How can compulsory voting be a good thing?

How can compulsory voting be a good thing?

I thought democracy was about having the right to vote, not being compelled to vote. How can a vote be meaningful if it’s a random choice made by someone with no interest in politics and no awareness or understanding of the choices on offer ? Surely people who choose to vote when they have that as an option are more likely to have an actual opinion? I wonder how many of the people who voted...

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Are parents really to blame for everything?

Are parents really to blame for everything?

I’m going to be promoting Poor me!, the book I wrote with Piers, at a series of library talks so I wanted to check the latest statistics on young people and debt. I was interested to see that the articles like this one in the Herald Sun reported the latest Roy Morgan findings that young Australians carry a high proportion of debt to income – but I do wish they wouldn’t take...

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Apple abandons skeuomorphism. Are you sad to see it go?

Apple abandons skeuomorphism. Are you sad to see it go?

I just discovered that there’s a word for things like a dustbin icon and a notepad function that looks like a notepad. According to this article  from IDG, it’s skeuomorphism – the art of making things look like something else. Steve Jobs loved it but, apparently, Apple is now moving towards a more simplified design. I wouldn’t miss the wooden bookcase or the compass but...

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Another bizarre study of alcohol consumption

Another bizarre study of alcohol consumption

According to this article, public health experts have found that heavy drinking among the elderly is a hidden problem. Recommendations include halving the safe limit guidelines for pensioners despite the fact that chronic pain, loneliness and bereavement were identified as likely to lead to heavier drinking in later life. Well, that makes sense. I also find it worrying that the findings are based...

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Lost and gone for ever – my Gmail inbox

Lost and gone for ever – my Gmail inbox

One of the things I like best about gmail is how easy it is to use labels to keep messages organised. They’re easy to create and remove; in fact, a little too easy. This morning, a single hasty click seems to have removed the contents of my inbox for ever. Luckily, because I do keep this particular inbox well organised, just five or six have disappeared. If it had been my other gmail...

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