Passionate about free speech, human rights, democracy and the politics of change. Commentator and author, occasional poet, sometime translator, creator of The Why Series – changing our world one book at the time.

Particracy Rules

Particracy Rules

We live in a particracy, not a democracy. Party politics have taken democracy hostage and made politics more important than policy while disenfranchising voters.

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Global Warming or Climate Change?

Global Warming or Climate Change?

Does it matter if we talk about global warming or climate change? Climate science commentator Charles Nagy explains the difference and the relevance, with all due deference to Albert Einstein.

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The Italian Job

The Italian Job

As we are changing Prime Ministers with the same frequency as Italy, our reputation as a country to be taken seriously on the world stage is at risk. An Italian Job is not good politics!

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Media Ethics and Politics

Media Ethics and Politics

It’s not just politicians that need to be held accountable to a set of ethical standards. Media ethics may be better defined by journalist’s code of conduct, but too often it is being sacrificed on the altar of a catchy headline or not letting the truth get in the way of a good story.

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Politics and Ethics

Politics and Ethics

Politics and ethics don’t often seem to go together. But it is where the democracy reform process needs to start: demanding that our elected representatives are committed to a minimum set of ethical standards.

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Opinion Rhapsody

Opinion Rhapsody

Opinion Rhapsody – courtesy of Dustin & Genevieve – this brilliant parody set to the magnificent music of Queen is just too god not share. As “covers” get this about as good as it gets – opinion rhapsody is true to the original. Enjoy!

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Malcolm Turnbull Legacy

Malcolm Turnbull Legacy

What the Malcolm Turnbull legacy will be remains to be seen. When he appeared on a special edition of the ABC’s QandA last Thursday, he was as charming, evasive and polite as ever. We didn’t learn much, but is this the end of his political career as he claims, or the beginning of a new chapter?

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The American mid term elections had a little bit of everything for everybody. It will curb some of the worst excesses of Donald Trump, but it may also get a lot uglier before it gets any better.

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