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[29 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | 4,024 views ]

WE would condemn any society that refuses prisoners the right to rehabilitate themselves.
Yet this is exactly what the Queensland government is doing by stifling the artistic aspirations of those behind bars.
In September 2009 the Queensland Parliament passed legislation (Section 28 of the Corrective Services Act 2006) that prevents the artworks of prisoners in the state being sold or exhibited.
They can be gifted, but only with permission from the Queensland Department of Corrective Services.
In fact this overly punitive and ill-conceived legislation introduced by the Bligh Labor government runs contrary to international …

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[22 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 2,641 views ]

ALMOST from the time of the Australian Country Party’s formation in early 1920, detractors predicted its downfall. Yet what is now the Nationals has never been without representation in the federal parliament.
Although Ninety Not Out is at times dry as a drought, this hefty biography of our second oldest political organisation presents us with some intriguing characters.
Perhaps the most fascinating is Earle Christmas Grafton Page, our 11th prime minister, who was born at Grafton in August 1880. Widely known as “Doc” (he topped his year in medical school), Page is …

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[15 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 2,920 views ]

A JUSTICE of the High Court of Australia from 1987 to 2003, the redoubtable Mary Gaudron was the first woman to hold this lofty position. She was only 44 when appointed, after the death of Lionel Murphy.
It is fascinating to learn that when Mary was eight, a chance encounter in her NSW outback town of Moree with federal Labor leader H. V. Evatt led to him posting her a copy of the Australian Constitution. It was this thoughtful gesture that led her to aim for a career in law.
The red-haired …

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[15 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 1,749 views ]

A COMPANY or product brand is a highly valuable asset that can change customer behaviour and shift demand through the creation of a positive image.
A brand’s equity is derived from the goodwill and name recognition earned over time, which in business translates into higher sales and profit margins over those of competitors.
Take Facebook. Over a remarkably short period, Facebook has built a brand image that represents all that is current, creative and cool in the technology world. IBM, on the other hand, has struggled with its brand over decades but …

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[13 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 1,764 views ]

BACK in the 1960s and 1970s, before the internet, before WikiLeaks, there was something called the alternative press. Sometimes it was called the underground press, with echoes of armed partisans resisting an occupying army.
It claimed to offer the real information, all the news the media refused to print and that governments tried to suppress.
But what if it was all a fraud? Sydney-based Michael Wilding’s new novel ‘The Prisoner Of Mount Warning’ explores this hypothesis.
What if the alternative, or some of it, was not alternative at all but run by an …

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[1 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | 4,582 views ]

TO measure how much clout the Australian Greens command in the minority federal Labor government, look no further than Julia Gillard’s backflip on a carbon price.

On the eve of the election the Prime Minister emphatically ruled out pricing carbon, yet now she has made it one of her key policy targets for next year.
With the Greens keeping Labor in power, the political landscape has changed dramatically and voters can do nothing about it at present.
Gillard used the close election outcome to excuse the backflip: …