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With Abbott and Joyce gone we have an opportunity for a reset

June 11, 2018 - 12:49 -- Admin

For almost a decade, Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce have been hugely instrumental in the destruction of bipartisan support for action on climate change (and a lot of other things).  They have both now had their power stripped from them by their own parties for showing a stellar lack of judgement. This presents an opportunity…

The Ramsay Twist: Australian University Funding and Western Civilisation

June 11, 2018 - 12:30 -- Admin

There is a lot of tattle going on about why the Australian National University rebuffed, after a series of talks, the offer for the establishment of a specific bachelor’s degree that would feature Western Civilisation as its content. It would have been managed under the auspices of the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. Besides, universities…

Nothing but blue ties from now on? Or academic and democratic freedom?

June 11, 2018 - 01:58 -- Admin

Blue ties Smiling at me Nothing but blue ties Do I see   With apologies to Irving Berlin “Blue ties … nothing but blue ties” is the theme of this week’s Canberra soap opera. It’s about the Coalition’s vain attempt to flog off a hugely ignorant, intellectually bankrupt concept which “suppository of all wisdom” Tony…

The Gospel According To Wind And Sun!

June 10, 2018 - 16:49 -- Admin

Lyle Shelton is planning to join the ranks of politicians by standing for the Australian Conservatives. As his leader, Cory Bernardi, told us, “Lyle brings a wealth of political and campaign experience having headed up the no campaign last year that saw millions of Australians stand up against political correctness.” Now, I would have thought that…

Elite Atrocities: Australia’s Special Forces in Afghanistan

June 10, 2018 - 12:45 -- Admin

“Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going ‘up the Congo’.” (Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 9, 2018). They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors. Afghanistan, derided as a country of anarchic sensibilities, was never going to be a place…

The Food of Movement: Anthony Bourdain’s Universal Eater

June 9, 2018 - 17:01 -- Admin

Bruce Chatwin considered movement the indispensable feature of the human species. Sedentary natures killed through asphyxiation; a refusal to move suggested an acceptance of death. Walking he considered a virtue; tourism the ultimate sin. For the late Anthony Bourdain, a chef turned walker and explorer, no dish was odd enough or peculiar to be avoided…

Day to Day Politics: We badly need a change in government

June 9, 2018 - 06:00 -- Admin

Saturday 9 June 2018 We are in a post “World financial crisis” period where people have come to realise that it was greed and lack of regulation that caused years of suffering from recession, country to country. Australia didn’t suffer as much because our government with foresight acted quickly. Only today with recovery imminent do…

Two female NSW Ministers for Women oppose women’s health, safety and well-being

June 8, 2018 - 20:23 -- Admin

It says a great deal about our society and nothing much good, that women attending clinics and hospitals providing abortions are subject to harassment and intimidation by so-called “pro lifers,” to the degree that it has become necessary for the NSW parliament to pass legislation that criminalises such behaviour and threatens jail time for anyone apprehended…