John Richardson's blog
Are you confused by what is going on in the Middle East?
Let Tony explain.
There are times when farce and living caricature almost consume the cynicism and mendacity in the daily life of Australia's rulers. Across the front pages is a photograph of a resolute Tony Abbott with Indigenous children in Arnhem Land, in the remote north. "Domestic policy one day," says the caption, "focus on war the next."
The core government responsibility of protecting lives should not have to come at the cost of illiberal privacy subversions, as represented by the data retention proposal.
Australians have been rightly appalled by the shocking images of depravity and mayhem caused by the jihadist military group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now known as Islamic State, and of Australian citizens found combating in conflict‑torn parts of the Middle East.
Select your preferred relaxation technique – a few deep breaths, a stiff drink perhaps, or some yoga – for you are about to hear how you have just paid for something twice.
Worse still, you will hear how you have been paying for something, on a quarterly basis for the past 10 years, which you have already paid for. We are all victims of a high-brow rort by governments and energy companies.
The fudging, blocking and delaying from both conservative governments, in Australia and Britain, suggest the date when Tony Abbott renounced his British citizenship will be politically harmful to the Prime Minister. Law lecturer Ingrid Matthews looks at the facts.
There's one good reason for why Scotland should vote yes for independence: the breaking up of the United Kingdom would be an imminently good thing for the sake of world peace.
It is not pleasant to contemplate the thoughts that must be passing through the mind of the Owl of Minerva as the dusk falls and she undertakes the task of interpreting the era of human civilization, which may now be approaching its inglorious end.
"Competitive federalism" was explicitly pushed by the Coalition's Commission of Audit, is implicit in Joe Hockey's first budget and is likely to underpin the looming federalism white paper. And the nation's big tax avoiders love it.
The ISIS gang makes great enemies. They dress in black, wear Halloween masks, wave flags, act viciously, and cut off the heads of journalists.
Antony Ting describes it as "like finding treasure". It was 18 months ago when the powerful US congressional committee blew the lid on Apple's aggressive corporate tax structure, which allowed it to funnel $US44 billion dollars out of the country through a network of tax haven subsidiaries.