The Ryan Independent

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Entries from November 21st, 2009

Decision time for the ETS: How Ryan Independent would vote

November 21st, 2009 · No Comments · Posts

Anyone who puts up their hand for election has a duty to state how they would vote on crucial legislation, and why. So in this final week of the ETS debate I’ll make my position absolutely clear, starting with its basis: 1. The only uncertainty about climate change is its exact extent and timing.  Few [...]

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Migrants and refugees in perspective

November 16th, 2009 · No Comments · Posts

In light of the hysteria brewing again over Australia’s policies towards refugees and migrants, it’s important to keep in perspective our significant role as a country of immigration, and our extremely modest role as a safe haven for refugees.  These two maps (from Worldmapper) depict migrant and refugee numbers as the area (larger = more) [...]

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Young Indonesians battle corruption

November 9th, 2009 · No Comments · Posts

As I start this piece, well over a million (1,110,139) people have joined a Facebook campaign in support of Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra M. Hamzah (pictured below), two Indonesian  KPK (Corruption Eradication Commission) deputies.  This has all happened in just 9 days – following the revelations on tape of a high-level conspiracy to discredit and [...]

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Dr. Spash and Labor climate change policy

November 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · Posts

The report that a senior environmental economist has been prevented by his employer – the CSIRO – from publishing in a peer-reviewed journal an article apparently critical of emissions trading compared to more direct policy options is highly revealing. It tells us that freedom of expression, even by experts, even on a topical matter of [...]

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