Opinion

Dalfram Dispute (Manning Clark House)

The following are speaking notes for my speech at the Manning Clark House showing of the documentary “Dalfram Dispute 1938: Pig Iron Bob” (directed by Sandra Pires and the Why Documentaries Team in 2015). === Thank you for the invitation today. Firstly, let me acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet,…

Future of Work (ALERA Conference)

The following are the speaking notes for a speech given at the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association conference in Canberra in March 2018. === Thank you for the invitation today. Firstly, let me acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, and pay my respects to their elders both past and present. Two-worlds….

Sorry policy-makers, the two-degrees warming policy is a road to disaster

Originally posted on my Guardian blog. Global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has released a timely analysis on economic growth and carbon emissions, which makes the point that there is a “disconnect between the global climate negotiations aiming for a 2°C limit on global warming, but national pledges may only manage to limit it to 3°C, and…

Abbott’s corporate-change plans for Australia

Tony Abbott and his gang of extremist conservative ministers have wasted little time unpicking the century-old social compact in Australia. They’re targeting education, health care, penalty rates, our international obligations, antagonising our neighbours, trashing our natural heritage and violating long-standing Cabinet conventions. But the Abbott Gang’s actions are not random. They’re part of a well-established…

Should Australian progressives pay attention to George Lakoff?

We live in a post-fact world. I assert this for two reasons. Firstly, because it crystallises the conservative approach to public discourse, which is largely exemplified by lying, lying loudly and lying often. Secondly, because increasing scientific research demonstrates that most people don’t use facts and evidence to form views and attitudes, or influence behaviour….

Hamba kahle Madiba

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela In my life, Madiba has always stood as a human symbol of making the impossible possible, and…