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A warped sense of free speech. Weekly post for The Hoopla.

Do we need to know about Peta Credlin? Weekly post for The Hoopla.

The Unfortunate Case of the PM’s Spam. Latest post for The Hoopla.

Here’s my latest at AusVotes 2013… Modern journalism is impoverished by the anachronistic need to be first. Once upon a time, in the pre-internet days of the mechanical printing press and morning edition newspapers, there was real value in getting a story first. A scoop, leak or exclusive wasn’t just about journalistic cachet, it was […]

I wrote a post about the partisan behaviour of @PMOPressOffice – can it be a trusted information source AND a faceless troll? You can read the post by clicking here and heading over to Storify …..

Dear proponents of the #AshbyInquiryNow campaign I know your hearts are in the right place, honestly I do. I share your concern about 2013 ending with Tony Abbott installed as Australia’s 28th Prime Minister. I’m uneasy about Abbott’s ascendancy and what it could mean for equality, equal opportunity and protection of the disadvantaged in Australia. […]

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 34,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

Sometimes I feel like the political equivalent of Methuselah. I really shouldn’t, because I can only remember back to the latter days of the Hawke Government. There are plenty of others around who can remember even further back than me, to the Fraser and Whitlam years. Aside from feeling extraordinarily old, the benefit of being […]

The people who discuss Australian politics on Twitter seem to pride themselves on their antipodean egalitarianism. While you’d like to think this means a fair go for all, it’s more likely to be the justification for bringing anyone with an ounce of hubris down a peg or two. The more self-centred the target, the more […]