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Barnaby Joyce: The Very Model Of A Modern Major Scandal

Barnaby Joyce and the affair that refuses to quit. Literally and figuratively. Against his better judgement, Ross Hamilton enters the fray. I was going to stay right out of the Barnaby Joyce kerfuffle. Mr B. Rooter has done an excellent job of providing plenty of fodder for better writers than me. But the Purple Vegetable’s [...]Show More Summary

Why Exactly Is It That We Can’t Discuss Barnaby’s Actual Affair?

For a long time, the Australian gut reaction to revelations like those in the Joyce affair is ‘that’s private’. Melissa O’Donnell very much thinks otherwise. Some three weeks into this Barnaby Joyce saga, the issue has been dissected every which way. From the political strings and taxpayer money he has used and abused; to the [...]Show More Summary

BEHIND BARS PART 4: Australia’s Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities: Overcrowding, No Medical Treatment, No Accessibility

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In Part 4 of this special 5-part series for New Matilda, Michael Brull looks at the conditions prisoners are forced to live in, exposed in a report written by Human Rights Watch. You can read parts 1, 2 and 3 here, [...]Show More Summary

The Great Works Of Sharri Markson: Abbott Is Not Pig-Headed. The Greens Are Lunatics. I’m not Biased.

As political reporting goes, it doesn’t get much more lightweight than the Daily Telegraph. And so, appropriately the Daily Terror’s ‘chief political reporter’ is none other than, Sharri Markson. The flyweight of lightweights. You might remember Sharri from such exposes as ‘I went undercover as a uni student (while I still looked like a uni [...]Show More Summary

Making Water From Whine: The Murray Darling Basin’s Magic Numbers Machine

So South Australians, you’re pee-ed off about New South Wales and Queensland stealing all your water upstream? Solution, with a bit of biblical fish and loaves magic, we just change the numbers. Maryanne Slattery explains. Last Wednesday was Judgement Day for the management of the Murray-Darling Basin. It was a win for the river – [...]Show More Summary

Donald Trump: Making America Great or Keeping America Poor?

Twenty-six years ago the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its military commitments, its oppressive surveillance bureaucracy, and its regime’s loss of legitimacy. That experience has lessons for Trump’s America writes Ian McAuley. The Cold War, an arms race set against the backdrop of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), started and ended in Berlin. Its [...]Show More Summary

Ex-ABC Heavyweights Weigh In Over Claims Emma Alberici Was Censored

The ABC, once again, is being accused of self-censorship to please government. Claire Connelly reports. Three ABC journalists have criticised the ABC over the removal of a website article on Turnbull government corporate tax cuts by its chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici, claiming the incident conforms to a long history of ‘pre-emptive buckling’ to government [...]Show More Summary

Denis’s Dreaming: Julian Assange And His Doppelganger

The only thing better than one Julian Assange, is two Julian Assanges. Denis A. Conroy takes up the story. Walking along Hans Crescent every morning on my way to work, I stop briefly to look up at the balcony fronting the room which Julian Assange occupies in the Ecuadorian Embassy. I’ve been passing his place [...]Show More Summary

The Gender Wars: Stop Press. Mass Murderer Is A Man!

Another day, another mass shooting in the United States. Mental health has come up as a possible cause; extremist views; lax gun laws. But the elephant in the room, writes Ben Pennings is still not being discussed. One essential ingredient has been ignored in the analysis of the latest U.S. school massacre. Again. Nikolas Cruz [...]Show More Summary

A Question For Anthony Mundine: Am I Not Your People?

Aboriginal boxing legend Anthony Mundine was recently reported as suggesting gay people should be put to death. Comedian Steven Oliver weighs in. So, here I am writing an article which, again, finds me defending my sexuality. I’m not sure how many times (this year alone) I have had to say or write something in response [...]Show More Summary

BEHIND BARS PART 3: Australia’s shocking cruelty to Aboriginal people with disabilities: Solitary confinement

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In Part 3 of this special series for New Matilda, Michael Brull looks at the use of solitary confinement against disabled Aboriginal prisoners, exposed in a report written by Human Rights Watch. You can read parts 1 and 2 here and [...]Show More Summary

In Our Names: The West Has Slaughtered 329 People In The Orient Every Day For The Past 27 Years

As a scientist, it’s Jakob Reimann’s job to calculate things. But learning to calculate the ‘reaction kinetics of enzymatic processes’, while obviously challenging, is nothing compared to adding up the number of people killed in our name. Get ready for your safe western bubble to be burst.   The Gulf War 1991 In the Iran-Iraq [...]Show More Summary

Barnaby’s Problems Were Personal. Now He’s A Problem For The Government.

An old-fashioned sex scandal has exposed deep rifts within the Coalition. The long-term results do not augur well for our democracy, writes Ben Eltham. Even for someone accustomed to the rough and tumble of politics, the past fortnight has been a dispiriting spectacle. The dissolution of a family and the further debasement of political standards [...]Show More Summary

Fresh Twist: ABC Reports Charles Waterstreet Has Launched Defamation Action, Amid Q&A Meltdown

The circus that surrounds New Matilda’s ongoing investigation into Charles Waterstreet just added another ring. Chris Graham reports. In the space of just a day, Charles Waterstreet has pulled out of a planned – and highly controversial – appearance on ABC’s Q&A program; the NSW Bar Association has issued an extraordinary public statement on the issue; [...]Show More Summary

Charles Waterstreet Forgives The Women He Sexually Harassed Amid Growing Q&A Row

UPDATE: Charles Waterstreet has pulled out of tonight’s Q&A. See end of story for details. Tonight, Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet will appear on a special #metoo episode of ABC’s Q&A program. One of the panellists might like to ask him about ‘forgiveness’. Chris Graham reports. It takes a certain kind of man to play a [...]Show More Summary

Behind Bars: Australia’s Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In this special three part series for New Matilda, Michael Brull profiles the shocking revelations uncovered in a report written by Human Rights Watch. Show More Summary

Stone Coal Crazy: Seismic Testing Off The Australian Coastline

The fight by big miners to keep burning coal is even impacting on our oceans, writes Erin Foster. This week, dangerous seismic testing is occurring just off Victoria’s coastline along the pristine 90 Mile Beach at Golden Beach. The seismic survey, funded by the state and federal governments, is being conducted to determine if the [...]Show More Summary

Banking With A Silent ‘W’: How To Neuter A Royal Commission

There’s many ways to dull the impact of a Royal Commission before it even begins. Swamping it with a ridiculously wide brief is one of them. Ross Hamilton weighs in on Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘Banking Royal Commission’. Word is going around that despite everything, the banks aren’t really that worried about the Banking Royal Commission. And [...]Show More Summary

Vanessa Trump Both ‘Ill’ And ‘Safe’ In White Powder Fake News Fiasco

Donald Trump is a foaming, racist idiot. But he’s right about at least one thing – ‘fake news’. It’s a thing, and mainstream media, including in Australia, very much engage in it. Of course, they always have, but for the proof look no further than the news out of America this morning that Trump’s daughter-in-law, [...]Show More Summary

Michelle Landry: Politician, Dinosaur, But Still Hip To The Groove Of The Youth Of Today

Michelle Landry is a Nationals MP… so, you know… bit of a dinosaur. And like all Nationals MPs, some things really offend her, like the movement to #changethedate of Australia Day. Reports the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin: “Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry addressed media yesterday about the proposed change, calling the change ‘absolute garbage’. “People have [...]Show More Summary

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