Category Archives: Australia

Stadium dollars don’t add up

The NSW Government’s proposal to knock down and rebuild two existing stadiums to the tune of $2 billion lacks reasoning on all levels. When considered in light of well-publicised lobbying by powerful interests – namely the SCG Trust, home to such notables as radio shock-jock Alan Jones, John Hartigan (ex-CEO of News Ltd.) and former premier Barry O’Farrell – the

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Hamilton’s anti-censorship agenda very convenient

When a major publisher pulled the plug on Clive Hamilton’s latest book ‘Silent Invasion’, the author’s response was hardly a surprise. The book is fully titled ‘Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia’ and alleges that thousands of Chinese agents have infiltrated Australia’s major industries as part of an elaborate espionage scheme. “Allen and Unwin said that they were worried about

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Beyond employment – the function of a law degree

Don’t study law unless you really want to be a lawyer. That was the blunt advice Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull offered future high school graduates on Canberra radio late last week. The PM, a law graduate himself, spoke frankly about the amount of school leavers opting to study law in lieu of other broad humanities degrees like literature, history

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Australian of the Year nominees 2018

The 2018 Australian of the Year will be announced this evening in Canberra. As is custom each state and territory has nominated one outstanding person for their contribution in a specialised field. Here are the 2018 nominees. New South Wales: Michelle Yvonne Simmons   Michelle Yvonne Simmons is a professor in quantum physics at the University of NSW.   Victoria: Samuel Johnson

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Straddling the line between scepticism and stupidity

For years people from both ends of the political spectrum have defended Tony Abbott’s intelligence, some because they agree with him and others because the idea that a former democratically elected Prime Minister could be as dimwitted as he appears says more about us than it does of him. Through every clanger, grammatical slip up and nationally broadcasted faux pas,

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“Put partisanship aside and vote” says Wong

South Australian Senator Penny Wong has announced that a senate committee has reached an agreement to further the marriage equality debate within parliament. The senate committee is made up of Labor, Greens, Liberal and Xenophon senators and is chaired by Liberal Senator David Fawcett. “The multiparty committee worked together in the interest of progressing the debate and the result is a historic

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