Starting a PhD 3

Tweet Following completion of my honours year in 2012, I applied for and received admission to a PhD program at the University of Wollongong, and an Australian Postgraduate Award. I’m looking forward to beginning work on the project, but at this stage it is still in the very early developmental phase so I’m finding it ...

I’m no economist, but…

Tweet Australia’s consumer price index measures the changes in costs of average goods to most households. If the CPI rises, then wages and pensions need to rise so people have the same amount of money, in real terms, to spend on everyday items. That’s the simple explanation. A longer one is provided by the Australian ...

Pleading the Second in NSW 1

Pleading the Second in NSW
Tweet When Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) visited a high school in upstate New York in May 1991, he received an unexpected civics lesson from an unexpected source. Speaking on the timely subject of school violence, Senator Schumer praised the Brady Bill, which he helped sponsor, for its role in preventing crime. Rising to question the ...

It’s Not Easy to be a Green

Tweet Warning: Rant Ahead. One of Bob Brown’s major tag lines is that the majority of the population agrees with the Greens on issues like climate change and social policy. I suspect he’s right. But the problem for the Greens is the majority of the population – those who see the world and politics in ...

The Plane, Sir, The Plane 4

Tweet It seems a near certainty that a second Sydney airport will be built soon. If only they could agree on a site! The recently released Joint Study on Aviation Capacity in the Sydney Region [PDF] proposed Badgerys Creek once again as the best option. However, Transport Minister Anthony Albanese quickly ruled that out. Instead, ...

Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon
Tweet On Monday, Kevin Rudd strode into Parliament a white knight leading a small band of fierce yet determined foot soldiers. He was there to do battle with the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. From his pronouncements, we can imagine Rudd sees Gillard as an unfathomably evil creature who robbed him. She was the red dragon ...

Disturbing News for Democracy

Tweet As you read this post, please bear in mind that I am certainly not a Greens supporter. If you want to read about my political convictions, check out this post. I am fundamentally disturbed at suggestions the Federal Government may have authorised or participated in the covert surveillance on a member of the Federal ...

Wingecarribee Council to Overhaul the Civic Centre 2

Tweet Wingecarribee Shire Council has announced their intention to renovate the Shire’s ageing Civic Centre today. General Manager Jason Gordon says the building is in need of some major work: in its current state the building does not meet numerous modern building codes including accessibility and mobility, environmental, customer and Workplace Health and Safety standards. ...

Democracy

Tweet If we occasionally took the time to give that overworked, misunderstood word even a passing thought, it might turn out that ‘democracy’ is a pretty woolly, almost indefinable idea for a political system. It’s not actually a system per se at all. Nevertheless, we toss the term around, albeit loosely, as though we know ...

Decisions to be Made 2

Tweet I’ve been putting it off, but time moves inexorably, and it won’t stop (nor even slow) for me. I have to really make some careful decisions about where I want my life to go – not just for the next six months or year, but for decades. If you follow this blog, you may ...