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Climate change and policy: do we really think that short term?

The Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability section of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC)  latest report, titled ‘Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis‘ was recently released on 31 March. It makes for pretty grim reading, as did the first one way back in 1990 and each one since – this is the fifth instalment. The ‘summary for…

When a moral issue also becomes an economic one, does anything happen?

I’m confused. The Coalition is currently focussed on making savings in the budget, but they’re missing a major area for cutting costs and Labor hasn’t questioned them on it at all. I’m talking about how Australia currently treats asylum seekers. I’d seen information before on the economic folly of the complex and lengthy system of offshore processing…

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Look, all I’m saying is that the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is missing some prime opportunities…

So today when educating myself/researching for another article I’m writing, I was briefly reading the (Australian federal) Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters’ resolutions of appointment. I’m probably the first person to read them since they was published, but hey, this stuff is cool, right? Right? Hello? Is this thing even on? Anyway, check out points…

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Changing your opinion: why is it so wrong in politics?

A common feature of political dialogue, both from politicians and how they are reported on in our media, is the term ‘backflip’. The frequent usage of the term, and the mindset that goes with it, is damaging to productive political discourse. To borrow from John Maynard Keynes, “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do,…

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Hang on, did Andrew Bolt just negatively judge Tony Abbott?!

Stop press! Did Andrew Bolt just appear to pass judgement on Tony Abbott’s executive reintroduction of knights and dames? From Bolt’s blog; Strange. Only last December Tony Abbott seemed to rule out what he’s now done: HE restored an oath of allegiance to the Queen when he was sworn in as Prime Minister, but Tony Abbott has…