Category: Independent Commentary

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Calm before the storm

Good morning, early birds. In February the NSW State Emergency Service was reportedly warned the day before that the Lismore flooding could be about to get much worse but did

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More Indigenous kids enrolled in preschool

New Closing the Gap figures have revealed a higher rate of Indigenous children are enrolled in preschool programs compared to non-Indigenous peers. The post More Indigenous kids enrolled in preschool

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Verdicts loom in NCA bombing case

A South Australian Supreme Court judge is due to deliver his verdicts in the case against Domenic Perre, charged over the 1994 NCA bombing in Adelaide. The post Verdicts loom

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Australians biggest ice users, data shows

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s wastewater drug report shows demand for ice continued amid COVID-19 lockdowns. The post Australians biggest ice users, data shows appeared first on Crikey.

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May rate rise likely curbed borrowing

Economists expect demand for credit slowed slightly in May among both households and business in response to the first rate rise in a decade. The post May rate rise likely

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Mental support for deployed ADF can vary

The veterans royal commission has been told the level of mental health support provided to defence deployments can vary, depending on size and location. The post Mental support for deployed

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NATO vows to modernise Ukraine’s military

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has praised NATO’s “clear-eyed stance” on Russia and says a summit proves the alliance can take difficult decisions. The post NATO vows to modernise Ukraine’s

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NATO labels China ‘malicious’

NATO has declared China a “malicious” risk to its members and allies, warning the country’s government is rapidly expanding its nuclear capability. The post NATO labels China ‘malicious’ appeared first

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NATO declares Russia a ‘direct threat’

NATO has identified Russia, previously classed as a strategic partner, as the military alliance’s main threat. The post NATO declares Russia a ‘direct threat’ appeared first on Crikey.

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Call for clear carbon signal to boardrooms

Australia’s emissions are tipped to grow without changes to the ‘carrot and stick’ scheme developed by the previous government to shrink industrial pollution. The post Call for clear carbon signal

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PM says talks on EU trade deal on track

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has revealed trade deal negotiations with the European Union will be fast tracked. The post PM says talks on EU trade deal on track appeared first

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World must act with ‘urgency’: PM

Australia’s commitment to defending global security will be reaffirmed by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in an address to the OECD in Paris. The post World must act with ‘urgency’: PM

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What’s driving Uber’s historic agreement with the TWU on gig work

Uber Australia has struck a historic agreement with the Transport Workers’ Union – a statement of principles that re-regulate work in the Australian rideshare and food delivery industry. This is a major shift to industrial relations in the gig economy. Uber and its rival platforms have largely treated

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Is America about to break apart?

Here’s a fun fact: almost half of Americans believe that there will be a civil war in their lifetimes. Less fun fact: they could be right. To observe the United States today is to watch a country that cannot get on with itself. Some people say that it has always

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The night that David Cameron sealed Britain’s Brexit fate

Friday 29 June 2012 isn’t a famous date in British history, but it deserves at least a footnote. Because I reckon it’s the day the Brexit referendum became inevitable – largely thanks to David Cameron’s inability to stop talking. What follows is my argument, based on personal involvement, that Cameron

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Overruling Roe v Wade: The International Dimension

American exceptionalism can be a dreary thing, and no more so than each time a US president promotes the country’s imperial credentials and continued prowess. But in matters of literacy, shared wealth, and health care, the US has been outpaced by other states less inclined towards remorseless social Darwinism.  The

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Boris and Macron’s ‘bromance’ is rooted in despair

Is ‘Le Bromance’ really back on? Boris Johnson suggested as much at the G7 summit in Bavaria this week, where he strolled arm-in-arm with Emmanuel Macron. Yet when one considers the breadth of subjects the two avoided in their discussions – no Northern Ireland Protocol, cross-Channel migration, or Aukus – it is hard

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Writing Racism into the Constitution

Anthony Albanese’s first act as Prime Minister was to significantly replace two of the three Australian flags in Parliament’s House media Blue Room and replace them with the Aboriginal Flag and Torres Strait Islander ensign. Significantly, the Aboriginal Flag was in the center, with the Australian flag off to

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Rules appointing parliamentary staffers need a shake up

The question of how many staff members independents and minor party parliamentarians need should be determined by independent analysis, not a prime minister. The post Rules appointing parliamentary staffers need a shake up appeared first on The Mandarin.

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How an asteroid near-miss shocked the UN

In 2013, an unforeseen asteroid exploded 30 kms above Chelyabinsk, Russia. The shockwave knocked down walls, blew out windows and injured 1,600 people. The post How an asteroid near-miss shocked the UN appeared first on The Mandarin.

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UK public rejects Yassmin after nasty remarks about flag

It’s happened again. Left-wing activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied has insulted her host country on Twitter, triggering an angry response from citizens. After making tasteless and widely criticised comments in 2017 about Anzac Day in Australia, Yassmin ‘fled’ to the ‘safety’ of England. Now, one English woman has sent her a furious

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Our children still going hungry in Australia

So, as we all party at the removal of our very own theocratic government, what has the last month ushered in? Lots of lovely symbolic gestures, lots of baby steps to restoring Australia’s reputation as a great place to live, a great place to bring up children. Over a hundred

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1970s-style stagflation now playing on central bankers’ minds

Shutterstock“Stagflation” is an ugly word for an ugly situation – the unpleasant combination of economic stagnation and inflation. The last time the world experienced it was the early 1970s, when oil-exporting countries in the Middle East cut supplies to the United States and other supporters of Israel.

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Net 0 by 2050 – How big is the challenge?

By Newman Fergard   Given Angus Taylor’s figures have at times been rubbery (ref: Clover Moore’s travel “spend”) and the following based on figures published by the LNP government, this might not be accurate but the concept can be updated with real numbers when available. If you take a look at

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Christianity becomes a minority, but religion is on the rise

Australian census data released yesterday shows that – for the first time in our nation’s history – Christians are in the minority. News that just 44 per cent of Australians now identify as Christian – down from 74.6 per cent in 1996 – sent Christianophobes into a frenzy. ‘Abandoning God’

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Laughably ludicrous ‘green’ targets

In Mary Poppins, Uncle Albert’s infectious laughter has first Bert, then the children, float up from the floor to join him near the ceiling, supported by nothing but their mutual merriment, later joined by Mary. Something of the sort has infected our politicians. To press their claims to climate action

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Greg Abbott is right about open borders

The debate over President Joe Biden’s immigration policies exploded again on Monday after news broke that more than forty migrants had been found dead in the back of a truck in Texas. Texas governor Greg Abbott blamed the deaths on Biden, tweeting, “These deaths are on Biden. They are a

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