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The Intellectual Clout Behind The Anti-Lockdown Movement

With Professor Ramesh Thakur In the lockdown insanity which has gripped the Australian political class one of the country’s most distinguished academics, Professor Ramesh Thakur of the Australian National University, has stood out for his bold, erudite and highly intelligent… Continue Reading →

Melbourne Meltdown: The Best of 2020.

Every single day, seemingly without end, more than five million people in Melbourne are suffering through the harshest lockdowns in the world. Metropolitan Melbourne residents may only leave their homes for a “valid” reason and must comply with a curfew… Continue Reading →

A Celebration of Genius: Maria Popova and Figuring. The Best of 2020.

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 →

2020: The Year That Was

By Paul Collits. Illustrated by Michael Fitzjames. 2020 was the very worst of times.  A year not to savour but to regret.  What was thought inconceivable a mere twelve months ago is now real.  It can never be inconceivable again. … Continue Reading →

Why Are Australian Governments Constructing the Surveillance State?

By Paul Gregoire with Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog Peter Dutton saw his ASIO Bill passed on the last parliamentary sitting day for 2020. The home affairs minister most likely had a rare smile upon his face whilst exiting the chamber, as the… Continue Reading →

The Worst of the Worst: The Best of 2020.

Guantanamo Bay and A Bigger Picture The publicity blurb for the shortly to be released book A Bigger Picture by former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull makes the claim that he “stood up to Donald Trump”. Really??? But thereby hangs a tale…. Continue Reading →

Feeding the Chooks: Scott Morrison’s Manipulation of Mainstream Media. The Best of 2020.

By Callum Foote and Michael West Scott Morrison has perfected the art of media manipulation by briefing a select club of Canberra correspondents at once, rather than leaking to individual media outlets. Callum Foote and Michael West report on the marketing genius of the… Continue Reading →

Lockdowns Wrong: The World Experts Australia Ignored. The Best of 2020.

The Great Barrington Declaration Some of the world’s most distinguished doctors and public health scientists have called on governments to stop the lockdowns which have had such a devastating impact on Australia. A public statement, known as The Great Barrington… Continue Reading →

The Revolt of the Elites: How a 1990s book predicted 2020. The Best of 2020.

By Ed West, Deputy Editor of UnHerd Late last year I began working on a piece marking 25 years since the publication of what I believed to be the most prescient work of the age. The book had been published… Continue Reading →

Morrison Government Wreathed in Scandal: The Best of 2020.

Extract from Dark Dark Policing The sorry Covid-19 saga says a lot about Australia and the churn at the top of the pile, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison. None of it complimentary. We have seen in the past few days… Continue Reading →

Cops For Covid Truth: The Best of 2020.

An Open Letter to Michael Fuller, Police Commissioner of New South Wales Concerning the Police Enforcement of Ongoing COVID-19 restrictions Illustrated by Michael Fitzjames We are writing to you to raise concerns we have about the use of the police… Continue Reading →

Boy On Fire: The Mark Mordue Interview: The Best of 2020.

The Young Nick Cave There is one book birthed out of Australia this season which has all the hallmarks of becoming an international bestseller, and that’s Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave. Author Mark Mordue is a classic journeyman… Continue Reading →

The Best of Brain Pickings 2020

With Maria Popova A Sense of Place Magazine is an unabashed fan of Maria Popova’s celebrated literary blog Brain Pickings, easily one of the best literary blogs in the world. Maria Popova is a Bulgarian born New York based polymath… Continue Reading →

Press Release Journalism Favours Scott Morrison and the Liberal Party: The Best of 2020.

By Rashad Seedeen with Independent Australia Of late, it has become increasingly frustrating to follow the news. During times of relative stability and peace, poor journalism is an annoyance. But during times of crisis, mediocre reporting has far greater consequences…. Continue Reading →

Violent Australia: The Mob Rises: The Best of 2020.

Australia has never seen anything like it. And somehow we’re all fine with it. This extremely distressing footage of yet another pregnant woman being violently and aggressively arrested in Melbourne went viral within hours yesterday and is likely to be… Continue Reading →

Yen’s White Lie: Charles Gerard and the Secrets of Old Saigon: The Best of 2020.

Yen’s White Lie details a complicated lover’s tryst in Old Saigon. But the city itself is as much of a character as the denizens that haunt the atmospheric alleyways and cafes of the past. When author Charles Gerard first came… Continue Reading →

Covert-19: Government stacks Covid Commission with Oil and Gas Mates: The Best of 2020.

By Sandi Keane with Michael West Media The Government is quietly blowing away years of environmental protections under cover of Covid. Its Covid Commission (NCCC) is stacked with executives from the gas and mining lobbies in what is turning out… Continue Reading →

When We Needed Churchill – We Got ScoMo: The Best of 2020.

By Paul Collits We are living through a national crisis.  Things are out of control.  Sitting atop the disaster is a man who shouldn’t be there. There can be little doubt that Australia, now in a time of crisis and… Continue Reading →

Where The Bloody Hell Is It? Did Scott Morrison Lie About the Report that Saved His Bacon at Tourism Australia? The Best Of 2020.

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 →

The Carlisle Hotel: Extract from Hideout in the Apocalypse: The Best Of 2020.

Photography by Dean Sewell The Carlisle Hotel in the back streets of Newtown in Sydney’s inner-west is one of the few places left in Sydney where the wowsers have not won; an old-fashioned pub in an increasingly strictured, shuttered country. Hotels… Continue Reading →

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