A lot of interesting stuff around at present. My problem is to find the time to write about it!
Julia Gillard's Slater & Gordon troubles continue. Regular commenter kvd expressed the view some time ago that this case was the biggest threat the PM faced. Now that she has cleared the deck on other things, he may well be right. Certainly the opposition seems to think so!
I haven't commented on the latest race to the bottom on Australian refugee policy. Back in May 2011, I supported the proposed "Malaysian solution" (When perfection's not possible: Gillard & refugees) as a possible path. Now Opposition, Greens and Government between them have delivered the worst possible outcome.
I know from conversations just how polarising this issue has become. My friend and fellow New Englander Paul Barratt has been blogging on the broader issue. The insanity of Australia excluding itself from its own migration zone makes me wish for Monty Python.
Nathan Tinkler's mining empire continues to implode, while the NSW ICAC (Independent Commission against Corruption) inquiry into possible corruption involving former NSW Minister Ian Macdonald continues. The link between the two is geography, the gold offered by New England coal. The difference is that whatever his business faults, Mr Tinkler actually created something.
Finally, Indian blogging friend Ramana who knows my interests sent me a link to this piece - A Tilt Toward China? Australia Reconsiders Its American Ties. Thanks, Ramana.