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Follow Tsvangirai’s campaign in Google Earth

June 15th, 2008 · 6 Comments · Posts

I’ve compiled Morgan Tsvangirai’s campaign from June 2nd until yesterday, with information on campaign stops, detentions by police, vehicle impoundments, and references to all information from on-line news sources. I’ll update it as required. The tour will take you round parts of Zimbabwe he has covered in the last two weeks. NOW UPDATED – JUNE […]

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Bluster on the outside, increasingly hollow on the inside…

September 24th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Ironic, isn’t it, that at a time when the major parties are on the brink of record campaign spending (that’s largely union money, business money, taxpayer money, and anonymously donated money) and are doing all in their power to persuade us that they represent the very soul of the Australian people, their members have been […]

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Words of parliamentary wisdom

September 20th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Last week I was very critical of a Parliamentary debate (purportedly on a “Matter of Public Importance”) that was, not unusually, devoid of new thinking and dominated by reverberating party taunts. Today was different. There were words of wisdom, passion and insight from members of both parties. Why? Because they were uttered in the valedictory […]

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A “Matter of Public Importance”?

September 13th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Setting aside a day’s leave for the distinctly apolitical task of heavy manual labour in my garden gave me the opportunity of listening uninterrupted to the day’s proceedings in Parliament, courtesy of ABC News Radio. But it wasn’t Question Time and its usual antics that struck me most forcefully.

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Time to get serious about preventative health

September 7th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Readers can listen to, download the podcast, or read the transcript of my ABC Radio National Perspective piece, broadcast earlier this evening, here. We need to try new and more imaginative ways to reduce the levels of preventable chronic disease.

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Tour of Ryan with Google Earth(TM)

September 6th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Australia’s electoral divisions, or constituencies, have been devised and revised to ensure that they are not “gerry-mandered”, and that they comply with Constitutional and legal requirements regarding size. Unfortunately, they are not always very easy to identify with, as they may include

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Why I would vote only for the most cast-iron of carbon trading schemes… lessons from China

September 5th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Both parties seem to be in thrall of emissions-trading as the principal mechanism for controlling Australia’s greenhouse emissions. In Carbon Trading – The Chinese Report Card, published today in Online Opinion (originally appeared in the Courier Mail, August 29), I examine monitoring data from the world’s most expensive ($1 billion),

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“Door-knocker’s knuckles”: observations from the campaign trail

September 2nd, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

Sore knuckles aside, there’s a lot to be said for door-knocking. Number one, by a long way, is the pleasure of meeting such a fascinating range of people, some in the mood to chat, others not, but almost without exception polite and appreciative that a candidate

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Top health priorities? Major initiatives in prevention & rehabilitation

August 24th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

In Tasmania for the annual conference of the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association where I presented a paper by our QUT research group. At this conference I was reminded, for the umpteenth time, of the paramount importance of preventative and

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Giving up the game…

August 18th, 2007 · No Comments · Posts

If the PM can have his say on local Government, I’ll have mine on a State issue. There’s an argument for a new State High School in the western part of Ryan other than growth in and around Karana Downs. In essence, the State has given up trying to provide public secondary education

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