Medical dash as COVID spreads among Indigenous people in western NSW

Urgent medical resources are being dispatched to western NSW in a vaccination and support drive after the alarming spread of COVID into Aboriginal communities there. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the first of five Australian Defence Force vaccination teams will arrive on Wednesday. An initial Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) – which is multidisciplinary health … Read more

To get New Zealanders out of their cars we’ll need to start charging the true cost of driving

www.shutterstock.com In light of last week’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report confirming human activity is “unequivocally” driving global warming, here’s a striking statistic: in Auckland, road transport modes are responsible for 35% of the city’s climate-altering emissions. Overall, road transport accounts for nearly 43% of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, an increase of over … Read more

As Afghanistan falls, what does it mean for the Middle East?

AAP/EPA/Stringer In the 19th century, the phrase “The Great Game” was used to describe competition for power and influence in Afghanistan, and neighbouring central and south Asia territories, between the British and Russian empires. Neither side prevailed in what became known as the “graveyard of empires”. Two centuries later, an American superpower has been reminded … Read more

Why Clive Palmer’s lockdown ads can be rejected by newspapers on ethical grounds

AAP/Jono Searle Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party advertisements inferentially objecting to COVID-19 lockdowns demonstrate one more way in which the freedoms essential to a democracy can be abused to the detriment of the public interest. Democracies protect freedom of speech, especially political speech, because without it democracy cannot work. When speech is harmful, however, laws … Read more