Oz Blog News Commentary

Articles from Inside Story

An extraordinary vote in Queensland

November 26, 2017 - 16:00 -- Admin

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.

A shrewd appraisal of sameness and difference

November 25, 2017 - 09:02 -- Admin

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.

No power, but plenty of symbolism

November 22, 2017 - 12:08 -- Admin

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.

Beyond the Hipster Line

November 19, 2017 - 13:23 -- Admin

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.

Constitutional pachinko

November 18, 2017 - 15:25 -- Admin

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 Zimbabwe, it’s not over till it’s over

November 16, 2017 - 16:43 -- Admin

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.