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Tongue Of The Day

April 24, 2015 - 09:17 -- Admin



By Ross Sharp.

Flicked over to Channel 7’s “Sunrise” program briefly this morning, and it’s a live cross to “Kochie” from  Turkey and he’s promising upcoming coverage of a “great ceremony” in the morrow.

It’s the Olympics for Dead People. Who came dead first. Who came dead last.

You get what you pay for

April 19, 2015 - 16:29 -- Admin

While their philosophy remains to cut spending and lower taxes, the Abbott government are unlikely to produce an equitable budget.

As John Daley of the Grattan Institute put it,

“If you try to fix on the spending side, you only hit the bottom half. If you fix on the tax side you more or less hit the top half.”

The Art of Robert Mapplethorpe. American Photographer

April 19, 2015 - 11:17 -- Admin

Why did I choose Robert Mapplethorpe as the subject for this essay? On my library shelves sits a book titled “ Image of the Body “( Michael Gill ) and its cover is adorned with a photograph by Mapplethorpe entitled. “ Ken and Lydia and Tyler 1985 “The work is of a group of three people. A white female one black and one white male. I have always been absorbed by this photograph.( above left.)

Note. Quotations in italics are by the artist.

Tony Abbott And Groupthink Or Yes, We’re All Individuals – Apart From Me!

April 18, 2015 - 10:17 -- Admin

From time to time, people in the comments section disagree with me. Sometimes, they even tell me that I shouldn’t be writing on a particular subject because it’s not worth talking about, which always bemuses me. It’s not worth writing about, but it’s worth commenting on the fact that it’s not worth writing about. Other times, the comments will lead to a healthy debate between people, even on a topic that wasn’t the subject of the post.

The Magna Carta

April 17, 2015 - 21:04 -- Admin



Ever wondered where the long road to achieving the rights of the common man began?

Guest blogger Graham Parton, explains.

If 2014 was the year we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, 2015 will be the year we commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Labor framed as the villain again

April 17, 2015 - 19:00 -- Admin

Over the last couple of days, the Twittersphere has been full of congratulations for Waleed Aly’s The Project segment on the Renewable Energy Target (RET). If you haven’t watched it yet, here it is. Apart from the fact that it’s fairly amusing that journalists like Aly get congratulated for talking about the details of a policy, and showing that they actually care about policy outcomes, (because shouldn’t they all be doing this all the time?), the segment was, on the whole a good one.