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Words Have Meaning

When a politician speaks we should be able to decipher what he or she is saying. Most of them, at least these days, have an education of sorts, and presumably when they use words they use them in a way that their listeners understand. So “no” should not have a special meaning; and neither should “yes”. They should mean what most people think they mean. … Continue reading Words Have Meaning

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Tony Abbott Will Never Be Prime Minister (Again)

One of my daughters, a wise young head, when describing certain individuals of less than stellar intelligence, uses the phrase “he (or she) will never be Prime Minister”. It is a curiously descriptive phrase, because it says everything about limits, of intelligence, of ambition, of drive, of the ability to think conceptually, to radiate warmth, to believe in service to our community … Of course … Continue reading Tony Abbott Will Never Be Prime Minister (Again)

The Climate is now Personal for All of Us

When the last tree is cut, the last river poisoned, and the last fish dead, we will discover that we can’t eat money. Like most non-scientists I defer to science, which is derived from the Latin “scientia” meaning knowledge. So when serious groups of scientists join together, almost unanimously, (97.1%) and tell us that the earth’s climate is changing, for the worse, I believe them. When I … Continue reading The Climate is now Personal for All of Us

The Liberals Disrespect Us All

Now that the Conservatives have won power for the next three years, it is time for us all to actually remind them that we did not vote for a replay of Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison. Scott Morrison won the election through a combination of being a small target, by spreading misleading rumours of death taxes, by preying on the financially illiterate, and by being so … Continue reading The Liberals Disrespect Us All

Our Minister for Climate

Angus Taylor is the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, and he is arguably one of the best educated people in our parliament, with a degree in Economics, one in Law, and a lazy Master of Philosophy (Economics) from Oxford. Each of these degrees is necessarily reliant on the use of facts, and figures, real evidence, and reasoning. That is why Angus Taylor’s position on … Continue reading Our Minister for Climate