Monthly Archives: July 2006

Is Declining Union Membership Paul Keating's Fault?

In today’s Age, Monash University’s Paul Rodan is kind enough to cite my research: What was lost was not just a section of the loyal blue-collar ALP voter base, but also some of that unionised workplace environment in which a Labor … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics | 14 Comments

Shades of Grey vs Black and White

Boyd Hunter, probably the leading Australian economist working on Indigenous issues, is giving a lecture next week, entitled “Why Indigenous Policy Needs to be Based on Evidence and Not Hyperbole”. The lecture will be on Thu 3 Aug, in the Manning … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Politics, Inequality

Legislating two-digit hourly wages

In a move that will make Barbara Ehrenreich happier than Jason Furman, Chicago has passed a new ordinance: After months of fevered lobbying and bitter debate, the Chicago City Council passed a ground-breaking ordinance yesterday requiring “big box” stores, like … Continue reading

Posted in Low Wage Work, US Politics | 5 Comments

Facts vs fear

One of the great things about being in the US is being able to watch the C-SPAN channel. Last night, it carried Bill Clinton’s July 24 speech supporting Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut primary. It’s a terrific speech, and if a … Continue reading

Posted in US Politics | 2 Comments

DC gossip

A friend who follows US politics very closely gave me his best guess as to how 2008 will play out.  Gore beats Hilary (and Kerry, Edwards, Bayh, Warner, etc) to win the Democratic primary. McCain easily wins the Republican primary. McCain elected president. … Continue reading

Posted in US Politics | 20 Comments

Things you think of when waiting for a flight….

Every major city in Ohio (Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Canton) starts with a C. Is there some story behind this?

Posted in Travel | 3 Comments

Land of the Free (Wi-fi)

There are probably hotels in Australia that offer free wireless broadband to their customers. If so, I’ve never stayed in one. By contrast, I haven’t been able to find a hotel in the US that doesn’t offer wi-fi. Even the … Continue reading

Posted in Eclectic Observations, Travel | 16 Comments