Washington bans future use of private jails … Global security firms lobby Australian politicians to step up prison privatisation … Canberra’s new double act: The Pauline Hanson & James Ashby Show … Festival of Dangerous Ideas featuring John Howard … Great Crashing Bores continued … US ban on privately-owned jails In Washington DC on August…

Simple way to end the barbaric culture of greyhound racing … Britain’s UKIP in disintegration … War crimes in Yemen: but don’t mention Australian involvement … Media corrupted in New York and Australia … Festival of Dangerous Ideas – 2 … Great Crashing Bores continued How to stop greyhound savagery There is a simple way…

When the NSW government first proposed to transfer the Powerhouse Museum from Ultimo on the fringe of Darling Harbour to Parramatta in western Sydney it was greeted with widespread approval. To many citizens it made perfect sense to elevate public culture in the arts-starved western suburbs. Another point of attraction was the proposed funding arrangement:…

The old political parties in Britain, the US and Australia are beginning to crack open. The British Labour Party, for example, has two wings – a pro-socialist left led by party leader Jeremy Corbyn and a Blairite wing of pro-capitalists. (“Should Labour Split?” New Statesman, Feb 2016) The British Conservatives are divided too, over the…

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…

Late Traffic News Long overdue road safety signs spotted on a main road near the Bruce Highway in Queensland declare: DON’T SLEEP AND DRIVE Australia’s sub-prime economy is sinking fast In 2008, sub-prime mortgages brought the US banking system and Wall Street to their knees. Thousands of mortgagees were kicked out of their homes, businesses…

In his farewell speech on 15 September 2015 after Liberal MPs dumped him as prime minister, Tony Abbott said: “My pledge today is to make this change as easy as I can. There will be no wrecking, no undermining and no sniping. “I’ve never leaked or backgrounded against anyone and I certainly won’t start now….

It is now obvious to everyone except Blind Freddy that the Martin Place siege gunman Man Haron Monis was an ASIO agent from the time he arrived in Australia in 1996. Final proof came this week when the NSW government-ordered inquest was recalled without notice and then banned the press and public from hearing ASIO’s…