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About John Christie

I read and write about (mostly Australian) business, politics, culture and the like. In other words, whatever happens to catch my fancy at a given moment. George Orwell wrote a column called "As I Please," in which he scribbled about whatever was on his mind. Think of me like that--only, you know, without the literary brilliance.

Novak Djokovic bashed after demanding ‘special treatment’ for quarantined tennis players

The world’s number one tennis player Novak Djokovic has found himself in a spot of bother again, after he reportedly presented Tennis Australia with a list of demands regarding the COVID-19 quarantine situation. Currently, more than 70 tennis players slated to play in the upcoming Australian Open—the first major tournament of the year—are not allowed […]

‘Don’t be afraid of Covid,’ Trump tells Americans as he prepares to leave hospital

US President Donald Trump stated that he will be leaving the hospital today at 6:30pm EST. Trump has been a patient at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center since Friday evening, less than 24 hours after announcing that he had tested positive for Covid-19. The news came via Trump’s Twitter account. In addition to providing an […]

Travel from New Zealand set to begin later this month

Looks like the long expected travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand is finally going to happen—sort of. Beginning October 16, New Zealand citizens will be able to visit NSW and the Northern Territory without being forced to quarantine for two weeks. The announcement was made Friday by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who said […]

Coles to introduce new line of vegan food from Maggie Beer

Coles, the famed supermarket chain, and Maggie Beer, the famed chef from South Australia, are partnering to serve up a new line of vegetarian and vegan food to Aussie consumers. Called “Maggie’s Food for Life,” the line of plant based foods will be sold in around 400 Coles stores beginning in October, Business News Australia […]

Queensland crocodile dies at 100

Buka the crocodile, who lived in captivity at Australia’s Koorana Crocodile Farm for many years and was well known to locals, has swam on ahead to cleaner waters. He was reportedly 100 years old. The crocodile’s age is only slightly more impressive than his size: he was 17 feet long and weighed more than one […]

Fine Food Australia canceled due to COVID uncertainty

The organisers of Fine Food Australia, the country’s largest trade event for the food and hospitality industries, have announced that this year’s event—originally scheduled to go down from 7 to 10 September—is canceled. In a statement on the Fine Food Australia website, the organisers cited the ongoing difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic as the […]

A great wall is being erected between Australia and China

A number of Australian businesses are participating in a social media drive called “Australia Welcomes You.” The aim is to reassure prospective Chinese students and tourists that it is a good idea to come to Australia, despite an uptick in anti-Chinese prejudice associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, believed to have got its start in a […]

Former BlueScope Steel manager hit with criminal obstruction charges

Jason Ellis, former general manager of sales and marketing for BlueScope Steel, a leading Australian steel manufacturer, has been charged with two counts of attempting to obstruct the inquiry of a Commonwealth official. Ellis is said to have worked behind the scenes to obstruct a probe by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) into an […]

Monsanto sued by Australian farmer claiming the company’s Roundup product caused his cancer

Anti-social agrochemical corporation Monsanto—now owned by anti-social pharmaceutical corporation Bayer—is finally getting its comeuppance. High time. In May, a California court order the company to pay more than $2 billion USD to a couple who were diagnosed with cancer after using its carcinogenic weedkiller, Roundup. Alva and Alberta Pilliod both got non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from Roundup: […]

Someone from Western Sydney won the $12m Powerball prize and doesn’t know it

If you took a chance on the Powerball lottery the other night, find your ticket and look at the numbers closely. Somebody won the $12 million jackpot and is apparently unaware of their windfall. The anonymous person is the only person in all of Australia with the winning ticket—all that money belongs to them (unlike […]

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