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Every now and then you’ll hear someone begin a sentence with “I’m no expert but …” which will invariably, though not always, precede a monologue resembling little more than a passing acquaintance to the subject at hand, revealing the speaker’s pre-conceived version of the truth. This is not knowledge, it’s an opinion, which, as Plato put it, is the bridge between ignorance and knowledge, and which outs itself as nothing more than ideology.

Ideology is rarely founded in kindness or intellectual rigour, it’s usually founded in the preservation of power, in privilege, prejudice, in any or all its manifest forms, or in fear, or a combination of all of those things. Ideology preserves injustice, destruction of environment, marginalisation of minorities, racism, institutionalised discrimination, species extinction, preservation of privilege, high-office graft, and corruption, which makes something like The Flip-Side necessary.

This collection of juxtaposed public policy journalism, reportáge, analysis, stories and academic research, or in the spirit of George Orwell, to attempt to create some kind of art out of political writing, collated from the Chronicles Library, presents us with more to think about, so that we don’t merely give way to an anti-intellectual consortium that suggests that we can base our conclusions on little more than our own notion of the facts of a matter. Speaking truth to power is uncomfortable for those with that power, empowering for those who speak it and liberating for those who know it. Or, to put it another way – we’re shining a light into some dark corners and turning over some rocks – and who wouldn’t want that.

The Flip-Side is a place to assist us to fulfil Plato’s entreaty to inform ourselves  – it’s a report on the state-of-play. The answer to the question about whether this work should continue is self evident. Click on the topic to read the article or hover anywhere over the card to read the “flip-side.” If you’re interested in wading through the Chronicles Library, it opens in a new window. Read on.

Chronicles of our times …
Australia has sleepwalked into a society where profit trumps quality care
Angus Taylor says Australia has the world's largest carbon capture and storage project. Here's what he's not saying
Why did we expect Australia's aged care to cope amid Covid when it was struggling before it?
Tanya Day's family 'devastated' that no police will face charges for death in custody
80 years ago, Violet was stolen and forced into unpaid work. She says the PM is wrong: It was slavery
Our suicide research is clear: Australia needs more urgent action to address the Covid-19 fallout
Top super fund dumps coal miners as emissions cuts intensify
Australia risks becoming dumping ground for world’s heavy polluting cars
A thousand yarns and snapshots – why poetry matters during a pandemic
Why most Aboriginal people have little say over clean energy projects planned for their land
Past pandemics show how coronavirus budgets can drive faster economic recovery
More than 50% of those on secretive NSW police blacklist are Aboriginal
Our 'hands off' Prime Minister
Australia's electricity grid could run with 75% renewables, market operator says
Being an ally to people with disabilities
Why is the government restricting Medicare funds for ECGs when expert advice says exactly the opposite?
Why most Aboriginal people have little say over clean energy projects planned for their land
Seizing the moment: how Australia can build a green economy from the Covid-19 wreckage
Josh Frydenberg's office asked if environmental rule changes could be kept secret
Affluence is killing the planet, warn scientists
Too many adjectives, not enough ideas: how NAPLAN forces us to teach bad writing
The perils of privatisation and private greed
Developer lobbied Frydenberg to de-list area of wetland for Queensland's Toondah Harbour complex
A single mega-project exposes the Morrison government’s gas plan as staggering folly
The Morrison government’s biggest economic problem? Climate change denial
When the Coronavirus Supplement stops, JobSeeker needs to increase by $185 a week
Australia's environment in unsustainable state of decline, major review finds
Immigrants don't take Australian jobs. They create jobs for others
Jim Chalmers says two-thirds of the debt in the budget was borrowed before the start of the pandemic. Is he correct?
Under coronavirus, pro-market ideologies around the world are overturned. But it's too little, too late
Home for Good: Social Housing for an Ageing Population
Coronavirus is a human crisis beyond most of our scariest dreams - we will need to restart our society
Pancreatic cancer blocked by disrupting cellular pH balance
'Dying in poverty’: disability pensioners left out of boosted welfare payments fear for future
Remember Josh Frydenberg scoffing at a 'wellbeing budget'? He's not laughing any more
We are witnessing a critical time in history. You should keep a diary
Wind and solar plants will soon be cheaper than coal in all big markets around world, analysis finds
'A huge hit': foreign students may shun Australia after their treatment during Covid-19 crisis
The number of climate deniers in Australia is more than double the global average, new survey finds
Coronavirus is a dress rehearsal for what awaits us if governments continue to ignore science
Australian CEOs must rupture the political stagnation to lead the charge on climate action
The COVID-19 pandemic may be an opportunity to transform the way we live - David Suzuki
Is social housing essential infrastructure? How we think about it does matter
'We're all just waiting': NSW south coast residents still in limbo three months after bushfires
The Darling River is simply not supposed to dry out, even in drought
New Zealand’s well-being approach to budget is not new, but could shift major issues
Annual CSIRO update finds renewables are cheapest new-build power
We’re innovative when housing bushfire victims. Why not all the homeless?
If Australia's resources were taxed the way Norway's are, we could secure the future of our schools
What's driving poor mental health among young Australians? We asked them
Australia’s electricity market must be 100% renewables by 2035 to achieve net zero by 2050 - study
Federal government holds back vital Covid-19 spread data
Germany is shutting down its coal industry for good, so far without sacking a single worker
Domestic violence: women's safety advocates say Coalition is ignoring experts
CapTel text-captioned telephones will not work as of February in blow for Australia's deaf community
Why mental health treatment can be too expensive for those who need it most
Coronavirus highlights the painful political truth about health inequality. Is social democracy the answer?
44 inspiring climate solutions from around the world that are tackling the climate crisis with practical action
‘Mum, I want to go home’: heartbreaking testimony of health system failing children with disabilities
Scott Morrison’s ‘work harder to earn more’ nonsense shows how out of touch with workers he is
The ripple effect: How supporting Indigenous home ownership drives a strong economic future for Australia
How Covid-19 laid bare the cracks in Australia’s aged care system


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