In Geneva, media and journalists call for the release of Assange

At a press conference in Geneva, representatives of journalists and publishers from Switzerland, Australia and other countries called for the release of Julian Assange, writes Sara Chessa. THE TIME TO push for Assange’s release is now. This reflection was expressed by Karen Percy, Federal President of the Australian Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), during … Read more

Anthony Albanese angers non-attached members by slashing parliamentary staff

Anthony Albanese has come under fire after sending an email to MPs warning them of an impending change. Anthony Albanese has come under fire from crossbenchers after cutting their entitlement to parliamentary staff. The prime minister has emailed non-attached voters to tell them they will only be entitled to one parliamentary staff member, as well … Read more

Protesters interrupt Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian’s event at UTS Sydney

Protesters were evacuated by security after interrupting a speech by the Chinese ambassador to Sydney. Protesters crushed a speech by China’s ambassador to Australia to question Beijing’s human rights record. Several people interrupted Xiao Qian’s speech at the Institute of Australia-China Relations at the University of Technology Sydney on Friday. Well-known anti-China Communist Party activist … Read more

Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute speaks on the extradition of Julian Assange at the National Press Club

A prominent Australian critic of Julian Assange has issued a new warning about the detained WikiLeaks founder. A leading foreign policy analyst and prominent critic of Julian Assange has said the detained WikiLeaks founder should not be the Australian government’s “only priority”. The Lowy Institute’s executive director, Michael Fullilove, has urged the Albanian government to … Read more

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will travel to Paris to ‘reset’ Australia-France relations

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed he will visit French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris next week to formally ‘reset’ diplomatic relations, which were thrown into the freezer after the Morrison government canceled a massive construction deal of 12 submarines. Key points: Anthony Albanese will travel to Europe next week to attend the NATO summit … Read more

Government must support artists to enrich Australian cultural life

Income support payments are essential to the health of the arts sector, writes Leya Reid. The NATIONAL Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) fears that thousands of visual artists and arts workers could lose their earnings benefits under the new points system for job seekers from the 1st July 2022. The new service, WorkForce Australia, … Read more

Anthony Albanese says Adam Bandt’s flag shot is ‘diverse’

The Prime Minister lambasted the Greens for a flag-raising earlier this week that needlessly divided the country. The prime minister said Greens leader Adam Bandt should “reconsider his position” on the Australian flag. Mr Bandt had the flag removed from the podium at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Office ahead of a press conference on Monday. Mr … Read more

Labor must fix the energy policy mess left by the coalition

For nearly a decade, the Coalition failed to develop a national energy plan, even though such a plan existed before it took office. Since energy is of national importance, a national policy, national rules and regulations are necessary. At the same time, we are facing massive changes in the energy sector. States and industry were … Read more

Julian Assange’s brother urges Anthony Albanese to publicly condemn US extradition

Friends and family of Julian Assange are urging Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to publicly call for a halt to the WikiLeaks co-founder’s extradition to the United States for espionage. Key points: Julian Assange’s brother Gabriel Shipton wants the Australian government to speak out publicly against his extradition Mr Shipton thinks it would be hard for … Read more

Australian migration levels still lag behind pre-COVID rates

At a time when labor shortages are causing business headaches, migration levels remain well below pre-pandemic levels, writes Dr Abul Rizvi. WITH INTERNATIONAL BORDERS now open for almost six months, new patterns of movement of people (long and short term) are emerging which will have longer term implications. While global movements have steadily increased, we … Read more