Kevin Rennie

Secondary teacher (now retired), unionist and Australian Labor Party member since 1972. 8 years teaching in the Northern Territory: 4 in Katherine, followed by 4 in Maningrida, an aboriginal community in Arnhem Land. Returned to Melbourne in June 2008 to live after 15 months in Broome.

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Latest posts by Kevin Rennie

Bush's mate Howard back in Washington

The upcoming inauguration has taken an Aussie turn. Barack Obama's displacement from Blair House was caused by former Australian Prime Minister John Howard who is to receive the US Medal of Freedom from his mate George W. Bush. U.S. bloggers were outraged apparently. Australian bloggers were just as vocal.

Obama: Fortune tellers – past and present

Foretelling political fortunes is risky at the best of times - almost as hard as economic predictions. Remember the warnings of oil at $200 a barrel before the end of the year? Kevin Rennie, from Australia, takes a closer look at predictions for the Obama administration.

Three economists and a hoyden

In Australia, where the general euphoria over Obama's election has worn off, this ensemble of (mostly) economic bloggers are beginning to ponder what issues the new administration will address. Also: What is a hoyden, anyway?

Australia welcomes Obama, well most

Australian bloggers found their voices after being glued to the media or live-blogging the election for most of Wednesday our time. Kevin Rennie zooms in on reactions from Down Under.

Today's Faves: Dubai, Perth and Lima

Voices without Votes continuously aggregates interesting links about the election from world bloggers. Our authors take turns picking their top 3 personal favorites every weekday. Today's picks take us to the United Arab Emirates, Australia and Peru.

Today's Faves: Pondering Palin from across the Pacific

Voices without Votes continuously aggregates interesting links about the election from world bloggers. Our authors take turns picking their top 3 personal favorites every weekday. Although Sarah Palin’s star is no longer in the ascendancy, I decided to feature three Australian bloggers’ latest posts which touch on the aspiring Vice President. The fascination with her has continued unabated in the U.S. but many bloggers over here are having trouble taking her seriously. It's much easy to laugh or dismiss her as inept.

Today Faves: A Minority Leader, a Scorned Star and a Scattered McCain

Voices without Votes continuously aggregates interesting links about the election from world bloggers. Our authors take turns picking their top 3 personal favorites every weekday. Today's picks take us to Madagascar and Australia, where one blogger asks us "would a relatively young candidate from a minority group with a new approach fare that well against an experienced politician labeled as a war hero in your own country?"

The pit-bull is off the leash

Sarah Palin continues to infuriate and trouble progressive bloggers in Australia. The Vice Presidential debate and her weekend attack on Barack Obama over William Ayers has brought swift responses, writes Kevin Rennie from Australia.

Australia: Palin Counting on Identity Politics

Progressive bloggers from Australasia have challenged John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate, reports Kevin Rennie, from Australia.

Australia: US Politics As Usual

It has been a mixed bag from Australian bloggers lately. Paris Hilton has brought some to life but after our drawn-out Federal election last year, I suspect many are tired of the minutiae of campaigning, reports Kevin Rennie from Australia.