Author: Sandi Keane

The Trust Deficit: trust in our political class is in free-fall

On the menu alongside boeuf chasseur at last week’s John Cain Foundation lunch – a regular date for progressive Melburnian political tragics – was the subject of “trust”, or more to the point, the “trust deficit”  growing notably in the political class. Guest speaker Dr Colleen Lewis was commissioned by the foundation in 2016 to report on the subject along with the parlous state of political donations. Host and facilitator was Foundation Director and former Labor politician, Maxine McKew. Editor-in-chief, Sandi Keane, reports. INTRODUCING PROFESSOR LEWIS, McKew reminds us over coffee of the refusal by Canberra to clean up its act...

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Influx: Chinese student flood reshapes tertiary sector

Forget the boats. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese people have flooded into Australia, and no one seems to be taking the threat seriously. Former China correspondent Michael Sainsbury reports. THE RECENT, surging trend of nationalist Chinese students – who make up a whopping 30%, and counting, of Australia’s international student market – turning their attentions to teachers who offend Beijing’s doctored version of Chinese history, is a potent illustration of what happens when an industry becomes reliant on a significant customer. They are propping up the books in every Australian tertiary education of any note, in what is likely to soon...

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The Madhouse Effect: climate denial in Australia v the US

This latest article by David Schlosberg, University of Sydney, is part of an ongoing series from the Post-Truth Initiative, a Strategic Research Excellence Initiative at the University of Sydney. The series examines today’s post-truth problem in public discourse: the thriving economy of lies, bullshit and propaganda that threatens rational discourse and policy. Michael Mann is well known for his classic “hockey stick” work on global warming, for the attacks he has long endured from climate denialists, and for the good fight of communicating the environmental and political realities of climate change. Mann’s work, including his recent book The Madhouse Effect, has helped me, as a dual US-Australian...

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Shambles of a government shambling through shambolic shambleathon

Like clockwork, the Turnbull government keeps making bad decisions that only result in humiliation. Bernard Keane at his cracking best.  ONE OF the staples of parliamentary theatre is confected amusement, when MPs on one side or another, on cue, roar with laughter like extras in an opera. With Labor MPs struggling to stop themselves grinning from ear to ear this week, there’s been little need for fakery. The government’s conspiracy theory about Barnaby “The Maungatapere Candidate” Joyce, and its insistence on doubling down on it yesterday in Parliament, turned question time into a farce of an altogether higher order than it normally is. Labor’s...

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Fired up: Shooters’ dollars on the rise, including political donations

The financial clout of Australia’s billion-dollar gun industry is increasing with firearm sales, membership revenues and political donations all climbing according to an investigation for ABC RN’s Background Briefing and by Paddy Manning. EMBLEMATIC OF the increasing power of the firearms industry is the substantial investment by five powerful players in a new peak body the Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA), established in late 2014. SIFA’s first accounts, lodged in May, show revenues from membership nearly trebled from $125,000 in 2014-15 to more than $350,000 in 2015-16, as the Association geared up for a major lobbying effort. SIFA made donations of $84,035...

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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

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