Saturday, December 21, 2013


I really shouldn't mention the polls . . . it's far too early in the electoral cycle for them to matter.

But it's quite unprecedented for a government's numbers to collapse the way this one's have. As usual, the problem is a combination of the economic and political.

The budget's Joe's problem now.

The real issue is that the Treasurer doesn't have his message down pat.

On one hand restraint; on the other, spending. It doesn't make sense, as this column in the Canberra Times points out . . .

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


It was, I'm afraid, the answer to my question asking if the ABC covers Asia enough that finally got me hot under the collar.

The Chair said, effectively, "we've got it about right".

 - picture from the Daily Telly

Although I've just begun using Pages (Apple's word processing system) and the word counter didn't work and I had to loose the last 200 words of the article which really got stuck into the lack of coverage of Asia stuff. Frustrating! But back to the ABC.

Complacency, personified, as this column for the Canberra Times suggests . . .

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Can't make a car . . .

Pretty hopeless, really, as this article for the Canberra Times suggests . . .

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


He's perhaps the one person in the current government who has the most ability to actually change people's lives.

The Minister for Disabilities, Mitch Fifield.

(Thanks to Pat Campbell for another brilliant image)

This profile is a simple attempt to sum-up a complex man.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


What's the aim of spying in the first place? What are you trying to achieve?

Engrossed by their own ability to gain information, it appears as if there's been the occasional slip-up in remembering why our spies are attempting to spy in the first place as this column in today's Canberra Times suggests . . .