September 07, 2016 | Graham
There is no universe in which China’s attempted annexation of the South China Sea can be morally justified. Everyone knows that. Malcolm Turnbull knows it. Bill Shorten knows it. Hillary Clinton knows it. Donald Trump knows it. Xi Jinping knows it. And Sam Dastyari knows it.
That is why Sam […] Continue Reading…
September 06, 2016 | Graham
Q&A last night was a panel discussion on Shakespeare featuring Germaine Greer, Anthony Grayling, some minor colonial celebs and John Bell.
While the politics of the Australians was not announced, I suspect that they all hail hard from the left.
This is odd, as from what we know of Shakespeare he […] Continue Reading…
August 10, 2016 | Graham
Apparently if you say anything critical of members of another race it is, according to a wide range of activists, twitterati, human rights commissioners and journalists, racist. That’s the only conclusion you can draw from the criticism of Bill Leak’s cartoon.
But let’s apply a test here. Something can only […] Continue Reading…
August 10, 2016 | Graham
The failure of the online census software carries multiple lessons for Australian democracy, but also Australian defence.
It demonstrates our toxic culture, where many will burn the town down to save it, and it gives a glimpse into how vulnerable our infrastructure could be in the event of international hostilities.
First […] Continue Reading…
July 22, 2016 | Graham
This is an excerpt from Newt Gingrich’s speech to the Republic convention. To read the whole speech click here.
Now what I want to focus on is a subject that has dominated my thinking for decades, how do we keep America safe? Keeping America safe is the first responsibility of […] Continue Reading…
July 14, 2016 | Graham
Theresa May, the newly appointed PM of Great Britain, gave this speech on her return from Buckingham Palace after being commissioned by the Queen.
It strikes interesting notes that would resonate well in the Australian context, assuming of course that the politician delivering them could deliver on them.
I have just […] Continue Reading…
July 13, 2016 | Graham
There has long been a need for a competitor to GetUp. I’ve been involved in at least two attempts which have gone nowhere. Now Cory Bernardi is giving it a go.
Good luck Cory, but the omens are not encouraging. For starters, you need to get some professionalism into your […] Continue Reading…
July 06, 2016 | Graham
Labor perpetrated one of the great frauds of Australian politics when they persuaded some voters to accept the proposition the coalition was planning to privatise Medicare.
They’ve boasted about the tactic.
Now they are trying to justify it on the basis that the coalition has allegedly lied to win elections too.
Senator […] Continue Reading…
June 27, 2016 | Nick
I think that much of the analysis of the Brexit is completely off-beam. Perhaps the worst is the comparison drawn between the success of the Leave campaign and the success of the Trump campaign for the US Presidency.
In fact, the Leave campaign is the sort of thing that creates […] Continue Reading…
June 25, 2016 | Graham
Brittania has voted to divorce Europa, and whatever you think of the result, there are lessons for our political class.
One is the strength of the coalition between the liberal middle class and the conservative working class. If you put the Tory party back together again, yet retain the themes […] Continue Reading…