Kevin Rudd pledges to cut Family Tax Benefit of “conscientious objectors” to immunisation

Kevin Rudd will today unveil new measures to lift childhood immunisation rates by directly linking a key family payment to vaccinations. The Prime Minister will announce that if re-elected all children will have to be fully immunised in order to receive the Family Tax Benefit Part A end-of-year supplement. Parents who register as “conscientious objectors”

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Analysing Mass Media: Fear and Manipulation | Part I

It has now surpassed a decade since the attacks of 9/11 transformed the world that we live in, and as a forever expanding state of paranoia emerged in the aftermath, there has seemingly been a never-ending supply of reasons to be afraid of, well, just about anything.

In the following feature piece, Ethan Nash takes a look at how the media play a central role in producing a discourse of fear, and how this has allowed the press to manipulate public opinion for many years.

10,000+ pages of declassified Australian UFO documents

The National Archives of Australia holds a number of records relating to unidentified flying objects (UFOs), flying saucers and other unidentified aerial sightings. Most of these records date from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, when public interest in UFOs was high and many sightings were reported to Commonwealth authorities. There was no specific government agency

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