Phillip Knightley, master craftsman of newspaper journalism, leaves a legacy of accuracy, independence and getting stuck into the rich and privileged … Mainstream media straining for rebirth of fascism … Why media got Austria so wrong …. Time to fight for the ABC Personal tribute to my captain Phillip George Knightley, newspaper journalist par excellence,…

  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faces political death from the scorpion stings of Tony Abbott … Greyhound racing falsifies support … Demand Buck Palace releases Gough Whitlam dossier … Nobel Prize winners march for Palestine … My draft list of future plebiscites … George Brandis at Festival of Dangerous Ideas … Great Crashing Bores cont….

Why Scientology enjoys hidden protection from Oz politicians …Senator Nick Xenophon is the sole exception … how Rupert Murdoch became scientology’s public enemy No 1 … Israel’s nuclear arsenal revealed … Great Crashing Bores continued …. US cult’s dream run in Oz SOUTH Australian Senator Nick Xenophon this week launched “Fair Game – The incredible…

Graphic designer, photographer, collector and writer David King dedicated most of his adult life to celebrating the Russian Revolution of 1917. He produced books, curated exhibitions and organised seminars to present the Bolshevik-led revolution with primary-sourced accuracy and captivating images. While bourgeois art moved inexorably towards commercialism, the cult of celebrity and modish post-modern fantasia,…

STOP PRESS. Global Scoop! Rich bastards and multi-national companies don’t pay tax. Really!! … America’s squillionaires to be outed next … how Panama Papers will help Bernie Sanders in Big Apple primary … speechwriter Bob Ellis re-assessed Fat cats caught in Panamagate A truckload of documents from Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca has exposed a…

Surely, it’s time that the saying, “When Wall Street sneezes, the rest of the world catches pneumonia”, was updated. It retains some veracity because the New York Stock Exchange is the biggest in the world, US banks are the largest and the US economy is the global heavyweight. But what about China? What if Beijing…

In the thick of Australia’s greatest era of social and cultural reform, a vice-regal coup succeeded in overthrowing the elected government of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. It was November 1975 and the capitals of the Western world were swirling with hyper-inflation, OPEC’s “oil shock”, massive government debt and rising unemployment. A year earlier President Richard…

This week’s Federal Budget was not about Australia’s economic future. And it wasn’t about the future of the country either. Its overriding purpose was to rescue Prime Minister Tony Abbott. It was the “Save Abbott” budget. It sets the stage for a snap federal election between now and the end of the year. He has…

Politicians, the media, the RSL and the military lobby have kicked an own goal. Incredibly, they have managed to tarnish the Anzac legend and turn off a large number of Australians. How did they do it? By crassly politicising the event and grossly commercialising it. The Abbott Government invested some $200 million in the 100th…