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Lessons from the Totalitarian Past

Lessons from the Totalitarian Past

Modern definitions of the concept of legality known as the rule of law often start with the views expressed by Albert Venn Dicey (1835–1922), the celebrated 19th-century English constitutional lawyer who argued that the realisation of the rule of law was subject to three basic conditions: (1) supremacy of the

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Bans on Human Rights Abusers are Set to Become Law

Bans on Human Rights Abusers are Set to Become Law

Laws which ban human rights abusers and cyber criminals from entering, trading in, and holding bank accounts in  Australia are set to pass federal parliament. Under these laws, known as ‘Magnitsky laws’, the government can impose strict prohibitions on criminals...

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Did we learn anything from 2021?

Did we learn anything from 2021?

The last two years have been packed with chaos. Politicians have gone mad with power. Division has run rife throughout society. Citizens have turned on each other. Lockdowns have been imposed and lifted only to be reimposed weeks – sometimes even days later… In the words of The Thick of

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Democracy: A work in progress

Democracy: A work in progress

That the people of Australia have lost faith in our system of Government is unsurprising. To say that we are ambivalent about our politicians is an understatement, and we are now ashamed.    To say that our democracy has taken a beating from the hard-Right of Australian politics over the past

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The contemptible prosecution of Bernard Collaery is an assault on the rule of law

Patient beware: many a medical practitioner is naught but a dodgy doctor

The ease with which the  protections of Australians from healthcare fraud can be breached can only be described as disgraceful, writes John Dwyer. We can all be grateful to the ABC’s Four Corners program for detailing the harmful, indeed quite horrific malpractice of a ”cosmetic surgeon” who caused so much

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The contemptible prosecution of Bernard Collaery is an assault on the rule of law

The integrity vacuum in our federal politics — and how to fix it

The rejection of ethical and accountability standards that is undermining our political system has left voters cynical: here’s a package of reforms that will restore trust and protect our democracy. We are facing a national integrity crisis in which the routine abuse of power, the rejection of ethical standards and

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The contemptible prosecution of Bernard Collaery is an assault on the rule of law

Our democracy is damaged — only progressive independents can repair it

Voter trust in the major political parties is virtually non-existent — independent candidates can restore the grassroots values that have been abandoned. Most voters are now so disenchanted with politics that they avoid identifying with the major parties. There is no trust in parties that have branches of minimal size

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Democracy: A work in progress

Not a dry eye in the House as rats abandon ship

Omicron, OMG? No worries, Health Minister Greg Hunt is all abreast of the latest threat to public health, even finding time at the end of his statement to parliament to read aloud a letter from Olivia, the mother of Bella, a six-year-old girl in Koo Wee Rup, who is seriously ill,

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Platée reigns supreme on the Sydney operatic stage

Platée reigns supreme on the Sydney operatic stage

Pinchgut Opera/Brett BoardmanReview: Platée, directed by Neil Armfiled, Pinchgut Opera French master composer and theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) created the opera Platée for the wedding of Louis, Dauphin of France, son of King Louis XV of France, and the Infanta Maria Theresa of Spain. The work challenged

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Brad Hazzard is Not Fit to Lead the Pandemic Response

Brad Hazzard is Not Fit to Lead the Pandemic Response

Another bizarre and unnecessary verbal attack by a politician has occurred the very week the Set the Standard report has been released, highlighting just how far we have to go in stamping out disrespect and misconduct in the workplace. NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard...

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I’m a Facebook jailbird: the system is sexist

I’m a Facebook jailbird: the system is sexist

Content notification: This post contains discussion of and examples of online abuse and commentary some people might find offensive. It is published here in the interest of genuinely and openly discussing ideas and thoughts about what we, as a community, consider abusive and/or sexist on social media platforms. While draft anti-troll legislation by the

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Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks?

Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks?

Tehran, Iran – All the signatories of the nuclear accord inked by Iran and world powers in 2015 say they want it restored as there is no viable alternative, but Iranian and Western definitions of a “good deal” to achieve that goal remain heavily at odds.The seventh round of talks

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European countries looking to set up new diplomatic presence in Afghanistan

European countries looking to set up new diplomatic presence in Afghanistan

Several European countries are working on opening up a joint diplomatic mission in Afghanistan that would enable their ambassadors to return to the country, French President Emmanuel Macron has revealed.Western countries have been grappling with how to engage with the Taliban after they took over Afghanistan in a lightning advance

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Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks?

Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks?

Tehran, Iran – All the signatories of the nuclear accord inked by Iran and world powers in 2015 say they want it restored as there is no viable alternative, but Iranian and Western definitions of a “good deal” to achieve that goal remain heavily at odds.The seventh round of talks

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European countries looking to set up new diplomatic presence in Afghanistan

European countries looking to set up new diplomatic presence in Afghanistan

Several European countries are working on opening up a joint diplomatic mission in Afghanistan that would enable their ambassadors to return to the country, French President Emmanuel Macron has revealed.Western countries have been grappling with how to engage with the Taliban after they took over Afghanistan in a lightning advance

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Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks?

Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks?

Tehran, Iran – All the signatories of the nuclear accord inked by Iran and world powers in 2015 say they want it restored as there is no viable alternative, but Iranian and Western definitions of a “good deal” to achieve that goal remain heavily at odds.The seventh round of talks

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Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks?

Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks?

Tehran, Iran – All the signatories of the nuclear accord inked by Iran and world powers in 2015 say they want it restored as there is no viable alternative, but Iranian and Western definitions of a “good deal” to achieve that goal remain heavily at odds.The seventh round of talks

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Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks?

Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks?

Tehran, Iran – All the signatories of the nuclear accord inked by Iran and world powers in 2015 say they want it restored as there is no viable alternative, but Iranian and Western definitions of a “good deal” to achieve that goal remain heavily at odds.The seventh round of talks

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World News

Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks?

Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks?

Tehran, Iran – All the signatories of the nuclear accord inked by Iran and world powers in 2015 say they want it restored as there is no viable alternative, but Iranian and Western definitions of a “good deal” to achieve that goal remain heavily at odds.The seventh round of talks

read more
European countries looking to set up new diplomatic presence in Afghanistan

European countries looking to set up new diplomatic presence in Afghanistan

Several European countries are working on opening up a joint diplomatic mission in Afghanistan that would enable their ambassadors to return to the country, French President Emmanuel Macron has revealed.Western countries have been grappling with how to engage with the Taliban after they took over Afghanistan in a lightning advance

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Business & The Economy

On cybersecurity, compliance, and total cost of ownership

On cybersecurity, compliance, and total cost of ownership

High levels of regulatory compliance, crippling skills shortages and a relentlessly shifting risk landscape are combining to make military-grade cloud, including physical infrastructure, increasingly attractive to commercial and government business environments, according to industry experts. The global military-grade cybersecurity market was valued at nearly US$25.7 billion in 2021 and

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Indigenous knowledge systems in the age of AI

Indigenous knowledge systems in the age of AI

There are inherent biases built into a lot of modern technologies that preference the old colonial powers and Anglo-European whiteness as a matter of careless invention. As we stand on the cusp of the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, we might well ask: is this an error

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