Posts in ‘Australian Politics’

Memo to Howard: They’re armless

Friday, March 11th, 2005

The Courier Mail reports this morning that John Howard is going to broker a peace between the Queensland Libs and Nats. Here we go again. Not that the CM journalists appear to be aware of this. The CM reports “Mr Howard has never before personally and formally intervened in the Queensland Liberal Party division” which […]

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Urban environment shapes urban violence

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

One thread binds the riots in Redfern’s “The Block”, Palm Island and Macquarie Meadows. It’s not race, it’s public housing. In all the talk of tougher laws and social intervention, hardly anyone is dealing with the root cause. If you bang a whole lot of financially deprived people together in an environment where no-one owns […]

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Will Ingrid equal Tracy?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

The Queensland coast has had a period of relative cyclonic calm since the storms that brought the Brisbane floods of 1974, but is that about to change? Cyclone Ingrid, centred 330 kilometres off Cooktown has just intensified to category five. Perhaps the BOM is playing it down, or maybe journalists don’t think they have any […]

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Another interest rate story

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

Some were well and truly banking on an interest rate rise this morning. Westpac was very fast out of the blocks with this email. Curious thing is that I’ve never received anything from them by email before, and as far as I know I’ve never opted in to any Westpac email list. Could it be […]

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How rich do you have to be to read The Australian?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

Today’s front page on The Australian illustrated the interest rates story with yarn about a poor Sydney woman who would now have to pay $160 more per month on her mortgage. The accompanying table showed that she must have had a mortgage of $1M! So that’s what it takes to be a battler in The […]

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A perfect score

Monday, February 28th, 2005

World, when are you going to start paying attention to the On Line Opinion election coverage? Name me one commentator(s) who’s correctly called the general result of all elections they’ve covered since 2001? Can’t? Well look no further than the team at www.ozelections.com. Forgive my angst and allow me to be self-satisfied for just a […]

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We are family

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

An interview on ABC radio this morning said it all (no audio that I can find, so no link) – we all belong to families, apparently. Minister responsible for Family Impact Statements, Kay Patterson, was asked to define exactly what a family was. After not much rambling she revealed that even a person living alone […]

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Lawrence get your shotgun?

Friday, February 18th, 2005

Budding match-maker Lawrence Springborg has been trying to force a shot-gun wedding on his shy bride, the Queensland Libs. I had always assumed he was the groom, or at least had an enduring power of attorney on the groom’s behalf. An opinion piece in today’s Courier Mail by Scott Driscoll, National Party Life Member, former […]

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I am one of Wayne Sawyer’s ‘failures’

Monday, February 14th, 2005

Associate Professor of English Wayne Sawyer appears to believe that English teachers have failed because some of their students voted for this Liberal government. If that is the case, then I must be one of the most spectacular illustrations of that failure. I was fortunate enough to have access to one of the best liberal […]

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Another use for the ‘Invisible Hand’

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

It might not be quite what he was intending to say, but Keith Suter appears to have found another use for Adam Smith’s “Invisible Hand”. The invisible hand is Smith’s description of the phenomenon where, by pursuing self-interest, individuals actually work to the common good – “…by directing that industry in such a manner as […]

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