Category Archives: Rafe

Uniting the non-left

First drafted in July 1986 in response to a piece by Greg Sheridan in The Australian but not taken by that newspaper nor Age Monthly Review, or various other avenues until it ran years later in the Victorian student newsletter … Continue reading

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The Soviet culture war

My Russian friend Pavel left the country in 1985 and became a wildlife collector and photographer based in Australia. He is a student of the history of the Soviet regime and its activities worldwide. He advised that from day one … Continue reading

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CIS Policy on line

The electronic version of the magazine which appeared in paper form last week is now on line.

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The culture war: how we got to where we are

Courtesy of Gramski, Lukacs and the Frankfurt School. h/t Frank Brus

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Tribute to Bill Leak

RIP. Interesting, a student of the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney. h/t Jeff Grimshaw of LibertyWorks. “Trigger Warning” is available from Bill Leak prints and cartoons are available from

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New York Times report: Beijing joins climate fight…

…Building 700 new coal-fired power plants. No coal-fired power plants for Australia but 1600 worldwide. Over all, 1,600 coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries, according to Urgewald’s tally, which uses data from the Global Coal Plant … Continue reading

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Beautiful pictures of Australia

From one of our commenters. Might as well advertise my own verbal commentary on Australiana as well. And more. The work of the late Kilmeny Niland, a brilliant and versatile artist and illustrator. She painted several different kinds of Australian … Continue reading

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Sydney Institute papers on line

Issue 39.

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Background on the Larsen C Ice Shelf

One of the largest icebergs ever recorded has just broken away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Over the past few years I’ve led a team that has been studying this ice shelf and monitoring change. We spent … Continue reading

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CIS Policy magazine is out

Policy on line. To read the latest issue of POLICY in full please subscribe to the print or online editions. POLICY is also available in select newsagents all over Australia. Apart from the current issue, all past issues of POLICY … Continue reading

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