Articles from Inside Story
As Saturday dawned, the Queensland election seemed on a knife-edge. As midnight came, the knife-edge remained sharp, and pointing upwards. The votes had been counted and some possibilities had been ruled out — but three others remained.
The most likely outcome is a repeat of the last three years. Labor will form another minority government, this time with more crossbenchers, and with fewer Liberal National Party MPs on the opposition benches. But that is no certainty.
By any standards, Melbourne sociologist Peter Robinson has been a remarkably prolific scholar. His major achievement has been to use a technique that has been widely deployed by scholars of the gay world — the life-course interview — to go to places untouched or neglected by others. One of the most important of these fields, and the one that featured in his first book, was old age.
It looms into view at the entrance to Subic Bay, northeast of Manila, amid the lush green rainforest of the Philippine island of Luzon — a stark, angular, concrete monolith, not unlike a giant tombstone. You’d almost expect to hear the ominous strains of “Thus Spake Zarathustra” from Stanley Kubrick’s haunting sci-fi film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Ten years after the global financial crisis began destroying businesses and livelihoods, the major credit rating agencies — Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings — are still standing.
No one saw this coming. Last Thursday, an opinion poll told us that Victoria’s Labor government would win the Northcote by-election with room to spare, by 54 per cent to 46 for the Greens. But two days later, the voters did the reverse, and gave the seat to the Greens in a landslide.
The same-sex marriage survey results are already providing much fodder for those whose vocation (or hobby) is to pore over statistics to gauge the mood of the times. Solid and occasionally overwhelming No majorities in several western Sydney seats have received the most notice, being read as an indication of the role of ethnicity, or non-English-speaking background, or recent migrant arrival, or religiosity, in fostering negative attitudes towards change in the marriage law.
The number of federal MPs who have lost or quit their seats due to constitutional ineligibility has now reached ten. With 216 federal MPs remaining, this year’s crisis can’t go on forever, right? Wrong. The High Court’s next job is to work out the eligibility of the ten replacements. And their replacements.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, armoured vehicles rolled into the Pocket Hill studios of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation in Harare. Shortly after, major-general Sibusiso Moyo appeared on screen to read a statement that president Robert Gabriel Mugabe and his family were safe, and that Zimbabweans should go about their normal business. He wished “to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of government.