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Morrison concentrates power among the few

By ELIZA SPENCER Australia’s third branch of government – local councils - have been removed from the national discussion table as the new National Cabinet take charge under the cover of emergency measures. Between trade wars, international uprisings, and the federal government quietly announcing a $721 million robodebt refund scheme, the death of COAG (Council […]

Marsh’s new mural mocks the coal-ition

by ALEC SMART Scott Marsh, satirical wall mural artist, has unveiled another topical painting in central Sydney mocking the federal coal-ition government and their mining and media connections. On 18 May Marsh shared his colourful new piece, titled Ivory Tower, on social media, which features a few familiar scenes from Australia’s summer of Apocalyptic bushfires. Above the […]

Covid-19 cures: the new snake oil quackery

By ALEC SMART To capitalise on the anxiety the worldwide coronavirus pandemic is engendering, several religious leaders have been spruiking ‘miraculous’ methods and potions with grandiose assertions of their effectiveness as a cure. Lockdown aside, even Australia is not immune from the quackery. Meanwhile, high-profile evangelists, conspiracy websites, easily-influenced people and influential politicians float theories […]

Morrison’s new tracker app ‘not compulsory’

By TONY KALLEGEROS Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recently introduced a new app that will be able to identify if individuals have spent more than 15 minutes within 1.5 metres of each other. The app was created for the purpose of tracking the spread of Covid-19 and intended to be downloaded by people who have […]

Bushfires bring out the best (and worst) of Australians

by ALEC SMART The apocalyptic bushfires raging across Australia, incinerating millions of hectares of forest and decimating an estimated 1.5 billion animals, are bringing out the best and, unfortunately, the worst in Australians as we work together to solve the crisis. Over $35million has been donated to the Red Cross Disaster Response and Recovery Fund […]

REVIEW: Aaron Patrick – The Surprise Party

If Labor had read this book there would have been no need for an internal inquiry into how and why they lost the election because Aaron Patrick tells us in The Surprise Party how the coalition snatched victory from the jaws of chaos. Blow by blow accounts of both sides leading up to the election […]

THE NAKED CITY – WHAT A QUOKKA SHITE?

Timing can be everything when it comes to publicity campaigns. Get it wrong and months of planning and creative flair can fall horribly flat not to mention the outlay of a considerable amount of money. The decision by Tourism Australia to spend $15 million on a TV campaign in the UK, launched just before Christmas, […]

From ScoMo to Scummo in slippery steps

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE A week is a long time in politics and last week must have seemed an eternity for Prime Minister Scott Morrison. That is if Morrison has any ability to reflect at all on his actions that have seen him go from ScoMo the affable to Scummo the slippery. Where the bloody […]

Christmas shopping as the world burns!

By ANDREW TOVEY Yesterday, the last Saturday before Christmas, I ventured out into the city to buy my one single Christmas gift. Our family does secret Santa to keep things minimal. I was about to wade into retail madness. The backdrop of Sydney on shopping overdrive was sobering. Yesterday had a high probability of being […]

Parade or Protest: what matters more?

By RITA BRATOVICH Members of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will elect its board of directors this Saturday, November 30, in what has the potential to be a highly volatile Annual General Meeting. Vying for a place each on the board are four candidates from the group Pride In Protest. The group has been […]