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Turning Screws: China’s Australian Coal Ban Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Overly reliant economies are dangerously fragile things. As it takes two parties, often more, to play the game, the absence of interest, or its withdrawal by one, can spell doom. The Australian economy has been talked up – by Australian economists and those more inclined to look at policy through..

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Death by Video: Morrison Combats Refugees By Film Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Caught in the backwater of the world’s existence, Australia struggles for relevance in various ways. It might show itself a leader in creating a sovereign fund (too late for that now); it might demonstrate, in various ways, a singular approach to solar energy (impossible, we are told, on that..

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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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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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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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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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Australia’s China Syndrome Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Syndromes can make for cringe worthy, nervous laughter. To see the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, struggle with reconciling China the bully of influence with China the resource hungry friend supplied the press with one such spectacle on Tuesday morning. Larded with suffocating..

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Dumping Wilson Security: The NGV, Art and Refugee Detention Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Art and politics mix, often poorly. Artists are sometimes the hoodwinked emissaries of the latter, sponsored, enlisted and marshalled by the state and corporate entities. Self-proclaimed radical artists can become compliant, or at the very least mute cogs, aware of their patronage and finite..

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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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The Sino-US Trade War – Why China can’t win it Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Does our history only appear overheated, but is essentially calmly predetermined? Is it directional or conceivable, dialectic and eclectic or cyclical, and therefore..