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…

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…

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…

Bob Carr doesn’t write his own blog. So what?

My first article for Comment Is Free, with The Guardian Australia was published today. I’ve republished it below. [hr] Yesterday, breathless reports hit the wires that Australian foreign minister Bob Carr “doesn’t contribute to his own blog”, and hasn’t read or posted to it since he joined the government in March 2012. This kind of reporting is tiring and…

How Labor can win in 2013

An article I wrote for New Matilda has been published. It examines what lessons Labor could learn from the Obama 2012 campaign to win this year’s Federal election. You can read the article here, and I’ve reproduced it below. [hr] This month’s Newspoll boosted Labor’s hopes about the next election. The commentators and Twitterati who…