It’s common to hear companies vilified for accepting tobacco money. Most non-profits and political parties alike, shun the donations. Activists say the money is ‘tainted’ by tobacco.
His 50-48 confirmation by the Senate was a triumph for the presumption of innocence. You know, that pesky presumption that ensures you must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt…not the other way around.
There’s no shortage of rhetoric coming from the rattled Iranian regime. And at the end of the day, bombast may be the only tool at their disposal.
Desperate to derail Brett Kavanaugh, US President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, lefty politicians and their media mouthpieces threw their weight behind several uncorroborated accusations of sexual misconduct.
If you’ve been doing any driving of late, you’ll have noticed an unwelcome sting. Petrol is closing in on a record-setting AU$1.70 a litre. That’s partly due to the currently weak Aussie dollar and partly due to the artificially elevated oil price.
The age at which you’re eligible to receive a pension is going up across the world. People are living longer. And indebted governments are moving to ensure they can provide the basic needs they’ve promised to cover until death do us part.
Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says Australians will see a change of government at the next election. He added that it’s time to turf the ‘disgraceful and undeserving’ coalition out of office.
Yesterday, the annual report of the Department of Premier and Cabinet revealed that for the 12 months ending 30 June, the state government spent $13.22 million on marketing and promotion.
After years of fearmongering by the ‘remain’ campaign on both sides of the Channel, it’s quite possible the vote may go the other way if it were held tomorrow.
Yet as Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov points out, ‘Russophobia’ by entrenched US government officials is throwing up roadblocks towards a peaceful future between the world’s two nuclear superpowers.
Yes, machines really are coming for your job. If you’re still in doubt, just ask tour guides in the Japanese city of Kyoto. According to EFE, Robohon, a Japanese mini-robot will work as a tour guide in Kyoto.
Enter The New York Times. Not content to merely report the news, the paper has become one of Trump’s most vocal critics. Trump’s supporters are unlikely to be shaken by this latest attempt to smear his image.
Yet in Canberra, every Senate sitting kicks off with a reading of the Lord’s Prayer. It’s been this way since 1903, following a petition by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New South Wales.
That may be so. But at the end of the day nations — just like individuals — need to take responsibility for their own decisions. If more Aussies were to do this, you’d hear a lot less whinging about the banks’ lending people more than they can afford to repay.
You’ll often also hear the game of chicken come up in economic game theory. It’s a game that Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari says US President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are currently engaged in.
When it comes to an abundance of natural resources, Australia is a world leader. And it’s not just coal, gold, iron ore and natural gas. No, Australia is also rich in lithium. You may have followed the lithium story over the past few years.
It’s not every day one of the world’s key players in the ‘war on carbon’ throws in the towel after admitting his nation and the world are incapable — or unwilling — to repair Earth’s environment. But that’s just what France’s environment minister has done.
If nothing else, last week’s antics in Canberra gave the political media pundits plenty to write about. The Australian Tribune editors included.
While South Australian women were granted the right to vote in 1894, Victorian women didn’t gain that right until 1908. And the battle for equality in the ensuing 110 years has been a hard slog.
Judging by some of the outcry led by Gun Control Australia, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Tasmanian government had proposed allowing residents free access to machineguns. The reality is quite different.
Pollies in both major parties support the exorbitant excise taxes, but Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm has taken the government to task for its irrational and damaging sin taxes on tobacco.
In yet another sign that governments are unable to learn from or admit their mistakes, Canberra is ready to double down on a policy that’s already fuelling a billion dollar black market.
If it seems like everyone is out for your data, that’s because they are. What kind of data are they after? Everything really. The more personal, the better.
These enemies provide a necessary distraction from the ineptitude of their own governments. They bring citizens together under a common cause, a common flag, in an always popular ‘us versus them’ scenario. And they vindicate the need for trillions of dollars in defence spending and ever more intrusive security operations.
Fortunately, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has ruled out signing onto a global pact on migration. He stated that he will not allow the United Nations to undermine Australia’s borders.
Last week The Australian Tribune reported that Perth had decided the city needs facial recognition technology in its CCTV cameras. We were unsure why at the time. And we remain unconvinced of the need for this privacy eroding measure today.
The self-proclaimed ‘master of the deal’ may well also be the ‘master of the bluff’. And as any good poker player knows, bluffing works best when you show you’re willing to follow through on your losing bets by upping the ante.
It remains unclear why the city of Perth needs facial recognition technology to keep its citizens safe. Similar technology is used in China’s major cities. But its use in crime fighting is dwarfed by its use to control Chinese citizens’ behaviour.
First, to allay alarm, the following scenario — and the purposefully vague headline above — are hypothetical. While there were thefts and assaults in Melbourne over the weekend, this one is wholly made up.
Unfortunately for oil bulls — but fortunately for consumers at the pump — the global supply of oil has never looked stronger.