Author Archives: John Menadue

CLIVE KESSLER. Indefinite Incarceration of Unrepentant Jihadis in Australia?

The sentences, some of them already further extended, of a number of militant Islamists convicted of terrorist conspiracy are about to expire.

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NOEL TURNBULL. The real ScoMo: A cross between Rasputin and Crocodile Dundee

Up until recently Morrison has managed one bit of very successful marketing – himself. But now the real ScoMo – the one seen in his career before politics – is becoming more apparent.

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LAURIE PATTON. Sports rorts shows need for public sector re-think

The buck has to stop somewhere. Despite the prime minister’s best efforts when it comes to the so-called ‘sport rorts’ affair it’s unlikely to stop with a temporarily sacked minister.

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MAX HAYTON. New Zealand’s Government faces an uphill election battle.

A recent poll suggests that New Zealand’s Labour Party had insufficient support to form a government if an election had been held when the poll was taken.

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JOHN R. SABINE. A Separate Voice to Government: not the brightest of ideas

How many sound reasons does one need before concluding that something in indeed a bad idea? Perhaps even just nonsense.

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John Carlin. A Cold Civil War

There is a cold war going on in the world between those who believe that truth is important and those who don’t care if their leaders lie.

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STUART REES Copyright Laws: Corporate Greed, Legal Farce

The operation of Copyright Laws amounts to a giant con, a legal farce and an opportunity for corporate greed.

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PAUL LARIS. SA’s Planning Code – Consistency, democracy, or centralised chaos?

 The SA government’s attempts to streamline and centralise urban planning are shaping up as an electoral liability and may also fail to address the problems of urban infill development.

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DAVID MACILWAIN. Australian media and its regulator conceal the true story of chemical weapons attacks in Syria

In writing a formal complaint to the overseer of Australian media ACMA over SBS’ failure to broadcast news that the OPCW’s claims on chemical weapons use in Syria had been exposed as fabricated, I have encountered a Kafkaesque problem – … Continue reading

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MIKE SCRAFTON. The warning that wasn’t on the submarines.

The Australian’s correspondent Robert Gottliebsen (The Australian 12 Feb 2020) has found ‘a clear warning to the Australian nation’ buried in the ANAO audit report on the Future Submarine Program.

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CHRIS MILLS. Is affordable, reliable and low-emissions Nuclear-generated electricity the path to Climate Management?

How on Earth will we power the Planet when the Sun is not bright enough, the wind is not strong enough, droughts have dried up pumped-hydro and burning fossil fuels will incinerate us?

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NOEL TURNBULL. Why not Huawei Jose?

Australia has, as usual, meekly followed suit to ban Huawei from a potential 5G network at the behest of the United States.

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MARK BUCKLEY. Men of Australia Lift Your Game

Recently I heard Phil Cleary speaking on the radio, which reminded me of an interview of his I heard four and a half years ago concerning family violence.

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RICHARD BROINOWSKI. American delusions about the Philippines

When someone  pointed out that President Duterte had just abrogated the bilateral Visiting Forces Agreement, Admiral Davidson conceded the point, but said it was up to ‘agile Australian diplomats’ among others to get it re-instated.

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TREVOR COBBOLD. New Figures Show Huge Funding Increases for Private Schools & Cuts to Public Schools

New figures show that government (Commonwealth and State) funding increases massively favoured private schools over public schools between 2009-10 and 2017-18.

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RIVKA T WITENBERG Moral Disengagement, Honesty, Transparency, Accountability and the Sports Rort.

Generally speaking, most people desire to behave ethically and within moral bounds.

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LAURIE PATTON. How the OTIS group did Albanese a favour

A group of disgruntled federal Labor politicians  known as the OTIS group and dubbed by some  the ‘outside the inner sanctum group’ has helped Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese in a number of ways they probably didn’t intend.

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DUNCAN GRAHAM. From blusukan to bland in five years

There are some cheering on-line videos worth checking from 2015 when Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull visited Jakarta.

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MIKE SCRAFTON. Traps, Trump and Thucydides

The Belfer Center has announced the winner of the public competition run by Harvard academic Graham Allison to ‘craft a grand strategy to meet the China challenge’. Allison’s concept of a Thucydides Trap was the theme of the competition. The … Continue reading

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LAURIE PATTON. NBN latest: Oh dear, what can the matter be?

I’ve argued before, the only viable solution is to start replacing all the dud technology and that requires that we take the politics out and develop a bipartisan solution.

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JOHN DWYER.The Opioid crisis should focus attention on the inadequacy of Primary Care in Australia.

John Menadue’s insightful essay on urgently needed reforms to health care in Australia ( P&I Feb 7) correctly emphasised that a “priority area for implementation and funding should be primary care with the rollout of multi-disciplinary primary health care clinics … Continue reading

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MARK BUCKLEY. Sheer Hypocricy – No Joke

The Morrison Government is withholding funds to the Commonwealth Secretariat “unless flaws in how it operates and hands out lucrative contracts are fixed.” You could not make this up!

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HENRY BATEMAN. The time to act is upon us.

To survive the impending climate catastrophe, we must speak to the big end of town in the only language they really understand.

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GEORGE W. GRUNDY. High Stakes Gambling

It may just be that Scott Morrison is right and nearly everyone else is wrong when it comes to climate change, but our Prime Minister is playing a very high stakes gamble with Australia’s future by refusing to act in … Continue reading

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KIM OATES. Ten questions patients should ask their doctor.

Although patients are the people who have the best knowledge of themselves and their particular concerns and who obviously have a strong interest in achieving a good outcome, they are often reluctant to ask their doctor questions.

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DAVID SHEARMAN and PHIL SHEARMAN; Anguished Scientists and the Collapse of Democracy

In the clouded eyes of government, scientific facts, which have guided our technologically advanced civilisation are now simply an opinion which can be discarded in favour of their own.

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NICK DEANE. The climate crisis and the need for peace.

The climate crisis increases the likelihood of war and refugee flows.

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JONATHAN PAUL MARSHALL. Barnaby Joyce and fantasies of Climate Technology

Fantasies about improved technologies, often seem to inhibit effective responses to climate change. This is illustrated through a brief commentary on Barnaby Joyce’s comments on climate policy after his closely failed challenge for leadership of the National Party.

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JOHN TAN. Australia joins the RCEP: Challenges and opportunities ahead.

Australia has joined the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which will come into being in 2020; 15 countries just to the north; a huge potential market of nearly half the world’s population and over a quarter of the world’s GDP.

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JOHN TAN. Is Australia prepared? The next virus outbreak could be bioterrorism.

Technology to create a synthetic virus like the China new coronavirus is well established. It is widely available to some governments, private firms, and individuals.

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