Morrison’s love of Murdoch has left ABC in the dust

Scott Morrison has shown an aversion to appearing in ABC interviews, preferring to be represented by the right-wing mainstream media, writes Jeremy Epstein. PRIME MINISTER Scott Morrison surprised the fine folks over at the national broadcaster recently by turning down their invitation for a pre-election debate with Labor Leader Anthony Albanese, instead choosing to have … Read more

Independents could usher in new democratic era, starting with Wentworth

Polls are showing a triumph within reach for Allegra Spender as the popularity of Independent candidates continues to grow, writes Professor Kerryn Phelps. THE PEN has dropped that Australian politics is NY a process of rapid evolution. A dramatic shift in voter sentiment has seen a third of Australians say they will vote for Independents, … Read more

FIN is the real deal in fight for anti-corruption commission

While many parties, Labor included, promise a Federal ICAC, FIN is the only party truly committed to eradicating government corruption, writes Ross Jones. THE POLITICAL PARTY Federal ICAC Now (FIN) had its inception in the pages of Independent THEaustralia on 12 May 2020. Two years later, in May 2022, the Party is contesting above the … Read more

John Howard robocalls in federal election, hits streets of Kooyong

A former prime minister has been popping up across the country to rally support for Scott Morrison, and now he’s sliding into voters’ voicemails. Former prime minister John Howard has lent his voice to robocalls targeting vulnerable NSW Liberal seats, urging voters not to risk “disastrous” change. Mr Howard has kept a relatively low profile … Read more

David Donovan interview on Morrison’s Pentecostal politics

ITHE founder and publisher David Donovan had much to say when asked by Tuesday Drive‘s David Barr about the lack of secularism in Australian politics. With much discussion recently about the Seven Mountains Mandate and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate’s appointment of a “spiritual advisor”, the Pentecostal Church has crept its way into our governments … Read more

Mad ‘Bulldozer’ Morrison ─ can he fix it? No, he can’t

Is Scott Morrison so delusional, so out of touch with reality, so lacking in insight, that he actually believes some of the nonsense he says? Because nothing he says – or so close to nothing as to make no difference – can ever really be believed, or taken at face value. On Saturday, in MP … Read more

Election 2022: Leigh Sales’ brutal question on 7.30 PM refused to answer

Scott Morrison finally agreed to a grilling by the ABC’s Leigh Sales in the final election week but there was one question he said he wouldn’t contemplate. Scott Morrison and Leigh Sales went head to head finally on 7.30, with just days to go before the election wraps up. The ABC presenter grilled the Prime … Read more

Media framing of wage rises shows deep ideological bias

The news media’s framing of debates about wage rises reveals subtle yet powerful class bias is alive and well in the mainstream media. When Labor’s support for wage rises is seen as “controversial”, while Liberals’ opposition to wage rises is viewed as “natural”, it shows that there is no such thing as a view from … Read more

Government needs a strategic vision for arts and culture

With a possible change in government on the way, it’s time to focus on the importance of arts policy in Australia, write Leya Reid and Georgie Cyrillo. THREE OUT OF FOUR Australians sought out arts and culture during the pandemic to improve their mood and quality of life. Now more than ever, arts and culture … Read more

Scott Morrison has ten key election messages — nine are not true

In his pitch for re-election, Scott Morrison is hammering several talking points that the facts overwhelmingly refute, as Alan Austin reports. IN THE FINAL leaders’ debate last week, Prime Minister Morrison looked straight down the camera at Australian voters and said: “It took the Coalition six years to clean up the fiscal mess from the … Read more