Monthly Archives: June 2010

>On the QT: Newspoll: ALP 52 – LNP 48 (or, take that, narrative)

> This morning the latest Newspoll was released. Instead of showing the ALP vote continuing to fall, as had been predicated by all and sundry in the news ltd stable of the media, it showed the ALP increasing its lead … Continue reading

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>Flick of the Week: “It’ll be dark and weird and funny. And with a stroke”

> This week’s Flick of the Week takes us with Tim Robbins from his break out role as minor league pitcher Nuke LaLoosh in Bull Durham to his role as Hollywood exec, Griffin Mill, in Robert Altman’s brilliant Hollywood satire, … Continue reading

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>BHP writes me a letter

> A couple years back, during the depths of the Global Financial Crisis, BHP shares dropped from a high of $48 and were on or around $30. So I thought to myself, I have a feeling China and India will … Continue reading

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>On the QT: Substitute teacher edition

> Today’s Question Time was an odd affair. Firstly it was the day after the Press Gallery’s midwinter ball, and thus everyone was feeling a bit seedy and the mood was a tad subdued as the day after the night … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Question Time, US politics

>On the QT: A really bad attack

> I always think the opposition starts to struggle when their questions in Question Time all come out of the same phrase book. Yeah they invariably will use the “Great big new tax” line, but today they went that step … Continue reading

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>On the QT: Bloomsday Edition

> June 16 is Bloomsday, that day when all things James Joycean are celebrated and the great novel Ulysses is enjoyed by many in between a few pints of Guinness. I am one of those who believe it is the … Continue reading

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>On the QT: Seven more to go?

> Today’s Question Time began with a condolence motion on the deaths of the two Australian sappers who were killed in action last week in Afghanistan. As is often the case, such moments brings out the best in the house. … Continue reading

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>AFL Power Rankings: Round 12 (or let’s sort out some chaff)

> With half the season over, it’s time to sort through the 16 teams and see who’s where. By my reckoning five teams should feel pretty sure they’ll play in the finals, three that look safeish – mostly because of … Continue reading

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>The Media Paradox – Take your time and do it now

> This morning’s episode of Insiders gave a nice little example of the frustration many people feel with the media. Barrie Cassidy (who never saw a policy done by the Rudd Government that wouldn’t have been better done by the … Continue reading

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>AFL Power Ranking: Round 11 (or almost half way through; still none the wiser)

> I think it’s pretty clear that Geelong will play in the Grand Final. But who is most likely to be their opponent? Who will make the finals? Back after Round 2 I wrote that Melbourne, Adelaide, North,  Richmond, West … Continue reading

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