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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Scott Morrison’s biggest failure in the bushfire crisis: an inability to deliver collective action

Morrison has been too timorous to take the tough decisions needed to prepare for the bushfire season,including confronting rancorous dissenters in his own ranks. James Ross/AAP With the mega-fires consuming enormous tracts of country Australia,...
listen to your people scott morrison: the bushfires demand a climate policy reboot

Listen to your people Scott Morrison: the bushfires demand a climate policy reboot

Scott Morrison’s response to the bushfires has been roundly criticised as being too slow and out of touch. James Ross/AAP Frank Jotzo, the director of the Centre for Climate and Energy Policy at Australian National...
‘i can still picture the faces’: black saturday firefighters want you to listen to them, not call them ‘heroes’

‘I can still picture the faces’: Black Saturday firefighters want you to listen to...

Black Saturday firefighters battling flames in Victoria. When we laud fire fighters as heroes, we fail to acknowledge the ongoing impact of the fires. AAP Image/Andrew Brownbill Evocative images of volunteer firefighters fill our newspapers and television...
swearing in public is still illegal, but you probably won’t be charged if you’re white

Swearing in public is still illegal, but you probably won’t be charged if you’re...

When delivered to an unsuspecting group, especially where children are present, swearing can amount to a criminal offence. Shutterstock This article contains explicit language. Is it ever OK to swear? Yes. Swearing can be quite acceptable...
what nz and australia can learn from british columbia’s implementation of indigenous rights

What NZ and Australia can learn from British Columbia’s implementation of Indigenous rights

British Columbia’s law should see First Nations’ people included in public decisions and economic development, especially in relation to natural resources.  from www.shutterstock.com In October, the Canadian province of British Columbia passed legislation requiring parliament...
view from the hill: scott morrison returns, with regret

View from The Hill: Scott Morrison returns, with regret

Scott Morrison doesn’t seem to grasp that while he likes to emphasise his relationship with the ordinary Australian, as prime minister he is not an ordinary. Australian. AAP/Paul Braven We don’t often hear an...
as assange faces court over extradition attempts, the case is complex and the stakes are high

As Assange faces court over extradition attempts, the case is complex and the stakes...

The Assange saga will drag on for months, if not years, before the UK courts, as his British lawyers fight the extradition proceedings tooth and nail. AAP/EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga Julian Assange may be an odious character...
why australian road rules should be rewritten to put walking first

Why Australian road rules should be rewritten to put walking first

If a vehicle was coming through this intersection would this pedestrian have right of way? Stephen Di Donato/Good Free Photos You are walking east on a footpath and come to an unmarked intersection without traffic...
the summer heat calls for a cold beer, but be careful where you drink it. being drunk in public is a crime

The summer heat calls for a cold beer, but be careful where you drink...

Public intoxication is illegal in every jurisdiction in Australia. Shutterstock 'Tis the season to be jolly. We all enjoy the sentiments of this well-known carol during the festive season. There’s little doubt public merriment is...
australia needs a national crisis plan, and not just for bushfires

Australia needs a national crisis plan, and not just for bushfires

Bushfires aren’t the only catastrophic emergency Australia is likely to see. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas Calls are growing for a national bushfire plan, including from former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who says they are an issue...