Philosophy in the Blue Mountains. On the theme of Turncoats, Keith Windschuttle will talk about his experience and another talk will cover David Horowitz.
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Industrial Relations. Gerard Henderson on The Return of the IR Club.
Contrary to the mythology, Work Choices did not dismantle the centralised system – which explains why the Fair Work legislation, which replaced it, was implemented so readily. Most of the legislative infrastructure that supported a centralised industrial tribunal making binding award decisions remained on the statute books. Moreover, the WorkChoices Act ran for hundreds of pages – and its numerous sections must have been regulating something. It had more to do with moving the focus of regulation – from the regulation of arbitration to the regulation of bargaining – than with deregulation.
The Pascall Prize was conceived as a biennial literary award for creative writers who had made original and distinctive contributions to Australia’s cultural life. In 1990, to better reflect the work and personal interests of the late Geraldine Pascall, it was decided that the Prize should be awarded annually to a critic or reviewer who contributed regularly in Australia to a newspaper, periodical, or on radio or television. This has now been extended to include the internet.
It was also agreed that the Pascall Prize would be awarded to a critic working in the areas of literature, art (including design and architecture), food and or wine, music, musical theatre, dance and or drama, film, television or radio. Only sport was specifically excluded.
Ukraine. Almost 200 years ago, problems for peace lovers.
For his efforts in gaining a true understanding of global conflicts, and for seeking a policy of negotiation and anti-nationalism, Cobden was declared to be un-patriotic and a friend to the great enemy Russia during the Crimean war. Cobden, who had perhaps done more to consistently advance the cause of liberty than anyone else in Europe of his day, was declared to be a friend of despots.
Around the town: IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Liberty on the Rocks, the notice board for the ATA: Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.
Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch Dog [refreshed on Friday afternoon]
Add Don Aitkin to your list of favorites, but struggle to handle the great material he turns up. Today he posted a beautiful block of test. Read the whole thing.
We have learned nothing from the incredible discoveries of the 19th and 20th centuries. People always make predictions as if the technology and economy they had yesterday is the technology that will be dominant in 20 years, and then wonder why catastrophic predictions made on the basis of that technology or economy fail. The population bomb was defused by the green revolution. Widespread stories of “the end of oil” proved premature. The cold war continued right up to the day it more or less abruptly ended. My cell phone would have been classified as an “armament” by the US government a mere twenty years ago, and my laptop would have been worth a billion dollars twenty five years ago — people would have killed to possess it, governments would have fought wars to keep it out of “the wrong hands” with its dual core gigaflop scale CPUs, its terabyte scale storage, its gigabytes of RAM, its uber-fast network.
New on the block. Regular contributor Jim Rose has gone feral and utopian!