The Broadside Blog

  • Insecurity: It’s Not Your Fault

    Sep 12, 2012
    Jonathan Tasini

    Before you read the thoughts of Janelle, Kathy, Andrea, Ewen and Penelope, you should prepare the right way: in the sixty seconds, whatever you do, under no circumstances should you think of PINK ELEPHANTS. NO PINK ELEPHANTS.

    Of course, if you are human, your mind was immediately flooded with nothing but images of pink elephants.

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  • Bring Back The Bears!

    Sep 7, 2012
    Jonathan Tasini

    No, this isn’t a plea to save the big white polar guys lumbering about on the disappearing ice floes of Greenland. The Central Coast Bears! The pride of the Central Coast rugby is making a big-time move to return to its fans.

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  • Family Values Except for Surrogacy?

    Sep 5, 2012
    Jonathan Tasini

    A week rarely goes by when some political figure doesn’t rise up to praise the concept of family. So, it seems odd, and even a little bizarre, to learn that people who want to start a family can end up fined and in jail.

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  • Cuts Hurt–Everyone Part II

    Aug 31, 2012
    Jonathan Tasini

    Yesterday, Cuts Hurt took its first step publicly to paint the real picture of the devastation underway because of the cuts unleashed on the people by Liberal state premiers. It’s worth another closer look today.

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  • Cuts Hurt—Everyone

    Aug 30, 2012
    Jonathan Tasini

    Let’s bring together a few strands today: why is the popularity of Liberal state premiers on the decline, why is Tony Abbott panicking when John Howard goes off message and why has Labor’s polling strength a bit on the upswing? It comes down to a simple reason: a lot of people are starting to see that the Coalition’s meat cleaver, and ideological love of the “free market”, is hurting everyone. Because cuts hurt everyone.

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  • The Smoke Clears

    Aug 29, 2012
    Jonathan Tasini

    Once the smoke of misdirection clears, you can pretty much see the truth. John Howard may have gone off message—or least, Tony Abbott panicked enough about Howard’s call to go back to the pre-Fair Work days that he, Abbott, hurried to say, “oh, no, that was back then, we’re not for that”, even though he refuses to say what exactly he is planning when it comes to workers should he become prime minister. But, we know exactly what is on the mind of Abbott because his ideological sidekicks in state governments offer a pretty good roadmap.

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  • Good Choices

    Aug 28, 2012
    Jonathan Tasini

    A ray of light beckons from the realm of choices we make to build a better society. There seemed to be almost unstoppable sucking of young professionals to the world of banking, law, finance and the endeavors thought to have the most earning power. But, maybe because of the influence of the Global Financial Crisis, there’s been a nice bump in people drawn to a different line of work—disability and community care.

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  • Drip, Drip, Drip

    Aug 27, 2012
    Jonathan Tasini

    Sometimes, the forest is hard to see when you get confused by the trees. And speaking of forests and trees: with the slashing of 120 Rural Fire Service jobs, the public sector has now taken a hit of more than 1200 workers—people who won’t have a decent paycheck or benefits or security.

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  • Elisabeth Needs To School Gina

    Aug 24, 2012
    Jonathan Tasini

    It’s only in the strange world we live in, where the “free market” isn’t roundly derided as a failure, that a speech by a media executive calling for the world to “reject the idea that money is the only effective measure of all things” makes you sit up and take notice. Particularly when that executive’s last name is Murdoch. Not Rupert. Elisabeth.

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  • Keeping Our Eye On The Boom

    Aug 24, 2012
    Jonathan Tasini

    Deep in the weeds of the 24-hour dust-up over whether the mining boom is over lurks a more obvious strategy on the part of the mining companies: a determination to build up the specter of a threat to the boom if “costs” are not controlled—”costs” being workers’ wages.

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