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Kylie Tennant’s Hut: Bushfires Destroyed the Writing Retreat of an Aussie Literary Icon

By Brigid Magner, RMIT University The Black Summer bushfires may have ended, but the cultural cost has yet to be counted. Thousands of Aboriginal sites were likely destroyed in the 2019 bushfires. But at present, there is no clarity about… 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 →

The Enemies of Freedom Double-down

By TOTT News Vaccination passports may soon be required for Australians to travel interstate, Prime Minster Scott Morrison has announced in an interview. The comments come as vaccine hesitancy continues to grow across the country, with more citizens beginning to… Continue Reading →

Downloading Our Thoughts

By Henry-James Meiring, The University of Queensland Modern transhumanism is the belief that, in the future, science and technology will enable us to transcend our bodily confines. Scientific advances will transform humans and, in the process, eliminate ageing, disease, unnecessary… Continue Reading →

The Covid Pact

By Paul Collits Individual rights, traditionally conceived, exist prior to, and separate from, the State.  Not any more, in the age of Covid and lockdown, all that we previously accepted about government has been discarded.  And we did it.  It… Continue Reading →

Fundamental Rights in the Age of Covid: The Best Of Our Archives.

By Professor Augusto Zimmermann The Covid-19 pandemic is a turning point in history. Government measures to fight Covid-19 have deeply affected fundamental rights, particularly freedom of movement, expression, privacy and association. I am delighted to announce the publication of ‘Fundamental… Continue Reading →

J’Accuse! Peddling Government Propaganda, Media Hypes Drums of War

By Brian Toohey: Michael West Media The use of disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks by China and other authoritarian states has rightly attracted much criticism in the mainstream media. However, the US and its democratic allies decades ago pioneered the… Continue Reading →

India’s Coronavirus Emergency Tells A Story Poorly Understood

By Professor Ramesh Thakur: Pearls and Irritations The blanket and punitive travel ban for Australians returning from India is neither justified, nor does it make much sense in the efforts to curb the spreading of the virus. The Indian Coronavirus… Continue Reading →

Katoomba Noir: Australian Gothic

The Photography of Dean Sewell Wherever I have lived I have always documented my own immediate environs. The photograph above is of my front yard. You don’t get any more immediate. There is an old quip about Katoomba: The Retired,… 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 →

The Defence Portfolio Could Make Or Break Peter Dutton’s Political Career

By Peter J. Dean, University of Western Australia. Defence is always one of the Australian government’s busiest — and most powerful — portfolios. Now, as Peter Dutton takes the helm, this is no exception, and he will have much work… Continue Reading →

Afghanistan: Where Imperial Hubris Goes To Die

By Ramesh Thakur: Australian Strategic Policy Institute. In 2009, as I gazed at the gaping hillside holes in Bamiyan where once two imposing Buddha statues had stood as silent sentinels for more than 1,500 years, two emotions were dominant. The… Continue Reading →

The Illiberalism of Pro-Vaxxer “Liberals”

By Paul Collits One of the less noticed aspects of the Year of Living Covidly has been the birth of strange new alliances and unexpected political fissures to which lockdown policies and lockdown scepticism have given rise.  We now have… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Former Conservative Leader Andrew Peacock Passes As The Party He Once Led Drowns In Scandal

By Paul Collits. Australia’s ruling Coalition of the Liberal and National Parties is now mired in scandal so deep they are facing electoral oblivion. The tremulous leadership of current Prime Minister Scott Morrison is dragging down the conservative brand; and… Continue Reading →

Australian Medical Association Director Wants Employers To Know If Staff Have Been Vaccinated

TOTT News The Australian Medical Association’s Queensland President is calling for a overhaul of privacy laws to give companies the power to see which of their staff have been vaccinated. The call comes as Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout incrementally continues,… Continue Reading →

Morrison’s Minders At The Heart Of His Doldrums

By Jack Waterford: Pearls and Irritations. Perhaps a day will come when the champion rorters, liars, and conscious mis-managers of public resources are before a serious corruption commission and out on their ears. The political and administrative dominance of the… Continue Reading →

Incomprehensible: Unfolding Catastrophe Part X

He could feel the interest gathering; there to be used and reused and discarded, a threat that could neither be eliminated nor controlled. He was trying to make alliances, there in that place, there in those hours, while his dying… Continue Reading →

Look at Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and See For Yourself

By Bruce Haigh: Pearls and Irritations. Australia’s ruling Liberal National Party coalition, led by the mendacious Morrison, is in a bad place. Morally bankrupt, it is destructive, by default and design. Many have followed, both blindly and with intent, and… Continue Reading →

Incomplete Strategy and Niche Contributions — Australia Leaves Afghanistan After 20 Years

By John Blaxland, Australian National University. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared Australia will withdraw its remaining 80 troops from Afghanistan by September, marking the end of its longest involvement in a war. This follows President Joe Biden announcing the… Continue Reading →

A Culture Of Corruption Is Engulfing The Australian Government

By Jenny Hocking: Pearls and Irritations A culture of corruption is engulfing the Morrison government. It’s not just the endless graft and largesse – the million-dollar contracts to Liberal linked companies, the generously (mis)allocated ‘grants’ to coalition seats, the personal… Continue Reading →

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