Yesterday, following my provocative piece in Guardian Australia about the current and future relevance of the Greens, we were treated to a panoply of good and bad practice when it comes to disagreement. Disagreement is a good thing: without it we’d all be that little bit more boring. I get a little thrill when someone […]
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 WordPress.com 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 […]
There are many important issues discussed in the part of Twitter that focuses on Australian politics and current affairs. It is important that a Royal Commission has been called into institutionalised abuse of children. The conduct and outcome of the US Presidential election does have implications for Australia. The mainstream media clearly has a blind […]
Here’s my latest piece for the King’s Tribune… I saw a forlorn tweet the other day, saying “we found Jill Meagher, now let’s find …..” using the name of another missing person. Occasional retweets of the plea bobbed like flotsam in my timeline for a while, then became lost in a torrent of condemnation over […]
Before I get to the substance of this post, I’d like to provide some context. I’m a former Liberal staffer. The last time I was employed as a political staffer was in 1993, and I’ve never worked for the Liberal Party since, nor am I member of any party. I do not vote, and have […]