Category: Independent Commentary

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The National Black Hole Network

Perhaps thinking he was helping to promote the financial strength of the NBN, Tony Boyd noted in the Australian Financial Review’s Chanticleer column today that the National Broadband Network delivered an EBITDA — earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation — of $1.77 billion.  A large and impressive number, most

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Alan Kohler, the ABC’s magic pudd’nhead

I used to regularly look forward to watching Alan Kohler’s financial report on the ABC news each evening. But when the global financial crisis hit, I suddenly realised that even he didn’t know what was going on. Fast forward to 2020 and I’m having that strange sense of déjà vu—all

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What’s next for Labor on climate?

The Labor Party must choose between an ambitious renewable energy policy platform, or, protecting jobs while seeing fossil fuel to its inevitable demise. read now…

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Put lives and livelihoods ahead of profits

HealthcareGeorge ZangalisIssue 1276Australiaaged careCOVID-19MelbourneAugust 11, 2020The tragedy for the coronavirus victims in aged care could have been avoided, or greatly reduced, if authorities had implemented early calls for radical reforms to the very sick health system. This is still a question for the present catastrophic stage, if we are to draw

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Mauritius: Oil spill the result of ‘criminal negligence’

EnvironmentSusan PriceIssue 1276 Mauritiusoil spillResistanz ek AlternativAugust 11, 2020An ecological catastrophe is unfolding in Mauritius, as oil continues to spill from a Japanese bulk carrier that struck a reef off its coast on July 25. Mauritian ecosocialist organisation Rezistans ek Alternativ (RA) has criticised the government for

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75th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing marked

Imperialism & warJim McIlroyIssue 1276AustraliaHiroshima DayBritish nuclear testsInternational Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)August 11, 2020A webinar sponsored by the Sydney Hiroshima Day — “Fighting the Bomb” — heard from prominent peace activists on August 6. It coincided with the 75th anniversary of the United States’ nuclear attack on the Japanese

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Obliged to Bow Before the Altar of Incompetence

Those characterising themselves as ‘sovereign citizens’ have been re-animated by COVID-19 restrictions. Personally, I think if we live in and enjoy the benefits of society, we should act within the laws of the land and resist flagrantly flouting societal norms of behaviour. However, two caveats apply. Laws should be duly

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Sharpening the instruments

Back in the 2010s, the great healthcare transformation on the horizon was precision medicine, which promised to make treatments hugely more effective by matching them to the genome, history and context of each individual. Barack Obama featured a precision medicine initiative in his 2015 State of the Union address. Precision

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Mutually assured destruction

By 2353NM   A few years ago, we were in Canada. One cool and wet day in St Jacobs, Ontario (a couple of hours west of Toronto), we walked into a building dedicated to The Mennonite Story because it looked dry and warm inside. Unsurprisingly, the building went someway towards explaining the history

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Chinese Science Fiction’s Disaster Dystopias

The Great China dream will replace all private dreams.~Ma Jian, China Dream In Ma Jian’s new novel, the protagonist, Ma Daode, may be a corrupt, womanizing local official, but he is a corrupt, womanizing local official with a mission. His goal is to develop a drug that will allow President Xi

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