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Doing the grandchildren proud: a cautionary tale of self-interest and brainwashing

On Wednesday this week the government’s Clean Energy Bills passed both houses of parliament and will become law. Australia finally has a market mechanism to deal with greenhouse emissions and joins the European Union and New Zealand as a developed … Continue reading

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Smokes and mirrors

If one were to assess the importance of issues facing Australian society simply by column inches and the shrillness of politicians’ voices, one might be forgiven for thinking that the biggest threats to our environment, economy and indeed, our very … Continue reading

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PM’s opposition to gay marriage out of line

The Prime Minister, asked recently whether she would support same-sex marriage, replied that she is ‘on the conservative side of that argument’, claiming that she opposes gay marriage on the grounds that marriage as it stands – that is, the … Continue reading

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An open letter to Tony Abbott

An open letter to the Hon Mr Tony Abbott MP Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition (they are still loyal, aren’t they?) 24th March, 2011 Dear Mr Abbott When the Prime Minister announced her government’s plans to tax carbon pollution … 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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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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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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