December 3, 2019

This buff rendered cartoon depicts five young women, representing the self-governing Australian colonies, straining at a lever labelled 'FEDERATION'. They are attempting to topple a huge rock, caricatured as a Chinese man's head, off the edge of a cliff. The head is labelled 'THE CHINESE PEST'. In the caption (not seen her...

August 2, 2019

Today I was alerted to the following tweet made by ABC/Fairfax journalist, Nick McKenzie, on his federal court of appeal loss in the defamation action taken by Australian businessman, Dr Chau Chak Wing. 

I agree with Nick McKenzie that the decision makes ‘all journalists jobs harder’, not because it is a ‘terrible precedent...

December 21, 2018

I actually wanted to call this piece “The Curious Journalism of Bill Birtles and Stephen McDonell”, but then people would miss “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” wordplay. Bill and Stephen are a tag-team, so you really can’t critique one without the other.

I only occasionally take a look at Australian news on China the...

September 24, 2018

This blog is a copy of WPS Developmental Note #61 taken from the book titled, WORK, NOT WELFARE, Critical Rural Social Work Practice and the history of the Work Placement Scheme. 

On 30 November 2006, I was informed by Cape York Partnerships (CYP) that the State Manager of the Queensland Office of the Department of Employme...

September 5, 2018

A few months ago, I exposed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) deceptive editing and misrepresentations of an interview they conducted with a Chinese international student for their “reds under the beds” themed Four Corners' story. In my expose, I reported that the target of the defamation, Ms Lupin Lu, had he...

April 3, 2018

For a Chinese translation, click 翻译.

2017 was not a great year for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in terms of journalistic integrity. First the ABC was exposed for a report that falsely claimed evangelical men who sporadically attend church are more likely than men of any other religious group to assault the...

March 29, 2018

When I was still in my idealistic 20s, I took up a fight that turned out – most would say inevitably so – to be a losing battle. That battle was essentially to save “normal” and hold “bad” accountable.

That battle started during my postgraduate studies when I uncovered a pernicious practice in the Australian Public Service...

The Girl Effect includes the claim that when women earn an income, they reinvest an average 90 percent of it into their families, compared to 30 to 40 percent for men. For this reason, women should be the focus of our assistance to help bring an end to family poverty. But where is the evidence that supports this claim? Thi...

January 1, 2018

This paper raises concerns about certain Australian authorities submitting to the demands of a small group of misguided religious extremists to slaughter livestock without prior stunning.

It is illegal for abattoirs in Australia to slaughter animals without stunning. Islamic leaders in Australia accept the practice of pre-s...

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