George Orwell’s nightmare is becoming a reality

Mick Armstrong It is bad enough when Malcolm Turnbull, in yet another attempt to outflank Tony Abbott to the right, exploits hysteria about the supposed terrorist threat to introduce a further round of police state laws. It is even more appalling when we have the supposedly left wing Victorian Labor prem...CONTINUE READING

Theresa May and the crisis the centre right should be in everywhere

Corey Oakley Theresa May’s speech to the Conservative Party conference was billed as the last chance to turn her fortunes around. Instead, it descended into a high farce that has killed off whatever remote chance May had of saving her prime ministership. The first sign of trouble was when prankster Sim...CONTINUE READING

World peace ‘could get us killed’

Ben Hillier When news broke that an Australian had won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, my first thought was whether the Nobel Committee had found a mass murderer or a genuine aspirant for world peace. After all, previous winners include David Trimble, sectarian former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party i...CONTINUE READING

Ripping up Iran nuclear deal would prove North Korea’s point

Corey Oakley Donald’s Trump’s threat to “destroy North Korea”, which raised the spectre of nuclear war and murder and destruction on a scale unprecedented since World War Two, understandably dominated the headlines in the wake of his speech to the United Nations on 20 September. But horrifying as this...CONTINUE READING

When the right comes to a worker’s defence

Ben Hillier An 18-year-old children’s entertainer, Madeline, last week was sacked by Capital Kids Parties in the ACT after putting a “vote no” filter on her Facebook profile picture. Her employer, Madlin Sims, informed her of her dismissal on 17 September before writing on her own Facebook page: “Toda...CONTINUE READING

What the energy ‘debate’ can teach us about economics

Allen Myers If, like me, you’ve forced yourself to read the accounts of the energy “debate” between the parliamentary parties and between the federal and state governments, you might have noticed something: virtually all of the discussion revolves around whether any particular measure, or the discussi...CONTINUE READING

Why won’t Buddhist leaders condemn terrorism?

Diane Fieldes Terrorist atrocities are taking place as I write this, on an almost unimaginable scale. Houses have been destroyed and civilians (including children) have been burned alive, tortured and even beheaded. The BBC has reported seeing a death squad of thuggish perpetrators, brandishing swords,...CONTINUE READING

Councils are right to ditch Australia Day

Vashti Kenway The decision by two Melbourne councils to stop referring to 26 January as Australia Day and to replace their usual citizenship ceremony with an event to mark the “loss of Indigenous culture” has prompted a swift conservative backlash. Representatives of the council declared the day to be o...CONTINUE READING

On the socialist path with Bolshevik Bill

Daniel Taylor When do you begin to pity a Liberal government? When it has to ask the High Court whether it exists at all? Or when its last argument in its own favour is that if Bill Shorten takes over, he will establish a communist dictatorship based on absolute equality enforced with brutal violence? T...CONTINUE READING