Prosecute Four Corners to prove a point

by Crispin Hull on October 21, 2016

nauruLET’S hope ABC Four Corners journalist Debbie Whitmont and teachers Tracey Donehue and Gabby Sutherland are prosecuted under the 2015 Australian Border Protection Act which provides for up to two years jail for disclosing “protected” information about Australian immigration detention centres. [click to continue…]

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Mainstream media finishes newsworthy Trump

by Crispin Hull on October 14, 2016

washpostDON’T do it, I tell family and friends. Don’t do it, I told my students for a decade or so. On media sites, do not click on bizarre or celebrity articles. “Gorillas bring up baby.” “Angelina’s new heartache.” And so on. All it does is encourage editors to run more of this junk at the expense of concentrating on importance material of consequence as they see these stories top “most hit” lists. [click to continue…]


The warning signs are there for us to ignore

by Crispin Hull on October 6, 2016

loweWe humans can be very stupid at not heeding warnings. And I am one of them. The warning sign was quite clear – a slow, small but relentless water leak on the yacht. [click to continue…]


The importance of religious tolerance

by Crispin Hull on September 29, 2016

clarkDONALD Trump and Pauline Hanson both fail the tests of logic and history when they call for bans on Muslim immigration because of its “threat” to American/Australian or the American/Australian way of life.
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The challenge of the dentally challenged

by Crispin Hull on September 21, 2016

jaws_profile_tempMEDIBANK Private’s decision this week to pay a little bit for dental checkups comes just as I am feeling like “Jaws”, the character in the James Bond movies. [click to continue…]


Exhaust yourself on election day, I say

by Crispin Hull on September 14, 2016

act_electorates_2016NUMBER to the bitter end, I say. The electoral roll for the 15 October ACT election closed this week. As voters make up their minds, the experience of the recent Senate and Northern Territory are instructive. [click to continue…]


Political donation reform can meet constitutional problem

by Crispin Hull on September 9, 2016

high-courtAT LAST some agreement among the three major parties. All agree that it is not acceptable for a frontbencher to take money from a corporation with strong ties to the Chinese Government. And that it is a resigning offence. But something does not quite add up in the case of Senator Sam Dastyari having some expenses paid by the corporation. Why isn’t it equally unacceptable for any Australian MP to take any foreign money? [click to continue…]


The fragility of democracy

by Crispin Hull on September 2, 2016


AFTER the collapse of communism and the holding of mostly free and fair elections in nearly all the Eastern Bloc countries, US policy makers made an historic mistake. They thought events were confirming their belief that there was a natural progression in political development that led to liberal democracy as the highest and best form of government, and that once achieved there would be no going back. This was because people would see democracy’s obvious advantages. [click to continue…]


Intelligence and China: mushroom cloud of the unknowing

by Crispin Hull on August 27, 2016

ausgridTHIS week’s revelations that individuals and corporations linked to the Chinese Government have made large donations to the two major Australian political parties might make you think that the Foreign Investment Review Board had its finger on the pulse when it recommended that the Treasurer block the bid by two Chinese companies to buy more than 50 per cent of the NSW electricity company Ausgrid. [click to continue…]


Secrecy, loopholes mark political funding

by Crispin Hull on August 19, 2016

The fairest Senate election in Australian history.

The fairest Senate election in Australian history.

DEMOCRACY and market capitalism hand in hand achieve much. But equally market capitalism can get out of hand. Money can influence votes and voters and the politicians they elect. We were reminded of this last Thursday when the Australian Electoral Commission announced the breakdown of $62.8 million in public funding to political parties, up from $58.1 million after the 2013 election. [click to continue…]

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