Back to the blog

Having had a couple of months break from this blog thing, I thought I’d have a go at trying to use a bit like I did when I first started it out back in 2004 – giving some occasional updates of things I’ve been doing. A few months ago I became Convenor of the Queensland…

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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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Industrial relations & productivity

The Australian newspaper has been running one of their not-very-subtle campaigns for ‘reform’ of industrial relations laws, blaming the current laws (which partially rolled back Workchoices) for declining productivity. Today’s they’ve made it the main front page story, with a headline saying – Lucky to lazy country: review industrial relations laws to stop decline, says…

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Detention Insanity

There is a well known definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  The current humanitarian disaster unfolding in Australia’s immigration detention centres is a classic – and disgraceful example. If there was one unequivocal, indisputable fact that arose from government policy and management of detention…

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Questioning Question Time (again)

There have been many comments made about how badly Question Time in the Australian Parliament looks in comparison to the Question Time in the UK House of Commons recently shown on local television. This piece by Katherine Murphy in The Age is a good example. Its opening paragraphs state that “there is no more grinding…

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Improving our country’s Constitution

The moves to recognise Australia’s First Peoples in our nation’s Constitution are starting to gather pace.  The federal government has pledged to hold a referendum on this by the time of the next election – that is, within 2 years – which is not a lot of time to build community awareness and understanding of…

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Time to remove mandatory sentencing of ‘people smugglers’

The groups of people who have suffered most from Australia’s long-standing absurdly politicised, disproportionate and irrational debate around asylum seekers are the asylum seekers themselves. But another group who have been subjected to disproportionate and unjustified punishment who get very little attention are the hundreds of impoverished Indonesian fishermen who are subjected to mandatory jail…

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This week’s shift on 4ZzZ

My regular talk with Peter Black this week covered the NSW election result, some of the criticisms of the Greens from Julia Gillard and regarding Israel policy, plus the LNP, Libya and the Logies.  You can listen to it by going to this link. The playlist for this week’s show is here, and my suggestion…

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Qld LNP’s Campbell Newman breaks new ground

I am happy to be corrected, but I can’t think of an equivalent circumstance in Australian politics at state or federal level where a major party has had their Opposition ‘Leader’ and alternative Premier/Prime Minister being outside the Parliament. Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman’s announcement that he is seeking to run for state Parliament as…

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Bartlett resigns

We’ve heard jargon like the ‘Twitter election’ or the ‘Facebook’ election before (usually grossly exaggerated in my view). Now we have the Facebook resignation, as Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett has formally announced his resignation via his Facebook page, an hour or so prior to holding a media conference on the topic. Having done a blog…

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