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Barak Obama re Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

Barack Obama There are few issues more important to the security of the United States than the potential spread of nuclear weapons, or the potential for even more destructive war in the Middle East. That’s why the United States negotiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the first place. The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working –…

Sara Stanley comments on CEOs pledge to reinvest any tax cuts

I was horrified to read the leading article in the AFR of 22 March 2018 ‘CEOs pledge to reinvest any tax cuts’. It goes on to report that the Business Council of Australia leadership plus ten chief executive officers of large companies sent a letter to all senators saying greater investment meant higher wages. They wrote ‘We believe that a…

Dutton and the White Australia Policy

In 1973 the Whitlam Government passed laws to ensure that race would be totally disregarded as a component for immigration to Australia. Thus it could be argued that the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, is in contravention of that legislation. A few days ago, Mr Dutton said white South African farmers ‘deserve special attention’ and ‘need help from a…

What chance does peace have? Why does Australia want to become a major manufacturer and exporter of weapons?

The resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 4 December 2017 re The Arms Trade Treaty includes the following: … that disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation are essential for the maintenance of international peace and security, ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………The total value of the global arms market is estimated to be around $60 billion a year, with about $8 billion…

THE ULURU STATEMENT – In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard.

The Uluru process, held with more than a thousand Indigenous people across Australia, led to the following Referendum Council’s recommendation for an Indigenous voice to Parliament: We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart: Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations…

The First Stone Re-visited and A Sexy Fairy Story

It is worth reading the excellent article by Rachel Hennessy entitled Why Helen Garner was wrong. Click here for the link. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Rachel Hennessy’s novels include The Quakers and The Heaven I Swallowed. She is a tutor in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne and has been a peer assessor on the Literature panel at the Australia Council and…