June 25, 2015 | Graham
By putting Zaky Mallah to air the ABC made a category mistake. They categorised an existential threat to Australia as being just an ideological disagreement.
They are not the only ones making category mistakes about terrorism and terrorist organisations, and until we sort them out our response to Islamic State, […] Continue Reading…
June 17, 2015 | Graham
I’m not sure how this works, but the University of Western Australia decided it couldn’t accept federal government money to host Bjorn Lomborg’s Australian Consensus Centre, but it is happy to host a lecture by Peter Singer, a man who advocates infanticide, eugenics and bestiality.
Lomborg’s sin was apparently to […] Continue Reading…
May 08, 2015 | Graham
JFK died so young that it is hard to realise that he was one of the generation that defined itself by the Great Depression and WWII. If he were alive to day he would have been almost 98.
At his funeral they played Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings Op11.
They framed […] Continue Reading…
April 26, 2015 | Graham
For Australians war is something we have always travelled to. We are unlike almost any other nation in this respect. It is something implicit in our celebration of Anzac Day. The battlefields of all these wars are somewhere else.
But thanks to the modern age of mobility, war has come […] Continue Reading…
March 31, 2015 | Graham
Anyone who understands physics, which excludes many prognosticators on climate change (yes, I’m thinking of you @beneltham*), understands that the oceans drive the climate.
So it was always a bit of a stretch to think that the plateau in global temperatures of over the last 18 or so years was […] Continue Reading…
March 31, 2015 | Graham
The shooting of a young black male in Ferguson, and the ensuing riots, is generally portrayed as a racist event, but depending on where you stand, the racists can be white or black.
Verbatim Theatre is a genre where you take the actual evidence and lay it out in front […] Continue Reading…
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March 29, 2015 | Graham
With her back against a wall, faced with a decision she should have made two weeks ago, and after having tried to shovel that decision off onto the party secretary, Annastacia Palaszczuk has belatedly sacked “Billy” Gordon from her party and bizarrely claimed the decision is driven by “integrity”.
Even […] Continue Reading…
March 20, 2015 | Graham
Tony Abbott has been portrayed as too tough and unfeeling by his enemies for as long as he’s been in parliament. This is wrong. Despite his obvious exercise discipline what we’re seeing at the moment is a Pavlova – brittle on the outside and soft in.
If Abbott were tough […] Continue Reading…
March 17, 2015 | Ronda Jambe
Last night I went to the presentation by the Melbourne based Alternative Technology Association.
They did a report last year comparing domestic gas for heating, hot
water and cooking with efficient electric. It is a fairly complex report,
and considers many variables, including type of housing, location in
Australia, local gas prices and […] Continue Reading…
March 10, 2015 | Graham
It’s amazing how many people have leapt in to criticise Hockey’s suggestion that young Australians should be able to tap into their super contributions to buy their first home, including this bad tempered contribution from former PM Paul Keating.
Far from being a class envy attack on retirement savings, it […] Continue Reading…