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December 30th, 2016
12:10 am


Book reviews: my Christmas Haul.
Was given 3 books for christmas! What a well trained flatmate I have.

From the Ladybird for Adults series, "How it works: The Dog". This book though delightfully takes the mickey out of Ladybird books - as an example, we are introduced to an allergy dog for people allergic to dog hair. The authors claim to have also written "Cooking Your Cat" but no such book by them exists; they have written "How it works: The Cat". I will probably acquire it.

Written by Barry Jones we have Knowledge Courage Leadership. This is partly a call for a new political party, but mostly a crotchety old man saying 'get off my lawn' and going on about how much better the world would be if that annoying democracy nonsense couldn't influence anything he cares about; he casually refers to Stalin as 'a great man' here. The best bit of the book, and quite good, is a series of character portraits of interesting people he has met over his career. A quite tedious section follows rehashing his glory days fighting against the death penalty, the only notable part being a throwaway line praising Robespierre as an opponent of the death penalty (wait, what?!) The final section of the book is a not-quite-whitewash of the French Revolution.

Finally, a biography:Albanese. Nearly given up for adoption, the story of Albo's early life is a painful tale of suffering caused by his single mother's last minute decision to keep him. (Keeping a running total as the book progresses, I counted 6 families that would have been better off if he'd been adopted).
The bulk of the book is dedicated to his time in politics; it is quite 'Life of Brian' with the call of uniting against the common enemy always being against a different faction of the ALP. It is notable that the final quote praising him on the back cover is from Joe Hockey.

Usefully, a recorded exchange between Albo and Mark Latham helped me understand some of the differences between the inner city Laborites and 'Westies' such as Latham and myself. A fair chunk of the book is dedicated to the fight to save his local football club; it is an interesting look at grassroots campaigning. And finally, there is the hunt to discover his father; a look into genealogical research that I enjoyed.
While the book is a bit of a hagiography I still found it well worth reading; the author didn't let her goal get in the way of writing a good book.

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June 20th, 2016
05:36 pm


pre-poll voting
So, did a pre-poll vote for the first time ever today.

I recommend this. The polling station is fully set up, so everything is available, (frex if you need to vote for a different electorate this isn't a problem) and fully staffed - the only things missing are the crowds, and that there aren't as many party members handing out flyers.

I was repeatedly asked two questions - "Are you entitled to make a pre-poll vote?" and "Have you previously voted in this election?" Other than that waved though, and was served within a minute.

The most likely reasons to need to pre-poll when you haven't in the past are becuase you'll be travelling, or working. Definitely worth arranging to be doing one or the other!

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12:55 pm


Candidates for the 2016 Federal election ACT Senate Seats
Again, wiki has a page, but only the sitting Senators have links:

Katy Gallagher

David Smith

Zed Seselja

Jane Hiatt

Christina Hobbs

Sue Wareham

Animal Justice Party
Deborah Field

Jessica Montagne
MONTAGNE, Jessica veterinary nurse who runs Curtin Cat Care http://www.curtincatcare.com, http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jessica-montagne/6b/365/46

Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile)
David Kim

Elizabeth Tadros ??

Liberal Democrats
Matt Donnelly and Cawley Hennings

Rise Up Australia
Sandie O'Connor

Jess Wyatt ??

Secular Party
https://www.secular.org.au/candidates-for-the-2016-election/ (website does not include the ACT candidates!)
David Edwards
Denis Mihaljevic ??

Sex Party

BAILEY, Steven -https://www.facebook.com/steven.bailey.7902?fref=ts

was running for Katter last election:
http://www.kattersaustralianparty.com.au/our-people/steven-bailey, https://twitter.com/Stevenbaileyy http://the-riotact.com/steven-bailey-running-in-canberra-for-the-mad-katter/94241
Grilled by the RiotACT: http://the-riotact.com/election-13-candidate-questionnaire-steven-bailey-for-the-senate/112933. Composer and theatre director who was nearly booted from the party for supporting gay marriage: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/katter-spares-progay-candidate-20130208-2e33f.html

Robbie Swan co-founder of the party, ran in Tassie last election.

Sustainable Australia
John Haydon http://www.votesustainable.org.au/john_haydon_video
Martin Tye http://www.votesustainable.org.au/martinrev21

Flux Voteflux.org https://www.facebook.com/voteflux.org/?fref=ts
A good choice when you run out of candidates you actually like; ideal if you don't like any of them.

Michael Hay https://voteflux.org/candidates/mick-hay/

Mature Australia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mature_Australia_Party
Anthony Hanson https://themap.org.au/?staff=anthony-hanson

As always, if you find something I've missed, comment and I'll add it.

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June 19th, 2016
10:55 pm


Candidates for the 2016 Federal election Seat of Fenner (was Fraser)
This gets easier every election! Wiki has a page dedicated to all of the candidates here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candidates_of_the_Australian_federal_election,_2016
Only the sitting parliamentarians have wiki entries though.

The SMH and the Age are copying pages from the Canberra Times for each of candidates in the ACT http://www.smh.com.au/act-news/election-2016-federal-candidates-for-seats-of-canberra-and-fenner-20160526-gp4ihj.html

Frankly, just reading those pages will be more helpful than most of the stuff I have here; however they don't cover either the Bullet Train (http://bullettrainforaustralia.com.au/) or our one independent (https://andrewwoodman.com/)

More details for all candidates:
Andrew Leigh for Labor -
His website is here: http://www.andrewleigh.com/. You can sign up there to receive regular emails from him (average is about one a day, sometimes coming in batches of 4 or more). These include links to programs (frex Sky News) where he and a Liberal politician have been invited to discuss a topic. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALeighMP and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-Leigh-MP/129819533748295?ref=ts&fref=ts
As a sitting member, his speeches in Parliament are available at http://www.openaustralia.org/mp/andrew_leigh/fraser.
RIOTAct interview: http://the-riotact.com/election-13-candidate-questionnaire-andrew-leigh-australian-labor-party-for-fraser/113490

Robert Gunning for the Liberals
dull web page here: https://www.liberal.org.au/member/robert-gunning but allows sign up for news.
more interesting page by the SMH here: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/election-2016-meet-robert-gunning-liberal-candidate-for-fenner-20160526-gp4q3t.html
his resignation from the bulk carriers group here: http://www.fullyloaded.com.au/industry-news/1605/lbca-loses-gunning-to-politics-as-election-looms/
On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robert.gunning.14?fref=ts

Carly Saeedi for the Greens
dull web page here (for all Greens candidates): http://www.actgreens.org.au/federal_candidates_2016
more usefully, facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=carly%20saeedi%20for%20fenner
twitter: https://twitter.com/carlysaeedi
more interesting page at the Age here: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2016/election-2016-meet-carly-saeedi-greens-candidate-for-fenner-20160526-gp4nq5.html

Tim Bohm for the Bullet Train

wepage: http://bullettrainforaustralia.com.au/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BulletTrainforCanberra
twitter for the local govt branch: https://twitter.com/search?q=tim%20bohm&src=typd

Andrew Woodman, Independent
Website here: https://andrewwoodman.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.woodman.790
twitter: https://twitter.com/awoodman27

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October 10th, 2015
01:23 pm


sorting cubic metres of comics....
Eric's comic collection is 'large'. As in, filling multiple wardrobes, bookcases and walls large. It is also mostly unsorted, making it somewhat pointless, as he can't find anything.

So: who would be interested in a 'comic reading/sorting day', coming along and reading his comics? Read them in order, and they'll self sort.

I've a so-so record for organising things, so at this point I'm just putting the idea out to see who is interested, and anyone who wants to force a date that will suit them is welcome to do so: on the understanding that they have to bully other people into turning up.

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January 27th, 2014
10:02 pm


Racing to the East Pole
Stumbled across an interesting concept while reading up on snowball earths: Quadrupole magnets.

Could a Spark have "improved" the planet's magnetic field? Resulting in two extra poles, labelled 'east' and 'west' for convenience? (although they'd either both be 'south' with the normal poles 'north', or visa versa).

Does anyone have sufficient understanding of electromagnetics to be able to explain what this would do to a planet?

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September 24th, 2013
03:32 pm


Eric abroad! Part III
Eric's adventure in the UK continue, and we have a new missive. I'll add his dispatches to my LJ as they arrive:Collapse )

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September 11th, 2013
11:58 am


Eric abroad! Part II
Eric's adventure in the UK continue, and we have a new missive. I'll add his dispatches to my LJ as they arrive:Collapse )

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September 2nd, 2013
03:41 pm


Eric abroad!
Eric has arrived safely in the UK, and sent a missive. I'll add his dispatches to my LJ as they arrive:Collapse )

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August 25th, 2013
02:38 pm


[politics] Candidates for the seat of Fraser
[EDIT} Election results and some candidate info here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2013/guide/fras/
ABC questioned all of our candidates: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-20/candidates-for-fraser/4896628
all bar Palmer United interviewed by Ross Solly:
(those two links are probably more useful than the rest of this post! Seriously, don't bother with the rest of this post unless you check them).
2CN interviewed the candidates they could here: http://www.andrewleigh.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2CN-Breakfast-23.8.13-leigh.mp3
And Profile of Fraser:

Quotes from their blurbs are in italics. In the order candidates will appear on the ballot sheet:

The Democrats are running in the House instead of the Senate this year (money issues?). As usual, we have Darren Churchill. He "is the party’s National President and has stood as a candidate for the ACT Legislative Assembly and for the Senate in 2010. Darren has lived most of his life in the Canberra region. He has worked as a secondary teacher, in the music industry as a casual relief teacher and occasional fitness instructor and as a consultant. Darren’s main policy interests are sustainability, drug law reform, food security, energy security and a sustainable population for the ACT and Australia, as well as policies that give ordinary people a “fair go.”" Web: http://darrenchurchill.com/, FB: http://www.facebook.com/CHURCHILL.for.Fraser twitter: https://twitter.com/DarrenChurchill
here is his RIOTAct interview http://the-riotact.com/darren-churchill-democrats-for-the-house-of-reps-fraser-candidate-questionnaire-election-%E2%80%9913/114336

The Liberals have Elizabeth Lee - and she's having fun campaigning as 'the other Lee'.
Having migrated to Australia from South Korea in 1986, Elizabeth grew up in western Sydney before moving to Canberra in 1998 to study Law and Asian Studies (Japanese) at the Australian National University. After graduating, Elizabeth practiced as a lawyer in both the government and private sectors. She is now a law lecturer at the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.
Elizabeth loves Canberra and has been involved with various community and professional organisations in the ACT, including chairing the ACT Young Lawyers Committee and Australian Young Lawyers Committee, and serving as a Councillor of the ACT Law Society.
Elizabeth teaches group fitness classes at gyms and other locations across Fraser.

She is on twitter (https://twitter.com/s_elizabeth_lee) and her campaign is on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethLeeforFraser . She was a candidate for Molonglo in the 2012 local election, and the Canberra Times did a short piece on her: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/family-the-key-to-liberals-aspirations-20121007-277n6.html The Libs have finally got around to putting a bio for her on their websites: http://www.liberal.org.au/member/elizabeth-lee and http://www.canberraliberals.org.au/OUR-PEOPLE/OUR-PEOPLE/OUR-PEOPLE.asp (different websites, but identical info). An excellent source for learning about her is on zoominfo: http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=888263793&targetid=profile

Labor has sitting member Andrew Leigh. (http://www.actlabor.org.au/people/andrew-leigh-mp)
His website is here: http://www.andrewleigh.com/. You can sign up there to receive regular emails from him (average is about one a day, sometimes coming in batches of 4 or more). These include links to programs (frex Sky News) where he and a Liberal politician have been invited to discuss a topic. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALeighMP and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-Leigh-MP/129819533748295?ref=ts&fref=ts
As a sitting member, his speeches in Parliament are available at http://www.openaustralia.org/mp/andrew_leigh/fraser.
RIOTAct interview: http://the-riotact.com/election-13-candidate-questionnaire-andrew-leigh-australian-labor-party-for-fraser/113490
Prior to being elected in 2010 as the federal member for Fraser, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University.

Andrew has written extensively on a range of subjects, including education, taxation and social policy. He also writes fortnightly for the Australian Financial Review.

Andrew holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts. He has previously worked as a lawyer (including a stint as associate to former High Court Justice Michael Kirby), and as a principal adviser to the Australian Treasury.

Elizabeth and Andrew were questioned by the Canberra Times: http://m.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/its-lee-versus-leigh-in-fraser-20130823-2shj9.html

Palmer United Party are running Freddy Alcazar Rodriguez http://palmerunited.com/staff/freddy-alcazar/
with over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, Freddy enjoys volunteering his time in his community and is a founding member of a church group that helps fundraise for people in need, both in Australia and in Chile.
“I have a hereditary sense of equality principals and that will be my inspiration and ongoing motto while representing the party, whether campaigning for my own seat or supporting other members and our Federal leader.

Rise Up Australia Party have Jill Ross, wife of their primary Senate candidate. "I've lived in the electorate of Fraser for 35 years. I have a deep interest in what goes on in this area and I think it is time to stand up and say some politically incorrect things that need to be said about what's going on in the region of Canberra." and "Over the last 34 years Jill, alongside her husband, has been involved in many community activities both in Australia and abroad. These have included working as a volunteer in Boys’ Brigade; charity fund-raising activities for overseas countries; at a men’s refuge; and mission/building work in Russia for the last 17 years and in the Philippines, as well as some missionary work in China.

Bullet Train For Australia have electrician Sam Huggins "A vote for me in the seat of Fraser is a vote for a train and all the other benefits that come with the construction process. It's going to be the biggest infrastructure project in Australia."
RIOTACt interview: http://the-riotact.com/sam-huggins-bullet-train-for-fraser-candidate-questionnaire-election-%E2%80%9913/113629

The Greens (http://act.greens.org.au/people/adam-verwey) are running Adam Verwey. He's on Twitter https://twitter.com/AdamVerwey and has a campaign on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/AdamVerweyForFraser Can learn more on LinkedIn: http://au.linkedin.com/pub/adam-verwey/13/689/776 or zoominfo: http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=996491496&targetid=profile
Current RIOTAct intreview: http://the-riotact.com/chris-bucknell-bullet-train-for-senate-candidate-questionnaire-election-%E2%80%9913/114258
He ran as an independent for Ginninderra in the 2008 local election; here is his RIOTAct interview (http://the-riotact.com/election08-candidate-questionaire-adam-verwey-independent-for-ginninderra) and Sims challenge (http://the-riotact.com/adam-verwey-in-the-riotact-sim-challenge/8635)
Adam has lived in Canberra since arriving to study at the University of Canberra in 2001. While studying at the University of Canberra Adam became involved in student advocacy and was elected as the President of the UC Students’ Association. For the last 8 years Adam has worked for Australian Ethical Investment where he is the Business Relationships Manager. Adam volunteers for a group called Co-operation in Development.

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