ScoMo partially sees the light on One Nation

Well, it was bound to happen, given the mood of the people. Our Australian Prime Minister, Mr Scott Morrison (ScoMo) has partially buckled to pressure and decided to put the One Nation political party almost last -- behind the Australian Greens. Wait?  What, the Greens worse than One Nation?  Well, to hear it from our PM, the … Continue reading ScoMo partially sees the light on One Nation

Q&A on ABC Last Night – Quotas in political parties

Fascinating Q&A on ABC last night. One of the topics was the dire lack of female representation with the Coalition.  In Australia, the Coalition is a centre-right/right grouping of the Liberal Party (conservative) and the National Party (also, conservative) There was a female Liberal Party member Senator Hume on the show last night and her … Continue reading Q&A on ABC Last Night – Quotas in political parties

Religious chaplains in Australian state schools

Fascinating article RE religious chaplains by the ever-reliable Mike Seccombe in The Saturday Paper. I've been following this on social media for years thru my membership of the Australian Atheist Foundation. The core, "pythonesque" attribute of this program has always been these two requirements: 1) The counsellor must be religious 2) The counsellor must not … Continue reading Religious chaplains in Australian state schools

The Australian National Broadband Network (NBN)

Just a few quick thoughts. One, Australia had a chance with the NBN to do something truly nation-building - to rip up old infrastructure in the form of cabling and provide Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) for all properties in Australia barring the toughest of logistical situations. Instead, our country was given an inferior option - the Coalition … Continue reading The Australian National Broadband Network (NBN)

Feeling depressed, misanthropic and the childhood of Anders Bering Breivik

Today, for some unknown reason, I'm feeling really down. I've been close to tears and (then actual tears) on a few occasions and I can't pinpoint why. To be clear, this has happened to me many times before and seems part of the 'usual pattern' of being me.  I've taken my antidepressants as usual, I've … Continue reading Feeling depressed, misanthropic and the childhood of Anders Bering Breivik