Standards please

In the Sydney Morning Herald on July 2nd, 2017, there appeared a thoughtful and mostly well-written piece by Elizabeth Farrelly on how democracy is devolving into mob rule. The section on university education bemoans the loss of power of academics to set learning...

Is there a tautology lurking in there?

‘… the very qualities that made him a hero to some made him a villain to others, and vice versa’ I think that the ‘vice versa’ merely restates what has just been said. Source: Barney Zwarts in an article about Cardinal George Pell, News Review, Sydney Morning Herald,...

Lies, damn lies and, well, who cares?

Handscombe is just the third Australian to face 200 or more balls in the fourth innings of a test this decade. Source: Peter Lalor, Cricket Tragic, in his article ‘Gritty draw sets up decider’ in The Australian, March 21st, 2017

Two words?

‘So to all my peers in this place and those from the past, I have two words for you: I’m back – but not alone’. A quote from newly elected Australian senator and leader of the populist One Nation party, Pauline Hanson, making her maiden speech to the...

Are we talking about the same thing here?

‘NSW Nationals win vote recount’. No, the Nationals did not win the electorate after the votes had been recounted. They won the right to have a recount after they lost the electorate by only 55 votes and appealed to the Court of Disputed Returns. They won...

Thrashing about

‘A Mullumbimby affordable-housing proposal … will be again thrashed out at this Thursday’s Council meeting’. Once something is thrashed out, it is resolved, often after long and possibly acrimonious discussion and negotiation. it is not...

Even-handed

‘How do you balance a debate between Joan of Arc and Attila the Hun?’ Nick Cater commenting on his perception that journalists supported Hillary Clinton rather than merely reporting on the Presidential contest. Source: The Australian, November 15th,...

Very painful

‘I compare attending the World Economic Forum with childbirth’. Source: Judith Sloan, The Australian, November 15th, 2016

What fun

‘The innings had all the joy of a Sylvia Plath poem’ Peter Lalor, cricket tragic, lamenting that Australia scored only a measly 85 in the first innings of the Second Test against South Africa played in Hobart, Tasmania Source: The Australian, November...

Skepticism unwarranted

‘But the announcement (that the NSW government is considering extending a light-rail network from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay) was met with scepticism by Labor’s shadow minister for the North Coast, Walt Secord, who said few people doubted that it would ever happen.’...