Category: Opinion

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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It’s time to move to genuine carbon emissions trading

My latest article for The Guardian is now online and you can read it here. I have republished it below. [hr] Over the weekend, there has been widespread reporting that returned prime minister Kevin Rudd is contemplating moving the carbon price from a fixed price to floating price for emissions permits. The Age reported that […]

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