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Businesses Choose to Stay Closed Rather Than Discriminate

As Greater Sydney starts to open up this week, and a range of new public health orders come into force across the state, several businesses have chosen to remain closed until everyone is allowed entry, rather than refuse unvaccinated customers. A… Continue Reading →

Experimental, Energetic, Bold: The Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

By Catherine Speck, University of Melbourne at the Art Gallery of South Australia The word “Tarnanthi”, from Kaurna language of the Adelaide Plains, means “to rise up, spring forth or appear”, and it informs the philosophy and curatorship of this… Continue Reading →

Lockdowns Don’t Work And Australians Have Wearied

By Robert Carling and Simon Cowan: Centre for Independent Studies. In response to the emergence of the Delta variant, Australia’s experience of the coronavirus pandemic dramatically changed in June. Sydney ultimately endured 106 days of continuous lockdown while Victoria floated… Continue Reading →

Protest: Australia’s Authoritarian Derangement

With TOTT News As thousands of Australians face unemployment and exclusion from numerous venues and any semblance of normal life due to jab mandates, many have taken to the streets to continue their fight for freedom of choice. The disconnect… Continue Reading →

Medical Apartheid: Australia Leads The World In Discrimination Against Its Own Citizens

By the New South Wales Government. Australia is already the laughing stock of the world for its absurd mishandling of the Covid panic and the extreme authoritarianism which has overtaken the country, including the most violent scenes ever witnessed on… Continue Reading →

Alain de Botton on the Myth of Normalcy and the Importance of Breakdowns

By Maria Popova: Brain Pickings. Maria Popova is a Bulgarian born New York based polymath who has read everything so the rest of us don’t have to. Not just hyper intelligent, she has an uncanny eye for beauty combined with… Continue Reading →

Covid Line

By Jeremy Aitken It is 7.00am Wednesday morning in early Spring.  It is hot under an almost transparent clear blue sky; the tarmac is already starting to radiate heat and is steadily becoming hotter.   A large white marquee has… Continue Reading →

The World’s First Professional Acrobats were Flipping through the Middle East 4,000 years ago

By Javier Alvarez-Mon and Yasmina Wicks, Macquarie University. Inhabitants of the ancient city-states of the Middle East enjoyed a vibrant social and economic life centred on palace and temple institutions, supported by surrounding agricultural and pastoralist communities. People, goods and… Continue Reading →

Oh Great They’re Putting Guns On Robodogs Now

By Caitlin Johnstone So hey they’ve started mounting sniper rifles on robodogs, which is great news for anyone who was hoping they’d start mounting sniper rifles on robodogs. At an exhibit booth in the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting… Continue Reading →

NSW Supreme Court Slaps Down Public Health Order Challenges

TOTT News. The NSW Supreme Court has dismissed two cases challenging the validity of COVID vaccine mandates for certain activities, including the ability to work in a number of industries. Two legal challenges to NSW public health orders that restrict the activities of… Continue Reading →

The Great Covid Panic: A Book Review. A Meditation on this Imperilled Time.

By Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project. Illustrations by Eugene Delacroix. Many have lamented the apparent absence of interest from academic economists in the fate of our economies in the age of Covid totalitarianism.  A particular gap has been identified in… Continue Reading →

The Myth of Black Opal: Lightning Ridge and the Fiery Guardians of Eternal Love

The picture above was taken in 1909, at the height of the what was known as the Three Mile Rush. The bicycle polisher rigged up in the centre of this picture was being used to rub down opal. The commercial… Continue Reading →

COVID Health Advice and Modelling in Australia has been Opaque, Slow to Change and Politicised

By William Bowtell, University of NSW. In a recent article, The Australian’s health reporter asked: “has any modelling put forward by scientific institutes throughout the pandemic ever proved accurate?” It’s a good question but the answer lies in understanding the… Continue Reading →

Police Should Not Be Responsible for Enforcing COVID Vaccine Certificates

Vincent Hurley, Macquarie University. With states and territories beginning to plan their reopening strategies, questions have been raised about whether vaccination passports or certificates will be required to enter public venues – and who will be checking these documents. The… Continue Reading →

Moral Injury and Soldiers in Conflict: Book Review

By Klaus Jahn: Australian Institute of International Affairs Recognition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, acknowledges the mental distress suffered by veterans of war. Tine Molendjik argues that despite the benefits, recognition does not go far enough in unpacking the… Continue Reading →

Beyond the Spin: Workers’ Share of Wealth Slumps to Record Low

By Alan Austin: Michael West Media. Workers now have the lowest share ever of the nation’s earnings. Under-employment is even worse now than it was late last year. Alan Austin looks behind the spin to report the true state of… Continue Reading →

‘Freedom Day’ for Some, Discrimination Day for Others

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. Welcome to ‘Freedom Day’, Monday 11th October. It’s the day for which many residents of Greater Sydney have been waiting for more than 15 weeks – 107 days to be precise. Non-essential businesses… Continue Reading →

Maria Ressa: Nobel Prize-winner Risks Life and Liberty in the Philippines

Tom Smith, University of Portsmouth. The importance of journalists who take considerable risks to bring people the truth in countries where this involves going up against authoritarian governments has been recognised by the Nobel committee’s decision to award the 2021… Continue Reading →

Unfolding Catastrophe: Australia. Part Seven: A Signal Derangement.

BY THE AUSTRALIAN autumn of 2020, following straight on from a Christmas of bushfires and extreme loss, the warning signs were clear. An uneducated public makes for easy victims. Australia of 2020 faced not only plummeting educational outcomes and a… Continue Reading →

Berejiklian’s “Shock Resignation” Was No Shock at All

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. Many who watched the final press conference in which Gladys Berejiklian resigned from politics, have been wondering why the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)  had chosen a critical time in the State’s fight… Continue Reading →

Nobel Prize Winner Abdulrazak Gurnah: The Man and His Writing

Lizzy Attree, Richmond American International University The Nobel Prize in Literature, considered the pinnacle of achievement for creative writers, has been awarded 114 times to 118 Nobel Prize laureates between 1901 and 2021. This year it went to novelist Abdulrazak… Continue Reading →

Coronavirus has Become Endemic, Making Australia’s Policy Settings Obsolete

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: The Spectator. A major study from the National Bureau of Economic Research in June, based on all-causes mortality data from 44 countries and all US states, concluded that earlier and longer lockdowns do not reduce deaths and if anything, lockdowns… Continue Reading →

Senior Australian Police Sergeant Quits in Protest at Covid Excesses: Generates Massive Positive Coverage

Claims Majority of Cops Agree with Her: A Break in the Wall. A 16-year veteran of the Victoria Police has given a blockbuster interview claiming the authoritarian abuses now making headlines around the world have left many police disturbed about… Continue Reading →

Mandatory Vaccination is a Human Rights Violation. A Gross Violation.

By Graham Young. Mandating or coercing COVID vaccination is one of the most important civil liberties issues of my lifetime. It’s a fundamental breach of human rights allegedly guaranteed by a number of international conventions and Australian law, as well… Continue Reading →

Human Rights Violations now Enshrined in Legislation – in Australia

By Greg Barns: Michael West Media. The Morrison government, supported by the ALP, has passed a law that allows for security agencies, on the most flimsy of pretexts, to access and manipulate the electronic data of any citizen. It continues… Continue Reading →

Friendlyjordies and the NSW Government’s Demise

By Michelle Pini, Managing Editor of Independent Australia. The resignations of the Premier and Deputy Premier of New South Wales, blaming ICAC and Friendlyjordies, respectively, signal the worst time of mourning for establishment media. WHY DID both Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy… Continue Reading →

Je Suis August Landmesser

By Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project. Artwork Trees at Night by Arthur Henry “Art” Young. Since the beginning of the Covid era, Paul Collits has stood out as one of the boldest and most cogent of commentators on the moral… Continue Reading →

‘Health Pass? On n’en veut pas!’: A Snapshot of France’s Nationwide Anti-COVID Passport Protests

By T.J. Coles with TOTT News One sign reads: ‘Je ne suis pas une souris de laboratoire. Je ne vais pas a labattoir. Non a la piquouze. Résistance. Non pas sanitaire. Touche pas gosse. Non à la piquouze.‘ Translation: ‘I’m… Continue Reading →

As Lockdowns Lift, the COVID Policing Hangover Is Coming

By Paul Gregoire: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog Soon the lockdowns will end. The disparities in the enforcement of public health measures will disappear. Most who have been forced to stay at home will return to work. The vaccination drive will… Continue Reading →

Loved to Death: Australian Sandalwood is Facing Extinction in the Wild.

Richard McLellan, Charles Sturt University; David M Watson, Charles Sturt University, and Kingsley Dixon, Curtin University. The sweet, earthy fragrance of sandalwood oil has made it immensely popular in incense sticks, candles and perfumes. But its beautiful scent may also… Continue Reading →

The Crime of Not Knowing Your Crime – Ric Throssell Against ASIO

Jim Kimble: Independent Australia Book Club. Jim Kable reviews a book by Karen Throssell about the injustice suffered by her father in his life-long struggle to clear his name after being wrongly accused by Vladimir Petrov of being a Russian spy in the 1950s. FOUR… Continue Reading →

Unfolding Catastrophe: Australia. Extract. Part Six. The First Draft of History.

Photography by Dean Sewell. There is an old saying about journalism; it is the first draft of history. Part of the problem with the deteriorated and manipulated state of legacy media was that this noble function was now lost. As… Continue Reading →

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