The news that an AUSTRALIAN boy, a 14 year old, is being held in Bali for marijuana possession, has the national media – and the politicians they dominate – demanding action. The weird thing about this is that, for once, the politicians and media are opposed to locking up children who haven’t committed a serious [...]READ MORE
This is totally not the fault of the hysterical polemicists who’ve spent the last six months screaming that Julia Gillard is a LIAR who is going to DESTROY THE COUNTRY and must be RUN OUT OF OFFICE, but here are two revealing exhibits from the respective big party leaders’ speaking engagements today. First, the Prime [...]READ MORE
The Carbon Price announcement, or: How much of Tony Abbott’s scaremongering was even vaguely accurate?
A thread to discuss the Prime Minister’s announcement tonight of the details of the agreed carbon price scheme. I’m not going to say anything else in advance. My speculation’s no more illuminating than Tony Abbott’s has been over the past six months. Let’s hear what the Labor Party, the Greens and the Independents are actually [...]READ MORE
Here’s hoping journos won’t fall for the “let’s not go too hard on the ALP”, pro-segregation “Marriage Alliance”
This is a post about something which I suspect the media are about to do, rather than something they already have. Credulously believing, and then repeating, cynical astroturfing efforts to help the ALP diffuse pressure on it to finally remove discrimination against gay Australians in the Marriage Act, as supported by a clear majority of [...]READ MORE