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Rudd’s a Goner

Aug 13, 2013 2 Comments ›› admin

RUDD'S A GONER I HAVE learned the hard way never to underestimate Kevin Rudd. During his exile in the political wilderness, there were times when I rated his chances of a return to The Lodge as somewhere between zero and Buckley’s. So much for my fabled political antennae. Indeed, there was a time when regular readers might recall I ...

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Did Sexism bring down Julia Gillard?

Jun 28, 2013 1 Comment ›› admin

DID SEXISM BRING DOWN JULIA GILLARD? Is Julia Gillard a victim of sexism? Was she singled out by the misogynists for special treatment? Is this the reason that she had such awful numbers in the opinion polls that her Party sacked her? Her feminist supporters have no doubt that the answer is overwhelmingly ‘yes’. I’m not so ...

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Religious Censorship at ANU

Jun 6, 2013 2 Comments ›› admin

RELIGIOUS CENSORSHIP AT ANU The ANU should hang its head in shame. Students and staff have stood idly by while their own administrators have attacked their freedom of speech and expression. They, like the Chancelry, have buckled when threatened by religious bullies. And they have done so with barely a peep.           The facts of the case ...

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Julia: A Fighting Chance?

May 22, 2013 14 Comments ›› admin

THE CASE FOR KEEPING JULIA Should she stay or should she go? Prime Minister Julia GillardIt seems I’m the only columnist left in Australia who thinks Julia Gillard and her excellent government have a reasonable chance of winning the September 14 election. Call me quixotic if you like, but I just can’t believe that my fellow ...

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Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Apr 18, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE I am not a tree person. Trees just are. They breathe C02 and provide a home for birds. But in my experience they can also be very dangerous in high winds and bushfires. Perhaps this goes some way to explaining why it’s taken me so long to visit Canberra’s Arboretum in ...

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