Category: countries

Disempowering people through the Healthy Welfare Card 0

Disempowering people through the Healthy Welfare Card

In the just-released Forrest Review, the authors say “If a cashless welfare system is effectively and smoothly introduced, it will render the cash system that preceded it an irresponsible social experiment.“. I think they’re...

In praise of cruder cameras 0

In praise of cruder cameras

Lately, I have found myself in a few situations where all I have on me is my Blackberry or a cheap pocket camera – most recently a shockproof Panasonic Lumix. With basic features and a small sensor, I am...

The country game reprised 2

The country game reprised

Back in 2007, I invented the country game. I have recently been reminded of it by two things – an impending visit to a new country, and the two nice young Perth ladies on...

Selichamorphic chaos 0

Selichamorphic chaos

When approving the WA Government shark cull, Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he accepted the number of shark attacks off WA was “well above the historic norm over recent years” and cited the national...

The end of the Woolwich Street deli 0

The end of the Woolwich Street deli

They knocked down the last of our corner shop the other day. In its former glory it was always a family business. There was a Chinese family – they sold the business when the...

The first tumbrils approach the guillotine 0

The first tumbrils approach the guillotine

Not even a week since the change of government, and the reign of terror has begun. The environment looks to be the first aristocrat to the guillotine. The Coalition Government does not seem to...

Election Day 0

Election Day

At Subiaco Primary they’re all out in force, threatening skies above matching the mood. I run the gauntlet of the how-to-vote wavers, as they desperately try to sway the unsure ten percent. “No thank...