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Lucy and the football

October 3, 2023 - 17:21 -- Admin

It’s a movie we’ve seen over and over again in US politics. Centrists engage in respectful discussion with a thoughtful conservative[1], only to discover they are actually talking to a dishonest troll. Yet, just like Charlie Brown lining up to kick Lucy’s football, they keep coming back for another try.

Albanese likes fighting, but not for us

September 29, 2023 - 13:29 -- Admin

If you want evidence that #Albanese will never change, check out his response to a Dorothy Dixer asking whether “ea parliament dominated by progressive political forces provided structural opportunity in the event the government pursued additional legislative measure” on renewables.

Rather than saying “Yes, we will work with the Parliament” #Albo went straight on attack against the Greens, for forcing him to strengthen his pathetic Housing Fund. He’s a hopeless case. #auspol

Comment problems

September 27, 2023 - 10:36 -- Admin

It looks as if something has gone skew-whiff with the comment box. I’ll look into it, but it may take me a while. For the moment, if you can’t get WordPress to record your name, just comment anonymously and add your name in the body. I’ll check and approve regularly.


September 25, 2023 - 05:42 -- Admin

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

To be clear, the sandpit is for regular commenters to pursue points that distract from regular discussion, including conspiracy-theoretic takes on the issues at hand. It’s not meant as a forum for visiting conspiracy theorists, or trolls posing as such.

Balance or both-sidesism

September 22, 2023 - 11:07 -- Admin

I just got an email from Matt Yglesias saying that he is leaving his Slow Boring Substack to take up a job at DecisionHQ. So, it’s time for me to have my final say on a dispute that has been going at a fairly slow pace.

Living in the 70s: why Australia’s dominant model of unemployment and inflation no longer works

September 21, 2023 - 12:56 -- Admin

I’m looking forward to the release of the government’s Employment White Paper with a mixture of hope and trepidation. The fact that the title was changed from the original “Full Employment” is not encouraging, nor is the general track record of this government. On the other hand, in setting the scene for the release, Treasurer Jim Chalmers has indicated that the government will commit itself to five main objectives