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?
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
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
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
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
The failure of leadership in Australia has been demonstrated, once again, by the mis-steps of our so-called leaders. They then exacerbate the problem by not owning their mistakes, and blindly asserting, against all the evidence, that they are following 'medical advice'. They pick which pieces of medical advice suit them. This is like saying "God … Continue reading Morrison dropped the ball on his two jobs
Sometimes it is hard to believe the "careful money-manager" spin put on Australian federal spending. Especially with all the rorting, and the pork barrelling. A proper look reveals callous negligence toward other Australians, or a really nasty attitude toward those citizens who lack the political muscle, or the platform, to question some very poor policies. … Continue reading Starve, or freeze? Choose, if you are unemployed
If we use Western history as a sort of roadmap to ending human misery, we see that there is a basic, minimum set of pre-conditions which might contribute to a full, non-miserable life. We can easily guess what they are, even if we have never really suffered. We have seen them gradually introduced, over centuries. … Continue reading The rise and fall of a caring Australia
We in Australia have had a ringside seat as the American Republic tied itself in knots through Donald Trump's presidency. Now we are going through our own spectacle, watching Scott Morrison's 'coming of age'. I know, who wants to? Not me, and not you. Coming of age is best done in the privacy of your … Continue reading Australia’s own ‘coming of age’ story-watching Scott grow up?
Australia is a lucky country. Really?