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It Could Not Have Been A More Wonderful Day.

Terror in Australia: Workers’ Paradise Lost. Extract. By John Stapleton. As a young man Alex had taken every opportunity to travel. He stayed several times at a beach on Penang island known as Batu Ferringhi. In the 1970s it was… Continue Reading →

The Painless Extinction of Formerly Free Australia 

By David Bell: Brownstone Institute If you place a frog in cool water and slowly raise the temperature, it’s said that you can boil it without it noticing and fighting to free itself. I never tested this, as I liked… Continue Reading →

Giant Eagles and Scavenging Vultures shared the Skies of Ancient Australia

Ellen K. Mather, Mike Lee, and Trevor H. Worthy, Flinders University Today, Australia is home to 17 species of hawks and eagles. But the fossil record shows some other, rather special raptors were present in the relatively recent past. Tens… Continue Reading →

The Times Create: A New Wave of Media Recreates the Australian Story

By John Stapleton. With TOTT News. In a first, the National Free Media Summit in Adelaide last weekend brought together a gathering of some of the liveliest journalistic talents to emerge from the past few dark and tumultuous years of… Continue Reading →

When Science becomes a Threat to Population Health

Kara Thomas: Australian Medical Professionals Society ‘The medical-political complex tends towards suppression of science to aggrandise and enrich those in power. And, as the powerful become more successful, richer, and further intoxicated with power, the inconvenient truths of science are… Continue Reading →

Bennelong and Phillip: Wrestling with Australian History through Two Entangled Lives

Anna Clark, University of Technology Sydney Despite the inherent chance and coincidence of Australian history, there’s a certain sense of inevitability when we trace our national narrative in hindsight. The sequence of chapters in our textbooks and syllabuses seems logical… Continue Reading →

The Rise of Pharma Fascism and the Ruination of the Commons

By Toby Rogers: University of Sydney When the Commons was Eden  “The commons” is a foundational idea in left political philosophy. The commons refers to shared spaces — oceans, lakes, rivers, forests, the air — that are not owned by… Continue Reading →

Israel’s bombardment of Palestinians: is Australia complicit in War Crimes?

By Greg Barns: Michael West Media Israel has killed more than 7000 Palestinians since the brutal Hamas attacks of October 7 sparked the war on Gaza. Human rights lawyer Greg Barns SC examines Australia’s complicity in war crimes. That Israel and Hamas… Continue Reading →

Cost-of-living Crisis is the Dragon the Australian Government can’t slay

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra At a White House briefing last week, Joe Biden’s press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, was asked whether there’d been any thought of postponing Anthony Albanese’s state visit because of the Middle East conflict. No, she said,… Continue Reading →

For Washington, the US-Australia Alliance Counts for Less than Nothing

By Greg Barns: Pearls and Irritations Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will have plenty to talk about when he meets with US President Joe Biden this week. The Middle East, China, AUKUS and submarines will no doubt dominate the agenda. But… Continue Reading →

Ancient Texts: The Vedas of India. The Black and White Photography of Russell Shakespeare

Collated By John Stapleton Russell Shakespeare is one of Australia’s most celebrated photographers, having worked in newspapers and magazines for the past three decades, fulfilling an obsession which began in early childhood. He is rarely ever seen without a camera… Continue Reading →

Excess Deaths: The Elephant in the Room. The Australian Medical Professionals Society

Something different is killing Australian people in a most unusual way, and  in large numbers. This unsettling fact has been evident to the Australian  Medical Professionals Society and the time has come to confront it.  Authorities in medicine, and the… Continue Reading →

The World’s Worst Family Law System: The Death Spiral of Australia’s Albanese Government

By John Stapleton Australia has the world’s highest electricity costs, highest housing costs, slowest and most expensive internet, most insane immigration system and consequently one of the most fractured societies on Earth. And is one of the most heavily taxed… Continue Reading →

Vale Bill Hayden: Former Australian Labor Leader, Former Governor General

By Paul Strangio: Monash University Who have been Australia’s most accomplished federal opposition leaders? The conventional answer to this question is Robert Menzies and Gough Whitlam, both renowned for rejuvenating their respective sides of politics and galvanising new constituencies of… Continue Reading →

The Future History of Publishing

By John Stapleton Since the beginning of literature technologies have shaped the written word. And thereby publishing technologies have shaped history, culture, politics and war. The adage history is written by the victors has transposed in this truly astonishing era… Continue Reading →

A Resounding NO: Australia’s Referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament Fails

By John Stapleton. Sources: Various. Millions of words have been written over the past 18 months in Australia about a government proposal to create an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, an advisory body to represent the interests of the Nation’s First… Continue Reading →

Voice Referendum Australia’s Brexit?

By Rebekah Barnett: Dystopian Down Under Elite left-wingers say racist voters are duped by misinformation, but the Taranto Principle suggests that, once again, it is the elites who are duped by the reverberations in their own echo chamber. Formulated by… Continue Reading →

Coalition Against Offshore Wind Farms: An Open Letter To Australia’s Politicians

The Australian government is determined to embark on the greatest act of environmental vandalism in the nation’s history, the building of massive offshore windfarms which will destroy whale and bird migration routes, cause massive disruption to the marine ecosystem, decimate… Continue Reading →

The Albanese Government’s Death Spiral: The Loss of All Credibility

By John Stapleton Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will be touring Australia this week promoting the “Vote Yes” campaign for the Referendum for constitutional recognition of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, prior to the vote this coming Saturday, 14 October. Problematic… Continue Reading →

It wasn’t Just a Tree: The loss of the iconic Sycamore Gap Tree, Australia’s Tree of Knowledge and others like them

Rebecca Banham, University of Tasmania. The famous Sycamore Gap tree in the UK was felled last week, prompting global expressions of sorrow, anger and horror. For some, the reaction was puzzling. Wasn’t it just a single tree in northern England?… Continue Reading →

Secret Forest: Australia rivals The Congo on Deforestation and so Blocks Media Access to World Scientists

Callum Foote: Michael West Media Forestry officials have blocked journalist access to scientists at a global forum earlier this month aimed at monitoring the destruction of native forests. This report explores the secrecy of Department of Agriculture officials following the destruction… Continue Reading →

Australia: The Cranky Country

By Paul Collits At a recent packed out No event for the extremely divisive issue of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament Senator Jacinta Price, Opposition Spokeswoman on Indigenous Affairs, received a Standing ovation on arrival, and also at the end,… Continue Reading →

Offshore Wind Farms – The Impacts

Bob Baldwin: Australian Fishing Trade Association Whether it is the sea we fish in or the air we breathe, we all want a much cleaner and healthier environment. AFTA members may have differing opinions on the government’s push towards Net… Continue Reading →

Signs of life? Astronomers are excited about Carbon Dioxide and Methane in the Atmosphere of an Alien World

Brad E Tucker, Australian National University Are we alone? This question is nearly as old as humanity itself. Today, this question in astronomy focuses on finding life beyond our planet. Are we, as a species, and as a planet, alone?… Continue Reading →

YouTube Censors One of Australia’s Most Talented Young Journalists

By John Stapleton. With Rebekah Barnett: Dystopian Down Under. Rebekah Barnett reports from Western Australia. She holds a degree in Communications from the University of Western Australia and when it comes to a new generation of journalists born out of… Continue Reading →

Clean Energy Projects: Governments Must Fully Disclose Potential Impacts

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog In this day and age, with the ‘climate emergency’ on our doorstep, you’d be crazy and ‘out-of-touch’ for expressing concern about or opposition to a renewable energy project, right?  After all, the world… Continue Reading →

Dictator Dan’s Legacy: Australia’s Worst of the Worst Slithers Away

Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog Social media went into overdrive last week, with memes and commentary, mostly in celebration at the surprise resignation of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.  It’s not easy to reconcile the reaction, particularly from Victorians, who… Continue Reading →

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 →

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