July 11, 2014 | Graham
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 [...] Continue Reading…
July 09, 2014 | Graham
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 [...] Continue Reading…
July 08, 2014 | Graham
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 [...] Continue Reading…
July 03, 2014 | Ronda Jambe
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 [...] Continue Reading…
July 02, 2014 | Graham
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 [...] Continue Reading…
June 18, 2014 | Graham
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 [...] Continue Reading…
June 12, 2014 | Graham
What is it about Labor, and the left more generally, that it plays the person rather than the ball, and applies the techniques of social exclusion rather than logic and rational persuasion? And why does the media play along with Labor when it does?
Tony Abbott is overseas representing Australia, and [...] Continue Reading…
June 05, 2014 | Graham
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 [...] Continue Reading…
May 30, 2014 | Graham
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 [...] Continue Reading…
May 27, 2014 | Graham
I’m so impressed I had to blog this.
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; [...] Continue Reading…