Medina

And Baghdad, and Qatif, and Jeddah, and Dhaka, and Istanbul. But especially Medina.  The others are terrible, awful, upsetting – worse, in fact, in terms of loss of life – but somehow these sorts of attacks by Daesh have become normal. Medina, only two days before Eid, feels different, especially shocking.  When I read the…

Hung Parliament # 2

I don’t even know what to say about the election at this point. I mean, on the one hand, there is a certain amount to be amused by.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard the leaders of four separate political parties all declare victory in one election before, and yet that did seem to be…

Tomorrow

And so here we are again.  This time tomorrow, we will be eating our democracy sausages and considering the bounty at the local primary school fundraiser, and in a day or two, we will know our electoral fate for the next few years (always assuming we manage to keep whichever Prime Minister we get, which…

Federal Election 2016 – some useful resources and links

OK, so it’s Friday, and I’ve written at least 60,000 words so far this election, so if you’ve only found me now, you probably don’t have time to read everything I’ve written about every party before you go and vote. But don’t panic.  Many people in the world are more concise than I am.  So…

Meet the Small Parties: Science Party

It’s time for the very last party in this exciting Festival of Small Parties, which is, of course the Science Party!  In Victoria, they have joined forces with the Cyclists Party, in what strikes me as a natural alliance, given how many of the scientists I know ride their bicycles to work. I think it…

Meet the Small Parties: Renewable Energy Party

The Renewable Energy Party wants you to know that Renewable Energy is our Future, and then follows this up with an immediate plea to ‘Please help us expand our membership in the lead up to the 2016 Federal Election’.  Oh dear. They are basically a single-issue party, but it’s an important issue, and one our…