Parsing Morrison: International Women’s Day

Against health advice, again, I have parsed another Morrison speech; this time his address as an honorary woman on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021. Excerpts from Morrison’s speech are in italics, and the speech is reproduced in full below if you really want to check that he said these things. Buckle up. Trigger […]

$3.57 a day? Don’t Spend It All At Once!

$3.57 a day? Don’t Spend It All At Once! Or, buy a weekday copy of The Australian for $3.50 to find out how much of a dole bludger you are. Morrison’s cruel, unnecessary drop in benefits.

Translating Morrison’s Presser: what do ‘situation’, ‘issue’ and ‘event’ all mean?

Translating Morrison’s Presser: what do ‘situation’, ‘issue’ and ‘event’ all mean?
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault*
Translation: they all mean ‘being raped by a man’
Morrison’s train-wreck press conference.

I Have Vaccine Questions, Morrison’s Still Not Answering

There’s less than three weeks to go before Australia’s largest, most complex and most crucial public health initiative, and all we’ve got for answers is four PowerPoint slides8. Where are all the details? We don’t know.

Michael McCormack’s (Un)Fairness Principle

Current airport operations in Australia are built on a breathtakingly simple—and ridiculous—proposition: that it’s “fair” that we should suffer aircraft noise “equally”. It’s a wonderful piece of logical sleight-of-hand to suggest that it’s somehow fair and egalitarian for a particular heavy industry to be allowed to spread noise pollution over all Brisbane suburbs “equally”. That’s not the only illusion we’re being asked to believe, however. […]

The Share Market — Better Than Covid Facts, Apparently

On Saturday the ABC published an article with the remarkable headline “The share market is telling us how we’re doing in the fight against coronavirus“. The article was by a business journalist, so I suppose the old aphorism that “if all you’ve got is a hammer everything looks like a nail” applies, but it’s a […]

Explaining Morrison’s Momentary Munificence

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. J. K. Galbraith   There are many questions raised by the headline graph, but to begin with I want to focus on just one: the unemployment benefit. Here’s the question: […]

Trust me, I’m from the coalition

Stuart Robert and the coalition government are asking us to trust them with a pervasive and potentially privacy invading app, together with the data it collects. They’ve implied, but haven’t actually said, that without the app it’s unlikely current isolation restrictions will be be lifted—some not very subtle blackmail. [Edit 2020-0427 some things have changed […]

…Whatever You Do, Don’t Mention The Climate Change

Is The ABC Avoiding Climate Change? In a previous article I argued that it was; that in fact the ABC was guilty of “silent denial” by failing to highlight or even mention the well-established connection between climate change and bushfires’ timing and severity. (For example see the Department of Environment and Energy here, and the […]

Silent Denial

How the ABC is complicit in climate denial. Imagine, for a moment, that there is a massive measles outbreak all around Australia. Rural and regional areas in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia all suffer a huge surge in cases. People die. Many lives are changed forever. Imagine, now, that the ABC […]

The Climate Emergency Viewed As An Alien Invasion

We all know the plot—it has been around since H. G. Wells’ War Of The Worlds, and has been re-imagined many times since then. The intentions of the aliens vary, from exploratory to utopian to malign, but Earth’s response is formulaic: Chaos Frantic international discussions National differences put aside as humans unite as one behind […]

Wiping up another Dutton smear

On Wednesday the Minister for Home Affairs did what he and the Prime Minister have consistently claimed, and complained, he couldn’t do.[1] He blocked a medevac transfer, using the medevac law he and the PM had previously sworn made it impossible for him to block transfers. Apart from the stunning hypocrisy and barefaced lying this […]

Is it a cat, is it a window, is it a brand? No, it’s DUTTON

Look, down in the gutter, is it a cat, is it a window, is it a brand? No, it’s PETER DUTTON! Recently the Minister for Home Affairs, the Honourable Peter Dutton, suggested that certain protestors should have their welfare benefits cut, face mandatory jail sentences, and be publicly shamed. Even for Dutton this seemed pretty […]