Populism Politics : The Defeat of Reason

This is one of the most terrible days I can remember of my almost 70 years alive. I have long been disturbed by the dumbing-down of the population and the impact of neoliberal economics and globalisation on our own and other nations. We have seen the 1% reach ownership of over 50% of the World’s wealth and their piece of the pie continues to grow. At the same time, in…

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LNP derision of ABC is succeeding.

I dislike the use of expletive-ridden abuse and hateful criticism on social media. However, Chris Uhlman does not report objectively, far too often offering extremely superficial, flawed, and even apparently intentionally biased views. Virginia Trioli is guilty of a similar inability to report objectively, as are many others. Chris Uhlman,Virginia Trioli, and others will, of course, have their own take on issues and they are entitled to do so. However,…

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Global Collaboration Day

Are you involved in education, in any capacity? If so, why not read about and see how you can participate in Global Collaboration Day 2016? It should be a great opportunity for the global learning community to share. Find out more: http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/ Global Collaboration Day is a celebration for students, educators, and organizations as we promote the need for connecting all schools! Source: Global Collaboration Day – Welcome to Global…

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Steve Price has Forfeited the Right to a Public Forum

In its early days, I was a regular viewer of The Project. Charlie Pickering was an astute host with an incisive and satirical wit, exercised often in such a way as to be completely missed by his target. Carrie Bickmore was an excellent foil for Charlie, bringing an intelligent naivety to the panel. The throw-away lines and quips of Dave Hughes provided both humour and light relief to diffuse awkward…

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We have an Orwellian ‘shadow government’ and your liberty is at risk | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian

Some outrageous police-friendly legislation has just wormed its way through New South Wales parliament, and the prospect of some heavy-handed policing is real Source: We have an Orwellian ‘shadow government’ and your liberty is at risk | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian

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Open justice and the public’s right to know

In a democracy, it is important that justice is not only done but that it is seen to be done. Indeed, many of us would argue that this principle should apply whatever the political system of a society. Certainly, few open-minded, caring and fair-minded people would disagree that the justice system should be as transparent as possible. Unfortunately, in practice, achieving that goal is not as simple as it might,…

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Be under no illusion: Malcolm Turnbull wants to destroy Australian literature

“The Liberals are a Party of Phillistines”. I have to agree. Indeed, how could anyone not agree? Their attacks on arts funding, their reneging on Gonski reforms, their obsession with “growth”, their continuing denunciation and undermining of the ABC, their support for profit before people and, indeed, their dismissal of scientific evidence when making decisions and arrogant pursuit of a neo-liberal economic agenda that favours the wealthy and increases the…

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The sugar conspiracy | Ian Leslie | Society | The Guardian

For many years, as a library manager, when questioning practices or introducing change I have been met with, in so many words, the proposition that: “but that’s not the way. We’ve always done it like this. Everyone else does it like this. Check with them. Why should we change” Such an attitude, at various times, created conflict between myself and my staff and between myself and my colleagues – not…

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