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After a low, China-Australia ties can aim high

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 13/06/2024 - 4:56am in

When I think of Australia, the first things that pop into my mind are koalas and kangaroos. Those adorable marsupials are wooing travellers worldwide every year to the beautiful land. But travellers can also say hello to Giant Pandas in Australia. It is the only country in the Southern Hemisphere that hosts those cuddly animals Continue reading »

Who prepared Dutton’s report on nuclear power?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 13/06/2024 - 4:54am in

The Canberra Press Gallery is not a homogenous group although its members do seem to suffer from a fair amount of groupthink; preference for gotchas and speculation about what might happen next in politics; and heavy dependence on leaks and drops for copy. One part of it – the Murdoch part – subsumes this into Continue reading »

A bill of rights is now tantalisingly close

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 12/06/2024 - 4:52am in

Australia is the only western liberal democracy without a mandated charter of human rights. It’s now closer than at any time in 40 years. There are certain basic rights that are essential in any liberal democracy and, without them, a country is neither liberal nor a democracy. They include habeas corpus, free speech, the right Continue reading »

Corruption commission has yet to prove its worth

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 11/06/2024 - 4:38am in

It hasn’t even finished its first year of operations, but those who were hoping for big things from the National Anti-Corruption Commission and its chair, Justice Paul Brereton would be wise to temper mightily their hopes and expectations of what it might achieve. An indicator, if only one of them, came on June 6 when Continue reading »

How governments hide their activities

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 11/06/2024 - 4:27am in

Primary school students learn in their early days that accountability is a keystone of democracy. Not far into secondary school that reassuring notion is tempered as schoolies get to appreciate that for governments accountability equals political risk. It’s a pain in ministerial necks and should be kept within bounds sufficient to minimise electoral discomfort. These Continue reading »

Rebuilding the NDIS

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/06/2024 - 4:58am in

660 000 Australians are participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and 400 000 work in NDIS-related jobs. Our country needs the NDIS, but it’s expanded too quickly in recent years, as state-based services have withered on the vine. 11% of five- to seven-year-old Australian boys, and 5% of five- to seven-year-old girls, are now Continue reading »

Religion and the census

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 08/06/2024 - 4:57am in

The Census is important because it tells us so much about ourselves. But the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is complicating the data we collect on religion. The Australian public service is positively benign compared its US counterpart. I know how Kafkaesque the US is because I’ve had several years dealing with them in terms Continue reading »

New Zealand’s centre-right coalition gives with one hand, takes with the other

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 07/06/2024 - 4:55am in

The latest Budget in New Zealand appeared to have been driven by the old idea that small government is the best government. Thousands of public service jobs have been slashed while the government reduced its own revenue by cutting taxes. The tax cuts were an election pledge. The National Party’s view was that as incomes Continue reading »

Digital environment a big omission in federal government’s Early Years Strategy

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 06/06/2024 - 4:57am in

The Albanese Government released its Early Years Strategy last month. Targeted at families, communities and the ‘Early Years System’ or sector – childcare, early learning centres and support services – the 10-year strategy is aimed at bolstering the healthy development of young children from before they are born until they turn five. This is a Continue reading »

US politicians terrified of the ICC: “We are next” warns Lindsey Graham

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 01/06/2024 - 4:58am in

Pro-Israel forces in Washington are trying to derail Karim Khan’s request for Israeli and Hamas arrest warrants. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham was bursting with contempt for the International Criminal Court (ICC) when he grilled U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a May 21 congressional hearing. Wagging his finger, he warned that, if the ICC gets Continue reading »

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