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The Goldstein trough

January 3, 2022 - 08:20 -- Admin

The electorate of Goldstein was named after the suffragist and women’s rights activist Vida Jane Goldstein. She was born in Portland, Victoria in 1869, the eldest of five children and was raised in an affluent middle-class home and educated at Presbyterian Ladies College in Melbourne. Goldstein’s mother Isabella was an early feminist and undertook ‘good works’ in the slums of Collingwood.

The silly Coatsworth

January 1, 2022 - 09:20 -- Admin

I suspected Nick Coatsworth was out of his depth in the modern world when he responded to a question ‘So who are the people to listen to?” asked of him by Peter Stefanovic on Sky News. Coatsworth replied “Well, I think when you hear your leaders speak; I mean, there’s a difference between experts and leaders, Pete.

An indecent man

December 29, 2021 - 19:04 -- Admin

The idiotic James Morrow has been one of the sources of hilarity and ridicule here before, mostly as one of the monumentally gullible, obsessively antiscientific ‘three stooges’ on Sky News with Rowan Dean and Rita Panahi1,2. Morrow recently wrote a vicious little piece attacking epidemiologists and some of the states’ chief health officers, as well as Dr Norman Swan.

A lucky bruise

December 20, 2021 - 07:54 -- Admin

I love the game of cricket, but have never been much good at it. I used to play for my university, but only in third and fourth grade.

Watching the second test of the current Ashes series, I saw the Australian fast bowler, Jhye Richardson clock batsman Stuart Broad on the grille of his helmet and push that onto the right side of his jaw. As is usual now, they checked Broad for concussion and any other damage. He seemed fine, but will probably end up with a bruised chin.

A less Christian nation

December 15, 2021 - 15:10 -- Admin

In a previous article on this blog on the decline of religion in English-speaking countries, I mainly concentrated on its decline in Australia, but also related what was happening in other nations. At the time, the most recent data from the United States, indicated that 18.2% of the population had no religious affiliation. This was even more pronounced among the 18-29-year-old demographic, with about 33% of them having no religious affiliation1.

Dead cats and Scott Morrison

December 11, 2021 - 08:53 -- Admin

There were rumours of Gladys Berejiklian being asked to run for a federal seat for many months before her canoodling with Daryl Maguire became public knowledge, but it only really hit the headlines when Scott Morrison mentioned it as a possibility. This was some time after Berejiklian had not only resigned from the premiership of New South Wales, but from state politics1.

Approaching ‘pitchfork time’

December 6, 2021 - 13:23 -- Admin

I am reading ‘Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist’ by Kate Raworth1,2, and not knowing much about economics, it has been a revelation to me. Every time I read a section or two, it starts things going off in my head about a rant I should write. There are usually two reasons for this: firstly, to find out more about what caused this particular economic travesty to occur; and secondly to try to put the pieces together for my own edification.