Richard Farmer

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

November 6, 2013 1

Australia is in the top 20% of performers among OECD countries in terms of well-being, but the GFC has had a profound effect. Plus other political snippets of the day.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

November 5, 2013

According to a two-year study by the Institute of Medicine and the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations, medical professionals helped design, enable and participated in "torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment" of detainees at prisons run by the Pentagon and the CIA.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

November 4, 2013 2

Stock markets might be booming in the USA but the great recession lingers on when measured by unemployment.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

November 1, 2013 1

Remember when MPs actually asked meaningful questions during question time? Alas, those days are over, but in the UK at least one retiring Lib-Dem has stuck his neck out. Plus other political snippets along the way.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 31, 2013 2

The union bosses are back in charge of the Labor Party, to no one's surprise. And why is jam and the traditional British breakfast under threat?

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 30, 2013 2

British naval officers have a new weapon in their fight against piracy. Somali pirates, it seems, are frightened off by the sound of Britney Spears.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 29, 2013

Tony Abbott continues his worldwide quest to get pictures with women to prove they don't hate him.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 28, 2013 2

The police and the mainstream media are dealing softly, softly with Friday's assault on members of Sydney's Jewish community as they walked at Bondi after a Jewish Sabbath dinner.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 25, 2013 1

Climate Action Tracker [has] concluded that against a background of stalled climate talks, current analyses of climate policies show that governments are less likely than ever to deliver on the Copenhagen pledges, let alone keep global warming below 2°C.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 24, 2013 3

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is showing some political nous in largely avoiding the debate about the role of global warming in the New South Wales bushfires.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 23, 2013 6

The Coalition is getting a taste of its own medicine as Labor MPs consider Joe Hockey's attempt to raise the borrowing limit. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 22, 2013

Uruguay has a novel approach to drugs, and no one wants to do anything about climate change. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 21, 2013 5

In a country with a long history of bushfires it takes more that a statement by a politician to convince most people that a weather event is definitely part of a climate one.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 18, 2013 8

Just a little reminder of the nonsense Joe Hockey spouted about Australia's government debt when he was in opposition.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 17, 2013 3

What a spineless lot of Labor ministers Nicola Roxon exposed us to. Fancy a group of adults, tough enough to become politicians, being cowered into silent inaction by one man.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 16, 2013 3

There is no respite from the bad news for NSW Labor. The stench from the party's trade union connections continues ...

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 14, 2013 1

The reality behind the rhetoric to get rid of the mining tax is now becoming apparent -- state governments still get the money.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 14, 2013 2

As the Australian government plans the retreat from pricing carbon, a new OECD report argues credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government actions to tackle climate change.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits for Friday

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits for Friday

October 11, 2013 2

Should climate change deniers be given equal space in opinion pages for their views? Not in the Los Angeles Times, it would seem.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits for Thursday

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits for Thursday

October 10, 2013 3

Are auditors obliged to be honest? New research shows they're unlikely to bite the hand that feeds.