Sociology

“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 […]

Return of the Repressed! II

The news from the Action Man PM comes thick and fast. Climate Commission abolished, public sector heads sacked, Tony Abbott appointed Minister for the Status of Women (see also a petition here). It must be time for a thread on […]

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 […]

Electoral systems and gender equity redux

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Bolivaran revolution for McDonald

Bolivaran revolution for McDonald

It’s interesting to read that fast food chain McDonald’s has closed its remaining outlets in Bolivia. While activists in Australia and elsewhere often campaign to keep Maccas out of their neck of the woods, in Bolivia, it appears to be […]