transport

The 17:09 from Swan Hill

The 17:09 from Swan Hill didn't arrive tonight. I was upset to read about the Kerang train crash. For all my bitching, I love travelling by train. When it works, it's clean, cheap, quick, comfortable. And safe -- rail travel has a deserved reputation for being one of the safest ways of getting around: about five times safer than by car. Accidents involving the deaths of rail passengers are very

Politics and activism

Aspirational goals

I'm sure most of us have already worked this out, but let me decode the phrase "aspirational goal" for you. It means "goal that we'd like to reach, but we're not going to actually make any effort to reach, and there certainly won't be any penalties or anything if we never come close." In other words, it'd be terrific if it happened by itself. Yeah right. Examples from our illustrious leaders: