Archive for October, 2014

The appetite for catastrophe

October 21st, 2014 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The ABC’s Anja Taylor concedes:

On one point the sceptics were right. None of the models used in future climate projections predicted the hiatus. And while the slowdown for the first few years was written off as natural variability, lately it’s become something to explain.

In The Australian today I consider the implications of the levelling of surface temperatures since 1998.

If science worked as purely as Francis Bacon suggested it should, by the application of induction and observation, climate science would have moved on by now. Experts, however, are only human. Too many professional reputations have been invested in a fixed idea for it to be simply abandoned.

CP-BookAs the late Christopher Pearson once wrote:

The appetite for catastrophe is now highly developed and mass media delight in pandering to it.

Nicole Flint pays tribute to CP in The Advertiser today.

A Better Class of Sunset: The Collected Works of Christopher Pearson, edited by Nick Cater and Helen Baxendale, is available from Connor Court Publishing.


The moral case for welfare reform

October 16th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

The rules of political correctness are stifling productive discussion on our broken welfare system, I write in The Australian this week.

When our friends at the Australian Council of Social Service tell us that one in seven Australians is living in poverty it is hard to disagree, certainly not in public anyway, where to quibble about the definition of poverty would be considered mean-spirited. Social justice, like reconciliation and diversity, is a secular article of faith, a topic one must tiptoe around for fear of causing offence.