Not the Shipping News: There was no landslide

Not the Shipping News: There was no landslide

Now that the election counting for the House of Representatives is done and dusted (with Clive Palmer’s 36 vote victory in Fairfax being the last outstanding datum of import; though see the interesting Senate races still undeclared), there’s been a […]

Research priorities: towards a culture of ideas

Research priorities: towards a culture of ideas

Last week, I looked at the new Coalition government’s intention to circumscribe the range of acceptable topics for Australian Research Council grants. I think – aside from the obvious ‘condemn’ – that might also provide a useful starting point for […]

Who passed the Lindsay Test? On Murdoch’s declining empire

Who passed the Lindsay Test? On Murdoch’s declining empire

I probably don’t need to link to any of the multifarious commentators who found the blatant partisanship of the Murdoch tabloids in the campaign offensive and anti-democratic. Generally, I’m eschewing purchasing News Limited titles, but I did take a look […]

Mr Abbott and the Culture Wars I: Marriage equality

Mr Abbott and the Culture Wars I: Marriage equality

The ACT government has introduced legislation into the territory’s Assembly to provide for same sex marriage. Unsurprisingly, when not distracted by plans to Defend Freedom and re-introduce the title of QC, Attorney-General George Brandis QC has been asked by Tony […]

“Death of an Adjunct”

“Death of an Adjunct”

I’ve just seen a truly tragic story about the death of an Adjunct Professor at Dusquene University in the United States, Mary Margaret Vojtko. Vojtko, 83, was a well loved Instructor in French who was suffering from cancer, and had never […]

Philosophy talks back to power

Philosophy talks back to power

I was very heartened to read a comment piece in The Guardian by Paul Redding, Professor of Philosophy at Sydney University. Redding is one of the recipients of an ARC grant which was ridiculed by the Coalition in the week […]

The Cathy McGowan Indi model

The Cathy McGowan Indi model

Sophie Mirabella has conceded defeat to Cathy McGowan in the Victorian seat of Indi. At last night’s Centre for Policy Development book launch at Avid Reader in Brisbane (see here), Miriam Lyons remarked that other rural and regional communities, and […]

Richard Denniss: Should we all move to New Zealand?

Richard Denniss: Should we all move to New Zealand?

In an op/ed in the Canberra Times today, Dr Richard Denniss, Executive Director of The Australia Institute asks whether there is scope for hope on the left in an Abbott Prime Ministership. Denniss alludes to the oft-expressed desire of lefties […]

Panel Discussion at Avid Reader – “Pushing Our Luck” by the Centre for Policy Development

Panel Discussion at Avid Reader – “Pushing Our Luck” by the Centre for Policy Development

I’m happy to be able to let folks know that I’ll be on a panel tomorrow night discussing the CPD‘s new e-book Pushing Our Luck. My much more distinguished and esteemed colleagues, Miriam Lyons and John Quiggin will be joining […]

“I call the Honourable the Minister for Anzac Biscuits” … or something…

“I call the Honourable the Minister for Anzac Biscuits” … or something…

I was surprised this afternoon to see folks whom I respect expressing surprise at the crazy list of portfolios in Tony Abbott’s First Ministry. We all know it by now – a Minister for Anzac Day but no Minister for […]

Magic Wand Economics delays confrontation with reality

Magic Wand Economics delays confrontation with reality

I’m an avid reader of the Fin Review. That’s partly because it does a pretty good job of actually reporting stuff, and partly because – as the old union movement saw has it – it’s the “Bosses’ Bible” and you’ve […]