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Abbott says SSM is a deeply personal issue . . . but you can’t have a free vote. What?

August 12, 2015 - 10:16 -- Admin

Two notable outcomes resulted from the Coalition’s six and a half hour joint party room meeting called to debate the legalising of same-sex marriage last night. The obvious outcome is that there will be no legal same-sex marriage on Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s watch, and that should surprise no one, remembering how Abbott once famously remarked that he felt “threatened” by gays.

Book Review: Ideas for Australian Cities, by Hugh Stretton

August 11, 2015 - 20:39 -- Admin

When Hugh Stretton, one of Australia’s great public intellectuals, died last month aged 91, I was moved to re-read one of the first books he wrote* – Ideas for Australian Cities. This book, published in 1970 was so unusual that he couldn’t find an academic publisher for it, so he published it himself. At the time, I found it one of the most important books I’d read, one that changed my way of looking at cities. So what do I think of it forty-five years later?

Ok, I’ve Been Wrong Before – I Said That Malcolm Turnbull Would Never Stand Up To Tony!

August 11, 2015 - 20:31 -- Admin

Mm, I seem to remember some journalist said something like this:

“In the current environment, it’s better to be first than right!”

Mind you I can’t remember who said it, so I’ve put the quotation marks around it just to sound more authentic.

So take it from me, according to sauces, Tony Abbott is done. And we should apply those sauces and put him on the barbecue. After witch, whoops, these homonyms can be confusing…

There’s a political revolution going on in the US

August 11, 2015 - 13:09 -- Admin

“We must create a political revolution from the ground up. Real change happens when millions of people stand up and say enough is enough.” And that’s what is happening, right across the United States.

Today, around 27,000 people showed up to hear democratic socialist and candidate for president Bernie Sanders speak in Los Angeles. Almost 10,000 had to watch outside, unable to make it into the venue.