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Climate change — too important for conventional politics

What do you think? Kevin Rudd rightly says of today’s National Climate Change Summit organised by the Labor Party:

Climate change does not simply threaten the Australian environment – it also threatens Australian jobs and Australia’s long term economic prosperity. Invitations have been extended to the Prime Minister and his Ministers, and State Premiers and Chief Ministers.

Climate change is one of the most significant challenges that Australia and the world will face in the 21st Century. To face this challenge we must come together as a country, a region and a planet to take real practical action on climate change.

Participants include:
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Written by Neil

March 31, 2007 at 10:51 am

Iraq, Iraq

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) News conveniently groups stories in Indepth Coverage: Eye on Iraq, and what a litany this has become. George Bush was understating matters when he said it has not been a good year for Iraq. Take yesterday: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Neil

January 18, 2007 at 10:07 am

Good thoughts on the ABC and the Right’s culture wars

Our local MP here in Surry Hills is Tanya Plibersek. Today she has a good piece in The Sydney Morning Herald: PM’s game: play the man not the ball.

WHO said bourgeois intellectuals should no longer control the schools? Clue: it wasn’t the Federal Education Minister, Julie Bishop. It was Chairman Mao celebrating the anti-intellectualism of the student-led Red Brigades.

Bishop’s recent comments demonstrate in a clumsy, heavy-handed way one of the most successful Howard Government strategies for dealing with dissent: play the man, not the ball. The Government has failed to convince teachers and parents of its kooky ideas – like the Latin revival – so it turns to abusing teachers.
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