Author Archives: John Menadue

Lobby Land. The power of the health lobby. Health ministers may be in office but they are not in power

The major barrier to health reform is the power of providers- the health lobby. A succession of Australian health ministers Liberal and Labor for three decades have failed in any serious health reform.  Any Minister, Liberal or Labor who wants … Continue reading

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We need a standing Royal Commission to supervise our intelligence agencies (REPOST Aug 31, 2020)

We need intelligence agencies that are accountable to the community.. We  do not have  that at the moment. They duchess ministers and their parliamentary ‘supervisors’ . We have witnessed the failure of bank regulators. Regulatory failure in the intelligence sector is … Continue reading

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John Menadue talks with Friendlyjordies

Jordan chats with Pearls and Irritations publisher and editor John Menadue about his time working for Rupert Murdoch and Gough Whitlam. The topics of China and the Palace Papers also gets a run.

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China must obey international rules in the South China Sea but the US ignores them in Diego Garcia (Repost 3 July 2020)

China is rightly criticised for building islands for military purposes in the South China Sea whilst ignoring an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) brought by the Philippines. But what of the US in Diego Garcia?

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The Australian Government advice on travel to Hong Kong is ‘one sided, misleading, fanciful and absurd’

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade(DFAT) seems to have joined the anti China  push with misleading advice on what the new security laws mean in Hong Kong.

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Domestic violence in the pandemic. Anti terrorism is a tried and successful diversion

The above is the headline in a story in the SMH on 13 July 2020. It illustrates once again how vested interests supported by our media give lip service about the tragedy of domestic violence but quickly forget it.But the … Continue reading

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‘The Eleventh’, ABC’s podcast on the dismissal (A repost)

An edited transcript of an interview I conducted with the ABC for a podcast series The Eleventh.

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China must obey international rules in the South China Sea but the US can ignore them in Diego Garcia.

China is rightly criticised for building islands for military purposes in the South China Sea whilst ignoring an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) brought by the Philippines. But what of the US in Diego Garcia?

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The strange case of Shaoquett Moselmane and the AFP and ASIO raid.

I was struck by these letters in the S.M.H. regarding Shaoquett Moselmane . Are we seeing a new McCarthyist wave of anti China paranoia?

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The New Rite of Baptism?

The Church modernises…

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