Author Archives: Rafe Champion

A slightly skeptical take on the Whitlam legacy

Barry Williams, the sometime Grand Vizier of the Australian Skeptics, produced an idea about the legacy of Gough Whitlam which he gave me permission to share. It is very much about the transition from the generation of ALP politicians who … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 23 October

UPDATED The voyage of life. Weather Channel man speaks. No significant warming at this time. Books. Classics, fun book covers, New books at Connor Court. A tribute to a great libertarian, Leonard Liggio. Corporate welfare in New Zealand. A new … Continue reading

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Poetry in the Pub: get with it you Sydney Cats!

8 pm WEDNESDAY 22 OCT IN THE WILLOUGHBY HOTEL 315 PENSHURST ROAD, CORNER MACMAHON Upstairs in the Henry Lawson Room Alastair Spate will be reading “My Love and I” and other poems Support the tradition of poetry reading, keep alive … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm: guest post on the NBN debacle

From The Fin Review last Friday. By mid-2015 the NBN will have cost taxpayers more than $12 billion, while only 12 percent of premises will be connected. It will burn $100 million a week this financial year and by mid-2015 … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 17 October

Update for Blues lovers, a piece about B. B. King at Harvard in 1980 by my friend and host in Boston, Charlie Sawyer. Books. Stunning covers. The Subterranium Press. Detective stories. Alice Munro’s short stories. Around the town. IPA HEY. … Continue reading

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What about peak oil then? And biofuel mania in NSW.

Keeping in touch with world news on the 2GB Power Wireless we find that Jarryd Hayne is walking away from rugby league, following Ben Graham of the Geelong cats who played in a Super Bowl and the price of oil … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Pedro Schwartz

Pedro Schwartz of Spain became the new President of the Mont Pelerin Society at the recent MPS meeting in Hong Kong. Sinc was there and no doubt other Australians of lesser note. I met Pedro at the University of Buckingham … Continue reading

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Richard Flanagan takes Booker Prize 2014

THE STORY In a possible breach of royal protocol, Flanagan hugged the prize’s presenter – the Duchess of Cornwall – when he came up on stage to accept the award. “She is such a sweet woman and she is very … Continue reading

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Lets care about carers

Carers Week 2014. Hundreds of thousands of people are living lives of quiet desperation, caring for the old and the young, and others of all ages in between, many of them with mixtures of more or less serious mental and … Continue reading

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Grantham Floods revisited, in quest of due diligence in Qld

Alan Jones is back on the case of the disastrous 2011 Grantham flood in Queensland which sent a tsunami through the town, with whole houses carried away. 12 people drowned and three of the bodies were not recovered. Nick Cater … Continue reading

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