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Twenty One Years outside Her Majesty’s Shithole

Published on November 28th, 2019

MBA graduation photograph

I bear no grudges, nor do I quarter those that hold their grudges against me. I spent 15 and a half years behind bars, the great majority inside maximum security, and on the day I was released on 28 November, 1998… I was let out of a prison van in the middle of the city centre as the newspaper ran a story about me in some beat up about the death penalty.

Nobody waited for me on my release at the prison gate. Nobody felt it was important enough to visit me for what accounted to a seven and a half year stretch through the middle of my sentence. So if anybody expects loyalty, friendship or some sort of obligatory finger-fuck… go read your fantasy novels. I owe nobody anything. I did my time, I survived… and I have prospered.

And I do know what’s pissed a lot of people off about my life over the last 21 years. It’s simply the issue that I’ve done just fine. I spent a decade at university achieving a Bachelor of Computing and a Master of Business Administration (with a specialisation in Journalism and Media Studies). My average mark across both degrees was exactly 80 per cent… High Distinction. I was on the Dean’s Honour Roll for Excellence in my undergraduate degree. Apparently the word on the street was that I was below average intelligence… so don’t believe everything people write or say about you. Bullshit walks, as they say. I’ve had a long list of people take credit for my demise without ever leaving their safe little bunker. I remember Chopper asked me one time, “why do you keep treading on the ants?” It was a habit I had. That I no longer have.

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Radical Brewing (Book Review)

Published on November 18th, 2019

Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher

The full title of this book is Radical Brewing: Recipes, Tales & World-Altering Meditations in a Glass by Randy Mosher. That’s quite a mouthful of both title and subject if you’re looking for some reasonably heavy reading on the subject of your favourite pastime – making and consuming beer. This book starts on a very basic level discussing the nature of beer and it’s history, but rapidly progresses into and beyond where you might be comfortable as a brewer. The short review of this one would be that you should buy it, put it on your office shelf and refer to it often. It’s full of good information about … beer.

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The National Clamour to Build more Prison Beds

Published on October 29th, 2019

The current conversation around the proposed (or inevitable) new Tasmanian prison to be built at Westbury has one hell of an elephant in the room – Australians demand more people to be held in custody (with and without conviction) for longer periods of time and with ever greater security investment. That is (a) expensive, and (b) spiralling. In short, some town has to get that new prison and it looks like Westbury.

The Rising Tide of Incarceration Rates in Australia

Three snapshots from the Australian Bureau of Statistics tell the story of incarceration rates. There has been a dramatic rise in the number of prisoners, both sentenced and on remand. That means overcrowding and then ultimately beds. Beds requires a greater investment in prison infrastructure and ongoing costs of running those institutions. You can see where this goes.

Snapshot 2000

There has been a 32% increase in the adult imprisonment rate, from 112 to 148 prisoners per 100,000 adult population, during the 10 years from 1990 to 2000, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The increase in the adult imprisonment rate between 1999 and 2000 was 2%. Australia’s prisoner population has increased by 52% since 1990 to reach 21,714 people as at 30 June 2000 (the increase between 1999 and 2000 was less than 1%).Australian Bureau of Statistics

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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