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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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Lack of judgement? Blame the staff.

Last week the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, again found himself in an uncomfortable situation regarding his surroundings. On a routine political visit to a factory he was photographed, wearing the de rigeur bright yellow vest and safety goggles, while being … Continue reading

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Osama’s death: a victory with no purpose

It’s probably not politically correct to admit this, but I’m distinctly underwhelmed by the killing of Osama bin Laden. There. I’ve said it. Oh, make no mistake, Osama was a particularly nasty piece of work. The mastermind behind the September … 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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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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