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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.

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: […]

ACT gov’t steps in to fix unsound building after developer refuses to address structural issues

An apartment complex in Kingston is not structurally sound and is at risk of collapsing. The company that built the structure, however, has refused requests from the Australia Capital Territory government to address the issue. Per ABC, the Morrison Construction Corporation (MCC) ironically claims that the proposed emergency work on the building will cause damage […]

Most Australians support business leaders weighing in on political issues

A large majority of Australians say they are in favor of their country’s leading corporate executives publicly expressing their views on social and political issues, according to a survey conducted by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (Ceda). Ceda surveyed 3,000 Australians and 59 bosses and found that 78 percent of respondents support business […]

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