Pearls and Irritations


Confronting racism: the white privilege embedded in our institutions

The world is not equal or democratic when the rich and powerful who set standards, norms and rules are mostly...

Token taxes: the gas industry’s great royalties ripoff

LNG producers insist they bankroll crucial government services — but the royalties they pay are paltry and the jobs they...

Djokovic case highlights need for change in how we check vaccination status

With international travel ramping up, changes to passenger visa checks should already be in place — and could’ve prevented the...

The Jews of Asia: why Chinese Australians feel threatened

Playing the Chinese card may be politically rewarding for some, but it is the ordinary people in the street who...

How to learn from our Covid history (no, not with a royal commission)

What we have learnt from decades of experience about analysing what to do when things go wrong in healthcare should...

Omicron wave has exposed the battle lines of a new ‘ethics’ war

From my Omicron sickbed, I am watching my healthcare colleagues deal with a true disaster, writes Paul Komesaroff. Now that...

Big Media’s diet of deceit and diversions

A small group of elites determines what ordinary people do not see or hear. Legendary broadcast journalist Bill Moyers has...

Our post-pandemic healthcare system will need massive investment

Understaffed hospitals and care facilities, burgeoning surgery backlogs, insufficient medical graduates, rising mental health problems – the list of challenges...

China is deftly outmanoeuvring US across the Indo-Pacific region

Beijing understands that economic security created through trade is more enduring than when done through military superiority. China has deepened...

Wake up Australia: ASEAN has lost value and purpose

ASEAN is throttled by a policy prohibiting members from interfering in each others’ affairs. The results are clear in relation...

In the Asian media: what our media ignored; caution on China, a problem for ASEAN, and grief tourism

Around Asia, the newspapers are covering how to deal with China, ASEAN’s Myanmar problem, and a surprising side effect of...

From our readers: Gearing up for a climate change election

In letters to the editor: making climate change an election issue, government secrecy and protecting our children’s future. In our...

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