my stuff

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

  • Renovating the Kitchen
    Just thought I’d chronicle my kitchen renovation experinece. I decided to do our kitchen because the kitchen in the house we live in was pretty tired and some aspects of it – particularly the gas burners and cook top – needed to be replaced. We also needed more storage space. Here’s the old kitchen: yeah ...
  • What the media isn’t telling you about Scott Morrison
    Ever wondered why the ‘mainstream media’ (MSM) has gone so easy on Scott Morrison and the LNP this election? ‘What’ you say? I thought they were remarkably even handed, he’s had some quite uncomfortable moments, and lost every debate! Yes, MSM has gone incredibly soft on him (double entendre intended). In this post I’m ...
  • Statements (about what is going on at UWA Social Sciences) that are not rumours
    What follows are statements of fact that are (at least as far as I know) are neither rumours, nor possibly defamatory on the basis of the fact that they are true. If you believe that something said here is not a fact, please point it out in the comments and I’ll do my best ...
  • 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 ...