Category Archives: Economics

February 24

Books bounce back

Bloody brilliant – books are regaining some of their popularity! A decade after Amazon’s Kindle e-reader undermined the publishing world as we knew it, hardbacks and paperbacks are gaining a new lease on life. Remarkably enough, it appears to be Amazon’s determination to brutally maximise profit-taking that has rekindled our love of the hard-copy printed […]

January 11

Demise of the Liberal Party

Is it time to think the unthinkable: that the Liberal Party has run its course? This concept would send shivers down the spines of many conservatives but can this supposedly nightmare scenario actually be avoided? The very reason it could happen – and possibly should – is that the Liberals can no longer clearly articulate […]

July 04

A pox on passwords

You know what I’m afraid of: that when I get to heaven, I’ll be asked for my password before I can login. And there ain’t no way in hell I’ll have a clue what that bloody password is supposed to be. Now, set aside the notion that I believe in a life hereafter coz I […]

June 25

Houses are becoming apartments

Australia’s colonial homes are a wonderful part of our architectural heritage but they are being transformed in a way that sabotages their designers’ intentions. It is more obvious in Queensland than elsewhere as the change sweeps across the sprawling timber houses that showcase a bygone era. The hot, steamy conditions that characterise the Sunshine State […]

January 13

Aussie idiots abroad

The myth of the rugged Aussie individualist – strong, self-reliant and savvy – is being exposed as a flight of fancy by young Australians who are a pathetic disgrace to our notional national identity. The ratbags unravelling our sense of self-worth are generally younger travellers who take off to see the world but cry for […]

October 03

Frackin’ hell, what are we doing?

I am not by any means a Greenie though I do try not to despoil our planet too much. I do have a three acre garden which consumes my non-working hours. Which is just background to my concerns about fracking. In my home state of Queensland, Australia, Coal Seam Gas and fracking, to a lesser […]

September 09

The delusion of democracy

Australia went to the polls over the weekend and gave itself a new government. Lots of people are happy and lots of people are sad. That’s an inevitable consequence of choosing one side or another. In every lottery there are winners and losers. But is Australia well served by our democracy? Because I like the […]

June 28

Does the cloud compute?

Cloud computing is all the rage but not everyone understands just what it is and its implications. Essentially it describes the delivery of hosted services via the internet to remotely process, share and store digital data. As the de facto currency of the information economy, secure management of digital data is of vital importance, with […]

June 12

Rudd no saviour for Labor

There is an elephant in Australia’s living rooms and it takes the form of deposed Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd; the leader who was toppled by his deputy, Julia Gillard, who knifed him to become Australia’s first female PM. With opinion polls showing the Australian Labor Party in for a bloodbath at the election due in […]

June 06

Food waste: it’s enough to make you feel sick

Each year we lose or waste about 1.3 billion tonnes of food. If you dare, think about the hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths from starvation or malnutrition that represents. Of course, those of us who enjoy privileged lives in wealthy countries do not have to confront the ghastly reality of starvation which might make […]