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Nicholas Stuart’s Rudd’s Way and the spectre of Kevin07

There’s been extensive discussion of Nicholas Stuart’s new book, Rudd’s Way on Brian’s thread about the political demise of Kevin Rudd. I’ve been dipping into it and have written a post about it for the ABC’s Campaign Diary blog. I

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Posted in culture, federal election 2010, history, politics

Blanche D’Alpuget’s Bob Hawke PM

I’ve had a review of Blanche D’Alpuget’s new book, Hawke: The Prime Minister, published at The Drum. You can read it here.

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Posted in culture, history, politics

The Trotskyism of Julia Gillard

According to Piers Akerman, Julia Gillard is a closet Trot: There has not been and will not be a similar examination of Gillard’s long involvement as a key member of the extreme Left group, the Socialist Alliance formed by members

Posted in federal election 2010, media, politics

National Security Committee Meetings and past and present PMs

Seriously, just how many senior members of Cabinet really need to be present for every single NSCC meeting?

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Posted in federal election 2010, government, media

The view from Channel 9 III

I was supposed to continue Kim’s excellent work covering what the commercial news networks have had to say about the campaign each night. Unfortunately, I didn’t get home in time. But, moving forward, I’m taking real action by reporting what

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Posted in federal election 2010, media

Tony Abbott on Hey Hey It’s Saturday

You can watch the Opposition Leader here. I’m voting for Kylie Minogue.

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Posted in federal election 2010, television

The view from Channel Nine II

For an explanation of why I’m writing these posts, see last night’s entry. So, from the vantage point of commercial news, tonight was all about the kids. (And, again, the election was bumped into second spot, this time by a

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Posted in federal election 2010, media

Process issues, pontification and the journosphere

Writing in Crikey this morning, Bernard Keane says of the debate about the debate: Debates are a festival for the political class. Journalists, political tragics and politicians obsess over them. The other 99% of the population are essentially indifferent to

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Spotlight the Spin

A weekly look at stories various PR people tried to bury in the tail end of the news cycle before this last weekend. What are they hoping that we won’t talk about this week because it’s old news now? Let’s give those stories some oxygen, link to blogs discussing them, and reanimate their shambling zombie corpses.

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Posted in media

The big purple blog is back.

Hurrah! Posting will now resume at the proper place (see RSS module in the sidebar for links to recent posts at our main site).

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Posted in blog-admin, blogosphere


Well, Kevin 24/7 might want to keep on working all through the festive season, but for some of us lesser mortals it’s been a rather long and intense year and a bit of recreation is in order! So I’m taking

Posted in blogosphere, culture, fun, life, politics

Now … Also Now

Now: Clarissa Keil, a freelance writer who “shares her time between Switzerland and Australia”, piously explained it all in the Sydney Morning Herald last week: “The more contemporary practice is a charitable donation on behalf of a family member or

Posted in levity, life, media

Foxy Jolie

I noticed just before on gmail that a friend I was chatting to via google talk had a song listed next to her name. Enquiring further, I was introduced to a very spiffy Firefox addon that enables you to control

Posted in music

Tell me, who are you?

There’s a television program on SBS called Who Do You Think You Are? The episodes currently being shown date back to 2004, but the show is obviously popular because an Australian version will appear on our screens early next year.

Posted in television

Culture Wars… now and forever!

Okay, let’s concede a point to Planet Janet, Bolta and the rest of the defeated culture warriors – we still need your voices in our national conversation! John Quiggin suggests: With no share of political power anywhere in the country,

Posted in levity, media, politics
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