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Cambodia: Not A Place Refugees Should Be Sent

I grew up in various countries around the world, travelling with my father to far flung places such as Tong, Maldives, and Cambodia. Sure, it was a great upbringing, and I enjoyed living in those places. The sense of adventure when setting out was always there, but after a while you get to know the…

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Embargo On Reality

For the first time in several years I decided to watch ABC’s Q&A, both in support of Van Badham, and to see what the questioning of Malcolm Turnbull on the National Broadband Network would be. I wasn’t confident there would be any questions on the NBN, in fact, I had already predicted there wouldn’t be…

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E-Cigarette’s From A Non-Smokers Perspective

Photo: Steven Siewert I’ve asked my partner @rascuache to write an article as a non-smoker living with an ex-smoker using e-Cigarettes. These are her observations as an “outsider”. It’s also the 2nd in my e-Cigarette series that I’ll be publishing over the next twelve months of quitting. Sortius has smoked since before we met, so have I,…

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Off With Their Heads

I am becoming confident (this may sound idealistic) that some-time in the near future we may be able to talk less about plumbing, and focus more on how the communications sector and broader economy need to adapt and change to make the most of ubiquitous high speed broadband. Malcolm Turnbull, CommsDay 09/04/2014 Nary a more…

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The Final Nail

Over the past three years we’ve seen some quality acting from the Earl of Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull. From decrying transparency, to claims that HFC is the future, to demanding a cost-benefit analysis (CBA); Turnbull has been critical of everything National Broadband Network (NBN). Since the Liberal party won the 2013 election, Turnbull has taken, with…

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The Right Kind Of Competition

It’s rather amusing to watch the current government twist and turn on the TPG FTTB/Optus FTTB problem. For the last few months there’s been hints at an overhaul of the legislation governing competing rollouts. This goes against everything Turnbull has said since the NBN was conceived: the free market can do it better. Unfortunately when…

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The Story That Wasn’t Told

I didn’t think I was going to write a piece on March in March, being a speaker and seeing that other people had done a great job (not the media themselves, but bloggers) already. However, after reading Jacqueline Maley’s article, “March in March: Two sides to the story we didn’t run” I’m moved to correct…