Category: Independent Commentary

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Climate action: Why only the most radical approach will work

ClimateDave HolmesIssue 1246AustraliaNovember 22, 2019The climate crisis is the greatest threat ever faced by humanity. The survival of the human race is at stake. The reality of the heating of the planet can no longer rationally be denied. Carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise. The atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide is

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We need a just climate transition

ClimateMeghan StreetIssue 1246AustraliaNovember 22, 2019The climate movement has to take up the issues of refugees, war and global inequality to ensure a just climate for all. The climate crisis is generating instability and a scarcity of resources via rising sea levels and more intense and extreme weather events, such as floods,

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Fighting for social change in a time of climate crisis

ClimatecapitalismJacob AndrewarthaIssue 1246AustraliaNovember 22, 2019As the climate crisis pushes the planet past certain tipping points, inequality between the rich and the poor continues to grow. At the same time, we are also witnessing a resurgence in protests and resistance. In September, more than 4 million people in about 150 countries

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Still no justice for Patrick Fisher

Indigenous rightsJonathan LockhartIssue 1246AustraliaBlack deaths in custodySydneyNovember 22, 2019Waka Waka man Patrick Fisher fell to his death while fleeing police trying to gain entry to his girlfriend’s apartment on February 7 last year. A father of three, Fisher fell from the 13th floor balcony of a housing block in Waterloo, Sydney. 

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Water for Rivers group formed in Newcastle

environmentKerry SmithIssue 1246AustraliaWater For RiversNewcastleNovember 22, 2019A new grassroots group, Water for Rivers, has been set up in Newcastle with the aim of raising awareness about the causes of about the dire situation in the Murray Darling Basin and helping to bring life back to the rivers. The group follows

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Through the Yellow Looking Glass: Australia’s China Wars

This year, China as Intimidating Monster has become the popular motif in Canberra circles. Australian government members Andrew Hastie and Senator James Paterson have become vigorous moral, if hollow enthusiasts. Their criticism of China has led to the revocation of visas to the country, something that has given reason to

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Lambie sells out her voters

If Lambie is purporting to represent the non-elites, and Tasmania, and especially northern Tasmania, then hobbling union power is a hell of a way to go about it. The post

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Westpac has crossed the Rubicon

Even within the frame of our lowered faith in the banking sector, Westpac’s alleged 23 million breaches of anti-money laundering laws may be a bridge too far. The post Westpac

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‘Sham’ deals and dodgy donations take focus in IBAC investigation

A major inquiry in Victoria has heard a former MP had delivered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cash to a local councillor on behalf of a property developer. The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission has been investigating corruption allegations in Melbourne’s City of Casey council in a number of

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I’m not his wife, I’m an MP

Earlier this week, we published a piece from founder Kathryn Van Kuyk, who shared her experience of being overlooked as her male co-founder’s ‘plus one’ at a tech conference. It struck a nerve. Below South Australian MP Paula Luethen writes about similar experiences she’s had in politics. As a new

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Kevin Rudd writes…

‘We on the centre-left who are committed to climate action have never let up on this fight.’ The post Kevin Rudd writes… appeared first on Crikey.

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The Regulatory Enemies of Promise

  One disturbing factor regarding the Australian economy is its sluggish growth.  Per capita growth was negative in 2018/9 and has not had a sustained run above 2 per cent since the pre-2007 Howard/Costello years. The key drivers of growth are capital investment (with its associated technological gains) and freedom

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We need to put money into promoting women in STEM: Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has declared the slow pace of women studying computer science and engineering is a “big conundrum” facing Australia. Speaking at StartCon 2019 today in Sydney, the former Australian prime minister said that more money needs to be put behind promoting women in STEM. ______ Check out The STEM

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ANU Policy Forum turns five

The Australian National University’s Asia & the Pacific Policy Society has relaunched its leadership team in celebration of its policy blog’s five-year anniversary. Professor Helen Sullivan has been appointed president of the society, replacing Professor Tom Kompas. Sullivan will be assisted by the convenor, Professor Quentin Grafton. Run by ANU’s

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Has our “himpathy” for powerful abusers finally been exhausted?

In her 2017 book, “Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny” Cornell philosophy professor Kate Manne coined a new term, “himpathy”. Like “mansplaining” and “manspreading” before it, other new words that entered the feminist lexicon giving women a word for something they long experienced but struggled to articulate, himpathy was quickly

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Opinion: almost four in 10 government entities fail to implement basic cyber security measures — six years after they became mandatory

The latest Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) compliance report confirms that the Morrison government has fallen asleep at the wheel when it comes to cybersecurity, with almost 40% of government entities still not implementing basic cybersecurity measures. The report was released last week, but the federal government is hoping you didn’t

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DAVID SOLOMON. The climate strikes.

The political consensus on climate change is changing – has already changed. Prime Minister Scott Morrison knows it, but is in an awful, strangling bind. He knows he has to adopt policies that recognise climate change and will help alleviate its impact (all the while remaining reluctant to join those

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MICHAEL KELLY SJ. What is to become of us?

I used to think I was part of a religion founded by Jesus Christ. The older I’ve got and the more I’ve come to know Jesus, the more I’m convinced I got that wrong and have outgrown it. Not that pressure to keep up religious appearances is flagging. It is

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ALI KAZAK. The UN exposes Australia’s shameful votes on the Israeli occupation.

The UN General Assembly’s decolonization committee, which includes all 193 member states, on Friday 15th November 2019 adopted eight resolutions condemning Israel’s occupation and violations against the Palestinians,  its repressive measures against Syrian citizens in the Golan Heights, renewed the mandate of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and

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ASIO’s very own call-out culture

Good morning, early birds. A former ASIO director is urging Chinese-Australians to assist security agencies in weeding out Chinese interference, and the immigration minister wants to help new refugees adjust

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