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An afternoon with the ABS

September 11, 2015 - 18:57 -- Admin

When looking at the Labour force survey for August 2015, I noticed the seasonally adjusted figure showing the number of employed people in July (they show the month before) was 52,400 lower than had been quoted in the July release – the release which caused Joe Hockey to crow about creating 38,500 jobs in the month. How could this be?

A few phone calls and some reading later I got my answer. (And thanks to the people at the ABS who are always happy to help despite funding cuts).

My violence is better than your violence

September 11, 2015 - 10:01 -- Admin

In our supposedly enlightened modern society we pretend to deplore violence but we are willing participants in perpetuating it – in our sport, in our movies, in our games, in our language, and sadly, all too often, in our homes.

From our high moral ground we see our violence as better than ‘their’ violence. We meet aggression with greater aggression.

Has Abbott found his 9/11?

September 9, 2015 - 11:07 -- Admin

The Syrian refugee crisis has become the story of the week. The images of hundreds of refugees streaming off ferries, dozens in unseaworthy vessels, and endless lines walking along rail-line tracks toward Germany in search of a new life, have flooded our television news services.

In Australia, particularly on social media, the debate is in full swing. Will we accept our responsibilities and take some of these people? How many? How quickly? How soon?

Tony’s report card

September 8, 2015 - 22:06 -- Admin

When Tony Abbott addressed the nation with his job application in 2013, he made a lot of promises about his “positive plan to restore the hope, reward and opportunity that should be your birth right.”

“We have the plan, we have the team and we are ready.”

Private party at the Gaza strip club – Part III. Why is the Syrian war taking so long?

September 8, 2015 - 11:09 -- Admin

Once again the human skid mark who temporarily occupies the office of Prime Minster of Australia has embarrassed us all, this time by generously announcing not one additional place in our already less than adequate refugee programme for any of the estimated 4 million dispossessed men women and children currently fleeing US air strikes in Syria. How this walking argument for contraception sleeps at night is not for me to question.