Author Archives: tomswann

Health, Science and Continuing to Answer the Wrong Questions

The head of the Australian Medical Association helped launch a new report this morning from the Academy of Science about climate change and health. I ended up at the event in Parliament House. Lots of good, important stuff that we already … Continue reading

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Students will pay more for research – they already are.

This is an edited transcript of a presentation to the Australia Needs a Brighter Future conference on 13 March 2015 — a few days before Deregulation Mark II was voted down.  It is based on my submission for The Australia Institute … Continue reading

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“Art is a waste of time” – second affirmative, at Art Not Apart debate

Well, my eminent colleagues and I here on the affirmative, we have certainly stumbled into something here haven’t we. What a waste of time. It is after all a debate at a popular arts festival — on whether art is … Continue reading

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How dereg could be “the worst of both worlds”

Peter Macleod brings attention to the sorry experience of the recent UK experiment in higher education ‘reform’ that Christopher Pyne wants to rerun in Australia. The UK government substantially raised student fee caps (while cutting government funding), only to see … Continue reading

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Letter to AFR on its coverage of Alan Oxley, divestment – unpublished

The AFR reports Alan Oxley as saying “The reality is fossil fuel companies make such an important contribution to the earnings to our stock exchange, so any investor who drops them out will not be able to deliver the proper … Continue reading

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Letter to the AFR about its campaign on ANU’s divestment decision.

Numerous stories in the AFR recently have lambasted ANU’s decision to divest from 7 miners on ESG grounds. One even claimed that it lacked courage. Given this sort of reaction, surely the truly courageous thing is to have acted at … Continue reading

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Speech at March Canberra in August

“Safeguard Creation, Because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this!” That was one of the great climate activists of our time – the Pope! And another quote from another great moral leader: Our future depends on … Continue reading

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