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In the long shadow of the Labor split

September 18, 2017 - 14:20 -- Admin

The most extraordinary claim in this book appears not in the text but on the dust jacket, where reference is made to Brian Burke and a group of fellow Labor “idealists” reinventing the Western Australian branch of the Labor Party. Burke has been called many things, by friend and foe alike, but “idealist” is — to put it charitably — a stretch.

The stamina of Angela Merkel

September 12, 2017 - 15:11 -- Admin

Less than two weeks before Germany’s elections on 24 September, the headlines are dominated by Irma rather than Angela. And the hurricane in the Caribbean isn’t the only event that interested Germans this past weekend more than the question of who will win the elections: Bayern Munich’s loss against lowly Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga was one topic; the Rolling Stones’ gig in front of 82,000 fans in Hamburg was another.

Careful what you wish for

September 12, 2017 - 11:37 -- Admin

The postal marriage survey starts popping into letterboxes today, and if the deadline to return it were this Friday, or next, we know exactly what the result would be: an easy win for Yes.

Opinion polls tell us so. Polls can be wrong, but not by this amount. True, the marriage survey won’t be scientific; although the sample size will be massive (perhaps around ten million), the sampling error will be large and the result won’t be weighted.

The general’s goose

September 11, 2017 - 16:50 -- Admin

His admirers saw him as a charismatic leader with a dazzling smile, a commoner following an ancient tradition of warrior service on behalf of an indigenous people who feared marginalisation at the hands of ungrateful immigrants. One tourist pleaded with him to stage a coup in her backyard; in private parties around the capital, Suva, infatuated women whispered “Coup me baby” in his presence.

War stories

September 10, 2017 - 08:22 -- Admin

Just six weeks after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki triggered the end of the second world war, Australian newspaper reporter Lorraine Stumm was in a small party of journalists taken by airplane over the destroyed Japanese cities. Like other Western journalists in Japan, Stumm had written of her pleasure at seeing signs of the Allies’ supremacy and of Japanese weakness and inferiority, and she was keen to witness the processes of war.

Urgent, unforeseen — and far-reaching?

September 8, 2017 - 16:35 -- Admin

Last Tuesday and Wednesday the High Court heard challenges to the Turnbull government’s plan for a postal survey to measure popular support for the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Before the hearings began, it had looked as if the challenges might be successful; but by the end of Wednesday’s hearing it seemed clear that the arguments advanced by the solicitor-general, Stephen Donaghue SC, had comprehensively ensured that the challenges would fail.

Managing the Hermit Kingdom

September 7, 2017 - 13:43 -- Admin

North Korea’s latest nuclear test — this time a more powerful hydrogen bomb, according to the government in Pyongyang — has again put China in the spotlight. Donald Trump calls it an embarrassment for Beijing, and Malcolm Turnbull argues that China has the greatest leverage over North Korea and therefore bears the primary responsibility for reining in its wayward client state.

A civil debate amid the Trumpian tweetstorm

September 7, 2017 - 09:16 -- Admin

It’s 5 August 2015 and Scott Adams, author, trained hypnotist, long-term student of the art of persuasion and creator of the Dilbert cartoon strip, is writing about Donald Trump on his blog. Despite the fact that most commentators are treating the businessman as a joke candidate, Adams writes that the US presidential contest already comes down to a battle between Clinton and Trump.

The generation game

September 5, 2017 - 11:08 -- Admin

“Every generation thinks it invented sex, and every generation is wrong.” As that quotation from the American writer Robert Heinlein suggests, we all experience as unique and revelatory the transformations we undergo through the course of our lives, from childhood to puberty, adulthood, parenthood and old age. As a matter of logic and observation, though, these processes are experienced at all times and in all places, and differ more in detail than essentials.