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Tracking The Intervention: Discarding and devaluing Aboriginal work

Guest Post from Lauredhel Crossposted from Hoyden About Town. Jangari’s “Four Corners on the Intervention” pulls out a few key points from the other night’s Tracking The Intervention show.You can watch the show for yourself here at the ABC. Jangari

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Posted in elections, health, indigenous, politics

John Howard, the 007 version

Pure comedy gold from Aussie Bob at Surfdom – Cabinet: The Movie. Nothing more to say. Go round and look.

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Posted in culture, Federal Elections, Howardia, levity

Egging Brendan

Defence Minister Brendan Nelson might find himself with a few things to explain about his handling of the Education portfolio, back in the day: THE long-held secret of which nine Australian Research Council grants were vetoed by former education minister

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Posted in Federal Elections, Howardia, politics

Ozonomics – Inside the Myth of Australia's Economic Superheroes

The meme that the steadily growing economy of the last decade owes a lot to a) luck, and b) the Hawke-Keating reforms of the 1980s and 1990s, has been steadily propogating after, seemingly, starting out as a few grizzles in

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Posted in Books, Writers & Writing, Economics, Federal Elections, government, Howardia, Policy, politics

YouTube, campaigns and TEH STOOPID

Last month, I linked to Rachel Maddow‘s rather groovy video deconstruction of the campaign asylum. Rachel’s worth watching again, taking on the Republicans (and Hillary) on Iraq: Incidentally, we could do with a better debate on Iraq – not just

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Posted in Climate change, elections, Federal Elections, Film, TV, Video etc, Howardia, Iraq

Go Ahead, Be Stupid – It's Your Democratic Right!

CHRIS UHLMANN: On a personal level, were you expecting to see some signs of a turnaround in the polls by now? TONY ABBOTT: I think it would be fair to say that you always tend to expect that good government

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Posted in Federal Elections, Howardia, levity

Happy birthday blogosphere!

I had no idea, perhaps because as suz observed in a recent post, we in Australia were mostly just discovering the intertubes for the first time a decade ago, but apparently the blogosphere turns ten today. Via Crooks and Liars,

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Posted in culture, elections, Federal Elections, media, sociology

Preferred PM Theorem

In an unexpected guest post at The Poll Bludger, The Government Gazette maintains the rage: Kevin Rudd’s prime ministerial ambitions lie in tatters today after yet another devastating opinion poll, this time from ACNielsen. For all the ignorant whingeing levelled

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Posted in Federal Elections, media, Polls

The nuclear thread we had to have

Well, the battle-lines are now drawn. Labor’s widely expected decision to scrap the “no new mines” policy scraped through the national conference. However, the reaction of state governments is variable, with Western Australia promising to not allow mines, while South

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Posted in environment, Federal Elections, Nuclear, politics

Open Labor Conference thread

Meanwhile, up here in Brisvegas, I’ve just noticed on my stumble home from the Valley Jazz Festival, The Curious-Snail headline for tomorrow is framed by a huge picture of Rudd, and the headline reads something like “This man will help

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Posted in Federal Elections, politics

Fair Work Australia

Good policy, dumb cutesy name, concern over the scope of its powers. Trevor Cormack has an excellent analysis at Solidarity.

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That speech!

Perhaps we’re giving it too much attention (given that it was a pile of negative dross and dire warnings that if Labor does anything about global warming YOUR JOB WILL DISAPPEAR and anyway, union bosses will soon drag us back

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Posted in Federal Elections, Howardia, politics

At least you can get a free bowl of chili on the Death Star

No, this isn’t a post about the McCain Walnuts! cabin on the Death Star, but Rupe’s corner of the dark side of the force. (Though, over the fold, you can see something of the cyber-savviness of McCain’s campaign wonks who

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Posted in elections, Federal Elections, Film, TV, Video etc, media, USA

Be your own focus group

As Ken L reports over at Surfdom, Howard is flicking the switch to philosopher king, giving a speech in Brisbane today which as Guy at Polemica writes, is supposed to “position him as a political visionary”. Mr Howard will today

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Posted in Federal Elections, Howardia, Markets, politics

The Lancing of Howard

A guest post by Bernice Balconey Lancet Editorial Volume 369, Number 9570, 21 April 2007 Australia: the politics of fear and neglect Australian clinical and public-health research is an emblem of excellence across the Asia-Pacific region. That enviable position is

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Posted in Federal Elections, health, Howardia, indigenous, media, politics, science
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