So long and thanks for all the fish
Paul Norton is originally from Melbourne, but now lives in Brisbane and teaches and researches at Griffith University. He has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Environmental Science, and did his Ph.D. on the relationship between the environmental and labour movements in the period of the Hawke and Keating Federal Labor Governments. He enjoys reading, cycling absurd distances, attempting to play guitar, dabbling in songwriting and watching AFL matches on weekends in winter. He is a member of the Greens, the NTEU and the Australia Institute, likes drinking chardonnay but doesn't drink latte.
By Paul Norton on December 15, 2013
Quadrant magazine, the self-described “leading general intellectual journal of ideas, literature, poetry and historical and political debate published in Australia” has published a book titled The Howard Era. The book is co-edited by Quadrant editor Keith Windschuttle, University of Queensland […]
By Paul Norton on September 18, 2013
Today’s Age reports that, according to research by the Inter-Parliamentary Union: Women’s representation in parliaments is most likely to increase where there is some sort of system of quotas, an analysis of international elections held last year shows. Whatever the […]
By Paul Norton on July 24, 2013
The answer is: don’t know, and not particularly fussed one way or any of the other three, but let’s see whether this thread can spin as long as one with a similar title and theme from back in the day. […]
By Paul Norton on June 14, 2013
It’s time, methinks, for the first condemn thread of the revived LP. Feel free to condemn the living daylights out of whatever has got your goat recently – but do try to keep this thread stoush-free. To kick things off, […]
By Paul Norton on March 23, 2013
The MSM has extensively reported Martin Ferguson’s statement, in his resignation speech, that “The class war rhetoric that started with the mining dispute of 2010 must cease. It is doing the Labor Party no good…”. The Murdoch press, and its […]
By Paul Norton on March 12, 2013
In short, current poll support for the election of an Abbott-led Coalition government is soft and brittle. Yet it exists, and persists. And voter opinion of what the Federal Labor government has actually done is not all that unfavourable. Yet people don’t think the government deserves to be reelected. What are we to make of this?
By Paul Norton on March 28, 2012
Whilst our attention has been focused on the disaster that struck Queensland on the weekend, a major international conference, Planet Under Pressure, is currently under way in London. Here’s a report on what leading scientists have being saying at the […]
By Paul Norton on January 25, 2012
Here is a very interesting article about the emergence of anti-semitism (parading as anti-Zionism) as a key element of Soviet and Eastern European Stalinism after WWII.
By Paul Norton on January 23, 2012
I have previously posted about the potential pitfalls of framing the fire hazard reduction task in Australian landscapes in terms of simple numerical targets, which I characterised as a Big Dumb Number approach. Nonetheless, the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission decided […]
By Paul Norton on November 7, 2011
Many LP contributors and readers will have come across the principles of Open Space Technology (OST) at social movement gatherings. These principles are: 1. Whoever turns up are the right people. 2. It starts when it’s meant to. 3. You […]
By Paul Norton on October 31, 2011
It’s that time of year again. Post whatever you like about the Melbourne Cup – tips for Tuesday, anecdotes, trivia, deconstruction, equine sock puppets, fashion advice, hangover cures, etc.