Crime on the rise? Check the evidence.

If you live in Sydney you’re probably concerned by the rising crime rate. After all, the nightly news is full of home invasions, car thefts, drive-by shootings, rape and myriad other crimes. And if that’s not enough evidence, then what about the reality shows such as The Force: Behind the … Continue reading

Guns make you safer? Check the evidence.

Last night I watched Bowling For Columbine, Michael Moore’s award-winning film about U.S. gun culture. It was released in 2002 in the wake of the Columbine High School massacre. In this intensely disturbing program, the comment that jumped out at me was this one by a Canadian being interviewed: If more guns … Continue reading

Can you afford NBN fibre on demand?

Have you heard of fibre on demand? It’s a new term being used in discussions surrounding the modified rollout plan for our National Broadband Network (NBN) under the new coalition government. Remember that the original plan was for Fibre to the premises (FTTP). Under this scheme every home and business, … Continue reading

OECD says Australia is the best, but…

Yesterday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development launched an updated version of a report called Your Better Life Index. This report compares the performance of 36 countries using criteria such as life satisfaction, safety, health, housing, community and governance. Rather than just accepting the media good-news story that Australia is on … Continue reading