Monthly Archives: August 2007


Andrew Norton’s recent post about Facebook* reminded me of something I noticed in the US: the complete acceptance of internet dating. Last month, we learned on two occasions of friends who have gotten married to people they met online (one on Match, … Continue reading

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On Leadership

In today’s NYT mag, Michael Ignatieff has one of the nicest essays on political leadership that I’ve read in a long time.

Posted in Iraq, US Politics | 1 Comment

Academia in Aceh

My father – a political science professor at Melbourne University – has spent most of the past two years working on an AusAID-funded project to set up a research and training institute in Aceh (we lived there in the late-1970s). … Continue reading

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Minimum Wages and Wal-Mart

Professor David Neumark is presently visiting ANU. He’ll be giving two major lectures while in Australia – a talk at the Australian Fair Pay Commission on Friday 3 August about minimum wages, and a talk at ANU on Monday 6 … Continue reading

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Web 2.0

I’ve come across two fascinating uses for the Internet recently. My brother-in-law Russell Newman has been involved with a blog discussion of broadband policy by the 2nd-raking Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin. Dubbed Legislation 2.0, it’s hoped that the … Continue reading

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