The Ryan Independent

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“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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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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Julia Gillard’s sense of climate urgency dissipates

July 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

Our new Prime Minister Julia Gillard seems to have a great sense of urgency when it comes to defusing the electoral hazards she perceives in Labor’s recent policies on the mining tax, the boats, and (shortly) climate change. Even though the Reserve Bank’s Warrick McKibbin is pointing out that industry wants a carbon price, she has rejected [...]

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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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Ryan Independent will support Greens candidate Sandra Bayley

May 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Posts

As a university student in the 1970′s I was given a slender volume written by the UC Berkely economic historian Carlo Cippolla, Economic History of World Population (1962). No other book has ever changed my view of the world so much. In laying out the story of human life through the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions, [...]

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