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Forks in the road

May 21, 2019 - 21:33 -- Admin

By Henry Johnston I struggle with long-form essays drafted by economics writers. Like many, I am easily fazed by complex yet important observations crafted by a coterie of well-respected econometricians. But of all the millions of words written for and against the undetailed or overtly specific party political policies, the truest summation of Australia’s current…

The Shiny New Toy

May 21, 2019 - 19:08 -- Admin

By 2353NM Now that the election is over it is time for a bit of reflection. Logistics behind the operation of this site mean this article is not a who won what and why; rather we’ll be looking at why a number of the smaller parties seem to have punched above their weight, and some…

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The Victory of Small Visions: Scott Morrison Retains Government

May 21, 2019 - 14:48 -- Admin

Australian politics since the 1990s has been marked by a dedicated loathing of the “vision thing”. For those keen to see policies lasting beyond the life of the Mayfly, disappointment lies. Federal governments, at best, have shelf lives of three short years. Governments are effectively encouraged to be agents of small change if, indeed, they…

History on the back of a beer coaster

May 21, 2019 - 12:47 -- Admin

Forget the links, the oft’ quoted academic tome…forget the reams of verbose railing against this or that “Authentic History”… ”Researched Paper” or PhD on the subject … I’ll give you a rock-solid run-down on the course of events in both South Aust’ history and the formation of the Liberal Party on what will here be…

Hello ScoMo. Goodbye democracy.

May 20, 2019 - 15:54 -- Admin

“How good is Australia? How good are Australians? … an amazing country of amazing people.” ScoMo manages to amaze himself -shades of Trump – by the Coalition’s shock election results. How good is change that stays the same? How good are Queenslanders? One in eight votes for Pauline Hanson or Clive Palmer; deliver the Coalition…

John Lord’s Election Diary No. 17: How wrong could I be?

May 20, 2019 - 06:00 -- Admin

Monday, May 20 2019  “Having the ability to admit that you are wrong is an absolute prerequisite to discernment and knowledge.’ “We would be a much better society if we took the risk of thinking for ourselves unhindered by the unadulterated crap served up by the media and self-interest groups.” (John Lord) 1) Sunday, May 19…

The Parable of the Patsy.

May 19, 2019 - 20:31 -- Admin

Every day I care for three big warmblood horses. Every day I take them out to the paddock or groom them and change their rugs and feed them…I know them well after around twenty years of attending those horses. They can be dangerous things, horses… if you move too sudden around them, if you do…

Action on hold

May 19, 2019 - 17:38 -- Admin

By RosemaryJ36 I am appalled – but not surprised – that the coalition has been re-elected. Australia is an incredibly immature country when it comes to politics. We have a political system which works on sound bites and short-term policy. As far as the Coalition is concerned, what will ensure re-election is far more important…