Category Archives: Organisations And Groups

Malcolm, you promised … so go

By Andrew L. Urban. Malcolm Turnbull’s backing off trying to bully his party into a NEGative plan (The Australian, August 18, 2018) has given the Liberals a golden opportunity to effect leadership change without spilling blood. In October 2009, then … Continue reading

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Green on the outside, rancid on the inside

By Andrew L. Urban. Illogical, ignorant, infantile, irrational and irrelevant, the Greens are nothing but a rancid infestation in Australia’s political kitchen, as they proved recently by their risible claims about bushfires and climate change, Australia’s humane response to South … Continue reading

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State agencies gone rogue

By Andrew L. Urban. It is welcome that reforms are now (November 15, 2016) planned for both the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC); perhaps they will be reformed to be more acceptable … Continue reading

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Kim Slater: How I became involved in newDemocracy

Kim Slater is the Principal of County Securities. He runs a Sydney boutique financial advisory firm and is a recent donor and supporter of the newDemocracy Foundation. This letter first appeared in the newDemocracy Foundation Newsletter, January 23, 2015 and … Continue reading

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Citizens Jury Process for the South Australian Premier

By newDemocracy, May 11, 2013 On Wednesday (May 8), SA Premier Jay Weatherill announced that newDemocracy will be conducting a Citizens Jury process on the topic of how to create a safe and vibrant Adelaide nightlife. This explores the policy … Continue reading

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Images, democracy and human rights

By Andrew L. Urban “China leads the world in internet users. Yet due to strict censorship policies, it is also the world’s biggest prison for bloggers and cyber-dissidents.” I came across this sentence as a caption for a video trailer … Continue reading

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Australia ranks low on press freedom register

By Andrew L. Urban  Even without the controversial (ill thought out, badly prepared, muddle-headed) press regulation legislation threatened by Comms Minister Senator Stephen Conroy just a few weeks ago in early 2013 (now dead – the legislation not Conroy), Australia’s press … Continue reading

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Kicking against the Cornerstone of Democracy – MEAA Report 2012

The Media Alliance’s annual press freedom report is claimed to be the most comprehensive survey of media law and regulation in Australia. The report covers all aspects from the recent debate over press regulation to shield laws for journalists and … Continue reading

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The dysfUNctional nations

By Andrew L. Urban  The United Nations is dysfunctional and ineffective, many of its member states being oppressive, undemocratic regimes which have forfeited their sovereignty and should be declared illegitimate; they should have their voting rights revoked or suspended. There … Continue reading

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Unhappy 50th to Amnesty International

By Andrew L. Urban After many years of actively and financially supporting Amnesty Australia, I resigned in April 2007 with a heavy heart.  AI’s charter had always been to support and work for the release of non violent prisoners of … Continue reading

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