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Protests Planned Australia Wide

Last September we saw some of the most violent demonstrations and mass arrests ever seen in Australia. A year on, the protests have got larger, the heavy handed police response has made us the laughing stock of the world, and… Continue Reading →

The 50 Beautiful Australian Plants at Greatest Risk of Extinction

Jennifer Silcock, Roderick John Fensham and Teghan Collingwood from the University of Queensland, with Jaana Dielenberg, Charles Darwin University. As far as odds go, things don’t look promising for the slender-nerved acacia (Acacia leptoneura), a spiky plant with classic yellow-ball… Continue Reading →

The Zoran Strain

Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project Australian politicians and our media are, relentlessly and without shame, creating Covid hate figures out of innocent people whose crime is simply getting on with their lives.  They are doing this to deflect and to… Continue Reading →

Australia Abolishes Right to Protest: Citizen Journalist Monica Smit Jailed

Extracts from Unfolding Catastrophe: Australia The democratic right to protest has been abolished in Australia, with brutal scenes of suppression and violent clashes between police and demonstrators now part of daily life. Further wild scenes are expected this weekend, with… Continue Reading →

Can the Taliban detox from Afghanistan’s opium economy?

By John Coyne with The Australian Strategic Policy Institute As the world continues to watch heartbreaking scenes from Kabul, many are bracing for the far-reaching ramifications of its fall. The impact of the Taliban takeover on the global heroin trade… Continue Reading →

The UK is fighting back against COVID dystopia

TOTTNews Australian authorities are walking into a wall of pain as they prepare to introduced vaccine passports, dividing the country into the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, with only those who have had the jab being allowed to resume anything like… Continue Reading →

The Last Surviving Small Business in New South Wales: Village Fix

Shellharbour is a small coastal town two hours south of Sydney. Only a few short years ago a lost in time surfing village, it is now surging ahead as young families flee the nightmare that Sydney has become. Village Fix… Continue Reading →

Secrecy and Power in Australia’s National Security State

By Keiran Hardy, Rebecca Ananian-Welsh and Nicola McGarrity. Australia has long been regarded as a leading liberal democracy, but our global reputationis declining. Extensive lawmaking in response to terrorism, combined with an entrenchedculture of government secrecy, has put our democracy… Continue Reading →

Is Salman Rushdie’s decision to publish on Substack the Death of the novel?

Julian Novitz, Swinburne University of Technology. Email newsletters might be associated with the ghost towns of old personal email addresses for many: relentlessly accumulating unopened updates from organisations, stores and services signed up to and forgotten in the distant past…. Continue Reading →

The War On Corona is as Misguided as the Iraq War

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: Australian National University. Illustrated with paintings by Franz Marc. As Western forces beat a hasty retreat from Afghanistan, all exit and no strategy, it’s worth highlighting uncomfortable parallels between the coronavirus policies using military metaphors and… Continue Reading →

The Political Flouting of Pandemic Restrictions Is Anti-Democratic

By Paul Gregoire: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. In case you haven’t noticed, there are fast growing divisions within the community between those in favour of the use of pandemic border closures and lockdowns and those who oppose their imposition. Yet,… Continue Reading →

Political Dynamite: JobKeeper for billionaires a campaign wrecker for Morrison, Frydenberg

By Michael West, founder of Michael West Media. Big business doesn’t vote, small business does. That’s the dilemma for Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg as they try to keep JobKeeper secret heading into the election. Michael West reports.  There is rising discontent… Continue Reading →

The Authoritarian Takeover of Australia

By Fred Pawle: Spiked. Artwork by Bob Marchant. This once happy and freedom-loving nation is being crushed by its pro-lockdown elites. People who once thought they’d won the lottery of life by being born in Australia now wake in fright every day… Continue Reading →

NSW Police Commissioner Admits Increased Enforcement is not Based on Health Orders

By Ethan Nash: TOTTNews. The head of NSW Police has admitted escalated enforcement operations are not directed by any public health order, but rather their own agenda to achieve greater compliance. Mick Fuller recently told NSW Parliament that the force… Continue Reading →

Sick Baby Trapped by Cruel Border Bureaucracy

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. The Queensland Government hit a new low this week, refusing to let a family with a sick child drive home from Sydney to quarantine at their isolated rural property, 250 kilometres west of… Continue Reading →

Worldwide Protests On Covid Passports: Enough Is Enough.

After 18 months, the authoritarian derangement which has gripped so many countries during the Covid era has hit a brick wall, perfectly illustrated by the Paris demonstrations over the weekend where thousands of protestors and thousands of police faced each… Continue Reading →

The Daily Dance of Flowers Tracking the Sun

By Gregory Moore, University of Melbourne. When I was a child, I was intrigued by the Queensland box (Lophostemon confertus) growing in our backyard. I noticed its leaves hung vertical after lunch in summer, and were more or less horizontal… Continue Reading →

Ever-Expanding COVID Rules are Making Criminals Out of Law-Abiding Citizens

By Paul Gregoire: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog Just so we’re all clear, a virus is an infectious agent that only replicates itself within the cells of living organisms. A virus is too small to be seen under a microscope. And… Continue Reading →

Unfolding Catastrophe: Australia. Part Three. The Greatest Mistake In History.

If the geniuses of Australian government weren’t satisfied with all the cautionary voices emerging from some of the world’s most venerable tertiary institutions, they only had to go as far as the Australian National University, to Professor Ramesh Thakur, whose… Continue Reading →

Overlooked for Decades, this Shy Little Wallaby has a White Moustache and Shares its Name with a Pub Meal.

By Elliott Dooley and Matt Hayward, University of Newcastle For many people, the term “wallaby” may describe a single species, or rather just a small kangaroo. So you may be surprised to learn there are actually more than 50 known… Continue Reading →

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