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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Tag: Blogging

En Passant – staying alive through your support

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Moderation, comments and the like

Dear Readers, sometimes your post might get held up for moderation. This might be because it comes from a source often identified with spam, or contains words that are often used in spam.  And to avoid late spam I have cut down the time for comments to be made to a week from publication. Because I […]

Readers take a holiday

Readership of my blog has dropped by about 60 percent in the last week. When the choice for those who have been slaving for the boss for the last year is between Saturnalia, sloth and family or reading revolutionary political blogs, not surprisingly Saturnalia wins. Still, I’m pleasantly surprised more than a thousand people visited my site over Christmas. Small bickies […]

My Turnbull tumble

My readership numbers are dropping faster than Malcolm  Turnbull’s popularity. I don’t have utegate to blame.  I am not a millionaire. And I have never been a merchant banker.  Where am I going wrong?

A W shaped readership response?

The last month saw a big spike in readers, especially from the US.  That increase has now dropped back so that the readership is leveling out at around its pre-spike levels.  The blog was ephemerally attractive to a wider audience.   Maybe the shock of the new wore off.  How to recapture the magic?

New writers for the time being

While I wait for my employer’s decision on outside employment/activity, I have decided to ask two people I know and trust politically to run the site for me, including writing their own articles.  My thanks to Bill Nile and Leonie Bronstein, who already lead busy lives, for agreeing to help out over the next month or so.

Just resting?

I am seeking my new employer’s agreement to continue any paid activities like this blog.  While ‘paid’ is stretching it, it is nevertheless outside activity which could theoretically impact on my responsibility to work for my employer, (but won’t).  There could (although I doubt it) be conflict of interest issues that need clarifying. For that reason, from […]

Jobs and posting

I have just accepted a part time job offer working on environmental law.  I am pretty excited by the prospect of learning about a whole new area of policy and law.  For the blog it means my posts might be slightly less frequent (although I love doing this so much I might just end up […]

Who is that masked man?

Well, not quite masked.  But the photos in my banner above have evidently been causing some conjecture among staff in a major Pubic service agency.  They’ve figured out I am the one with the red and white St George football scarf, and know the identity of 3 of the other four.  But who is the […]

Karma and speaking too soon

Oh dear!  Just as I start to think that maybe my ramblings are getting a wider audience, (and I mention that on this site), along come the most recent readership figures. Maybe karma does exist after all. What can I say? Read, read, read?  Or maybe ‘bag me out’.