August 15, 2014 | Graham

Let’s rub out bigotry (and Catherine Deveny) Bill

I always thought that George Brandis was right – it is legal to be a bigot in this country – but Bill Shorten has corrected him, a correction which he tacitly seems to have accepted by abandoning his attempt to change section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act.

According to [...] Continue Reading…

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August 13, 2014 | Ronda Jambe

Cookin’ it up in the melting pot

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 [...] Continue Reading…

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August 12, 2014 | Graham

Why OLO has published on the link between abortion and breast cancer

After the treatment meted out to Eric Abetz, possibly the last thing I wanted to see in my email inbox was an article from a credible academic, with credible evidence, that there could indeed be a link between abortion and breast cancer.

But there it was, and it has been [...] Continue Reading…

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August 02, 2014 | Graham

Bikie WAGS as human shields

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 [...] Continue Reading…

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July 29, 2014 | Graham

40 job applications no big deal

When I worked as a finance consultant I was supposed to make 10 approaches a day, and attend at least two appointments. I’d keep notes of conversations and follow-up with potential clients at regular intervals if they had nothing for me now, but might have in the future.

I didn’t always make my [...] Continue Reading…

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July 19, 2014 | Graham

Questions for Premier Palasczcuk?

On the basis of today’s Stafford by-election, you would have to put your money on Anastacia Palasczcuk being the next premier of Queensland after the next election, due around March next year.

According to the Australian, the swing against the Newman government was 18.6%. The primary votes are almost a mirror [...] Continue Reading…

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July 13, 2014 | Graham

Palmer in trouble in the Senate

All the media commentary I have read says Tony Abbott is the one with a problem in the senate, but that is to misread entirely what is going on. The person with the biggest problem in the senate is Clive Palmer.

PUP is a party that offers a cornucopia of [...] Continue Reading…

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July 13, 2014 | Ronda Jambe

Does Mr A have a Plan B?

Has Abbott been jolted awake from his coal-fired stupor yet? Has the Australian
Senate taken the leadership role we have long hoped for?

If science doesn’t convince, the markets eventually will. This article and quote
from the UK Telegraph is yet another of many showing that the fossil fuel [...] Continue Reading…

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July 11, 2014 | Graham

The education Riddle

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…

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July 09, 2014 | Graham

Stiglitz needs to call in on NZ as well

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…

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