Mark at Stoushnet reflects on Heavy Kevy’s alleged secret musings about re-introduing some form of AWA
- 1. News and Politics Stuff
- 2. The Yartz
- 3. Life and Other Serious Stuff
- 4. T.S.S
- 5. Mad, Bad, Sad and Glad
It’s a rude shock returning to editing Missing Link, despite Helen Dale’s more-than-able stewardship. In fact it was such a shock that I was easily diverted into watching the second half of Bastard Boys on ABC TV last night, in lieu of my editing duties. I’m glad that I had so little self-discipline because it was superb and not-to-be missed viewing. I was almost persuaded out of watching by a negative review by Michael Duffy in the SMH. Duffy claimed a left wing bias in the docu-drama that simply didn’t exist. He reckoned Combet, Coombs and lawyer Josh Bornstein were cardboard cutout heroes, whereas Corrigan was portrayed as a cold, calculating villain. Nothing could have been further from the truth. There were certainly stereotypical aspects to the portrayals of Coombs and Combet IMO, but Geoff Morrell’s portrayal of Chris Corrigan was superb. Here was a proud, warm, humorous if tightly-buttoned and ruthlessly determined man, every bit as courageous and principled in his own way as any of the trade union heroes. Apart from Christopher Sheil’s review here at Troppo, Melaleuca and David Tiley also review Bastard Boys ( as does Helen Dale in a lengthy analysis). One of the finest Australian TV docu-dramas I’ve seen, that’s my verdict. It captured the complexity of the situation, dramatised it convincingly and satisfyingly and avoided bias to the extent any artistic work could ever achieve.
This edition of Missing Link by James Farrell, Jason Soon, Amanda Rose, Helen Dale and Ken Parish. I’ll insert some more images later. No more time right now.
1. News and Politics Stuff
The budget washout continued through last week. John Quiggin was pleased that universities are getting more capital funding, but thinks the Higher Education Endowment Fund itself is a fancy packaging concept that could get out of hand. Andrew Norton provided some much-needed clarification on the full-fee student policy.
Graham Young analyses polling showing Maxine McKew with a trong lead over John Howard in his own seat of Benelong, and concludes that it certainly isn’t all over for Johnnie yet by a long shot. Unsurprisingly, the figures also show a strong personal following for Howard in the unredistributed portion of his electorate
David Bath Rebecca at Dead Roo sees higher education as the defining policy issue of the coming election. The government will remove all restrictions on fee-paying places and fees, and universities are beginning to restructure their programs in expectation of a steady convergence to the American model:
Quite simply, if the Melbourne model is allowed to take hold, this may well mean the death of merits-entry higher education in this country.
Rudd’s plans to reverse the trend are causing
David Rebecca to suspend his her disillusion with Labor.
Mark Bahnisch contends that the op-ed writers are underestimating Rudd’s ability to appeal to voters with practical, inexpensive proposals, and overestimating the influence of their own ‘clever Howard’ narrative:
The punditariat dont appear to have noticed that as early as Clintons election campaign in 1992, winning politicians have sought to speak over the heads of the political media to the people – through grabs on the news, lifestyle shows, talkback and now the nets.
Duckpond dweller Wmmbb believes that (a) our electoral redistribution process is more rational than the one operating in the US, and (b) that Howard could lose Bennelong; but he/she falls short of attributing (b) to (a).
Ken Lovell unleashes a glorious polemic against Iraq war apologetics, applying the logic to some other notorious miltary adventures of the last century.
Diogenes Lamp analyses the shortcomings of Rudd’s reply to the Budget while Tim Blair plucks out all the platitudes in Rudd’s budget reply so we don’t have to.
John Ray apologises to the Greenies but it isn’t the sort of apology you’d expect – unless you’re familiar with his writings.
Terje at the ALS Blog provides lot of food for thought for libertarians and everyone else interested in good governance with a post on how the Howard government has been more of a pain in the wallet for taxpayers than the Keating government. Quotable quote:
In gross dollar terms the increase in the total cost of Federal government over the decade almost exactly equals the current total of all personal income taxes. Or to put it another way reducing all personal income tax to zero would leave the budget with the same gross revenue outcome as in Keatings day.
New blogger and recent immigrant to Australia from the UK Pommygranate assesses Tony Blair’s political legacy. Still on matters Pommy, Rob can’t quite get his head around a piece from Christopher Hitchens. Go help him out.
Hopping across the Atlantic, Legal Eagle slices, dices and juliennes US shock-jock Rush Limbaugh, without ever belittling the people who listen to his shows. Very cleverly done, too.
Geoff Robinson muses about the Third Way as Tony Blair finally begins his long-mooted political retirement.
2. The Yartz
Mother’s Day MP3s at Oceans Never Listen.
Naturally the blogosphere has embraced Eurovision. Notable contributions at Dogpossum (the only viewer who doesn’t think Terry Wogan is the best reason to watch?), Darwinian Evolution and Theatre Notes. Guido looks below the kitsch and asks if Australia’s love of the event is smug superiority. You say that like it’s a bad thing. Andrew has been looking forward to the event for days, capped off with a finale party at James’s place.
This is a wee bit old, but auslit pays appropriate tribute to jazz legend Don Burrows.
3. Life and Other Serious Stuff
Diogenes Lamp takes a break from his usual political commentary with an excellent point by point refutation of alleged refutations of atheism.
John Heard argues the contrarian line against barring HIV positive individuals from immigrating to Australia.
John Quiggin goes on the counterattack against Davidson and Robson’s critique of the global warming petition he is organising with Clive Hamilton. And while we’re on global warming, Jason Soon has an amusing and interesting backgrounder on the strange alliances generated around environmental issues.
Andrew Bartlett experiments with: alternative genres, with an essay in praise of the Queensland Lungfish; and alternative media with
a Youtube talk on the budget! Not everyone can be Brad Delong, nor drinks coffee for that matter, but some props might lift the production a little.
In despair over the creeping commodofication of education, Pavlov’s Cat announces a new blog, where you can ask the Bronte sisters for advice on creative writing.
At ‘Ask The Brontë Sisters’ you can put your questions about any aspect of writing — characterisation, grammar, manuscript preparation, how to write your Creative Writing thesis exegesis, whatever — to Emily, Anne and Charlotte.
If that’s all too highbrow for you, you might still like this T-shirt idea..
For aficionados of the personal blog genre, Carolinkus gives an entertaining account of the highs and lows of running some sort of cafe.
Enthusiastic about sport if nothing else, Sarah makes the distinction between liking the Olympics and liking Channel 7’s coverage. Mark at OzConservative, meanwhile, engages thoughtfully with a piece by Phillip Adams.
tigtog links to a scathing essay on John (Mars/Venus) Gray, which in her estimations ‘is, as usual when [Kathleen] Trigiani takes on Grays purulent misogyny, fanfuckingtastic.’
(troppo sports stadium)
Scott at Sportsman’s Journal wraps up the government ban on Australia’s Zimbabwe tour. His tone is a minatory one, perhaps rightly so:
But it is a sad day when the Australian government has to actually ban a tour that should never have been remotely possible to take place. The fault of this is with ICC and their idiotic ‘future tours program’. Australia should be free to make its own decisions about when and where it tours, not have it decided by that pompous imbecile in Dubai.
5. Mad, Bad, Sad and Glad
JF Beck, the confirmed bad boy of Ozplogistan, discusses the sex lives of his fellow bloggers in a post that shows there is more (or less?) to blogging than arguments about the Iraq War and tax reform.
Gilmae’s reaction to the fat kid who scored a million dollar payday from the courts for school bullying was pretty much the same as mine:
In my day, we called them dropouts and blamed their parents for being losers. Apparently now we call them disadvantaged and blame the school system for being what it is prison for kids.
Our infantilisation of ourselves continues apace. Next step, some kid sues the school system cause the other kids wouldnt pick him for cricket games, and wins.