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September 17, 2018 - 11:26 -- Admin

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.

Failing upwards

September 16, 2018 - 15:29 -- Admin

I’ve been busy finishing the manuscript of my book, and dealing with policy issues as they came up, so I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the Liberal leadership saga. One thing that strikes me is that Josh Frydenberg has had exceptionally favorable coverage, apparently on the basis that he’s likable and popular.

A deliberative Parliament in NSW

September 13, 2018 - 13:31 -- Admin

Talk about “hung parliaments” always presses my hot buttons. It’s coming up in relation to the NSW elections due in March, and will doubtless re-emerge when the next national election is called, unless it looks like an obvious walkover. As I’ve said many times, the term, derived by analogy from “hung jury” rests on the presumption that a Parliament without  a majority for either Labor or the L-NP coalition is incapable of governing properly. Experience suggests the opposite.

Time to join the generation game?

September 10, 2018 - 16:48 -- Admin

As regular readers will know, I’ve spent the better part of a generation[1] deriding what I call the generation game – the idea of dividing the population up into birth cohorts (categories based on year of birth) such as Boomers, X-ers and so on (Millennials weren’t invented when I started) and assigning them various supposed characteristics.  Most of the time, this exercise is little better than astrology.