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‘His Beating Heart is a Focus Group’: What makes Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tick?

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra. Revealing insights into Scott Morrison’s political character and tactical approach are coming through as the prime minister finds himself on the ropes towards the end of this campaign. In last Wednesday’s final debate between the… Continue Reading →

The Myth of Black Opal: Lightning Ridge and the Fiery Guardians of Eternal Love

The picture above was taken in 1909, at the height of the what was known as the Three Mile Rush. The bicycle polisher rigged up in the centre of this picture was being used to rub down opal. The commercial… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg “superior economic managers”? Not according to the International Monetary Fund

Alan Austin: Michael West Media. It may be the only campaign tactic they have left, and it’s a lie, but the media laps it up and Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg are flogging it hard. That’s the claim that the… Continue Reading →

Cross-department Digital ID pilot planned for New South Wales: The Ever Tightening Web

TOTT NEWS Residents in New South Wales are in line for a whole-of-government Digital ID that will let them connect their biometric details for access to services. Australians in the state of New South Wales will soon be able to… Continue Reading →

The Finalists for Australia’s Leading Portrait Prize The Archibald 2022

Joanna Mendelssohn, The University of Melbourne. For those seeking refuge from the election, the 101st Archibald Prize is almost a politician-free zone. Unless you count Joanna Braithwaite’s amusingly titled McManusstan, a portrait of bird lover Sally McManus. Former Labor minister… Continue Reading →

Indian Supreme Court Rules Vaccine Mandates Unlawful as Courts Around the World Push Back Against Pandemic State Overreach

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: Australian National University. It’s been over two years since waves of ever tightening restrictions, including wholesale house arrests, began to be placed on healthy citizens who had committed no crime. One by one, the world’s democracies… Continue Reading →

65,000 Years At Kakadu

Anna Florin, University of Cambridge; Andrew Fairbairn and Chris Clarkson, The University of Queensland. For 65,000 years, Bininj – the local Kundjeihmi word for Aboriginal people – have returned to Madjedbebe rock shelter on Mirarr Country in the Kakadu region… Continue Reading →

India’s Festival of Colours

The Black and White Photography of Russell Shakespeare India’s Holi Festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It lasts for a night and a day and erupts in vivid display of colours across the villages, towns and cities of… Continue Reading →

‘This Black Smoke rolling through the Mulga’: almost 70 years on, it’s time to remember the Atomic Tests at Emu Field

Liz Tynan, James Cook University. The name Emu Field does not have the same resonance as Maralinga in Australian history. It is usually a footnote to the much larger atomic test site in South Australia. However, the weapons testing that… Continue Reading →


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 Seven. The book will be available in the coming weeks…. Continue Reading →

The Destruction of the Pilliga: Australia’s Most Fabled Forest

By Paul Gregoire: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog Much of Sydney’s housing of the 1950s was built from the region’s prized cypress pine; before the timber industry was progressively, and controversially, closed down through environmental activism and safety regulations impacting the… Continue Reading →

Julian to the Slaughter, as UK Moves Towards US Model of Killing Press Freedoms

By Paul Gregoire: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog The Westminster Magistrates Court approved the extradition of journalist Julian Assange to the US on 20 April. The proceedings were a mere formality, as the High Court had overturned its original decision not to… Continue Reading →

The Utter Bureaucratic Insanity of Australia’s Covid Nightmare: Lest We Forget

Extract from Unfolding Catastrophe: Australia. In unbelievable, fantastical circumstance, a cold wet summer turned into an even colder winter, yet another, truly another Winter of Discontent, for all of Steinbeck’s formidable Grapes of Wrath talents would be required to document… Continue Reading →

Honeybees Join Humans as the Only Known Animals that can tell the Difference between Odd and Even Numbers

Scarlett Howard, Monash University; Adrian Dyer, Andrew Greentree and Jair Garcia, RMIT University. “Two, four, six, eight; bog in, don’t wait”. As children, we learn numbers can either be even or odd. And there are many ways to categorise numbers… Continue Reading →

PayPal Blocks Multiple Alternative Media Figures Critical of US Empire Narratives

By Caitlin Johnstone In what appears to be yet another escalation in Silicon Valley’s redoubled efforts to quash dissident voices since the beginning of the Ukraine war, PayPal has just blocked the accounts of multiple alternative media voices who’ve been… Continue Reading →

This Anzac Day, Australian Defence Force Veterans Call on Government for War Powers Reform

Paul Gregoire: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. Anzac Day is a moment when the Australian public collectively pauses to contemplate the Australia Defence Force personnel who fell in conflicts on foreign soil. The futility of war is particularly pertinent this year… Continue Reading →

Russia’s Indigenous Peoples speak out against the war in Ukraine

By David O’Shea. Because of the war in Ukraine, Russia has been banned from attending this year’s United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which opened this week in New York. Instead, a Ukrainian delegation, led by an ethnic Crimean… Continue Reading →

‘I will not hide’: Helen Garner’s Radical Gift is the Shock of Plain-speaking

Edwina Preston, The University of Melbourne. Most readers of Helen Garner will be able to pinpoint a first personal encounter with her work: a book, or even a sentence, that cut through like sharp light; a local landmark suddenly immortalised… Continue Reading →

Covid Policy Tactics Were Borrowed from the Vietnam War

Mark Oshinkskie: Brownstone Institute. The Vietnam War inflicted great pain: 58,220 Americans—average age, 23— were killed, along with over one million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. Nightly TV news displayed relentless airborne bombings, exploding artillery, fierce firefights and scrolling names of… Continue Reading →

Transhumanism is an idea Centuries in the Making

TOTT NEWS. Eugenics and transhumanism go hand-in-hand, and modern ideas about ‘transcending the human’ can actually be traced back to works that were written centuries ago. Transhumanism is the belief that, in the future, science and technology will enable us to… Continue Reading →

We Will Wash Away Tyranny

The Day Australia Changed Forever. This is an extract from the upcoming book Convoy to Canberra: The Day Australia Changed Forever. This is Chapter Five. The book will be available in the coming weeks. The series so far can be… Continue Reading →

Anzac Day Fight Down Under

Susan Pavan: i3 Publications. Tyranny is on our front door step, according to groups fighting for freedoms lost in Australia.  It was 4.55am, dark, almost dawn, pearly droplets nestled one-by-one on a banksia leaf. The air was crisp, the street… Continue Reading →

Chloé: How a 19th-century French nude ended up in a Melbourne Pub – and Became an Icon for Australian Soldiers

Katrina Kell, Murdoch University Chloé, the French nude by Jules Joseph Lefebvre, is an Australian cultural icon. Chloé made its debut at the 1875 Paris Salon and won medals at the 1879 Sydney and 1880 Melbourne international exhibitions. In December… Continue Reading →

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone

Extract: Benjamin Stevenson. Badged as: THE AUSTRALIAN NOVEL THAT WILL HAVE EVERYONE TALKING IN 2022! Praise has been extremely high. Amazon reports: Following a heated auction in Hollywood, film/TV rights were sold to HBO. Major rights deals have been completed… Continue Reading →

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Energy and Emissions Reductions Angus Taylor Stack Clean Energy Agencies with Fossil Fuel Mates

By Callum Foote: Michael West Media. The Morrison government has slashed renewables funding and stacked Australia’s renewable energy agencies with fossil fuel executives, leaving the likes of ARENA, CEFC and Snowy Hydro controlled by potentially regressive political appointees for years. … Continue Reading →

New Research detects pre-eruption warning signals at Whakaari White Island and other Active Volcanoes

David Dempsey, University of Canterbury, Alberto Ardid, University of Canterbury, and Shane Cronin, University of Auckland. Scientifically and emotively, we think every volcano has its own “personality”. However, we’ve discovered that volcanoes share behaviour traits – and this could form… Continue Reading →

The Prime Minister Who Destroyed Australia

The Day Australia Changed Forever. This is an extract from the upcoming book Convoy to Canberra: The Day Australia Changed Forever. This is Chapter Four. The book will be available in the coming weeks. The series so far can be… Continue Reading →

My Personal Walden Pond: Currumbin Alley

Featuring the Photography of Russell Shakespeare interspersed with Quotes from Henry David Thoreau. Russell Shakespeare is a documentary photographer who has been covering Australian stories for more than three decades. When not working professionally, he photographs his local neighbourhood. Currumbin… Continue Reading →

ANZAC Day: The Hypocrisy of Australia’s Involvement in Foreign Wars Remains Untouched

Extract from Terror in Australia: Workers’ Paradise Lost. To begin at one kind of beginning. As one of the country’s longest suffering general news reporters, having spent almost a quarter of a century as a staff member on some of… Continue Reading →

From Wolf to Chihuahua: New Research Reveals where the Dingo sits on the Evolutionary Timeline of Dogs

Matt A. Field, James Cook University and J. William O. Ballard, La Trobe University. Many people know modern dogs evolved from the grey wolf. But did you know most of the more than 340 modern dog breeds we have today… Continue Reading →

Shockwaves in the wake of the China-Solomon Islands Pact

Patricia A. O’Brien, Georgetown University. Like the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha’apai volcano that triggered a massive tsunami and sent shockwaves around the world when it erupted on January 15, the recently signed security deal between the Solomon Islands and China has… Continue Reading →

The Fulcrum Points of History

The Day Australia Changed Forever This is an extract from the upcoming book Convoy to Canberra: The Day Australia Changed Forever. This is Chapter Three. The book will be available in the coming weeks. The series so far can be… Continue Reading →

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