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Pity the Climate Change Denialist

May 9, 2015 - 11:51 -- Admin

By Ben Clark

I pity Maurice Newman. For one thing, his conspiratorial rants are beginning to have the distinct hysterical tone of delusion, sounding much like an evangelical doomsayer yelling about mankind’s coming reckoning whilst pedestrians avert their eyes to the pavement. Moreover, his entire understanding of the economy, politics and life itself is unravelling before his eyes. Nature is disproving laissez-faire economics.

Hapless Hockey’s Hyperbole

May 9, 2015 - 10:33 -- Admin

Watching Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey the other night on television sitting together in one of their offices pretending to look over their latest brainchild, the 2015 budget, I couldn’t help but feel embarrassed.

To see our two most senior government members, one so stern faced, trying to look so accomplished, the other like he didn’t have a clue, parading in front of a compliant media, was near laughable.

What went wrong for UK Labour?

May 9, 2015 - 09:37 -- Admin

Through my study of political narratives I’ve learned many interesting things. But the one most important lessons is that a political narrative has to be simple to be effective. I will add yet another opinion to the thousands that are being written this weekend to analyse what went wrong for UK Labour by saying that their political narrative was all over the place and didn’t give mainstream voters something concrete to hang their hat on.

My Thoughts on the Week That Was

May 8, 2015 - 14:40 -- Admin


Authors note.

I have decided to convert what was my ‘’A Month in Politics’’ post into a weekly commentary. ‘’My Thoughts on the Week That Was’’

Saturday 2 May

1. The Indonesian Government legally murders two Australian citizens and then apologises to the parents for their suffering. That’s strange diplomacy.

Joe Hockey’s Financial Advice, And Why I Need Your Help To Follow It!

May 7, 2015 - 19:47 -- Admin

“I say to the Australian people directly, now is the time to borrow and invest,” said Joe Hockey.

Well, I went to the bank yesterday, in an attempt to do what the Treasurer said, and unfortunately the conversation went something like this:

Me – Hi, I’m here to borrow and invest.

Bank Person (who, hereafter will be refered to as BP, which may confuse some older Scouts) – Invest in what?

Struggle Street: How much do we hate the Western Suburbs?

May 7, 2015 - 13:03 -- Admin


PM Tony Abbott regards wealth as a refection of morals, the more money you have, the better person you are. Like right-wing corporate neo-cons the world over – if you are poor it is because you are lazy or stupid or hopeless or a drug addict or a “leaner” on welfare… and so do latte-sipping inner-city types who criticise the Western Suburbs.

Democracy: Coming soon to a parliament near you.

May 7, 2015 - 02:38 -- Admin

At the recent Queensland election, responding to Campbell Newman’s threat that a hung parliament is a hung Queensland,  Bob Katter made the astute observation that a hung parliament would more likely result in a minority government, a situation similar to almost every other constitutional democracy in the world. Now personally I’ve always thought Katter a bit of a nutter, in the nicest possible way of course, but in this instance I believe he hit the nail squarely and firmly on the head.