No Dollars, No Sense: A Government Beholden To ‘Economic Morons’

Australia is headed towards a recession, aided by a federal government that appears to know not what it is doing, writes Ian McAuley. New Matilda Ian McAuley The National Accounts released last week confirm what economists already know: the Australian economy is in poor shape. The headline news is the 0.5 per cent quarterly fall in… No Dollars, No Sense: A Government Beholden To… Read More »

Ripping Apart Pigs And Punching Kangaroos

Punching a kangaroo is one thing. New Matilda Geoff Russell Mauling and then stabbing a pig is another altogether, writes Geoff Russell. A video went viral recently of a man punching… Ripping Apart Pigs And Punching… Read More »

Gillian Triggs is still holding on, and her reward is continuing torment

Malcolm Turnbull should be actively defending independent statutory officers, not standing by and allowing them to be torn down for doing their job The Guardian Mark Dreyfus The inability to handle criticism is always a sign of utmost weakness. That is as true for government as it is for people. It’s why the hatred this government shows for… Gillian Triggs is still holding on, and her reward is… Read More »

Tajikistan: The success story that failed

Once celebrated for its successful post-conflict reconciliation, Tajikistan has reverted back to the dictatorial path. Al Jazeera by Massoumeh Torfeh@massoumehtorfeh Tajikistan may be a small country in Central Asia, but it was once hailed by the United Nations as one of the… Tajikistan: The success… Read More »

The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on improving consumer protection

The Productivity Commission’s latest report on how consumer law is being enforced assumes the law is working well when, in a number of areas, it’s failing abysmally. The Conversation Allan Asher It’s time to recognise that better coordination and enforcement are needed. The report from the Commission joins a few more, such as… The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on… Read More »

Broken Men in Paradise

The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons. The New York Times By ROGER COHEN MANUS, Papua New Guinea — The plane banks over the dense tropical forest of Manus Island, little touched, it seems, by… Broken Men in… Read More »

Harsh reality is: do the crime, do the time

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures on prisoners in Australia shows a worrying upwards trend of more people serving time. The Examiner The number of people in Australian prisons jumped for the fifth straight year, with almost 39,000 people in jail in 2016 – up 8 per cent from the same time in 2015, 10 per cent in 2014 and 7 per cent in 2013. It’s worth noting that according to the ABS, that… Harsh reality is: do the crime, ... Read More »

What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about moms and work

As if she didn’t have enough on her hands with the president-elect, Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has plunged full-force into a topic at least as emotionally charged: the Mommy Wars. The Washington Post Ruth Marcus Speaking at a Politico “Women Rule” event Wednesday, Conway cited her four young children as the reason for declining a White House job. “My children are 12, 12, 8 and 7, which is bad idea, bad… What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about… Read More »

Rhythm of Breathing Affects Memory and Fear

Breathing is not just for oxygen; it’s now linked to brain function and… Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and… Neuroscience News  Northwestern University These effects on behavior depend critically on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you breathe through the… Rhythm of Breathing… Read More »

The Turkey-EU fallout

Can relations between the EU and Turkey be mended? Al Jazeera News Galip Dalay On November 24, 2016, The European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution in favour of freezing Turkey’s EU membership accession process. This issue will be on the table for… The Turkey-EU… Read More »

No country with a McDonald’s can remain a democracy

The best way to combat the likes of Trump, Le Pen and Farage and the politics they represent is to rescue power from the grip of transnational corporations The Guardian George Monbiot A wave of revulsion rolls around the world. Approval ratings for incumbent leaders are everywhere collapsing. Symbols, slogans and sensation trump facts and… No country with a McDonald’s can remain a… Read More »

Where to for migrants and minorities?

The dust is yet to settle on Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidential victory but Australia’s own deplorables are already out in force beating their chests. On Line Opinion Saeed Khan Banking on political discontent, racism, and lack of unity among minorities, alarmists think we are ripe for pickings. They openly troll the web and organise around social media to Where to for migrants and… Read More »

‘God bless Australia’? With a true separation of church and state, there’s no need

Polling about spiritual beliefs and how they intersect with politics shows some disconnection between our inner worlds and the physical world we share The Guardian Peter Lewis While the separation of church and state is enshrined in the Australian constitution, the presence of religion has never been far beneath the surface of our political system. The Australian Labor party is in many ways a creature of… ‘God bless Australia’? With a true separation of… Read More »