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The Great March: Convoy to Canberra

The Day Australia Changed Forever. This is an extract from the upcoming book Convoy to Canberra: The Day Australia Changed Forever. This is Part One of Chapter Eight, The Great March. The book is now in production. The series so… Continue Reading →

Fifty years after ‘Napalm Girl,’ a horrific photo of the Vietnam War

W. Joseph Campbell, American University School of Communication The “Napalm Girl” photograph of terror-stricken Vietnamese children fleeing an errant aerial attack on their village, taken 50 years ago this month, has rightly been called “a picture that doesn’t rest.” It… Continue Reading →

Golden Bandicoots Return to the Desert

UNSW Newswire Golden bandicoots have returned to the Strzelecki Desert in far-west NSW after a 100-year absence thanks to the Wild Deserts team, a partnership between UNSW Sydney scientists and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Up to 40 golden… Continue Reading →

Sydney: The Paintings of Michael Fitzjames

With poetry by Kenneth Slessor. Michael Fitzjames, whose work is collected in a number of Australia’s leading institutions, is best known as an illustrator for newspapers, but his paintings are also highly valued. Here is a collection of his depictions… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Energy Crisis

Tim Nelson and Joel Gilmore, Griffith University. Australia is in the grips of an energy crisis, with electricity generation prices roughly 115% above the previous highest average wholesale price ever recorded. The price for electricity in New South Wales for… Continue Reading →

Australia and the World Health Organisation

By Susan Pavan: i3 Publications. Manipulation of the mainstream media during the Covid era has left a bad taste in many people’s mouths, but also spawned a talented and highly motivated new generation of citizen journalists who have refused to… Continue Reading →

Winter’s Back in Australia: The Photography of Dean Sewell

Snow has fallen in Sydney’s western region as an icy polar blast grips most of Australia in time for the start of winter. The strong cold front began surging through South Australia into Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland on… Continue Reading →

A Flourishing Ecology and a Healthy Economy? Henry David Thoreau thought you couldn’t have one without the other

Alda Balthrop-Lewis, Australian Catholic University Australians have just decided another “climate election”. What this meant, basically, was that we had to choose between two difficult futures. The result has yielded a new mandate for meaningful work on climate policy. “Liberal… Continue Reading →

The Ever Widening Scandal: The Pfizer Papers. The Company Exploited and Misapplied a Controversial Clinical Trial Method

By Dr T.J. Coles: TOTT NEWS. Documents reveal sleight-of-hand tactics were used on clinical trial protocols to ensure the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was granted a license. In April last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a confidential Biologics… Continue Reading →

Kill off Australia’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal, it’s stacked with Political Appointees and is no longer credible

Greg Barns: Michael West Media. Just before ousted Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the election, his Attorney-General Michaelia Cash stacked the Administrative Appeals Tribunal with a host of Liberal Party mates. Political appointments are out of control and the AAT… Continue Reading →

Wild animals are evolving faster than anybody thought

Timothée Bonnet, Australian National University. How fast is evolution? In adaptive evolution, natural selection causes genetic changes in traits that favour the survival and reproduction of individual organisms. Although Charles Darwin thought the process occurred over geological timescales, we have… Continue Reading →

What On Earth?

Extract from Unfolding Catastrophe: Australia. Australia’s social progressives are exultant over the success of a record number of women and climate change activists in the May election which saw the conservatives thrashed. These are the same social progressives who raised… Continue Reading →

Is this what ‘success’ looks like? What the Australian Government Doesn’t want the Public to Know

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: The Spectator Australia. As someone who has been looking at Covid-related data since the outbreak of the pandemic and a resident of the ACT until the end of last year, my curiosity got the better of… Continue Reading →

‘Australia is ready’: Five years after Uluru, path to referendum becomes clearer

Adam Phelan: University of NSW Newsroom. Architects of the Uluru Statement from the Heart say they look forward to working alongside the new Government to confirm a timeline for a referendum on a Voice to Parliament. Five years since the… Continue Reading →

Stellar first week for Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese but tough months ahead

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra. Anthony Albanese had expected the election might be a week earlier than it was, because last Saturday would bump up against Tuesday’s Quad meeting in Tokyo. But Scott Morrison wanted maximum time to try to… Continue Reading →

The Posthuman Caste Vision: Cyborg ruling classes and a Genetically-engineered Species

TOTT NEWS The transhuman promise of ‘superhuman’ abilities will be reserved for the ‘chosen class’, while the masses merge with technology designed for a constant state of surveillance and control. In attempt to give themselves godlike abilities, the technocratic elites are moving towards… Continue Reading →

Clive Palmer and One Nation flopped at the election. What happened?

Benjamin Moffitt, Australian Catholic University. Many commentators tipped Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party (UAP) and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation to perform well this election by scooping up the “freedom” and anti-vax vote from voters angry about how the pandemic was… Continue Reading →

The Spirit Rises

Convoy to Canberra: The Day Australia Changed Forever This is an extract from the upcoming book Convoy to Canberra: The Day Australia Changed Forever. This is Part Two of Chapter Seven, The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth. The book will… Continue Reading →

Suburban Fight Club 

By Jeremy Aitken. It is 8.00 pm on a Saturday night.  I am standing near the sliding glass entrance doors of a large suburban function room.  The room is packed. Well-dressed diners are seated, eating entrees and drinking wine. In… Continue Reading →

Is there evidence Aliens have visited Earth? Here’s what’s come out of US congress hearings on ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’

Steven Tingay, Curtin University. The United States Congress recently held a hearing into US government information pertaining to “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAPs). The last investigation of this kind happened more than 50 years ago, as part of a US Air… Continue Reading →

Germophobes to the Left and Right

Steve Templeton: Brownstone Institute. With the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic hopefully waning, it will be time for many to take a step back and assess the collateral damage. And there is, and is going to be, a lot of it. With two years of… Continue Reading →

Did Australia just make a move to the left?

Frank Bongiorno, Australian National University. Political commentators often use the idea of a political spectrum from left to right as shorthand for understanding political ideologies, parties and programs. Derived from the arrangement of the National Assembly in the French Revolution,… Continue Reading →

It’s time. Time for Labor and the Greens to say yes to love

Mark Sawyer: Michael West Media. Labor has won a working parliamentary majority in a sullen, angry country. Perhaps more by pure luck than design, Australia has avoided a hung parliament. That’s the good news. But for this Labor government to… Continue Reading →

Assault from the Left: Election result a victory for the Popular Left, despite what you may hear

Martin Hirst: Independent Australia. In spite of mainstream media discourse, Dr Martin Hirst argues that the election result was a resounding victory for the popular Left. IF YOU’VE BEEN watching TV news or reading the mainstream press, you might think that Anthony Albanese actually lost… Continue Reading →

Scott Morrison defeated – Labor to govern in Minority or Majority

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The Morrison government has been resoundingly defeated, with Labor headed for office, although whether in a minority or majority was unclear late Saturday night. Anthony Albanese becomes Australia’s 31st prime minister. Labor had 73 seats… Continue Reading →

The corrupt Coalition gone, PM Anthony Albanese confronts the immense Challenge of Repairing Australia

Michael West: Michael West Media. This is a great result. The tired and corrupt Coalition government has been turfed out despite the billions in public money wasted in bribing Australians for their votes, despite the relentless propaganda of the government’s… Continue Reading →

Governments Benefit From Drug Prohibition to the Detriment of Public Health

By Paul Gregoire: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. Politicians across the globe choose to disregard the overwhelming and mounting evidence that drug prohibition has been an abject failure. The century-old experiment of outlawing most popular psychoactive drugs, with the major exception… Continue Reading →

Scott Morrison endorses handing over Pandemic Powers to the World Health Organisation

Ethan Nash: TOTT NEWS. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has endorsed the prospect of more powers for international health bodies such the World Health Organisation (WHO) at a press conference in Darwin today. One reporter raised an upcoming WHO meeting on… Continue Reading →

The Book that Changed Me: Falling for Eve Babitz’s Sex and Rage

Sally Breen, Griffith University. In this series, writers nominate a book that changed their life – or at least their thinking. I first read Eve Babitz at the tail end of the 20th century, holed up in the rumpus room… Continue Reading →

‘Bulldozer’ Morrison: Can he fix it? No, he can’t!

David Donovan: Independent Australia. Is Scott Morrison so delusional, so out of touch with reality, so lacking in insight, that he actually believes some of the nonsense he says? Because nothing he says – or so close to nothing as… Continue Reading →

‘We Choose Freedom!’: Large crowds across Australia REJECT the Major Parties ahead of Federal Election

TOTT NEWS “SACK THEM ALL” A call for freedom from the two-party false paradigm. The 2022 Election represents the essential political conflict of our time — one between the corporate oligarchy and the beleaguered working classes. Less than a week… Continue Reading →

Eight Things you never knew about Mining on Mars, the Moon… and even Asteroids!

Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research. Off-earth mining may once have been purely the stuff of science fiction, but now it’s potentially a US$1 trillion industry that is likely to be vital if humans are serious about colonising Mars or… Continue Reading →

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