Australia


Revisiting Love Serenade Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Australian life can seem defiantly absorbed, the defiance induced by insularity and isolation. The characters that inhabit the continent are mere specks of life before the enormity that is its nature, one bound, at any point in time, to swallow them up. Those in the city are thereby invested with..

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Irresistible Urges: Surveilling Australia’s Citizens Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The authoritarian misfits in the Turnbull government have again rumbled and uttered suspicions long held: Australian residents and citizens are not to be trusted, and the intelligence services should start getting busy in expanding their operations against the next Doomsday threat. This became..

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Without a US Ambassador: Australia Awaits Monday, April 30th, 2018

It was cheered and embraced with enthusiasm bordering on self-praise: Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. of the Pacific Fleet would be making his way to Canberra to assume the post of US Ambassador. Washington had supposedly appointed a big fish to monitor even smaller creatures in the Pacific. But..

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Plunder Down Under: The Rot in Australia’s Financial Services Thursday, April 26th, 2018

It has all the elements of a crudely crafted if effective tale: banks and other financial services, founded, proud of their standing in society; financial service providers, with such pride, effectively charging the earth for providing elementary services; then, such entities, with self-assumed..

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Enoch Powell: Blood Speeches and Anniversaries Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

“What struck me re-reading it, and thinking back to how I felt at the time, was how in a way the ghost of Enoch Powell still stalks British politics.” -Lord Hain, BBC, April 15, 2018 Speeches are often at the mercy of their interpreters and biographers. They can incite and encourage just as..

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The Ease of Accusation: The Skripal Affair Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

The policy of responding to assassinations on British soil is a near non-existent one. Her Majesty’s Government is certainly in the habit of huffing, and steam can issue from deliberations in the House of Commons. But substance is often absent. When Buzzfeed conducted an investigation into the..

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Bullied Relations: Australia, East Timor and Natural Resources Friday, March 9th, 2018

“The Commission instead opted for the easiest way out, which is a shame as in my perception it reveals a lack of impartiality on your behalf!” -Chief East Timorese negotiator, Xanana Gusmão, Feb 28, 2018 In the scheme of things, Australia has deputised as regional bully for imperial powers..

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Alone at health clinic, Australian treats self for heart attack Thursday, March 8th, 2018

MIAMI, (AFP): Alone at a health clinic in a small, remote seaside settlement in Australia, a 44-year-old nurse sensed he was having a heart attack and sprang into action, saving his own life, a report said Wednesday. The man, whose name was withheld for privacy reasons, experienced severe chest..

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Weaponising Rumour: Australia’s New Political Sensitivity Sunday, March 4th, 2018

The hide of Australia’s political classes has been worn. Some members, admittedly, never had one. With tiptoeing around language ravaging, and in some cases savaging discussion, pondering policy has become nigh impossible. What matters after the Barnaby Joyce affair is rumour and private..

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200 refugees rejected by Australia have now settled in US Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, (AP):  Australia's prime minister said Friday that his country will not consider options for resettling refugees languishing on Pacific islands until the United States fulfills its promise to take up to 1,250 of them. More than a year after President Donald Trump reluctantly..

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Bungling Crown Privilege: Australia’s Cabinet Security Breach Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Journalists would have seen it as a scoop, and insisted that no laws had been broken. Politicians might have considered it a calamity. Whatever one terms Australia (parliamentary democracy; constitutional monarchy) secrecy remains the state’s watchword. When it comes to bureaucratic provisions..

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Gangs, Race and Melbourne Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Two’s a company; three’s a crowd. More? This issue is preoccupying political and policing figures in the city considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit the most liveable in the world, bettering a whole host of other seemingly more appropriate candidates. So liveable, in fact, that it houses..

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Australian gran escapes death in Malaysia drugs case Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia, (AFP): An Australian grandmother who said she was tricked into smuggling drugs into Malaysia after falling for an online romance scam was Wednesday cleared of trafficking, a crime punishable by death.  Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was arrested in December 2014 at Kuala Lumpur..

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N. Korea ‘agent’ charged with WMD sale plot in Australia Monday, December 18th, 2017

SYDNEY, (AFP): A Sydney-based "loyal agent of North Korea" has been charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions, Australian police said Sunday.  The 59-year-old naturalised Australian citizen of..

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Milo in Australia: Yiannopoulous, Free Speech and Violence Thursday, December 7th, 2017

To what limit protest? Naturally, this was exactly what colourful agitator and former senior editor for Breitbart News Milo Yiannopolous wanted: outrage, insensible anger, and heady adoration. Without any of these, he would vanish, a figure charged on a narcissism that would otherwise vanquish him...

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