Monthly Archives: February 2011

Hero and villain of the week: 26/2/11

Hero: Once again a natural disaster, this time on the other side of the Tasman, has brought out all measure of heroics and tales of remarkable survival, but my hero for this week is not a survivor or rescuer from … Continue reading

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So, why did the Chief Scientist resign?

The position of Chief Scientist was created in 1989 by Prime Minister Bob Hawke and to date has been occupied by six eminent scientists. The most recent, Professor Penny Sackett, is the first woman to have held the position and … Continue reading

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Hero and villain of the week: 19/2/11

Hero: Teachers are among the many unsung heroes in our society. Too often the popular press invites us to paint all teachers the same colour as the few who make headlines for some sort of misconduct, while all the thousands … Continue reading

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Manipulating the language or the truth?

  I’ve written about the state of public language before, but in the wake of the Scott Morrison ‘funeralgate’ episode, I’ve been thinking about how it is manipulated by politicians to serve a political agenda. Morrison made headlines for all … Continue reading

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Balmain: ALP v Greens on March 24

The NSW state electorate of Balmain has had almost as colourful a history as the suburb. Once deeply working class based around the shipyards and docks, and now inner-urban cosmopolitan and affluent, Balmain was always a Labor seat until won … Continue reading

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Musings on Kristina Keneally and what NSW might wake up to on March 27

When Kristina Keneally was catapulted into the leadership of the NSW Government in December 2009, a friend commented to me that NSW Labor must know they’re heading for disaster – “they’ve put in a woman as Premier and a woman … Continue reading

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Hero and Villain of the Week: 12/2/11

Hero: Many heroes this morning, and they’re all in Egypt. After three weeks of peaceful revolution and a last-ditch defiant stand by dictator Mubarak, he finally fled the capital late on Friday 11 Februray. Among the heroes are up to … Continue reading

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