Political compass

13/08/2013

Kiwi in Canberra pointed me to the ABC’s political compass.

You don’t have to be Australian, or in Australia, to do it.

My results were:

vote compass

Liberal Party 71%; Labour Party 50% and Green Party 28%.

I didn’t know enough about some of the issues to give a really accurate answer but somewhere in the light grey area is probably where I feel most comfortable.

A lot of issues aren’t black and white, and nor are political views.

I’m more liberal on some things, less on others and further right on some, less on others.

What particularly caught my eye about this was that


Australia, NZ – what’s the difference?

22/07/2013

Where were those earthquake yesterday?

Over at Keeping Stock there’s a report from the Las Vegas-based Guardian Express:

A severe earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has erupted in an area 20 kilometers east of Seddon.

Seddon is a suburb 7 km west of Melbourne, Australia, with a population of about 4,851 people. It is located in the state of Victoria on the southeast tip of Australia.  The shock effects of the quake have been felt as far away as Napier, in Western Australia, 3,302 kilometers (2,066 miles) from Melbourne. . . .

Whoops.

KiwiinCanberra has the update:

Our publisher and editors deeply apologize for the errors in this article. To preserve our journalistic integrity, we have decided not to change one word of Tom Ukinski’s article. However, our team of reporters are working as fast as possible to provide you with the most accurate news and information covering the recent New Zealand earthquake. We expect to provide you with an update shortly, right here on this page.

Thanks for your patience. . . .

The original report gets a not-achieved for both geography and journalism, the apology gets a pass.

Foreigners often have trouble differentiating between the Australian and New Zealand accents.

Some think we’re connected to each other by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and others also don’t realise we’re separate countries.

Journalists and sub-editors are supposed to have a better grasp of geography than that though.


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