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Nov 2017


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Trade and Tribulation: The dying art of a free global market.

22 November 2017 | Kelly Hughes

The neoliberal economic dictum of a global free trade system being a “collective good” is flawed. Watershed events, such as the 2016 US election and the United Kingdom during the Brexit referendum, display an increasing trend geared towards political backlash against free trade from countries with advanced capitalist economies. The last half century has seen neoliberal economic generate a massive shift of wealth from ‘ordinary’ people in the US and UK to elites as a result of free trade, Rennie Short (2016) In theory, free trade may sounds good as it stimulates rapid economic growth, but in reality, workers get exploited, work for lower wages and lose their jobs to automation and outsourcing for cheaper labor. Political discontent, economic insecurity and instability has evidently fueled resentment that has resulted in vulnerable voters aligning to neofascist dema


Historic Euthanasia Laws Pass

22 November 2017 | The Age

Voluntary euthanasia is set to become legal in Victoria after historic laws passed the upper house on Wednesday, despite ferocious opposition from conservative MPs.

The bill passed the upper house with 22 votes to 18, after a marathon 28-hour sitting that began on Tuesday afternoon and ended just after 4pm on Wednesday.


The changing faces of Journalism and Public Relations

01 November 2017 | Kelly Hughes

TrumpThe power of social media could never have been foretold by the Journalism and public relations sector. Its influence has been palpable and inserted a contemporary new layer of communication into the media mix. The rise of citizen journalism has seen an evolving platform for the way breaking news and global events are now covered by everyday citizens with access to a digital device. The speed and scale in which information can be uploaded online has exceeded expectations of the 24 hour, real-time dissemination of news, cycle. 


Why this crisis is next level for the PM

01 November 2017 | The Age

The dual citizenship question burning like a subterranean coal fire beneath capital hill, is threatening collapse. A full blown "legitimation crisis" looms.

Confidence between the represented and the representative, is threadbare.


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