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Thinking economists are grappling with why their profession has made our lives worse by Ross Gittins

Most economists are great believers in the need for “reform” – for other people, not themselves. Over the past 30 or 40 years, no profession has had more influence over the policies governments have pursued, but the results have hardly been flash. Even the lightning speed at which an epidemic in part of China became a pandemic reaching every corner…

USA – Republican security officials back Biden

An article by David Sanger of the New York Times 20 August 2020 Four years after 50 of the nation’s most senior Republican national security officials warned that Donald Trump “would be the most reckless president in American history,” they are back with a new letter, declaring his presidency worse than they had imagined and urging voters to support former…

Rio Tinto admits it ‘missed opportunities’ to save heritage site

By Nick Toscano, The Age An article by Nick Toscano, The Age 4 August 2020 Miner Rio Tinto has acknowledged it missed a series of opportunities to better communicate with traditional landowners or pause to rethink a proposed mine expansion that might have prevented the destruction of a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site in Western Australia. Rio Tinto, Australia’s second-largest miner, has faced a storm…

The wanton destruction of universal historic sites

The pyramids in Egypt are over 4000 years old, the oldest being the Saggara pyramid dated at 2630 BC. Stonehenge in England was built in 3000 BC.  The rock shelter at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia, one of the earliest sites of human occupation, has been identified by archaeologists as being  46,000 years old. This historic site was bombed on…

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…