Monthly Archives: October 2009

>Things were much better then: Soft Drinks

> This afternoon was a lovely spring day that has one thinking of days past and glorious times spent as a youth playing cricket in the backyard, running through a sprinkler as no one you knew owned a pool, or … Continue reading

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>On the QT: Economic free zone edition

> A funny thing happened today. All year the Liberal Party has been screaming about the Government’s stimulus package putting pressure on inflation and thus causing interest rates to go up. Today the latest inflation figures came out. They showed … Continue reading

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>On the QT: Can I get a Stereotype Reinforced Edition

> Having had meeting most of the afternoon I wasn’t able to watch any Question Time today, and when I got home I found that despite having taped Question Time, someone had accidentally hit the mute button on my Foxtel … Continue reading

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>Stupidity and the Asylum Seeker Debate

> I’ve been struggling to write about politics for the last week. It’s all been so overwhelmingly stupid and pointless. The issue of asylum seekers coming by boat is so utterly over-rated by the media and the politicians of this … Continue reading

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>A Song a Year: 1994, American Life in the Summertime

> Ah 1994. An interesting year for me. It was my first year post university, and thus my first year of being unemployed. I had finished an Honours degree in Economics the year before (just finished paying that HECS debt … Continue reading

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>On the QT: Is there a rabble in the house? edition

> This morning’s Australian newspaper contained the rather startling news that despite a week spent banging on about asylum seekers, the Liberal-National Party vote had gone backwards. The Newspoll revealed that the two party preferred score was ALP 59- LNP … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Polls, Question Time

>I can see Indonesia from my house

> Most of the time Australian political discourse is of a higher level than that which occurs in America. We have a couple odd nutters who see conspiracies in ever ALP decision, and some who think the world is flat … Continue reading

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>Flick of the Week: “Now what’s all this crud about no movie tonight?”

> This week’s flick of the week takes us with Jack Lemmon from Some Like it Hot, back to his breakthrough (and Oscar winning) role as Ensign Pulver in Mister Roberts. Mister Roberts was an adaptation of a play by … Continue reading

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>The only issue the Libs agree on

> Every so very rarely I think that Malcolm Turnbull might have been a decent Prime Minster if things had gone his way. Then he opens his mouth. Today he has been doing his level best to sound like John … Continue reading

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>Rudd puts a stake through the heart of Ruddock

> The common line by politics tragics about Phillip Ruddock is that he is the “Ghost who walks”, or the only undead member of Parliament, or that he is only kept upright by regular doses of formaldehyde. Others simply compare … Continue reading

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