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  1. Paxter

    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    Imperious victory for the Black Caps against the top-ranked test team. India was at full strength while NZ was missing one of its premier fast bowlers. That’s really impressive stuff, hope they can back it up in the second test. ETA: I had to look twice when I saw that Thailand qualified for the Women’s T20 WC. Pretty cool for them!
  2. Yeah, some definitely do care. Others (especially in business schools) just do enough on the teaching front to keep the wheels spinning. Research is a different matter - a lot of time, energy and monetary is spent getting published and touring the international conference circuit.
  3. I can only comment on my experiences! Which is why I led with “in my years...”, which admittedly are restricted to just two universities and three faculties (one law, two business schools). Churn baby, churn.
  4. In six years of undergraduate study and around a decade of sessional work, I’ve never really seen Australian universities care about teaching standards and students. It’s a volume-based industry that’s all about churn.
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    Oh dear India. Rahane doing his thing but lots of loose shots from players around him. This is a great opportunity for NZ, but India’s bowling will be a challenge.
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    Fascinating little series about to start in NZ. Ordinarily I would put NZ as slight favourites in these conditions, but I'm worried about Wagner's absence (he has a great record against Kohli) and also the Black Caps' poor form line in tests (they got flogged by Australia). They really need Boult and Southee to fire in this series. Will also be interesting to see how Shaw goes in his first test since that incredible debut in 2018. And I'm expecting Rahane to perform very well (as he almost always does outside of India). ETA: +1 for Elgar as test skipper.
  7. @ithanos: Scott Morrison (PM): Michael Clarke. In the top job, but nobody really likes him. Anthony Albanese (Opposition Leader): Michael Klinger. Solid performer at lower levels, but never going to break into the big time. Barnaby Joyce (former Deputy PM): Steve Smith. Went from hero to villain overnight. He's now on the comeback trail. Peter Dutton (Home Affairs): David Warner. Just a villain, through and through. But always in your playing XI. Pauline Hanson (powerful cross-bench Senator): Israel Folau. Influential pariah justifiably shunned by the mainstream. Has plenty of support in Queensland. Gladys Berejiklian (NSW Premier): Boyd Cordner. Hard working; reliable. Unknown outside of the great state of New South Wales.
  8. Yes, Abbott delayed things. But the schedule I linked is the current legislated schedule. So unless ScoMo and Josh decide otherwise we will be up to 12% in 5 years' time. I agree that both parties are beholden to big business...but the Coalition also has to deal with a lot more pressure from small businesses, who feel more of the pinch when it comes to paying extra super. So yeah I wouldn't expect the centre-right to come to the party willingly. Labor of course is already on board, having sensibly legislated these increases under JG.
  9. This was already legislated by the ALP in 2012, though of course it could be repealed. Unless you're thinking it should go beyond 12%. Personally I think one way to extract more efficiencies would be to abolish the private super system. The CPP seems to work pretty well here in Canada. Oh and while they're at it...do the same for private health!
  10. To be fair to the pollies on that one, I don’t sense much voter appetite for large-scale tax reforms. Clearly there was no mandate for the Coalition’s company tax cuts, nor for Rudd’s resource supertax or Shorten’s negative gearing and super tax reforms. And I personally will never be supportive of a GST increase. So beyond middle class income tax cuts...I’m not really sure what could be done that wouldn’t sink the Government. I guess stamp duty is an obvious one, but which State would ever agree to that?
  11. Fair call. I agree with the rhetoric then, if not the execution. That is rare for me where conservative politics are concerned!
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    Haha. That's par for the course in Australia. Sky has probably insulated you from the worst of cricket advertising. Back on Mo, my understanding is that he's gone for Sri Lanka. It's a shame as he would have been a clear starter on that tour. English conditions are trickier as you either have to: (1) trust Mo as the lone spinner; or (2) play two spinners but sacrifice a pace bowler in swing/seam-friendly conditions.
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    And Faf quits as SA captain. I do worry about the stress on QdK if he's appointed captain across all three formats. Someone like Graeme Smith was given the captaincy at a young age but he had a very unique character and was surrounded by talent. This is almost the reverse scenario: QdK is the main talent in a somewhat talent-bereft side. Also...Moeen has looked in great touch since being back in the limited overs side.
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    First Quarter 2020 Reading

    Nice to see love for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. More people need to read that (and embrace the footnotes...they are fun!) Speaking of Williams, I am taking a break from Stone of Farewell. I am considering dumping the series per Triskele but will probably persist out of blind loyalty to a childhood fave. Now reading Madame Bovary and loving it. Think I stumbled across a great translation.
  15. Three posts in a row! But had to say...RIP Holden. And if there's one thing on which I will always side with right-leaning politicians: Governments should not be picking industrial winners.
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