Turned to writing at 60, reckon that'll do for the next 30 years, then I'll become a musician - after that, who knows, maybe a wizard...
Warmongers vs appeasers – the China media frenzy is the threat
Echoing the "reds under the beds" scare campaigns of the fifties, Nine Media mastheads want us to believe that war with China is imminent. Elsewhere, we are led to believe that China is a model citizen of the world and means no harm to anyone.
The change that refreshes: independents ring the changes in quest to renew Australian democracy
The polls point to the LNP losing their grip on power, but don't count on a Labor landslide. The big winners may well be found outside the traditional domain of party politics. Kim Wingerei with Cathy McGowan on the independents.
Guide Dogs charity says thank you with a flyer to support Frydenberg
CEO of Guide Dogs Victoria and resident of Kooyong, prints flyer and goes on social media in direct contravention of charity regulations.
Government’s largesse now Telstra’s mess. What’s the scam?
After the much lauded "strategic coup" helping Telstra strike a deal to buy Pacific telco Digicel in November last year, they now find themselves up against the tax collectors of the PNG Government. What's the scam?
Back to first principles: a blueprint to revive Australian democracy
Parliament is in recess and another year has gone without the Morrison government honouring its promise to establish a federal ICAC. It is clearly reluctant to do so at all, while rorts and scandals continue to erode trust in our politicians.
$1.6b handout to Telstra’s Andy Penn to head off the Chinese
Why was Telstra slotted $1.6b by the Morrison government to buy Digicel, and how is it Telstra shares slumped by one-third during the bull market? It’s corporate welfare on steroids. Another bizarre intervention in what Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg like to...
Dodgicel: Andy Penn given more billions, this time to beat China to a telco takeover
Why the blazes was Telstra slotted $1.6bn by the government to buy Digicell and annoy the Chinese, and how is it Telstra shares slumped by one-third during the bull market when they cooly took $100bn in public money? Kim Wingerei checks on the charmed existence of...
Crossword clues and bullying – the influence of Australia’s pro-Israel lobby unveiled
The intimidating influence of Australia's pro-Israel lobby does not only limit what mainstream media outlets dare publish, it forces self-censorship on editors and journalists alike, writes John Lyons in his latest book - Dateline Jerusalem: Journalism's toughest...
Crossword clues and bullying: the almighty power of the Australian pro-Israel lobby
The influence of Colin Rubenstein and his lobby group does not just limit what mainstream media outlets dare publish, it forces self-censorship on editors and journalists alike, writes John Lyons in his latest book. In 2019, Fairfax’s Sydney and Melbourne...
The voices of independents being heard and aiming high
There is a strong feeling of change in many electorates around Australia. The “Voices Of” movement is gathering steam as more than 30 such groups are looking to field candidates at the next federal election. The recent announcement of Kylea Tink as an independent...