This new page points to material posted on political websites, initially in Australia. It can be accessed by clicking the Blog Watch link in the upper right margin under 'site pages'. It is provided as a service along the lines Crikey provides Richard Farmer's Breakfast Media Wrap, which make perusing the daily online newspapers much easier.
As many visitors to political blogs are unable to visit daily, the updates will be in weekly batches, so that users can see the whole week at a glance. Where possible links are provided. The sites will be grouped under three categories initially: psephology, political, and social/economics
The sites listed to date are:
The Poll Bludger
The Political Sword
The Piping Shrike
Social and economics blogspots
On Line Opinion
Time will tell if I can keep this page sufficiently up to date.
What appalling scenes we’ve witnessed recently in Melbourne: its streets engulfed by protestors marching to who knows where, or why. Do they?
The Westgate Freeway, the major arterial to the Western suburbs, was blocked and traffic disrupted by marchers plodding to the other side. Then where? Who ...
Once upon a time, the newly elected progressive Australian Government was told by their advisers that financial calamity was to sweep the world, bringing financial ruin, uncertainty and pestilence (the last one might just be made up) to humanity. The newly elected government, being of the mind that ...
In the past year or so, most of us would have become quite familiar with the group of people that seem to front up almost daily to discuss the current state of the COVID19 pandemic in each Australian jurisdiction. Usually there are a couple of politicians ably backed up by the experts in public heal...
This is a short piece. There is no need for lots of words. Images are sufficient.
Have you noticed the cluster of loud-mouthed men that has appeared recently on our Melbourne streets, fists raised, shouting messages of defiance directed at our those in authority?
Who are they? What is their ag...
In The Guardian’s detailed history of the ‘Tampa affair’ which occurred twenty years ago, you will notice a number of similarities with the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Sadly, you will also notice that the response by current Prime Minister Morrison is worse than then Prime Minister H...
This short piece is not intended to be a serious treatise; instead it’s a light-hearted appraisal of federal politics. We have had our fill of commentaries on the ins and outs of the Canberra scene written by self-confident ‘experts’ who believe they understand the machinations of the political clas...
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve looked at some of the less savoury aspects of the current Coalition Government, led (for the moment) by Scott Morrison. This week, how about we look at the environmental record of this government, which reaches back to the days when Tony Abbott was the Prime Minis...
There have recently been a number of ‘freedom’ rallies across Australia where participants seem to be claiming that the current pandemic is somewhere between a farce and a ‘deep cover’ operation by unnamed authorities to exert control over the mindless minions (that’s the rest of us). Some who shoul...
When you were a toddler and those responsible for looking after you asked you to do something you didn’t want to do, you probably threw a tantrum. A couple of years later when you had learnt to communicate, you probably expressed your disapproval (then threw a tantrum when your disapproval was noted...
Asked what he wanted from life, a wise man said: I want to live; I want to be loved; and I want a little variety.
This piece is about the latter: “a little variety”.
Are you, like me, wearied by the sameness of so much of contemporary life? Multiple lockdowns occasioned by Covid-19 has afflict...
In October 2019, this website discussed the fate of the Murugappen family who were forcibly removed from their home in Biloela, Queensland by Border Force. At the time we questioned how someone who claims to have a fundamentalist Christian view of the Bible as the absolute truth (despite the ‘over 7...
The wailing and gnashing of teeth that you can currently hear in your community isn’t a product of the sporting results last weekend or the sudden correction of housing prices. Rather it is the anti-vaxxers and their fellow travellers living the experience they feared — namely those who are vaccinat...
All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.Leo Tolstoy
All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.Mark Twain
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
Equality for women demands a change in the human psyche more profound than anything Marx dreamed of.Polly Toynbee
Equality for women demands a change in the human psyche more profound than anything Marx dreamed of.
Sufficient conscience to bother him, but not sufficient to keep him straight.David Lloyd George
Sufficient conscience to bother him, but not sufficient to keep him straight.
The broad mass of a nation...will more easily fall victim to a big lie that a small one.Adolf Hitler
The broad mass of a nation...will more easily fall victim to a big lie that a small one.
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