Antipodean Antics

Australian politics has now been a downright mess for a decade, with elected leaders placing more emphasis on personality over policy. Legislation on issues such as energy, immigration, communications and industrial relations (amongst many other things) has lacked any real direction or conviction. Essentially, we have been living with a revolving door of parliamentary mediocrity, with leadership spills in each of the major parties. This time, it seems that Prime Minister Turnbull of the conservative Liberal-National Coalition is facing the chopping block. This fantastic article shared by the ABC from The Conversation details how ideological division and a massive leadership vacuum formed in the modern Liberal Party

ABC News: ‘Why Virtual Assistants Are Predominantly Female’

I have been seeing quite a few tech articles about this recently… all virtual assistants, (with the exception of the customisable Siri) are female. I tried switching to different accents and between the two genders, but always went back to the Australian female Siri. It just felt the most natural and the friendliest to me.

With some academic evidence and commentary, ABC News looked into it a bit more.