The Best of Enemies : Movie Review

It's 1968 and America is in turmoil. Martin Luther King has been shot, riots have broken out across the country, the Vietnam War is faltering, Robert Kennedy has been assassinated and Richard Nixon is campaigning for President. The American Broadcasting Corporation also has its troubles. As the third (or fourth) network of three, it is … Continue reading The Best of Enemies : Movie Review

Why Same Sex Marriage Is Now an Election Issue

As promised, Tony Abbott put the proposal of same sex marriage to the party room. But not his own party room where in all probability the motion would have been lost anyway.  But quite cleverly or perhaps fearfully, the PM put it to the joint LNP party room. In doing that, he knew the same sex … Continue reading Why Same Sex Marriage Is Now an Election Issue

Bernie Sanders? President?

About two years ago, on Twitter I started following this odd American politician. A man named Bernie Sanders.  I thought to myself this man can't be a Republican or Democrat. He's saying what neither party could ever countenance let alone tolerate. Neither of the two conservative American parties would touch him for a second. Then I … Continue reading Bernie Sanders? President?

A True Internet Fable: Don’t Mention the War, We’re Too Busy Collaborating

Last week, at work, the Aarnet (Australian Academic Research Network) is mentioned.  In my mind I slip away from the meeting and go back in time. To 1990, in fact, where I was witness to a remarkable episode of collaboration. My then work colleague had done the unthinkable. He had talked management into connecting to the internet. … Continue reading A True Internet Fable: Don’t Mention the War, We’re Too Busy Collaborating

National Insecurity, Citizenship and Exile

As posted on Gumption-inc... With less than eighteen months remaining in its first term, (or less according to some commentators), the Australian Government has been determined to show that it is tough on national security. One of those measures is legislating to strip citizenship of anyone who has joined the fighting in Syria and Iraq. In … Continue reading National Insecurity, Citizenship and Exile

The Potential Radicalisation of News Limited?

In truth, I take little interest in the activities of Islamic State. They simply are another group that uses any religion to justify any violence. And yet another group who commit violence in the main against their fellow believers. So I find myself agape and aghast at News Limited's unmitigated obsession with them. Every single … Continue reading The Potential Radicalisation of News Limited?

Why Doesn’t He Just Leave? Men and Domestic Violence

At the moment, according to Destroy the Joint there is at least one woman a week being murdered by her partner. Domestic Violence is now more of a mainstream issue than ever. And there is plenty of advice in the air. Rosie Batty is campaigning against domestic violence as Australian of the Year. The Prime Minister … Continue reading Why Doesn’t He Just Leave? Men and Domestic Violence

Why Mark Latham Can’t Get It Right On Domestic Violence

Perhaps it really was a quiet news week. Apart, that is, from the Budget, Johnny Depp's dogs, double-dipping mothers and the Rohingya refugee crisis. But perhaps with domestic violence in some of the news, Mark Latham decided to single dip and write another opinion column. And he's done it again. Or to use the academic … Continue reading Why Mark Latham Can’t Get It Right On Domestic Violence

Journalism After Murdoch : What Now?

Amazing! My inbox changed again! That hadn’t happened for at least 45 seconds. But this time the email was actually interesting. In the first place, it wasn’t spam and secondly, it concerned a subject of interest to me: journalism. While not a journalist, I’m a writer, and my keen interest came from a close observation … Continue reading Journalism After Murdoch : What Now?

The Self Doubt of Greg Hunt

Hidden among the reaction to the first Australian Government Direct Action emissions abatement auctions is an interesting and revealing response from the relevant minister Greg Hunt. To recap, the Direct Action scheme has spent 25% of the funds allocated to abate carbon. For that spend, it will  theoretically abate 15% of the required 5% emissions reduction. … Continue reading The Self Doubt of Greg Hunt