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Blog Profile / The Punch

Filed Under:Local Interest / Australia
Posts on Regator:9802
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Archived Since:June 14, 2009

Blog Post Archive

The guts of the matter is that we want policy, not politics

Labor has disembowelled itself and we’re all standing around trying to divine the future from its spilled entrails. The Opposition capers about in the background, pointing to spots on the liver. But most of the real world pays this voodoo little mind - they’re focussed on their families, kids, jobs, their problems, their worries, their lives. Show More Summary

Without broadband, our economy is an old Nokia

Australians love their mobile technology. As a nation we have the second highest uptake of smart phones and are among the biggest users of tablets in the world. We are gaga for data and all a-twitter for Twitter, and for good reason....Show More Summary

Punch on: Open Thread 22/02/2013

This is Black Caviar and her little mate Billy the goat. It’s a Fridayish kinda pic, don’tcha think? What’s got your goat today?

It’s not OK to blame the victim Leigh Nugent

Australian swimming coach Leigh Nugent clearly has bushfires to put out, but one of the nastier outbreaks he must fast address is the allegation that when harassment of female swimmers was brought to his attention his reaction was to...Show More Summary

This week’s winner for campaign stupidity: Milne

Don’t believe anyone who tells you the election campaign isn’t underway. If they insist that’s the case, they are probably just campaigning for September 14. There is too much evidence to the contrary to claim it’s business as usual....Show More Summary

Rudd’s hospital plan in a critical condition

Kevin Rudd’s grand plan was to end the blame game with his radical overhaul of hospital funding. He failed. The blame has been flowing thick and fast over hospital funding cuts in Victoria. The federal and state governments should share...Show More Summary

We need to be upstarts about our start ups

$378 million sounds like a lot of money, right? It’s a catchy headline and looks great on a Sunday press release from Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan and his colleague Greg Combet. Don’t get me wrong, their new $378 million programShow More Summary

Miranda Kerr works and has a baby. Whoop-de-doo

Miranda Kerr barely gets any publicity, so you may have missed the fact that she was in Australia recently on a 10-day promotional tour. Obviously I’m joking. If you somehow missed the Kerr-pocalypse that engulfed Australian media over the last two weeks you really must have been living under a rock. Show More Summary

We hate politicians because they treat us with contempt

Telling people you work in politics is like bringing a trifle made of dogs—t to the party. Occasionally I would lie and admit to a more socially acceptable job, like managing child slaves in a coal mine or being an aspiring free verse performer. By most accounts, our antipathy towards politicians and political institutions is getting worse. Show More Summary

Hey little Taylor, sometimes you really are a jerk

Anyone who happens to be a regular on the toddler party circuit can confirm that pass the parcel is not what it used to be. Contrary to the rules of old, where convention dictated that only a few – or perhaps merely one – of the paper...Show More Summary

You’re already buying Aussie Made so don’t feel guilty

If buying Australian Made makes you feel good, then you should buy Australian Made. As the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you only makes you more cautious the next time you buy Australian Made. Australian Made is good, it’s right. The logo is a kangaroo inside a triangle. Show More Summary

Punch on: Open thread 21/02/13

This Pistorius story continues to develop, equal parts compelling and disturbing. You can get the latest at It’s Thursday. What else is on your mind?

Dads need to shut their children up too

A Sydney shopping centre has “banned” screaming children from its food court, which makes me want to go to its food court. The people who run DeeWhy Grand have had enough of kids running amok, ruining everyone’s lunch, and judging by...Show More Summary

Giving Gillard’s detractors the Green light

IT was a marriage of political convenience when Julia Gillard and Bob Brown signed their formal alliance on September 1, 2010. It even looked like a wedding ceremony as they posed for photos wearing sprigs of wattle. Now it is a political divorce of convenience. Show More Summary

According to the AFL, this is definitely not a tank

OK. So if the AFL says the Melbourne Demons didn’t tank, then I guess they didn’t tank. Phew. That’s a relief. It’s great news that Melbourne didn’t deliberately lose games in 2009 to secure top draft picks for the following season. That’d be really serious and people would have to be punished. Never mind that the AFL did punish people yesterday. Show More Summary

A victory formula for Election 2013: Stop the cost

So what are going to be the battleground issues in Election 2013? Leaving aside that the punters may not like either Julia or Tony, there’s little doubt that cost of living issues are going to be central to this year’s election. There...Show More Summary

We want style and substance from our politicians

If the polls are to be believed, Australians are about to resoundingly boot out a government that has delivered an economic holy trinity: unemployment with a “5” in front, inflation with a “2” in front and low interest rates. Ungrateful bastards, Wayne Swan no doubt thinks. Show More Summary

The less you see and hear of people like me, the better

There is an expression in American politics known as ‘inside the beltway’. It is a reference to the interstate highway that circles the capital city, Washington DC. If there was an Australian equivalent, it would be ‘inside the circle’...Show More Summary

The invisible but crucial element our Air Force needs

Most opponents of the troubled Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) pay scant regard to the unique element that only so-called “fifth generation” fighter jets bring to the air power table - stealth. The simple proposition about stealth is that...Show More Summary

Punch on: Open thread 20/02/2013

Well, that’s quite a magazine Don Burke. For the record, he said his new publishers (who axed him) weren’t that impressed with the cover. What’s on your mind?

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