In Greek mythology, the original Tiresias was the blind prophet of Thebes, famous for clairvoyance and for being transformed into a woman for seven years.
The new Tiresias was born in Sydney in 1967. Educated at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, he worked as a casual tutor in politics before joining the Australian Public Service in Canberra.
A former teenage neo-liberal and Thatcherite, he has also been a workplace delegate in the Community and Public Sector Union, where has he has done a little bit of good assisting individual members dealing with bullying and harassment. In his opinion the central task facing Australia is how to have the best of all possible worlds: a market economy embedded within a stable, bourgeois society, which offers its members the widest possible variety of meaningful and worthwhile life-choices and that maintains a Western culture under the protection of a government resistant to social engineers within and the UN, NGOs etc without.
Tiresias studies classical Greek in his spare time and is about to publish a PhD thesis on an early Enlightenment political philosopher.
I still don't see the GG's conflict of interest. Either the Leader of the party she asks to form government enjoys the confidence of the House or they don't. If the GG picked a government that didn't have the support of the House she'd look pretty silly and then just have to ask the other mob. No conflict. Just pragmatism.
This isgood stuff. I am increasingly feeling the gap between the ruled who want us to get the benefits from Australia's natural wealth and the rulers who still think others have to primarily benefit from our wealth. The explosion will come with Obama's defeat in 2012 by a mercantilist Republican who can actually explain the problems in clear language. America will not just go on as it is now going. NOT possible.
I read one of the original articles and was frankly embarressed that an Australian newspaper would publish such a diatribe. Bolt may have been correct in his intent, but the sentiments expressed were a direct attack on the persons concerned, not on the 'institution' that he was railing against. Maybe if the plaintifs has taken a libel case against him there wouldn't be this outcry. But Bolt should be muzzled (and often, in my opinion).