Tag Archives: mw

Lieutenant-General Burr, can you stand up. We can’t see you!

In Burr’s regiment were many of Justice Brereton’s bad boys. That so many of them were able to mask their incubating psychopathology reflects badly on the psychological assessment tools Burr’s people were administering.

Posted in Defence and Security | Tagged | 13 Comments

Don’t tar all our soldiers with the same brush

War in all its forms is awful, so let’s support those who conduct it on our behalf and, when they come back, go easy on them. They were only doing our bidding.

Posted in Politics | Tagged | 9 Comments

‘Power and pain’: an Australian citizens’ encounter with the SAS

Outside of Defence circles not many Australians would have had a close physical confrontation with members of the SAS. Four peace activists did in 2014 when their trespass on the Swan Island military base was dealt with by two enraged … Continue reading

Posted in Defence and Security | Tagged | 2 Comments

It’s a man’s world: we need to call out News Corp’s hostility to women leaders (The Conversation, 18.11.2020)

Julia Gillard did not simply threaten the political status quo as Australia’s first woman prime minister. As an unmarried, child-free, atheist woman from the left of the ALP, she also threatened Murdoch’s conservative ideology.

Posted in Media | Tagged | 2 Comments

Ministerial war crimes

Those who will not be put on trial as a result of investigations into Australian operations in Afghanistan will be those most responsible – the ministers who committed Australian troops to a protracted war where our forces could not readily … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged | 14 Comments

Tamed Estate: stop the presses; the Prime Minister took a barre class!

No holds barred? Kid-glove treatment for the Prime Minister, climate change denial, Murdoch media appears desperate and breaches of hotel quarantine.

Posted in Tamed Estate, Top 5 | Tagged | 7 Comments

Brace for impact: Back to wearing seat belts in relationship with China

China continues to bamboozle us every step of the way. But how we respond to the latest escalation is important. We must remember that our bipartisan position on China has served Australia well and that a political split is exactly what … Continue reading

Posted in China | Tagged | 44 Comments

Sermons beginning again in Melbourne

It’s easy and cheap to insult sermons and sermon-givers, which of course makes it utterly irresistible to me.

Posted in Politics | Tagged | 4 Comments

George Orwell, are you listening? Truth warping about Afghanistan war crimes

We are being asked to believe that a cosy coterie of retired public servants and academics are going to drive Army change and make things all wonderfully transparent for us. What rubbish. Where do I get my tickets for that … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged | 12 Comments

Can it get worse after Trump?

When Joe Biden is in the White House and Donald Trump is back in his tower or at his resort, some things about the Trump years will be missed.

Posted in World Affairs | Tagged | 10 Comments

Joel Fitzgibbon and Labor’s environment policy

Joel Fitzgibbon’s resignation from the front bench does not change the policy of the Labor Party. nor its leadership. But it does change the mechanics.

Posted in Politics, Top 5 | Tagged | 20 Comments

Let’s face it, Australia goes to war far too easily (Canberra Times Nov 15, 2020)

The soon-to-be-released Brereton Report will shine a light on alleged war crimes committed by Australian forces in Afghanistan. It is expected that a culture of impunity within the special forces will be highlighted as a significant factor in perpetuating crimes … Continue reading

Posted in Defence and Security | Tagged | 9 Comments

Tamed estate: “And on the second day, he said: ‘Let it be forgotten,’ and it was.”

The federal Coalition’s PR team clearly forgot the Streisand effect: the phenomenon whereby attempts to suppress information lead to far greater exposure than the information would have generated intrinsically.

Posted in Politics, Tamed Estate | Tagged | Leave a comment

Uneasy lies the head: Crown casinos is falling

 Shakespeare recognised centuries ago that ‘uneasy lies the head that wears a crown’. Certainly, the individual and collective heads of the members of the board of Crown Resorts Ltd should be very very uneasy. Their Crown is falling, almost fallen.

Posted in Economy, Politics | Tagged | 3 Comments

Media moguls versus elites

Members of the Murdoch media have once again used the US election as an opportunity to pursue elites. Chris Kenny suggested in The Australian (5 November) that the election had been a win for the mainstream, against elites who treated … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged | 2 Comments

ASPI’s guide to submarines leaves the biggest strategic questions unanswered

The interested reader would see much of this report as a public relations exercise, talking down to the public, and attempting to divert questions away from the burning one. Is this submarine intended primarily as a contribution by Australia to … Continue reading

Posted in Defence and Security | Tagged | 1 Comment

Porter’s integrity commission is designed to trick the public into thinking the Coalition is serious about tackling corruption

Mr Porter’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission, in the public sector division, will not be able to investigate supposed corruption, won’t discover any corruption, and will certainly not expose any.

Posted in Politics | Tagged | 10 Comments

Tamed estate: Australian media conservatives applaud Trump’s ‘victory’

Two former Australian prime ministers have joined forces to speak out against the power of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, calling for a royal commission. But why do they have so much power anyway, when they get it so spectacularly wrong, … Continue reading

Posted in Media, Politics, Tamed Estate | Tagged | 9 Comments

The US under Biden will be an awkward ally for Morrison on climate warming

Even if Joe Biden becomes President, which seems increasingly likely, this does not mean a return to the world we knew before Trump.

Posted in World Affairs | Tagged | Leave a comment

Abetz committee shuts down critics

A top Chinese community leader Dr Tony Pun, who was highly critical of Eric Abetz was silenced by the Senate committee looking into diaspora communities, while a pro-Trump Chinese media outlet was welcomed to make public comment. Editor’s note: After … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged | 8 Comments

Dissident Liberal senators poised to allow Whitlam’s budget to pass when Sir John Kerr struck

In this extract from her new book, The Palace Letters, Professor Jenny Hocking reveals key entries from dissident Liberal Senator Alan Missen’s ‘highly confidential diary on the 1975 constitutional crisis’. Five Liberal senators had resolved to abstain from a direct … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Top 5 | Tagged | 5 Comments

Trump. The mendacious wheeler-dealer

A crunch day for Australia on Tuesday – and not just for the Melbourne Cup, vital as that is for the nation’s well-being. November 4 will determine whether the United States of America regains its sanity or embarks on another … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, World Affairs | Tagged | 12 Comments

Unaccountable national cabinet not a natural model for economic recovery

As premiers and chief ministers have worked to contain their pandemics, in the national cabinet as much as with their own administrations there have been no noticeable alliances of the Labor leaders against the conservatives, or the other way around.

Posted in Politics | Tagged | 1 Comment

There is a crisis in Australian democracy. Corruption is rampant.

While a number of institutions exist to scrutinise federal government and MPs, calls for establishment of a federal corruption watchdog like the Independent Commission Against Corruption in New South Wales or the Criminal Justice Commission in Queensland have never been … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged | 10 Comments

Watches and wages

It’s easy for the public to understand and get enraged about executive gifts of Cartier watches but the far more important issue is the steady shift of wealth to a privileged minority.

Posted in Politics | Tagged | 1 Comment

Morrison courts danger with his male supremacist budget

While many have described the 2020 budget as designed for men (Ross Gittins, Blokey budget reflects core values, SMH, 21 October 2020), it goes deeper than that. This budget was not crafted from thoughtlessness; its intimidating outcomes were intended.

Posted in Politics | Tagged | 2 Comments

Pope Francis on just wars, capital punishment and voluntary assisted dying

Pope Francis and his Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have recently made pronouncements on these life and death issues. The Church’s teaching on the taking of human life has never been particularly coherent.

Posted in Religion and Faith | Tagged | Leave a comment

Who runs Crown? Packer’s enablers

The latest revelation is that Crown is being formally investigated by AUSTRAC for breaches of money laundering regulations. But these are the tip of what is becoming a fairly substantial iceberg.

Posted in Politics | Tagged | 3 Comments

Exorbitant cost of the Coalition’s renewed interest in manufacturing

Before the budget Scott Morrison announced through Michelle Grattan a $1.5 billion plan to boost manufacturing in six priority areas – resources technology and critical minerals processing, food and beverage, medical products, recycling and clean energy, defence and space. Not … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Politics | Tagged | 2 Comments

China is not the urgent threat; climate change is

Spending priorities by the federal government are increasingly questionable, if not indefensible; they raise fundamental questions about the competence and intelligence of our policymaking elites.

Posted in Climate, Defence and Security, Politics | Tagged | 3 Comments