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Did the Morrison Government Really Prevent 40,000 COVID Deaths?

Simon Eckermann: University of Wollongong. As an opening gambit to his re-election campaign, Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed his handling of the pandemic had saved 40,000 lives. This figure compares Australia over 2020 and 2021 with an average derived across… Continue Reading →

Till Death, or a Little Light Maiming, Do Us Part: Extract.

By Kathy Lette. Why is it that just when you think you have all the answers, life starts asking all the wrong questions? The last few months have taken me on a hair-raising ride – a parachute-free plunge from a… Continue Reading →

New Forms of Art: r/place – a Massive and Chaotic Collaborative Art Project on Reddit.

Andrew Childs, Griffith University Many would be familiar with Reddit as one of the largest social networking sites, with a large group of forums (“subreddits”) catering to almost any interest. Since the beginning of April, Reddit has played host to… Continue Reading →

If It Feels Like You’re Being Manipulated, It’s Because You Are

By Caitlin Johnstone. If you’ve got a gut feeling that your rulers are working to control your perception of the war in Ukraine, it is safe to trust that feeling. If you feel like there’s been a concerted effort from… Continue Reading →

Control Your Soul’s Desire For Freedom: The China Model Unravels in Shanghai 

Jeffrey A. Tucker: The Brownstone Institute. At the end of the Cold War, the end-of-history theory was that every country in the world that desired prosperity and progress would necessarily have to embrace both economic liberty and political democracy. You… Continue Reading →

Methadonia: Extract

By Henry Everingham “WHY DID you start using heroin?” Zac asked. He and Olaf had left the others back at the beach. They were sated from the picnic feast Tracey and Jesse had thrown together and, despite Olaf suggesting the… Continue Reading →

The Pfizer Papers: Documents confirm the vaccine was supposed to “prevent COVID”, Not just reduce Symptoms

T.J. Coles. TOTT NEWS. The Pfizer-FDA health and safety documents reveal the COVID vaccination was originally intended to “prevent” the virus. This is Part One of a series of articles from TOTT NEWS exploring the explosive Pfizer-US Food and Drug… Continue Reading →

One Incredible Ocean Crossing may have made Human Evolution Possible.

By Nicholas R. Longrich, University of Bath. Humans evolved in Africa, along with chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys. But primates themselves appear to have evolved elsewhere – likely in Asia – before colonising Africa. At the time, around 50 million years… Continue Reading →

Australia Goes to the Polls: An Election fought on the Political Low Ground

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra. Australian voters will go to the polls on May 21. The government enters the battle trailing the opposition 46-54% in the latest Newspoll, conducted after the budget, with Morrison and opposition leader Anthony Albanese virtually… Continue Reading →

Marcus Aurelius in Love: The Future Stoic Philosopher and Roman Emperor’s Passionate Teenage Love Letters to His Tutor

Maria Popova: 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… Continue Reading →

Grafton: Australia Lost. The Best of Our Archives.

Photography by Dean Sewell Perpetrator of the Christchurch massacre Brenton Tarrant, 29, has just been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and a charge of committing a terrorist… Continue Reading →

Coercive Control: Imprisoned by Language

By Sue Price: Men’s Rights Agency. Illustrations from Artsper Magazine’s piece on The World’s Most Famous Street Art. Coercive Control: When this terminology first came into focus as the next label women were seeking to use to expand the meaning… Continue Reading →

Empathy or Division? On the Science and Politics of Storytelling

Claire Corbett, University of Technology Sydney. Writers can’t always be trusted when they talk about the power and importance of story. We have a vested interest and can get sentimental, promoting the immense power of story, of narrative, as inherently… Continue Reading →

2021 World Press Freedom Index: Journalism, The Vaccine Against Disinformation, Blocked In More Than 130 Countries

The 2021 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shows that journalism, the main vaccine against disinformation, is completely or partly blocked in 73% of the 180 countries ranked by the organisation. The Index, which evaluates the… Continue Reading →

‘It’s Undemocratic’: NSW Anti-protest Laws spark a Civil Society Backlash

Maggie Coggan: Pro Bono Australia News. The NSW parliament has passed tough new anti-protest laws with less than a week’s notice, prompting 39 civil society groups to spring into action to call for an end to the “draconian” measures. The NSW… Continue Reading →

Pandemic Pain remains as Australia’s Economic Recovery leaves the Poor Behind

Tom Barnes, Australian Catholic University “Our recovery leads the world,” treasurer Josh Frydenberg told Australia on budget night last week. “We have overcome the biggest economic shock since the Great Depression.” The government has repeatedly emphasised forecasts of the lowest… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Scandal Ridden Child Support Agency.

By Professor Augusto Zimmerman. IS THE CHILD SUPPORT SCHEME LEADING TO THE GROWTH OF PARENTAL ALIENATION AND MALE SUICIDE IN AUSTRALIA? The answer is an undoubted yes. Both sides of politics have ignored the massive social damage the Agency has… Continue Reading →

Artificial Intelligence and Policing in Australia

Dr Tegan Westendorf: Australian Strategic Policy Institute. For policing agencies, AI is considered as a force-multiplying solution not only because it can process more data that human brains can conceivably do within required time frames, but also because it can… Continue Reading →

AFP Creates New Taskforce to Protect Politicians ahead of Imminent Election

TOTT NEWS The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will set up a “specialised investigative taskforce” to help “ensure the security of parliamentarians during the 2022 Federal election”. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) task force will use “real time intelligence” to investigate… Continue Reading →

The Polls look grim for Australia’s Ruling Coalition. Will the Sunshine State of Queensland Buck the Trend Again?

Anne Tiernan, Griffith University. Awaiting the official start of the 2022 campaign, published polls show Labor is comfortably ahead of the government. Pundits agree this year’s election is Albanese’s to lose, but predictions range along a spectrum from a Labor… Continue Reading →

How do Planets Form? A ‘baby Jupiter’ Hundreds of Light-years away offers New Clues

Peter Tuthill and Barnaby Norris, University of Sydney. How do planets form? For many years scientists thought they understood this process by studying the one example we had access to: our own Solar System. However, the discovery of planets around… Continue Reading →

Is Australia Ready to Face Covid Truths?

By Jorg Probst On 19 March 2022 I attended a protest outside the prime minister’s humble abode in Sydney. I would estimate the crowd on this showery day at somewhere between 300-500 people. The event was noisy, entirely peaceful, and… Continue Reading →

The Desert Stars: The World’s Most Remote Rock Band.

The Photography of Dean Sewell/Oculi The Spinifex People, as they are now known, are the immediate descendants of the last nomadic hunter gatherers to experience contact with the modern world. They live on the southern flank of the Great Victorian… Continue Reading →

Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s 804 days in an Iranian prison were a Travesty – but the West is in No Position to Lecture

Scott Burchill, Deakin University The brutal 804-day incarceration of Kylie Moore-Gilbert in Iran on fictitious charges was an appalling travesty. It remains inexplicable. Moore-Gilbert is an Australian-British academic who was conducting field research on Bahranian exiles in Iran when she… Continue Reading →

New Australian National Security Facility opens in Canberra

By Ethan Nash: TOTT News The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has unveiled a new facility in Canberra to house the expansion of its intelligence gathering and threat detection capabilities The national security agency has opened a new cyber and foreign intelligence facility in Majura… Continue Reading →

We Have All Been Misled

Malcolm Roberts: Senator in the Australian Parliament. Malcolm Roberts of the minority Australian party One Nation has been one of the only politicians in the country to call out the tyranny of Covid and the nation’s response to the “pandemic”,… Continue Reading →

Australia Breaks Apart: Human Resources, Big Companies and the Outsourcing of the Covid State

By Paul Collits. Featuring the Paintings of Sir Arthur Streeton. The recent, unnerving revelations about unvaccinated Environment Protection Authoritystaff being forced out of their jobs were jolting for New South Welshmen; huddled inside as so many of them are, with… Continue Reading →

Submit or be Screened Out: Australian Broadcasting Corporation makes us Sign Away Our Souls

By Mark Sawyer: Michael West Media. Why would the ABC put barriers in the way of Australians’ enjoyment of its cultural treasure house? Mark Sawyer wonders whether management understood the implications, or simply fell under the spell of its seemingly unlimited… Continue Reading →

The Offence of Misconduct with Regard to a Corpse in NSW

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog A man has been arrested over the theft of human body parts from graves at Melbourne’s Footscray Cemetery last month. Detectives arrested the 40-yesr old man at a residence just 10 minutes south of the… Continue Reading →

Resurrection Ferns And Their Discovery In Australia

By Gregory Moore, The University of Melbourne One afternoon in the late 1970s, my colleague and fellow student Helen Quirk handed me a brown, shrivelled fern frond. It appeared to be dead, and was so dry that when I crushed… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Unfolding Nightmare

How It All Ends Part III Oak Flats is a working class suburb south of Wollongong on Australia’s east coast. Its demographic of tradies, electricians, plumbers, tilers, truck drivers, school teachers and nurses do not like or trust the nation’s… Continue Reading →

Murder On Lower Fort Street: Best of the Archives

With Photography by Tim Ritchie There is no more historic, more superbly located or visually rich part of Sydney than The Rocks. Tucked in under the southern flank of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, from the earliest days of the colony it… Continue Reading →

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