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What next ?

May 21, 2019 - 13:42 -- Admin

I’ve had my say on the election, and don’t intend to engage in post-mortems. The only question of interest for me now is: what to do next?

I can’t see any useful contribution I can make to Australian politics for the moment, though I’m happy to take suggestions. Serious policy development is going to be off the agenda for some time, and I’ve got nothing new to say about political strategy or day-to-day politics.

Adani’s moment of truth

May 20, 2019 - 11:26 -- Admin

The political campaign against Adani’s Carmichael mine has failed. That’s a big shift from the last Queensland state election, where the state government gained support in the south-east and held on to it in North Queensland. Obviously, Bob Brown’s convoy was counter-productive, perhaps disastrously so, and this failure will undermine any future direct action campaign in the region.

Monday Message Board

May 20, 2019 - 09:45 -- Admin

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please. If you would like to receive my (hopefully) regular email news, please sign up using the following link

The day after

May 19, 2019 - 07:42 -- Admin

Like everyone else, I expected a Labor victory in the election. I expected good things from that, and I see lots of bad consequences from the actual outcome.

Coming events

May 10, 2019 - 15:48 -- Admin

I’ve got quite a few events coming up in the next couple of weeks. * On 13 and 14 May, I’m running a workshop at the University of Queensland on Epistemic & Personal Transformation: Dealing with the Unknowable and Unimaginable. Details here.

Trade wars: Easy to win?

May 10, 2019 - 15:45 -- Admin

The trade war between the US (or rather the Trump Administration) and China (or rather Ji Xinping) is heating up again. The standard view seems to be that, because of the massive imbalance in merchandise trade between the two countries, Trump has the advantage. China could retaliate by dumping US bonds, but this is seen as a weapon too dangerous to use.