There’s nothing good about Turnbull’s sex ban

Sandra Bloodworth What to do when desperately trying to keep your government from sinking in a mire of salacious scandal brought on by Barnaby Joyce’s sordid and hypocritical personal life? Malcolm Turnbull’s solution is a new “code of conduct” for government ministers, which bans them, married or single, f...CONTINUE READING

ABC’s pathetic kowtowing to government

Diane Fieldes US investigative journalist I.F. Stone famously said: “All governments lie”. So a filing cabinet full of classified government documents should have been a heaven-sent opportunity for the ABC to hold the Australian government to account. Instead, we got a craven attempt by the ABC to show...CONTINUE READING

Rock is dead, long live rock

John Scott Old enough to have sat in the Kings’ Road Chelsea at the fag end of the ’60s and observed the passing parade of rock stars (“Hi Mick! Hi Keith!”) and members of the nobility and landed gentry making la passeggiata in their hugely expensive hippie outfits, and noting a decade later David Jo...CONTINUE READING

Robots and volunteers: a letter to George Monbiot

Allen Myers Dear George Monbiot, I found very interesting your 7 February column in the Guardian on the robotisation of work, occasioned by Amazon’s new patent for a wristband that can track what workers are doing throughout their shift. I agree with your observation, “Digital Taylorism, splitting int...CONTINUE READING

Barnaby Joyce’s ‘family values’ failings are fair game

Roz Ward Maybe I’m just a jealous feminist (not to mention lesbian). Perhaps I have a bitter need to deny happiness to a couple that have simply found love through an office romance and pregnancy. No, I’m not jealous, I’m angry. I could care less about the moral virtue of Barnaby Joyce’s sex life....CONTINUE READING

Vale David Feeney. Nah, lol

Daniel Taylor Few will mourn the political death of David Feeney, the amnesiac Labor backbencher who has now fallen to Section 44. Feeney’s career in the House of Representatives produced only two moments of heroic distinction. First, during the 2016 federal election, when Labor was aggressively campaig...CONTINUE READING

Ron Walker shouldn’t get a state funeral

Tess Lee Ack Ron Walker will forever be associated with two major blights on the Melbourne landscape: the Formula 1 Grand Prix and Crown Casino. Walker made a fortune out of each, and his mates at the big end of town continue to do so. Disgracefully, Victorian taxpayers, who largely foot the bill for t...CONTINUE READING

I know what it's like to be the target of a Murdoch pack-attack

Roz Ward “We have not organised this to change the date. We have organised this to abolish Australia Day because fuck Australia … I hope it fucking burns to the ground”, Tarneen Onus-Williams told a cheering crowd at Melbourne’s Invasion Day rally. The protesters were fired up, and so were the spea...CONTINUE READING

Too right, Malcolm, let’s sell more death

Allen Myers Well it’s about time Australian capitalists increased their profits from the business of killing people. For too long, countries such as the United States and Russia have dominated the global arms trade, gaining many of the fringe benefits of wars, peace-keeping operations and other euphem...CONTINUE READING