Climate tipping point looms

It is ironic that the most successful film – in box office terms – about climate change and dramatic changes to the earth was made by Rupert Murdoch’s 20th Century Fox.

It was called The Day after Tomorrow; took about half a billion dollars at the box office; and featured events loosely based on some Mayan prophecies. read more

Australian barriers to electric vehicles and batteries

There are two significant barriers to Australian electric vehicle (EV) take up in Australia – publicly accessible charging infrastructure suitable for a large country and Scott Morrison.

Back in 2019 when the Labor Opposition pledged to a target of 50% EVs by 2030 Scott Morrison scoffed, reprising one of his parliamentary over-the-top rants (remember his “this is coal” moment) saying Labor wanted to abolish the weekend and tradies and families wouldn’t be able to get to work or go on holidays. read more

The rich are getting richer and richer

While Federal Labor, in contrast to Joe Biden, is disappearing into a fearful huddle desperate to avoid any suggestion it would ever try to make Australia a more equitable place the rich are getting richer and richer.

It’s abandoned getting rid of negative gearing; preparing to let through tax cuts which disproportionately favour the well-off; and, dropped the plan to remove dividend imputation. read more

Port Phillip’s philistines

The City of Port Phillip councillors believe they represent a vibrant, cultured, cosmopolitan and environmentally friendly place.

Recently it did a bit for the vibrant side by allowing clubs, pubs and entertainment centres to stay open longer and make more noise. This louder and longer strategy angered many residents and will probably result in property values in the affected areas falling. read more

Morrison churlishly ignores scientific achievement

Scott Morrison’s churlishness is always on show when some Australian achieves great success in any area where Morrison’s perceived political enemies lurk.

In October last year, when the rest of the world celebrated the ratification by 50 countries of The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, thus allowing the historic though symbolic text to come into force after 90 days, the Government refused to sign the Treaty. read more

An intellectual populist precursor

Before Maggie Thatcher, Nigel Farage, John Howard, George Osborne and Donald Trump there was Enoch Powell.

A new book about Enoch Powell (Enoch Powell: politics and ideas in modern Britain) by Paul Corthorn reminds us of that while we may be hostile  to  Powell’s political views we need to acknowledge his role as the precursor of many of the political developments over the past 50 years – from opposition to immigration and neo-liberalism to Brexit and the potential break up of Britain. read more

Don’t die wondering about the Labor leadership

If you were to choose a totally unrepresentative sample for a focus group test of political attitudes you would probably opt for a writer’s festival audience.

Predominantly female, older and probably retired, fairly well off, professional career background and relaxed about dress style – neat and elegant but no bling – and probably ALP voting with a few Greens thrown in as well. read more

Our Christian heritage

The culture war drum-beats are sounding again – pounded out by the usual suspects in the Murdoch media and among shock jocks and the Morrison Government.

The mounting hysteria this time is about a new national curriculum which its enemies claim places too much emphasis on Indigenous history and ignores Australia’s ‘Christian heritage’. read more

When does Scotty’s frenetic marketing become counter-productive?

The majority of Australians aren’t that interested in politics.

They have their life to get on with and really only get involved in issues which affect them directly – like vaccinations – or which touch a nerve as Morrison’s handling of women’s issues has with Australian women.

Elections make politics difficult to ignore but most people vote for the party they voted for last time and some of them even make up their mind on the way to the polling booth. read more

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