Purists and pragmatists clash on climate action. This week’s column for The Drum.

The Coalition and conservative media might as well stop flogging the dead horse known as JuLIAR. They’re wasting their breath because the public just doesn’t care if a politician is accused of, or even found to be, lying. These days, lack of truth is what voters expect from all politicians: there’s no political capital to […]

The unknown extent of altruism in the hearts and pockets of Australian voters must be playing heavily on the minds of major political players right now. They will carefully be examining taxpayers’ response to the flood levy to assess whether individuals truly are willing to pay more for the collective good. This willingness has implications […]

As an old campaigner, I implicitly understand the need to condense complex matters into sound bites or slogans.  The problem with stripping the details out of an issue and reducing it to a memorable phrase is that people tend to defer to their own interpretation of what that phrase actually means. This can be dangerous […]

At the risk of being called naïve or an apologist, I feel compelled to challenge the demonisation of big business. While it is something that has been troubling me for a while, my concerns have become crystalised by the anti-mining mutterings of my esteemed colleagues on Twitter. In recent days, the more we non-economists hear […]