship law which offers a path to citizenship for six minority religious groups from neighbouring countries but excludes Muslims. However, residents of

read more
White Island eruption death toll rises to 15

White Island eruption death toll rises to 15

The death toll from the dramatic White Island volcanic eruption has risen to 15 with New Zealand Police confirming a patient who was being treated at Waikato Hospital has now died. Police can confirm a further person has died following the eruption on Whakaari / White Island, bringing

read more
Rioting in India's Assam continues over 'anti-Muslim' law

Rioting in India's Assam continues over 'anti-Muslim' law

Nearly 10,000 protesters have held a day-long hunger strike in northeast India. The state of Assam has seen much protest violence since the passing of a controversial new citizenship law which offers a path to citizenship for six minority religious groups from neighbouring countries but excludes Muslims. However, residents of

read more
Violence against women and collective guilt in India

Violence against women and collective guilt in India

A protestor wearing a blindfold takes part in a protest in solidarity with rape victims and to oppose violence against women in India, in New Delhi, India December 7, 2019 [Adnan Abidi/Reuters] On November 27, a 27-year-old veterinary doctor was raped, murdered and dumped by the side of a highway

read more

World News

White Island eruption death toll rises to 15

White Island eruption death toll rises to 15

The death toll from the dramatic White Island volcanic eruption has risen to 15 with New Zealand Police confirming a patient who was being treated at Waikato Hospital has now died. Police can confirm a further person has died following the eruption on Whakaari / White Island, bringing

read more
Rioting in India's Assam continues over 'anti-Muslim' law

Rioting in India's Assam continues over 'anti-Muslim' law

Nearly 10,000 protesters have held a day-long hunger strike in northeast India. The state of Assam has seen much protest violence since the passing of a controversial new citizenship law which offers a path to citizenship for six minority religious groups from neighbouring countries but excludes Muslims. However, residents of

read more
Violence against women and collective guilt in India

Violence against women and collective guilt in India

A protestor wearing a blindfold takes part in a protest in solidarity with rape victims and to oppose violence against women in India, in New Delhi, India December 7, 2019 [Adnan Abidi/Reuters] On November 27, a 27-year-old veterinary doctor was raped, murdered and dumped by the side of a highway

read more
SBS World News bulletin: 14/12/19

SBS World News bulletin: 14/12/19

SBS News wraps-up all the national and international news including: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls for the UK to move past its Brexit divide, the death toll from the White Island eruption rises and Sydney’s new light rail experiences some teething issues.

read more
Sudan's Omar al-Bashir in court for corruption trial verdict

Sudan's Omar al-Bashir in court for corruption trial verdict

Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in April after months of demonstration [File: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters] A verdict in the corruption trial of Sudan’s former President Omar al-Bashir is expected to be delivered shortly in the first of several cases against the leader was removed after nearly 30 years in

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Business & The Economy

On why this is your time Scott Morrison

On why this is your time Scott Morrison

Dear PM Scott Morrison, this is your time. Your chance to shine and step up to the winners’ podium on the global stage, the number 1 spot at the political Olympics. The spot that that one of your predecessors Kevin Rudd was about to ascend when he embarrassingly...

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ARENA backs Sustainable Australia Fund with $630,000

ARENA backs Sustainable Australia Fund with $630,000

IN BRIEF: The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has today announced$630,000 for the Sustainable Australia Fund (SAF) to expand its fixed-rate, long-termloans for environmental upgrades to NSW and SA. The company was originally set up by the City of Melbourne where it...

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Environment

Taylor flies out of Madrid, leaving Kyoto carryover battle unresolved

Taylor flies out of Madrid, leaving Kyoto carryover battle unresolved

Federal energy and emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor has left Madrid following his address to the COP25 climate change talks, leaving Australia’s diplomatic corps to continue the fight for Australia’s Kyoto accounting loophole. Much is at stake for the Morrison government, as it plans to rely on

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Federal nuclear inquiry report: Lunatics in charge of the asylum

Federal nuclear inquiry report: Lunatics in charge of the asylum

The House of Representative’s Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy has released its report “on the circumstances and prerequisites necessary for any future government’s consideration of nuclear energy generation.” The majority report, written by Coalition MPs, is predictably pro-nuclear and calls for a partial, conditional repeal

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Coalition pushes for nuclear ban to be lifted, Labor says it’s madness

Coalition pushes for nuclear ban to be lifted, Labor says it’s madness

Federal Coalition MPs have called on the Morrison government to lift the ban on nuclear energy and pave the way for “emerging” nuclear technologies to be introduced into Australia’s energy mix, despite their enormous expense, huge environmental risks, and as-yet unproven technical status. The controversial push comes

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The Driven Podcast: EVs, range anxiety and fuel security

The Driven Podcast: EVs, range anxiety and fuel security

EV’s are an obvious solution for Australia’s precarious fuel security and its almost total dependence on costly and emissions intensive fuel imports. Former RAAF deputy chief John Blackburn joins the Driven podcast to explain why. Blackburn has long advocated for Australia to take fuel security seriously, including

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