The ALP, the Greens and the Values Debate

Written by Terry Flew on July 15, 2012

Being based in Queensland, I can’t say that I pay a lot of attention to Victorian state politics. Its a bit like the AFL – I have some background knowledge because of the noise that’s around, but I can’t claim to follow it closely.

As a result, I don’t know much about the Victorian opposition leader, Daniel Andrews. I did, however, see him on today’s Insiders program, and would have to say that I was impressed.

Andrews was on with

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Why the 2012 US Presidential election matters

Written by Terry Flew on May 21, 2012

An interview has been published in Open Democracy with Professor Theda Skocpol, from the Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard University, about the forthcoming 2012 US Presidential election. Skocpol is known to many for her pioneering work on state theory, which established public policy as an important variable in progressive politics, and rejected the determinism of Marxist state theory, noting the active role played by state agencies as political actors in their own right. More recently, she has authored

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The house that Bob Brown built

Written by Terry Flew on April 14, 2012

In reflecting on what The Greens achieved under Bob Brown’s leadership, the graph below – taken from Peter Brent’s Mumble blog – indicates three major achievements, and one more recent cautionary tale.

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Working from the left of the graph, the progress of The Greens from 1998 to 2001 came in no small part from Brown’s ability to use Meg Lees’ endorsement of a modified version of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to capture the votes

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