The Ryan Independent

Commentary on global, federal, state and local issues from Brisbane's western suburbs

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Entries from June 20th, 2010

Are you in the Ryan Electorate for the 2010 election? Check this interactive map:

June 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

Ryan’s boundaries have changed since the last election.  Welcome to Ryan if you’re in one of the new parts (Ferny Grove, Keperra, Mitchellton, Enoggera, Upper Kedron, Grovely, parts of Gaythorne, Bardon and Ashgrove). The Australian Electoral Commission’s website has a box for entering your locality, but sometimes this can straddle two electorates. There’s no interactive [...]

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Oil, oil, everywhere?

June 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

Three images of oil that speak for themselves. The first, courtesy of Paul Rademacher’s site, shows the extent of the BP oil spill in relation to S.E. Queensland.  It completely dwarfs not just the electorate of Ryan, but would extend from Noosa to Ballina on the NSW coast, and from Stanthorpe in the south-west to a [...]

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Climate change a dead issue? Don’t be so sure….

June 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

Results from the Lowy Institute’s Sixth Annual Poll have been reported to imply a dramatic loss of concern on the part of Australian voters about climate change.  The Courier Mail, for example, reported (accurately) that “The sixth poll from the Lowy think tank also showed that Australians remained committed to acting on greenhouse gases” and [...]

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Truth and lies in politics and elections… the need for independent checking.

June 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

There’s a tantalising sniff of an election in the air… but continued bad polls for Mr. Rudd could see it later rather than sooner.  All sorts of claims will be foisted on us, from the gospel truth to the most unadulterated falsehoods, leavened with various shades of half-truths, distortions, exaggerations, hyperbole,  irrelevancies, and topped of [...]

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