Author Archives: John Menadue

HENRY REYNOLDS. Australia Day or dying in a ditch for January 26.

Australia Day divides rather than unites the community which we presume is the key reason for having a national day in the first place.

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BRUCE THOM.Time for Adaption on Climate Change.

There is a need for the Commonwealth to rethink mechanisms for supporting the states in disaster management through the establishment of a climate change adaptation action arm within the Defence portfolio. A model is offered based on the US Army … Continue reading

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JOHN CARMODY. Australia Day. We cannot allow our future to be based on falsity and denial

Perhaps because, by its very nature, establishing a colony at Port Jackson in 1788 was theft of another people’s land, Australia seems to have been a racist society from the beginning and to have remained so.

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JUDITH WHITE. Culture wars and the climate catastrophe.

This summer’s Australian bushfires, says Sir David Attenborough, signal a crisis point for Earth. They also signal a crisis point in the ideological struggle within Australia over the future of the country and the world we live in. 

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JOHN MENADUE. Who is responsible for ‘Commonwealth emergency management”?

The role of the Department of Home Affairs is clear

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FRANCESCA BEDDIE. Australia Day: the occasion for collective mourning.

In early January, the leader of the Opposition, Anthony Albanese, suggested the first sitting day of Federal Parliament for 2020 be devoted to marking the unprecedented bushfire crisis. That got me thinking about Australia Day.

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JULIAN CRIBB.The War on Global Carbon

Citizens of the USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada and elsewhere are slowly waking to the sickening awareness that they are no longer up against local political forces – but, rather, a metastasizing international power against which they are largely impotent.

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JAMES CURRAN. China challenge needs clever diplomacy not shrill crusades(AFR 21.1.2020)

Some Australian politicians are convinced that China is waging political warfare against us. But where is the evidence that they are winning?

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TONY COADY. Bouncer barrages, Bodyline and the Laws of Cricket Revisited

In Pearls and Irritations ( September 2, 2019) I wrote about the way that the long-standing intimidatory bowling of bouncers in international Test cricket is both clearly in conflict with the Laws of cricket in spite of being widely practiced, … Continue reading

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PATRICK COCKBURN. The US and Iran’s Perpetual Almost-War is Unsustainable – and Will End Badly(Counterpunch21.1.2020)

The basis for a deal exists between the US and Iran, but that does not mean one will materialise.

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MUNGO MACCALLUM. The mob has found him out.

It was almost a throwaway line. In the course of his friendly chat welcoming David Speers to the ABC, Scott Morrison mused that his climate change policy was “evolving.” And since, as usual he had nothing substantial to say in … Continue reading

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BRUCE DOVER. The Foxification of the Murdoch media in Australia.

The ructions inside the Murdoch empire last week when youngest son, James made a very rare but very public criticism  of the family companies  news coverage of climate change in the wake of the Australian bushfires shines a revealing light … Continue reading

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GRAEME WORBOYS: Kosciuszko: Post 2020 fire responses

In January 2020 severe bushfires burnt parts of Kosciuszko National Park impacting its National Heritage listed catchment wetlands, fauna and flora values.

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TONY COADY Bouncer barrages, Bodyline and the Laws of Cricket Revisited

In Pearls and Irritations ( September 2, 2019) I wrote about the way that the long-standing intimidatory bowling of bouncers in international Test cricket is both clearly in conflict with the Laws of cricket in spite of being widely practiced, … Continue reading

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GRAEME WORBOYS: “I’ve never seen anything like this before”

Catastrophic fires in Australia in 2019/2020 burnt millions of hectares, lives were lost and property burnt. Huge walls of fire, ember attacks and spot fires burnt through super dry bush and other lands. “I’ve never seen anything like this before” … Continue reading

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JACK WATERFORD. How rorting sporting grants became a bipartisan game.

The winner-takes-all approach to grants involves corrupt ideas of government, even if no crime occurred. It is an abuse of power

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RAMESH THAKUR. Modi’s threat to the idea, national unity and territorial integrity of India

China’s Communist Party never admits to mistakes but always learns from them. India’s PM Narendra Modi never admits to mistakes and seems too stubborn to learn from them. He calls to mind Barbara Tuchman’s description of Philip II of Spain: … Continue reading

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GEORGE BROWNING.CONSERVATISM, BEAUTY AND SIR ROGER SCRUTON

The philosopher, Sir Roger Scruton, the darling of contemporary conservative politics died  on  12 January 2020 aged 75. Tony Abbott is reported to have said that if John Locke is the father of western political conservatism, Roger Scruton is its … Continue reading

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JOHN KEANE. Australia.out of luck

Is the Lucky Country running out of luck? Natural disaster or political disaster?  

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PAUL WALDMAN. There are no heroes in the Trump Administration.(Washington Post 18.1.2020)

There will be hundreds of books written about this dreadful period in our history, and one of the questions we’ll have to grapple with is this: How should we judge those around President Trump? The ones who helped him, who … Continue reading

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CHRIS DENNIS. A burning country.

Our country hangs its head in shame.

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DAVID SOLOMON.- Morrison’s scary words on deployment of troops..

Although you can no longer believe everything Scott Morrison says, its necessary to take everything he says seriously and examine his utterances carefully – just in case in a particular instance he will follow through on what he has said.

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IAN WEBSTER.- Advocacy is hard going against the alcohol lobby.

It is a loss powerfully felt,but subdued. Not by politicians or the alcohol industry, but by doctors and nurses in the clinics and rehab. centres. The highly respected Michael Thorn has departed from the Foundation for Alcohol  Research and Education(FARE) … Continue reading

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KEVIN TOLHURST.- We have already had countless bushfire inquiries (The Conversation 16.1.2020)

As our country battles the most extensive fires of our lifetime, there are increasing calls for a royal commission into the states and territories’ preparedness and the federal government’s response to the disaster.

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GHADA KARMI.- Palestinian Rights.(LRB 5.12.2019)

A Palestinian State-Constantly Dangled, Endlessly Receding

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PATRICK COCKBURN.-Blundering into War(LRB 2.1.2020)

 What Trump doesn’t know about Iran

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JON STANFORD: Second rate leadership Part 2 of 3: Defence  

“Australia is now a confident, wealthy nation that has the right to expect its leaders to rise above the second rate.”

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JOHN KERIN: Reform and the ALP

Australia’s oldest political Party, the ALP, is becoming ossified in its structure and totally resistant to reform. It also has many other challenges in representing today’s Australia as a progressive party.

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CAVAN HOGUE. More blessed to give than to receive? Repost from 18.12 2017

Provoking China to score cheap political points domestically does not advance Australian interests. While most Australians would prefer the US domestic political model to the Chinese, we are not going to change the Chinese system and so must learn to … Continue reading

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JAMES LAURENCESON.- China Trade Questions confound Australia’s Indo-Pacific shift.(EAF 5.1.2020)

The ‘Indo-Pacific’, stretching from the eastern Indian Ocean to the Pacific, is the Australian government’s framing of the international environment for its foreign policy.

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