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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Latest Brisbane Media Map launched

Tonight I was at Kelvin Grove campus of QUT to speak briefly at the launch of the latest annual update of the Brisbane Media Map, which is put together by final year Media and Communications students from QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty. They describe it as “an online resource that provides a comprehensive guide to the…

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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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Peter Black on 4ZzZ

Around 8:30 on the Monday morning radio program I do each week on community radio station 4ZzZ-FM, I talk with Peter Black, a law lecturer, political commentator and social media connoisseur, about some issues of the week. He posts a recording of these on his blog, so I thought I would link to them here for…

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New Matilda folding

Some sad news for independent media today, with the announcement that the New Matilda website is likely to be shutting up shop at the end of next month. As most readers would be aware, I’ve had a number of pieces published on New Matilda over the years. I’m sure I’ll still be able to find…

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The loathsome part of politics

From the very first day after I’d finished my term in the Senate in July 2008 – in fact for many weeks before I’d even formally finished – there would be no question I have been asked more frequently that the one about whether I miss being in politics and whether I’m enjoying being out…

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God’s judgement?

Mackay based MP James Bidgood has been in political hot water for selling to the media a photo he took of a person outside Parliament House who had tried to set himself alight.  Graham Young has queried what all the fuss is about – a view I tend to agree with. If it was wrong…

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Review of NT Intervention

There are lots of coverage and comment about the report by the independent group reviewing the Northern Territory intervention.  This is one of the more important amongst the many reviews set in train by the federal government. I hope the government is able to ignore the politics and focus on the substance of the report….

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Questioning Question Time

Despite the disproportionate amount of attention often given to Question Time in the federal parliament, I have long felt that it is not only an absurd parody of an accountability mechanism, it can also distort the direction and content of political debate. So I was pleased to see last week that outgoing Senate President, long-serving…

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Belated baby photo!

I had an unexpected reminder when I opened today’s Courier-Mail of just how cute my daughter was as a baby. An unnamed uncredited photo of my daughter at one day old with her tiny fingers wrapped around my thumb, was used to illustrate a story (syndicated from the Daily Mail) about older men fathering children….

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Sexualisation of children report

The Senate Committee report into the sexualisation of children was tabled last week. It doesn’t seem to have pleased some of the children’s advocacy groups, or Family First for that matter. Clive Hamilton, who has campaigned on the issue for some time, is also pretty peeved, if his piece in Crikey is anything to go by –…

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