Sunday, November 17, 2013

The facts on some of Australian political 'issues' as I find them.

A note on bias:
I am certain I have bias about these issues (as does most everyone), so if you have an article which focuses on the facts but shows it from a different point of view, let me know in the comments.

Asylum Seekers
Australian Government Fact Sheet: Asylum seekers and refugees: What are the facts
  • Are they 'illegal'?
      • No. Coming to Australia either by boat or plane does not seem to be illegal, as long as you request Asylum when you arrive.
  • Which countries are they coming from?
      • Those arriving by boat are primarily from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Iran. They have an 85-99% acceptance rate (meaning that they are deemed to be refugees under internationally treaties to which we are signatories).
  • How many arrive each year by boat and plane? How does this compare to the number who apply from overseas?
  • How many are assessed to be genuine refugees?
  • Are they queue jumping?
Marriage Equality
Kevin Rudd's blog post on the matter is pro-Marriage Equality and covers some of the common arguments against allowing same-sex marriages in a clear headed manner: Kevin Rudd's Blog on Marriage Equality (cached)

NBN - The pre-2013-election version
A well worthwhile look at what the NBN would be like without the need to support landlines: The Ideal Wholesale NBN Market

Clearly biased to be pro-NBN, but seems well researched: Top 10 NBN Myths

1 comment:

Tim said...

Very interesting to see the video on "The Ideal Wholesale NBN network". A large premise of having a battery-backup NTD (as addressed in the video) is for a PSTN voice service. The service is to (somewhat) guarantee a service in case of emergency (think fire, earthquake, flood, etc, coupled with power outage). Technology is getting to a point where cases like these can be addressed by other means (eg http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=44EFD0C2-CC2E-562E-75F74C7B4CB758CB) but it's still a fair way off (not to mention that the 3G spectrum would be crippled by the large number of users dependant on it).

One quick note about the video, the graph which displays the cost of ADSL2+ vs NBN may not have accurately represented the ongoing cost of the two technologies. Was the cost given the "real cost" of the technologies?; e.g. did it take into account inflation? $20 today will be worth the same as $63 in forty years time (at an inflation rate of 3%). This would go a long way to the $100 ongoing cost proposed in the lecture. Just some food-for-thought.