Other Politics

Mar 16

Unisuper

Posted by: George Grundy

As this summer’s devastating fires have finally brought climate change to the centre of Australian public discourse, universities have found themselves at the forefront of the response. Australian universities already employ climate change professors and researchers, and offer bachelors, masters and PhD courses studying a wide variety of climate change impacts. From a research perspective, climate change has been in the mainstream for some time, but when the government ignores the evidence science becomes political, and universities have found themselves…

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Feb 14

High Stakes Gambling

Posted by: George Grundy

So, Scotty – hell of a summer eh. You spend the spring happily debating religious discrimination and cutting medical care for refugees, hop on a plane and all hell breaks loose. ‘Events, dear boy’, and they’ve made you look a bit foolish. Kipling said that you should ‘trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too’. Wise men learn to question their assumptions, so perhaps time will show that you are the one with the…

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Jan 02

Morrison’s Abject Negligence

Posted by: George Grundy

On 25th April 2006 the Beaconsfield gold mine in Tasmania collapsed. One man was killed and two others trapped nearly a kilometre below the ground. Recognising the incident as a moment of national importance and tragedy, then-AWU leader Bill Shorten flew back from Canada to get to Beaconsfield. Although Shorten wasn’t involved in the mechanics of the rescue effort, he understood that one key aspect of political leadership is presence – being there allowed Bill Shorten to understand what was…

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Jun 22

Put Izzy in a Tizzy!

Posted by: George Grundy

I couldn’t sleep last night. All the bigotry, hatred and stupidity in the news gets to me sometimes. For some reason, Israel Folau’s story has really bothered me. It’s not just that old Izzy likes to stand at a pulpit and tell people they’re going to hell, it’s that when called out for it he’s gone straight for the ‘I’m being victimised for my beliefs’ trope. You know, the one people use when they want the right to say something…

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Jun 17

The Will of the People?

Posted by: George Grundy

Something’s not right here. Scott Morrison’s ‘miracle’ win in May was touted as one of the great political comebacks, but several aspects of the election now appear of questionable legitimacy, and it may just be that someone other than the Australian public was instrumental in putting ScoMo back in the big chair. First, it’s worth reflecting on how the mechanics of Australia’s famously opaque electoral system no longer reflect the will of the people. The Liberal Party itself got just…

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