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always loved a good
however, do not appear
to understand the
genre of the polemic.
was more common when libel laws were
less stringent, but it is still possible to
address a serious matter of religious,
philosophical or political importance
in order to refute or dispute a widely
accepted position. It is time to remind
readers of the importance of stating an
opinion, outlining your argument and
I purposely set out to write a polemic on
why I believed Tony Abbott was far too
dangerous to become the next prime
minister of Australia. The case I sought
to prosecute was based on hard evidence,
which is detailed in the back of the book.
My method was to place myself in the
shoes of the average voter and to read
everything available that had been written
by him or about him, as well as viewing
every television or video clip that could
give the voter an insight... Read more
In praise of the polemic
DAVID LOCKWOOD/THE CONVERSATION
REMEMBER globalisation? It’s not a term that’s much in vogue
any more. Here at Flinders University, our globalisation program
closed down last year.
But if you were around in the 1980s and 1990s, you might
remember that it was all the rage. From telecommunications
to production processes, from culture to fast-food chains,
globalisation was ... well, everywhere.
It was seen as the reason the vast majority of governments,
of every size and political complexion, began implementing
economic policies that looked strikingly similar.
“Left wing” programs of state management, income
redistribution and full employment went out. “Right wing” ones
that emphasised the importance of the private sector, of market
forces and individual initiative came in.
The bastions of state control and national autarky – the allegedly
communist countries – fell in the process.
A rich country phenomenon
No less intense at the time was the debate over whether
globalisation existed at all. Serried ranks of academics and
analysts told us that globalisation either wasn’t happening or
It was a rich country phenomenon, transnational corporations
were still dependent on particular national states – and, in any
case, it could all end in tears (as the last phase of globalisation
had in 1914).
Globalisation, if there was such a thing, could be halted and
turned back by national governments (with the implication, for
some, that this would be a Very Good Thing).
But we don’t hear many of those sorts of argument... Read more
Remember globalisation? It’s all around you
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Figs and fines
MANY have wondered why the
Government has so much trouble
collecting fine revenue. I think the
Moreton Bay debacle at Adelaide
Oval provides the answer - if the
Government can’t give a fig about
its own laws, why would it expect
anyone else to?
ALL I can say is “axe the Oval
development, not the trees”.
We neither need nor want the
IT IS a disgrace that the removal
of these magnificent trees is being
considered, especially because we
were promised they would remain.
WE HAVE to try to save the trees.
Aren’t they the best armament
we have against carbon dioxide –
apart from their absolute beauty
which has taken, in some cases,
tens and tens of years to develop.
WHAT a beat-up! The tree in
question is on the eastern side
of the Oval, not next to the
scoreboard, so those trees will be
staying. Read more
ONCE again, it appears that SACA
members and the general public
have been gravely misled. I need
do no more than quote from page 11
of the SACA Member Information
Booklet, sent to members in
advance... Read more
It was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion – now it’s
reached seven billion. This video explains how it happened.
How did we get so big so fast?
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