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Coronavirus and the Universal Basic Income by Sarah Stanley

I am concerned about the ongoing financial uncertainty reported in Australia at this time. Shops are closing, or are unable to meet their supply requirements. The panic buying of toilet paper and supermarket goods generally is a sign of uncertainty about the future, as is the debate about school closures There is need for advice and government action to help…

Transcript of the keynote speech delivered by HRH The Prince of Wales at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on 22 January 2020.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am most touched that Professor Klaus Schwab should have invited me to be with you as we mark the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum and its mission to “improve the state of the world”. It is this mission, and the urgent need to shape the next 50 years, that has inspired me to be…

Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web

An article by Ian Sample, Science Editor of The Guardian published 25 November 2019  ……………………………………………………………………………………. The inventor of the world wide web calls on governments and firms to safeguard it from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity. Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global action plan to save the web from political manipulation, fake news, privacy violations and other malign forces that threaten…

‘We keep men’s secrets’: sleazy politicians and crude bosses still plague us by Virginia Trioli published 9 November 2019 in the Sydney Morning Herald

Virginia Trioli is host of Mornings on ABC Radio Melbourne, and was a founding co-anchor of ABC TV’s News Breakfast. Generation F: Why We Still Struggle With Sex and Power (Simon & Schuster, $25) is an update of her 1996 book, Generation F, and is out 15 November 2019. It was a table for two, tucked down the back of a discreet and exclusive restaurant perched…

Speech in Parliament by the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Albanese, on 1 August 2019

Just a few weeks ago we all stood in this House and debated the passing of Bob Hawke, a great Australian who stood for all Australians. Bob Hawke’s prime ministership was characterised by an understanding that together we are stronger. He looked for common ground. Nothing could stand in more contrast with that than what we’ve seen from this government…

Did Israel Folau actually misquote the Bible? Hell, yes – by John Tait B.Sc (Ed), M.Theol

During the extended Israel Folau debate I have been waiting for a theologian or biblical scholar to come forward and address Folau’s misuse of scripture in his controversial post. The saga rolls on and I am still waiting. I have also been searching media reports curious to know what brand of church Folau attends. It is important to know this to understand…

It is embarrassing to have ill-informed decision makers

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says it’s time to “rediscover” Captain James Cook because he gets “a bit of a bad show”. Mr Morrison plans to kick the “rediscovery” along with more than $12 million in projects to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first voyage to Australia and the Pacific. They include a circumnavigation of Australia by a replica of the Endeavour…