Something has gone horribly wrong…

It’s just gone four in the morning as I type this, and in my home state of Victoria, there’s still ten seats left to call in the election – which doesn’t really matter because even if they won all ten of those seats (and that seems unlikely), the Coalition would still be another ten seats short of winning the election.

If you’re a member of the Liberal or National Parties, or a voter for either of them, it’s hard to disagree with the assessment of now-former Shadow Attorney-General John Pesutto, that “something has gone horribly wrong” for the party. Because it truly has. This is one of the worst defeats that the Coalition has ever suffered in Victoria. Hell, it’s one of the worst defeats any party has suffered since Victoria became a state in 1901.

And yet…
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Set This House In Order: A retrospective

Set This House In Order was the first podcast I ever created. It was an attempt to take some of the ideas I had about political reform (specifically at the Federal level) and bring them to a wider audience. However, illness, work and general life blah made it difficult to keep to the schedule I had set myself, and after playing with a revised format for a while, I eventually came to the conclusion that what I wanted was not to merely shout these ideas into the void, but to join a political party and try to work to put them into practice.

The podcast is no longer available as a subscription via RSS or assorted podcast players, but the individual episodes of it are archived on this site and downloadable from it, should you be interested in them.

Thank you to everyone who listened, who posted on here or on the Facebook group – who engaged with these ideas, and apologies to all of you that I never got around to interviewing for the show. I hope to interview some of you on other podcasts, some day.

Coming up in 2018!

Just a brief sketch of my plans for the year:

First and foremost, and most obviously, I’ve just launched my first ever podcast, Set This House In Order (click on the green and gold square on the right for more details). One week in, and feeling pretty good so far.

I’m also in the process of remodelling my other website, The Centre Cannot Hold, and making it less of a blog, more of a traditional site. It’s slow going (there’s more than 3000 posts and pages to sort through), but it is coming along. (Click on the blue jigsaw piece design on the right to go there.)

Work continues on my other other site, Reading Orders, because the real difficulty with creating reading orders for pop culture is that people don’t stop making it. (Click on the purple square to the right to go there.)

My next big project is going to be another podcast, called Look Back In Wonder, in which I plan to interview people about their favourite David Bowie songs. If that’s something you’d be interested in, drop me a line – I’m happy to interview just about anyone for this.

There will probably be some other projects along the way, but that’s definitely enough to keep me going for now 🙂

Set This House In Order: Episode Zero

I’m so excited!

The preview episode for my first podcast just dropped.

This podcast:
Set This House In Order

Set This House In Order is a podcast in which I attempt to find ways to make our political system better. Minor tweaks or major reforms that make politics fairer, or smarter, or less corrupt. Most of them are little things – slight revisions or re-orientations that make things incrementally better rather than blowing up the whole thing and starting over. Because what we have is actually pretty good – but it can always be better.

You can find it here, and I’ll be adding it to all the usual places over the next few days. Let me know if there’s an app or service you particularly want to see it on – I have a list, but I’m sure I missed somewhere.