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Drugs and Depression

March 30, 2015 - 17:03 -- Admin

There is justifiable concern that depression and those suffering from it will be increasingly stigmatised as a consequence of the recent ‘French Alps’ plane tragedy, or more specifically, because of the man who caused it. Jennifer Wilson reports.

Paul Sheehan And Any Evidence Will Do . . . Actually, Forget Evidence – An Opinion Is Enough!

March 30, 2015 - 08:56 -- Admin

This morning I made the mistake of reading the ramblings of Paul Sheehan. Now, because his lack of a coherent argument upset me so much, I thought I’d subject you to my ramblings on the subject of Paul Sheehan.

Ok, part of me thinks that he’d be better ignored. But another part of me worries that if we just ignore people writing in nationally distributed papers, the next thing you know, someone in the current government will read it and use it as evidence.

Good luck citizens, we’re on our own

March 29, 2015 - 08:10 -- Admin

Australia’s rush to embrace sweeping powers to access the digital footprints of its citizenry has raised the existential age-old question: What is a journalist?

The development of the government’s data retention bill and its implications were woefully under-reported by those most obviously fitting the description until we got to the pointy end of the law-making.

The Liberals Managed Point One On John Kotter’s Eight Step Process Really Well!

March 28, 2015 - 18:58 -- Admin

My son is doing Year 12 Business Management, so I decided to have a look at what he’d be examined on at the end of the year. I saw a question about John Kotter’s theories of managing change and in that serendipitous way that things happen, I noticed a book by him the next day. The book was called, “Our Iceberg Is Melting”.

Bespoke Assassins (Part 11)

March 28, 2015 - 18:13 -- Admin

Paul Dellit has written some excellent political articles for The AIMN, so it came as some surprise that he is better known for his screenplay writing. Thomas Keneally, in a recent review of one of Paul’s screenplays I wrote: “I liked your screenplay and plot very much” and went on to describe it as “a very interesting and well-wrought script”.

The End of Politics? What absolute nonsense.

March 28, 2015 - 11:48 -- Admin

What’s with all these ‘end of’ theories? First we had Daniel Bell’s The End of Ideology: On the Exhaustion of Political Ideas in the Fifties (1960), then there was Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History (1992), and more recently, The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy (2012) by Tory MP Douglas Carswell. Now it seems we in Australia have our own ‘end of’ prophet – the ABC’s Jonathan Green.

Bring back the CES

March 28, 2015 - 11:33 -- Admin

The Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) was an Australian Government employment agency that was established in 1946.

With the successful election of the Liberal government of John Howard in 1996, the agency was on short time. Liberal Government policy stated that all Employment services were to be opened up to privatisation.

Within 2 years, all federal government interests and claims to run employment services directly had been relinquished by April 1998.

iPad winners announced

March 27, 2015 - 22:37 -- Admin

After 3 weeks the wait is over and the winners have been drawn.

But before we announce the winners we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support. It was impossible to thank everyone personally, so we hope this big collective “thank you very much” reaches you.

And now the winners (unfortunately there can only be two):

First prize of the iPad Air 2 goes to Annetta Luspinner.