The Ryan Independent

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

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Entries from August 15th, 2010

“Some things are more important than others”

August 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

During this election a number of crucial national challenges have been given short shrift.  Some (health, education) have been treated with extraordinary shallowness where thoroughgoing reform should have been on the agenda. Others, such as overcoming indigenous disadvantage or Australia’s proper role in Afghanistan, have appeared minimally or not at all.  An election hijacked by small-target [...]

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Which Ryan candidates bother showing up? Forum scorecard

August 12th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Posts

Candidates at Federal Elections are invited to public forums and other events run by community organisations to help voters better understand their views, policies and behaviour. To consistently skip, decline or just ignore these events without a compelling reason is rude at best, and certainly contrary to the democratic spirit. I’d go further and say [...]

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Geraldine Doogue discusses the Greens on Saturday Extra

August 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

Thoughtful piece on the Greens in this election – their philosophy and prospects – with guests Michael Gawenda and local (UQ) economist John Quiggin. Listen here on the ABC Radio National site or directly here: sea_20100807_0730.mp3

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Ryan features on ABC Breakfast

August 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

A pretty fair piece about the Ryan campaign by Cathy Van Extel on ABC Radio National’s Breakfast program this morning. Go to the ABC and listen to it here or directly from this site:  bst_20100805_0748.mp3

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Campaign materials speak volumes

August 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Posts

The materials and methods of a campaign reflect a lot about the thinking and approach of parties and candidates.  In Ryan this week the Labor Party Machine has parked a somewhat retro-appearing anti-Work Choices truck and a bored looking driver at the end of the Western Freeway (traditional Michael Johnson waving spot).  Big, expensive, impersonal, [...]

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