May 7, 2013

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The art of lobbying

The discipline of lobbying has a chequered history and sadly suffers a rather tainted reputation. That’s because the role of a lobbyist is primarily to influence others and the easiest way to influence many people is to offer inducements. All too often those can take the form of financial incentives and things can get messy, not to mention illegal. But a lobbyist is like a...

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May 6, 2013

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Pollies play us for fools

The following story happened in Australia but I am sure it has parallels that play out in most liberal democracies – and, no doubt, in quite a few regimes that don’t favour transparency and accountability to the same extent. It essentially comes back to that great old line: How can you tell a politician is lying? When his lips are moving. Boom, boom! But, seriously, these...

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May 2, 2013

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Gotta love the plastic!

 Indonesia is a vast archipelago that stretches for thousands of...

May 1, 2013

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Community blogging

There is a certain egotism to blogging that cannot be denied. Indeed, should...

Apr 29, 2013

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Anyone doubt we live in a weird worl...

Let’s face it, a lot of strange things happen in America. That doesn’t...

Apr 26, 2013

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The dangers of social media

Social media are transforming our world in ways similar to the advent of the...

Apr 23, 2013

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Well, go figure . . . likes attract

There has been extensive debate – and very considerable academic argument...