Plus Ultra!

Plus Ultra!

I know Brian said that we’d posted our last, but I couldn’t let the very kind words on the thread announcing our closure to go un-remarked. I also thought it somewhat incumbent on me as founder of the blog to […]

Brisbanites! Announcing The Ubiquitous Hat Pop Up Book and Garage Sale! This Saturday!

Brisbanites! Announcing The Ubiquitous Hat Pop Up Book and Garage Sale! This Saturday!

As Brian mentioned the other day, I’m moving and we’re hosting a Pop Up Book and Garage Sale on Saturday at our Farm House. There’s oodles of quality books – academic and otherwise, with politics and history particularly prominent among […]

Tim Dunlop on Tony Abbott’s Press Gallery Cheer Squad

Tim Dunlop on Tony Abbott’s Press Gallery Cheer Squad

In posing the question yesterday about why Tony Abbott’s expenses claims attracted so little scrutiny during the last term of Parliament, I might have added that the way they are being reported now is interesting, to say the least. Headlines […]

Australia needs an inquiry into Parliamentary expenses and transparency and reform

Australia needs an inquiry into Parliamentary expenses and transparency and reform

If the calculations that Tony Abbott has claimed over $90 000 in questionable expenses while in Opposition are true (and I don’t make the claim that they are – but clearly someone has gone to the trouble of compiling expenses […]

The Contradictions of Direct Action

The Contradictions of Direct Action

One of the great illusions of political analysis in Australia is that the Coalition has a “cunning plan”, a unified and coherent agenda for governing the nation. This is manifested in both left and right variants. On the left, we […]

All local politics is global I

All local politics is global I

One of the interesting things, to me, about visiting Prague was talking to a number of local academics – at the Anglo-American University and the Institute of Industrial and Financial Management – about how globalisation was often viewed through a […]

Mr Abbott elected PM; Invents invisibility potion

Mr Abbott elected PM; Invents invisibility potion

There’s been a fair bit of comment today about Tony Abbott’s reluctance to appear in the media. Notable are Jonathan Green (who rightly derides the absurdity and immorality of the “hide the boats” strategy) and Dee Madigan, with whom I […]

Anthony Albanese for Labor Leader

Anthony Albanese for Labor Leader

I watched the first of three televised “debates” between Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten the other night. They will meet again in Melbourne tomorrow night and appear together on Q&A on Monday night. One of the interesting things about this […]

Mr Abbott and the Culture Wars II: Climate Change and civil society

Mr Abbott and the Culture Wars II: Climate Change and civil society

One argument I made in my earlier post about Mr Abbott’s relaunch of the Culture Wars is that he won’t have noticed that civil society is stronger than it was in the Howard years. It’s not just “clicktivism” – there […]