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Ding, Dong, Dan is Gone! Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews leaves a legacy of Brutality, Debt and Corruption

Rebekah Barnett: Dystopia Down Under Victorian Premier Dan Andrews, who imposed the world’s longest Covid lockdowns on his state, officially steps down from his position today. Andrews earned the nickname ‘Dictator Dan’ for his strongman style of leadership during the… Continue Reading →

Thousands of pirated Australian books. In the age of AI, is Copyright Law still fit for Purpose?

Dilan Thampapillai, University of Wollongong Thousands of Australian books have been found on a pirated dataset of ebooks, known as Books3, used to train generative AI. Richard Flanagan, Helen Garner, Tim Winton and Tim Flannery are among the leading local… 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 →

A Public Relations Disaster: The Wind Farms That Ate Australia

By John Stapleton The Albanese Labor government is in a death spiral, suffering savage reputational damage from its highly divisive and failing campaign to change the Referendum and establish an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. It has been desperate to distract… Continue Reading →

Pick of the Crop: Our Best Stories for August and September, 2023.

Why the Secrecy Over Australia’s Vaccine Contracts?

By Maryanne Demasi: Brownstone Institute Major international governments have signed multibillion-dollar legal contracts with drug companies in order to secure access to covid-19 vaccines. But the drug companies and governments have refused to divulge details, saying the information is “commercial in confidence.”… Continue Reading →

Freedom Loving Australians Celebrate: Dictator Dan Resigns

By John Stapleton There are few moments in Australian history more glorious than the resignation of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, otherwise known as Dictator Dan. At last, at long, long last, the widely despised Premier of Victoria, the man responsible… Continue Reading →

Tyranny: The Rise of the Public-Private Partnership

Professor Ramesh Thakur: Brownstone Institute The slogan cuius regio, eius religio (whose the reign/realm, his the religion) was adopted in Europe in the mid-16th century to end the religious wars. It was an agreement among the monarchs that he who governs the territory… Continue Reading →

Eastern Grey Kangaroos Foster Long Term Relationships

By Lilly Matson: University of New South Wales In a new study looking at animal behaviour, researchers analysed over 3000 photographs of a single kangaroo population. Eastern grey kangaroos may develop and retain long-term relationships, contrary to previous beliefs about… Continue Reading →

Who’s at the Party? Australia’s Thriving Business of Corporate Access to Politicians

By Zacharias Szumer: Michael West Media The business forums of both major parties sell political access to corporate Australia, and they make a pretty penny doing so. Many of Australia’s largest companies are members and their events can raise hundreds… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Covid Non-Inquiry: An Insult to All Australians

By Paul Collits Anthony Albanese promised a Royal Commission, or something very close to it, into Covid policy.  The case for a Royal Commission was laid out in detail in the Senate by the estimable Malcolm Roberts a little while… Continue Reading →

Destroying Australia’s East Coast: The Windfarms that Ate Australia

By John Stapleton There’s one thing the Australia’s left wing Labor government is good at, and that’s spectacular own goals. Their much spruiked climate change policies and rush to “Net Zero” involves the building of massive , diabolically expensive and… Continue Reading →

Seventy Thousand Tonnes of Pesticides Leach into Soils and Waterways Annually

TOTT NEWS New research has revealed the extent of damage that agricultural pesticides are having on soils and waterways each year worldwide, with chemicals often wandering from their original sources. Currently, around 3 million tonnes of agricultural pesticides are used worldwide every… Continue Reading →

Chariots of the Gods, Ships in the Sky: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena left their mark in Ancient Cultures

Michael B. Charles, Southern Cross University; Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides, Macquarie University, and Marcus Harmes, University of Southern Queensland For thousands of years, people have been describing unexplainable gleaming objects in the sky. Some aerial phenomena like comets, meteor showers, bolides, auroras… Continue Reading →

What If There Had Been No Covid Coup?

By Debbie Lerman: Brownstone Institute In discussions about the military and national security coup during the Covid pandemic, people often ask me: would it really have been so different if the NIH and CDC had remained in charge of the pandemic response?… Continue Reading →

What is Wrong With This Picture? Civilian Casualties and the Death of Truth

By John Stapleton We’re rerunning these images for one simple reason, once again Australia is in lockstep with America’s endless wars, as it has been in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan; wars in which the general public never ever see a… Continue Reading →

Australian Financial Regulators are preparing for Banking Turmoil

TOTT NEWS Dramatically rising costs of living are provoking fears of a recession, if not another Great Depression. Mid-year Australia’s Council of Financial Regulators reviewed the nation’s economic crisis management arrangements in the wake of recent overseas collapses. “The council… Continue Reading →

Music, Feeling, and Transcendence: Nick Cave on AI, Awe, and the Splendour of Our Human Limitations

By 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… Continue Reading →

‘Racist and stupid’: How to Lose an Australian Referendum

Rebekah Barnett: Dystopia Down Under This might be the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum’s ‘basket of deplorables’ moment. Hillary Clinton famously applied the slur to half of Donald Trump’s supporters, who she described as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic.” The… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Pandemic Treaty now in “consultation” before Your Sovereignty is Sold.

TOTT NEWS New international ‘legal instrument’ looms. CONSULTATION STAGE The Australian government has released a consultation paper detailing their adherence to a “global accord” on “pandemic prevention, preparedness and response” moving forward. As was the concern, this will come in the form… Continue Reading →

The charismatic, enigmatic Australian writer Charmian Clift

Tanya Dalziell, The University of Western Australia and Paul Genoni, Curtin University The centenary of the birth of Charmian Clift took place on August 30. It came at a time when the renowned Australian writer is, as they say, having… Continue Reading →

The Uncaged Sky: Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s 804 days in an Iranian prison.

Scott Burchill, Deakin University Australia’s Foreign Minister Penny Wong has just announced sanctions against a number of institutions in Iran for allegedly oppressing women and girls. The Minister’s media release, dated 13 September, 2023, reads: “On the first anniversary of… Continue Reading →

Australian workers drained of money for AUKUS submarines: And it’s flowing to the UK and the US

By Rex Patrick: Michael West Media Paul Keating rightly calls it the “worst deal in all history,” and the Albanese Government intends to use Australian taxpayer’s money to build up the US and UK submarine construction and ship repair industry. Rex… Continue Reading →

Commute: The Black and White Photography of Russell Shakespeare

Russell Shakespeare is a multi-award winning Australian photographer. His professional work, while at times a fascinating high pressure roller coaster ride, has its decided restrictions. This series explores the artistic side of one of Australia’s most accomplished lensmen. The Commute… Continue Reading →

AI systems have learned how to deceive humans

Simon Goldstein, Australian Catholic University and Peter S. Park, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Artificial intelligence pioneer Geoffrey Hinton made headlines earlier this year when he raised concerns about the capabilities of AI systems. Speaking to CNN journalist Jake Tapper,… Continue Reading →

Courts set to grapple with ‘defamation by AI chatbots’

By Dr Binoy Kampmark: Independent Australia Pursuing legal redress for defamation by AI chatbots like ChatGPT will likely prove fraught. Cometh the new platform, cometh new actions in law, the fragile litigant ever ready to dash off a writ to… Continue Reading →

The Art Of The Fight.

By Nudge Mieli Boxing coach Nudge Mieli, who came from a martial arts background, started boxing to become more proficient with his hands. “They call boxing the sweet science, and that’s what drew me to it,” Nudge says. “It is… Continue Reading →

The Snowy Mountains Scheme was a Source of Australian National Pride. Now Snowy 2.0. Snow Job.

By Rex Patrick: Michael West Media Malcolm Turnbull’s Snowy Hydro 2.0 project was touted as $2 billion bargain in 2017. It now shapes as a $10 billion abominable snowman. Peering through a Kosciusko/Canberra snow storm of FOI brush-offs, Rex Patrick asks what… Continue Reading →

Australians to vote October 14 on the Voice, with Prime Minister Albanese urging people to support ‘an idea’

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Australians will vote on October 14 to decide whether the Constitution will be changed to include a Voice to Parliament and executive government. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the long-anticipated date to an enthusiastic audience… Continue Reading →

Chapter 12: Shattered Ground. Extract from Australia Breaks Apart.

The Indigenous Voice to Parliament aka The Voice is the proposed new advisory group containing separately elected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, perpetually enshrined in the Constitution of Australia, which would “have a responsibility and right to advise the Australian Parliament and Government on national matters of… Continue Reading →

Why are Australian Government Officials Manufacturing False Espionage Threats?

By Brian Toohey: Pearls and Irritations. Government ministers and senior officials are conditioning Australians to become frightened, very frightened. The Home Affairs minister Clare O’Neil warns they face a “dystopian future” from cyber-crime, foreign interference and threats to our democracy…. Continue Reading →

How Australian cartoonist Bruce Petty documented the Vietnam War

Robert Phiddian, Flinders University After seven decades as a visual satirist provoking Australia as it is and might be, Bruce Petty passed away at 93 on April 6 this year. His career as a political cartoonist started with a trip… Continue Reading →

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