Missing Link Monday 6 August 2007

Gam has been busy with Photoshop since JWH urged us all not to over-react to Australian soldiers getting pissed and dressing up in KKK outfits at Darwin’s Robertson Barracks.

This almost-but-not-quite-bumper edition of Missing Link was meant to be published last Friday, but was again a casualty of my being tied up with other things. Luckily, Helen Dale is now ensconced at Oxford and happy to re-occupy the editorial chair so with a bit of luck we might return to a more regular publishing schedule. Nevertheless, my own timetable isn’t looking too flash over the next few weeks, so I was wondering whether someone might be prepared to assume temporary responsibility for the centrist and psephology blogs for a while?? It takes a couple of hours or so twice a week.

This edition by James Farrell, Amanda Rose, Peter Black and Ken Parish with editing by Ken Parish.

1. News and Politics Stuff

Andrew Landeryou reviews the recent events surround Dr Haneef and concludes that he’s “glad the Howard government, supported on a bi-partisan basis on national security questions by the Rudd opposition, continues to err on the side of caution to protect all of us from the car-bomb, nightclub explosions, the hijacking, kidnappings, dirty bombs and the full arsenal of al-Qaeda terror.” That said, Mirko Bagaric says it is criminal that Dr Haneef will not receive compensation for the approximately one month he spent in criminal and migration detention before being released.

Discussing the fallout from the Haneef case, Diogenes dismisses the idea that Australia’s reputation has been harmed by the international media attention Dr Haneef’s case generated. Harry Clarke is similarly scathing about an op-ed by some European journo based in Australia titled “Scaring off the world“. “Why is there a national market for this type of deceit and self-hatred?”, Harry asks rhetorically.

‘Double or nothing’ is how John Quiggin describes the Immigration Minister’s latest moves to discredit the good doctor. Pavlov’s Cat thinks Andrews was a bit unsporting not to take the phone calls into account.

tigtog speculates on the provenance of the ‘dossier’ came from and gets some more ideas from Katz in the comments. Apathetic Gam prises himself out of the chaise longue to write an outraged letter to George Negus and SBS for their credulity over the thing.

Ken Lovell admits he underestimated the legislative reaction to the Haneef affair — a crackdown on bail magistrates and crusading lawyers at best. Mark Bahnisch explains that the checks on police powers in the states, and in Britain for that matter, are the legacy of bitter lesssons our federal government has yet to learn. There’s more on the propsals from Laurhedel, and David Bath makes a prima facie case that Andrews and Howard have committed treason and sedition as defined by the Criminal Code.

John Quiggin sums it up by asking: Why not have the Federal Health Minister review waiting lists, and push swinging voters up the queue? Tim Dunlop notes a certain inconsistency between the Federal Government’s Devonport intervention and its recent demand that the states’ balance their budgets to keep inflation in check. Ken Lovell translates the PM’s announcement thus:

‘In other words screw the economic feasibility, screw good health management practices, its gunna be popular.’

Mark Bahnisch, more impressed by the PM’s use of Youtube, argues that the medium is the message, or something along those lines. Kieran at the Dead Roo is so spooked by Howards’ effective use of the medium — especially as exhibited in the follow-up speech — that he’s decided to counter it with his own. Let’s hand the hat around, though, and buy him an autocue.

The government will introduce legislation next week relating to its indigenous emergency package, but Andrew Bartlett has no idea what’s in it. While we’re on this topic, togtog asks ‘What could be more important than protecting the children…?’ Fishing, it turns out, is the answer.

Diogenes is critical of Justice Kirby’s dissent in Thomas v Mowbray, describing Justice Kirby as “Another terrorist hugger”.

Placing all this in a more broadly conceptual perspective, Cam Riley looks at the politics of exception in the US and Australia (though without even a nod towards Agamben):

Exception governance, apart from being repugnant to republicanism and trashing the liberal in liberal democracy, is actually becoming the norm at all levels of government as more and more executives see the value in exception becoming “a new rule of permanence, a new long-lasting condition of suspension of the rule of law, whereby politics could become the product of a succession of ad hoc decisions made by government officials and bureaucrats”

The Australian Greens are not impressed with Greenswatch, according to Andrew Landeryou. Darlene Taylor is deeply suspicious of the site too.

Apathetic Sarah fumes over Alexander’s excuses for not contributing troops to Darfur.

Andrew Elder argues that Kevin Rudd isn’t pursuing a small target strategy but just “neutralising opponents” like any successful aspirant PM including Saint Gough, while Guido is just bemused by Kevie’s strategy.

Meanwhile, Daily Flute hasn’t had much difficulty summing up John Howard’s strategy:

Its brilliant in its coniviness. Howard is shoring up health and education, porkbarrelling the marginals, attacking Labor states, warning of coast to coast ALP governments all in one move. Hold back funding, then use the savings to stitch up a couple of seats.

I expect well see more of this in Wakefield, Kingston, Bonner, Makin, Hasluck, Bass, Stirling and the ever mysterious Eden-Monaro.

With the NTs Solomon safe under army guard, Greenway getting a new technical college and now a hospital in Braddon, thats three blatant porky deals eating into the ALP target of 16.

And Colin Campbell has similar thoughts. Graham Young ingeniously blames Labor for Howard’s Tasmanian hospital pork-barrelling.

Niall Cook looks at Kevin Rudd’s proposals to untie tied state grants, and Howard’s unashamedly centralist response to it.

And Skeletor doesn’t think much of Alexander Downer’s (“the silliest man to ever hold Australia’s foreign Affairs portfolio”) apparent efforts to cosy up to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.

Dave Bath looks at research by Peetz and Preston “showing that professional males do much better on AWAs, and women in non-professional roles do particularly poorly.”

Pommygranate notes the registration of the libertarian LDP as a political party under the name Liberty and Democracy Party (apparently because the AEC reckoned “Liberal Democratic Party” might cause people to confuse it with Howard’s mob).

2. Life and Other Serious Stuff

John Ray dismisses a US study on the political orientations and educational values of professors, arguing that political extremists would have been unlikely to have participated. And seeing we’re discussing the academy, J.F. Beck is not that impressed with the complaints of some Australian academics.

Jeremy Sear googled himself and came up a poor seventh. What’s more troubling is that Missing Link didn’t come up at all, despite our scrupulous coverage of Jeremy’s commentary.

Gandalf at LP contends that the trend to casual work is detrimental to health and national productivity.

Teacher Grodscorp doesn’t think much of the AIM national literacy and numeracy benchmarking tests.

Melaleuca zeroes in on libertarians (and Jason Soon in particular) from an environmentalist perspective.

The aptly pseudonymous Dr Faustus muses about the ethical and practical dilemmas of the Bush regime utilising psychologists to devise and perfect non-lethal means of torture /coercive interrogation.

3. The Yartz

Tim Dunlop gets excited about some blogger’s account of some bunch of musicians doing something or other.

Shaun Cronin talks about a couple of Ry Cooder albums and some cat.The Editor at GrodsCorp reviews Glue and, for good measure, the audience at his session.

The highly compressed narrative of the production logo is the revelation of the production company name accompanied by some form of symbolic rendering of that name.

~ Logomania at the art life.

The winners of the 2007 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest have been announced, and it is pleasing to see that a few Australians have featured.

~ Matilda

Corroboree is ambitious: in its ideas, its text, its subject and plot. This I acknowledge and commend. Patiently, we waited for all of these to unfurl, for the Alice In Wonderland and Richard Wherrett likenesses to become clear.

~ Spark at MIFF

The deaths of Ingmar Bergman and Michelango Antonioni on the same day brings to a close forever the work of a pioneering generation of filmmakers who constructed the very idea that film could be a work of art.

~ David Barista Tiley also posts an excellent obituary (with lots of links) on the deaths of Bergman and Antonioni.

John Surname highlights a new Devo song after 17 years of retirement, posting a YouTube of an ad featuring it – apparently ageing rock groups now sell out to commercial interests pre-emptively.

Colin Campbell posts a tribute to the world’s worst poet William McGonagall.

4. T.S.S

(troppo sports stadium)

Gummo shares another trancendent moment from the annals of dog racing.

Tony the Teacher is mighty peeved about Essendon dumping Kevin Sheedy when they’re rebuilding and going OK (well, until playing Hawthorn yesterday anyway).

5. Mad, Bad, Sad and Glad

YouTube videos of the day – Tigtog reviews three videos posted by Catholic seminarians parodying the Mac vs PC ad to convey the Vaticans doctrine on Natural Family Planning vs Contraception.

David Starkoff discovers that politics are tough in Guatemala.

JF Beck warns “Beware the Cat Lover”.

Melaleuca maintains focus on IPS blogger Jennifer Marohasy’s enlistment of assorted Marxist and Lyndon La Rouche nutsos in support of her ongoing efforts to outdo Tim Blair in coming up with arguments to discredit climate change science.

Skeletor deconstructs the recent/current stock market plunge triggered by the “sub-prime mortgage” market, and discovers some previously unknown causes.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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16 years ago

Agamben, Schmitt and exception get covered enough on ssr that I don’t always explicitly tag them as such.

16 years ago

I’d be happy to look at the centre-ish blogs, if no-one else has offered by email

Drovers Dog
Drovers Dog
16 years ago

Looks like Andrew Landeryou has other reasons to be worried. http://slanderyou2.blogspot.com/

16 years ago

Regarding the Green Swatch smear site, you might have referred to some of the responses from actual Greens members, particularly those defamed by the site. eg Kieran Bennett at A Dead Roo. Or me here.

Tony T.
16 years ago

I’m not peeved at Essendon dumping Sheeds, I’m peeved at Mike Sheahan’s bizarre acceptance of Essendon’s position that they don’t have to give a reason for dumping Sheeds.

Bugger Essendon. The more rumpus there is at the Bombers the better.

Drovers Dog
Drovers Dog
16 years ago

I don’t doubt that Landeryou is involved behind the Green smear website. Especially as his is the only blog/website linked to that site! see http://slanderyou2.blogspot.com/ for more

16 years ago

I just came back from following the link to (out)Landeryou and feel so dirty that I need a psychic shower. His post was bad enough, simplistic,tendentious to the point of mendacity yet curiously inane – he even linked a GG article from 31/7 as if it did anything but fill column inches between advertising, but the comments!!
I reluctantly, against my ethical principles, accept compulsory voting as the evil of two lessers but these people, and who knows how many hundreds of thousands equally vacant & vapid like them, will be out on polling day in their hubristic arrogant ignorance deciding MY fate, or at least that of my country.
Off to the carwash now for a steam cleaning.

16 years ago

When do you want the next issue to go out, Ken? I’m 10 hours behind you so need to keep on top of our publication schedule.