August 29, 2015 | Graham

Canning a bigger test of Shorten than Abbott

Canning is a marginal seat with a deceptively safe Liberal Party majority due almost solely to the former member, Don Randall. If Labor can’t win this in a byelection there is something drastically wrong with them.

Not only are the numbers their way, but the Liberal Campaign looks decidedly bone-headed […] Continue Reading…

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Filed under: Australian Politics

August 22, 2015 | Graham

ACTU case against Heydon boomerangs

As I understand it, the ACTU case against Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon is not that he is biased, but that an average person might think he was biased.

Now I would have thought the only reason a royal commissioner should be stood aside is if there is a reasonable apprehension […] Continue Reading…

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August 11, 2015 | Graham

Chasing our tail on greenhouse emissions

Australia apparently has met its greenhouse targets, but that’s not good enough for the Greens.

So I’ve done some digging to see what our performance on reducing emissions looks like, and it’s no worse than most, and better than some.

But pay special attention to the worst performing countries. They are […] Continue Reading…

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Filed under: Environment

July 19, 2015 | Graham

Survey on innovation

Jamile Sabatini Marques is doing a PhD at QUT. She is from Brazil where she has held senior positions in the IT industry.

As part of her study Jamile is surveying entrepreneurs in the IT sector to see how aware they are of government innovation policies.

If you fit this description, […] Continue Reading…

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Filed under: IT

June 25, 2015 | Graham

Q&A mistake a category killer

By putting Zaky Mallah to air the ABC made a category mistake. They categorised an existential threat to Australia as being just an ideological disagreement.

They are not the only ones making category mistakes about terrorism and terrorist organisations, and until we sort them out our response to Islamic State, […] Continue Reading…

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June 17, 2015 | Graham

Climate ‘skeptic’ out but eugenicist in at UWA

I’m not sure how this works, but the University of Western Australia decided it couldn’t accept federal government money to host Bjorn Lomborg’s Australian Consensus Centre, but it is happy to host a lecture by Peter Singer, a man who advocates infanticide, eugenics and bestiality.

Lomborg’s sin was apparently to […] Continue Reading…

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May 08, 2015 | Graham

Farewell to Camelot

JFK died so young that it is hard to realise that he was one of the generation that defined itself by the Great Depression and WWII. If he were alive to day he would have been almost 98.

At his funeral they played Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings Op11.

They framed […] Continue Reading…

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Filed under: Society

April 26, 2015 | Graham

Once you travelled to war

For Australians war is something we have always travelled to. We are unlike almost any other nation in this respect. It is something implicit in our celebration of Anzac Day. The battlefields of all these wars are somewhere else.

But thanks to the modern age of mobility, war has come […] Continue Reading…

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Filed under: Legal,Terror

March 31, 2015 | Graham

Heat not hiding in the ocean

Anyone who understands physics, which excludes many prognosticators on climate change (yes, I’m thinking of you @beneltham*), understands that the oceans drive the climate.

So it was always a bit of a stretch to think that the plateau in global temperatures of over the last 18 or so years was […] Continue Reading…

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March 31, 2015 | Graham

You be the judge on Ferguson

The shooting of a young black male in Ferguson, and the ensuing riots, is generally portrayed as a racist event, but depending on where you stand, the racists can be white or black.

Verbatim Theatre is a genre where you take the actual evidence and lay it out in front […] Continue Reading…

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