Jumpers at the Currumbin Valley Rock Pools: The Photography of Russell Shakespeare

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” Leonardo da Vinci The Currumbin Valley Rock Pools are about five minutes… Continue Reading →

Where The Bloody Hell Is It? Did Scott Morrison Lie About the Report that Saved His Bacon at Tourism Australia?

By Jommy Tee with Michael West Media Scott Morrison was sacked as managing director of Tourism Australia in 2006 with a year left to run on his contract. For 14 years the reason for the sacking has remained one of… Continue Reading →

Profiting From Covid – The New Growth Industry

By Paul Collits Welcome to the Covid economy.  Depleted incomes, smashed small businesses, bullshit jobs, a whole new platform for crony capitalism, deserted main streets.  What’s not to love? Not many businesses and industries are growing in 2020.  Main Street… Continue Reading →

Prehistoric Microbes Rewrite One Of Earth’s Mass Extinctions

By Kliti Grace and Calum Peter Fox, Curtin University Chemical clues left behind by humble microbes have rewritten the timeline of one of the biggest mass extinction events in Earth’s history. The so-called “end-Triassic mass extinction”, thought to have occurred… Continue Reading →

Scott Morrison: The Elephant In The Room

The single most fascinating thing about Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is: He Shows No Guilt. Not a shred of remorse at having thrown millions of people onto welfare thanks to his absurd misreading of the Covid Scare. Not for… Continue Reading →

The Desert Stars: The World’s Most Remote Rock Band

The Photography of Dean Sewell/Oculi The Spinifex People, as they are now known, are the immediate descendants of the last nomadic hunter gatherers to experience contact with the modern world. They live on the southern flank of the Great Victorian… Continue Reading →

A Celebration of Genius: Maria Popova and Figuring

Luminously intelligent, gifted with a great eye and a startling, incandescent love of beauty, the already celebrated Maria Popova has finally put out a book. Figuring, is now available. For twelve years now Popova’s weekly newsletter Brain Pickings has dazzled,… Continue Reading →

Real World Drawing: Dobell Biennial

By Ari Chand Why do drawers draw? Drawing is historically connected to creative practice, but also truth and accuracy. It helps materialise story and culture, perhaps because it’s often the fastest way to get an idea down on paper. But… Continue Reading →

Public Schools Abandoned For The Elite

By Trevor Cobbold with Michael West Media With its favouritism of funding wealthy Independent and Catholic schools, the Morrison Government has completed the demolition of the Gonski funding model that began with the Abbott and Turnbull governments. Yet public schools… Continue Reading →

The Digital Enablement of Totalitarianism

By Paul Collits The Covid affair of 2020 simply couldn’t have happened a decade ago.  It is a chilling thought that we are only cowering beneath the stare of Big Brother because of tech.  Yes, we are only going through… Continue Reading →

A Queensland Sea Sponge Unravels a 700-Million-Year-Old Connection to Humans

By Emily S Wong, UNSW. Many human traits, such as height and disease susceptibility, depend on genes that are encoded in our DNA. These genes are switched on and off and further fine-tuned by important but hard-to-find regions in the… Continue Reading →

Covid-19: Politicisation, Corruption and Suppression of Science

From the British Medical Journal A scathing editorial on government misuse of Covid-19 to scare, intimidate and confuse populations while distorting the science behind the most over-hyped disease in history has appeared in the prestigious British Medical Journal.  Covid-19 has… Continue Reading →

Australian Sues The Emir of Dubai

Australian Sues The Emir of Dubai Well that’s not a headline you see everyday. But that’s exactly what one Australian has been doing. The story is a complicated one, made more complicated by the passing of time and a long… Continue Reading →

Shearers: The Photography of Russell Shakespeare

Award winning photographer Russell Shakespeare explains the obsession: I’ve photographed shearers a lot over the years for a number of different publications. They’re an important and easily understood symbol for one of Australia’s most important industries; and there is a… Continue Reading →

Jacinda, Justin, Joe, Boris and ScMo – A Busted Flush for the Anglosphere

By Paul Collits The Anglosphere faces a crisis of leadership.  The West is now ruled wall-to-wall by second rate ideologues and/or chancers, either determined to change the global order or powerless to prevent the revolution we now face. When the… Continue Reading →

Murder, Corruption, Bombings: The Company at the Centre of Australia’s Submarine Deal

By Michelle Fahy with Michael West Media The arms company at the centre of a deadly criminal saga and numerous global corruption scandals, Naval Group, was selected by the Australian government to build our new fleet of submarines – a… Continue Reading →

First Do No Harm: UK Scientists and Health Professionals Plead With Their Goverment

Are you becoming more and more concerned about the impact of lockdowns and a narrative of fear on the overall health and wellbeing of the nation, and in particular on children? Are you seeing more patients with deterioration in their… Continue Reading →

Lives, Livelihoods and Liberties: Lost

The arrest of 404 people protesting outside Parliament House in Melbourne’s central business district, and the issuing of 395 very punitive fines, has crystallised Australia’s descent into authoritarianism. It is now a simple statement of fact that Australia’s police are… Continue Reading →

The Destruction of Australia’s Sacred Djab Wurrung Trees

By Peta Malins, Crystal McKinnon, Kim Kruger and Paola Balla In an open letter, more than 1,200 academics from universities and institutes across Australia have written to the Victorian government to protest against the destruction of Djab Wurrung country as… Continue Reading →

The Future History of Publishing

Since the beginning of literature technologies have shaped the written word. And thereby publishing technologies have shaped history, culture, politics and war. The adage history is written by the victors has transposed in this truly astonishing era into something else…. Continue Reading →

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