Australia’s Lockdowns: Creating a Social and Economic Disaster

By Terrence O’Brien and Robert Carling. Centre for Independent Studies. Current policies against Covid are unsustainably costly to jobs and living standards. They produce downsides for other health outcomes, such that the net impact on health over time is becoming… Continue Reading →

The Electrified Journalist

By Mark Mordue When I think about rock ‘n’ roll and my life trying to write about it, my trying to getinside rock ‘n’ roll through words and stories, it seems to me all I ever cared about wasthis thing… Continue Reading →

Magpies Form Friendships With People – Here’s How

By Gisela Kaplan, University of New England Can one form a friendship with a magpie – even when adult males are protecting their nests during the swooping season? The short answer is: “Yes, one can” – although science has just… Continue Reading →

Passing the Buck: Why Victoria’s Covid is Raging in Private Aged Care Homes

By Dr Sarah Russell with Michael West Media The deaths of 80 elderly people are imminent as a result of COVID-19 spreading through private aged care homes. Aged care behemoths were granted an extra $200m to cope with the pandemic… Continue Reading →

How Academics Are Killing Freelancers

By Duncan Graham with Pearls and Irritations Thou woldest han oure labour al for noght. The hye god, that al this world hath wrough Seith that the workman worthy is his hyre. Geoffrey Chaucer: The Summoner’s Tale. What fools we journalists are… Continue Reading →

Portrait of Hemi Pōmare: How We Uncovered the Oldest Surviving Photograph of a Māori

By Elisa deCourcy and Martyn Jolly of the Australian National University It is little wonder the life of Hemi Pōmare has attracted the attention of writers and film makers. Kidnapped in the early 1840s, passed from person to person, displayed… Continue Reading →

Genomic Surveillance

By Emile Dirks and Dr James Leibold. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute. The Chinese Government is building the world’s largest police-run DNA database in close cooperation with key industry partners across the globe. Yet, unlike the managers of other forensic… Continue Reading →

Anthropocene: The Age of Humans

The Anthropocene Project is a multidisciplinary body of work by photographer Edward Burtynsky, filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and cinematographer Nicholas de Pencier. The project’s starting point is the research of the Anthropocene Working Group, an international body of scientists who argue… Continue Reading →

Art for Trying Times: Titian’s The Death of Actaeon and the Capriciousness of Fate

By Alastair Blanshard, The University of Queensland Why do bad things happen to good people? It is a question that seems particularly pertinent during times of pandemic. Disease is no respecter of virtue. It is just as likely to strike… Continue Reading →

Masks: Ritual Occult Submission

From TOTT News. Wearing a mask in public has been made compulsory for all individuals in ‘coronavirus-hit’ Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, despite no evidence the technique is effective. Masks have traditionally played an important role in occult rituals, and in… Continue Reading →

Fixing Australia’s Broken Family Law and Child Support Systems

By Professor Augusto Zimmerman. Augusto Zimmerman has been one of the few Australian academics to speak out boldly about the dysfunction in the nation’s family law and child support systems. He does so from a position of strength, being a… Continue Reading →

India’s Festival of Colours

The Black and White Photography of Russell Shakespeare India’s Holi Festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It lasts for a night and a day and erupts in vivid display of colours across the villages, towns and cities of… Continue Reading →

Unfolding Catastrophe: Australia 2020

The wildly inaccurate nature of initial modelling may proffer some excuse for the Australian government’s catastrophic mishandling of the Covid crisis. But within weeks of it all beginning epidemiologists from some of the world’s leading institutions were speaking out, warning … Continue Reading →

The Triumph of Death: Bruegel The Elder

Death triumphs over the mundane. An army of skeletons raze the Earth. All life is extinguished. The background is a barren landscape in which scenes of destruction are still taking place. In the foreground, Death leads his armies from his… Continue Reading →

Months ago, Science gave this Rare Lizard a Name – and it May Already be Extinct

By Jodi Rowley, Australian Museum Curator This article is part of Flora, Fauna, Fire, a special project by The Conversation that tracks the recovery of Australia’s native plants and animals after last summer’s bushfire tragedy. Explore the project here and… Continue Reading →

Abandon Free Speech: Ye Who Enter Australia

TOTT News: New online Task Force will Target Critical Thinkers The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will establish a new taskforce to counter “online disinformation campaigns”, in a bid to further clamp down on social media activities. The move… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Coastal Banksia has Roots in Ancient Gondwana

By Gregory Moore, University of Melbourne If you fondly remember May Gibbs’s Gumnut Baby stories about the adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, you may also remember the villainous Big Bad Banksia Men (perhaps you’re still having nightmares about them). But… Continue Reading →

Chasing the Scream: The Hounding of Billie Holiday

The authorities hounded Billie Holiday to death. Almost 60 years later, venal self-serving governments continue to promote moral panic and public hysteria perpetrating policies they know perfectly well don’t work. The same policies that achieve nothing but empowerment of thugs… Continue Reading →

The Revolt of the Elites: How a 1990s book predicted 2020

By Ed West, Deputy Editor of UnHerd Late last year I began working on a piece marking 25 years since the publication of what I believed to be the most prescient work of the age. The book had been published… Continue Reading →

Grass Trees Aren’t Grass and They’re Not Trees

By John Patykowski, Deakin University Grass trees (genus Xanthorrhoea) look like they were imagined by Dr Seuss. An unmistakable tuft of wiry, grass-like leaves atop a blackened, fire-charred trunk. Of all the wonderfully unique plants in Australia, surely grass trees… Continue Reading →

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