Why the Abbott government wants Bjørn Lomborg’s Consenus Centre

Tim Mazzarol, Winthrop professor in the business school of the University of Western Australia, is reciting the long list of hoops a proponent must jump through to gain approval for a research centre at the university. “Normally they have to demonstrate they will contribute to research output of the university … Continue reading

How the rise of the lobbyist is corrupting Australia’s democracy

Australia’s capacity to tackle important public issues – such as climate change, growing inequality, tax avoidance, budget repair, an ageing population, lifting our productivity and our treatment of asylum seekers – is diminishing because of the power of vested interests, with their lobbying power to influence governments in a quite … Continue reading

Too many laws treat the poor like children who cannot be trusted by Gwen Moore – (Australia’s future under the LNP.)

When you’re trying to feed your family and stretch a dollar, steaks and short ribs don’t make it to your grocery list. As one of nine siblings in a low-income household in Wisconsin, my mother made a habit of buying inexpensive stewing meat for us. These tough cuts of beef … Continue reading

Nauru detention centre: life inside the asylum seeker compound – in pictures

Exclusive: New pictures from the Nauru immigration detention centre offer a rare glimpse inside the Australian-run facility. The photos show children being searched on the way to and from school, the state of the hospital and the conditions in which asylum seekers live. A Senate inquiry into serious allegations of … Continue reading

Halal Senate Inquiry Submission: ‘I Want Clear Labelling So I Can Choose Not To Support A Death Cult’

Less than a week old, Bernardi’s halal inquiry is already getting to the bottom of food funding terrorism. And when we say bottom, we mean BOTTOM! Max Chalmers reports. If you’re going to accuse Muslims of an international conspiracy that uses food certification to impose a secret religious tax on … Continue reading

Johnny Depp’s dogs parodied in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Canine Calamity

ABC’s Insiders gives Australia, indeed the world, the parody it had been waiting for with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Canine Calamity pirates-carribean-barnaby-joyce- Source: Johnny Depp’s dogs parodied in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Canine Calamity – video | Film | The Guardian

Tony Abbott defends other countries turning back asylum-seeker boats (After all, they’re only darkies)

        The prime minister, Tony Abbott, says he won’t criticise countries turning back asylum-seeker boats to stop people smuggling.Thousands of Rohingya from Burma and Bangladeshi migrants are feared stranded at sea with Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand turning away their rickety boats.Analysis Burma’s boatpeople ‘faced choice of annihilation … Continue reading