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Entries from October 31st, 2007

The tide has turned on balancing economy and environment.

October 31st, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Last night’s Candidates Forum organised by Sustainable Jamboree saw all Ryan’s candidates attend (except Neville Solomon of the CEC), together with some of the candidates from Oxley, two sitting Senators and one Senate candidate. All the responses will be available as video on the web, via YouDecide2007, so you can be a virtual audience member [...]

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Reminder: Candidates Forum tonight – Centenary High School

October 30th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Just a reminder that there’s a candidates forum hosted by Sustainable Jamboree this evening, 7-9pm, at the Centenary State High School Performing Arts Centre. Here’s the program. No matter what your views, it would be great to see you there.

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Beware of round numbers.

October 30th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Most people like to believe that the major parties, as the “franchise-holders” of national politics, are highly competent and plan their policies with care. A small but telling sign that this isn’t always the case is a policy with impressive sounding, but suspiciously round numbers. Such was the case with the Government’s announcement yesterday of [...]

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Where environmental policy and foreign policy should be meeting.

October 29th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Today the ALP has announced it will commit to new greenhouse emissions targets whether or not China and the US do so as well. The Coalition position has always been that any such commitments that do not include China and the US are pointless. The conflict boils down to one between “ethical leadership” (Australia setting [...]

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Who says Independents don’t make a difference?

October 28th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

It was a pleasure to catch up with several friends and acquaintances at yesterday’s Brookfield Uniting Church Country Market and Art Show.  Campaign tip: don’t forget your hat.  I then spent some time door-knocking in Bellbowrie, Pinjarra Hills, and later, Toowong.  While most people are quite surprised to see a live candidate on their doorstep [...]

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The mood in Ryan one month out.

October 27th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Four weeks until polling day.  I had many conversations with local voters yesterday, and two contradictory themes were prominent – sometimes in the same person. At one level there is a distinct upswing of attention to the election, with many more people now discussing the issues, the candidates, and the prospects.  At another level, “election [...]

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A minor adjustment.

October 26th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Ryan Independent will skip a day to accommodate a change in the the time of day when I write. A month to go until polling day. A great deal can happen!

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Teaching the teachers. Lessons from medicine.

October 25th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

All is not well in the world of teaching. At its best, it continues to be an exceptionally satisfying profession, a fact that goes some way towards making up for its modest pay. For large numbers of teachers, however, the school has become a very stressful and difficult environment, and schools find it difficult to [...]

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Facts and figures, no. 1

October 24th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Ryan Independent contains a mix of views, issues, events, and ideas. I will periodically add some statistics that I hope readers will find thought-provoking, and begin tonight by answering a follow-up question from my remarks at the recent Ryan Higher Education Candidates Forum. Can it really be, I was asked, that one American university spends [...]

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Voting for a Government or voting for a Representative?

October 23rd, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

All voters face a strategic choice. Do they disregard the candidates and vote for the party they wish to form government, or do they choose their vote so as to elect the candidate they most wish to be their representative? Many people find themselves wanting Party X in power, but Candidate Y as their representative. [...]

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