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The education Riddle

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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 Conversation website last […]

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Stiglitz needs to call in on NZ as well

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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 situation when MiltonJohn Maynard […]

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Just like my own climate conversion

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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 Pachauri branded Ian Castles, former […]

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A Fruitful Pause…

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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 of the Third Age on the […]

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Stiglitz should look and learn, not lecture

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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 time of day. Because […]

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Wild Rivers a victory for Indigenous progress

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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 The Australian: Federal Court judge […]

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Mike Seccombe says Tony Abbott lies _and_ keeps his promises

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Are you confused by this title? Well, not half as confused as I am by Andrew Bolt’s, Janet Albrechtsen’s and Alan Jones’ war on Malcolm Turnbull. I hope more coalition MPs than just Malcolm are having dinner with Clive Palmer. The idea that having any cross-party socialisation is somehow treason to the team is bizarre, […]

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Who’s trashing the economy?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

It’s now official, since the budget, economic confidence has plummeted. But who is to blame – government or opposition? For a couple of weeks there the news was unofficial – just straws in the wind. Turnover in the video store was down, but then it’s an industry in decline, so not a very good data point. […]

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Right algorithm, missing sizzle

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

I’m so impressed I had to blog this. This advertisement:   appeared immediately over this post on our forum:   …Very true Yuyutsu, but also oversimplified. Take note that 30 percent of the Australian economy lurks in the dark area of the black market. …The proponents of this economy are not simply drug runners either; they […]

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Hard left demands monopoly on cultural heights

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Well, maybe it is going a little far to describe Crikey as the “hard left”, but with Marni Cordell, ex New Matilda, as their new editor, they have to be trending that way. Certainly this headline from their email newsletter suggests they know where their audience’s heart is: “Tories dominate PM’s book awards”. The PM’s […]

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