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Australia in turmoil and a political Nobel Peace Prize (E406)

Things are upside down ‘Down Under’, and the special relationship between Australia and Britain appears to be in turmoil. But just how bad is the political situation in Australia at the moment? A state premier forced to resign due to allegations of bribery; sex scandals in the parliament house itself; and, of course, reneging on a deal with the French. So who better to ask than retired professor and distinguished research fellow Steve Keen.

The Nobel Peace Prize is increasingly a controversial choice. Picked by a committee appointed by the Norwegian parliament, it is ultimately politicians who decide just who has striven the hardest for peace in any one year. When it was awarded to Henry Kissinger it was said satire had died; it was controversial when it was awarded to the OPCW at the height of the agitation of the alleged weapons of mass destruction in Syria; and when it was awarded to Barack Obama before he had even begun work as president, you could say that satire had died once again. This year is no less controversial, so we invited Damian Wilson, former Fleet Street editor, aboard Sputnik to hear his views.

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