Monthly Archives: May 2010

>On the QT: Mining for Hypocrisy

> It was a rowdy start to the Question Time week. During one of Rudd’s answers both Scott Morrison and Chris Pyne were booted. No one missed them. The issue of today was the Resources Super Profits Tax and advertising … Continue reading

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>AFL Power Rankings: Round 10 (or, where’s my farewell game?)

>This week will see the last game to be played by the Crows’ Tyson Edwards. One of those players that every supporter would like to have in their side: honest and good week in week out. Will he make the … Continue reading

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>On the QT: High School Economics and the Solution with no Name

> This morning at the bright and early time of 7:50am, the Secretary of the Treasury Ken Henry, fronted Senate Estimates (the pdf Hansard file is here). In the two hours he answered questions he handed out some pretty big … Continue reading

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>On the QT: Looks like there’s been a super profits tax placed on blue steel

> Today I viewed Question Time though a drug addled haze from cold and flu tablets and the fumes of Vicks Vapo-Rub that may have influenced my understanding of what was going on. For example I could swear that I … Continue reading

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>On the QT: Listen, do you want to hear a secret? Do you promise not to tell?

> Today’s Question Time was largely uneventful. It began with a lovely question from Tony Abbott that never seemed to end, and which delightfully cited Kevin Markle, the PHD student whom yesterday was just some shonky, undergraduate kid. Not today. … Continue reading

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>On the QT: People talking without speaking.

> Today Question Time was not the only political game in town. This morning Senate Estimates began its two-week cavalcade of fun and delights for political nerds across the country. Over at the Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee, Senator … Continue reading

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>AFL Power Rankings: Round 9 (or, the Crows won! Quick what are the words to the theme song??)

> Have to say I missed a lot of the matches played this round – it was one of those weeks were to be honest there weren’t a lot of matches that captured my interest, and it was also one … Continue reading

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>Because his Lips are Moving.

> Just quickly because I did do an update on this last night, but if you haven’t seen Tony Abbott’s interview on the 7:30 Report last night, firstly you can disqualify yourself from membership of the political nerd club, and … Continue reading

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>Newspoll: 50-50 (or, why so focussed on Julia?)

> Today, The Australian, as it does occasionally for little reason that I can think of other than it wants to make sure the media follow the narrative it wants to set, brought out the Newspoll a day early, showing … Continue reading

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>AFL Power Rankings: Round 8 (or reality checks and balances)

> So last week Adelaide wins a game by playing well in one quarter; critics said they’d need to put in a four quarter effort if they wanted to win again. In an attempt to disprove that cliché, the Crows … Continue reading

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