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Profiting From Covid – The New Growth Industry

By Paul Collits Welcome to the Covid economy.  Depleted incomes, smashed small businesses, bullshit jobs, a whole new platform for crony capitalism, deserted main streets.  What’s not to love? Not many businesses and industries are growing in 2020.  Main Street… Continue Reading →

A Nothingburger that Changed the World

By Paul Collits The madness of 2020 has changed our lives forever.  We owe it to ourselves to ask how, who and why? Whoever thought that any government would ever claim to have conquered death?  King Canute saw the challenges… Continue Reading →

Chilling, Miserable, Dystopian and Sinister: Politicians and Health Bureaucrats

By Paul Collits We now inhabit a strange world where politicians and health bureaucrats, working in tandem, run just about every element of our lives.  This weird new system has replaced democracy as we once knew it, and it may… Continue Reading →

Escalation in Policing Is a Sign of What’s to Come in a Time of Austerity

By Paul Gregoire. Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. Friday 25 September 2020 saw the Morrison government begin cutting back JobSeeker unemployment benefits. The increased rate provided to the escalating numbers of unemployed during the pandemic period is being reduced, as treasurer Josh Frydenberg… Continue Reading →

Was Sweden Right and Australia Wrong?

By Paul Collits A number of Australians have asked: Why should we follow Sweden’s approach to lockdown, when Sweden’s death rate per million of population is worse than ours?  Here is why we should have. This is an article I… Continue Reading →

Is Lockdown Worth the Pain? No, it’s a Sledgehammer

By Julian Savulescu, University of Oxford Melbourne’s lockdown has been described as one of the harshest in the world. And jurisdictions outside Australia have taken other measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 once case numbers have eased. So, in… Continue Reading →

COVID Fail: The Debacle of Australia’s National Broadband Network Could Cost Lives

By Laurie Patton A rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases being reported in Victoria and New South Wales. China re-instating restrictions as it sees infections return. Our chief medical officer says his greatest fear is a second wave, and there’s the likelihood the coronavirus will linger… Continue Reading →

Covid In Ten Photos

Chari Larsson, Griffith University Our memories are malleable, they change over time. Memories can, however, crystallise through repetition. One of the most interesting things about memory is it is distinctly visual. With time, dramatic events reduce to a series of… Continue Reading →

Lockdowns Hurt Small Business and Young Australians. Meanwhile Public Servants Flourish

By Daniel Wild This is not Australia’s first recession, nor will not be the last, but it is the first recession caused by deliberate actions taken by government. Creating a depression-era economy is the expert classes’ solution to managing COVID-19…. Continue Reading →

An Obedient Nation of Larrikins

By Frank Bongiorno, Australian National University The late historian John Hirst liked to tell students from overseas that Australians are an obedient people. To those of us raised on the idea that we were an anti-authoritarian nation of larrikins, his… Continue Reading →

‘Died From’ or ‘Died With’ COVID-19?

By Marc Trabsky, La Trobe University and Courtney Hempton, Deakin University The COVID-19 death toll is reported every day by state and federal governments. These numbers are often used, alongside case numbers, to assess how public health policies are faring… Continue Reading →

The Optics of an Aussie Police State

By Paul Collits Victoria’s police are very concerned about “optics”.  Like all corporate institutions these days.  Well, it hasn’t been a good week for Australia’s police state. A clever marketing person – no, not that one; he isn’t that clever… Continue Reading →

The Tyranny of Coronophobia

Professor Ramesh Thakur: The Interview Australia is in chaos from one end to the other, borders closed and the economy tanking, with millions of people in Melbourne under some of the world’s most draconian lockdowns and those who dare to… Continue Reading →

Protests Have Been Criminalised in Victoria under COVID. What is Incitement?

By Maria O’Sullivan, Monash University The Victorian government is taking a hard line against protests as it tries to get COVID-19 under control. As Premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday, it’s not the time to protest […] regardless of what… Continue Reading →

Police Arrest Pregnant Woman for Facebook Post

Every lie has a trigger point when it unravels. In Australia, it is the arrest of a pregnant woman in front of her two children because she had dared to put up a Facebook post in support of lockdown protests…. Continue Reading →

Australia’s Move Towards Authoritarianism Under the Guise of Public Health

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim In times of uncertainty, people place enormous trust in leaders. And right now, many Australians have placed unwavering faith in the state, territory and federal governments to make sensible decisions to fight the coronavirus… Continue Reading →

COVID Era Over-Policing Is Our New Normal

By Paul Gregoire Using COVID-19 as an excuse, we’ve witnessed repeated instances of over-policing, with heavy-handed tactics repeatedly making headlines. “What we have seen in the last six months, in particular, is a ramping up of police hostility towards peaceful… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Lockdown Sceptics Go Mainstream

The debate over Australia’s harsh lockdowns has turned. From the beginning the cognoscenti, if you wish to call them that, did not climb on board, much less rally behind the flag. But the masses thought otherwise. Anyone who didn’t agree… Continue Reading →

How the ‘National Cabinet of Whores’ is Leading Australia’s Coronavirus Response for Sex Workers

Roxana Diamond, Flinders University This article has links that contain graphic content Many industries and employees have been hurt by COVID-19. But sex workers, who face stigma and discrimination at the best of times, have been hit particularly hard by… Continue Reading →

Inhumane Lockdowns Compound Australia’s Covid Fiasco

By Dr Guy Campbell We are facing a lethal and unpredictable enemy that is impossible to completely eradicate, which means that most of us will at some point be immunised with COVID-19 either from natural spread or immunisation. Living with… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Lockdowns: Creating a Social and Economic Disaster

By Terrence O’Brien and Robert Carling. Centre for Independent Studies. Current policies against Covid are unsustainably costly to jobs and living standards. They produce downsides for other health outcomes, such that the net impact on health over time is becoming… Continue Reading →

Passing the Buck: Why Victoria’s Covid is Raging in Private Aged Care Homes

By Dr Sarah Russell with Michael West Media The deaths of 80 elderly people are imminent as a result of COVID-19 spreading through private aged care homes. Aged care behemoths were granted an extra $200m to cope with the pandemic… Continue Reading →

Creating a New Slave Class: Workplaces in ‘post-lockdown’ Australia

By TOTT News Workplaces are looking very different from what they used to, as people begin to return to their jobs after months at home amid the coronavirus lockdown. From mandatory ‘COVID Safe’ guidelines and work-from-home normalities, to online surveillance… Continue Reading →

Lockdowns Could Kill More People Than COVID-19

By Professor Ramesh Thakur There has been a remarkable lack of observed statistical difference in the rates of death for countries, and for US states, that have and have not locked down. An assessment of the models used to project… Continue Reading →

Covert-19? Suspicion Abounds

With Ethan Nash of TOTT News Two months ago questioning the wisdom of government lockdowns in response to Covid-19 could easily get you banned from Facebook or Twitter. Google executives clearly stated they would be removing what they regarded as… Continue Reading →

COVID-19 Does Not Make it to the Top 50 Causes of Deaths in Australia. For This We Have Sacrificed Everything?

By Professor Ramesh Thakur If ever there was justification for a Royal Commission, this is it. Its primary term of reference should not be to apportion blame, but to identify how we can prepare better for the next big one. With 102… Continue Reading →

Lockdown Mea Culpa: Norway Sets an Example

By Professor Ramesh Thakur On 5 May, the Norwegian  Institute of Public Health published an important report on Norway’s experience of dealing with the Coronavirus crisis. The text that follows is a verbatim extract of the equivalent of the executive… Continue Reading →

Defective Modelling Throws Lockdowns into the Dustbin of Credibility

By Professor Ramesh Thakur On 26 May, Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said if Australia’s mortality rate matched the UK’s, we’d have had 14,000 Covid-19 deaths. This is just tautological rubbish. It would be just as true and equally pointless to… Continue Reading →

Savage Blows to Australia’s Regional Media

Kristy Hess, Deakin University With swift and savage force, the COVID-19 pandemic has inadvertently attacked Australia’s local news media ecology, which was already battling a weakened immune system. As a researcher working on Australia’s largest academic study into the future… Continue Reading →

Australian Governments Urged to Address Fears for Prisoner Health and Safety

By Marie McInerney with Croakey Australian governments are facing renewed calls to dramatically cut the number of people held in prisons and other places of detention that are “potential disaster zones” in the coronavirus pandemic, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres… Continue Reading →

The Unfolding Catastrophe of Government Covid Hysteria

By Professor Ramesh Thakur The average seasonal flu has a fatality rate of 0.1%. On 5 March, based on the early data from Wuhan in China which had the first cluster of infections and deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO)… Continue Reading →

Lockdown Backlash: The Death of Empathy

There have been lockdown protests around the world, and numerous academics and pundits querying government responses to Covid-19, from the ever populist Fox News to highly credentialed epidemiologists. The Australian government, with its inconsistent messaging and highly confusing fear mongering,… Continue Reading →

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