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March 20th, 2006

It’s time, once again for the Monday Message Board. As usual, civilised discussion and absolutely no coarse language, please.

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  1. conrad
    March 20th, 2006 at 07:41 | #1

    Predominatenly white Christians riot and destroy things all over France. Perhaps the Australian government should think about barring white European Christians from entereing Australia, as they clearly have different cultural values, and might therefore be unassimilateable into Australia culture.

    Either that or the plethora of people who argued black and blue that the previous riots in France were caused by first and foremost by religious differences (including many who comment on this blog), might like to admit that they are ignorant of French culture and society.

  2. still working it out
    March 20th, 2006 at 08:05 | #2

    Maybe they would fit right in. The riots in Sydney (Macquarie Fields and Cronulla) have all been largely white as well.

    I dunno about these Europeans. They have been here seven generations and they still haven’t integrated or learnt how to live peacefully. Must be something inherently wrong with their culture.

  3. gordon
    March 20th, 2006 at 10:37 | #3

    Can I suggest that Prof. Quiggin consider adding the Economist’s View blog to his list of economist blogs? I have only recently started reading this one, but it seems pretty good to me.

  4. Jill Rush
    March 20th, 2006 at 22:02 | #4

    The SA election last weekend raises some interesting questions.

    The SA people have endorsed a government which has stated clearly that it will not privatise further and that it will not enter into Private Public partnerships which result in tolls and the like. In addition despite the money and effort that the Assemblies of God put into the Family First election campaign the population as a whole have not bought their particular brand of religious dishonesty.

    Whilst Liberal preferenced them they did not return the favour and preferenced the Nationals, One Nation and the Shooter’s Party. The Liberal preferences may yet get them a seat in the Upper House but Nick Xenophon – man of the people, may yet keep them out.

    The Xenophon phenomenon has left all of the political commentators flat footed. They don’t understand and keep making snide remarks about someone who is seen as honest hard working and without baggage by at least 20% of the population – he doesn’t owe anybody as he will not take donations over $500 and has worked hard to introduce and improve legislation to support the grass roots communities of SA.

    The same grass roots who were sending emails to family and friends and seeking their support for the Xenophon Phenomenon – if only to Drive the Pollies Mad. He may be irreverent but many people like his off beat humour as he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Could it translate to other states? – if there are still people in those states who are prepared to sacrifice themselves financially and to truly be independent.

    What is interesting is that there appears to be a new force afoot in Australian politics which is not about being divisive and backward looking.

  5. March 21st, 2006 at 09:27 | #5

    conrad Says: March 20th, 2006 at 7:41 am “Predominatenly white Christians riot and destroy things all over France. Perhaps the Australian government should think about barring white European Christians from entereing Australia”

    I think you’ll find that they aren’t Christians; rather hard-left communists et al. and would be horrified that they would be described as Christians.

    I agree with you on the point that (exlcuding the religious issue) the Aust. Gov’t should ensure no communist etal sympathisers are able to enter the country especailly if that is how the Left behave!

  6. observa
    March 21st, 2006 at 16:31 | #6

    Try here too conrad
    Yep, ban those racist lefty French revolting uni types from coming here.

  7. observa
    March 22nd, 2006 at 09:22 | #7

    On second thoughts, no need to worry as the French will need all of them they can possibly produce it seems

  8. gordon
    March 23rd, 2006 at 13:40 | #8

    People interested in inequality and social mobility in the USA might like to read the “Lefty” vs. “Righty” dialogue in the Wall St. Jnl. Online site (March 8, 2006) at

    The major debating themes on both sides are well put and the protagonists don’t entirely talk past each other.

  9. March 23rd, 2006 at 20:41 | #9

    Regarding SA Elections – Jill Rush strikes part of the interest in the results. Of other interest is the fact that there is a bit of leftism creeping back as well, what with Chris Hana likely to get in and The Greens making a run at the Upper House (haven’t heard latest counting here). Of course, you could say that our ‘official’ green party isn’t the grass roots organisation that used to be associated with the name. Whatever happened to Bob Lamb?

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