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The attention that the SpaceX Dragon capsule’s visit to the International Space Station is, in some ways, a bit of a surprise. As a technical achievement, there’s nothing really new here; spacecraft have been docking with each other since Gemini. … Continue reading
It’s amazing how companies can change when prodded by market conditions, regulation, or a combination of both. Take the big Aussie sedan, the Ford Falcon. You can now buy it with a turbocharged, 2.0 litre engine. And even the boofheads … Continue reading
The MTC’s new play Australia Day has a theme ripe for comedy – the organization of the Australia Day celebration for a medium-size coastal town. It’s got a great cast, including the wonderful Alison Whyte as the archetypal treechanger Greens … Continue reading
Over at the Lowy Interpreter, there’s been a series of posts also pointing to articles in the Fairfax press about “deepening our engagement with Asia”. One idea, mentioned by White and Joshua Frydenberg, is to fund more Australian university students … Continue reading
Painful as it is when your team loses, changes of government do have a silver lining; it allows the out-and-out screwups of the last lot to be dealt with. Cenitex is the agency for the Victorian government’s attempt to centralize … Continue reading
The Victorian Government’s consultation paper about reform of Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support Services looks like a serious first step towards addressing a really important problem. But the bureaucratese in the paper is something to behold. Try this choice cut: … Continue reading
In amongst the slash-and-burn Victorian state budget, one of the promises that got abandoned was a promise to kick in part of the cost of installing energy-efficient street lights. The project comes from a campaign run by the Municipal Association … Continue reading