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By Brian on June 18, 2013
These posts are intended to share information and ideas about climate change and hence act as an open thread. This post has emphasised adaptation and mitigation, essentially what we need to do to achieve a safe climate. Comments, about science, [...]
By Brian on June 17, 2013
It may have escaped attention last week that the Coalition waved the Gonski bill through the House of Representatives on the voices and without amendment. The common view in the press has been that Gonski is dead in the water [...]
By Cat Herding Cabal on June 16, 2013
Since we don’t live by politics alone (I sincerely hope), what else did people get up to this weekend? Join in, share some tales, regulars and lurkers all!
By Cat Herding Cabal on June 15, 2013
An open thread where, at your weekend leisure, you can discuss almost anything* you like.
* some comments are likely to be far more welcome as part of existing discussions e.g. there’s already plenty of election threads!
By Cat Herding Cabal on June 14, 2013
In order to keep Saturday Salon as a 2013 Federal election-free zone, here’s a separate news-cycle week-ending thread where you can talk about anything related to current politics and the election.
By Brian on June 14, 2013
A few days ago when Abbott once again invaded our TV screens protesting how many women surround him, my wife happened to be reading Laura Tingle’s Quarterly Essay on page 52 on how Howard and Abbott had changed the Liberal [...]
By Paul Norton on June 14, 2013
It’s time, methinks, for the first condemn thread of the revived LP. Feel free to condemn the living daylights out of whatever has got your goat recently – but do try to keep this thread stoush-free. To kick things off, [...]
By Anna Winter on June 13, 2013
When the first female prime minister of the country makes abortion an explicit topic for debate, surely we can take a moment to acknowledge what a big deal that is.
Posted in Feminism, Politics, Politics of the Election, Women | Tagged abortion, campaigning, conscience votes, elections, Federal Election 2013, freedom, health care, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, women for gillard | 102 Responses
By Brian on June 12, 2013
Political fact-checking after a history of about 10 years in the USA has now come to Australia. Matthew Knott has the story at Crikey. Politifact Australia, under licence from the Tampa Bay Times site, is now up and running, founded [...]
By Brian on June 11, 2013
1. Antarctic ice melt studies A recent study by Abram et al showed that the ice on the Antarctic peninsula was melting about 10 times faster than it was 600 years ago, concluding that further melting was particularly sensitive to [...]
By Brian on June 10, 2013
Last week legionnaires disease struck in one of our major private hospitals, The Wesley. On Wednesday we were told that a cancer sufferer had died from the disease last Sunday. The hospital was making soothing noises. The hospital has contacted [...]