Ignoring the leper's bell on climate change

Peter Phelps – The Drum

I comment in this place on the latest adventures in the great global warming swindle that is gripping our nation and most of the formerly civilised world. I will assume that most people know that I am an historian by trade and I come from a time when, at universities, the humanities displayed a healthy scepticism for the self-assured absolutism of the sciences. However, nowadays it seems that the sciences have been corrupted by enough government money and political correctness to have them operating in parallel with their socialist brothers in the humanities. Government money is given to agitate for specific ends. Why are we surprised when the ocean acidification project suddenly finds that - guess what? - oceans are acidifying.

Bob Katter says his new party will take on major players and support business, families

The Australian

QUEENSLAND federal independent MP Bob Katter has formed a new political party which he says will support families and business and campaign against a carbon tax.

The maverick MP made good his threats to try to shake up national politics by registering the Australian Party with the Australian Electoral Commission in Brisbane on Friday.

Thousands against live export, but what can be done?

Tim Barlass – The Age

IMAGES of distressed cattle in an Indonesian abattoir aired last week shocked the nation and put pressure on the Gillard government - but the jury is out on whether there will be a lasting impact.

Former Turnbull adviser heads tobacco laws fight

Melissa Fyfe – The Age

A FORMER Liberal staff member and adviser to Malcolm Turnbull is spearheading a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign to help the tobacco industry fight the federal government's plain packaging reforms.

Climate of fear: scientists face death threats

Rosslyn Beeby – The Canberra Times

Australia's leading climate change scientists are being targeted by a vicious, unrelenting email campaign that has resulted in police investigations of death threats.

Thousands of buildings face climate wipeout

Jessica Wright – The Age

HUNDREDS of commercial and industrial buildings and vital road and rail links along NSW's coast are at risk of wipeout by the end of the century, according to modelling by the federal government.

Right-to-die pioneer succumbs to liver cancer, hepatitis C at 83

Kate Linebaugh and Matthew Dolan – The Australian

JACK Kevorkian, the pathologist whose 'suicide machine' thrust euthanasia into the national spotlight in the early 1990s, has died in Michigan.

Dr Kevorkian passed away at a hospital, where he was being treated for liver problems. He was 83 years old.

Church head's euthanasia warning


The Anglican Bishop of Tasmania says it is impossible to legislate protection for people against euthanasia if it is legalised.

The issue is being discussed among almost 200 Anglicans at the annual synod meeting being held in Launceston.

Syria forces killed 70 protesters Friday - activists

Mariam Karouny - Reuters

Syrian forces killed at least 70 protesters Friday, activists said, one of the bloodiest days since the start of an 11-week revolt against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

How to choose the right video game for your children?

Stephanie Brantz - ABC

A dedicated game store is a bit intimidating for the parent who has little understanding of the ways of "button mashing" or "pwning noobs"(see below for translation). Often parents, uncomfortable with entering these alien worlds, watch with eyes wide as their children whirl through the aisles. No relief can be found from the wall to wall interactive entertainment; the ceilings too adorned by posters of digital characters.

Screen but not heard: kids tap into digital age

Mark Russell – The Age

With the rise of online gadgetry, many children are becoming switched on to screens before they can walk.

A QUARTER of three-year-olds with internet access go online every day, a ground-breaking study into the use of digital media by children has revealed.

Bob Brown on media, truth and the Australian way

John Keane - The Drum

This conversation is not meant to be a traditional political interview. It is a discussion between John Keane, a leading academic, and Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens about developments in Australian, and international, public life.

Keane: Bob, for my sins I’m not a politician or a journalist.

Brown: That means you’re further up the social approval scale then.