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We are half reconciled

Andrew L. Urban. Senator Pat Dodson, often called the ‘father of reconciliation’, said last week that political leaders had failed to reconcile with indigenous people, despite doing so with nations Australia had gone to war with, such as Japan after … Continue reading

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Book review: The Delinquent Teenager

Andrew L. Urban. A bravado metaphor captures the reader’s imagination from the opening sentence: “This book is about a spoilt child.” We know from the cover that the book is an ‘IPCC expose’, so we know that spoilt child … … Continue reading

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Today in our world …

Andrew L. Urban. Things that may have happened in recent days or should have happened or maybe shouldn’t have happened or indeed shouldn’t happen  … Melbourne City Council, not to be outdone by Sydney Mayor Clover Moore’s declaration of a … Continue reading

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US Democrats entertain Putin

Andrew L. Urban. There is a dog-leg shaped room in the accommodation wing of the Kremlin where Vladimir Putin retires to watch tv. The main room has a lounge and several armchairs, the big tv screen on the wall, and … Continue reading

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The good news from Hong Kong

Andrew L. Urban. Angered and afraid, Hong Kong rose up last week and told China’s communist bullies to shove their extradition plans up their red flag. It would have diminished Hong Kong freedoms and curtailed democracy. The bad news is … Continue reading

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Media failure drives climate change

Andrew L. Urban. Here in a nutshell, is the problem with the media’s coverage of climate change: on June 14, The New York Times‘ high profile David Leonhardt leads the online edition with an op-ed about heavy flooding in some … Continue reading

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Labor won’t have it Albaneasy

Andrew L. Urban. Eating soup with your (unnatural) right hand when you are (naturally) left handed is very difficult; you’re bound to spill some. A lot, maybe. Anthony Albanese might reflect on that as he picks up his Labor leadersoup … Continue reading

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Landslide reversed, danger averted

Andrew L. Urban. It was Labor’s political owl Graham Richardson, who, just a couple of weeks before the event, was promoting his presence on Sky’s election night panel, promising to be smiling, at last, over a Labor landslide. Oh, dunno, … Continue reading

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Fear and loathing in Australia 2019

Andrew L. Urban. The scariest story of this election campaign was published in The Australian on June 13, 2019: The Queensland ports contract worker who tripped up Bill Shorten on Labor’s tax plan for high-income earners has been suspended and … Continue reading

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Free list: climate questions for forgetful media

Andrew L. Urban Most members of the mainstream media seem to have left their list of questions on climate change policies on the bus. Ever helpful, and considering the relevance of the topic in this election, we have come to … Continue reading

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