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Opposition temporarily unites in an illusion of competence

Last night on Q&A, and since, Kevin Rudd has been suggesting that some elements in the current economic situation are not actually answerable to national governments and that the recent budget did all it could at this point — which, he went on, is not the end of the story… But he is right. One illusion the Howard government cherished and encouraged is that they were more in control of such things than they really were. Andrew Charlton exploded that one for me in Ozonomics: see my entry last year, and The Economic Myths of Peter Costello in The Monthly October 2007.

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Posted by on May 23, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, Brendan Nelson, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Political, politics

 

How to protect your good name against cyberspite

That is an article in the current New Scientist, only available to subscribers, but I read the print copy in the coffee shop today. It made me think, as a short time ago when I had a Wikipedia User Profile, which I rarely invoked, I found someone I know had “edited” it in a fashion that could be seen as malicious. I was very disappointed by that. While I understood the reasons for it, I just wish the person had resolved the issues through a bit of frank talk face to face. I was not entirely blameless I will admit, but the construction placed on certain matters in that now long gone “edit” was not entirely fair either. But that is water under the bridge now, and even the ghost of the article is now irrecoverable. But it could have caused embarrassment, or worse.

I would never do it.*

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Last night on ABC: Rudd survives, London inspires

So Q&A started at last with Kevin Rudd in the hot seat. The show ended thus:


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Posted by on May 23, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, climate change, environment, Kevin Rudd, Surry Hills, TV