my stuff

This is where I put posts related to my own thoughts and research

  • What does the term ‘genuine consultation’ mean? FWC on UWA change proposal illustrates low standards of accountability in Australian universities
    When Associate Professor Martin Forsey was presented with a proposal for change at his workplace that lacked a logical argument and contained flawed data he bought a case to the Fair Work Commission, arguing that such a flawed proposal could not be used as the basis of the ‘genuine consultation’ about structural reform required under ...
  • Discussion of our responses to the proposal have been redacted. This is what they should have said.
    This is just a rant about the recent proposal The university’s investment in Media and Communication has always been weak, and the staff in that discipline have been asked to carry excess teaching loads to support two offshore programs as well as their UG and PG programs – which are among the most successful and efficient ...
  • Do we care about what we share? A proposal for dealing with the proliferation of false information by creating a public platform
    Excited to see my latest article come out: ‘Do we care about what we share? A proposal for dealing with the proliferation of false information by creating a public platform’ (publicly available here: https://griffithlawjournal.org/…/gjlhd/article/view/1214)   This is a huge topic for me that returns both to the subject of my PhD (how can democracy survive and flourish ...
  • Public interest research is what people won’t pay you for, everything else is advertising.
    I’m thrilled to have had Sarah Ison cover how the proposed changes to UWA’s Social Science program are going to impact my public interest research. However, the article also over-represented some blatant mis-direction from a ‘UWA spokeswoman’ that I had rebutted with Sarah. I suspect that West Australian editors have decided to protect the interests ...
  • A proposal for a wealthier, friendlier, more secure Australia,
    The Morrison government has recently made two announcements about extra funding for defence to the tune of $270 billion dollars, and an increase of numbers of students in the tertiary education sector for no extra funding (a move which essentially amounts to less funding per student across the board in tertiary education). In what follows I’d ...
  • Spleen venting about the proposed changes to tertiary education funding (and defence spending).
    The Australian minister for education Dan Tehan’s recent proposed changes to tertiary funding are, quite frankly, the stupidist policy move that Australia has made since it’s overenthusiastic approach to invading Iraq in 2003. I typically live and let live in terms of policy but when something this stupid is actually suggested, I like to make ...
  • Wondering why digital everything isn’t the answer?
    I really do hope that this COVID-19 event does make us rethink everything, and part of that has got to be a reconsideration of what we can and cannot do digitally. Generally, I’d say we could do a lot more digitally, and while there are reasonable questions about whether digital activity is environmentally clean, there are ...
  • Sports has shut down, so here’s a new League Table…
    Go to: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries  Go to the ‘Total Cases’ column and order the countries from largest to smallest number of total cases. Right, this is the new league table. Whoever has the smallest number of total cases wins. I know this might seem inappropriate but I’ve been trying to think of ways to get people I know to ...
  • Thoughts on the coronavirus
    Well there are quite a few things that this virus is bringing to mind and, while I listen to my workplace’s ‘townhall’ about how we’re going to deal with this, I’d like to get some of them down. Nationalism is an embarrasment Maybe I’m just speaking from an Australian perspective but I find that ...
  • Being woke; or identity politics destroys my mind, pt.2
    So a few things have happened lately that have bought my issues with identity politics back to my mind. First, I had a student complain that I used the N-word in a lecture. Second, the UWA student guild made a motion to stop the Dalai Lama (or his representatives) from speaking on campus, because it might offend ...