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Goodbye and thanks.

I have a busy year ahead of me. I am in the throes of doing the interviews for my PhD (the fun bit) and then comes the hard bit – the analysis and writing. I’m very much looking forward to it. Over the past few years of blogging here and at my personal blogsite, I [...]

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Grammar Obsessive Disorder (G.O.D.) – anyone you know?

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More, not less, equality needed for economic growth

Now the attention of Australian policy-makers is turning to maximising prosperity, understood as GDP growth, over the next few years. The Australian’s Michael Stutchbury says this will require ‘tough-love’ policies. Usually, this is code for giving carrots to the rich and sticks to the poor. Tough for the bottom of society, great for the top, [...]

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Asylum seekers: too tough or too humane

Rudd’s ‘tough but humane’ bob each way rhetoric on asylum seekers was always a crock but hey worth a try and great if you can get away with it. Today’s newspoll shows that he hasn’t got away with it. Of course, Rudd could hope that this newspoll is an outlier and the damage is not [...]

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Copenhagen loses appeal for Obama

The much-heralded Copenhagen conference looks like it is about to be dealt a fatal blow, with the Obama administration in ‘lowering expectations’ mode.

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Women’s unhappiness and drugs

Barbara Ehrenreich: It’s an old story: If you want to sell something, first find the terrible affliction that it cures. In the 1980s, as silicone implants were taking off, the doctors discovered “micromastia” — the “disease” of small-breastedness. More recently, as big pharma searches furiously for a female Viagra, an amazingly high 43% of women [...]

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Office work doesn’t need to be boring

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Mark Scott should talk to Oliver Stone

Before ABC managing director takes his organisation down the path of the so-called pro-am model (no-one knows what this means but the words sound ‘inclusive’), he should have a chat to film-maker Oliver Stone who told Terra’s Orbita US 2009 conference in New York on Tuesday night: “I’ve heard the democratic argument [for the internet] [...]

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In Sydney, adultery is bad but property is really serious

This week a couple of big media stories gave us another epiphany on the Sydney psyche. Della Bosca’s escapades with a comedy script writer got a kind of faux serious treatment, ‘shock, adultery right here in Sydney, what next?’. And then last night, the really serious Sydney stuff, a property dispute that resulted (apparently) in [...]

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Laziness is not the way to the Lodge

Malcolm Turnbull has failed on two fronts this week, political donations and the ETS legislation. The idea that the Opposition will oppose the Government’s reforms on political donations because they don’t go far enough is pure poppycock. More serious is the admission that the Opposition will oppose the Government’s ETS legislation but will not put [...]

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