Category Archives: Politics

Finkelstein Review

Ray Finkelstein set the tone for his Inquiry into media and media regulation in the final sentence of his media release.  The former judge did not “think it fair to speak to individual members of the media lest it be … Continue reading

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Banker Bashing

Enough whining about the bankers, already.  Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times is the latest, with his “Did You Hear the One About the Bankers“. There is nothing new here, merely more unreasoned frustration at not being able … Continue reading

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Media diversity straw man

Julia Gillard and Stephen Conroy have done the chattering classes a favour by limiting the scope of the media inquiry. Those who don’t like News Ltd media need a reason to impose their will, so they come up with the … Continue reading

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Choice 9/11 articles

I think this from author Paul Theroux is the best ten-year-9/11 article I have seen. I can also suggest this from James Fallows of The Atlantic. It highlights the self-deception regarding our fight against Terrorism. We say 9/11 didn’t change anything and … Continue reading

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High Court and the Malaysian solution

The drama created by the High Court decision on the Government’s “Malaysian solution” for asylum seekers highlights the troubling bind Western nations have got themselves into. Many of those pushing the successful legal challenge were concerned to “protect” asylum seekers … Continue reading

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Reality, climate change and reverse verification

Jay Rosen is a media critic and professor of journalism at New York University. He’s been in Australia for the Melbourne Writers Festival, delivering a keynote speech on Why Political Coverage is Broken. It includes a great quote from American … Continue reading

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Michele Bachmann and signs from God

Michele Bachmann, Tea Party member and US Republican presidential candidate, has been criticised for suggesting that recent US disasters – floods, small earthquakes – are a message from God. What, exactly, is the basis of such criticism? Bachmann (and others) … Continue reading

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London riots and the tragicomedy of ideology

Here is my latest article published on the ABC website. It offers a novel view on the “cause” of the London riots. http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/2857436.html

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Nanny state threatens nanny with naughty corner (On Line Opinion)

Another article on over regulation and why it doesn’t work.

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