We started Rooftop Review in July of this year as way of motivating the pair of us to write more. Alas, dear reader, finding the time to sit down and write 600-odd words has turned into something of struggle. When we first started talking abut RR, we promised ourselves to try and escape the general blogosphere hivemind. There’d be no leadership speculation, no carbon tax banter and most of all, no Newspoll coverage. Somewhere amongst all this greenhorn dreaming, I forgot that proper analysis takes both time and effort. In my final year of undergraduate study, I had neither of these.
Any time I sat down to pen a new post, I couldn’t help but feel that I was regurgitating the same lines that had already been churned out by the talking heads. Unfortunately, timing meant that I normally sat down to write a RR piece on a Sunday afternoon – normally resting a sore head after a very tired and emotional evening the night before. Given the three or four days that normally passed between an event of note and my chance to write, any value that could have been added had already been chipped in by the Twittersphere and various other platforms. This isn’t a complaint, more so proof that my old school ideals of writing a thoughtful and considered piece over a number of days have now been replaced by the need for brevity and immediacy.
This year, I intend to change the way I approach RR. Instead of aspiring to be something we’re not, I want to take things back to basics. More stats and graphs and less speculation. I want to practice basic journalistic skills rather than idle chit-chat. We also hope to open RR up to more contributors, and with it readers.
And with that, a very happy new year to you all.
Quizzing Hockey on liberalism (via OurSay)
Here’s my clip asking Joe Hockey about how the Liberal Party can still be considered ‘liberal’. From Mr Hockey’s answer it’s clearly time for a new party based on trusting people to make their own decisions in life and having a compassionate position on asylum seekers.
Despite what Mr. Hockey and his party may think, compassion is not resorting to whatever punitive means possible to ‘stop the boats’; an issue like Marriage Equality should never be ‘difficult’ for a liberal party; and liberalism is not about showering middle-class folks with welfare and opposing market based reforms like an ETS.
View from 16:18 for a rather disappointing response.
More to come.
After four and a half years of undergraduate study I’d had just about enough of coursework. As an obvious candidate for academic masochism, I opted to complete my studies with a research paper analysing media reporting of RBA monetary policy decisions. For the sake of ego massaging, I’m posting an abridged version (half the size, same great value) of my final report. I’ll post a de-jargoned version soon.
With one of the highest rates of variable home loans in the developed world (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012) and the highest level of household debt (Roxburgh et al., 2012, p. 13), shifts in Australian monetary policy and the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) overnight cash rate are now widely anticipated announcements. Publications supply an assortment of analysis and commentary that attempt to both pre-empt and interpret the RBA’s monthly board meeting. Given the recent fluctuations in the global economy it is now more critical than ever that the media be able to unpack and decipher these issues for consumers (Tambini, 2008).
The euphoria felt when we began this blog has slowly wilted away, leading to ever fewer posts. But I can (non-core) promise, that there will be more to come soon now that our study/work commitments have dropped off. In the meantime I’ve been blogging about my experiences as a Teach for Australia associate here, angrily writing to The Age about the Vic Court decision to continue religious instruction in schools here and most recently putting a question to Joe Hockey about the illiberal nature of the modern Australian Liberal Party via OurSay. Vote for it here!
We’ll be back with something substantively resembling an article soon
If Rooftop Review had a dollar for every column inch condemning the words of the very illiberal Alan Jones this week, we’d have easily covered lunches for the next fortnight.
Jones’ words shouldn’t have come as a surprise to most. Each morning over Sydney’s airwaves, Jones sits atop his proverbial high horse and sets about taunting and bullying those who have fallen foul of his incongruous standards. Jones has the ear of over 150,000 listeners each day to which he can decry Australia’s lack of ‘values’ and preach just how far this fine country of ours has fallen.
Source: Twitter (unknown author)
The Weekend Australian (15 September) was a particularly poor read this week. No less than three articles were devoted to defending Tony Abbott against the account of his student politician days rendered in David Marr’s Quarterly Essay. The essay described at length Abbott’s homophobic and chauvinist exploits as a student union office bearer. The mind-numbing hypocrisy, not to mention logical paucity, of this defence coming so soon after The Aus‘s hounding of Gillard’s past peeled away yet more of the already thin veneer of impartiality. Continue reading
October 31st, 2011
The last time we decided to talk tax, Eurhythmics were all the rage and Madonna had scored her umpteenth hit by getting into the groove. Live Aid brought pictures of famine and rock stars into living rooms and the Hawke government had hit a rocky patch in their relationship with the unions. Twenty-six years after the Tax Summit of 1985 and everything old suddenly seemed new again.