Death of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation greatly exaggerated. Writing about the Queensland election results I am struck by the similarities with the press coverage of the 45th Presidential elections in the U.S.A. which I wrote about previously. Here, as there, there have been multiple, almost 180 degree shifts in predictions about the election result. Here, as […]
Poor George. All his life he has aspired to gravitas but has never advanced beyond turgid, pompous and, in this case, petulant. You would think that after a 7-0 thrashing in the High Court a responsible Attorney-General would bow graciously to the collective and unanimous wisdom of the highest court in the land, say a […]
Senator Sinodinos – the Minister for Industry, Innovation, and … whatsitsname? Oh yes, Science – said in a recent speech to the Press Club: [I]ncreasingly, there has emerged a lack of respect for the scientific method in some quarters. We see the conclusions of experts being cast aside, in favour of ideological positions and selective use of […]
Can a florist refuse to sell flowers for a couple’s wedding because the wedding is against the florist’s religious beliefs? The answer to that question took me on an interesting journey through the Australian Constitution, the High Court, Australian Standard 1266.0 (2011), the language of flowers, the Australian Human Rights Commission Act and the Sex Discrimination […]
To all March In March (MIM) deniers: if the MIM were the irrelevant, easily dismissed non-event you claim it is, why are you all going on about it so long, loud and vehemently?
You’d think, when you lose 17 seats in a Federal election and the national swing against you is well over 3%, it would be easy to say “Sorry, we got it wrong”.
Enough… First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for […]
Two newspapers, continents apart, yet with a surprisingly familiar theme. Xenophobia, intolerance, fear-mongering, and the righteous indignation of the well-off for the disadvantaged and vulnerable. Nowhere to be seen are compassion, common sense or understanding. What do these newspapers have in common? Rupert. Does Rupert really care about a few poor immigrants? Of course not. […]
We’re all inured to the rather vague boundaries politicians draw between truth and falsehood, just as we’re increasingly resigned to them leaving their moral compass in the other pair of pants. Equally, our politicians’ current adversarial, wedge-driven, marketing driven behaviour makes it almost impossible for them ever to say “I’ve changed my mind” without howls […]
One-term and Rupert taking it in turns to kick the old lady. This molestation is so brazen, it’s like watching an old woman being indecently dealt with in the middle of the CBD in lunch hour, while the police smile on indulgently. In the past they’d have some kind of stalking horse, or at least […]