Opinion and Analysis

Despite the moderate criticism being driven towards the City of Greater Geelong council's the idea of spending 1-2 million dollars on a Christmas tree (over four years, mind you) to float on a barge in the Corio Bay; the experiment was surprisingly successful. Given that thousands of people flocked to the foreshore to check it out over the Christmas period, it no doubt also had a positive runoff effect for the cafe's along the waterfront with the increased activity. Given the 2014 Federal Budget, there were also criticisms as to whether the money spent was appropriate.

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There seems to be a wide-spread perception among senior Labor figures that Labor's image problem stems from their association with the trade union movement, that if they disassociate themselves from the union movement, that all of their image problems will be resolved and they will be perceived as electable. Labor definitely has an image problem, and it reeks, but it isn't the trade unions causing this image problem, well, most the time anyway.

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Even though the evidence is overwhelming when it comes to climate change, there are still those who, for one reason or another, deny that it is happening. The funny and tragic thing is, though, they always use the same tired old arguments. I thought I'd compile a list of common arguments used by climate change deniers. I'll probably add to this as necessary, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to shoot me an email. As for anyone else, feel free to link to this in response to any climate change denier whose argument falls into any of the below (which most do).

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It happened during last year's bushfire season: The Greens made comments linking severe bushfire activity to climate change, and the media whipped up a storm of criticism, proclaiming that 'they shouldn't have made those comments'. Again, this year, The Greens have made similar comments, and people are still proclaiming that they shouldn't have made those comments - linking severe bushfire activity to climate change. "It's not the time for political point scoring", the media and other critics complain.

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A question was posed on the Facebook page of breakfast television program, Sunrise, yesterday, and it asked: "Is it too easy to become a teacher?" It is a good question hence why I am going to address it in full.

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Why I've gone Green
02 January 2015

This was a decision that I have been pondering over for the better part of the last six months - whether to join the Labor Party, or The Greens, or indeed, whether to become a member of any political party at all. In the end, I decided that I wanted to become more involved with The Greens and as such, have recently become a member of the party.

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The decision by the Victorian Labor Party today to not swap preferences with the Greens is a potential game-changer for the Greens - and could possibly end up with potential wingnut/s from Family First, the Christian Democrats or the Democratic Labour Party elected into the Victorian Legislative Council that Labor have no hope in hell of working with or finding any common ground with (in fact, the aforementioned would find more common ground with the Liberal Party) - as opposed to the Greens whom Labor would be able to work with and find quite a lot of common ground.

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'Tale of Sleepy Hollow', that is the name of an advertisement that cost $37 thousand dollars to produce in order to promote Geelong. Despite what the local Geelong Advertiser says, it actually isn't that bad of a promotion for Geelong and it is certainly a lot better than the previous self promotion efforts of Darryn Lyons; such as his #Geelong stunt, and the billboards that promote Darryn Lyons and nothing of Geelong.

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There is no denying it, from either side, the impact that Gough Whitlam had on Australia during his term as Prime Minister. He ended conscription, introduced universal healthcare, back then known Medibank (now known as Medicare), reformed education and made university affordable for all by ending university fees. He was also a champion of promoting fair work rights, gender equality, indigenous rights as well as promoting a multicultural progressive Australia by ultimately ending the regressive "White Australia" policy (although, to be fair, a lot of the latter process had already began under the government of Harold Holt).

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Photography for the Golden Gnomes Theatre Sports Challenge, which took place at the Shenton Theatre on the 1st of November, 2014.

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