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Boats, what boats?

“We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances under which they come” perfectly encapsulates one of the privileges of sovereignty. Bad things happen when nations fail to … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

Making things public

The title is borrowed from Bruno Latour’s slab of a compendium subtitled Atmospheres of Democracy. It’s used here to refer to Public in the sense of public discourse, public sphere, … Continue reading

September 14, 2013 · 5 Comments

Cost shifting and the VET sector

We’re forever hearing about shortages of skilled workers in some industry or other. I can’t be the only person of my vintage who can regularly be heard yelling at the … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · 11 Comments

The art of distraction

We’ve been watching some brilliant political theatre since the Rudd return. In less than a month he’s ticked all of the election winning boxes and created the impression that, after an … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · 25 Comments

Talking to the mob

By Nick Osbaldiston and Lyn Calcutt This is a belated response to Ed’s post, Kevin’s Here to Dumb it Down wherein he argues that Rudd speaks to us as though … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · 6 Comments

He’s Kevin and he’s from Queensland

Watching Rudd announce the clean up of NSW Labor, my jaw hit the floor when he said “Number two, there will be a ban on property developers as candidates; instructing … Continue reading

July 7, 2013 · 11 Comments

Slipping out of view

It’s been raining forever and the dog is mental. We take a long walk through the city, down to Circular Quay and back through Hyde Park. She was supposed to … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

There is a straight road between vilification and violence

From the now infamous menu and Howard Sattler’s treatment of Julia Gillard, to disturbing photos of Nigella Lawson being strangled by her husband in British tabloids. If it sounds like a … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · 12 Comments

The NDIS and the mental health minefield

Our own Blunt Shovels has explained the design of the NDIS for Joe Hockey, who apparently didn’t understand it. There’s a lot of information around already if you’re prepared to … Continue reading

May 5, 2013 · 12 Comments

Choose your friends carefully

There are variations on the saying, but it goes something along the lines of, Choose your friends carefully, because you reveal your character by the company you keep. Similarly, If … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · 4 Comments

We can’t all be right

Think back to the lead up to the 2007 election. Remember how unhappy conservatives were? Remember Denis Shanahan’s agony over the polls? Remember Janet Albrechtson’s touching plea to John Howard … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 14 Comments

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