Category Archives: Books and writing

ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading IV

So let’s have a look at the quality control practiced at the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit. This is how they self-describe their quality control: Once the director approves a claim, one of our researchers contacts experts in the field to … Continue reading

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ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading III

In this third installment (I and II) of the RMIT-ABC Fact Check analysis of Chris and my comment: A 2013 survey revealed that ABC journalists are almost 5 times more likely to be Greens voters than the average voter and … Continue reading

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ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading II

As Cats know the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit did a “fact check” on Chris and my statement: A 2013 survey revealed that ABC journalists are almost 5 times more likely to be Greens voters than the average voter and twice … Continue reading

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ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading I

Cats will recall that Chris Berg and I recently calculated that ABC journos are nearly 5 times (precisely: 4.74 times) more likely to vote Greens than the general Australian population. I wrote about it recently here at the Cat. To … Continue reading

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ABC is deliberately misleading

There has been a great hullabaloo surrounding Chris Berg and my book Against Public Broadcasting:  Why and how we should privatise the ABC.  Even before it was published The Guardian and Senator Kristina Keneally began pushing the line that this book was … Continue reading

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Louise Adler, Cardinal Pell and the culture war

Page 1 in The Weekend Australian. Louise Adler is the head of the Melbourne University Press which is about to publish a book containing allegations of child abuse in relation to Cardinal Pell. Interestingly the Chancellor of the University Allan … Continue reading

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A new society shattering statistic

In 2004 I introduced a new statistic to the Australian policy debate: In 1996/97, the top 25% of income earners paid 61% of total net tax; by 2000/01 they were paying 64% of it. At the time this caused a … Continue reading

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Philip Roth has passed away

If you asked me to name my favourite author, it wouldn’t be Philip Roth, although I may have read more of his novels than any other fiction writer I can think of, so perhaps he is. Alas, he will write … Continue reading

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Sometimes the good die old

Working the Graveyard Shift here at Catallaxy as I do, I thought I should mention for the record the passing of two of the all-time great authors. The first is Bernard Lewis, and this is from Roger Franklin at Quadrant … Continue reading

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My Quadrant review of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life

Here are the final lines of my review of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life. I can do no more than encourage you to read the book. There is nothing else like it and I cannot praise it enough. This … Continue reading

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