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 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
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
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!)
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?
Pottery Barn rule? You break it, you pay.
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
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 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
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?