This video is being called a “historic moment” in Australian politics. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd simple answer to New Hope Church pastor Matt Prater’s question regarding marriage equality has supposedly caused a lot of controversy – much of it positive – on the subject of marriage equality in Australia. Oh if we only had moments like this in America.
|By: Alvin McEwen Thursday September 5, 2013 2:00 pm|
|By: DSWright Monday June 17, 2013 6:40 am|
Something tells me the State Department staff are not Edward Snowden fans. The first set of Guardian leaks came right before the Sino-American summit on cybersecurity where the United States was preparing to take a firm line with China regarding alleged cyber-attacks. Now the Guardian is reporting that documents disclosed by Snowden reveal that British and American intelligence services spied on other countries at the G20 summit in London in 2009 which comes as Britain hosts the 39th G8 summit beginning today.
|By: ThirdandState Thursday February 14, 2013 4:52 pm|
The Australian minimum wage this year is $15.96 per hour. I know this mostly because my daughter lives in Melbourne these days (not forever, I hope). When she arrived there 18 months ago, she got a job at a minimum-wage restaurant. She earned enough to cover her rent and other expenses.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday January 9, 2013 1:30 am|
Time for another round of … hey the arctic is opening up for oil exploration articles in the Wall Street Journal.
|By: Gabe Rottman Saturday November 10, 2012 1:59 pm|
Genetic Justice provides an accessible, yet exhaustive, review of this vital public policy issue. Many of us fail to appreciate that every time we discard a coffee cup, use a napkin, eat with a fork and spoon or otherwise interact with our environment, we leave a piece of ourselves behind. And that piece of ourselves—that DNA—can be used not just to discern our identity, but to provide clues on whether we’re likely to develop a particular disease, what we look like and where we come from. The physical trail of DNA can also be used to track our movements, and legal theories that permit the authorities to freely collect this “abandoned” DNA could theoretically make the warrant requirement and other checks on law enforcement abuse obsolete.
The issues raised by Genetic Justice may be complicated, but they are crucially important to our modern civil liberties. And, as the technology for analyzing DNA becomes smaller, faster and cheaper, these considerations just become more pressing. Genetic Justice provides a needed glimpse into that brave new world.
|By: David Dayen Monday November 5, 2012 3:19 pm|
This will get approximately no attention today, but a federal court in Australia ruled that Standard and Poor’s, the credit rating agency, lied to investors when they awarded their highest, triple-A rating to derivative securities that lost their value within two years of purchase. The court ruled for a series of local councils in Australia, which accused S&P of botching the credit ratings and duping them into purchasing the securities.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday September 22, 2012 7:00 pm|
When Mitt Romney derides the legions of Americans who are supposedly utterly dependent on government and are ruining the country’s entrepreneurial spirit, we should remember that while this disdain for the poor may have a uniquely American inflection, the greed-is-good ethos flourishes in other rich nations. In the land down under, we see a mirror image of the political establishment’s frontal assault on poor communities, with welfare policy acting as a cudgel for blaming the epidemic of poverty on the poor themselves.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 17, 2012 10:28 am|
How do supporters of WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange make the leap that he is more likely to be extradited to the United States from Sweden than the United Kingdom? That is a common question and, certainly, a key question for anyone who remains skeptical of whether Assange should have been granted asylum by Ecuador.
|By: SouthernDragon Friday August 3, 2012 4:45 am|
A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday April 27, 2012 11:50 am|
The White House wants to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” agreement with Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Japan is waiting in the wings, Canada and Mexico want in, Taiwan has announced its intention to meet membership requirements and China says it will “earnestly study” whether to seek entry into the agreement.
Basically, the TPP is NAFTA on steroids.