The SA Government has announced a Royal Commission into nuclear energy. In the first in an NM series, Rob Parker, president of the Australian Nuclear Association offers suggestions for six areas of focus.
On the basis of this supplement, the Australian Future Directions Forum 2006 has the same sense of reality as a Twenty20 cricket match, a report from the Australian Wheat Board, or a prospectus from One.Tel or Enron
Almost ten years since he saw off the 'arrogant' and 'out of touch' Keating â€” the last Prime Minister to have any vision for, or faith in, his fellow Australians â€” it's clear that our current PM feels his work is done. One only needs to read his Australia Day address last week to find the proof
The Prime Minister's criticism is instructive because it's comprised of many commonly articulated assertions about the effect of human rights legislation, almost none of which are applicable to the actual New Matilda proposal
Listening to Bush, I couldn't help but detect the influence of famous British historian Niall Ferguson, the chap who has a turn-of-the-century schoolboy interest in Empire. He's sad that Britannia no longer rules the waves. He wants to make sure the Americans continue to do so
When I was young Australia was a provincial, deeply racist place with a pronounced cultural cringe. Of course, not all the changes have been for the better. But Australia was then a vastly more prejudiced and less liberal society than it is now
To suggest that rape is motivated by the appearance and behaviour of a woman implies not only that a woman should take responsibility for a rapist's crime, but that all men are, in fact, probable rapists merely awaiting the right circumstances to commit their crime