July 19, 2014 | Graham
On the basis of today’s Stafford by-election, you would have to put your money on Anastacia Palasczcuk being the next premier of Queensland after the next election, due around March next year.
According to the Australian, the swing against the Newman government was 18.6%. The primary votes are almost a mirror [...] Continue Reading…
July 13, 2014 | Graham
All the media commentary I have read says Tony Abbott is the one with a problem in the senate, but that is to misread entirely what is going on. The person with the biggest problem in the senate is Clive Palmer.
PUP is a party that offers a cornucopia of [...] Continue Reading…
July 13, 2014 | Ronda Jambe
Has Abbott been jolted awake from his coal-fired stupor yet? Has the Australian
Senate taken the leadership role we have long hoped for?
If science doesn’t convince, the markets eventually will. This article and quote
from the UK Telegraph is yet another of many showing that the fossil fuel [...] Continue Reading…
July 11, 2014 | Graham
The international statistics say that Australia’s education performance is slipping, but how can this be when spending on education has been increasing in real terms for decades?
Part of the answer to this riddle can be seen in the words of educationist Stewart Riddle.
According to yesterday’s Australian:
In an article posted on The [...] Continue Reading…
July 09, 2014 | Graham
Professor Joseph Stiglitz is over here to tell Australia how to run an economy, when it really ought to be a research tour so he can educate his fellow Americans on best practice.
What Australia has done contradicts much of what Stiglitz recommends, and proves empirical proof that he’s wrong.
This is a [...] Continue Reading…
July 08, 2014 | Graham
One of the best reasons for being skeptical of many of the claims made about CO2 emissions is not the science, but the language. I went from being a more or less mainstream adherent to a skeptic when I read a defamatory media release from the IPCC.
In it Rajendra [...] Continue Reading…
July 03, 2014 | Ronda Jambe
Those avid readers of Ambit Gambit might have noticed my absence these past many months. Family, farm and finances can cloud the personal space. However, climate change remains a key issue for me, so this year I ran a course on climate change science and policy through the University [...] Continue Reading…
July 02, 2014 | Graham
Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is in Australia to tell us how to run a successful economy.
According to Stiglitz our government should be spending more, not trying to get its budget back into surplus.
It says a lot about Australians’ inferiority complex that we give people like this the [...] Continue Reading…
June 18, 2014 | Graham
The Federal Court decision to rule the former ALP Queensland government’s Wild Rivers legislation invalid is a victory for the future of Indigenous Australians, rescuing many of those in northern and western Queensland from the racist assumptions, and corrupt wheeling and dealing, of Queensland’s major left wing parties.
According to [...] Continue Reading…
June 12, 2014 | Graham
What is it about Labor, and the left more generally, that it plays the person rather than the ball, and applies the techniques of social exclusion rather than logic and rational persuasion? And why does the media play along with Labor when it does?
Tony Abbott is overseas representing Australia, and [...] Continue Reading…