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 […]

ABC Jobseeker Headlines Leave Jobless Stunned

Most readers have the attention span of a gnat. Which is why the headline and the lede—the initial paragraph—are so critical to a story, and are often all that a reader will see. The impressions gained there are usually all that is left from “reading the news”. So headlines with emotive language and stories with […]

$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.

no vaccine for bullshit

Bullshit Vaccine Needed Against Vaccine Bullshit

“The first casualty of war is the truth”
For months I’ve watched with growing alarm the obvious bullshit being fed to us by politicians on the subject of Covid-19 vaccines. Even more alarming sometimes has been bullshit from government health experts. For politicians to lie, obfuscate or evade is second nature, but when experts and scientists start playing fast and loose with facts, or decide that “you can’t handle the truth” then it’s past time to call it for what it is.

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. […]

What a Super idea!

A short musing about the black-hearted superannuation release by the Morrison government, and the ensuing, totally predictable “if only we had realised” news cycle from the MSM. It’s really a very simple problem. Workers’ superannuation is deliberately and explicitly locked away from early access because it’s meant for a very specific purpose – retirement income. […]

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 […]

The Religious Right Aren’t Anti-Discrimination, They’re PRO Discrimination

I’ve already written about religion and discrimination in Australia here and here, about the fundamentally un-Australian, constitutionally dangerous and inegalitarian nature of mixing religion with our secular law. However the publication of the second drafts of the proposed “Religious Discrimination” legislation, and the collected examples of permitted exemptions published in The Guardian have prompted me […]

How To Drink From The Firehose

In the video clip, the man hits the woman in the face. There’s no audio, and it’s a very short clip, less than two seconds, so it’s impossible to say what happened beforehand, or what happens afterwards. All you see in the video is the pair of them, some distance away: the man, hitting the […]