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Palestinian Playwright Accused Of Anti-Semitism Wins Victorian Drama Awards

Fairfax Media’s attempts to manufacture controversy around a Palestinian play have fallen very flat, writes Michael Brull. Tales of a City by the Sea, a play about life in Gaza by a Palestinian playwright, has won two Drama Victoria Awards. One award was for Best Performance by a Theatre Company for VCE Drama. The other [...]Show More Summary

Unemployed Worker’s Union Report Reveals Shocking Job Network Failures

The Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union’s (AUWU) National Advocacy Hotline Yearly Report has exposed a job agency system in crisis. AUWU President Owen Bennett explains. Last week, the AUWU released its 2015-16 National Advocacy Hotline Report. Show More Summary

The Syrian Crisis: Walking A Mile (Or 30) In Fatima’s Shoes

Dr Chatu Yapa, a Canberra-based doctor, recently completed an assignment working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, for Médecins sans Frontières. Her hope is that Australian politicians come to understand the crisis from a less privileged perspective. There is an old saying that goes “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile [...]Show More Summary

‘Bad Immigration Policy Let In Pieces Of Sht Like Waleed Aly’, Says Bolt Guest And One Nation Conference Organiser

And other rantings from the organiser of the failed One Nation event in Melbourne. He may be the nation’s most popular television personality, but Waleed Aly, apparently, isn’t universally loved by all Australians. Well, by at least one Australian… and his angry Facebook friends. Avi Yemini is the founder of IDF Training, a Melbourne company [...]Show More Summary

The Mindless March To a Robot-Driven Jobless Future, And What You Can Do About It

Automation and the ‘disruptive’ economy are neoliberalism on steroids. If we don’t figure out an inclusive solution soon, Donald Trump will be a lukewarm version of the chaos to come, writes Barry Dunning. “How did this happen? How could the white working class be so stupid to vote for that boorish, racist sexist pig? Do [...]Show More Summary

Post Truth World

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The Climate Movement Is Indigenous-led

Dr Liz Conor pays tribute to the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Indigenous people the world over who are leading the fight for climate action. In 1923, Iroquois chief Deskaheh travelled to Geneva to present the grievances of his Six Nations people. Although he was officially ignored, he brought about two seismic shifts [...]Show More Summary

A Badly Wounded Government Limps To The Long Summer Break

Malcolm Turnbull will be grateful for the summer, but early indications suggest it might mirror the horrendous year he’s just endured. Ben Eltham weighs in. Yesterday was the first day of summer, and, perhaps not coincidentally, the last sitting day of federal Parliament for 2016. The approach of summer will be welcomed by many, not least [...]Show More Summary

Jews United: Pauline Hanson And Malcolm Roberts Sent Packing

The One Nation Senators had planned to address the Jewish community in Melbourne. They didn’t even make first base. Michael Brull reports. The Herald Sun loves to claim that white people saying racist things are being silenced for their totally reasonable and legitimate concerns about minority communities. It has already begun to spin the shocking [...]Show More Summary

Build it, and they probably won’t come

When the SA Royal Commission on the Nuclear Fuel Cycle brought down its report, I welcomed the conclusion that there was no serious prospect that nuclear power generation would be feasible in Australia. That was unsurprising, since my own submission to the Commission had shown this pretty clearly. As regards the Commission’s recommendation for a […]

First Contact: Poverty Porn And Trauma TV, With Bonus Celebrities

The latest iteration of SBS’s exploration of ‘racism’ boldly goes where every other mainstream media outlet has already been, and none of it helps, writes Amy McQuire. Last night the first episode of SBS’ ‘First Contact’ aired – the second incarnation of the series, this time featuring non-Indigenous ‘celebrities’, rather than a random selection of [...]Show More Summary

The Road To Old Media Oblivion Is Paved With Insular Intent

Mike Fewster responds to comments that were posted after his last New Matilda article on why Murdoch and the ABC need each other, and we need them both. So help me, I’m no lover of Murdoch. Once I wrote a case arguing that Rupert Murdoch could get a “Most Evil Man in History” award. What [...]Show More Summary

Please Explain: Pauline Hanson’s Breathtaking Bigotry Helps #DefineAboriginal

It’s no secret that social media – Twitter in particular – is a toxic sea of feel-pinions, dominated by ranting, foaming angry people. But every now and then, it throws up something worth feeling inspired by (if not simultaneously also very ashamed). This week is one such occasion. On Monday night, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson [...]Show More Summary

Mike Baird Abandoned Dogs To Die, And Now It’s Dolphins

The NSW Premier can’t cop a break, and neither can the animals that live within his state, writes Dr Jordan Sosnowski. It seems the NSW Premier is determined to do all he can to harm animals – on land and in the ocean. NSW Minister Mike Baird was in Ballina recently to roll out the [...]

Internationally diversifying your share portfolio

The case for diversifying your equity portfolio internationally is obvious given that Australian equities are such a small component on the overall international equity market and given the strong growth potential in many newly emerging markets. One way of doing this – that I have in the past thought was a sound idea is to [...]

A Nuclear Waste Dump Field Of Dreams

The numbers for a nuclear waste dump – and nuclear energy – in Australia just don’t add up, writes Professor John Quiggin. “If you build it, they will come.” That’s the (misquoted, inevitably) most famous line from the movie Field of Dreams, in which the protagonist ploughs up his cornfield to build a baseball diamond, on [...]Show More Summary

To Smack Or Not To Smack Kids: That Is The Question The Greens Won’t Answer

Their policy is pretty clear – the Greens support the UN Convention on the Rights Of The Child. But when it comes to the practice, their response is quite a bit more dulled, writes Alan Corbett. Last July I wrote an article calling on the Australian Greens’ political leadership to publicly state their opposition to the [...]Show More Summary

Why The Left Must Be More Open To Talking About Population

Michael Bayliss and Mark Allen make the case for a more nuanced debate around building a nation. The very mention of the word ‘sustainable population’ has proven to be a poison chalice to many on the left since the late 1990s, and probably for quite some time before that. Firstly we had Pauline Hanson who [...]Show More Summary

Under A Bus

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Fidel Castro: The Cuban Who Wouldn’t Stand In Line

Binoy Kampmark looks back on the life of a man who refused to come to heal. Reactions were generally predictable to the passing of Fidel Castro. Britain’s Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, spoke of Castro as that “huge figure of modern history, national independence and 20th century socialism”. The stage was set by his record in [...]Show More Summary

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