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The truest test of multiculturalism and tolerance

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

What annoys me about the current discussion on burkas and Parliament House is not the way it briefly became practically the only political issue worth of media coverage. It is that the level of discussion, and the way the matter has been mushed around, indicates scary political correctness accompanied by lack of guts. We know […]

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How to be a feminist and a Muslim

Friday, September 26th, 2014

This morning Fran Kelly had a woman on who was introduced as ‘a feminist and a Muslim’. The conversation quickly turned to questions about the burka and its appropriateness in situations like Parliament House, or a bank. The interviewee trotted out the old line: ‘it’s ok to wear the burka if the woman chooses to’. […]

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Global Climate Opinion heats up

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The joy and relief of being back in Australia, and the gorgeous, green and peaceful landscape of Canberra in particular has been somewhat deflated by the threats against us made by certain violent nut-cases. It would be a mistake to credit their violence with religious dogma, as no religion preaches genocide. It would also be […]

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Another promise honoured at a reasonable price

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Bill Shorten thinks it is a “dirty deal” done “dirt cheap”, but the repeal of the Mining Resource Rental Tax merely returns money to its rightful owners. The decision by Gillard Labor to mug the mining industry may have been justified by it on the basis that these minerals are “our assets” but in fact it […]

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Hungering for the truth on climate change? or just hungry?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

‘Triangulate your research’ was one bit of advice that served me well. That means taking in data from several sources. And if you don’t trust the climate scientists, maybe pay attention to what the bankers are saying. And if you still aren’t convinced, the agricultural scientists and water experts have perspectives worth paying attention to. […]

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Cookin’ it up in the melting pot

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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 year I have no choice but […]

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Bikie WAGS as human shields

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

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 the way of danger, […]

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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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