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ASEAN as a bloody miracle

December 12, 2017 - 10:23 -- Admin

The fifty-year effort to build security and community in Southeast Asia is a political and diplomatic marvel — perhaps even a geopolitical miracle. Instead of becoming East Asia’s version of the Balkans or the Middle East, the ten nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, have created an extraordinarily successful set of regional institutions. Only the European Union has done a bigger building job.

Geoffrey Rush’s day in court

December 11, 2017 - 19:35 -- Admin

Entirely predictably, the global campaign to expose alleged sexual predators in the entertainment industry has triggered a defamation action in the Australian courts. Given the mix of a Weinstein-charged media cycle, celebrity reputations, and treacherous defamation laws, it was only a matter of time. Geoffrey Rush, internationally acclaimed stage and screen actor and Oscar winner, is suing over a “world exclusive” published by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.

Wild conjecture

December 11, 2017 - 17:51 -- Admin

Geoffrey Lancaster’s new CD of Mozart piano sonatas, Mozart Keyboard Sonatas KV330–332, is by turns beguiling and infuriating, thrilling and glib. Well, perhaps glib isn’t quite the word — Lancaster may throw away certain notes and phrases, turning them into the merest of asides, but only, one suspects, after much thought.

Queensland resolved at last, with national implications

December 10, 2017 - 17:38 -- Admin

In the current environment, Labor’s win in Queensland is unusual. It is the first time a Labor state or federal government has been re-elected unequivocally anywhere in Australia since Anna Bligh’s historic breakthrough in March 2009. Are the times shifting Labor’s way? Or is this, as Malcolm Turnbull tells us, a result peculiar to Queensland?

Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party’s identity problem

December 10, 2017 - 11:13 -- Admin

Given that Tony Abbott was scarcely a hard act to follow, Malcolm Turnbull should have enjoyed a protracted honeymoon in the top job. Of all Australia’s twenty-nine prime ministers, the stumbling, bumbling, inarticulate Abbott — long to be remembered for his “suppository” and shirtfront gaffes — is arguably the most inept of all, William McMahon notwithstanding.