Open Letter To The ABC

An open letter to the ABC, regarding a headline (captured in archive here) and full article (captured in archive here) that proclaimed that the number of new cases had dropped for a second consecutive day. Dear ABC,Your article (archived here at http://archive.vn/SCGEj) misrepresents important data relating to the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the community. It does […]

…Whatever You Do, Don’t Mention The Climate Change

Is The ABC Avoiding Climate Change? In a previous article I argued that it was; that in fact the ABC was guilty of “silent denial” by failing to highlight or even mention the well-established connection between climate change and bushfires’ timing and severity. (For example see the Department of Environment and Energy here, and the […]

The Religious Right Aren’t Anti-Discrimination, They’re PRO Discrimination

I’ve already written about religion and discrimination in Australia here and here, about the fundamentally un-Australian, constitutionally dangerous and inegalitarian nature of mixing religion with our secular law. However the publication of the second drafts of the proposed “Religious Discrimination” legislation, and the collected examples of permitted exemptions published in The Guardian have prompted me […]

Silent Denial

How the ABC is complicit in climate denial. Imagine, for a moment, that there is a massive measles outbreak all around Australia. Rural and regional areas in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia all suffer a huge surge in cases. People die. Many lives are changed forever. Imagine, now, that the ABC […]

How To Drink From The Firehose

In the video clip, the man hits the woman in the face. There’s no audio, and it’s a very short clip, less than two seconds, so it’s impossible to say what happened beforehand, or what happens afterwards. All you see in the video is the pair of them, some distance away: the man, hitting the […]

The Climate Emergency Viewed As An Alien Invasion

We all know the plot—it has been around since H. G. Wells’ War Of The Worlds, and has been re-imagined many times since then. The intentions of the aliens vary, from exploratory to utopian to malign, but Earth’s response is formulaic: Chaos Frantic international discussions National differences put aside as humans unite as one behind […]

Scandal, Defiance, Rinse, Repeat – The Slow Death Of Our Democracy

You know the joke about the computer programmer who drowns in the shower because the shampoo directions say “Wash hair, rinse, repeat”, an infinite loop. Unfortunately the same thing is happening to our democracy, and we’re letting it happen. Scandal, defiance, rinse, repeat. It’s not an accident. Relentless escalation of bad behaviour, flouting and rejection […]

#AllOurRights

[This is an archived version of the original article. The updated article is here] One of the pillars of an open, democratic society is a free Press, however that freedom has two parts: the freedom to investigate has to be matched by an obligation to publish. Otherwise it’s not a free Press, it’s an organ […]

#RightToKnow is a con job

The Press is talking loudly at the moment about #RightToKnow, but that is, bluntly, a con. What’s more, it’s a con that distracts us from all the other real rights for which we, and the Press, should really be fighting. For a start, although the Press claims it’s about our “right” to know, what it’s […]

Wiping up another Dutton smear

On Wednesday the Minister for Home Affairs did what he and the Prime Minister have consistently claimed, and complained, he couldn’t do.[1] He blocked a medevac transfer, using the medevac law he and the PM had previously sworn made it impossible for him to block transfers. Apart from the stunning hypocrisy and barefaced lying this […]

Is it a cat, is it a window, is it a brand? No, it’s DUTTON

Look, down in the gutter, is it a cat, is it a window, is it a brand? No, it’s PETER DUTTON! Recently the Minister for Home Affairs, the Honourable Peter Dutton, suggested that certain protestors should have their welfare benefits cut, face mandatory jail sentences, and be publicly shamed. Even for Dutton this seemed pretty […]

How ‘the Netflix effect’ made the NBN’s PR dreams come true thanks to a credulous and cooperative ABC

If you’d googled “the Netflix effect” a few days ago all you’d have found was articles about binge viewing, or the sudden stardom of previously unknown actors. That changed on Monday, when in this story the ABC tried to convince us that there is another “Netflix effect”, and according to them it’s the reason why the […]