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On the public record

I think I might have out-done myself this time. Last month I represented the PTUA at a senate hearing into Commonwealth investment in public transport. During questions, the topic of public transport for special events came up, and as I had the night before been to such an event, I drew on that personal experience in one of my answers, all of which naturally has gone into the hearing record*

Health, News and events

You dirty swine

Just days ago I was watching an interview with a guy on The Daily Show, who, like most of their guests, was flogging a book. His was called "Dread: How Fear and Fantasy have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to the Avian Flu": Even at our most level-headed, the thought of an epidemic can inspire terror. As Philip Alcabes persuasively argues in Dread, our anxieties about epidemics are create


Advice ignored

"Particularly during peak period where we know it has been a difficult period, but we've had patronage growth in such a short period that no other jurisdiction around Australia has experienced," [Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky] said. "Indeed, I'm not aware of any other location around the world that has had the levels of patronage growth that we've had in such a short space of time." --

News and events

Eric Ray Smith

This is Private Eric Smith. According to the Australian War Memorial listing, Eric, of Bentleigh, enlisted on 12 March 1915. This photo was taken in May. He sailed to war aboard HMAT Wandilla on 17 June 1915. He died of illness on 22 August 1915, aged 27. He was buried at sea. The listing says that his death is commemorated at the Lone Pine memorial at Gallipoli. He's also listed amon


The train with less seats

OK, so I've finally seen the modified test train in the flesh. Here's a short video explaining the changes. Both the video and a Flickr slideshow are over on the PTUA web site. I think it's okay. In an age where people struggle just to squeeze on board the train, this design encourages people to move-in from the doorways and make more space, at the expense of some seats. And more importa


Daniel’s roo chilli

This is my fairly quick chilli recipe, adapted from a recipe in 4 Ingredients by Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham. Dice onion and cook in a little canola or olive oil in a saucepan until brown. Add about 500 grams of kangaroo mince, cook until brown. Chuck in a sachet of Taco mix or your preferred other type of lazy supermarket prefab spicy mix. Add a can of diced tomatoes, a can of


Going underground

Andrew notes a certain fascination among some people with the London Underground. For me, it's the concept of an entire network of railway services where you don't need a timetable. You just turn up and go. The result is people treating the trains as the default way of getting around for a lot more trips than you see here. This raises an obvious question. Why can't Melbourne's trains run like th