Local elections form guide: People’s Republic of Marrickville

Tomorrow is local government elections day across New South Wales and in my little organic tofu patch deep within the latte belt, we’re not spoiled for choice. For the first time in history, or something, the Liberal party is running candidates. If they poll anything like I expect, it’ll be the last time, too. They…

GST on overseas online sales: for fuck’s sake, do the maths!

New South Wales Treasurer Mike Baird has proposed lowering the GST-free threshold for online purchases from overseas from the current $1,000 to $30. This, he says, will raise hundreds of millions of dollars in additional GST revenue. He claims this could pave the way for abolishing stamp duty on housing and other state taxes. Bullshit….

I keep adding things to the list, so here’s the list

People who think the phrase ‘as a mother…’ lends moral authority to anything that comes after Media outlets that invite non-scientists to ‘have your say’ on topics of scientific debate People who say ‘…[person] that…’ or ‘…[non-person] who…’ (I’m looking at you, Tyra Banks) Inbox Zero zealots who are so pleased with their efforts to…

Sloppy, vague sentences are ‘the new normal’ for Australian newspapers

Australian journalists either no longer know how to write clear, concise and grammatical sentences, or they no longer care. Every day, in ever newspaper in the land, we read sloppy, vague sentences written in the passive voice with hazy attribution and bad grammar. I’m going to pick on one example in particular, but if you…

Media bias laid bare

The same story… The Australian: Coalition in backflip on private schools funding The ABC: Opposition in ‘humiliating backdown’ on schools bill The Sydney Morning Herald: no report, since it’s not about celebrities

Must try harder to offend Chinese govt

My blog is currently not blocked by the Great Firewall of China, according to this test. How disappointing. I will be sure in future to say more subversive things about Falun Gong, Taiwan, Tibet and the Chinese government’s many, many human rights abuses.

Free to be annoying

The Federal Court ruled that the NSW Government’s ban on annoying World Youth Day pilgrims was invalid in law. Justices French, Branson and Stone, said the laws “should not be interpreted as conferring powers that are repugnant to fundamental rights and freedoms at common law in the absence of clear authority from Parliament”. It is,…

Where is Hetty?

Hetty Johnston has been shrilly denouncing the Anglican Church and child abusers for years. Her silence on the current furore around Cardinal George Pell and sexual abuse in the Catholic church is tres mysterious.

Shouting at the screen

Contemplating the seeming inevitability of a Tory government after the next UK general election, Charlie Brooker writes: Clearly some kind of self-defence is in order, which is why I’ve already started mentally withdrawing from the real world. It’s easy: all you have to do is imagine that the whole of life itself is just a…

For fuck’s sake, enough already

Two stories that just won’t die: petrol taxes and free publicity for a stupid movie. Has society really sunk so low that the product placements in a movie for Cosmo-reading twits are news? And well done to Brendan Nelson for keeping the petrol tax non-story alive for so long. Fuck our future for an opinion…

Bush to Mugabe: rigging elections is bad

US President George W Bush has criticised Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe for not releasing the results of last month’s election. ” . . . you can’t have elections unless you’re willing to put the results out. What kind of election is it if you not let the will of the people be known?” Bush told…