Rhetoric vs reality

I’ve had a break from writing for a variety of reasons, but the reckless approach the new Queensland government is taking to their spending decisions – and the straightout nonsensicality of some of their claims – roused me enough to pen a piece for New Matilda. Time will tell whether the Newman government will start […]

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Stuff from my 4ZZZ shift this week

Every Monday morning I do a shift on radio 4ZzZ FM102.1 – Brisbane’s longest serving community radio station (36 years old this year). And almost every week I talk with social media expert and lawyer Peter Black about some current political and other issues. You can listen to our talk this week by clicking on […]

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Benefits of Migration

In the last year or so, those who regularly argue that migration levels somehow harm Australians and the Australian economy achieved much more political traction than usual, leading to all political parties sending various signals suggesting that migration should possibly be scaled back.  This has been one factor  (amongst four or five others) linked to […]

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Victorian election

Despite being far more interested than politics than most people, I have often struggled to get overly interested in state elections. In an ideal world, I think Australia would be better off without the states – or with many more, smaller state/regional governments, alongside a local government (one that is genuinely local) which is recognised […]

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Burma: How to help?

I usually complain that the Australian media (and Australians in general) pay little attention to elections and other political events in nations nearby to us in the south-east Asian region.  It is somewhat ironic that the ‘election’ which seems to be getting a lot of coverage is one which is so unfair and rigged as to […]

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The Church – then and now

I did an interview on my radio show this morning on 4ZZZ with Tim Powles, drummer and producer of The Church. It was nominally about the 30th anniversary tour the band is about to embark on – including shows in Brisbane this month – but it really went more to the history of the band […]

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Our obsession with stopping boat people

I’ve written a short piece on the Asian Correspondent website about the Australian media coverage of Julia Gillard’s visit to south-east Asia. I’ve been frustrated, but not surprised, that the majority of the coverage – at least amongst what I’ve seen – has been focused on the issue of a few thousand asylum seekers who […]

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New Matilda reborn

Back in May, I noted the closure of New Matilda, a website which provided one of the few independent political media outlets in Australia. Creating a viable financial model for such projects is difficult, and they weren’t able to consistently cover their costs. However, they are obviously a determined bunch at New Matilda, as they […]

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Into the second week of campaigning

I’ve had a piece published at Online Opinion where I give some of my impressions of the first week of the campaign. Obviously, this is the first federal election I’ve contested with the Greens, but it is the eighth I’ve been involved with as either a campaign organiser or a candidate – always of course […]

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Wild Rivers

Contention over Queensland’s  Wild Rivers legislation has been bubbling along for quite a while now. Unfortunately, as with many issues which become polarised, each “side” is focused on defending their position, which has meant that some important underlying issues are not getting the attention they deserve. I’ve just had a piece on this topic published […]

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Articles on Indian students, failed UN summits & refugees in our region

Items on Indian students, refugees in our region and Copenhagen Below are links to some recent pieces I have written on other sites: – some impacts from the recent  http://asiancorrespondent.com/andrew-bartlett-blog/tragic-murder-puts-spotlight-back-on-safety-of-indians-in-australia murder of an Indian man living in Melbourne; – connections between http://blogs.crikey.com.au/thestump/2009/12/19/another-failed-summit/ the failures of a UN Summit on hunger and the Copenhagen climate change […]

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The Hunger Summit

I’ve posted a piece over at The Stump about the links between global hunger and climate change, and the unfortunate parallels between the less than successful climate change summit in Copenhagen and an even more dismal outcome at the recent Hunger Summit in Rome, which received far less attention.

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