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Australian Labor Party – the party of the workers

I was just watch Chris Bowen on the Insiders.  He spoke with such passion about the impact of the Fair Work Commission’s determination on penalty rates.  He mentioned also the notion of community standards as it relates to Sunday work (he … Continue reading

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Justice and Human Rights – Academic Style

Writing for Foreign Policy magazine is Rebecca Hamilton who is described as: an Australian, is an assistant professor of law at American University, Washington College of Law. She previously worked at the International Criminal Court. Foreign Policy magazine is a … Continue reading

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Subsidised renewable energy: from little things bad things grow

In his outstanding address launching the compendium Making Australia Right, Tony Abbott offered a fivefold agenda. Malcolm Turnbull recognised this as, in effect, throwing down a leadership challenge. The key feature, as when Turnbull first lost the Liberal Party leadership … Continue reading

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Resignation of Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour is one of the great tragedies of modern Australian business

Robert Gottliebsen used to be a fairly good journalist.  Occasionally he still is.  But writing just now about Ahmed Fahour’s resignation from Australia Post, one has to wonder whether Gottleibsen has completely lost the plot: The resignation of Australia Post CEO … Continue reading

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Reality television

Salve. I admit I’m old. I’m getting close to my 15th century. I can’t understand the fascination with reality television. It monopolises television and water cooler conversations. To see a bunch of idiots cavort or behave abominably to pursue fame is … Continue reading

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Shocking revelations from the public service

A headline in the Herald Sun caught my attention this afternoon: Why Australia’s public sector is failing As they say, Click bait. Anyway I clicked. Oh, the outrage, the horror of it all. A former ATO staff member told news.com.au … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy – Good for jobs, Good for Business

This morning Coca Cola announced the closure of its manufacturing plant in South Australia resulting in the loss of 200 jobs in the state with the highest rate of unemployment. Always on the ball, South Australian Premier Weatherill recommitted the … Continue reading

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Can you repeat the following with a straight face

Writing for the Inner Sydney Morning Herald, Mark Kenny “opines” on the Labor left proposal for a “Buffett Rule”. What is Kenny drinking or smoking when he writes : Should Labor embrace the idea (of a Buffett rule), it will win … Continue reading

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So coal fired power plants are unbankable?

Japanese companies plan to develop about 45 additional coal power plants, adding more than 20 gigawatts (GW) of capacity, in the next decade, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Fossil fuels accounted for about 82% of Japan’s net … Continue reading

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Crony capitalism: green style

I picked up this piece from Alan Moran about Elon Musk and his mates ripping off the taxpayers in the US – to do green good, of course. We should not think that this stuff doesn’t happen here and note … Continue reading

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