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Last Night I Received a Political Robo Call

By Magella Blinksell The landline had a message... An exhumed old fossil had clambered out of the crypt. It spoke. It was Johnny Howard. The diction was soothed by ample audio editing, but the message had all the hip, croaky, life-affirming charisma of a charred lump of on-the-nose coal. It's John Howard here, it said,

Morrison Must Come Clean; Is it ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to a Nuclear Subbase in Jervis Bay

By Bonnie Cassen Do we trust Scott Morrison’s quick ‘No’ when asked about the possibility of a nuclear submarine base in Jervis Bay? Is it simply diversion given that Liberal Gilmore candidate Andrew Constance doesn’t need the heat during a federal election campaign? Scott Morrison is yet to admit that navy assessment of sites for

The Morrison Government Chooses to Let People Struggle. You Can Choose a Better Government

By Carmel McCallum On rapid antigen tests (RATs) Scott Morrison caught himself up in several mistruths and outright lies. Whether it was claiming only two countries were giving them out for free (many were, actually), his bluff about sending wife Jenny off to hunt them down at pharmacies (they’re just like the rest of us!),

The Apology: An Apology to the Wildlife of Australia

By Karen Devine For the British who invaded this land and did not recognise the spirits of all nature which had been understood by the First Nation Peoples for thousands of years… We apologise. For our ancestors who did not know or understand you and who culled you ruthlessly and mercilessly… We apologise. For our

Election Absentee: Who Dares to Mention Socialism?

By Stuart Rees An election campaign in an apparently democratic society is affected by fear to mention the goals and benefits of socialism. Commentators censor themselves. The agenda offered to voters is controlled by a media obsessed with the image of two leaders. In addition, derision by a right-wing press, bullying by shock jocks, basic

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Environment

May 14, 2022

The Apology: An Apology to the Wildlife of Australia

By Karen Devine For the British who invaded this land and did not recognise the spirits of all nature which had been understood by the First Nation Peoples for thousands of years… We apologise. For our ancestors who did not know or understand you and who culled you ruthlessly and mercilessly… We apologise. For our […]

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April 24, 2022

We Don’t Want a Nuclear Submarine Base on the South Coast

By Alexander Brown
On Monday 7 March Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced in a speech at the Lowy Institute that his government had decided to establish a new submarine base on the east coast of Australia to support a future nuclear-powered submarine fleet.

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April 11, 2022

When the Duck Quacks

By Chris Grounds Applications, aka DAs, if the Shoalhaven is any guide, can be one of the most challenging experiences for those who care and campaign for an acceptable future for our communities.

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April 4, 2022

Dear Readers and Friends, I Have Something to Tell You

By Bonnie Cassen
2021 didn’t turn out anything like I expected. What year does? Lockdowns, restrictions, catastrophic fires in Europe and California and floods elsewhere. The government shrugged off its duty of care to protect children from the effects of climate change. And I was diagnosed with an incurable cancer.

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Community

May 17, 2022

Last Night I Received a Political Robo Call

By Magella Blinksell The landline had a message... An exhumed old fossil had clambered out of the crypt. It spoke. It was Johnny Howard. The diction was soothed by ample audio editing, but the message had all the hip, croaky, life-affirming charisma of a charred lump of on-the-nose coal. It's John Howard here, it said, […]

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May 17, 2022

Morrison Must Come Clean; Is it ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to a Nuclear Subbase in Jervis Bay

By Bonnie Cassen Do we trust Scott Morrison’s quick ‘No’ when asked about the possibility of a nuclear submarine base in Jervis Bay? Is it simply diversion given that Liberal Gilmore candidate Andrew Constance doesn’t need the heat during a federal election campaign? Scott Morrison is yet to admit that navy assessment of sites for […]

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May 14, 2022

The Apology: An Apology to the Wildlife of Australia

By Karen Devine For the British who invaded this land and did not recognise the spirits of all nature which had been understood by the First Nation Peoples for thousands of years… We apologise. For our ancestors who did not know or understand you and who culled you ruthlessly and mercilessly… We apologise. For our […]

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May 7, 2022

Election Absentee: Who Dares to Mention Socialism?

By Stuart Rees An election campaign in an apparently democratic society is affected by fear to mention the goals and benefits of socialism. Commentators censor themselves. The agenda offered to voters is controlled by a media obsessed with the image of two leaders. In addition, derision by a right-wing press, bullying by shock jocks, basic […]

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May 3, 2022

A Profile of Caring: Fiona ‘How Can I Help You?’ Phillips MP

By Stuart Rees In this election, let’s not hesitate to talk about character and how personal qualities affect policies. Let’s talk about altruism not egoism, of long term common good rather than striving for short term gain.Australian society needs caring, compassionate and selfless citizens. Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips displays those qualities. Her question ‘how can I help you?’ […]

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Politics

Immigration: Language of Cruelty or Words for Humanity

By Stuart Rees The Coalition government’s self-image, values and attitudes towards powerless people, such as the Tamil Biloela family, are parcelled in a language and style that is far removed from ideals of a common humanity. Macho Man The goal, to be seen to be macho and strong in the face of people who flee danger […]

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May 17, 2022

Morrison Must Come Clean; Is it ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to a Nuclear Subbase in Jervis Bay

By Bonnie Cassen Do we trust Scott Morrison’s quick ‘No’ when asked about the possibility of a nuclear submarine base in Jervis Bay? Is it simply diversion given that Liberal Gilmore candidate Andrew Constance doesn’t need the heat during a federal election campaign? Scott Morrison is yet to admit that navy assessment of sites for […]

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May 14, 2022

The Morrison Government Chooses to Let People Struggle. You Can Choose a Better Government

By Carmel McCallum On rapid antigen tests (RATs) Scott Morrison caught himself up in several mistruths and outright lies. Whether it was claiming only two countries were giving them out for free (many were, actually), his bluff about sending wife Jenny off to hunt them down at pharmacies (they’re just like the rest of us!), […]

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May 7, 2022

Election Absentee: Who Dares to Mention Socialism?

By Stuart Rees An election campaign in an apparently democratic society is affected by fear to mention the goals and benefits of socialism. Commentators censor themselves. The agenda offered to voters is controlled by a media obsessed with the image of two leaders. In addition, derision by a right-wing press, bullying by shock jocks, basic […]

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