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[22 May 2009 | Comments Off on Get over the sex hang-ups | 1,455 views ]

THE rugby league sex scandal has gripped the nation by its genitals, and there’s no indication that it’s about to let go soon.
It’s a fairly crude assessment, but then it’s a fairly crude issue that the community is being asked to deal with and digest. Even Kevin Rudd felt compelled to wade in on the matter by calling on all sporting clubs to give women more respect and giving his tacit agreement to the Nine Network’s sacking of Matthew Johns.
At the same time there are many …

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[21 May 2009 | Comments Off on The Liberals fumbled the ball over the budget | 888 views ]

The opposition’s failure to strike has only enhanced the government’s economic standing, says Ross Fitzgerald
As the dust settles from the annual post-Budget brawl, a lot of Liberals will be scratching their heads and wondering just how Malcolm Turnbull and Joe Hockey managed to make such a hash of it.
In short, the global recession provided Mr Turnbull and Mr Hockey with the softest free kick in Australian political history.
Consider the conditions in which this budget was framed. The recession has wiped $210 billion from the budget bottom line, …

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[9 May 2009 | Comments Off on Historian the real red ragger | 1,581 views ]

IN the 1940s, a controversial and idealistic scholar was employed to teach history at the Canberra University College (the forerunner of the Australian National University). No narrow pedant, his interests ranged from J.S. Bach to the latest political developments. Because he questioned conventional ideas, he was accused of being a subversive and attracted the attention of the security service.
Sound familiar? This mini-biography does indeed fit Manning Clark to a T. It covers events that are familiar to the reading public at large, thanks to the sensational 1996 allegations concerning Clark …

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[7 May 2009 | Comments Off on A ripple in the vast, soundless mud | 779 views ]

One Sydney novelist is proposing a subscription model to alleviate our perpetual publishing crisis, says Ross Fitzgerald
They say there’s a publishing crisis in Australia, but that’s nothing new. Publishing has always been in crisis in Australia because, for a start, the population has never been large enough to fully support a local industry: not for quality literary titles, anyway. The book trade has always been dominated by imports, initially from British companies, then American, now joined by German- and French-based multinationals.
Writers in Australia are often a desperate bunch, struggling for …

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[7 May 2009 | Comments Off on Front benches need new faces | 903 views ]

AFTER the budget, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd would do well to consider a reshuffle of his ministry, to drop the deadwood and give an opportunity to some who have performed well in junior roles.
While the pressure has been off Wayne Swan in recent months as the Opposition has been busy distracting itself, no Treasurer since the Depression has had to present a budget like the one that’s coming.
Swan’s task is to make it credible that a $70 billion-plus turnaround in 12months to the budget bottom line is …