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Blood and Chocolate

From the first question time of 2014: Leader of the opposition, Bill Shorten: My question is to the Prime Minister. In the light of the last answer about SPC, can … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · 10 Comments

Do we face a job free future? What is the future of work?

The future of work has been on my mind a lot over the past few years. It seems that the future of jobs is bleak in a number of ways. … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Bad taste border protection comic puts cruelty in the picture

Presenting its border protection policy in comic book format reveals some disturbing attitudes, writes Mark Fletcher.

February 12, 2014 · 10 Comments

Our hypocrisy on democracy within political parties

We love to demand that political parties become more open and democratic. Yet when they do we often talk of ‘splits’, ‘infighting’ and ‘leadership instability’. It’s time we learn to deal with how real democracy works.

February 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Dog Whistle: “Bewildering statistics” edition

Listen above for our weekly chat on The Silly Season, Coward Punches, and predictions for 2014. On this week’s Dog Whistle, Ed Butler, Kate Carruthers and Preston Towers revisit the what happened … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · 5 Comments

Private schools and the public good

Spot fire debates about education policy are missing the bigger picture, writes Mark Fletcher.

January 29, 2014 · 8 Comments

Straya Week and Sport

When we heard Adam Goodes was selected to be Australian of the Year, anyone could have predicted a variety of responses from sectors in the community. There’s the people who … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · 7 Comments

The place of academic freedom in the modern community

The Liberal Party needs to engage with Menzies’ idea of academic freedom and bring it into the 21st Century, writes Mark Fletcher.

January 23, 2014 · 9 Comments

Is it really a review?

Reviews are important as they let you know if things are working and where improvements may be needed. When done properly they gather data, examine policy, and provide recommendations for … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · 15 Comments

A victory for populism

Well, there we have it. The Premier of Australia’s most populous state has caved to a populist campaign by the state’s two dailies, and we have eight-year mandatory minimum sentences … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · 5 Comments

Coward outrage

Sometimes the sexism that still exists in society raises its head in such a blatant yet nefarious way as to boggle the mind, and we’re going through one such moment … Continue reading

January 19, 2014 · 63 Comments

Hold the Phonics, Roast the Robustness – Donnelly the Columnist Responds to his Critics

The response to the appointment of Kevin Donnelly and Ken Wiltshire to a review panel for the National Curriculum has been energetic as it has been enlightening.  One of the … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · 8 Comments

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