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Some budget thoughts from a literacy researcher

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

These are some thoughts from Valerie Yule, a regular OLO author. Hockey could cut * middle class welfare e.g. parental payments at the rate of usual income, even if high. All payments at the lowest rate. *negative gearing *payments for buyers of first housing as that only makes housing prices higher, and rewards the owners […]

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Carr diary – told you so

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

It’s one of my few appearances on The Drum, but it’s got to be some of my most prescient writing – when Julia Gillard appointed Bob Carr as foreign minister, it was hailed by most commentators as a masterstroke, but I was among the few honourable dissenters. Labor is seen as being desperately in need […]

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Schools places of indoctrination rather than learning

Friday, April 11th, 2014

A new British report pings the British education system for indoctrinating students on questions of climate change and sustainability. In this, Australia is no better. Climate Control: Brainwashing in schools lays out in detail instances not just of bias, but active coercion, at a number of levels from core curriculum down to the choices that teachers […]

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Environmentalists behaving badly over wind turbines?

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Wind farms blight the landscape where they are erected, but apart from that, I was unsure whether they posed any real environmental, as opposed to economic, threats. That includes environmental threats to humans. Yet there has been a sustained campaign against wind turbines on the basis that they represent a threat to human health. In […]

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Shorten must nominate cuts or it is all bluster

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Bill Shorten will claim today that the budget situation is not as bad as the government says, and will accuse them of “deception” according to the SMH. If he doesn’t spell out which promises Labor made before the last election he would jettison, then he is the one being “deceptive”. As Chris Bowen reveals, Shorten’s […]

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List your least favourite bigots

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The Twitterverse, and the ALP, are afire as George Brandis proclaims that it is a human right to be a bigot, as though this was some novel proclamation from a fascist government when it is in fact a well-accepted principle of human rights. If you don’t believe me check out Article 19 of the Universal […]

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The hospitals that ate the budget

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

It seems that the Queensland government and the Senior Medical Officers at state government hospitals are still at loggerheads over pay and conditions with the Courier Mail reporting that over a 1,000 of them voted against the contracts at a meeting last night. This was after significant concessions by the government. There are a few […]

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Integrity Commissioner an “abject” lesson in why purges happen

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Queensland’s Integrity Commissioner David Solomon has been on the gravy train most of his life – a state he defines as “nepotism” – but now in his twilight years with a non-Labor government in charge, he’s decided the Queensland government has a nepotism crisis, and the ALP state leader agrees. Solomon is a lawyer and […]

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How much assistance does mining really get?

Monday, February 17th, 2014

“If the ‘end of the age of entitlement’ has come, why does the mining industry get so much assistance?” is a question I’ve seen raised lately by activists. It’s a curious question, because as the Productivity Commission shows, mining receives virtually no assistance at all, as you can see from the following graph and table […]

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Spinning (that’s polite) to a win in Griffith

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

I said in some recent analysis that the Labor campaign in Griffith had been dishonest. Yesterday I received an email from the winner, Terri Butler, which is exhibit “A”. Her opening statement was: We’ve sent a strong message to Tony Abbott that Australians won’t stand for his cuts to healthcare, his cuts to super fast […]

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