Monthly Archives: March 2005

Getting the Water Thing Right

As long-time blog readers will know, I’ve had a bee in my bonnet about water restrictions for some time. A short opinion piece in today’s SMH expands on some of the arguments I made in a blog entry here last … Continue reading

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Forecasting Elections

Justin Wolfers and I have just finished a paper on the 2004 Australian election, looking at how well the betting markets, pollsters and economic models forecast the result – and in particular whether they picked that Howard would increase his … Continue reading

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All politics is local

Andrew Norton has a nice posting on the micro-management of Australian universities. Here’s another story I heard recently. An unnamed university in Canberra just discovered that a faculty member would be unable to teach a second semester course, so decided … Continue reading

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Exunt

A colleague doing some research on the 2004 election just came across this article.

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Wanted: Sailor to fix dodgy ship

The latest Navy recruiting ads on television are delightfully authentic. The pitch: imagine you’re a naval officer, a helicopter wants to land on your boat, and the engines have just gone wonky. What would you do? Only in Australia would … Continue reading

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100 Public Intellectuals

The SMH’s list of 100 public intellectuals came out on Saturday. I was one of the 100 random people asked to vote. The people who I chose are those whose views aren’t predictable, and who I enjoy reading. There are … Continue reading

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How much is that vote in the window?

$28,000, if the Coalition’s Roads to Recovery program is anything to go by. In a piece in today’s AFR, I look at the relationship between Roads to Recovery spending over the last election cycle, and the swing towards the Coalition … Continue reading

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