Cartel Parties in Australia’s Democracy

Tweet Democracy is notoriously difficult to define, but any serious conception always includes power being somehow vested with the people. And yet in countries that would be considered democratic, the power mostly seems to stick with certain elite groups. These groups have privileged access to the media and that usually enforces their success in elections. ...

A Right Proper Media Mogul

Tweet I have been a little quiet on social networks in the last few weeks, because I’ve been working quite a lot on setting up my first real company: The Fat Tulip Communications and Media Pty Ltd. The Tulip is intended to be a broad-based media and digital media agency. It will leverage my skills ...

Start the Speculation

Tweet With just over a year until Local Government elections in NSW, candidates have already begun to emerge. There are three Councils I’m usually interested in: Wingecarribee; Wollondilly; and Wollongong. Of those three, Wollongong has recently had elections after several years without an elected Council and the new Councillors will serve five years rather than ...

Yakkity-YAC

Tweet I was recently asked to give a short speech to a regional gathering of youth advisory council members. The young people had come from NGOs and Councils across the Southern Highlands, Wollondilly, Camden and Campbelltown areas. Given my experience in YACs at all levels, I felt I had something important to offer the attendees. ...

On Hyperreality

Tweet He will be unable to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows; and then conceive someone saying to him, that what he saw before was an illusion, but that now, when he is approaching nearer to being and his eye is turned towards more real existence, he ...

Regional Bodies and the United Nations

Tweet My final year politics subject, Peacekeeping, Sovereignty and Global Order, has ranged broadly over issues and questions of international law and order. At the centre of the majority of these questions has been the role of the United Nations in global governance. Since the UN is constituted by the states which are it’s members, ...

Coal Seam Gas – Storify

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Coal Seam Gas Concerns

Tweet This was written for a journalism assignment: DRAMATIC footage of a foamy discharge from a coal seam gas well in south western Sydney has added to concerns around the controversial industry. The video, filmed by a Greens member of the New South Wales parliament, appears to show an unidentified foamy chemical mix being forcefully ...

ARL vs NRL

Tweet I just received this email from someone who often sends me these kinds of emails. Many of them are funny. They brighten your day up. But, then, many are just like this one. Have a read of it and see my comments at the bottom. 36 have been accused of spouse abuse  7 have been arrested ...

Bob Carr is Sadly Mistaken

Tweet In a recent post on his often-rambling blog, former NSW Premier Bob Carr begs for preferences from those intending to vote for the Greens on March 26. Carr tries to scare voters into delivering their preferences to Labor after the Greens by invoking the threats of a demonic far right parliamentary consortium of the ...