Just How Angry Was Our Summer?
...a tendency to play down the subject ... and to pursue it most aggressively as a story about political divisiveness rather than one about national security mistakes and the lack of government transparency.Boston Bombings - More Concerns on Policy Reaction
Article in Quadrant Online by Des Moore, 4 May 2013
The most important development (or, rather, lack thereof) since the bombings in Bostons is the paucity of coverage in Australian media of policy implications and mention of Muslim extremists. Material has been published here on the course of investigations by the FBI, now indicating that the younger bomber had friends.
Jihad! What jihad?
Article in Quadrant Online by Des Moore, 1 May 2013
In a recent Quadrant Online article, I suggested the initial reactions of government leaders and most media commentators to the Boston bombings had been to ignore or brush aside the wider policy implications for the West. I concluded, however, that a variety of policy actions could and should be taken without delay and the first of those must be to acknowledge that a problem exists.
Climate queries? Ask a paleontologist
Article in Quadrant Online by Des Moore, 10 April 2013
The attempt to portray a picture of ever-rising temperatures continues despite the absence of supporting evidence. It is typified by frequent references to purported and much-repeated "records, such as the hottest start to April for eight years and the supportive claims of experts with Nobel Laureate awards in a science, but not necessarily ones awarded for achievements in climate science.
Was Our Summer Really Angry?
Article in Quadrant Online by Des Moore, 12 March 2013
It is hardly surprising that the hot summer experienced in many parts of Australia has led our very own warmists to claim it confirmed the dangerous global warming threat of rising temperatures. While this claim has been widely reported in the media, including the ABC and The New York Times, as if it is factually correct, in reality the warmists have a problem.
Obama, Iran and Islamic extremism
Article in Quadrant Online by Des Moore, 31 October 2012
Whoever becomes the next President of the US is of considerable concern to Australia and other western countries because of the guardian role that country plays in defending our culture and, ultimately, our very existence. This is not to suggest that our American alliance is in any danger or that, if we faced a direct military threat, the next President of whatever political complexion would not do his utmost to provide military support.
Time to embrace climate heresy?
Article in Quadrant Online by Des Moore, 24 October 2012
The surprise improvement of two percentage points in Labors polling on a two-party preferred basis in the latest Nielsen poll, and the large improvement for Julia Gillard in the preferred prime minister stakes, has led some commentators to suggest the carbon tax is no longer a major political issue. Given that the imposition of the tax has been Tony Abbotts principal attack dog, he is now, it is suggested, on the back foot.
Soft words for hard-core Islam
Article in Quadrant Online by Des Moore, 6 October 2012
Is the debate about the world-wide Muslim protests over, and can Western nations now be comforted by the heavy concentration of such protests in Muslim countries and, in Australia (and possibly other countries too), by the preparedness of leaders of Islamic communities to cooperate with the police in persuading their members not to have a second go? Equally important, how do we assess the response of Western governments to the protests and subsequent developments?
Omens of an early poll
Article in Quadrant Online by Des Moore, 15 September 2012
On September 3, Quadrant Online published my note suggesting the possibility of an early election with Swan leading Labor. Developments since then seem to have supported my thesis.
An early election?
Article in Quadrant Online by Des Moore, 3 September 2012
Last Fridays column by Age political correspondent Michelle Grattan started as follows: You would think the election was next month, rather than next year. The government is rushing out multibillion-dollar policies to tempt voters, while it also tries to sweep away problems. Then on Saturday, Christopher Pearson wrote in The Australian it is clear that in recent weeks that we are seeing a clearing of the decks in anticipation of a Kevin Rudd challenge.
Sceptic at the Herald
Article in Quadrant Online by Des Moore, 21 May 2012
referencing four opinion pieces written in The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 2012
under the heading:
The Question: Has apathy overtaken urgency in the debate on climate action?
Government should re-examine the climate data
Article in the Australian by Bob Carter, 18 April 2012
with contributions by David Evans, Stewart Franks, William Kininmonth and comments by Des Moore
OH&S Legislation Adds Greatly To Union Power
Article in the Sydney Morning Herald by Paul Sheehan, 19 December 2011
with comments by Grace Collier and Des Moore
DEFER LAW ON CLEAN ENERGY
Major emitters havent adopted the pledges of Cancun
by Des Moore - The Australian, 10 October 2011
Protectionism and Industry Policy
How does the history of protectionism in Australia inform the current debate speicifically in the light of the current government's industry policy?
by Des Moore - ON LINE Opinion, 26 September 2011
Can Government quit spending?
Cuts to Government spending tilting at windmills?
by Des Moore - Quadrant Online, 22 August 2011
Plotting a course for disaster
Economic modelling of climate change what does it mean?
by Des Moore - Quadrant Online, 12 June 2011
Garnaut Abandons professionalism for politics
Des Moore argues that Garnaut's uncritical acceptance of "the" science is clearly politically based, reflecting a wish to satisfy the government that commissioned his reports.
by Des Moore - ON LINE Opinion, 6 June 2011
Celebrity carbon ad spreads more lies
Cate Blanchett's ad about the proposed carbon tax is misleading,
argues Andrew Bolt in the Herald Sun
initial comments by Des Moore, 1 June 2011
Scare or science?
Climate Change View of a non-scientist
by Des Moore - Quadrant Online, 31 May 2011
Climate of discontent
Prime Minister Julia Gillard now faces a raging controversy over her decision of 24 February to impose a tax on carbon (or more accurately on carbon dioxide emissions) for three to five years from July 2012.
by Des Moore - Quadrant Online, 18 April 2011
ABC smothers complaints
When will the ABC become Balanced?
by Des Moore - Quadrant Online - 22 February 2011
Garnauts Updates Even More Political
All up, much as expected but seriously disappointing from someone who might have been expected to present a more professional analysis.
by Des Moore - Online Opinion - 7 February 2011
Climate inquiry needed
Interpreting the 0.7C fall in 2010 temperatures.
by Des Moore - Quadrant Online - 9 January 2011
Climate Change - Devious Actions By Warmist Bank
Articles by David Henderson and Terence Corcoran in the Finanical Post question the motive of Deutsche Bank's climate change advisors in their recent report.
introduced by Des Moore - 24 December 2010
Cautious Baillieu misses a golden chance for a landslide victory
Labors deeply flawed government was ripe for a ballot box trashing.
by Des Moore - The Australian, 1 December 2010
The victory that might have been
Whatever the final outcome of this weekend's Victorian state election, it signals the opportunity for state liberal and national party coalitions to advocate and implement policies directed at improving the efficiency of government services and challenging the basis on which Labor pursues a number of those policies.
by Des Moore - Quadrant Online, 28 November 2010
The Threat from Islamic Extremism
There are two major implications for policy that flow from the latest terrorist attempt by Islamic extremists in Yemen
by Des Moore - Quadrant Online, 2 November 2010
Clarity on the Murray
Is there a real threat to the Murray-Darling Basin system?
by Des Moore - Quadrant Online, 1 November 2010
Muddle on the Murray
Murray-Darling Basin Where to now?
by Des Moore and Tom Quirk - Quadrant Online, 21 October 2010
No consensus among climate scientists after all
Royal Society's report coincides with dissidence at the American Physical Society.
by Des Moore - The Australian, 14 October 2010
Opening closed minds
The end of scientific consensus
by Des Moore - Quadrant Online, 6 October 2010
Rising sea of irresponsibility
What is the risk of sea level increases?
asks Des Moore and Tom Quirk - Quadrant Online, 23 August 2010
Middle Eastern Developments
Notes on presentation by Ehud Yaari (Israeli TV Commentator)
by Des Moore - AIJAC Meeting, 12 July 2010
Check Australian measurements - NOW
Basic faults revealed in US temperature measurements
Australias measurements also need checking
Article by Des Moore - Quadrant Online, 25 June 2010
What State of Climate Do We Really Have?
An analysis of the report prepared by Paul Holpfer of CSIRO's Australian Climate Change Science Program by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment.
Article by Des Moore - 30 May 2010
Festival of Intolerance
The Alfred Deakin Lectures - sold out or a "sell out"?
Article by Des Moore - Quadrant Online, 29 May 2010
Climate Change and the Integrity of Science
Response to the collective letter by a group of scientists published on Science.org with the above title.
Article by Des Moore - 11 May 2010
Wear What You Like?
Should we be concerned about the clothing worn by members of fundamentalist religious organisations?
Article by Des Moore - 7 May 2010
As wrong as ABC
The 'independent' nature of the media when reporting on climate change issues is questioned.
Article by Des Moore - Quadrant Online, 6 May 2010
Warmist's desperate fightback
The fightback by defenders of the dangerous (sic) warming science
Article by Des Moore - Quadrant Online, 27 April 2010
Wheeler Centre's big fix
Des Moore looks ahead at the Wheeler Centre's Climate Change Challenge forming part of the 2010 Alfred Deakin Lectures to be held in Melbourne from June 6-12
Article Quadrant Online, 27 April 2010
The IPCC's flawed data
Climategate IPCCs Flawed Temperature Picture Revealed
Article Quadrant Online, 30 January 2010
Monckton in Australia
Monckton's Tour of Australia -
An Opportunity for Major Political Parties to Learn about Global Warming
Article Quadrant Online, 24 January 2010
The Limits to State Regulation
Des Moore addresses Coalition MPs at Parliament House on 27 October 2009
Article Quadrant Magazine, December 2009
Political insurgency in Higgins
What is happening in the lead-up to the by-election for Peter Costello's seat, asks Des Moore
Article Quadrant Online, 15 November 2009
Let the science catch up
Even if temperatures are rising theres no need for costly panic,
insists Des Moore
Article Australian, 12 October 2009
Debating global warming
After hearing Des Moore's debate with Harry Clarke at the Economic Society in Melbourne on 2 October on the subject of Global Warming, Tom Quirk assesses the arguements on both sides.
Article by Tom Quirk
published in Quadrant Online, 5 October 2009
Why we should learn to love the bomb
What has happened to the resurrection by Prime Minister Rudd of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament?
asks Des Moore
Article Australian, 22 September 2009
Liberals - Whither goest thou?
The current direction of the Liberal Party
is explored here by Des Moore
Article Quadrant Online, 21 September 2009
Global science or global panic?
The Case for an Independent Inquiry into Global Warming
is explored here by Des Moore
Article Quadrant Online, 6 September 2009
ETS Forum - The Great Climate Scam
Should We Believe (All) Scientists, asks Des Moore
Article Quadrant Online, 10 August 2009
Assessment of the Answers by Climate Minister Wong to Senator Fielding's Questions
The complete assessment of the answers by Climate Minister Wong to Senator Fielding's 3 questions by Bob Carter, David Evans and Bill Kininmonth, plus two covering press releases. The answers provided by Minister Wong have allowed these four experts to expose the very serious deficiencies in the key arguments used to support the science by the IPCC and its supporters. To my mind, it is impossible to believe that any serious person could now any longer argue that this science forms a credible basis for a policy to reduce CO2 emissions
compiled by Des Moore
Articles, press releases, various sources, 3 July 2009
Rudd servants or public servants?
The Statisticians Environment Survey and the Role of the Public Service
is explored here by Des Moore
Article Quadrant Online, 29 June 2009
Major changes in views on the environment
The range of opinion surrounding environmental issues within the community is evolving rapidly but are our politicians keeping up?, writes Des Moore
Article Quadrant Online, 22 June 2009
Politics in debate on climate change
Family First Senator Fielding's visit to New York to attend the third conference on Climate Change has attracted much attention, writes Des Moore
Article The Canberra Times, 16 June 2009
Central Banks to blame for creation of excessive debt
It is wrong to blame free-market economics for the crisis, writes Des Moore
Article The Age's Business Day, 21 May 2009
Yes, Prime Minister, here are the forecasts you asked for
The Rudd Government's budget paints an unbelievable picture of a very mild recession (only a 0.5 per cent fall in GDP next year) followed by a recovery of 2.25 per cent in the election year (2010-11) and an above-trend rate of growth of 4.5 per cent in the following year, writes Des Moore
Article The Australian, 18 May 2009
Business backs independent office to crunch the numbers
Malcolm Turnbull's call for a new independent office to scrutinise the budget received the backing of business leaders yesterday, amid widespread unease that Treasury's growth forecasts were too optimistic,
writes Nicola Berkovic
Article The Australian, 16 May 2009
Danger lies in PM'S call to action
The alternative to doing something is to do it better,
writes Des Moore
Leader article The Australian, 11 April 2009
Danger in UN seat
We have little to gain and much to lose seeking a Security Council seat,
writes Des Moore
Article The Australian, 10 March 2009
Obama - an Australian view
On 5 Feb a brilliant presentation by Greg Sheridan on Obama and what he might mean for US foreign/defence policies and for US/Aus relations is summarised by Des Moore.
Article Quadrant, 7 February 2009
Fair Work panders to unions
The ACTU's submission to the Senate inquiry into the Fair Work Bill reportedly demands wide-ranging changes, including a return to pattern bargaining, says Des Moore
Article The Australian, 15 January 2009
UK Paper: Obama Proposes 'Economic Suicide' for U.S. Based on 'Self-Deluding Lies' of Global Warming
The fact that America will soon be ruled by a man wholly under the spell of post-scientific hysteria may leave us in wondering despair, says Christopher Booker
Article UK Telegraph, 29 November 2008
Policies to be placed on the backburner
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's ambitious rescue package may see some key policies, like a carbon trading scheme, placed on the backburner, writes Des Moore
Article Courier Mail, 15 October 2008
Rudd must focus on key issues of domestic policy
Tough times in the past offer little guidance for the present worldwide crisis, writes Des Moore
Article The Age Business, 14 October 2008
Pollution cuts no good on our own
The proposed carbon trading scheme is already a failure, writes Des Moore
Article The Courier-Mail, 21 July 2008
No case for government action to cut carbon dioxide emissions
Much disagreement exists among scientists on the causes of increased temperatures since 1975. Des moore argues, based on assessing projections about the future related to the past, no case exists for government action to reduce CO2 emissions.
Submitted as an article but published as letter Business Age, 18 July 2008
UN SCIENCE IS LESS THAN CONCLUSIVE ON WARMING
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS NOT NEW, FAIR OR SIMPLE
IS LABOR'S EDUCATION POLICY A 'REVOLUTION
FRIEDMAN'S FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN
LABOR BLUFF IN CREATING TED KENNETT
WHEN WILL THE LEVIATHAN FADE AWAY?
REAL PICTURE SHOWS THERE'S PLENTY TO DOWNSIZE
CURING A DISEASE IN HEALTH CARE
PAIN FOR POOR IN MINIMUM WAGE
MORE WORK TO BE DONE IN SUNSHINE STATE
BORDERING ON FARCE
THERE IS ANOTHER WAY
PROMOTE AWA BENEFITS
PARTIES LOSE DISTINGUISHING FEATURES
STATES SHOULD EMBRACE REFORM - IT'S IN THEIR INTEREST
PRIVATE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
THE BANANA REPUBLC WARNING 20 YEARS ON
BUDGET DEMANDS A LEAP OF FAITH
URANIUM PROVIDES POWER TO ENGAGE
URANIUM POLICY FOUNDED IN FANTASY LAND
DISTANCE MAKES NO DIFFERENCE TO DEFENCE
MISDIAGNOSIS OF THE SYSTEM
BIG SPEND-UP MISSES CHANCE FOR REAl REFORM
CASH INJECTION IS NOT THE ANSWER
AFTER ALL THE FUSS, IT'S WIMPING OUT
CASH WILL NOT FIX HEALTH ILLS
GUTLESS REFORM DASH LIBERAL HOPES
MAKING A MOVE ON HOWARD'S RIGHT SIDE
HEY, BIG SPENDER, EVERYTHING'S NOT SO HUNKY DORY
WHY LABOUR MARKET PLAYERS SHOULD HAVE FREEDOM TO CONTRACT
UMPIRE HITS THE UNEMPLOYED FOR SIX
QUESTIONS REMAIN ON PLANNED REFORMS
IR REFORM HORSE HAS FALLEN AT THE FIRST HURDLE
HOW THE JUDICIARY CONTINUES TO UNDERMINE
COALITION'S REFORM GUN MISSES TARGET
AIRC'S HOLY GRAIL
BIG SPEND CAN NOW END
COMMONWEALTH SPENDING (AND TAXES)
AIRC ARE WRONG ON MINIMUM PAY
TWO ARTICLES OF INTEREST
WAGE RULES: PAIN FOR NO GAIN
ARCHIVES DISTORTION DEMANDS REMEDY
DEATH OF SYMBOLIC RECONCILIATION
MEASURED BID FROM GRENADE THROWER
HOWARD TOLD TO GET TOUGHER ON IR
THE 2004 ELECTION AND ABORIGINAL POLICY
WHAT THE PM SHOULD DO: LIFT THE PACE OF REFORM
RIGHT TO STRIKE SHOULD GO
NATIONAL REGIME'S A THIN ARGUMENT
LABOR'S DECEPTIVE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS POLICY
ABANDONING ATSIC NOT ENOUGH TO BRING ABOUT NEEDED CHANGE
IRAQ: AMERICA MUST FINISH THE JOB
GO BEYOND ATSIC TO CORE ISSUES
NOW'S THE TIME FOR A NEW APPROACH TO GIVE ABORIGINES A BETTER DEAL
NOW TO REALLY HELP REMOTE ABORIGINES
LEARNING AND NONSENSE
NO ESCAPE FROM THE TERRORIST WAR
TAIWAN'S DELICATE STATUS QUO THE KEY TO PEACE
STRIKE FIRST - IT'S ONLY NATURAL
WHY THE IRAQ WAR WAS RIGHT
NATIONAL INTEREST BEFORE GOOD RELATIONS
FORTRESS OZ OUT OF DATE
ADF NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO VENTURE FAR AFIELD
WHEN MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE IS HALF THE BATTLE
A RELATIONSHIP BORN OF PRAGMATISM AND REASONED JUDGEMENT
ASTOUNDING ECONOMIC NAIVITY OF JIM CAIRNS
THE DEFENCE OF AUSTRALIA IS A GLOBAL ENTERPRISE
CUTS WAY TO GO, ALL IN GOOD TIME
CARBON PLAN IS KYOTO BY ANOTHER NAME
SOFTLY, SOFTLY APPROACH TO EMISSION-CUTTING
A LOWER MINIMUM MEANS MORE JOBS
AUSTRALIA MUST NEVER BECOME ASIA'S POODLE
AUSTRALIA RIGHTLY SHARES US PEACE AIMS
WAGING A WAR OF SURPRISES
AMERICA'S IDEALISM BENEFITS THE WORLD
THE LESSONS OF NORTH KOREA
DEFENCE REFINES ITS AIMS
SADDAM'S BLUFF LIKELY TO END BY APRIL 1
ELECTIONS ON JOBS A GOOD WAGER
MINIMUM WAGES: EMPLOYMENT AND WELFARE EFFECTS,
CHRISTIANS, RISE UP AND DEFEND REALM
PUBLIC TRANSPORT WILL REMAIN ON TRACK UNDER PRIVISATION
BUSH REALLY MEANS BUSINESS WITH IRAQ
PLEASE, LET US REJECT THIS DANGEROUS DEFENCE STRATEGY
STATES HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKES ON OTHERS
NOW TO STRENGTHEN THE ARMY
BALI TO IRAQ: TIME TO ACT
BALI TO IRAQ: TIME TO ACT
HAS CREAN PUT UNION POWER BEHIND HIM?
US RIGHT TO CONSIDER OIL, ISRAEL
BUSH ISN'T BACKING DOWN
A HIGH DEGREE OF DOUBLE-TALK
PLUG GENERATION GAP NOW
APLOGIES ARE NOT ENOUGH
WHY WE DID IT HIS WAY
WHY WE DESPERATELY NEED NEW ABORIGINAL POLICIES
RAISING LOWER WAGES IS NOT GOOD WELFARE
SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT BE STANDING BEHIND UMP?
FENCE FULL OF HOLES
CHINA'S AIM IS DOMINANCE
NO NEED TO KEEP OUR DISTANCE
BEWARE THIS DANGEROUS 'INTELLIGENCE'
BLACK POLICIES HAVE BRED FAILURE
THRIVING IN COMPETITION
BOAT-PEOPLE FACTS EXPOSE PREACHERS' FOLLY
WORK IS TRAMPLED
POLICY DOES NOT LACK COMPASSION
TERRORISM WHAT STILL NEEDS TO BE SAID
WORKPLACE IS NO PLACE FOR JUDICIAL INTERFERENCE
IR RULINGS IN DIRE
NEED OF OBJECTIVITY
COURTS NO PLACE FOR PAY FIGHTS
RURAL LIFE WAS NEVER
REITH'S DEPARTURE IS CAUSE FOR CONCERN
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE BENNELONG SOCIETY
UK POLICY INNOVATIONS FOR GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS EDUCATION
A WORRYING DECISION, MR TREASURER
A scourge to workplace relations
Academia's sorry obsession
All states should be Jeffed
'Racists' tag is futile
Sorry plight masks real problem
A treaty is not the way forward
Arbitration and the task ahead
Why The American Alliance Is Important
Victorian Industrial Relations - The Hidden Agenda
Welfare Reform or Dodging The Main Issues?
There is No Stolen Generation. There is Separatism
A Failure of Leadership
Globalisation Helps Rich and Poor Alike
Australias External Debt Crisis is a Myth
An Alternative to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission
Reconciliation - The Need for a New Vision
Why There Should Be No Apology
Why the Reconciliation Process is Deeply Flawed
Wages threat to economic stability
Reconciliation - A New Approach is Needed
Olympian effort, but the numbers are all Greek
Why Australia Can Run an Independent Monetary Policy (22/5/00) While monetary and fiscal policies remain responsible, Australia should not have to follow US in raising interest rates.
The 36 -hour war (5/4/00) The Union campaign for the 36 hour week is a disguised claim for higher rates of pay thathe will add to costs and deter employmentHigh Skills Don't Always Mean More Jobs (24/2/00) Labor's employment policy, Workforce 2010 neglects the need to deregulate the labor market and is a poor attempt at an employment policy.
The Falsehoods Behind The Union Offensive (18/2/00) The ACTU is masterminding a campaign against enterprise and individual bargaining by a falsely based case that argues the need for regulation to improve job security and reduce casual jobs.
September Accounts Confirm Slow-Down - And No Inflation Threat (21/12/99) The Spetember quarter GDP and inflation figures do not suggest faster growing demand or inflationary pressures that will require increased interest rates.
Oh what a marvellous mirage! (16/12/99) Explains why Australia's unemployment rate has not really improved.
Workplace Reform - A New Approach (9/12/99) Deregulating the workplace needn't hurt low-income earners.
Sunday Age Debate (28/11/99) Arguments for and against abolishing the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
More Police? The Numbers Don't Add Up. (21/10/99) Victoria does not need any substantial increase in police numbers, but it does need to change constraints in implementing the law placed by central command on police officers.
The Reform Song Remains the Same (27/9/99) Points out that suggestions that the Victorian Election Result will prevent further reform need to take account of several factors including Victoria's high taxes and the need to improve competitiveness.
Reforms to Victoria's Education System (8/9/99) Under the Kennett government, productivity has been increased by raising average class sizes and average school sizes to the average in other states. There has also been some decentralisation of control but truly self-governing schools need to be established.
Victorian Police - The Real Problem (8/9/99) Two major recent failures of Victorian policing policy reflect deficient central command policies rather than shortages of police.
One quarter's figures a trend doth not make (6/9/99) Is the June quarter seasonally adjusted increase of only 0.2 per cent in GDP the start of the much anticipated slow-down or simply a pause in the strong growth of recent years?
Monetary Policy: Is it really worth it? (12/8/99) Increasing difficulties of predicting inflation raise questions about the role of monetary policy.
Queensland Takes A Backward Step (9/6/99) The substantial increase in regulation of employer/employee reations proposed in changes to Queenslands Industrial Relations legislation run counter to the new paradigm in economics and will discourage investment and employment.
Plans for low-income earners not perfect (2/6/99) There are many problems with the proposal by the five economists to reduce unemployment by suspending "safety net" wage rises for four years while compensating low wage earners in low income households for loss of earnings through tax credits. If tax credits are to be introduced, why not do it as part of a deregulation "package"? (For a response to this article, see "Trade-off gives credit to those who just want to work")
Crowds run riot as police find the force is not with them (7/5/99). Over recent weeks controversy has erupted in several States over police failure to control crowds and gangs and adequately protect the legitimate interests of those being subjected to protests. These failures follow the generally poor performance of police in handling last year's waterfront dispute.
The Police Numbers Game (20/4/99). Contrary to media stories and Labor's statements, the Victorian government is providing a police service above the average standard and above NSW levels.
Head to Head: Should the government privatise caravan parks? (14/4/99). Opposition Environment Spokesperson, Sherryl Garbutt argues against privatisation of caravan parks but Des Moore argues this is a classic example of why it is needed!
Why police now use only "minimal" force (10/4/99). Discusses police claims that they are now using minimal force because of fears that they will be subject to civil damages claims. Argues that the Government needs to take action to ensure that police will act to protect the rights of those threatened by crowds/pickets, etc.
Face up to this mob (Herald Sun, 29/3/99). Suggests that Jabiluka Action Group may have been captured by Socialist Alternative, a Trotskyist outfit and discusses Victorian policing policy
US style deregulation no worries! (The Australian Financial Review, 10/2/99). Many analysts of Australia's high unemployment point to the greater income inequality and perceived high proportion of 'working poor' in the US as reasons for rejecting labour market deregulation here. Some also dismiss US success: "the jobs are low paid, insecure and long hours"........