By Mark Bahnisch on April 10, 2013
Political discourse works on a number of levels and addresses a number of audiences. There’s always some sort of policy wonk justification for things governments do. Ministers, shadows, MPs and Senators should be able to recite facts and figures. Then [...]
By Mark Bahnisch on April 7, 2013
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 [...]
By Brian on April 8, 2012
As I outlined in the first post, in February this year the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry reconvened as a result of reporting in The Australian by Hedley Thomas which suggested there had been a major breach of the flood [...]
By Robert Merkel on February 13, 2012
This is almost too good to be true, but it appears to be very much real.
Gina Rinehart has composed a poem extolling the virtues of Special Economic Zones and guest workers, and had it engraved on a boulder placed outside a new market in Perth’s suburbs.
By Kim on January 25, 2012
I think everyone of a certain age can remember a certain mantra from John Howard. Symbols, he intoned, are not important. “Symbolic Reconciliation” is not important, he couldn’t say Sorry. The Republic was just a symbol, of interest to “elites”. [...]
By Mark Bahnisch on December 8, 2011
Some of the seemingly surprising alliances crystallised by the Lock The Gate campaign against the impacts of Coal Seam Gas exploration on land use and communities were on display in today’s media, as Lock The Gate President (and long time [...]
By tigtog on November 16, 2011
Hot off the press release, but I’m not apologising for highlighting local film achievements: congratulations to all the winners, especially to Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton (who are a weekly staple in our house) for their Living Legend award.
By Mark Bahnisch on November 3, 2011
Tonight I went to Paul Keating’s book tour at the Brisbane Powerhouse. There’s a real sense, as I argued recently at The Drum, that we still live in the John Howard era. But only because the evil angels of this country are continually conjured up by [...]
By Paul Norton on October 31, 2011
It’s that time of year again. Post whatever you like about the Melbourne Cup – tips for Tuesday, anecdotes, trivia, deconstruction, equine sock puppets, fashion advice, hangover cures, etc.
By Mark Bahnisch on October 22, 2011
After the Occupy Melbourne event was forcibly (and it appears, disproportionately violently) cleared by the Victorian Police at the instance of Melbourne Mayor Robert Doyle, Dr_Tad has been reflecting at Left Flank on some of the criticism of the actions [...]
By Robert Merkel on September 27, 2011
According to Jeff Kennett mandatory precommitment technology will threaten the viability of some clubs, and threaten the survival of the code”. Rubbish.