Category Archives: Ethics

Some Game of Thrones Season 8 speculation

Let me indulge, purely for entertainment value, in some fan-speculation on what we will see on-screen after the Long Night is over and the final 6 episodes Of Game of Thrones are run in 2019. Let me first talk about … Continue reading

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Patricia Edgar on Children’s TV: Part Two

Continued from Part One. The ABC and Children’s Programming – The Highs, Lows and Power-plays The promise of the early years When ABC television first aired, on November 5, 1956, children’s programs presented a dilemma. There was no Australian film … Continue reading

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The new CBA scandal and the business response (plus, cuckoo smurfing!)

There’s a weird sort of dissonance in today’s Australian Financial Review. On the front page, CBA CEO Ian Narev argues that CBA culture is “strong”. Meanwhile, a detailed Neil Chenoweth feature breaks down how AUSTRAC thinks CBA was regularly breaching … Continue reading

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Quirky cultural customs: the causes of death

Have you ever reflected on what a strange concept the notion of a ’cause of death’ really is? We use the term so often that it wouldn’t quickly register as a cultural oddity, but it really is a quirky beast … Continue reading

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Doing good: One door at a time

You will no doubt be familiar with a fund-raising technique involving people coming to your door and asking for money for one cause or another. No matter how good the cause or how respected and established the cause, the technique … Continue reading

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Ethics: of the unethical variety

This post is based on a comment on an article promoting informed consent for experiments. I don’t seem to have got a response from the author, so in case others wished to discuss, I thought I’d post it here. While most of the … Continue reading

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Could sortition help against corruption, part II

In part 1, I looked at whether it made sense to have random individuals inserted into parliament, or to let policies be decided by juries full of randomly chosen individuals. Both were argued to be unworkable and likely to lead … Continue reading

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