Inequality leads to starving our children


Australia has had a chequered past, when it comes to looking after our most vulnerable. The history of our treatment of the First Australians is dark, and shameful. But in what could be an exercise in 'black humour', we now have a non-discriminatory policy towards all who are poor. This means that we have Government … Continue reading Inequality leads to starving our children

The Pandemic Diaries-will he or won’t he?


October 12, 2021 The country is on a knife edge. We are all wondering if Scott Morrison will go to Glasgow, or will he not? He is presumably going through a long, dark night of the soul, deciding whether to represent Australia at this, the most important international conference, which just might light the way … Continue reading The Pandemic Diaries-will he or won’t he?

The Aussie Pandemic Diaries


Date: October 6, 2021 Another week of cynicism, lies, prevarication and obfuscation. We should have a unique page in the thesaurus for the many ways we can label public discourse in Australian public life. Today Dan Tehan arrived in Paris. Yes, slow talking Dan, who is our Trade Minister. He is going to try and … Continue reading The Aussie Pandemic Diaries

The pre-election checklist


Scott Morrison has been Prime Minister since 24 August 2018. That is now more than three years, during which time the country has struggled to understand his motives, and really to accept him. He has also presumably taken off his training wheels, but he has been unable to grow in the job of Prime Minister. … Continue reading The pre-election checklist

Another farcical week in Australian politics


The last week has thrown up some thorny political issues. Firstly there was Christian Porter, thinking it was okay to accept bucket loads of cash, from anonymous donors, to pay a personal account. As the previous Minister in charge of drafting the National Integrity Commission bill, one would hope that he would understand what those … Continue reading Another farcical week in Australian politics

Christian Porter’s inevitable fall


Christian Porter is something of a cliché. Brilliant, charming, gifted, but apparently a tortured soul. Searching for what? Authenticity, or respite from all the privilege and expectations, piled onto his young shoulders? Could he be the lonely high achiever, doomed to be separated from his fellows by his towering intellect, and his looming date with … Continue reading Christian Porter’s inevitable fall

Too little, too late, for everything


When a politician rises to the top of his profession we expect that he or she has always wanted the job, and that he or she has meticulously planned every step along the way. I would argue that Morrison is aware of his limitations, but he rose to the top despite not having a plan. … Continue reading Too little, too late, for everything

JobKeeper was just another rort (but big!)


When this Government decides on a program which distributes taxpayers' money, it seems that they never start with a blank sheet of paper. The spreadsheets might be pre-populated with Coalition seats, as in the case of the "sports rorts affair", although some of the cash went to vulnerable seats, which might, under favourable conditions, swing … Continue reading JobKeeper was just another rort (but big!)

How can we trust Morrison’s word, or his motives, on anything?


Scott Morrison has now been Prime Minister for over three years. That means he has spent more time in the job than Turnbull, Whitlam, Rudd, or Abbott did. In those three years he has built a reputation as a man whose word cannot be trusted, and as a man who has given both his Ministers, … Continue reading How can we trust Morrison’s word, or his motives, on anything?