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VIDEO: John Pilger On The ‘Carefully Constructed Drama’ Of Skripal Nerve Agent Attack

Watch John Pilger in this commentary on Russia Tonight on the British Government’s accusations against Russia over the poisoning of the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. The attack, Pilger notes, occurred not...Show More Summary

Free Your Mind, And Your Time: Step Away From Social Media

Ever heard of a timesink? You possibly came to this article via one. Dr Glen Anderson explains. There have been recent accusations that a political data firm, Cambridge Analytica, used the Facebook profile information of millions of Americans to finesse Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential victory. This comes hot on the heels of accusations of social [...]Show More Summary

Beautiful One Day, Wordy The Next: $2k Award For Qld’s Next Great Young Writer

Iconic Aboriginal writer Tara June Winch has won it… and now other young Queenslanders get a shot. Entries are now open for the State Library of Queensland’s annual Young Writers Award, with $2,000 going to the winner of the popular short story competition. For more than 20 years the competition has helped launch the literary [...]Show More Summary

With Friends Like These, Australia Doesn’t Need Enemies

Our nation’s history of internal slaughter is world-beating. It’s perhaps matched only by our support over the decades for regimes that also kill their own. Michael Brull explains. In the image above, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is seen shaking hands with Hun Sen during the ASEAN Summit in Sydney last week. Smiling. Hun Sen is [...]Show More Summary

Three Newspolls To Midnight: A Dangerous Exercise In Pub-Test Populism.

Prime Ministers sometimes get it wrong, and some more than others. That should be the reason for their demise at an election, not their removal by a party obsessed with polls, writes Tom Haskell. It’s three Newspolls to midnight on Turnbull’s leadership doomsday clock. The infamous “30 Newspolls in a row” reasoning for challenging Tony [...]Show More Summary

Fortune favours the brave

Most of the political commentariat were convinced that Bill Shorten had got things badly wrong by announcing his policy on dividend imputation immediately before the Batman by-election. It was even more striking that, despite the pressure, Shorten didn’t cave into demands for changes to the policy. Michelle Grattan, for example, described the policy as an […]

Changing places

When Malcolm Turnbull, as PM, first faced Bill Shorten, as Opposition Leader, I correctly surmised that this would be a contest between a bold and innovative leader, unafraid to put forward controversial policies if they were right for the country, and a timid pragmatist, tied down by secret deals with factional warlords, and standing for […]

15 Years On, The Failures Of The Iraq War Belong To Us All

The story of Australia’s involvement in Iraq isn’t just about the failure of government, or a failure of our parliamentary system. We as a community also failed to do enough, writes Senator Andrew Bartlett. Yesterday marked 15 years since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, in which Australia played a crucial role. This not just a [...]Show More Summary

We Do Need To Be Concerned About Creating ‘Another Stolen Generations’

The removal of Aboriginal children from their homes – and where to place them – is complex and fraught process, and not fodder for politics or morning television. Jacynta Krakouer and Sarah Wise explain. Recent comments by Federal Children’s Minister David Gillespie, that we need not hesitate to place ‘abused’ Aboriginal children into adoption arrangements [...]Show More Summary

#timesup For NRL To Understand How To Respond To Violent Stars

Michael Bradley weighs in on the growing furore over the National Rugby League’s response to the violence of one its rising stars. Matt Lodge is a 191cm, 118kg front rower currently playing professional rugby league for the Brisbane Broncos. He is a very large man with very large muscles and the kind of face you [...]Show More Summary

Holy By-Election Batman: Labor, Greens Square Off In A High Stakes Race

Much is at stake in tomorrow’s Batman by-election, for both Labor and the Greens. Ben Eltham reports from his home electorate. The inner-Melbourne seat of Batman is unusual in many respects. Stretching approximately 10 kilometres in a concrete ribbon north from Clifton Hill to the middle ring suburbs of Preston, Reservoir and Bundoora, it encompasses [...]Show More Summary

The Canberra Times’ Big Stoush: Read All About It (From One Perspective)

The Canberra Times is engaged in a ding-dong battle with the ACT Chief Minister, and if you believe the letters to the editor page, it has staggering levels of support. John Passant is not so sure. The Australian Capital Territory’s Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, recently made some private comments about the mainstream media recently that [...]Show More Summary


Like two skilled limbo dancers, the major parties managed to stay on their feet this weekend despite the bar getting lower. And lower the bar certainly got. Labor’s primary vote in the South Australian election fell to its second worst since the war (second only to the 1993 State Bank debacle) after what the out-going […]

Adani: Put up or pack up

That’s my suggestion for the way Bill Shorten can resolve his continuing problems over the Adani Carmichael mine-port-rail project. To spell it out, he should set a deadline (say June 30) for Adani to achieve financial close for the entire project, and commence construction. If the deadline isn’t met, Labor should oppose the project outright. […]

Economics in Two Lessons: Chapter 4

Thanks to everyone who the first three chapters of my book, Economics in Two Lessons. I’ve learned a lot from the comments and made changes in response to some of them. These chapters have been a bit abstract, but now I’m moving on to some applications, which might be more interesting for some readers. Here’s […]

Economics in Two Lessons: Chapter 3

Thanks to everyone who commented on Chapter 2 of my book, Economics in Two Lessons. I’ve learned a lot from the comments but haven’t yet had time to respond to them. Now here’s the draft of Chapter 3. Again, I welcome comments, criticism and encouragement. The book so far is available Table of Contents Introduction. […]

The Great Aussie Beer Bash – Sparking An Ongoing #ChangeTheDate Conversation

New Matilda, in partnership with the Sparkke Change Beverage Company, has launched the first in a series of major public awareness campaigns aimed at keeping #ChangeTheDate on the national agenda. The Great Aussie Beer Bash, on May 23, will see every federal politician in the country receive a carton or two of Change The Date [...]Show More Summary

Victoria Is Not The Victim: Historic Queensland Defence Contract Showcases Australian Military-Industrial Propaganda

Without national discussion or debate – and no hard questions from media – Australia is pitching to become a major arms exporter. Dr Lissa Johnson weighs in. On Wednesday morning I watched a live broadcast of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing the Australian Government’s deal to procure $5.2bn worth of tanks (combat reconnaissance vehicles) from [...]Show More Summary

Democracy Is The Biggest Victim In Turnbull’s War On Charities

The intent of stalled legislation being pushed by the federal government is clear – to weaken the capacity of charities, particularly environmental groups, to oppose government excesses. Dr Kyla Tienhaara and Professor John Dryzek explain. Show More Summary

On The Brink: When Will The Destruction Of Gaza Matter?

After years of sustained assault by Israel, predictions that Gaza could be unliveable by 2020 could prove to be wrong. The fragile region may collapse even earlier. Michael Brull explains. The media in Western countries regularly address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and politicians are more likely to engage with it than many other conflicts around the [...]Show More Summary

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