Independent Australia

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 16:30:00 +1000
What's next for Labor on climate?
The Labor Party must choose between an ambitious renewable energy policy platform, or, protecting jobs while seeing fossil fuel to its inevitable demise. read now...

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +1000
75 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the arms race isn't over
The twin bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945 are always moments that warrant a tick on the commemorative calendar.  read now...

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Call for an NBN user revolt to send a message to the Government
NBN Co has demonstrated its capability to offer greater capacity, yet the Government is encouraging a telco monopolisation. read now...

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:30:00 +1000
Liberal strategy to lower greenhouse gas emissions is to use more fossil fuels
A government department strategy on low emissions energy production will cause harm to both the environment and economy. read now...

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Young workers worse off than ever
The future for young Australian workers looks dire with news their income was well in decline before COVID-19. read now...

Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
VIDEO: Bloody Idiot of the Week — Episode 16: Life is a Barton Highway
This week, we bring you amateur idiocy, as well as polished professional idiots from the smorgasbord that is Australian politics. read now...

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Australia’s 'Titanic' economy is sinking
In many ways after almost 30 years without a recession, the hubris surrounding the Australian economy is similar to that which surrounded the Titanic. read now...

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:30:00 +1000
Morrison’s COVID-19 Commission: Industry policy in reverse
The Morrison Government is using industry policy in a reverse and perverse fashion that is best understood as a form of predation. read now...

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Jim's Mowing and Karen's Bunnings dangerous adventures
It’s time we called out Karen, Jim et al for what they are: dangerously irresponsible individuals, flouting the law in a way that literally threatens our health and safety. read now...

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Can Western Port stop AGL's dirty floating gas factory?
AGL Energy’s proposed gas import terminal for Western Port Bay has been rejected by the community, but will this stop the project going ahead? read now...

Sat, 08 Aug 2020 16:30:00 +1000
What happens if Donald Trump gets beaten in November?
President Trump is confident of another win at the next election, but polls show it could be time for him to consider a career change. read now...

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Poor decisions are wrecking Australia’s economy, not the virus
Australians don’t have far to look to see governments effectively guiding their economies through the COVID-19 pandemic. read now...

Sun, 09 Aug 2020 16:00:00 +1000
Reclaiming our freedoms from big tech and government amid COVID-19
Issues of freedom of the press and privacy are threatened across the world, but not all hope is lost, writes Leo Rueck. read now...

Sun, 09 Aug 2020 12:30:00 +1000
The fashion industry: When racism walks down the runway
Rather than capitalising on contemporary issues for profit, the fashion industry must stand with black people, says Frances Tso. read now...

Sun, 09 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +1000
Australia sides with U.S. in South China Sea dispute
As tensions rise in the South China Sea, Australia has closely engaged with Washington's anti-China policies, writes Dr William Briggs.  read now...

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Dutton misleads on his role in protecting public health
Dutton denies his public health role in the Ruby Princess debacle — but the Migration Act says otherwise. read now...

Sat, 08 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +1000
The personal impact of the elective surgery backlog
The delays in elective surgeries due to the pandemic, while necessary, have been difficult to deal with for those suffering. read now...

Sat, 08 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Wren's Week: COVID-19 complacency escalated by conservative commentary
The escalation of COVID-19 cases in Victoria has been made worse by the attitudes of conservative politicians and media. read now...

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +1000
Dave Donovan discusses 10 years of truth-telling with Steve Austin
For ten years, a local independent news website has been running on the whiff of a hint of a smell of an oily rag. read now...

Sat, 18 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
PODCAST: Dave Donovan joins Tom Ballard on 'Like I'm A Six-Year-Old'
I for one find it refreshing to read explicitly progressive takes on the news in IA. ~ Tom Ballard read now...

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 15:30:00 +1000
PODCAST: IA founder David Donovan joins Denise Shrivell on #AusPol LIVE
IA founder and director Dave Donovan chats with Denise Shrivell on her topical and astute live AusPol podcast. read now...

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:00:00 +1000
CARTOONS: The 4 stages of Mark David
Mark David ramps up to stage four satire. read now...

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +1000
MMT: Radical innovation or trap for the Left?
While "movement" MMT economists agree with mainstream economists in supporting big deficits during the economic crisis, the problem is who should pay. read now...

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +1000
CARTOONS: Mark David sanitises the economy
... wearing a mask from a safe distance! read now...

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +1000
JOHN PILGER: Another Hiroshima is coming unless we stop it now
With racially-motivated aggression towards China escalating, it's important to reflect on history to avoid the catastrophe of nuclear war. read now...

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 07:30:00 +1000
Real Estate Rescue's Dominique Grubisa: The dame selling distress
Preying on property owners in financial distress is a growth industry — but even these predators are being preyed upon by yet meaner fish. read now...

Sun, 19 Jul 2020 09:00:00 +1000
Snowy 2.0 doesn't measure up economically or environmentally
The Coalition Government is proceeding with Snowy 2.0. read now...

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +1000
The Israel lobby and media independence
The media skews towards affording pro-Israel voices a substantial amount of exposure, largely excluding Palestinian perspectives, Dr Evan Jones contends. read now...

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:30:00 +1000
The rise of police power due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has made work for the police force even more difficult and dangerous than before. read now...

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +1000
NBN cost blowout means it is poor value for money
The Government must act to make the NBN commercially viable, writes Paul Budde. read now...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 16:30:00 +1000
Overseas students — what is happening and why it matters to our economy
Governments need to plan for the long term economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the International Education industry. read now...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Kylie Moore-Gilbert's imprisonment a reminder of the need for free speech
Kylie Moore-Gilbert's name is among the growing list of academics and journalists unfairly serving politically-motivated prison sentences. read now...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Scott Morrison's 'daggy dad' facade is a lesson in hypocrisy
Recent social media posts by Scott Morrison show a leader seizing an opportunity and playing a role to win political points. read now...

Thu, 27 Feb 2020 11:00:00 +1000
The Greens are eager to introduce press freedom laws and reforms
The rejection of the ABC’s appeal into the legalities of the AFP raids has the Greens pushing for greater press freedoms and protections for whistleblowers. read now...

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 11:00:00 +1000
Glenn Greenwald charged with cybercrimes: Another attack on free press
While the spotlight is focused on Julian Assange, another reporter is also facing persecution against freedom of press. read now...

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:30:00 +1000
President Trump struggles for a winning image as losing looks likely
Trump is attempting to sow doubt and division among U.S. voters in a last-ditch campaign to regain control of the political narrative. read now...

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Morrison's stimulus with your retirement savings
Superannuation accounts are dwindling as millions of Australians fund their own rescue during the pandemic. read now...

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +1000
July numbers prove pandemic progress
Countries successfully controlling the coronavirus are in all regions of the world, although under-represented in the Americas. read now...

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Frydenberg exhumes Thatcher and Reagan to bring back morbid inequality
Just when you thought it wasn’t possible for the Morrison Government to be more arrogantly out of touch or openly hypocritical, along comes Frydenberg. read now...

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 16:00:00 +1000
The Australian republic must enshrine rights for all
The republic proposal must include substantive protections for the disadvantaged, writes Dr Robert Wood. read now...

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Men must play a constructive role to achieve gender equality
Women will be safer when masculinity moves away from patriarchal dominance towards the pursuit of gender equality. read now...

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +1000
Michael Brooks was a modern left-wing hero
Political commentator and writer Michael Brooks passed away at the age of 36. He was committed to realising a more just and equal world, Alex Hipgrave writes. read now...

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 16:30:00 +1000
Coronavirus unveils all: Aged care and the Victorian crisis
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed poor management within the aged care sector. read now...

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +1000
The war on the ABC and its options for survival
Dr Lee Duffield continues his examination of the current state of the ABC and its future under a Liberal government. read now...

Sat, 01 Aug 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Ducking and diving with Morrison’s misfits
The Liberal Government continues to drag our economy down while the media does little to hold it accountable for its ineptitude. read now...

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +1000
Disabled, elderly and carers — a history of Centrelink coronavirus supports
When it comes to the coronavirus supports offered by the Government, disabled people, the elderly and carers have been left in the cold. read now...

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 12:30:00 +1000
CARTOONS: The marketing of Mark David
Mark David puts his Scotty from Marketing cap on... read now...

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Josh Frydenberg: National treasure and nation's Treasurer
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg returns home from his recent trip to Canberra. Join us, as another fly on the wall, in his family home. read now...

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Still no solution for Santos’ toxic waste
The controversial Narrabri Gas Project has raised concerns over the disposal of toxic waste products. read now...

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +1000
MUNGO MACCALLUM: Morrison losing battle with pandemic recovery
As much as the Morrison Government struggles towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-term outlook seems grim. read now...

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Neoliberal invasion of the ABC
The professional broadcaster could be in danger of getting turned into a bull-ring of amateurs and squabbling ideologues. read now...

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:00:00 +1000
Australia's unemployment crisis: The job-seeker’s game of musical chairs
Our economy has become one in which the demand for employment exceeds the number of suitable vacancies. read now...

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +1000
Paid pandemic leave key to stem COVID-19 spread and unemployment
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has called for a comprehensive plan from the Morrison Government to support the nation’s workforce.  read now...

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
The digital and sharing economy is unstoppable
The pandemic has shown us that some of the early models in the so-called sharing economy have become more mainstream. read now...

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Morrison Government ignores environmental review recommendations
An environmental review proposing legislation reforms is being ignored by the Prime Minister and his government. read now...

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +1000
Job-ready Graduates Package inequitable and just poor economics
The Coalition's new university fees policy is increasingly onerous for students, inconsistent and lacking economic equity rationales.   read now...

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
James Ashby took the Speaker to Court and lost — but the piper must be paid
The matter of a $3.75 million legal bill has been simmering since 2012, when James Ashby made false accusations against Speaker of the House Peter Slipper. read now...

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
New Hope's New Acland mine: No hope for health and environment
Communities continue the fight against the New Acland coal mine despite a "Hydra", which includes the fossil fuel industry and state and Federal governments. read now...

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
How support for disability can enable us all
If we make our communities more inclusive of people with disability, everyone in society will benefit. read now...

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +1000
Treasury stops pretending Australia’s fertility rate will rise
The Morrison Government's latest Economic Statement indicates that it has now accepted Australia's fertility is in decline. read now...

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Australia the big winner from Trump’s disastrous trade wars
The latest trade figures for Australia are exceptionally good. So why no celebration? Alan Austin examines the outcomes and their meaning. read now...

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Now is the time to reduce overlong working hours
As Australians are working longer hours, the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to reset the clock, writes Professor John Quiggin. read now...

Thu, 23 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Morrison cancels Parliament due to COVID-19 — and Dan Andrews
Concerned about lack of government accountability as Parliament shuts down Well, that’s because of COVID-19. And also, Daniel Andrews, naturally. read now...

Sun, 26 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +1000
COVID-19 pandemic has affected food security and sustainability
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation says that COVID-19 could seriously impact the world's food security as it affects both supply and demand. read now...

Sun, 26 Jul 2020 15:30:00 +1000
The AFL's unhealthy obsession with violence
AFL broadcasters and commentators routinely glorify on-field violence, writes Alex Hipgrave. read now...

Sun, 26 Jul 2020 09:00:00 +1000
How the illogical Right hijack debate
Conservative political commentators preach simplistic narratives that align with their toxic worldviews, writes Rashad Seedeen. read now...

Sat, 25 Jul 2020 17:00:00 +1000
Screen Themes: Hamilton vs Eurovision Song Contest — The Story of Fire Saga
You can’t stop the music, nobody can stop the music as entertainment editor John Turnbull checks out a couple of recent streaming releases. read now...

Sat, 25 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +1000
Protesters camp out the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel to free asylum seekers
Protesters, led by Refugee Solidarity Meanjin, have blockaded the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel in an attempt to free the refugees inside. read now...

Sat, 25 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
An Australian republic must be founded on a non-violent society
If Australia is to become a republic, we must first address violence within our society, particularly towards our Indigenous people. read now...

Sat, 25 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Wren's Week: Liberal Party has no chance of leading us out of a recession
As history has shown us, Liberal Party policies are far from what Australia needs to save our economy. read now...

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Morrison Government forges ahead with penalty rate cuts
Tony Burke has hit out at the Morrison Government for forging ahead with the final round of Sunday penalty rates cuts. read now...

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Coalition trebles Labor’s debt – in triple-quick time
The Coalition's debt blowout was well on its way before the pandemic and makes Labor's debt during the Global Financial Crisis pale by comparison. read now...

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +1000
How the A.C.T. is assisting homeless Canberrans during the COVID-19 crisis
With the COVID-19 crisis making homelessness an even bigger problem, the A.C.T. Government is finding solutions to help those affected. read now...

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
How Melbourne’s events sector workers have struggled in the pandemic
William Olson gives a first-hand account of how Melbourne's hospitality industry was affected before and after the COVID-19 pandemic hit. read now...

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
'Game of mates' being played in COVID-19 Commission
Scott Morrison has been running his COVID-19 Commission as a 'game of mates', particularly in the appointment of Nev Power. read now...

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +1000
The madness of a gas-led recovery and what you can do about it
The Government's reliance on the gas industry is killing our planet, but medical professionals are raising awareness. read now...

Mon, 25 May 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Coalition's COVID-19 Commission: Another reason for a Federal ICAC Now!
Just how much slush do you reckon is going to wash around the Coalition’s so-called National Coordination COVID-19 Commission? read now...

Thu, 23 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Berejiklian Government's destructive path protected by the law
Legal challenges against the continuing elimination of koalas and destruction of Indigenous land by the Berejiklian Government are prohibited. read now...

Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +1000
New report reveals gig economy thrives off hardship and instability
A recent Victorian Government report on the gig economy reveals a sector governed by laws that act against workers' interests. read now...

Sat, 04 Apr 2020 11:00:00 +1000
How the NDIS has failed under a Liberal government
Now that we have abandoned the precious surplus, Tim Cornwall asks if we could reverse the NDIS underspend that was enabling it. read now...

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Job guarantee would ensure Uber Eats and Deliveroo workers eat too
Government funding to assure liveable wages would give gig economy workers real options. read now...

Fri, 10 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Praise and regret for the casual worker
With the changing face of our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic comes a new respect for the casual workforce. read now...

Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Economic recovery post-COVID-19 looks dire without a healthy migrant population
Australia's economic future post-COVID-19 will suffer if predicted falling migration numbers prevail. read now...

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +1000
Morrison Government taking $1.3 billion from the poor and unemployed
The announcement of extensions to the COVID-19 supplement payments comes with the usual fine print we expect from the Government. read now...

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Is the Morrison Government driving the economy off a cliff?
The Morrison Government has begun pulling back stimulus measures, despite the coronavirus outbreak still wreaking havoc across the globe. read now...

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Is this another JobKeeper bungle?
After an initial $60 billion bungle, the JobKeeper figures still don't seem to be adding up. read now...

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Journalists should question Scott Morrison over Parliament closure
Several members of the mainstream media are remaining silent over Scott Morrison's undemocratic parliament closure. read now...

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Are we building a mediocre NBN for the future?
While the NBN has responded quite well to the demands of COVID-19, further steps must be taken so Australia can benefit from the digital economy, says Paul Budde. read now...

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +1000
Another day, another rort: The case for a Federal ICAC Now!
All up, an overwhelming case for a national integrity and corruption commission, with real teeth. ~ Dr John Hewson read now...

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Sport, alcohol and gambling: A recipe for mind control?
While we are distracted by sport and pacified by alcohol and gambling, big business is winning control of our minds. read now...

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +1000
VIDEO: Bloody Idiot of the Week — Episode 15: The Josh Friedandburnt edition
After months of trying to stay safe from idiots, we're back! And so are the idiots! read now...

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +1000
Australia's migration and humanitarian programs at record lows
Australia's 2020-21 migration and humanitarian programs are likely to be fewer than since the start of post-war migration. read now...

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
The Queen and the Governor-General
A satchel containing previously unreleased correspondence between Queen Elizabeth and Governor-General Sir John Kerr was deposited at IA's head office... read now...

Thu, 16 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +1000
Palace letters add to the history of the Whitlam Dismissal
Hundreds of letters between the Queen and Governor-General of Australia relating to the Dismissal of the Whitlam Government have been released. read now...

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Jenny Hocking's heroic palace coup is a victory for truth
Professor Jenny Hocking's victory in the release of the Palace letters is a significant one for truth and history. read now...

Sun, 19 Jul 2020 16:00:00 +1000
Common sense must dictate COVID-19 response
To beat the coronavirus, we need to know how it's transmitted. read now...

Sun, 19 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +1000
Palestinian women most affected by COVID-19 and annexation
COVID-19 and Israeli annexation pose new challenges to civil society and community participation in occupied Palestinian territories, writes Dr Ibrahim Natil. read now...

Sat, 18 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +1000
ABC Fact Check proves Government lied about funding
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher claimed ABC funding has been rising yearly, a statement proven to be inaccurate. read now...

Thu, 16 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Dan damned — Scott scot-free
Premier Dan Andrews is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't, but PM Scott Morrison remains the mainstream media's golden boy, read now...

Sat, 18 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +1000
Human rights are not selective rights
Australia is in need of stronger bipartisan policy against human rights abusers, a move condoned by Greens leader Christine Milne. read now...

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