Author: Sandi Keane

Post-truth politics and why the antidote isn’t simply “fact-checking” and truth

What exactly is meant by the term post-truth? Paradoxically, post-truth is among the most-talked-about yet least-well-defined meme words of our time. In this essay, the University of Sydney’s Professor John Keane contends that the best weapon against post-truth is democracy. Democracy being a living reminder that truths are never self-evident, and that what counts as truth is a matter of interpretation. WE LIVE in an unfinished revolutionary age of communicative abundance. Networked digital machines and information flows are slowly but surely shaping practically every institution in which we live our daily lives. For the first time in history, thanks to...

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WestConnex: what NSW must learn from Victoria and Queensland

Heads you win, tails we lose. Is this a guiding principle in the privatisation of Australia’s biggest infrastructure project, WestConnex? As laid out in our “Blind Faith” investigation, the government of NSW has tilted the playing field in favour of WestConnex bidders thanks to a scheme to artificially make the tollroads longer, and by jacking up both the number of roads tolled and the tolls themselves.

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The emerging Chinese economic storm is Turnbull’s biggest threat

In the endless election cycle that Australian politics has become, Malcolm Turnbull is facing a greater threat to his chances of an against-the-odds win than the citizenship ruckus, Tony Abbott-led right-wing white-anting and Labor party polling strength combined:  the economy, stupid. Asian-based freelance journalist and China-watcher, Michael Sainsbury, reports. THE THREATS are largely external and from Australia’s greatest “friends” – trade paramour China and joined-at-the-hip strategic bedfellow the United States – and therefore un-manageable from Canberra. Topping off what is an emerging perfect economic storm is the potential hit to the housing market triggered by the banking Royal commission....

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Helen Bender and CSG: a tale of two Queensland towns – Goondiwindi and Miles

Helen Bender tragically lost her father, fifth generation farmer, George Bender, after a long, pitched battle with the invasive CSG industry. George took his own life on 14 October, 2015, aged 68 years. Helen has carried on his legacy fighting for the rights of farmers. Her story about CSG and two Queensland towns – Goondiwindi and Miles – was related on her Facebook page yesterday.  For Helen, it’s not just the farmers’ fight now. As she said, “It will take more than a regional community to lock the door to the coal seam gas industry and/or our corrupt governments...

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New Michael West Podcast

Created by PodcastOne, this 3 part series looks into how Australia has gone from one of the cheapest countries in the world for energy to one of the most expensive, and reveals just what has happened with our gas and electricity supply and why we are on the verge of an energy crisis.

Listen to THE ENERGY TRUTH on the PodcastOne website