Announcing the Death of The Age. “Independent. Always.” (until December 2018)

On July 25, the impending death of Melbourne’s leading thinking newspaper was announced. The planned takeover of The Age by chequebook journalism, entertainment empire is such a clash of cultures that the death of independent journalism at The Age is certain.  Why did this happen?Read More »

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MyHealth: Centralised Health Records are Valuable. You Should ‘Opt-in’.

Australians are debating whether or not to opt out of the centralised electronic government health record system, MyHealth.  If you don’t specifically opt out, you are ‘in’.  In principle, this is a no-brainer, though there are practical issues and risks, as always.  Here’s why you should do nothing…and therefore opt in.Read More »

The Plastics War? We’ve Barely Started

So we (Victorians) have just stopped using single-use plastic bags in supermarkets and we are feeling very good about ourselves.  But this is just a drop in the ocean in our plastics use.  Research shows that over 800 million – yes million – pieces of plastic enter Pt Phillip Bay from just its two main rivers each year.  Research shows that plastics have infiltrated every ocean, every water supply and many food products.  Films such as ‘Blue Planet’ and ‘The Plastic Ocean’ and TV series such as ‘The War on Waste’ show how badly our environment has been and is being damaged by our uncontrolled use of plastic.  How can we address this environmental disaster?Read More »

Trump is a Success. Forget what he says. Look at what he does.

Liberals (including me) hate Trump.  We look at what he says, his fallacies, inconsistencies, morals, the people he chooses, the processes he uses.  But liberals fail to look at his amazingly successful achievements – what he does.  He is on his way to being one of the most successful, influential US Presidents of all time, rather in the way that Reagan influenced world economics and politics for over 20 years.Read More »