Monthly Archives: January 2012

Drum piece and a National Press Club rant

My Drum piece today is on the Oscars. I have been putting off getting back to writing about politics for a long as possible. I suppose I could have churned out something on the Australia Day stuff, but, meh. Due … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, Journalism, Social Media, The Drum | 39 Comments

The Australian Open and the Fab Four

Last night when top seed Novak Djokovic beat fifth seed David Ferrer he ensured that for the first time since at least 1987 the top four men’s seeds all made it to the semi final in consecutive Grand Slams. Djokovic, … Continue reading

Posted in Sport, Tennis | 4 Comments

Drum Piece and Inflation

My latest Drum piece is here. It has no graphs but lots of depressing cynicism. Enjoy   Incidentally in it I quote that the $1.5 billion figure the Government is claiming as the cost of switching to $1 bet limits … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, Interest rates, The Drum | 4 Comments

Full-time up, part-time down: unemployment rate flat

The monthly labour force stats came out today. Here’s the key stats from the ABS: SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES (MONTHLY CHANGE) Employment decreased 29,300 (0.3%) to 11,421,300. Full-time employment increased 24,500 persons to 8,051,000 and part-time employment decreased 53,700 persons to … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Down Syndrome, Economy | 13 Comments

Drum Piece –Movies and Pirates – and the APSC’s new Guidelines for Being a Public Servant on Social Media

My Drum piece today is on how the film industry keeps making crap and treats consumers like crap and then wonders why box office revenue is falling… oh yeah “it’s the pirates”. The piece has a few graphs (but of … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Film, Public Service, Social Media | 30 Comments

Drum Piece–Winter is Coming

My first Drum piece for the year has a look at the year ahead… sort of. God I hate those start of the year predictive pieces that do the rounds. When will Gillard be challenged? Will Abbott survive the year … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, Journalism, The Drum | 12 Comments