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Democrats as Aristocrats: Fetishising ‘Decency’

The time has come to call out American Liberals (corporate political insiders, suburban wine mums and Karens) for the 21st Century aristocrats that they are. These preening dandies, who are usually doing alright financially, obsess over ‘decency, honesty, integrity’, the aristocratic response to liberté, égalité, fraternité. This is their focus.

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Guide to an Insurrection

By John Haly   Just when we thought 2020 was finished, 2021 got off to a foreboding start as Americans attacked their own capitol building in scenes reminiscent of some third world coup. Fortunately, it was completely unsuccessful. Trump has ignominiously left office with a whimper rather than any fanfare. Still,

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So what can we say about the Podium Poet?

So let’s talk about the poetry thing and the poet who read poetry at the inauguration. America’s National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman who recited the poem ‘why my cat is better than my ex-boyfriend Steve’, on the national podium. She is the Podium Poet.

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Australia versus Google

The out-going Trump administration finally woke up to a nasty little rort that the Australian government was planning on running against United States tech giants operating in Australia. On Monday, The Australian reported that US trade officials had written to the Senate and ‘respectfully requested’ that Australia abandon plans to introduce

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‘In some instances … feticide is undertaken’

I wrote in November about the Liberal Bill before the parliament here in Adelaide which seeks to make lawful the killing of a foetus right up to the time, and immediately after, his or her birth. The upper house has already passed it. The lower house will vote on

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Will Australia face carbon tariffs under the Biden regime?

Day 1 of the Biden Presidency saw the reversal of several of the Trump administration’s environmental policies, including tighter vehicle emissions standards, a moratorium on oil and natural gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and revoking the permit for expanding and re-routing

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Statistics on Indigenous women as perpetrators

It isn’t easy to find data on Indigenous women’s violence. The numerous reports on Indigenous violence usually omit any mention of Indigenous women as perpetrators of domestic violence.  The following information was based on statistics produced by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR).

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Racing 2-year-old horses is lucrative, but is it worth the risks?

Shaquero, a two-year-old horse, won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on Saturday. Magic Millions/TwitterHorse racing is an ethical hotbed in Australia. The Melbourne Cup alone has seen seven horses die after racing since 2013, and animal cruelty protesters have become a common feature at carnivals. The latest event

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How to turn optimism into success at work

Optimists have a form of energy that can lift a room. Energy that allows them to see the challenge over the adversity, and to persist in the face of rejection. Their glass – as the saying goes – is always half full. Regardless of what’s going on

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A new radio station for women by women is here

Earlier this month, a new radio station for women by women was launched, connecting female listeners with some of Australia’s most recognisable media personalities. Headed up by long-time radio personality Jo Stanley, Broad Radio brings together a hilarious and intelligent team of broadcasters, including Angela Pippos, Anjali

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Unemployment down, but recovery still way off: ACTU

Any cries from the Morrison government championing the gains in unemployment figures being tied to a greater economic outlook has a premature ring to it, Australia’s union movement said on Thursday. As the nation’s unemployment figures fell by 0.2 percent to 6.6 percent for the month of December, according to

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Trump didn’t break America. Biden won’t fix America

One era ends; another begins. As J-Lo sang her patriotic wine-bar set at Joe Biden’s inaugural in Washington DC, the outgoing president and his outgoing wife landed in Florida, Melania looking happy for the first time in four years because it was finally all over. Donald Trump’s refusal to

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