So long and thanks for all the fish
By Brian on December 2, 2013
Terry at Saturday Salon has raised the issue of Treaurer Hockey’s decision to disallow the US company Archer Daniels Midland’s (ADM) A$3.4 billion 100% takeover bid for the Australian company GrainCorp. As Terry said, Judith Sloan went ballistic, Bernard Keane […]
By Mark Bahnisch on September 17, 2013
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 […]
By Robert Merkel on May 13, 2013
Australian governments of the left and right have privatized any number of formerly state-owned enterprises. Politically, the process has seen responses between grudging public acceptance to vehement opposition; the outcomes have been similarly mixed. But while everything from the Commonwealth […]
By Robert Merkel on March 16, 2012
In the United States, National Public Radio has just announced a revision to their editorial policies to discourage “he said, she said” journalism. Pity the ABC can’t even manage “he said, she said”.
By Robert Merkel on February 17, 2012
So what is food security, anyway?
By Robert Merkel on August 22, 2011
If you want a sense of the financial pain being felt by some shopkeepers at the moment, all you need to do is peruse the submissions to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Australian retailing. Whether anything should be done about […]
By Robert Merkel on August 3, 2011
It seems that the giant IT assembler Foxconn is seeking an alternative to paying its workers more – and the solution is more robots.
By Robert Merkel on May 30, 2011
I’d never heard of rinderpest, and I come from cattle country. And, absent human malevolence, the world will never hear of rinderpest again. Absent any cases for a decade, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization will, on June 28th, adopt […]
By Robert Merkel on December 15, 2010
You might remember the fuss in the leadup to the 2004 election about the Australia-USA “Free Trade Agreement”. Among the objectionable bits, the FTA locked Australia in to an intellectual property regime that combines the worst features of the Australian […]
By Robert Merkel on October 4, 2010
Sky News’s Australian Agenda (which, on first glance, appears to be The Australian Op-Ed page – Live and even more Right Wing!) had an interview with Craig Emerson in which he discussed the trade implications of climate change. Nicholas Stern […]
By Robert Merkel on September 3, 2010
Bob Katter has gotten into the wishlist business. I haven’t yet found the complete document, but if the aspects of it reported in the media are representative, it’s going to be pretty hard for either side of politics to give […]