August 17, 2014 | Graham
Generally it is more interesting and important to point out problems with the orthodoxy on climate change than its opponents, because it is orthodoxy that gets put into policy, not heterodoxy.
But as the climate debate fractures in the face of evidence, a wider range of views becomes significant.
Climate skeptics [...] Continue Reading…
August 15, 2014 | Graham
I always thought that George Brandis was right – it is legal to be a bigot in this country – but Bill Shorten has corrected him, a correction which he tacitly seems to have accepted by abandoning his attempt to change section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act.
According to [...] Continue Reading…
August 13, 2014 | Ronda Jambe
For the first time in many decades I am spending a long summer break in the land of my birth and childhood. I escaped New Jersey shortly after university, but now events require my presence. Mostly my visits have deliberately avoided the extremes of summer and winter, but this [...] Continue Reading…
August 12, 2014 | Graham
After the treatment meted out to Eric Abetz, possibly the last thing I wanted to see in my email inbox was an article from a credible academic, with credible evidence, that there could indeed be a link between abortion and breast cancer.
But there it was, and it has been [...] Continue Reading…
August 02, 2014 | Graham
The Courier Mail headline claims they’re “collateral damage” but it’s just cheap PR spin: “Bikie WAGS collateral damage in Queensland war on bikies”.
In fact these women are complicit – they’re not “collateral” to anything.
Neither are they, strictly speaking, “human shields”, as I’ve claimed, because human shields don’t deliberately put themselves in [...] Continue Reading…
July 29, 2014 | Graham
When I worked as a finance consultant I was supposed to make 10 approaches a day, and attend at least two appointments. I’d keep notes of conversations and follow-up with potential clients at regular intervals if they had nothing for me now, but might have in the future.
I didn’t always make my [...] Continue Reading…
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…