Category Archives: Politics

RICHARD TANTER and BUSINES INSIDER INDIA. Darwin, the Marines, and touring the American empire of bases

The idea of ‘US imperialism’ may be seen as a fiction of the ideological left, or as an overblown presentation of the presence of a few US bases in different countries. But the US military does indeed operate on a … Continue reading

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FINTAN O’TOOLE. How Brexit Broke Up Britain (New York Review of Books, 13.11.18)

So, at long last, it seems that the negotiations on Brexit between the United Kingdom and the European Union have produced a draft agreement. We do not yet know what it contains but it will be a compromise that falls … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE- Sacrifice is being politicised. Militarism is becoming the norm.

Remembrance is morphing into  acceptance of conflict. The culture war about remembrance being waged by conservatives and the military is winning with little opposition.  The never ending stories of Gallipoli, the Western front and Armistice go on and on. We are … Continue reading

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HENRY REYNOLDS. Has the Cavalcade of Commemoration Finally Halted?

With Remembrance Day behind us we may finally have some relief from the relentless commemoration of conflict which began twenty years ago and climaxed with the centenary of the First World War. Historians of the future may well wonder where … Continue reading

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GARRY EVERETT. A tale of two processes.

Last year I participated in a community consultation about increasing the water supply in south east Queensland. It was a very satisfying experience because of the process and skills of the consultants.  This year I was invited to participate in … Continue reading

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MARC STEARS. Don’t give up on politics. It’s where the fight for the fair go must be won (The Conversation).

This article is the third in the Reclaiming the Fair Go series, a collaboration between The Conversation, the Sydney Democracy Network and the Sydney Peace Foundation to mark the awarding of the 2018 Sydney Peace Prize to Nobel laureate and … Continue reading

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The Queen’s representative in Australia sits next to Putin in France – what nonsense!!

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PETER ARKELL. Choosing our head of state does not need to be difficult.

The Australian Republic appears to be coming back into the community’s discussion. The stumbling block for previous models seems to have been how the head of state will be chosen and even concern that we do not offend the Queen. … Continue reading

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GEORGE BROWNING. Nationalism: the world’s greatest threat

We owe President Emmanuel Macron a debt of gratitude for yesterday’s speech in Paris. “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” the French leader said. “In saying ‘Our interests first, whatever happens to the … Continue reading

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MARGARET SIMONS. Good riddance to Guthrie and Milne. The ABC needs grown-ups in charge (the Guardian 12.11.18)

The most powerful message to emerge from Four Corners’ sad story about the tumult at the top of the ABC is that neither the former chairman Justin Milne nor the former managing director Michelle Guthrie appeared to be friends of … Continue reading

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. Poor Malcolm.

Just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean people don’t hate you. It sometimes seems that Malcolm Turnbull is being pursued by that old Andy Capp character Joe Btfsplk, who brought bad luck to everyone near him. 

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JACK WATERFORD. Let’s hope independents take lead on corruption. (Canberra Times 10.11.2018)

Perhaps the greatest service the House of Representatives’ six independent MPs could do for themselves and the nation over the dying days of this Parliament is to take charge of progress with a federal anti-corruption commission. Good for them – … Continue reading

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MUNGO MACCALLUM. Morrison drives bus over sincerity.

ScoMo’s blue bus is the perfect symbol of the man and his government – a brash, ostentatious cliché, non-functional and completely phony.

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SAMANTHA MAIDEN. ‘You’ll find yourself in tears’: PM empathises with young asylum seekers on Nauru (The New Daily)

Border protection hardliner Scott Morrison has told a Lifeline fundraiser that he cried “on his knees” over the plight of young asylum seekers held on Nauru. (Yet Scott Morrison has the power to end the suffering of the children on … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Domestic violence is a major threat,not terrorism

In The Conversation on 1November, 2018, Silke Myer said ‘After a deadly month for domestic violence the message doesn’t appear to be getting through’   Repost from  2 November 2018

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TONY STEPHENS. 1918

I’ll go to the Armistice Day service at the Balmain war memorial this November 11 because it will mark the centenary of the end of the Great War and because it will be the end of nearly five years of … Continue reading

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JERRY ROBERTS Armistice Day thoughts

In 2014 publishers gave us some superb books describing the origins of the First World War including Christopher Clark’s spellbinding The Sleepwalkers.  In the four years between 2014 and 2018 has the world moved towards peaceful coexistence?  Do we learn … Continue reading

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GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND

A regular collection of links to writings and broadcasts covered in other media.

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This warrants a John Clarke memorial award?— ScoMo- the hop on hop off marketing man.

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FRANCESCA BEDDIE. The common-sense test for assessing research applications.

In 2014, the last year for which complete data is available on the Australian Research Council’s website, 20.7 per cent of applications for research grants were successful; 1,417 grants were made, at a cost of $1,018,017,312. The Australian taxpayer deserves … Continue reading

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LINDY EDWARDS. Identity Politics is central to the current political crisis, but not for the reasons Paul Kelly argues.

Paul Kelly’s recent article ‘Could disruption be the ruin of western liberal democracy?’ was a thoughtful account of the challenges facing western democracy, and I would agree with some of what he described. But in the spirit of the constructive … Continue reading

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ROSS GITTINS. Our oldies have never had it so good (SMH 5.11.2018)

Don’t let anyone tell you Scott Morrison is out of touch. When he says that, if he had the money, he’d increase the age pension rather than the dole, he’s reflecting the views of most older Australians. Everyone knows it’s … Continue reading

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MUNGO MACCALLUM. Morrison fakes authenticity.

The French playwright Jean Giradoux once said something to this effect: “If you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made.”

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JACK WATERFORD. Time to pull the curtain on memorial industry (Canberra Times 3.11.2018)

A fairly safe rule of public life is that the more flag lapels one wears, and the more one speaks of love of country or national greatness, the less likely the person has served in the nation’s armed forces and … Continue reading

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MUNGO MACCALLUM. Morrison’s foreign adventures.

The past, they say, is a foreign country – which is just the way Scott Morrison likes it.

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KIM WINGEREI. Bill Shorten – where the bloody hell are you?

As the Morrison government stumbles from fumble to bungle on a daily basis, Labor leader Bill Shorten is keeping a low profile. Would this not be his turn to shine, or is he just biding his time?

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LATIKA BOURKE. Forget Barnaby Joyce’s affair – this is why he should not return to the leadership

Although Barnaby Joyce’s name is not mentioned, it is his legacy that informs Philip Moss’ damning report into the Department of Agriculture’s performance as the regulator of the live exports industry. 

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SIMON SCHAMA. On the battle for America (Financial Times 2.11.2018)

Ten days before the midterm elections in America, murder came to the Tree of Life. Shouting “all Jews need to die”, a neo-Nazi gunman with an animus against the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society slaughtered 11 Jews gathered at their synagogue … Continue reading

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JESSICA IRVINE. Labor’s housing tax changes will help cure our property addiction (SMH 1.11.2018)

It seems a requirement of modern political scare campaigns that they be not only breathless, but logically inconsistent. And so it is with the mounting fear campaign being waged against Labor’s policy to, if elected, reform the tax treatment of investment … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE. Detention on Manus and Nauru serves no useful policy purpose.

On 13 August 2016 Robert Manne, Frank Brennan, Tim Costello and I wrote the following article for The Melbourne Age.  It was also posted on this blog.  Since that time, we have consistently argued on many occasions , first, that … Continue reading

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