Author Archives: John Menadue

LAURA TINGLE. Senior bureaucrats send a message to the Government and the Opposition (ABC 19.2.2019)

The political significance of his [Mr Pezzullo’s] interventions are twofold — the first is that it makes clear the security establishment does not believe the legislative changes, of themselves, will spark a wave of new boat arrivals. The second is … Continue reading

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JILL MARGO. Why Denmark is reducing hospitals while we are building more. (AFR 19.2.2019)

“About 15 years ago, we realised the solution to these problems is not more hospitals but to think about how we can deliver healthcare in a different way,” says Hans Erik Henriksen, CEO of Healthcare DENMARK. “We aim to deliver … Continue reading

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EKA KURNIAWAN. Indonesia’s next election is in April. The Islamists have already won. (New York Times 14.2.2019)

When Joko Widodo, the incumbent presidentof Indonesia, last year chose Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate for the general election this April, it became clear that Indonesian politics is now backed into a corner. Mr. Ma’ruf is an Islamic cleric and scholar, … Continue reading

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MICHAEL KEATING. National Security: How Professional is the Advice?

Prime Minister Morrison and Minister Dutton have launched a scare campaign over the Medivac Bill, alleging that 1000 refugees will arrive in Australia from Manus and Nauru in a matter of weeks, which will in turn start the boats coming … Continue reading

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PAUL BONGIORNO. Did Scott Morrison miss his Tampa moment? (The New Daily 18.2.2019)

The question playing on the minds of nervous Coalition MPs is whether Scott Morrison has missed his “Tampa moment”. Should the embattled Prime Minister have seized the moment of last week’s humiliating government defeat in Parliament to have called an immediate … Continue reading

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ROSS GITTINS. Stagnation spanner in the works? The tradesman you need to call is Keynes. (SMH 16.2.2019)

Every so often the economies of the developed world malfunction, behaving in ways the economists’ theory says they shouldn’t. Economists fall to arguing among themselves about the causes of the breakdown and what should be done. We’re in such a … Continue reading

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ABUL RIZVI. Questions for Dutton on his record border protection failure.

The mainstream media (other than The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, Herald-Sun, Daily Mail, Sky News After Dark, Alan Jones, Ray Hadley and their ilk who usually obsess about border protection) has at last picked up on Dutton’s failure to secure … Continue reading

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. Closing the gap.

The biggest gap that needs closing is the lack of an acknowledgement of the past by non-indigenous Australia and a determination that not only will the ignorance and denial not be repeated, but there will be genuine collaboration at every … Continue reading

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JACK WATERFORD. The silence of public service lambs used by a panicking government. (Canberra Times 16.2.2019)

One can take it as read that public servants do not like being used and abused by ministers, and verballed for partisan political purposes. Particularly when an election is due and the indications are that a new lot of ministers … Continue reading

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ABUL RIZVI: Asylum Seekers and Character Checking

Government has expressed concern that under the Medevac Amendments, serious criminals will enter Australia. Immigration Minister Coleman said at Question Time that a backpacker from Norway passes a stronger Character test than the people entering under the Medevac Amendments. While … Continue reading

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CAVAN HOGUE. Comment on Hugh White’s response to Paul Dibb on ANZUS and Taiwan.

Hugh White has made an effective rebuttal of Paul Dibb’s claim that we should join the US if China takes military action against Taiwan. It is important to stress that ANZUS does not require us to join with the USA … Continue reading

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DIANNE HERIOT. New Zealand and Federation. (Parliamentary Library Flag Post 25.1.2019)

While New Zealand participated in the Australasian Federation Conference convened in Melbourne in 1890, it had little real enthusiasm for the prospect of federating with the Australian colonies. As Sir John Hall, then Premier of New Zealand and one of two New Zealand delegates … Continue reading

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JON STANFORD. Comment on Mike Scrapton’s article ‘The casual talk of war’.

Isn’t it interesting that in the Prime Minister’s attempt yesterday to make us all very frightened indeed about the national security threats that a Labor government would expose us to — ranging from hordes of asylum seekers at the gates, … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Getting behind the lies, fake news and spin on refugees and asylum seekers. (Michael West’s blog 13.2.2019)

It is remarkable that mainstream media, without exception, continues to ignore the facts on asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat and air. Michael West has written on the subject today in his blog.  See Michael’s article reprinted below.

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CHRISTIAN SORACE. From the Outside Looking In: A Response to John Garnaut’s Primer on Ideology (Made in China, 7.2.2019)

An introduction by Mobo Gao, Chair of Chinese Studies, Department of Asian Studies, University of Adelaide. The article below is a response by Christian Solace, an American academic, to a speech given at an internal Australian government seminar in August 2017 … Continue reading

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MICHAEL KEATING. Housing Affordability and Labor’s Tax Proposals (Revised)

Home ownership has become much less affordable. It is a major source of inequality both between generations and within generations. Housing cannot become more affordable without bringing down house prices relative to incomes. Labor’s tax proposals are intended to do … Continue reading

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PAUL BONGIORNO. Scott Morrison has formally hit the panic button. (The New Daily 12.2.2019)

Scott Morrison is desperately in need of a circuit breaker. Something dramatic to save his government and pull off an unlikely election win. The opinion polls are stubbornly stuck in wipeout territory, the latest Newspoll just confirming the trend not … Continue reading

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ROSS GITTINS. Never fear, Hayne is a new start – and not just for the banks. (SMH 5.2.2019)

If you think the banking royal commission’s damning report means you’ll never again be overcharged or otherwise mistreated by a bank, you’re being a bit naive. If you’re hoping to witness leading bankers being dragged off to chokey, you’ll be … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Asylum seekers are pouring into Australia in record numbers by air, but the media and politicians are not interested in the facts.

Our discussion on asylum seekers is ill-informed .It is a disgrace.  Our politicians and our media have failed us.  This was made obvious to me yesterday on Insiders.  Do Christopher Pyne and Phillip Corey think we are fools. They were … Continue reading

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. Peter Dutton says doctors can’t e trusted.

Kerryn Phelps is not just a doctor: according to Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton and their Murdoch mouthpieces, she is a shaker of worlds. Her bill – or rather her amendments to the government’s own bill — to allow doctors rather … Continue reading

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RICHARD FLANAGAN. Tasmania is burning. The climate disaster future has arrived while those in power laugh at us. (The Guardian 4.2.2019)

Scott Morrison is trying to scare people about economic policy but seems blithely unaware people are already scared – about climate change.  

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ADELE FERGUSON. The regulators failed bank customers but they are now being trusted to fix this mess. (SMH 5.2.2019)

After a year of shame and grovelling apologies, the day of reckoning finally arrived. For those Australians hoping for structural separation of the banks, an overhaul of the regulators or heads on sticks, royal commissioner Kenneth Hayne’s verdict would have been … Continue reading

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KAREN COX. Now Hayne has reported, the lobbyists will get to work (SMH 5.2.2019)

After a year of front pages filled with the evidence of scandalous wrong doing, rip-offs and greed in our banking and financial services institutions, we finally have a roadmap from Commissioner Kenneth Hayne on how to solve the finance sector’s … Continue reading

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ANDREW LINDEN, WARREN STAPLES. Hayne’s failure to tackle bank structure. (The Conversation 5.2.2019)

Hayne’s failure to tackle bank structure means that in a decade or so another treasurer will have to call another royal commission.  Every 10 to 15 years it’s the same. Ever since financial deregulation in the 1980s we’ve had a finance industry scandal … Continue reading

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JAMES MASSOLA. The Australian priest helping trapped refugees the world ignores. (SMH 3/2/2019)

Mick Kelly remembers the phone call from his friend in Pakistan as if it was yesterday. “He asked me to help out this one guy who was fleeing Pakistan, and on his way to Bangkok. That was more than five … Continue reading

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ROSS GITTINS. Hey pollies: weak wage growth won’t fix itself. (SMH 4.2.2019)

The economy’s prospects are threatened by various risks from overseas – about which we can do little – and by continuing weakness in wage growth – about which the two sides contesting the May federal election have little desire to … Continue reading

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RICHARD BUTLER. A Guessing Game

Trump’s extraordinary public attack on the whole of the US intelligence community has fuelled a guessing game: the well established one which questions the relationship between intelligence assessments and policy development; and, a current one, which questions whether Trump has … Continue reading

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MIKE SCRAFTON. The Intelligent use of Intelligence

The United States Intelligence Community presents an annual assessment of national security threats to Congress. President Trump and the US Intelligence agencies are at odds over the 2019 Report. Putting aside Trump’s simplistic and intuitive understanding and his disregard for … Continue reading

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RICHARD KINGSFORD. The successive government failures behind the fish kills. (SMH 31.1.2018)

With the NSW election looming, it’s time to make sure the next state government has environmental policy front and centre at the big table of decision making. On nearly every major measure for the environment – numbers of threatened species, … Continue reading

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MARTIN WOLF. China’s challenge of one world, two systems. (AFR 31.1.2018)

The accelerating breakdown in relations between China and the US is the most significant current event. How is this to be managed, given today’s global interdependence?  

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