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Friday, 16 July 2021 09:11

Barnaby's Choice

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Barnaby's return to national leadership is a hope and an opportunity.  The left loves to hate true conservatives.  They hate Barnaby.  But will he deliver for those of us who hope for a better politics in this country?

Friday, 16 July 2021 07:08

Savva, Abbott and Leadership

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The journalist Niki Savva has been stalking Tony Abbott for what seems like decades.  Suddenly noticing a current absence of political leadership, Savva has broken the habit of a lifetime and actually praised Abbott.  As an Opposition leader.  She still misses plenty.

Friday, 16 July 2021 06:51

Scotty's Jab

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Is Australia the champion of Covid management, or did we - despite the current furore - just get lucky with a low number of deaths from the not-so-killer virus?  Explaining Australia's performance is important for many reasons, not least because what has been achieved has come at a great cost.  And on close inspection, our performance is nothing about which to write home.

Thursday, 15 July 2021 01:07

What Gladys Is Really Up To

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Those who thought that the NSW Government's approach to Covid management was both liberal and proportional have been delivered a rude shock, with escalating Covid State totalitarianism that is only just beginning.  This article first appeared at Politicom.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 07:19

Lab Leak Blues

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After being cast as a conspiracy theory, the idea that the Covid virus originated in a Wuhan laboratory and leaked - or was leaked - into the Wuhan community has now gained currency and respect.  Even reputable scientists and others now hold that the leak theory is at least plausible.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 07:07

The Centre Right Will Not Hold

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WB Yeats famously opined, in the dark shadow of the Great War, that "the centre would not hold".  A much quoted line, often tinged with sadness and fear.  The sensible centre of politics might similarly wonder - whither liberal democracy in this land, as we are assailed by the forces of the dark side and there seems no leadership emerging to fight these forces?

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 06:58

John Anderson's Victory

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Whether the distinguished former Nationals' leader John Anderson would do more good for his country back in parliament or continuing his polished podcast interviews with global thought leaders is a moot point, now that his eternally disappointing party has rejected his Senate bid.  What looks like a bad outcome might not be.