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Why we need full public funding of election campaigns

July 12, 2017 - 09:21 -- Admin

Let’s be optimistic and say that it’s never too late to start restoring trust in politics and its practitioners. It is not as though we can return to some golden age of democracy, when voters considered politics an honourable and noble profession, because such an era never existed, at least not on this side of ancient Athens. But the healthy scepticism we used to display towards politics has developed a more malignant form, uncomfortably reminiscent of 1930s and 1940s Europe.

Beautiful dystopia

July 11, 2017 - 15:44 -- Admin

A scene from the first episode of the new television version of The Handmaid’s Tale features the ritual shaming of a gang-rape victim. As the young woman recalls her experience, a steadily rising chant of denunciation comes from the circle of listeners – “Her fault,” “She led them on,” “Teach her a lesson” – while a shadowy figure approaches from behind the victim and fetches her a mighty swipe across the side of the head.

When do we get stuck into them?

July 10, 2017 - 14:00 -- Admin

Carl Scully was a Labor member of the NSW parliament from 1990 to 2007. After becoming a minister following Bob Carr’s victory in the 1995 election, he held a series of senior portfolios and was a contender for the premiership when Carr resigned in 2005. Not a person burdened by self-doubt and introspection, he makes clear that this memoir gives his side of the story and doesn’t spare his adversaries.

The four horsemen of the global financial crisis

July 7, 2017 - 14:40 -- Admin

After reading Richard Bookstaber’s account of the failure of mainstream ecomics to predict financial crises, it struck me that an observer might have predicted the contents of this review by observing the movements of my head. With Bookstaber’s pithy opening summary of the mathematisation of ecomics in the nineteenth century, I was dding in agreement. As I read his critique of current ecomic practice, I dded more vigorously.

Bringing the politics back in

July 6, 2017 - 08:59 -- Admin

Last week’s celebrations to mark the end of the Australian and New Zealand–led Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, or RAMSI, were an occasion for much back-slapping and self-congratulation. Australian goverr-general Peter Cosgrove attended the festivities in Honiara, the Solomon Islands capital, as did Pacific Islands ministers, military and police officers with Solomon Islands experience and a pantheon of former special coordinators of RAMSI.

He’s no Kevin Rudd

July 5, 2017 - 10:20 -- Admin

With Tony Abbott’s ferocious payback tour showing signs of winding down, his behaviour is increasingly compared to former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s conduct during his 2010–13 wilderness years. Similarities there are, but they are vastly outweighed by the differences.