In this post I’ll highlight some of the features of Joe Hockey’s big-spending budget. Tonight our little family celebrates a birthday. After that I might try to round up some of the commentary. Continue reading Joe’s big-spending budget
1. Quiggin reckons Tesla battery can solve climate change Continue reading Climate clippings 138
That’s the view of Giles Parkinson, and I agree with him. Continue reading RET deal struck, but policy bastardry continues
The bottom line appears to be that what the AFP did in alerting the Indonesian police about the Bali 9 was legal, but was it moral, and were there other alternatives?
Brisbane solicitor Stephen Keim says that Lee Rush, father of Scott Rush, one of the Bali 9, had his lawyer approach the AFP because his son was going to Asia for no good reason. Rush’s lawyer was left with the impression that a passport alert had been raised and that his son would be going nowhere. Because of this he didn’t approach his son directly.
The contention is that Lee Rush was intentionally deceived. Continue reading Bali 9: AFP says it was legal, we might do it again
No doubt the focus groups have been consulted and the slogans are already upon us. Tony Abbott:
“I am absolutely convinced that on budget night it will be seen as responsible, measured and fair. It is a budget which is going to deliver jobs, growth and opportunity. Continue reading Positioning the budget sales pitch
That’s the title of a new report from the Climate Council.
To have a 75% chance of meeting the 2°C warming limit, at least 77% of the world’s fossil fuels cannot be burned.
1. Nepal earthquake
Recovery is chaotic, with no direction or authority says ABC journalist Siobhan Heanue. She said law and order and the general morale in Kathmandu was stable purely because of the compassion and attitude of the Nepalese people. Continue reading Saturday salon 2/5
Nurses again rate, for the 21st year in a row, the highest in esteem amongst the professions. Fully 92% of Australians over the age of 14 rated them either high or very high when asked the following question in the Roy Morgan Image of Professions Survey 2015:
“As I say different occupations, could you please say – from what you know or have heard – which rating best describes how you, yourself, would rate or score people in various occupations for honesty and ethical standards (Very High, High, Average, Low, Very Low)?”