Monthly Archives: December 2010

In Prometheus’ footsteps

A prescient observation from Bob Carr, a master of prescient observations generally, on his Thoughtlines blog today that those who persist in denying the reality of climate change are doing so from a standpoint of religious faith.  “The view that … Continue reading

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Sex and the single footballer

Another summer: another footballer scandal. There is a pattern emerging here and it’s not pretty. Take a pack of testosterone-charged young men with obscenely large disposable incomes, public idolisation and little responsibility or capacity to make decisions based on common … Continue reading

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The speech the PM could have made about Christmas Island

It was 24 hours after the boat carrying perhaps as many as 100 asylum seekers crashed into Christmas Island that the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, made her official statement. Having cancelled her summer leave, she returned to Canberra for a … Continue reading

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Advance Australia … where? The sad decline of a once proud nation

In 1977 a national poll was taken to determine which of four songs would be the Australian National Anthem. On offer was the imperial relic, God Save the Queen; Advance Australia Fair, which had been used as a sort of … Continue reading

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Democracy needs Wikileaks

Yesterday Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, was arrested in London on charges of sexual misconduct in Sweden.  He denies the allegations and friends, family and supporters claim that he has been set up and that the arrest is politically … Continue reading

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