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Sat, 24 Nov 2007
Crimson Julia? Gillard Scarlet?

And when I woke up this morning it was still true!

I'm thinking of dying my hair a celebratory shade of red. Or blonde. Flaxen McKew perhaps?

Tue, 06 Mar 2007
Australia: The New 51st State

John Pilger's article in New Stateman is slightly alarmist, but an excellent overview of Australia and John Howard's relationship with the U.S. He sets it into historical context, looking at the idea of the Commonwealth, Menzies' role in sending Australian troops to Vietnam and Murdoch's continuing skillz at stifling dissent.

(via FP)

Thu, 01 Mar 2007
Barry Jones - excerpt from Manning Clark Lecture

It's not too late to save the political process.

What he said.

Isn't it funny/sad how rapidly the ideals of the "old normal", where decisions might have been based on evidence, analysis, reason and judgement, are becoming a romantic dream? The "new normal" depends on instant decisions based on "gut", "instinct" and "faith". Decisions that are reactions against perceived threats and inflated fear.

Thu, 30 Nov 2006
All-Australian Activities

By 12.30 this afternoon we had visited the MCG (for the first time), listened to some great speeches by people opposed to, and directly discriminated by, Howard's industrial relations laws, stood for the national anthem, joined in a Mexican wave, clapped along to Jimmy Barnes singing Working Class Man and taken a gander at the Myer Christmas windows.

Please excuse me while I go and have a little lie down.

Flickr set of the Fill the 'G rally.

Thu, 23 Nov 2006
Fill the 'G' Rally - November 30 - Your Rights@Work

This is the first event, in 30 years of living in Melbourne, that has come close to enticing me into the MCG.

Say no to unfair work laws!
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Gates open 7am

Wed, 15 Nov 2006
More 'Tube: JS takes down Crossfire

A genius in action, Jon Stewart demonstrates the correct technique for responding to the stupid.

(via Rjurik)


This one's for me dad.

YouTube link.

Tue, 31 Oct 2006
Family First; technological literacy last.

Go here (try not to flinch), click on Blog Entries (the white text in the blue banner), and tell them what you really think!
Too much fun.

(thanks, anonymous LJer!)

Edit: The "feature" has been disabled. According to this Age article it was the work of a hacker that freely allowed anonymous posting to the Family First blog.

Edit #2: Anthony, Damien and Kyle have gone further in on this one, taking screenshots, talking to Senator Fielding and being sensibly critical.