May 17, 2017 | Graham

Corporatisation of political parties

Hillary Clinton has just started a new movement called Onwards Together to “resist” Donald Trump. It is similar to her campaign slogan “Stronger Together”, but if you translated it into French you would probably call it something like “En Marche”, which is the name of Emmanuel Macron’s new political […] Continue Reading…

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January 10, 2017 | Graham

So how fast is the sea really rising?

Some more on the BOM Annual Climate Report, or at least the reaction to it. Speaking on the World Today, Professor Will Steffen said this:
In terms of our coastal zones we’ve got to take seriously the issue that sea levels are rising and storm surges are coming in on […] Continue Reading…

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January 07, 2017 | Graham

Global warming hysteria needs to take a longer view

Climate change is accelerating, according to the latest annual climate report from the Bureau of Meteorology, with 2016 tipped to have been the hottest year ever recorded globally.
according to The Australian. And because it is the BOM, no one bothers to check.

In fact, when you go to some of […] Continue Reading…

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November 14, 2016 | Graham

How is that “Fair Expectations of Behaviour” policy going?

Yesterday I wrote about the Department of Housings boast of having a more efficient system, labelled “Fair Expectations of Behaviour” for managing poorly behaved social welfare housing tenants than the Newman government’s “Three strikes” policy.

My criticism was based on their own figures, but there is nothing like some anecdotal […] Continue Reading…

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November 13, 2016 | Graham

De-Newmanisation not working #1

Queensland Housing Minister Mick de Brenni’s determination to return welfare housing to its Soviet-style past provides the latest natural experiment into what public policy approaches work best.

The “iconoclasts” of the Queensland ALP seem determined to obliterate the three years of the Newman government, no matter that voters, including their […] Continue Reading…

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November 07, 2016 | Graham

Turnbull starting to move in the right direction

The latest Morgan Gallup Poll shows Malcolm Turnbull’s approval rating falling slightly, but a massive increase in the numbers preferring him as Prime Minister over Bill Shorten.

At last Turnbull is moving in the right direction. If he can maintain this he can win the next election.

What is most significant […] Continue Reading…

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October 31, 2016 | Graham

Pascal’s wager called into defence of climate change

Professor Martin Weissman Weitzman postulates “that if there is a finite possibility, however small, of an infinitely bad outcome (human extinction) then virtually any cost is worth incurring to prevent it,” according to Peter Lilley, writing in this review of the Stern Report.

But that is essentially the trick that […] Continue Reading…

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October 11, 2016 | Graham

Queensland’s over-promise on privatisation

At the higher figure it would take the sale of land capable of supporting 83,077 units to fund the entire cost of the Cross River tunnel. At the lower figure that blows out to 180,000. […] Continue Reading…

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October 03, 2016 | Graham

Trump’s tax losses are not tax avoidance

If the Donald wants to come back from his tax debacle he will admit to having really screwed up in the ’90s. He will tell people he isn’t proud of his mistakes, but he has learned from them. […] Continue Reading…

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September 22, 2016 | Graham

This is why Sonia Kruger still has a job

Sonia Kruger was the first significant celebrity (unless you put Pauline Hanson in this category) to suggest that perhaps we should stop Islamic immigration, at least temporarily, until the terrorism issue is settled.

Now an Essential Poll says 49% of Australians agree. The proportions between the parties are 60% amongst […] Continue Reading…

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