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Keating the maddie

Keating the maddie

Politicians come in three types – straight men, fixers and maddies. … I am certainly a maddie! That or something like it was the grab used on radio to promote the final episode of the Keating interviews with Kerry O’Brien. […]

We pay, but what do we get?

We pay, but what do we get?

There was much interest in a leaked list of the pay packets of the ABC’s star personnel yesterday, published (paywalled) in The Australian. If I’d been asked to guess how much these folks were paid I would have been thinking […]

They don’t make them like Paul Keating anymore

They don’t make them like Paul Keating anymore

8.30 pm is the absolute worst time in the 24 hour cycle for me, but of course it is prime TV time and last night we were treated to the first of four interviews of Paul Keating by Kerry O’Brien. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guest post by Miriam Lyons: Pushing Our Luck? I

MB writes: I’ve asked a number of the contributors to our discussion at Avid Reader around the CPD’s Pushing Our Luck to write up some of the themes and thoughts from the night. Second cab off the rank is Miriam Lyons. I’ve extracted the first section […]

Richard Denniss: Should we all move to New Zealand?

Richard Denniss: Should we all move to New Zealand?

In an op/ed in the Canberra Times today, Dr Richard Denniss, Executive Director of The Australia Institute asks whether there is scope for hope on the left in an Abbott Prime Ministership. Denniss alludes to the oft-expressed desire of lefties […]

“I call the Honourable the Minister for Anzac Biscuits” … or something…

“I call the Honourable the Minister for Anzac Biscuits” … or something…

I was surprised this afternoon to see folks whom I respect expressing surprise at the crazy list of portfolios in Tony Abbott’s First Ministry. We all know it by now – a Minister for Anzac Day but no Minister for […]

Envisioning realistic Utopias, realised utopias, Erik Olin Wright and Crooked Timber

There’s been a fascinating series on Crooked Timber on Erik Olin Wright’s book Envisioning Realistic Utopias. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem yet to be a sidebar link which captures the posts, and Wright is new to blogging and hasn’t linked back […]