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Latest Defence announcement is just government spin

The Prime Minister and Defence Minister’s $1 billion defence spending announcement targeted at boosting Australia’s COVID-19 recovery is a smoke a mirrors maneuver because the real dollars end up with weapons makers from the US, France and Britain 1 September 2020 |...

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Economic activity tracking lower

An improvement in Victoria’s COVID-19 numbers has been offset by higher concerns in New South Wales and perhaps an acceptance that the economic pain could outlive the pandemic by some considerable time 29 August 2020 | Shane Oliver, AMP Capital Global share markets...

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Time’s up for TikTok CEO

With the company under heavy fire from the most economic sanction-obsessed US President in history, TikTok’s American CEO has stepped down 28 August 2020 | Adina-Laura Achim, Jing Daily Amid rising tensions with the Trump administration, former Disney executive Kevin...

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A Sense of Place Magazine

Grassroots Dissent in a Time of Lockdown

By Tim Flynn, Illustrated by Michael Fitzjames The End the Lockdown Australia group on Facebook was formed in early April, mainly because of the fundamental belief of the founder Tim Flynn that “he had to do something”. In a time of lockdown this appeared the sole...

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Ten Killer Covid Facts

By Paul Collits Politicians are said to love “killer facts”.  And to want to “follow the science”.  Sadly, those running our Covid policy responses seem not to want to do either. An old boss of mine, an estimable Director General of a state government agency, once...

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Australia’s Virus Story Collapses: Sky News Goes Feral

With police blanketing the streets of Melbourne, citizens being assaulted by thugs in uniform, doors being broken down, a woman being dragged screaming from her car while millions in Melbourne remain shut down in the world’s most draconian and irrational lockdowns,...

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Askbucko - Mark Buckley

Privatisation – who is it good for?

Privatisation is one of those terms which politicians avoid using. That is because the public does not like the idea, or its outcomes. It can be used in a number of ways, but most of us regard it as meaning “selling off a publicly owned asset, usually to the detriment...

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What went wrong with Aged Care?

There is a definite turning point in the quality and the humanity of Australia’s care for the elderly. The Aged Care Bill 1997 (Cth). was introduced as part of the new Howard Government’s 1996 Budget measures. It was to prove a huge gamble, which still wreaks havoc in...

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Why we need a welfare state in Australia

Welfare state, a concept of government in which the state … plays a key role in the protection and promotion of the economic and social well-being of citizens. It is based on the principles of equality of opportunity, equitable distribution of wealth, and...

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Capitalism, Assange, And More Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Capitalism will keep getting more and more unjust and exploitative until people force its end. You can try making it about elite globalist conspiracies and corrupt governments all you want, but ultimately it’s really just capitalism following its natural and inevitable course. This is why I often avoid making our

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Out of the hothouse, into the garden

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It's a gas gas gas

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Getting the balance right with COVID-19 and prisons

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THE LEFT HAS BEEN LEFT

Jeremy Corbyn has led British Labour to a massive defeat. Bill Shorten led the Australian ALP to the loss of an election that should never have been lost. Hilary Clinton led her left wing Democrats to lose an American Presidential … Continue reading →

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THE EXTINCTION OF THE EXTINCTION REBELLION

Let me say loudly and clearly that I am hugely switched off by the Extinction Rebellion, but I am switched on about Greta Thunberg and about the fact that Citizens Referendums are a much better alternative than marching. Thunberg made … Continue reading →

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NBN Co peak funding increases to $52.5 billion

A joint media release from NBN Co’s shareholder ministers (Paul Fletcher and Mathias Cormann) on May 12 announced that NBN Co had secured extra funding of $6.1 billion in loans from Australian and international banks. This is $4.1 billion more than the $2.0 billion NBN Co had flagged in its

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Turnbull’s memoir silent on monopoly’s future

It was “Too early to tell” according to the misunderstood reply from Zhou Enlai (China’s Prime Minister from 1949 to 1976) to Henry Kissinger in the early 1970s on the question of what he thought about the French Revolution.  The same can be said for Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN legacy. A

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Kangaroo Court of Australia

How convicts conquered a new world

Surveying the glittering metropolis of Sydney today, it is tempting to assume that the development of New South Wales into a thriving and prosperous place was foregone. Yet early New South Wales could have easily become another failed new world colony, a forgotten experiment in a remote and inhospitable

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A test of diplomatic maturity

In 2019, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on behalf of 193 member states, decided that the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) shall be commemorated in 2020 under the theme “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism”. The UNGA further

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