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My ballot doesn’t belong to the geek druids

In the twenty years that I’ve been involved in Internet discussion groups, I don’t suppose there’s been a single year without a tech utopian telling me that electronic voting is … Continue reading

July 11, 2013 · 5 Comments

The price inquiry may be impotent, but it’s also important

The first time, as a journalist, I looked at international price discrimination was in the 1990s – I guess 1997 or 1998, for a publication called Australian Communications, in conjunction … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

The elephant in the demographic

In case nobody’s noticed the elephant in Western Sydney, it’s here: Hillsong has 21,000 regular attendees – read that number again – has spawned sub-branches, including a dozen “extension services”, … Continue reading

February 26, 2013 · 4 Comments

Drones over the high seas? Why I think it’s a good idea

There’s much activist outrage (PS I do not consider “activist” a pejorative) at the government spending $2 billion on drones to watch out for refugee boats. I vehemently oppose both … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

“Retail suffers in election years”

Well, of course Eli Greenblat is sympathetic to what retailers say. He’s the Fairfax “retail reporter” after all (one of the great dangers in specialisation is that the reporter identifies … Continue reading

February 18, 2013

Getting rid of coal fired power: the market might overtake The Greens

A recent story that was commonly misunderstood on the Twitterverse was analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance which suggested that wind power is now cheaper per Megawatt-hour than new fossil … Continue reading

February 12, 2013

Swan’s touching faith in Treasury

There’s a “Wayne Swan competence” story in the mining tax’s anaemic $126 million collection in its first six months, apart from the one Joe Hockey is telling: since Treasury had … Continue reading

February 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

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