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[20 Apr 2009 | Comments Off on Moves afoot to counter God’s sway over the ballot box | 871 views ]

RELIGION may figure strongly at the next federal election. The electorate has had enough of self-opinionated bishops and crazy imams, and many citizens are fed up with the way the main parties bow and scrape to religious groups.

George Pell’s recent pronouncement, which supported the Pope’s claim that condoms do nothing to stop HIV transmission, puts him in the same league as flat-earthers and creationists. Educated middle-class voters are tired of this anti-intellectual stance from people who are supposed to inhabit the high moral ground. Pell even termed the AIDS epidemic …

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[17 Apr 2009 | Comments Off on Freedom and the internet | 1,222 views ]

Stephen Conroy’s campaign to ‘flush the internet’ is ill-conceived and already old hat, says Ross Fitzgerald — and it is backfiring on Labor
In this great brown land, the whiff of private parliamentary polling is in the air again and although Kevin Rudd’s personal approval rating may be high, that’s not where Labor should be pointing its fortune-tellers. The crystal ball should be aimed at Independents and Greens in the Senate. Judging by the astonishing amount of ill will that Senator Stephen Conroy is generating for his internet filtering proposals, …

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[7 Apr 2009 | Comments Off on Back to school, Julia | 882 views ]

A PROVEN method of getting a message across is to repeat it. Whether it’s computers in schools, higher education funding or Labor’s stimulus package, virtually every media release from Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne concludes: “Australia deserves better than a part-time education minister.”
Julia Gillard has a collection of roles of which any retiring politician would be proud. The difference with Gillard is that she is doing them all at once.
As Deputy PM, Gillard is the second most senior member of the Government, taking on the role of acting PM when …