Category: News & Politics

The Queens(land) gambit: a brief history of chess in Australia

The new Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Gambit has received rave reviews around the world. Surprisingly for a chess-themed show, it received a warm reception by the global chess community, which is usually highly critical of portrayals of tournament chess in…

Drones, detection dogs, poo spotting: what’s the best way to conduct Australia’s Great Koala Count?

Federal environment minister Sussan Ley this week announced A$2 million for a national audit of Australia’s koalas, as part of an A$18 million package to protect the vulnerable species. The funding might seem like a lot – and, truth be…

College basketball is back

A new season of college basketball begins Wednesday, and the goal is clear: March Madness must be played. Why it matters: On March 12, 2020, the lights went out on college basketball, depriving teams like Baylor (who won our tournament…

Steve Jobs Believed 1 Career Choice Separates the Doers from the Dreamers (and Leads to Success) 

Business magnate, investor, and tech pioneer Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, age 56. He made a big impact in his lifetime, and his legacy lives on. Jobs is remembered not only for the continued advances in the fields of tech…

ARIA Awards: Sampa The Great Delivers Epic Takedown Of Racism In The Music Industry

Channel 9Sampa the Great performs at the ARIAs on Wednesday night. Sampa the Great called out systemic racism in the music industry on Wednesday night during her ARIA Awards performance filmed in Botswana.  The Melbourne-based artist, who was born in…

Officials’ engagement with China especially important in tense times: Morrison

Scott Morrison has encouraged federal public servants to engage with their Chinese counterparts, saying these are important connections particularly given the tensions in the bilateral relationship. Answering a question during a virtual forum on Wednesday with federal bureaucrats, Morrison said…

Politics with Michelle Grattan: two views on increasing the super contribution

The increase in the compulsory superannuation contribution, legislated to rise next July from 9.5% to 10%, is being fiercely debated following the release of the retirement income report. In this podcast we hear the views of Brendan Coates, Director of…

Landmark NSW energy bill passes after more than 30 hours of debate – Sydney Morning Herald

The Berejiklian government’s landmark renewable energy bill has passed the NSW upper house after more than 30 hours of continuous debate amid a concerted effort from One Nation to block it. One Nation leader Mark Latham moved to stymie the…

NZ needs a plan to help migrant workers pick fruit and veg, or prices will soar and farms go bust

The COVID border restrictions might be saving lives but they’re also threatening the livelihoods of New Zealand farmers, unless a way can be found to allow Pacific Island seasonal workers to return and pick the crops. Since its inception in…

Thailand at a critical juncture with pro-democracy protesters again set to clash with police

Throughout 2020, there have been vocal and highly visible protests in Thailand against the government of Prayut Chan-o-cha, who led the 2014 coup against the government of Yingluck Shinawatra. He then became the head of the junta that ruled Thailand…

Bad reactions to the COVID vaccine will be rare, but Australians deserve a proper compensation scheme

This week brings more good news on the vaccination front, with reports that yet another COVID-19 vaccine trial has produced encouraging results. According to the federal government, Australia is “on track” to administer the Oxford University AstraZeneca vaccine as early…

Get Your Office Ready Before the Vaccines Arrive

According to Gallup, about 58% of Americans have indicated that they plan to get vaccinated when one or more of the vaccines becomes available. This percentage will likely increase over the next few months, especially after we have a new…

Why Newsmax Supports Trump’s False Voter-Fraud Claims

Even as Fox News acknowledges that Joe Biden is the President-elect, Newsmax Media—a conservative multimedia company that includes a Web site and a television channel—has supported Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud, and has seen a spike in ratings, with…

What overwhelmed hospitals look like in the COVID era

Utah doctors are doing what they say is the equivalent of rationing care. Intensive care beds in Minnesota are nearly full. And the country overall continues to break hospitalization records — all as millions of Americans travel to spend Thanksgiving with…