It was entirely appropriate that the Pirate Party said ‘told you so’ when the news came out last week that an AFP officer had accessed a journalist’s metadata without a warrant. Some days it’s hard to tell who are the pirates and who’s the law.
Three weeks ago videos were broadcast around the world of men, women and children gasping for life, or dying, from breathing in poison gas in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun.
Australia’s gas industry is under scrutiny from the competition watchdog after apparently failing to deliver on its pledge to bring down domestic prices and ease the east coast gas supply crisis.
Today the Australian Energy Market Commission – the national rule maker – is expected to deliver its initial verdict on a call to change the settlement period for Australia’s wholesale electricity market, a move its supporters say will lead to a significant reduction in prices.
Kathrina Southwell of Australian Seabird Rescue recounts her horror at discovering a near breeding age, endangered loggerhead turtle dying on Lennox Head Beach yesterday afternoon, and her belief it drowned in shark nets.
Transitioning into high school can be overwhelming for any student, but for those coming from a refugee background, there are even more challenges.
Dr Zhengrong Shi, the founder of Suntech and the former UNSW PhD graduate known as the ‘Sun King’, is returning to the solar market with a newly developed lightweight, ultra-thin and flexible panel that he is hailing as the biggest change to the solar industry in decades.
Trump’s been president for 45 days and there are now two powerful groups in the USA out to fire him, writes Phillip Frazer.
The haunting notes of a Native American love flute, played by Hiroshima artist Chikara Sueda, hovered in the air at the community gathering to express solidarity with the people of Fukushima at the Channon market on Sunday.
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has long predicted the imminent end of the fossil fuel era. But it took a couple of tweets between him and another billionaire, Australia’s Mike Cannon-Brookes, on Friday to highlight just how close this is.
With Trump’s electoral victory, as well as the Brexit vote, many of the assumptions underlying the future of globalisation have been put into question. This indicates large components of the voting population want trade relations severed, borders enforced, and refugees more tightly screened.
While there’s plenty to be alarmed about with Drumpf (which is his German ancestors’ name), let’s examine some of the positives. There must be something good, right? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead, for now. For Australia, it was a... Read More →
The Royal Commission Into Child Sexual Abuse has again stirred emotion over horrendous acts perpetrated in God’s name. The Commission’s latest public hearing, Case Study 50: Catholic Church authorities in Australia, found seven per cent of priests who were members... Read More →
With a new NSW premier comes a much-needed reshuffle of the house of cards on Macquarie Street. Gladys Berejiklian was given the mantle unopposed, which means there is obviously no-one other than her who had the talent or ego for... Read More →
Further to last week’s interview with Greens mayor Simon Richardson, The Echo presents the second instalment – where is Council’s holiday-letting strategy at?
I was living in Tasmania at the time of the Franklin River Blockade in 1982 against the proposal by the hydroelectric commission to build a dam across the wild river. While I was not one of the brave souls out... Read More →
As 2017 dawns – and we are already beginning to smash temperature records – Dr Greg Wilding asks what we are doing locally to belong to a more ecologically sustainable community.
Educating yourself could be the downfall of civilisation – seriously. That’s the message from a US academic from the University of Connecticut who believes that over-educated ‘elites’ pose a threat to the stability of western societies. Professor Peter Turchin (peterturchin.com)... Read More →
'Why would Ballina Council ignore the recommendations made by scientists and a professional shark mitigation operation which has literally saved a man’s life from a shark attack?' asks Natalie Banks.
What better opportunity to examine a brief history of how the intelligentsia have been the first up against the wall in times of revolution than with the recent launch of Professor Watchlist (www.professorwatchlist.org). Run by US far right lobby group... Read More →
Hans Lovejoy Anyone who doubts the influence of think tanks needs only to consider Tony Abbott’s short tenure as prime minister (2013–2015). Most of his initiatives were derived directly from a legislative wish-list drawn up by right-wing Liberal think tank,... Read More →
In 1964, in first-year Politics at Monash Uni, I had to write an essay titled ‘Is a direct democracy possible?’ Our professors wanted us to prove we’d read Plato, Mill, Marx, Burke, maybe Arendt or Jefferson –or at least skimmed the study guides.
It was a shitty year. An annus horribilis if you like. 2016 started off with the death of David Bowie and got steadily worse.
There was an unprovoked attack last week upon those who don’t participate in Christmas by a man who looks like a potato. Minister Peter Dutton was outraged that the pupils of a state school – with no ties to any... Read More →
You can’t escape that new term post-fact, so let’s grab it in the crotch like Trump and run this topic into the ground as surely he will do with the US of A.