On July 11, the federal government released two new COVID-19 campaigns.

The first, shared across Australia, is a call to “arm yourself” (and others) against the virus by getting vaccinated as soon as you’re eligible.

The second is a graphic fear appeal, broadcast only in New South Wales, which shows…

The first globalising influences were the European empires, which stretched their trade empires from one side of the planet to the other. Through these, the empires were able to start influencing markets and economic conditions from the other side of the planet. …

Ever since his ascension to the throne, our finest professional journalists and trolls have attempted to define the shifting nonsense mass that is Scott Morrison’s leadership. It’s a rolling cringefest that we can’t stop watching. …

In a development that should surprise few, the oil company that set the ocean on fire has a long history of unrelated explosions causing hundreds of deaths.

The company, Petróleos Mexicanos (colloquially known as Pemex) started looking for oil in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979. …

June 30 is the traditional date when citizens pause to reflect the HECS debt they’ve accrued and been unable to shift. However, if you’re feeling victimised by the tens of thousands in debt that is collecting interest, you should be. But it is certainly not your fault. …

This morning, we suddenly had the whiff of change, as the Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke proclaimed that the Murugappan family from Biloela will be released from Christmas Island and be welcomed back to the mainland.

Per a statement, Hawke said that “I have exercised my power under section 197AB…

Once a man becomes president, he becomes known by the title. Barack Obama becomes “President Obama” — rarely “Barack”. Donald Trump ceases being “The Donald” and is kowtowed to as, “President Trump”. It’s a measure of respect for the office. However, only occasionally is Joe Biden referred to as “President…

Announced in 2019, the Respect Matters program was instituted to support teachers educate students about safety, consent and wellbeing.

In a press release, Minister for Education Dan Tehan said parents and teachers played an important role in teaching children about the value of healthy and respectful relationships, and the impact…

This morning, the NSW Police Minister, David Elliott attacked a group of primary school students for hanging a Black Lives Matter poster in the wake of the George Floyd ruling. …

This morning, as Newsweek put it, “a jury has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd…Chauvin was the first of four officers to face a jury. The other three responding officers involved in Floyd’s fatal…

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