Shock! Authoritarian dictatorship restricts information & breaks public pledge – who could have predicted it?

The International Olympic Committee has been putting on a gold medal performance with their attempts to look surprised by the Chinese government’s brazen censorship of the internet and restrictions on the actions of journalists, in breach of the pledges they made when the were awarded the Games. Here’s a link to the IOC’s Fundamental “Principles”…

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Jump racing ban overdue

Two more horses were killed today in a hurdles race at Melbourne’s Flemington race course. There had  already been eight horses killed in Victorian jump races since March. The Minister has promised to bring forward his review as a consequence, but there were already reviews six years ago and three years ago.

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A sporting chance for refugees

After some of the public attacks on refugees from Africa which occurred in the lead up to last years election for allegedly ‘not integrating’, with the worst inferences being targeted at young males, it was good to see a story in today’s Australian newspaper highlighting the positive expectations for African refugees in the future of…

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Torching the Olympic spirit

When the Olympic Torch made its brief stop over for a run around the block in Canberra last week, Australia’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials gushed about the “values of the Olympic movement”, coupled with some tsk-tsking about pesky protestors ‘hijacking’ that movement for their political agendas. It seems to me that the many people,…

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Cricket, now and then

It was over three weeks ago that I wrote a post on the public furore after the Sydney Test match between the Australian and Indian cricket teams, but the public controversy is still going.  Now even the Governor-General has spoken out on the topic, expressing concern about “the reduction in the grace and courtesies that are being shown…

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A curling diversion

Like every politician, I receive lots of invitations to many different types of events. Deciding which ones to accept is even harder than usual in the lead up to and during election campaigns. I have a small ‘reserve pile’ of ones I’d like to attend for interest’s sake, but would have to forgo if another…

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Queenslander!

Apologies for the gratuitous parachiolism, but that State of Origin win by Queensland tonight had to be one of the best since Origin started in 1980. To hold the line and then come back to win, after being denied one try and then having the opposition basically handed two, is one of the most commendable…

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World in Motion

World Cup frenzy has permeated such a wide spectrum of the Australian community that even the Green Party have put out a media release saying they “will be supporting our home team and cheering every goal from Parliament next week.” I’m in Canberra now for the next fortnight’s Senate sittings. As part of getting into…

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