Captain Abbott and Bill Shorten’s zingers

Australians were dumbfounded on Australia Day when Tony Abbott announce Prince Philip would be receiving one of the two knighthoods on offer. When asked who he had consulted before making the decision, he fell back on his favourite metaphor: “It was a captain’s pick.” (Of course, Tony Abbott is captain … Continue reading

The Conversation – a great online news resource

It’s tough today to get online news for Australians that’s ethical, rigorous and well-written. I’ve always used the ABC, and about a year ago I ditched the Sydney Morning Herald in favour of the Australian edition of The Guardian. When all the bad news starts to get me down I … Continue reading

Social media safety for the aged

Most articles about social media safety focus on kids and teenagers. You’ll find plenty of warnings about: Luring and grooming Cyberbullying Sexting and Privacy settings But what about the elderly? We have now reached the point where many elderly people using social media are facing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Can … Continue reading

ABC being politicised by adversarial games?

“We’re sick and tired of the ABC being politicised by adversarial games, whether it was the Labor Party in power or the Liberal Party in power.” says Quentin Dempster, a former staff-elected director on the ABC board. His comments follow appointment of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation columnist Janet Albrechtsen and … Continue reading

Politicians working for the people – Gun Control

In 2013 the US television news satire, The Daily Show, put to air a three part mini-documentary comparing US action on gun control with Australia’s. Strip away the comedy and you’re left with a story of politicians in Australia who were so incensed by the Port Arthur massacre that they put … Continue reading