Blind arrogance or sheer ignorance

I am not prone to anger, but this sentence from the first front page article of The Saturday Paper got my blood boiling:

“These deaths weighed heavily on the conscience of politicians as they struggled in 2012 to find a policy that would stop people undertaking the journey.” Continue reading Blind arrogance or sheer ignorance

Sri Lanka – insurgency, war crimes and me

1425537_10151945882159699_946205772_nWhen I was growing up I knew next to nothing about Sri Lanka. I knew they played cricket, were in the Commonwealth Games and that one of the guys from my school was from there. Because of the sporting links I knew the country was part of the Commonwealth and so like Australia was a former British colony. Continue reading Sri Lanka – insurgency, war crimes and me

So what’s with all this narrative sh*t, anyway?

If communicating with constituents and achieving change was just about the facts, and what is right, Greens policies (in my humble opinion) would be government policies, the world would be taking great steps to tackle climate change and social inequity, and I’d be able to afford to own my own home.

But it’s obviously not just the facts that determine government policy or voter intention. The language we use and the way we communicate ideas clearly has as much impact as the ideas themselves.

This is where narrative comes in.

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Supernatural stand-off – The Catholic Church vs good vs evil

I handle The Catholic Weekly pretty much every week. It is one of a number of publications that is sent periodically to the offices of all NSW politicians (and likely more besides) – like the Epoch Times and the Australian Israel Review – which is kind of journalism but kind of not.

I barely have time to engage with all of the major printed news sources – with The Australian, for example, I generally just scan through the first two sections to see if there’s another bullsh-t story about The Greens. So you’ll forgive me (pun intended) if I don’t actually sit down over a leisurely cup of tea and read these ‘news sources’ cover to cover.

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Gillard, Abbott and the things that matter.

A short piece I had published recently in GreenVoice, the publicly distributed newspaper of The Greens NSW.

If you haven’t watched Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s fifteen minute speech at and about Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on 9 October, go to a browser as soon as you can and search for “Julia Gillard rips Tony Abbott a new one.”

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Music to write a heritage-related submission to

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Today at work I was writing a submission which I’d been avoiding doing for a couple of weeks. The subject matter is reasonably dry – the remaking of a Heritage Regulation, because the previous one is about to expire.

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