Early days in this pandemic, but we CAN do this


The 'Spanish Flu' pandemic of 1918-1920 bears a strong resemblance to the current pandemic. Although the actual virus causing the disease is different, the result of the infection is similar. It causes pneumonia, and people die, in large numbers. There is no vaccine, so it needs to be managed. We can starve the virus, by … Continue reading Early days in this pandemic, but we CAN do this

Meet John Roskam, our real Prime Minister


I had heard bits and pieces about the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) for years, but I had always associated them with tired old culture warriors, like Gerard Henderson, maybe Bob Santamaria. What were the 75 ideas about? Three members of the IPA had written a 'manifesto' or wish list, which they had addressed to … Continue reading Meet John Roskam, our real Prime Minister

Religious over-represented?


This country is constitutionally secular. Not atheist, but secular. S116 of the Constitution reads thus: "The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or … Continue reading Religious over-represented?

Barnaby Joyce is a disaster


Barnaby Joyce has had a reasonably long career in Parliament, now heading towards 15 years. His career is one which has had a number of very public setbacks, and he is generally dismissed by what he would call the 'inner city elites'. He remains popular, however, and always newsworthy. He appears to have the ability … Continue reading Barnaby Joyce is a disaster

Christmas Island – A Huge Waste of Money

Christmas Island Team

Who is to blame? When one is looking at the current Government, and its ministers, and rating their general demeanour, competence, and ability to deliver decent, law-abiding administration, choosing the worst performers is tricky. How to choose between Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton and Angus Taylor? They would all qualify for the final, but let’s go … Continue reading Christmas Island – A Huge Waste of Money