Australia


Shark Attack: Fearing Monsters in the Whitsundays Thursday, November 8th, 2018

It begins with a gruesome account: a tourist, paddleboarding and swimming in an idyllic setting baked by sun – in this case, Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays, Queensland – attacked by a shark. He suffers a massive loss of blood; he goes into cardiac arrest. The accounts that follow are just as..

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Australia hits five Myanmar generals with sanctions Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

SYDNEY, (AFP) - Australia's government on Tuesday unveiled sanctions against five officers in Myanmar's powerful military who are accused of overseeing barbaric violence against members of the Rohingya ethnic group. Following similar actions by the United States and the European Union, Australia..

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Vanquishing the Republic: Harry and Meghan in Australia Friday, October 19th, 2018

“The establishment of a republic… means insurrectionary war, it means the desolation of a thousand households. When the question shall arise, it will be determined… by balls from cannon and from musket, by grape and shrapnel, by bayonet and by the sword.” -Sir Alfred Stephen, NSW..

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Australia seeks to settle migrants outside major cities Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

SYDNEY, (AFP) - Australia is drawing up plans to require migrants to temporarily settle in regional and rural areas to ease congestion in major cities, the government announced Tuesday. While much of the vast continent is sparsely populated, Australia is growing at an annual rate of 1.6 percent --..

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Australian Complicity: Nauru and Silencing Journalism Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Journalism is getting something of a battering in Australia. At the parliamentary level, laws have passed that would be inimical to any tradition versed in the bill of rights. (Australia, not having such a restraining instrument on political zeal, can only rely on the bumbling wisdom of its..

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US looks to trump China’s Huawei in Papua New Guinea Friday, September 28th, 2018

SYDNEY, (AFP) - The United States and Pacific allies will counter a bid from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to build a communications network in Papua New Guinea, a senior diplomat said Friday, intensifying a campaign to curb China's rising regional influence. Responding to reports that the US and..

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Parasitic and Irrelevant: The University Vice Chancellor Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

They are some of the most remunerated officials of one of Australia’s most importantly lucrative sectors, drawing huge “packages”, as they are termed, for little more than ribbon cutting, attending meetings and overseeing policies that, if implemented, will have to be reversed at some..

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The Woes of Climate Change States Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

As Australia’s tattered yet new government, led by the increasingly oafish and amateurish Scott Morrison trundled into its post-climate phase, states which see their existence as dependent on the cutting of carbon emissions have been more than a touch concerned. Their reality remains divorced..

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Needled Strawberries: Food Terrorism Down Under Monday, September 17th, 2018

There is something peculiar doing the rounds in Australian food circles. The land down under, considered something of a nirvana of fruit and vegetable production despite horrendous droughts and calamitous cyclones, is facing a new challenge: human agency, namely in the form of despoliation of..

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Fraser Anning and the Smugness of Australian “Values” Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Be wary of the self-satisfied and morally soothed. The complacent have a habit of giving the game away, glorifying themselves in satisfied satiation. Australia’s parliament seemed to be very self-congratulatory in their condemnation of the newly arrived Senator of the Katter Australia Party,..

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Battling Contamination: Erin Brockovich Down Under Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

The Australian press have been in a state of drooling ecstasy. Part of it is because Australia can be relevant, however negative it might be, to their monster cousin, defender and protector known as the United States. This time, its cultural - in the legal sense. Erin Brockovich has found herself..

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Banning Chelsea Manning: The Dubious Tests of Character Friday, August 31st, 2018

National security advocates have been crotchety ever since the release of Chelsea Manning for a sentence they hoped would go the full, crushing 35 years. Her sins were intimately tied up with making WikiLeaks the publisher of fame, less than fortune: the disclosure of 750,000 classified diplomatic..

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Hijacked Democracy: Normalised Instability in Australia Friday, August 24th, 2018

You can sense Australian politicians – or at least a good number of them – fuming at being cobbled together with the counterparts of other states deemed less worthy of the tag of “stable”. Take, for instance, entertaining Italy, tenaciously temporary about its leaders. “We said,”..

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Prime Ministerial Chaos: Turnbull’s Last Days Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

No one is in charge in Australia. Monday’s leadership challenge by Home Affairs minister, the potato-headed former police officer Peter Dutton, was cutting enough to leave Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a wounded animal. The 48 to 35 margin of victory demonstrated the sheer degree of..

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Readying Knives: The Mortality of Australian Prime Ministers Monday, August 20th, 2018

The opinion poll prime ministership is a modern Australian disease. Not only does it suggest an ailing in the Westminster system, but a profound contempt for the democratic sensibility on the part of party representatives, hacks and the industry that supports them. Prime Ministers are merely the..

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Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australia’s legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle. Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document,..

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The Lasting Condition: Drought in Australia Monday, August 6th, 2018

Humans are a funny species. They create settlements along fault lines that, on moving, can create catastrophe, killing thousands. They construct homes facing rivers that will, at some point, break their banks, carrying of their precious property. Importantly, they return in the aftermath. Existence..

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Unnecessary Fussing: China, the United States and APEC Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

The parents on the global stage of power are bickering and now, such entertainingly distracting forums as APEC (the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum) are left..