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 […]
[This is an archived version of the original article.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 […]
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 […]
I’ve substantially rewritten this article, and the revised version appears here. If you’d like to read the original, it’s here.
On Wednesday the Minister for Home Affairs did what he and the Prime Minister have consistently claimed, and complained, he couldn’t do. 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 […]
For some time now I’ve watched with growing dismay as our once superlative public broadcaster is slowly gutted and made over as a cheap copy of commercial stations. There are many lies told as the rationale for this slow bleeding out of Aunty, and probably the biggest and simplest is that the ABC should, or […]
Death of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation greatly exaggerated. Writing about the Queensland election results I am struck by the similarities with the press coverage of the 45th Presidential elections in the U.S.A. which I wrote about previously. Here, as there, there have been multiple, almost 180 degree shifts in predictions about the election result. Here, as […]
Senator Sinodinos – the Minister for Industry, Innovation, and … whatsitsname? Oh yes, Science – said in a recent speech to the Press Club: [I]ncreasingly, there has emerged a lack of respect for the scientific method in some quarters. We see the conclusions of experts being cast aside, in favour of ideological positions and selective use of […]
Can a florist refuse to sell flowers for a couple’s wedding because the wedding is against the florist’s religious beliefs? The answer to that question took me on an interesting journey through the Australian Constitution, the High Court, Australian Standard 1266.0 (2011), the language of flowers, the Australian Human Rights Commission Act and the Sex Discrimination […]
I’ve posted very little for some time now, not been because there’s been nothing to say, but rather because there has been so much to say I’ve been speechless. I’m speechless at the hypocrisy of the current government. I’m speechless at their casual, brutal disregard for the truth. I’m speechless at the sneering, arrogant cynicism […]
“A fair go” could be Australia’s motto. It’s a phrase that’s uniquely Australian, and one on which we pride ourselves: Fair go, mate! There are other versions that nobody but an Australian would understand: “Fair dibs”, and of course “Fair suck of the sauce bottle”, but they all mean roughly the same thing. Fairness, and balance.
To all March In March (MIM) deniers: if the MIM were the irrelevant, easily dismissed non-event you claim it is, why are you all going on about it so long, loud and vehemently?
Whatever it is, it’s powerful stuff. Scott initially described events before Reza Berati’s killing, and the serious injuries to around seventy others as “an incident” and “a disturbance”. I’d like to be able to see and hear those events, and calmly refer to them like that.
Unsustainable. It seems every other Ministerial press release suddenly uses the word. It sounds dire, with vague threats of looming disaster, but without more information it’s just a word to scare children, or to excuse cuts. Before the election, there were promises aplenty not to cut the core social services – health, education, welfare. Suddenly, after […]