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[28 Jun 2018 | No Comment | 97 views ]

by Ross Fitzgerald and Rowan Dean.
It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Australia’s current energy policy is close to being insane. We are the world’s largest coal exporter, but can’t manage to open any new coal-fired power stations here. Or worse, deliberately do not want to. We are one of the world’s biggest uranium exporters, but building a nuclear power station in Australia would be illegal. We will soon be the world’s largest gas exporter, but are about to build an import terminal because too much of our local production …

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[27 Jun 2018 | No Comment | 128 views ]

Why alcohol and drug problems continue to be so severe in Australia
The idea that drug abuse is confined to illegal drugs is a mistaken one that is often magnified by the media.
The ravages of ice are terrible but the figures show that more than 90 per cent of deaths due to drugs are caused by the legal ones: tobacco and alcohol.
But don’t expect our mainstream media to remind us of that crucial fact. Alcohol is a pernicious drug that is socially acceptable, even as it destroys lives and …

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[23 Jun 2018 | No Comment | 100 views ]

She Said, She Said: Love, Loss & Living My New Normal
By Anne M. Reid
A Sense of Place Publishing, 382pp, $29.95.
Born in Melbourne, now living in Virginia, Anne Reid came to write this magnificent, searingly honest book as a means of coping with the gender transition of Paul, her husband of 12 years, with whom she had raised three children.
As Reid acknowledges, she is deeply indebted to other trans partners throughout Aust­ralia and the US whose wisdom and support she has relied on, and indeed still does.
She is also …

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[19 Jun 2018 | No Comment | 96 views ]

‘A Famous Old Club: A History of the Brighton Cricket Club from 1842 to 2017’
by David King
Brighton Cricket Club: Brighton, Victoria, 2018,
ISBN 9780646977829
RRP: $85.00 (hb)
Reviewed by Ross Fitzgerald
Until I started drinking alcoholically at the age of 14 and a half, my teetotal, non-smoking, sportsman father Bill (“Long Tom”) Fitzgerald was my hero.
After playing cricket as a wicketkeeper for Collingwood and Aussie Rules football in the Victorian Football League – where he was the long-standing captain of the Collingwood reserves, Dad became captain-coach of Sandringham …

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[19 Jun 2018 | No Comment | 122 views ]

So Far, So Good
By Ross Fitzgerald & Antony Funnell
Publisher: Hybrid Publishers, 2018
ISBN: 1925272974
RRP: $22.95
Reviewed by Gerard Henderson
When I launched Ross Fitzgerald’s memoir ‘My Name is Ross: An Alcoholic’s Journey’ in 2010, I commented that in early adulthood the author recognised that he suffered from three conditions. Namely, alcoholism, drug addiction and narcissism. I reported the good news that, four decades later, the first two conditions are in remission.
‘So Far, So Good’ is the sixth adventure featuring Fitzgerald’s creation Dr Professor Grafton Everest – this one co-written …

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[12 Jun 2018 | No Comment | 104 views ]

by Ross Fitzgerald
Call it the historian’s instinct but, based on more than 40 years’ professional interest in Australian elections, I am starting to think that the government is likelier than not to be returned, especially if Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister is pitted against Bill Shorten as Opposition Leader.
Sure, the government has lost 33 Newspolls in a row to Labor, has a majority of …