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With Abbott we join the anglosphere

Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Online Digest | 0 comments

With Abbott we join the anglosphere Influential Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan tweeted that Abbott’s election heralded a “golden age” in Australia, adding that the Coalition victory was an endorsement of the “Anglosphere alliance”, which Hannan said the outgoing Labor prime minister, Kevin Rudd, had mocked.   The Anglosphere is a notion of right wing British Conservatives. According to James Meek, "It’s a white English-speaking male preoccupation", that glorifies the  "Anglo mission to save civilisation"  and "where...

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High Speed Rail – but slowly

Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Online Digest | 0 comments

High Speed Rail - but slowly Most of the left likes trains - and for old and young alike very fast ones are part of nation building, positive examples of public infrastructure and environmentally friendly. But, as the Warren Centre says, Australia is still no closer to HSR implementation than 30 years ago. And, High Speed Rail in Australia has a tortured history characterised by ‘hands-off’ government involvement and unsubstantiated private sector initiatives in its earlier years and the undertaking of multiple feasibility and scoping...

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Australian Options On-line Digest No 3 May 2013

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Online Digest | Comments Off on Australian Options On-line Digest No 3 May 2013

Display problems? View this newsletter in your browser. Issue 3 May 2013 What’s Hot and What’s Not: the Australian Options online digest This is the third edition of the Option on-line digest. We are still learning the layout and format tools though hopefully becoming more confident. Please help by forwarding this on to other likely readers. The best way to support Options is to suscribe to the magazine.The Autumn edition of the Australian Options magazine was published and mailed to subscribers at the...

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On-line Digest 2 April 2013

Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Online Digest | Comments Off on On-line Digest 2 April 2013

    Issue 2 April 2013 What’s Hot and What’s Not: the Australian Options online digest   Job Creation and Renewable Energy     As far as job creation goes, investing in renewable energy is around 300 per cent more effective than investing in fossil fuel or nuclear jobs – at least, that’s what the below infographic tells us. Sourced via Solar Love and CleanTechnica, it was put together by the Political Economy Research Insititute at the University of...

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On-line Digest What’s Hot What’s Not March 2013 Issue no 1

Posted by on March 6, 2013 in Online Digest | Comments Off on On-line Digest What’s Hot What’s Not March 2013 Issue no 1

On line digest full issue 1   Full text of the on-line digest edition no 1 Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Michael Kieran Harvey: What Would Peggy Do?

Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Online Digest | Comments Off on Michael Kieran Harvey: What Would Peggy Do?

  In October 2012, Michael Kieran Harvey gave the New Music Network Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. An audio and video of the address are available on the ABC website. There is a transcript here.Michael is a major Australian pianist, especially of current and new Australian music. This lecture is a provocative review of how conservative thinking and markets are damaging the development and enjoyment of music. It can be read for what it says about music and for what it says about the politics of arts...

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The clamour for flexibility

Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Online Digest | Comments Off on The clamour for flexibility

Business groups, right-wing politicians, the neo-liberal think tanks and their media supporters complain incessantly that the Fair Work Act has shifted the balance in industrial relations towards unions. In November 2012, Peter Reith sought the headlines saying ‘Business is worried. They have reason to be worried. Strikes are rising, unfair dismissals and “go away money” are back, and productivity is poor.’ He quotes Rio Tinto: ‘Industrial relations is the elephant in the room when it comes to the national productivity debate.’ In...

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The Robin Hood Tax gets closer – can Australia have one like this?

Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Online Digest | Comments Off on The Robin Hood Tax gets closer – can Australia have one like this?

In late January, the European Union Finance Ministers endorsed the introduction of a financial transactions tax by 11 member countries. It will apply in Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia and Slovakia. This includes four of the largest EU economies. The tax is expected to commence from the beginning of 2014 and will be applied to stock and bond trades and derivatives. At this stage the tax will be levied according to the place where the share, bond or exchange traded derivative was issued....

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Who has the energy to care about misogyny anymore?

Posted by on November 16, 2012 in Online Digest | 0 comments

The day after Julia Gillard’s famous ‘misogyny speech’, there was a lively conversation in my workplace – like those around Australia. The views ranged from: “She sounds like a whinger…“Huge mistake. She’s shown weakness, they’ll eat her alive”, to “Women will love it…no-one rates a victim.  She’s shown real backbone, best thing she’s ever done.” And so the conversations went. Julia’s ratings turned skyward. The opinion pages were filled with analysis. Academics, journalists and commentators pulled the speech...

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America’s election and the Tea Party

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A series of voting setbacks in November 2012 means the conservative Tea Party movement is now facing a difficult and divisive period. What a difference two years make. After the congressional elections in November 2010, the Tea Party was the talk of the town. Both left-wing and right-wing media pundits declared ‘the" Tea Party to be the (only) winner’, and all focus was on the right's new stars such as Rand Paul in Kentucky and Marco Rubio in Florida. The new Republican Party kingmakers were Jim De Mint and Sarah Palin, support from whom...

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