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The Hypocrisy of the Liberal Litigator

April 13, 2015 - 09:21 -- Admin

Guest blogger Ben Clark examines the actions of a government that claims to support the right to free speech while attempting to muzzle the press.

Last month, Joe Hockey took to the witness stand defending his reputation from allegations made by Fairfax Media.

In 2011, Aboriginal activist Pat Eatock also stood in court defending her reputation from allegations made by News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt.

Who Wants To A Millionaire? Screw That, I Have A Scheme For Making Billions…

April 12, 2015 - 19:28 -- Admin

Now, I’ve just had a look at how the Direct Action Carbon Scheme works.

Apparently, companies bid and the one that promises to reduce emissions by the largest amount can access money for doing so at an agreed figure like $20 a tonne.

Luckily, I have a business. Ok, it didn’t actually earn any money last financial year, but that won’t stop me bidding. I think that I’m going to offer to reduce a billion tonnes of emissions.

They “deserve” it

April 12, 2015 - 18:46 -- Admin

With Julie Bishop flying off to try and broker a deal with Iran to take back asylum seekers who have been refused refugee status, it is worth looking at the human rights record and conditions in Iran.

Abbott going Batty just doesn’t cut it – the media and the minister for women are failing miserably

April 12, 2015 - 14:56 -- Admin

I admire Rosie Batty. She has suffered immeasurable grief and tragedy with grace, courage and fortitude. She has moved forward, from the depths of despair with a resolute determination to highlight the issue of domestic violence and to try and change things for the better. Her obvious character and strength make her admirable choice for Australian of the year.

So, What’s On Your Mind?

April 12, 2015 - 13:55 -- Admin

Tim Dunlop, author of The New Front Page:New Media and the Rise of the Audience, argued recently that while the most exciting aspect of the new digital news media was the ability of the reader to directly interact with the writer, the downside was that readers and writers tended to form enclaves.

Especially as far as comments are concerned.

Qualified to Govern or Just Born to Rule

April 10, 2015 - 15:21 -- Admin

Miranda Devine in a piece for The Daily Telegraph last year proclaimed the Abbott Governments ‘’right to govern’’ on the basis of its MPs academic qualifications.

What then qualifies a person to become ‘’the honorable member for wherever,’’ or a senator for that matter. Does being richly educated matter or does just being rich in knowledge suffice. Do you need any credentials at all?

Breaking Debt Or Abbott On Ice

April 8, 2015 - 16:32 -- Admin

People have a funny way of looking at numbers. I remember during the GFC, people were expressing concern that China’s growth rate had dropped to a mere 8%. I commented at the time that it was still a pretty good growth rate and, unless it kept dropping, then it was probably more sustainable at 8% than its pre-GFC growth rates. It’s still growing at 8%, I remember telling someone, trying to convince them that this wasn’t going to lead to a contraction in the Chinese economy.

And furthermore…

April 8, 2015 - 09:54 -- Admin

As someone not of a religious bent, Edward Eastwood spent the Easter break compiling a list of a few of his least favourite things.

Reality T.V. cooking programs where smarmy overdressed and overfed ‘judges’ humiliate greedy aspirationals in front of a nationwide audience. These same overfed and overdressed epicureans are usually the ones who scream loudest and longest about the need to pay their staff penalty rates.