Indian Ocean tsunami

I’ve always been averse to the mainstream media’s habit of using every tragedy as an opportunity to instantly manufacture and showcase their compassion as loudly as possible. It’s all part of why car crashes, plane crashes and deaths of any sort are considered ‘news’ whilst issues that impact daily on people’s lives are not. However,…

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Arundhati Roy talks peace

I was reading some items elsewhere on the Web and got briefly inspired, a feeling almost inevitably followed up with a sense of despondency. For a minute I felt what we need in politics is more imagination and less ugliness. But then I figured imagination, vision and other such grand sounding things are probably just…

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Bush stays on as Leader & I don’t

Yesterday, I decided not to renominate for the Leadership of the Democrats. It was not a simple decision, as there were a range of competing arguments. But with the deadline for nominations closing, I had to make a decision one way or another. The party has far more important and significant decisions to make over…

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Balibo 5 and SIEV X

Two separate tragic events have their anniversaries around this time. Whilst unconnected, they have some things in common. They both serve as a reminder of the importance of openness in Government and ensuring that we always acknowledge that all human life should be valued. 16th October 2004 marks 29 years since the killing of five…

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Nuclear waste to Argentina

Because I’m a caring, sharing kind of guy (must be the social worker in me), I thought I’d share the text of a form letter email I’ve been receiving from Argentina. It’s a perfectly reasonable request (accompanied by what I assume is the same thing repeated in Spanish) to ensure that Australian nuclear waste doesn’t…

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John Howard weak on security

The ABC news website is easily my most frequently visited site and their election section is quite comprehensive. Antony Green does a fairly comprehensive analysis and Matt Liddy has a good, eclectic election blog at http://www.abc.net.au/elections/federal/2004/weblog/default.htm (which mentioned this blog, so he obviously notices the important things.) It also mentioned a site I hadn’t seen…

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Lots of places, lots of topics

It feels like it’s been a long week – one with plenty of opportunity for blog bits, but inspiration and availability of a computer never seemed to coincide. It started in Alice Springs and then took me to Orange, Canberra, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne. Our attempt to draw attention to indigenous issues…

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