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Transparency Paradox: Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison flayed for Secrecy as his successor Blocks access to National Cabinet Documents

By Rex Patrick: Michael West Media. While the media is flaying the political corpse of Scott Morrison, quite deservedly over the former prime minister’s secret power grab, the new government has quietly stripped Australians of their 40-year right of access… Continue Reading →

Covid and Australia’s Medical Regulatory Shame

By Paul Collits In a move of which Hitler’s Health Minister would have been proud, in March 2021, Australia’s medical regulatory bodies declared freedom of speech to be illegal for medical practitioners.  As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald: Doctors, nurses… Continue Reading →

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

Snow is blanketing the Blue Mountains west of Sydney as a cold snap sends temperatures plummeting across Australia’s south-east. The icy conditions brought thunderstorms, rain and snow in higher parts of the NSW tablelands and north-east on Tuesday, and treacherous… Continue Reading →

Australian Police Claim Ignorance of the Law, As They Continue to Illegally Strip-Search Kids

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. More than 4,000 strip searches were carried out in New South Wales between July 2020 and May 2022 – 100 of them on children and young people.  The alarming figures include more than… Continue Reading →

At Long Long Last: Farewell Lockdown Architect Anthony Fauci

Michael Senger and the Brownstone Institute. After more than five decades in the federal government, Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, has announced his resignation as of December to pursue “the next chapter”… Continue Reading →

The US Government is Trying to Stop the merger of two of the World’s Biggest Publishers

Agata Mrva-Montoya, University of Sydney When Allen Lane set out to make cheap paperbacks for commuters in the 1930s, no one imagined he was building what would become the biggest publishing house we’ve ever seen. The company he founded became… Continue Reading →

Australian Defence Department launches new supercomputer

From TOTT News A new supercomputer has been officially launched at Defence Science and Technology Group’s Edinburgh, South Australia site.  The new rapid data processing supercomputer is tipped to support the development of modern weapons systems, including technology promised under… Continue Reading →

Scott Morrison: The Very Ugly Face of Australia’s Covid Madness

John Stapleton. Extract from Unfolding Catastrophe: Australia. In recent days Scott Morrison, as he has done since Covid lurched onto the Australian scene, has been spinning the pandemic story hard in an attempt to rescue his political career. In early… Continue Reading →

Alfred W. McCoy: What I Learnt From Fifty Years of Writing About Drugs

We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the… Continue Reading →

The End of Medicine: The End of Medical Freedom of Speech in Australia

Australian Medical Professional Society  The newly formed Australian Medical Professionals Society (AMPS), operating as an alternative to the Australian Medical Association (AMA), is standing up for medical transparency, to protect our patients, and ensure open scientific debate. Our AMPS members… Continue Reading →

The Origins of Totalitarianism

Hannah Arendt From its first publication in 1951 The Origins of Totalitarianism has been considered a masterpiece of scholarship and historical research, a devastating insight into humanity’s potential for terror. To labour the obvious, it has an uncanny and yes,… Continue Reading →

The Scott Morrison Horror Show

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra. It’s not breaking news that Scott Morrison has trouble with women. His “woman problem” was one factor in his election defeat. But really, his treatment this week of Karen Andrews, his former home affairs minister,… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Former Prime Minister: Dictator Morrison and the ‘You Made Me Do It’ Defence

Michelle Pini: Independent Australia. So, Scotty the Dictator secretly took over all the portfolios of the key ministers around him. While this is undoubtedly a disgraceful “trashing of democracy”, as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described it, it is hardly out of character… Continue Reading →

There is no place for secret ministers in Australian democracy

By Rex Patrick: Michael West Media. The weekend revelations confirm Scott Morrison as Australia’s worst PM since McMahon and Christian Porter as the worst attorney-general ever. Their conduct in the appointment of Morrison to three extra portfolios without notifying the public… Continue Reading →

Swathed in Scandal, former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Reverts to Type

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra. One of the more bizarre things Scott Morrison said in his hour-long, sometimes combative, Wednesday news conference was that he’d had a “wonderful” conversation with former Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Tuesday. Morrison contacted Frydenberg… Continue Reading →

Power Hungry Elites Have Upended Australia

Paul Collits: Politicom. John Stapleton, editor of the fine online journal A Sense of Place Magazine, has now published two books on Australia’s experience of COVID totalitarianism.  The first, Unfolding Catastrophe, chronicled Australia’s descent into policy madness over two miserable years.  His… Continue Reading →

A Hero’s Tale: The Monomyth and The Shadow

TOTT NEWS Human beings are universally drawn to the story of the hero, a common psychological archetype that is found embedded in the fabric of almost every popular story or tale. On a personal level, this framework can help one… Continue Reading →

Failed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Should Leave Parliament

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra. Liberal frontbencher Karen Andrews wouldn’t be alone among her colleagues in believing Scott Morrison should quit parliament. Andrews, home affairs minister in the former government, on Tuesday declared the Australian people were “betrayed” by Morrison’s… Continue Reading →

Maria Popova and Nick Cave: Two Of Our Era’s Most Luminous Creative Intellects

From The Marginalian. In these darkening times, when the powerful and the political class have become utterly corrupted, and indifferent to the concerns of ordinary people, there are, as a kind of counterwave, a significant number of people trying to… Continue Reading →

New Zealand: Mugged by Covid Reality

By Ramesh Thakur: Brownstone Institute. In the first year of the pandemic, a team from Otago University in New Zealand (my former university) published an interesting study that provided some explanation for the strong public support for lockdown measures. This… Continue Reading →

Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Trashed Conventions and Accountability

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra. The only credible explanation for Scott Morrison personally installing himself, as an undisclosed ministerial partner, in several portfolios is the former prime minister’s passion for control. The fact he didn’t tell senior colleagues, let alone… Continue Reading →

Salman Rushdie: Hunting the Famous

By John Stapleton. Legendary author Salman Rushdie has been attacked and repeatedly stabbed in the neck and torso as he was about to give a lecture on artistic freedom in western New York. He was airlifted to hospital. In 1989, Iran’s first… Continue Reading →

All Caretaker, no Responsibility: how a Dying Australian Government slipped Freebies to its Mates

By #Mate: Michael West Media. On its way to electoral oblivion, the Morrison government kept the dollars flowing to select beneficiaries, in defiance of the 70-year-old parliamentary “caretaker” convention, writes #Mate. On May 16, five days before the election, the… Continue Reading →

“If We Get Covid, So Be It”: Australia’s Hypocrisy

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: Brownstone Institute. Australia just elevated Covid hypocrisy to a whole new level. On Sunday August 7, after a series of round-robin matches in two groups followed by knockout matches in the semi-finals, Australia and India met… Continue Reading →

Fact Checkers: The Jokes On Us

By Paul Collits. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and RMIT University might well be a match made in heaven.  Or, more likely, hell.  These two Covid State acolyte institutions, beyond-woke corporates both, true believers in the climate hysteria and, ironically, servants… Continue Reading →

Farewell to David Ireland: Australia’s Master of Mosaic Fiction

Van Ikin, The University of Western Australia. Australian novelist David Ireland, winner of three Miles Franklin awards in the 1970s, and recipient of the Order of Australia in 1981, has died at the age of 94. Born in 1927 in… Continue Reading →

New Media Are As Intertwined With Imperial Power As Old Media

By Caitlin Johnstone. Alan MacLeod has a new article out with Mintpress News showing how most of the supposedly independent “fact-checking” organizations which Facebook has partnered with to police the information people are allowed to see on the platform about the war… Continue Reading →

Blinds drawn on the Australian dream: Black Money Fuels House Prices

By Nathan Lynch: Michael West Media. Gaping loopholes, earnest advisers and an international reputation for stability have made Australia a place of choice for illicit funds. Despite a crackdown on the foreign ownership of established houses, there are still many ways… Continue Reading →

Archie Roach: the great Songman, Tender and Humble, who gave our People a Voice

Bhiamie Williamson, Australian National University. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this article contains names and images of deceased people. Archie Roach’s family have given permission for his name and image to be shared. I am not sure… Continue Reading →

The Importance of Protecting your Privacy at Protests

TOTT NEWS What should peaceful protesters know about their privacy before heading to a demonstration? Here are some concerns and protective measures they should keep in mind. Staying protected while expressing your voice. STARTING POINT: YOUR PHONE Protests are set… Continue Reading →

World’s First Synthetic Embryo

By Megan Munsie, The University of Melbourne. In what’s reported as a world-first achievement, biologists have grown mouse embryo models in the lab without the need for fertilised eggs, embryos, or even a mouse – using only stem cells and… Continue Reading →

Media Manipulation, Censorship, Surveillance: Australia 2022

By John Stapleton. One of the most vile of all the vile deeds perpetrated by the Coalition under the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison era of benighted Australian governance was to make journalists Persons of Interest – POIs – under the ASIO Act. The… Continue Reading →

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