A lucky country, run by second rate people


"Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck. It lives on other people's ideas, and, although its ordinary people are adaptable, most of its leaders (in all fields) so lack curiosity about the events that surround them that they are often taken by surprise."That is a quote taken … Continue reading A lucky country, run by second rate people

In Australia we still jail children, some as young as 10


Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie introduced a Private Members' Bill last year, to put pressure on the Government to follow a United Nations recommendation, and raise the age of criminal responsibility in Australia from 10 to 14 years. This would re-align us with most of the developed world. In November 2019, then Attorney-General of Australia, Christian … Continue reading In Australia we still jail children, some as young as 10

Some of the books I enjoyed


Most people who read have an inbuilt system of prejudices and fears. They might dread the thought of feminist writing, or post-modernist experiments. Others are afraid of academic writing, with a footnote being akin to an incoming arrow. These are all reasonable opinions, if you really hold them. But why turn what is great fun … Continue reading Some of the books I enjoyed

1921 – a short visit


1921 is now a hundred years ago. Have we learned anything in the meantime? Have those who aspire to power or wealth learned anything? Has science improved our lives, or do we make the same selfish and stupid mistakes? Are the poor better off? Were there practices and customs which have stood the test of … Continue reading 1921 – a short visit

It’s the vaccine rollout, stupid


Bill Clinton certainly had a feel for what 'worked' in getting himself elected, and then re-elected. He knew that the electorate had one major concern, and all the other matters were just background noise. Cue Scott Morrison and his Government. The vaccine rollout, period. Fix that, and you are home. No more lockdowns, no more … Continue reading It’s the vaccine rollout, stupid

The greatest team in history, or just the greatest ever season?


When we talk about the history of Australian football we know that the game has been around since at least 1857. The Premiership race is younger, having being contested since 1897, and it remains the yardstick, by which success is measured. Even then the game was like a bower bird, collecting bits and pieces from … Continue reading The greatest team in history, or just the greatest ever season?

Barnaby’s second coming


A short recap In February 2018 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was scheduled to go to the U.S., and he flagged that Mr Joyce would be acting Prime Minister in his absence. Unfortunately Mr Joyce was at that time embroiled in two personal crises, the first of which was the very public end of his marriage, … Continue reading Barnaby’s second coming

Morrison Government uses kids as pawns


This week we have seen the Government tie itself in knots, as it tries to find a balance between torturing children, and on the other hand, not torturing them. The situation has become so grave that the Government has called on one of its own, a former paediatrician no less, to say that being a … Continue reading Morrison Government uses kids as pawns

Booing Adam Goodes was disgraceful


Some perspective on our beautiful game In VFL/AFL football there is a time honoured tradition of the crowd being vocal during matches. Most of the watchers know the game, many have played the game, or aspired to do so. Many who watch, or listen, know the intricacies of the game, and how demanding and merciless … Continue reading Booing Adam Goodes was disgraceful

Morrison has made a Faustian deal with the cabinet


Australians have never seen the like of this Government before, precisely because of the unlucky convergence of two unique circumstances. The first is Scott Morrison's relentless ambition, and the second is the sycophantic, supine nature of his governmental colleagues. Scott Morrison has become a scourge on this democracy. His anti-social and ideologically driven policies have … Continue reading Morrison has made a Faustian deal with the cabinet