Author Archives: Robert Merkel

Reflections on the Big Day Out

Overgeneralization about “generations” is a cliche of lazy writing and analysis, and one that John Quiggin rightly mocked years ago. Nevertheless, there are some cultural experiences that are shared in the memory of, if not a “generation”, at least some … Continue reading

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Fuel efficiency standards – a no-brainer

I’m very pleased that I will be posting at Brian Bahnisch’s Climate Plus on climate policy and possibly other matters. I will crosspost content here. The (possibly reprieved) Climate Change Authority has continued to produce high-quality analysis that a sane … Continue reading

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Four rather impacted wisdom teeth out at age 37 – my experience

I haven’t put a blog post here for a long time, but it seems like a good location for a permanent record of a recent experience.  I hope it’s useful for anyone facing having a common but often feared surgery … Continue reading

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Project 10000’s financing model – does it stack up?

The Victorian ALP has released its transport plan, Project 10000, so named for the 10,000 construction jobs that are supposed to result. The plan, in short, appears to be largely a return to what the Brumby government had in mind … Continue reading

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Back in purple

Sorry for the paucity of posts – real life, and specifically preparation for another semester of teaching, intrudes! However, I’m excited that Larvatus Prodeo has been revived for the 2013 federal election, and I’ll be contributing posts there for the … Continue reading

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Asteroids!

Well, thanks to Russia’s corrupt cops and dodgy insurance, we have an abundance of footage of the most damaging (and spectacular) meteorite impact in at least a century: Inevitably, there is a bigger, more damaging asteroid out there with our … Continue reading

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Failure, perhaps. But costly?

This kind of headlinedrives me more and more up the wall: Gillard’s school plan a costly failure A $16 million federal Labor commitment to stem the shortage of maths and science teachers by fast-tracking bankers, accountants and engineers into classrooms … Continue reading

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