The Indonesian designer’s wheels behind the bromance of the bamboo bicycle between Jokowi, Albanese

FRIENDSHIP ON WHEELS The green wheels used by the two leaders were built from more expensive parts, Kartono said, refusing to reveal the price of their rides. Widodo, famous at home for gifting bikes to ordinary Indonesians, is a fan of Spedagi and bought one himself from Kartono in 2015. Albanese was equally beaming about … Read more

Protesters disrupt Chinese ambassador’s event at UTS Sydney

The protesters have been removed by security after interrupting a speech by the Chinese ambassador in Sydney. Protesters have crashed a speech by China’s ambassador to Australia to question Beijing’s human rights record. Several people interrupted Xiao Qian’s speech at the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney on Friday. Well-known anti-Chinese Communist … Read more

Tax return: Millions set for huge tax cuts, with high earners benefiting most

Huge tax cuts are coming and a group of Australians will be the biggest winners. Here is everything you need to know. Despite a crushing rise in the cost of living, it is well-off Australians who will get the biggest tax break, with Anthony Albanese vowing to press ahead with tax cuts that disproportionately benefit … Read more

Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute speaks on the extradition of Julian Assange at the National Press Club

A prominent Australian critic of Julian Assange has issued a new warning about the WikiLeaks founder being detained. A leading foreign policy analyst and prominent critic of Julian Assange says the arrested WikiLeaks founder should not be the Australian government’s “only priority”. The executive director of the Lowy Institute, Michael Fullilove, urged the Albanian government … Read more

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to visit Paris to ‘reset’ Australia’s relationship with France

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed he will visit French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris next week to formally “reset” diplomatic relations, which were frozen after the Morrison government scrapped a massive deal to build 12 submarines. Key points: Anthony Albanese will travel to Europe next week to attend the NATO summit He says Australia’s relationship … Read more

Government must support artists to enrich Australian cultural life

Income support payments are crucial for a healthy arts sector, writes Leya Reid. THE NATIONAL Visual Arts Association (NAVA) fears that thousands of visual artists and arts workers are at risk of losing income support payments under the new points-based system for job seekers from July 1, 2022. The new service, WorkForce Australia, will replace … Read more

The Greens: Vietnam War hero demands apology from Adam Bandt after flag trick

An Australian Military Cross officer has confronted Adam Bandt after his highly publicized press conference stunt this week. A decorated Military Cross officer has demanded a public apology from Greens leader Adam Bandt after he refused to stand in front of the Australian flag at a news conference this week. Bandt removed the flag from … Read more

Research reveals how much parties spent on social media ads in the last two months of federal elections

The staggering sum of money political parties spent on social media ads during the election campaign may finally be revealed. New research has revealed the staggering amount political parties spent on social media advertising in the last two months of federal elections, along with which spent the most on advertising before polls closed. The Australia … Read more

Let’s talk about death, baby: defying one of the last taboo subjects

From planning our own funerals to joining ‘Death Cafes’, is it time to get comfortable with our own mortality? Adrian Barrett is a healthy 40-year-old man, but look on his phone and you’ll find a playlist titled “Adrian’s Funeral, If Needed.” As a fourth-generation funeral director and national president of the Australian Funeral Directors Association, … Read more

Labor must fix the energy policy mess left by the Coalition

For nearly a decade, the Coalition failed to develop a national energy plan, even though such a plan existed before they took office. Since energy is of national importance, a national policy, national rules and regulations are needed. At the same time, we are facing massive changes in the energy sector. States and industry were … Read more