The conservative right’s alliance with anti-science


I posted the original version of the following as a comment on my "A skeptic responds to a climate sceptic" post, but since most visitors don't read the comments, I've reposted it here with some minor embellishment. There is an interesting perspective of the Australian political climate-change denialism contrasted against various other western democracies in … Continue reading The conservative right’s alliance with anti-science

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Independents, passion and towing the Party line


Whilst watching the National Press Club press conference the other day featuring independent MPs Bob Katter, Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Greens MP Adam Brandt, I was struck by how fresh it was to hear unrehearsed, unscripted, impassioned opinion from politicians, something which has been long absent from our screens as the big parties' campaign … Continue reading Independents, passion and towing the Party line

The role of social media in the 2010 Australian Election


The day after the astonishing outcome of the Australian 2010 Federal Election, which saw an historic potentially hung-Parliament outcome with power pivoting upon the whims of three or four independents and one Greens MP whom a new Government will need to accommodate to be appointed by the Governor-General, it seems inconceivable that the role social … Continue reading The role of social media in the 2010 Australian Election

A letter to my federal House of Reps ALP candidate about School Chaplains


I live in the marginal seat of La Trobe in Melbourne's outer East, held by the Libs with a slim 0.5% majority. Naturally the candidates are campaigning hard, and here more than most, every vote truly counts. Compelled to act after reading http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2010/08/10/2978228.htm http://seantheblogonaut.com/2010/08/437-million-in-total-spent-on-school-chaplaincy/ http://seantheblogonaut.com/2010/08/chaplaincy-roundup/ http://statereligionvic.posterous.com/letter-to-victoria-principals-association and http://www.cannold.com/media/2010-08-15-the-national-school-chaplaincy-program-is-an-accident-waiting-to-happen/ this-morning I penned the following email to … Continue reading A letter to my federal House of Reps ALP candidate about School Chaplains

Religious dogma, Atheism and Hate


Every belief or issue has its extremists. Whether you're talking about climate science, politics, faith, healing, sport, gun control, or activities as simple as driving, there are dogmatic, unmovable groups and individuals who will not alter their views, even when faced with rock-solid evidence to the contrary. These people are set in their ways. Reason … Continue reading Religious dogma, Atheism and Hate

Election promises Vs long-term track records and personal views


Social network chatter on Twitter, Facebook and others is abuzz with criticism about previously broken election promises by both major parties, and the shadow these cast over the credibility of any promises made in the lead up to the August 21 Federal Election. Anyone who has been around long enough to experience more than one … Continue reading Election promises Vs long-term track records and personal views