Tag Archives: The Guardian

To attack rather than build is now the norm, but the Coalition’s negative campaigning is backfiring

Attacking a policy simply because it is open to attack can result in painting yourself into an awkward policy corner First published in The Guardian Friday 7 November 2014 By Warwick Smith The Abbott led federal opposition in Australia was … Continue reading

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His solutions are wrong, but it’s a good sign when even Rupert Murdoch is worried about inequality

It would be a mistake to dismiss Murdoch’s concerns about inequality as nothing more than self-interest. It’s a victory for advocates of regulated markets. By Warwick Smith First published at The Guardian, Tuesday 28 October 2014 16.00 AEST Rupert Murdoch … Continue reading

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My latest at The Guardian questions the value of pursuing economic growth at all costs

Do we dare to question economic growth? We’ve all been so effectively sold the line that endless growth is essential to maintain and improve our quality of life. This couldn’t be further from the truth By Warwick Smith First published … Continue reading

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Part 3 of three part series on democracy in The Guardian

If democracy is broken, why should we vote? By Warwick Smith Originally published at theguardian.com, Thursday 18 September 2014 14.28 AEST Some argue that only by withdrawing our participation from the broken system can we hope to fix it or … Continue reading

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The state of democracy – Part 2 of 3 in The Guardian

Political donations corrupt democracy in ways you might not realise By Warwick Smith Originally published at The Guardian, Thursday 11 September 2014 10.37 AEST A consequence of a donation-driven approach to politics is that areas of political debate are in … Continue reading

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Political donations in Australia 2012/13

The below list is from AEC data (via the ABC who saved me the time of compiling a table) of donations to political parties during the 2012/13 fincial year sorted by donor. The objective of this post is to illustrate … Continue reading

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The Guardian – Why politicians must lie by Warwick Smith

Why politicians must lie – and how selling ice creams is like an election campaign By Warwick Smith Originaly published at The Guardian. 27/8/2014 Politicians must choose to either stand up for what they believe or maximise their vote. To … Continue reading

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