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why the australia-france submarine deal collapse was predictable

Why the Australia-France submarine deal collapse was predictable

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  Aerial-motion/Shutterstock Australia’s unilateral cancellation of its contract to purchase French submarines and sign up for the AUKUS security pact constitutes a slap in the face for French diplomacy – variously described as a “stab in the...
grattan on saturday: after the deal on security, scott morrison turns to the shift on climate

Grattan on Saturday: After the deal on security, Scott Morrison turns to the shift...

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  Picture: Evan Vucci/AAP One is tempted to think Scott Morrison’s hero must be Harry Houdini, the great escape artist. Put our prime minister in a corner, and he will talk his way out, or...
what are the protests against victoria’s construction union all about? an expert explains

What are the protests against Victoria’s construction union all about? An expert explains

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  Picture:James Ross/AAP After violence on Monday outside the Melbourne offices of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy union, the Victorian government ordered a snap two-week shutdown of the construction industry. Yesterday these protests...
‘it’s almost like grooming’: how anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists, and the far-right came together over covid

‘It’s almost like grooming’: how anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists, and the far-right came together over...

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  Picture: JAMES ROSS/AAP Scenes of protesters clad in hi-vis jackets and shouting anti-vaccination slogans have dominated the news this week. As the ABC reported: Some of those gathered held a banner reading ‘freedom’, while others sang...
grattan on saturday: porter’s funding from a ‘blind trust’ is an integrity test for morrison

Grattan on Saturday: Porter’s funding from a ‘blind trust’ is an integrity test for...

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  Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP For a very intellectually smart man, Christian Porter often shows extraordinarily bad judgment. After he was accused of historical rape, which he strongly denied, he believed he could remain as attorney-general, despite...
labor and the greens need to sober up. the next election is far from in the bag

Labor and the Greens need to sober up. The next election is far from...

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  Picture: James Ross/Bianca De Marchi/AAP Close elections have been common and landslides rare in the 20 federal elections held in Australia over the past 50 years. Some political parties are acting as though the...
grattan on saturday: morrison is wedged between biden and barnaby in forging climate policy for glasgow

Grattan on Saturday: Morrison is wedged between Biden and Barnaby in forging climate policy...

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  Picture: AAP “The evidence is clear: climate change poses an existential threat to our lives, to our economy.” Kevin Rudd, circa 2007? No, Joe Biden this week, as he toured areas hit by Hurricane Ida,...
on the eve of 11 september…….. we remember

On the Eve of 11 September…….. We Remember

TWO DECADES ON........ It's been nearly two decades since September 11, 2001, and just 60% of the people who died that day have been officially identified and returned to their loved ones. For most of us,...
high court rules media are liable for facebook comments on their stories. here’s what that means for your favourite facebook pages

High Court rules media are liable for Facebook comments on their stories. Here’s what...

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  Image: Shuttlestock A publisher can be held responsible for defamatory comments readers leave on its Facebook pages, the High Court ruled yesterday, in a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for social media users throughout...
‘hope’ versus ‘threat’: how the age got entangled in competing pandemic storylines

‘Hope’ versus ‘threat’: how The Age got entangled in competing pandemic storylines

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  Picture: Daniel Pockett/AAP Two distinct narratives have emerged in the public debate about COVID-19, a narrative of hope and a narrative of threat. In the polarised atmosphere of our times, each has become politically branded. This...