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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 manner of his leaving

Well, that’s it, then. The poll has been declared in Bennelong, and John Howard showed up to concede defeat and congratulate the new member for Bennelong, Maxine McKew. Some are seeking solace in small mercies: Mr Howard could draw satisfaction

Posted in federal election '07, history, Howardia, politics

Nelson – the policy challenge

From today’s Crikey email: Despite some expressing pre-election scepticism, there was no night of the long knives for senior public servants from the Rudd government, now embarked on its project of “restoring Westminster”. But Kevin Rudd hasn’t renounced all the

Posted in history, politics

Boris Yeltsin and the problem of Russian democracy

The death of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin has called forth a range of appraisals of his contribution to the demise of the Soviet Union and the development of democracy in Russia. Monica Attard, who reported so memorably on the

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Posted in history, politics

Things to Come: Collected Writings

I’ve just been looking over the web-site of the Right Honourable Mr John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia, in particular, the speeches in the Media Centre section. One striking thing is the orotundity of some of the titles, which are

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Posted in history, Howardia, levity

Sour Cherries from the Orchard of M Arouet

While simply following the historical wire of the small Jewish nation, one sees that it could not have another end. It is even praised it to have left Egypt like a horde of robbers, carrying all that it had borrowed

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Posted in history, Philosophy, politics

Dolly's balance

As is well known, the execrable Difference of Opinion is a direct response to the ABC balance police agenda. (Coming to a tiny audience tomorrow – are the kiddies connected or disconnected to phones and those intertubes and “what sort

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Posted in culture, Film, TV, Video etc, history, politics, War

When will your disastrous numbers come up?

Janet Albrechtsen’s column in today’s Australian recites the phrase “Latham’s disastrous logging policy”.

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Posted in elections, environment, Federal Elections, history, media, politics, Poverty

All In The Timing

Dr John Billings, creator of the Billings Method of contraception, has died in Melbourne at the age of 89. The Billings Method involves calculating the times at which a woman is most likely to become pregnant (I won’t go into

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Posted in activism, Crime, Ethics, feminism, history, Law, life, Parenting, sexuality
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