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Quiggin quizzical

My observations on the electricity demand associated with Bitcoin made it into the ABC News Quiz last week, which is a kind of fame, I guess. Meanwhile, I had another piece in the Guardian, this time looking at the fact that, despite being called a “cryptocurrency”, Bitcoin is used even less as a currency now […]

Coalition politics and the end of market liberalism

Lots of commentators are making a fuss over the prospect of the Greens taking the seat of Batman following the likely and unlamented departure of Labor MP David Feeney (if not under S44 then at the next election). The underlying claim is that the election of Greens candidates represents an existential threat to Labor. This […]

The New Social Order: Keaton Jones And The Viral Bullying Video

Social media is good for a lot of things, mob rule and destroying reputations chief among them writes Michael Brull. A few days ago, a video of a crying boy in the United States went viral. The 11-year-old boy, Keaton Jones, had been bullied at school, and his mother recorded his tearful reaction. “Why do [...]Show More Summary

Sam Slammed, But Not By A Federal Anti-Corruption Watchdog, Notably

The former Labor Senator Sam Dastyari is far from the only federal politician to peddle influence for cash and favours. But he’s one of countless who will never have to face the wrath of a federal anti-corruption watchdog. Ben Eltham wonders why. I’ve only met Sam Dastyari once. I was at a bar in Canberra. [...]Show More Summary

Our Border Protection Spin Isn’t Fooling The World, UN Docs Reveal

The international community is not fooled by Australia’s human rights offending immigration policies, writes Kellie Tranter. In January this year, Treasurer and former immigration minister Scott Morrison told Australians: “We are the envy of the world when it comes to strong border protection policies that protect the integrity of our immigration system.” Yet heavily redacted [...]Show More Summary

A barbarous relic

That’s what Keynes called the gold standard nearly a century ago, and he was right. I was reminded of this by the commentary on my latest piece on Bitcoin, published in the Conversation and also the ABC. I restated the points I made in my 2015 article on the massive and wasteful use of electricity […]

Redacted Tonight: Sweary, Brilliant And Definitely One To Watch In 2018

It’s no secret that comedy is producing some of the best journalism in the world at the moment – think John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight program (well it was, prior to breaking up for the year, but it’ll be back in 2018). Some of the best political analysis is also coming from comedians – from [...]Show More Summary

John Pilger On Why The Documentary Must Not Be Allowed To Die

Breaking the silence and speaking truth to power is the job of the film-maker, writes John Pilger, something that’s perhaps needed more today than ever before. I first understood the power of the documentary during the editing of my first film, The Quiet Mutiny. In the commentary, I make reference to a chicken, which my crew [...]Show More Summary

EXPLAINER: Why Trump Recognising Jerusalem As The Capital Of Israel Matters

One of the biggest stories in the world right now is US President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Many Australians may not understand the significance of this, so Michael Brull explains the context.   A guide to the status of Jerusalem In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly proposed to partition Palestine. Israel’s [...]Show More Summary

A Way Out Of The Wreckage

We live in difficult times, but there’s a light on the horizon if we care to look, and read, writes Dr Richard Hil. Enter most book shops these days and you’ll see shelves groaning with post-mortems on Brexit, Trump etc. It’s a feast of agonised commentary laced with suggestions as to how we might resist [...] The post A Way Out Of The Wreckage appeared first on New Matilda.

Reviving TAFE

I’ve just been invited to make a submission to a Senate inquiry into TAFE in South Australia. From what I can glean, this is a politically motivated exercise by the Turnbull government to make capital out of some embarrassing failures in a Labor state. But it gives me the incentive to write something about the […]

Contradictions, Part 2

The contradictions in the LNP/IPA attack on free speech became even more evident today with the appointment of Gary Johns as the head Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Johns was once a junior minister in the Keating government and used this position to give a non-partisan veneer to subsequent career as a hack for the […]

An Ivory Tower Plan To Build Ivory Tower Stadiums For The Big End Of Town

The Berejiklian Government’s plan to tear down and rebuild two major sports stadiums in Sydney at a cost of $2 billion has hit a nerve across NSW, writes Justin Field. The decision has become a symbol of a State Government that has its priorities all wrong and the public are strongly expressing their displeasure. A [...]Show More Summary


The breakdown of the market liberal right, and the accompanying rise of tribalist politics, is producing some interesting contradictions, most of which are embodied in the Institute of Public Affairs. David Leyonjhelm, a longterm IPA member has staged a provocation by inviting racist troll Milo Yiannopoulos to Australia under the banner of free speech. The […]

‘They’re Trying To Change Our Holidays’: What Drew Young Australians To Milo Yiannopoulos?

Max Koslowski spoke to supporters of neo-Nazi booster Milo Yiannopoulos outside his recent Melbourne talk. Brace yourself. Lauren has just left Milo Yiannopoulos’ show, and is still buzzing when her Mum texts. She turns her phone to me: “Don’t post anything about tonight on Facebook if you’re looking for a job”. Lauren laughs. “It’s true. We [...]Show More Summary

Sol Bellear AM To Be Laid To Rest Saturday At State Funeral In Redfern

Sol Bellear AM, one of the nation’s most respected Aboriginal activists and an icon of the land rights movement, will be laid to rest at a state funeral in Sydney on Saturday. A Bundjalung man born in Mullumbimby, Mr Bellear was a founding member of the Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern, and served in a voluntary [...]Show More Summary

North East Link

The North-East Link Project in Melbourne seeks to connect the Western Distributor with the Eastern Freeway. There is much to this project – including a widening of the already-jammed Eastern Freeway – but the biggest feature of this project is its cost. Namely, $16.5b. Some claim the price could go as high as $21b. [...]

Inside Milo: ‘He Dressed In Gay Frilly Stuff And Had Ridiculous Red Shiny Shoes’

This is an ACTUAL report from a punter who dropped $590 for VIP tickets to see neo-Nazi sympathiser and paedophile booster Milo Yiannopoulous. Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up. When you work as a cadet in country journalism there really are only two rules. Don’t ever file a story on large vegetables, because you’ll [...]Show More Summary

Milo Has A Platform Because He Upholds The Status Quo, Which Speaks Volumes About Australia

The current tour of neo-nazi support Milo Yiannopoulous will give a lot of Australians pause for thought about our national values. Just not Australians who happen to work in commercial media, writes Michael Brull. Milo Yiannopoulos has landed in Australia. An array of media platforms have been offered to him, such as Alan Jones’s radio [...]Show More Summary

Milo Yiannopoulous: The Forces Are Lining Up Against The ‘Gay, Jewish Lover Of Blacks’

He claims to hate ‘identity politics’, but curiously, British-American blogger/activist/comedian/hate-speech promoter Milo Yiannopoulos is the first to retreat to it when he feels threatened. Unarguably his most uttered public phrase...Show More Summary

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