A king’s ransom to run “small government”

Despite the party of power being avowed champions of “small government” the cost of running the Australian government has ballooned to $100 billion with the percentage increase departmental expenses outstripping both the increase in taxation […]


Turning social media on society

Inspired by the Arab Spring, Manal al-Sharif used social media to start and lead movements. In the second of two articles, the Saudi-born cybersecurity expert and human rights activist examines how her home country uses […]


Diplomacy by Australian means

19th Century Prussian general, Carl von Clausewitz called war “the continuation of politics by other means.” With the enthusiastic blessing of his God-fearing prime minister, Defence Minister Peter Dutton has sidelined the diplomats and put […]


Where the bloody hell are they?

Freedom of Information denied! Prime Minister is an enthusiastic fan of thorough investigations into other nations but not his short-lived incarnation as managing director of Tourism Australia when he was sacked by a Liberal government. […]


Murdoch’s Ministry of Propaganda

US citizen, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp pays no tax in Australia, yet his columnists have no qualms making appearances as guests of honour at Liberal Party political fundraisers, for which attendees can claim tax deductions […]


Evergrande’s emergency landing

It’s never a good sign when the corporate jet is taken out in a fire sale. That’s $US50 million down another and just $US299.95 billion to go for the world’s most indebted developer. 23 November […]


Held prisoner to privatisation

Multinational prison contractors reap billion-dollar government contracts with soaring profits throughout the pandemic while inmates and their loved ones languish through uncertainty, lockdowns and COVID-19 outbreaks. An investigation by Stephanie Tran into Australia’s privatised prisons. […]


Failure to legislate

Public policy making is failing in Australia, “Yes Minister” was once code for senior civil servants to implement policies, now it’s code for the bureaucracy to remember they are political servants not public servants 16 […]


Coalition pork pull

“Magic” Mark Coulton and ”Not a little but a lot” David Littleproud have shown rare abilities in raiding the pork barrel. In the second part of his series, Jommy Tee examines the largesse being showered […]


Morrison spins as Paris burns

Our prime minister’s decision to humiliate the French President and then cast Emmanuel Macron’s response as a ‘sledge’ on all Australians is a ploy straight out of the Donald Trump playbook; but, Bruce Haigh writes, […]


Keating faces off against “Grand Insulters”

As former Prime Minister Paul Keating addressed the National Press Club, failed prime ministerial candidate Peter Dutton—who was rejected by his own parliamentary party room—took to Twitter labelling Keating “dear leader” and “Grand Appeaser Comrade […]


Sydney’s airports… Flying High

Seven years after being approved, Sydney’s second airport is just a pile of dirt and excavators without an aircraft in sight, meanwhile the existing privatised Sydney Airport is about to be taken over. Australia is […]


Hong Kong’s caged poor

Whilst still under British colonial rule Hong Kong faced a housing crisis, the solution was to put poor people inside cages—seven decades later that’s where they remain 10 November 2021 | Story and images by […]


Social media posts the new propaganda posters

For all the benefits wrought by the information revolution, social media has become a tool of dictators. Its profit-driven, surveillance-based business model favours those with deep pockets and deadly motives. In the first of two […]


Caged community

The Lowy Institute’s latest report, “Lines Blurred: Chinese Community Organisations in Australia”, does more to fence in the Chinese community than it does to liberate them from suspicion and institutional bias for which there is […]