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 […]

Scandal, Defiance, Rinse, Repeat – The Slow Death Of Our Democracy

You know the joke about the computer programmer who drowns in the shower because the shampoo directions say “Wash hair, rinse, repeat”, an infinite loop. Unfortunately the same thing is happening to our democracy, and we’re letting it happen. Scandal, defiance, rinse, repeat. It’s not an accident. Relentless escalation of bad behaviour, flouting and rejection […]

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 […]