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The dots less joined

November 12, 2017 - 21:04 -- Admin

As someone who asked the question of whether British-born Tony Abbott is eligible to sit in the Australian Parliament back in 2014, I feel the pain of punters who are tired of the ‘section 44’ story. In those days, we who raised the s.44 question were mocked as “birthers”, a nasty distortion, as I explained here.

The usual thanks

October 21, 2017 - 23:12 -- Admin

When I started this blog in 2013, it was to debrief from the coming tsunami of nasty policy and toxic dishonesty that I was sure would inevitably flow from an Abbott government. Two years later, in 2015, I did not assume that Malcolm Turnbull would be an honest and statesmanlike Prime Minister.

Equality before the law is a fundamental right

September 1, 2017 - 20:25 -- Admin

One of the most enduring objectives of western scholars is to define the parameters of any debate within their field of expertise. This is then countered by another scholar who wishes to emphasise the boundaries within which their own expertise will shine. In this way, an endless and largely redundant struggle for supremacy in a particular discipline is perpetuated.

Holding ministers to account

June 21, 2017 - 23:11 -- Admin

The federal government is in a spot of legal bother. This may seem like the old cliché about the builder with the unfinished home renovation. But for tradies, the explanation is obvious. Work for paying customers is prioritised because it puts food on the table.

Someone is wrong on the internet*

June 3, 2017 - 02:07 -- Admin

There are specific ethics considerations around research with human subjects. These words may – and should – conjure up images of white people measuring the noses and lips of Aboriginal children, and stealing the skulls of their ancestors. Of Henritta Lacks, and the Tuskagee Experiment. Of electric shocks administered to same-sex attracted people.