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Labor in 2013: a lot of red herrings, very little hope

January 18, 2013 1 Comment

by Malcolm Farnsworth It was easily dismissed as silly season puffery but Julia Gillard laid out the ALP’s re-election strategy in her letter to Sunday Telegraph readers last weekend. The strategy has been developed over most of the past year. It’s a story built around Gillard. In the letter, she says people praise her resilience. “I […]

A straw man argument in any language: a response to Shakira Hussein

September 10, 2012 2 Comments

by Benjamin Herscovitch Writing on The Stump on Thursday, Shakira Hussein dismantled arguments I never made. In a classic case of attacking a straw man, Hussein shadowboxed with the claims that teaching other languages to native English speakers is redundant and that Australians who speak Asian languages at home never need to hone their skills through […]

In Australia, we’re all happy little Vegemites

October 3, 2011 1 Comment

Kevin Rudd, it seems, is not unique. Just as the Foreign Minister last week proclaimed himself to be a happy little vegemite, so too do 78% of Australians aged 18 years and over claim to be satisfied with their lives. The Australian Bureau of Statistics brings the happy news in the summary findings of its General […]

Sarah Palin plays the waiting game

September 14, 2011 6 Comments

Staying out of the formal race does not appear to be doing Sarah Palin any harm in her efforts to become the Republican Party presidential nominee. During the debate between the declared candidates in Florida this morning our time, the former Governor of Alaska was watching proceedings on television as the latest opinion poll showed […]

Malaysia deal off: High Court rules against government

August 31, 2011 48 Comments

The federal government’s refugee swap deal with Malaysia is in tatters after the High Court ruled the scheme unlawful. Chief Justice Robert French ruled Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and the Immigration Department be restrained from sending asylum seekers to Malaysia. The court decision is below … HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA 31 August 2011 PLAINTIFF M70/2011 […]

Steve Jobs’s resignation letter

August 25, 2011 6 Comments

Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple. Here is his resignation letter in full. To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community: I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple”s CEO, I would be the first to let […]

Obama going from bad to worse

August 19, 2011

From bad to worse. President Barack Obama is off on his bus version of a whistle stop campaign tour and according to Gallup he needs to rustle up a bit of support. It makes for a dismal survey with dealing with terrorism the only area where he is held in more regard now than back […]

Coal seam gas a welcome issue for Labor

August 16, 2011 3 Comments

Tony Abbott might have been back-tracking yesterday morning on taking action that might slow the development of the coal seam gas industry but that will not stop the issue being troublesome for him. The National Party clearly has concerns about the impact of the mining technique on farmers as Barnaby Joyce has made clear during […]

Nearly standing still on unemployment

August 12, 2011 1 Comment

A year ago the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that in July 2010 there were just under 587,000 unemployed. Yesterday came the news that in July 2011 there were 576,000 officially looking for jobs. The economic recovery has stalled, writes Richard Farmer.

Less time in the slammer in the ACT

June 28, 2011 5 Comments

Canberra does not have one of those shock jock radio talk show hosts. The national capital makes do with a series of quite refined and broadly sensible hosts on local ABC radio. The Canberra Times gives a generally intelligent and non-inflammatory coverage of local events as does the only local television news on WIN. Perhaps […]