Marriage equality: plebiscites, politics and not much else

BENNET NICHOL Marriage equality - for better or worse - is back on the political agenda as Labor and the Coalition gear up their campaigns for the upcoming federal election. The two major parties are unsurprisingly butting heads on this rather … [Read more...]

Brisbane Mayoral Candidate: Karel Boele

BENNET NICHOL Karel Boele is the sole candidate for the People Decide ‘group’ (unregistered political party) in the 2016 mayoral Brisbane City Council election. Founder of the People Decide group, Boele has centred his campaign on the foundation of … [Read more...]

Brisbane Mayoral Candidate: Jim Eldridge

BENNET NICHOL Jim Eldridge is one of two independent candidates running for the 2016 mayoral Brisbane City Council election this Saturday. Eldridge has academic qualifications including a Masters of Administrative Policy, stemming into a personal … [Read more...]

Opinion: Political Donations or Legal Corruption?

BENNET NICHOL Australia purports to be at the forefront of good governance, an international exemplar for democratic representative systems.  However, underneath the veil of party-politics and media scandals, the Australian democratic standard is … [Read more...]

“We need the help” Young families will be hurt by cuts to the Family Tax Benefit

BENNET NICHOL Australia’s most vulnerable families will suffer from the Turnbull government’s plan to “scale back” the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) scheme, according to the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS). Announced last week, the … [Read more...]

Volkswagen emissions scandal could impact European growth

BENNET NICHOL The recent Volkswagen emissions scandal has the potential to damage the European economy as the continent’s largest car manufacturer grapples with the fallout of the emissions cheating software. Damage to consumer confidence … [Read more...]

Domestic violence support needed for migrant families

BENNET NICHOL Australia is renowned internationally for having a spirit of mate-ship, comradery and community support. Yet domestic violence still pervades our society; over 80 women die annually as a direct result of physical abuse at … [Read more...]

Global Integrity Summit: are Australian political donations corrupt?

BENNET NICHOL, ARIANA PANETTIERE and RENATA NEMETH Australia’s political donation system has come under fire at the Global Integrity Summit in Brisbane today. Four panellists, Victor Perton, Erna Witoelar, Attiya Waris, and Stephen Mayne … [Read more...]

Russia needs Syria to leverage against Western sanctions

BENNET NICHOL Russia needs the Bashar al-Assad government to control Syria in order to leverage against Western sanctions which have damaged Russia’s currency and helped drive the country into recession. The sanctions were placed on Russia … [Read more...]

Public seminar: Refugee rights need a rethink

BENNET NICHOL     Leading international law authority on refugee rights pushed for a rethink of the UN Refugee Convention at a seminar in the Brisbane Supreme Court last night. James Hathaway, director of refugee and … [Read more...]