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Dealing with Incorrect House Ballot Paper Issue at Federal Elections

The use of electronic rolls is expected to reduce the issue of wrong House ballot papers at the next election.

The Greens Will Survive Ludlam, Waters Exit But Will They Survive Di Natale?

With the forced resignations of Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, the federal Greens are reeling, writes Ben Eltham. Can they survive? “It’s been a shocking few weeks, there’s no sugar coating it Leigh,” Di Natale admitted on the ABC’s 7.30 on Tuesday night. Sugar coating it? There seems little chance of anyone doing that. The [...]Show More Summary

Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself… And Maybe A Little Fear-Mongering

The Government’s proposed “Home Affairs” mega ministry will probably make us less safe from terrorism and other violence, writes Ian McAuley. Be careful when entering the water. In 2015, 25 Australians drowned in swimming pools and nine drowned in bathtubs. In addition two people lost their lives in shark attacks (official data does not reveal [...]Show More Summary

Are Pensioners Disqualified from Running for the Australian Parliament

Are Pensioners Disqualified as election candidates and other aspect of Section 44 of the Australian Constitution?

Can we get to 350 ppm? Yes, we can

In a recent post, I made the optimistic argument that, despite all the obstacles thrown up by rightwing denialism, the world is on track to reduce CO2 emissions to zero by 2050, on a trajectory that would hold atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases below 450 ppm. On current models, that gives us a 67 per […]

BREAKING NEWS: Larissa Waters Second Greens Senator To Resign Over Dual Citizenship Bungles

Last week, West Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam resigned from Parliament, after it emerged he was a dual citizen. Under the Australian Constitution, dual citizenship makes you ineligible for parliament. In an extraordinary development, this afternoon a second Greens Senator – Larissa Waters, of Queensland – announced her resignation. She was born in Canada, and has [...]Show More Summary

Steven Oliver’s Poem ‘Real’, Tops 2 Million Views. And Then There’s ‘Hate He Said’, About To Nudge Half A Million #changethedate

We had a strong reaction last week, to this poem from Aboriginal writer and performer Steven Oliver. And so, with that in mind… Real – a poem about Australian racism – has been going viral for a while, with the NITV footage of the performance from the 2015 NAIDOC Awards now surpassing two million views. Seems [...]Show More Summary

Sense and senselessness in transport policy

I’ve been doing various pieces of work on transport. Here’s a quick update: I’ll be speaking at a one-day seminar organised by the Institute for Sensible Transport in Sydney on 8 August. It should be a good event for those with a professional interest in road pricing and related topics. For those with […]

Old Liberal Thinking Betrays Australia’s Seniors

Renewables could cut pensioners’ energy bills if the government had the ticker. Instead, Craig Kelly scapegoats them for the Liberals’ seniors policy failures, writes Tom Allen. To summarise Craig Kelly’s latest prognostication on renewable energy into a three-word slogan that Liberals love so much: “Renewables kill seniors!” This is, of course, 100% true. Honest. How [...]Show More Summary

BDS: Driving Global Justice for Palestine

All Australians have a responsibility to learn about the Boycott, Divestments Sanctions movement, writes Professor Stuart Rees. A national conference, ‘BDS: Driving Global Justice for Palestine’, will be held at Sydney University on the 28th and 29th of July. BDS refers to the international, non-violent Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement to end the Israeli occupation and [...]Show More Summary

Census crowdsource (repost)

In 2012, I crowdsourced an analysis of the census results, looking at the extent to which the increase in religion was driven by changes in stated affiliation from religious to non-religious, as opposed to the demographic replacement of older more religious cohorts by younger, less religous ones. A couple of wrinkles on this I […]

Pale, Male And Stale: Sexism And The World’s Top Five Alcohol Companies

If you want to know how to really show disdain for women, then look to the global alcohol industry, writes Chris Graham. As most readers would know, last year New Matilda got involved in a start-up based out of Adelaide, called the Sparkke Change Beverage Company. Sparkke is a tiny company run out of a [...]Show More Summary

Are the Nationals a political party?

I’ve made this point before, but I’m constantly reading articles about the rising share of “protest” votes going to “minor parties” in which the set of minor parties excludes the National Party. The reason is, of course, that the Nationals are a long-established party which, with a few state-level exceptions, operates in permanent coalition with […]

Scott Ludlam Resigns - What Happens to his Senate Seat?

The Green's Scott Ludlam has resigned from the Senate over a qualification issue. What now happens to his seat?

BREAKING NEWS: Greens’ Scott Ludlam Resigns After Dual Citizenship Revealed

Late this afternoon, West Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam announced via his official Facebook page his resignation from parliament. You can read it here. Below is the message Ludlam posted… and we’ll bring you more info as the story develops. Recently it was brought to my attention that I hold dual citizenship of Australia and New Zealand. [...]Show More Summary

The Top 8 Reasons to Support Sparkke

Sparkke’s latest crowdsourcing campaign in support of marriage equality – Say I Do ends soon. If you want to secure your share of the first batch of high quality white wine bubbles in a can ever produced in Australia, you’ve got less than 24 hours. You can get a 4-pack of ‘white wine bubbles in [...] The post The Top 8 Reasons to Support Sparkke appeared first on New Matilda.

Boys And Their Toys: The Growing Movement Against Nuclear Nations

The case against nuclear weapons has always been strong. What’s changing is a growing global resolve to eliminate them, writes Dr Sue Wareham. Nuclear weapons – the only man made threat that could virtually destroy our planet in an afternoon – have hit the news again, in two ways that represent polar opposites of the [...]Show More Summary

Technology to the Rescue ?

There’s been a fair bit of buzz about an article in New York Magazine with an apocalyptic picture of climate change over the next century. I’ll for a more complete response later. But as it happens, I was already thinking about a much more optimistic post. From the Climate Change Authority, of which I was […]

John Pilger On Why Palestine Is Still The Issue

When I first went to Palestine as a young reporter in the 1960s, I stayed on a kibbutz. The people I met were hard-working, spirited and called themselves socialists. I liked them. One evening at dinner, I asked about the silhouettes of people in the far distance, beyond our perimeter. “Arabs”, they said, “nomads”. The [...]Show More Summary

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