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That Muslim Poll: If You’re Shocked, History Suggests You Shouldn’t Be

Last week, an Essential Poll revealed that half the population want to ban Muslims from migrating to Australia. Junaid Cheema is alert, but not alarmed. Muslims making headlines for the wrong reasons is nothing new, it seems like that’s all we do. If it’s not the latest Terrorist attack or ISIL beheading, it’s the reminder [...]Show More Summary

If The Business Lobby Wants To Fix The Budget It Can Start With Its Own In The Detention Industry

A national audit office review of offshore detention spending continues to highlight the lunacy – and cost – of locking up men, women and children on faraway islands. Max Chalmers explains. In the age of the on-again, off-again “budget emergency”, not everyone benefitting from the state’s largesse is asked to live within their means when [...]Show More Summary

Clearing The Smog: The Hunt For A Coherent Climate Policy

Modelling released this week on the Australian Government’s plan to tackle climate change is not exactly what you might term ‘inspiring confidence’, writes Thom Mitchell. In August 1990, journalist Kerry O’Brien anchored a segment on the then-new “burning issue”. Climate change. Four Corners viewers were told that the very “survival of the planet itself” was being [...]Show More Summary

Spiritual Cherrypicking: Science Trumps Climate Scepticism, But Apparently Not Homeopathy

Science is not actually meant to be a smorgasbord from which you pick and choose the bits that fit your pre-conceived notions. Brian Morris takes aim at the ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ mantra. The dust has not settled on this year’s disastrous Census yet, already, there are calls to amend the question on Religious Affiliation. [...]Show More Summary

Wise in hindsight

My article on the failure of for-profit competition in human services included a hook to the recently published Productivity Commission report recommending more of the same. I haven’t had time to go through the report in detail, but I was struck by reports that the PC mentioned the FEE-HELP fiasco in the VET sector as […]

Worse than the Bourbons

I have a couple of pieces in The Guardian. The first, which came out a few days ago, points out the consistent failure of market competition and for-profit firms to deliver human services effectively and equitably. The second gives the mainstream economic analysis of the problem, in terms of market failure and the mixed economy, […]

Brexit and bigotry (crosspost from CT)

Following my previous post, I’d like to add a bit more to the debate about Brexit and migration. On this issue, a common defence of the Leave campaign is that the central concern was about the need to cut the number of migrants to the UK so as to reduce competition for jobs. The plausibility […]

Summary of Candidates and Parties Contesting 2016 ACT Election

A record 123 candidates have nominated for the expanded ACT Legislative Election to be elected on 15 October.

Cosmopolitanism For Pauline Hanson: A Nation’s Panacea?

Professor Stuart Rees believes an inclusive way forward for the global community lies in the notion of cosmopolitanism. Enthusiasm about cosmopolitanism is the most appropriate response to Pauline Hanson’s recent speech forecasting that Australia was in danger of being overrun by Muslims. It’s not only Senator Hanson who likes to polarize. Politicians and media commentators [...]Show More Summary

New Zealand’s zombie miracle

Twice in the last couple of days, I’ve bumped into the seemingly unkillable zombie idea that the New Zealand economy is doing well and ought to be a model for Australia. Checking Wikipedia to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, I found that, as of 2015, NZ income per person was 30-35 per cent below […]

Gaming Mobile Black Spot Funding: A Malcolm Turnbull Innovation

A national audit office report into mobile black spot funding reveals a decidedly ‘Liberal’ approach to allocating funding, writes Labor’s Stephen Jones. “Are you there? Hello, are you there?” You could be driving down any highway in regional Australia and the phone goes dead. You’re left talking to yourself. How often has that happened to [...]Show More Summary

Please Don’t Explain

The post Please Don’t Explain appeared first on New Matilda.

The Mounting Case For A Royal Commission Into Banks And Insurance Companies

An overwhelming majority of Australians support a Royal Commission into the finance sector. Ian McAuley explains why. We’re paying too much for a bloated financial service sector. A prominent example is Australia’s largest health insurer, Medibank Private, which in the last financial year absorbed just over a billion dollars of contributors’ premiums in management overheads [...]Show More Summary

Politics As Satire: What Have Donald Trump, John Howard, Tony Abbott And Malcolm Turnbull Got In Common?

That question sounds like the start of a bad joke. And if you look too closely, you’ll realise your society might just be the punchline. Sean Hoskins picks at the bones of neo-liberalism and fear-based politics. If you thought the Donald Trump presidential campaign couldn’t get any more bizarre, the documentary maker Michael Moore recently [...]Show More Summary

The Right Climate For A Con: Introducing Senator Malcolm Roberts

Politics is about sales, and what One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts is selling smells like a global conspiracy. Thom Mitchell breaks it down. As he delivered his maiden speech last week, Senator Malcolm Roberts’ concedes his knees shook slightly. Nerves knotted in his stomach. He swivelled his arms for oratory affect, and said: “Like Socrates, [...]Show More Summary

Last chance on climate change policy

With August 2016 setting yet another record for global temperatures, the need for action on climate change is obvious. The good news is that most national governments are finally recognising the urgency of the problem. The bad news is that Australia is not among them. Having commissioned a Special Review from the Climate Change Authority […]

The C-Word: Its Manners, Customs and Many Varied Uses

Last week, a protestor crashed a stage with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and dropped the c-bomb. Intrepid New Matilda columnist Dr Liz Conor asks the age old question: Is using a female body part as a term of derision misogynistic? And a language warning… there’s quite a bit of it to follow. Last month a group of [...]Show More Summary

The System Has Failed Retail And Fast Food Workers, Says Coles Fair Work Winner

Duncan Hart recently won an important court action over underpayment of wages as an employee of supermarket giant Coles. He takes aim at his employer, and the union that failed to protect him. The unprecedented wage theft at Australia’s largest employers, including Coles, Woolworths, Hungry Jack’s, KFC and McDonalds, and the “trade union” which helped to [...]Show More Summary

Kalgoorlie Uprising: Black Man’s Victim. White Man’s Culprit, And The Twisted Psychology Of Racially Motivated Crime and Punishment

Why do Australians turn away when another justice fails Aboriginal people? Dr Lissa Johnson explains the psychology behind the great Australian silence. On Thursday evening a house rented by the man accused of killing Aboriginal teenager Elijah Doughty was set on fire. The fire came almost three weeks after Elijah’s body was found near Gribble [...]Show More Summary

She’s Back: The Racist Innovation In Pauline Hanson’s Maiden Speech

Dripping with bigotry, there wasn’t much that was new in Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech to parliament. But there was at least one notable innovation, writes Michael Brull. It’s official. She’s really back. Listening to Pauline Hanson speak in the Senate somehow makes her election seem more real and ugly. From an abstract sense of something sinister [...]Show More Summary

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