The Sydney Siege: Why it’s Time for Silence

We need to stop talking about the “Sydney Siege”. Just move on. Talk about the myriad of other topics that pre-existed December 15. Enjoy Christmas / Boxing Day / New Years. Hug your loved ones. Enjoy some roast chicken and your Mum’s trifle. Have a beer. Talk to your uncle Frank.

But not about the Sydney Siege. Not yet. Maybe not for a long time.

Why? My reasons are threefold.

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Obesity and the Political Agenda: Would you Like Lies with That? (Part 2)

Last week I argued that obesity needs to be on the political agenda, discussed the reasons why it had so far eluded the political spotlight and emphasised the conceptual and practical problems of treating the problem as a crisis of individual responsibility instead of a social problem warranting a policy-based response.

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Obesity and the Political Agenda: Would you Like Lies with That? (Part 1)

We’ve all had a discussion or two about obesity. You know the one. You were walking your dog, or doing the weekly grocery shopping and you spotted a particularly large person. Probably struggling to breathe, probably wearing a sweat stained XXXL t-shirt, probably looking pretty damn unhappy with whatever task (s)he’s (attempting?) to undertake. Continue reading “Obesity and the Political Agenda: Would you Like Lies with That? (Part 1)”