Charles Gutjahr

Melbourne, Australia

Writing on politics

8 posts tagged with "politics" (See all writing)

Split Labor, split Liberal, we'll be better off.

2018-07-22T13:00:00+1100 — a 3 minute read on politics

It's pretty clear that it was a mistake for Malcolm Turnbull to try to appease the agitators in his party by changing energy policy yet again. Turnbull's capitulation lost him credibility and surely hastened the leadership challenge by Peter…

Don't let crime flourish online, keep strong encryption.

2017-07-16T19:00:00+1100 — a 2 minute read on politics

Malcolm Turnbull said this week that " the law must prevail online as well as offline ", and I wholeheartedly agree. We shouldn't let crime flourish just because it happens online. Lawful interception is a long-standing way of dealing with crime…

Natural gas in Victoria compared to world prices

2017-03-19T19:00:00+1100 — a 2 minute read on politics

A number of recent articles claimed that Japan was paying less for Australian natural gas than Australians are. That surprised me because I always thought natural gas was very cheap here in Victoria, and remember uni lecturers telling me…

Cancelling bad projects is good policy

2014-09-11T21:15:00+1000 — a 3 minute read on politics

I am very glad to see the Victorian Labor leader Daniel Andrews say today that he will stop the East West Link project, and would not honour contracts signed before the election (albeit with qualifications — Labor's rejection of the project is…

Government needs to build the case for metadata

2014-08-18T23:00:00+1000 — a 1 minute read on politics

I appeared on last week's Q&A show questioning whether collecting metadata on citizens is effective at combating terrorism . My guess is that's its pretty useless. I might be wrong, but security agencies haven't shown us otherwise. I was glad…

Too many have died

2014-05-26T19:30:00+1000 — a 1 minute read on politics

"When will enough people say 'stop this madness, we don't have to live like this!'" A wonderful speech from the father of a recent US shooting victim .

Blame for the budget deficit

2014-05-17T16:45:00+1000 — a 5 minute read on politics

There's so much in the Abbott government's first budget for us lefties to complain about. I know ranting on a blog won't change anyone's opinion... but, dammit, I can't resist so here's a blog post. The budget deficit is not "Labor's fault". The…