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What we have lost: 2

I would be the first to admit that Phillip Adams is hardly objective in his piece I quoted here yesterday, even if I agree with the general thrust of his remarks.

Ross Gittins has a somewhat more sober assessment in today’s Sydney Morning Herald: A vote for honesty and decency.

Wouldn’t it be great if the defeat of the Howard Government and the election of fresh-faced Kevin Rudd proved to be a turning point, a swing back to moderation in public policy and decency in public life? I am not at all sure it will – politicians tend to ape the ethical standards of their competitors – but it sure would be nice.
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Posted by on November 28, 2007 in Australia and Australian, industrial relations, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Political

 

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John Howard’s Farewell Speech: for the record

Give the speech the dignity it merits. It is a fine speech.

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Posted by on November 25, 2007 in Australia and Australian, John Howard

 

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I am following tradition now, and a note on my own politics…

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As Mark Coultan mentions in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, the law and custom in Australia is for a blackout on TV and radio election advertising starting at midnight tonight. This does not apply to the internet, but it will apply to this blog. The next thing you read here about Election 07 will be after the election. I am thus following tradition even though I don’t have to. The picture on the right just fascinated me though. Also from today’s Herald, it was taken in Hong Kong!

Guess who I am voting for!
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Posted by on November 21, 2007 in Australia and Australian, book reviews, current affairs, Jim Belshaw, Kevin Rudd, Political, Top read

 

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The Australian Christian vote?

I still don’t believe there is a Christian vote in Australia as such, despite those like Family First, the Christian Democrats, and Jim Wallace’s Christian Lobby, which, along with conservative elements in the Catholic and Anglican Churches — especially in Sydney — and Hillsong, tend to attract much attention, partly because they are seen as analogous to the Christian Right in America. The Exclusive Brethren are another matter again.

I said much the same on Sunday night in reference to Sunday night’s episode of Compass on ABC.

So I was interested to find via Brian McKinlay’s Canberra  blog a survey of political parties done by a group I had not encountered before: The Centre for an Ethical Society, a mostly Catholic outfit, whose newsletter emanates from John Howard’s own electorate (Eastwood 2122).

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Not just Oz Politics 2

If you have been under a rock lately, here is the weekend’s news as seen in Canada, which has these days a government more in thrall to counter-pressures than it used to be:


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Posted by on November 19, 2007 in Australia and Australian, climate change, environment

 

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Not just Oz Politics

I have written about climate change before; my principal entry is The Great Global Warming Swindle Swindle. Now we have the full story at last from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. John Howard: The world isn’t coming to an end tomorrow… That quip I found hollow, given his late “conversion” and the marked tendency until a very short time ago — continuing in some cases — for so-called “scepticism” to dominate his side of politics, especially through their prominent culture warriors: Timmy, the Clown Prince of Climate Scepticism, for example, and Miranda…

The IPCC Report Summary PDF
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Posted by on November 18, 2007 in Australia and Australian, climate change, environment, John Howard, right wing politics

 

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Our incomparable unemployment figures

Quite literally incomparable, as I argued a month ago: Interrogating the unemployment figures.

I return to this chicanery again after beginning Shelley Gare’s The Triumph of the Airheads (2006), reviewed there in Quadrant, John Howard’s favourite magazine. I agree with 60-70% of what Gare presents; there are issues where I think she has been a bit airheaded herself, but others — the majority — where she is spot on. One such issue is the unemployment statistics.

As for the unemployment figure…, it’s worth noting that, statistically speaking, you are counted as employed if you have worked for an hour or more in the week for pay, profit, commission or pay in kind. Or you have worked for an hour or more, even without pay, on a family farm or in a family business. [Officially, an unemployed person is someone over fifteen years of age, who has not worked at all in the week counted, has actively looked for work in the previous four weeks and is available to start work.]

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Posted by on November 16, 2007 in Australia and Australian, industrial relations, John Howard, Political

 

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