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The world according to political advertising

August 18, 2010 by


Political advertising sucks. I don’t think I’m telling you anything new here. If you’ve watched television, listened to the radio or checked your mailbox this month, you’ve already had political advertising blasted at you from both sides. It’s uncomfortable and unpleasant, like being stuck in an elevator between two friends having an argument. I’m lucky […]

The silent politics of Aboriginal Australia

August 11, 2010 by


At the tail end of the special ‘Prime Minister’ edition of the ABC’s Q&A program last Monday night, an audience member asked why there has been a great silence around ‘giving the first peoples of Australia a fair go’ in this election campaign. Unsurprisingly, Julia Gillard flatly denied the claim, voicing her commitment to further […]

What to make of a country turning Green?

July 29, 2010 by


Watching the clearly stage-managed and quite underwhelming performance of the leaders of the two major parties in the debate on Sunday night, it is perhaps not surprising that the Greens are attracting unprecedented support in the lead-up to this year’s election. According to the most recent Nielsen and Galaxy polls, the Greens hold anywhere between […]

Mental health announcement positive but more work needed

July 29, 2010 by


Julia Gillard yesterday revealed her response to the coalition’s $1.5 billion mental health policy announced earlier in the month. A re-elected Gillard Government would increase efforts in suicide prevention and crisis intervention. The Government said it would invest an additional $113.9 million to provide more frontline services in the community for people with severe mental […]