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Monday, 19 July 2021 00:25

Whacko Hazzard, No Moral Hazard

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We expects thugs like Daniel Andrews to behave like thugs.  What we do not expect is that members of a party and a government with "liberal" in their names will take to abusing citizens, locking people up for dissent and imposing house arrest on its people.

Sunday, 18 July 2021 09:08

Gladys and the Blue Gum

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The NSW Lockdown has personal impacts on families.

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.

The NSW Government is notionally liberal.  It doesn't even pretend to be conservative.  But on careful examination it is more than merely incompetent, factionalised and mushy-leftie.  We already know it to be all of these things.  The Government of the Unspellable Armenian is radical, and dangerous.

Undeterred by her eventually ill-fated attempts to crush George Pell, Louise Milligan set out to destroy Christian Porter.  On this occasion she had a different set of fembot collaborators who formed a self-styled "army" on behalf of a sadly deceased rape accuser.  An accuser who decided not to pursue her allegations against Porter, and whose family were strongly committed to putting the story to rest.

Louise Milligan, we know, is a slayer of Catholic Cardinals.  Or seeks to be.  She is also a conspiracy theorist.  An even-handed investigative journalist, she ain't.  The rabbit holes she chooses to go down are highly selective.

Sunday, 11 July 2021 02:20

Covid Capers Down Under

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Originally published in the UK's The Conservative Woman.  Explaining Australia's false claim to be a Covid policy superstar.

Monday, 05 July 2021 08:20

The Gutter Press

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Not all those Catholic priests accused of historical sexual misconduct have the good fortune to have their reputations restored through the Australian legal system, as Cardinal Pell, mercifully and eventually, did.  The case of Fr John Fleming has yet to be resolved in his favour, but the fight goes on.  As does the disgraceful abuse of this good and holy priest, by those who originally nailed him to his cross.

Tuesday, 01 June 2021 07:10

The Evil That Liberal "Moderates" Do

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Recent events in the Liberal Party in two states have only reinforced the once broad-church party's drift to the secular left, leaving the shrinking minority of cowed conservatives in the Party and Christians across the electorate wondering how and why this has occurred.  The Liberal Party's growing list of crimes against people of faith and against the churches is beginning to look like an agenda.  This article first appeared at politicom.com.au.

Tuesday, 01 June 2021 02:57

Vile Slurs

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Jacqui Lambie might or might not have called Alan Joyce a "p**f" outside the Qantas Chairman's Lounge.  Whatever she said, the incident has shone a light on the outworkings of the sexual revolution and on woke culture.

The "crucial" Upper Hunter by-election has come and gone.  There are myths, and there is the reality.  A Gladys miracle?  Not really.  There are deeper stories here.  A version of this article appeared at The Spectator Australia's Flat White.

The New South Wales Liberal-led Government recently turned ten.  Is there anything to celebrate in the Premier State?

Thursday, 13 May 2021 02:26

The Covid Pact

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Individual rights, traditionally conceived, exist prior to, and separate from, the State.  Not any more, in the age of Covid and lockdown, all that we previously accepted about government has been discarded.  And we did it.  It is a Faustian bargain.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021 01:01

Killing Amanda Stoker

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Amanda Stoker is a Queensland Senator of immense talent, traditional views and spine.  A rare combo in the Liberal Party these days.  Naturally she has been shafted, being consigned to a lowly position on the ticket for the next election.  The result says plenty about Australian politics.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 00:09

Zero Covid Man

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At last an Australian politician has come out and actually said what the whole anti-Covid push is about.  Pity that the policy objective is impossible to achieve, is built on lies and will destroy what little remains of our freedoms.

It is perhaps no coincidence that the conservatives in the Liberal Party are falling like nine pins.  What does this mean for the survival of conservative values in the Liberal Party?  A version of this article was published in The Spectator Australia.

The #MeToo movement has claimed some high profile scalps.  I believe you - always - they say.  Some of the accused are innocent, and the legal battles continue.  Law Professor Gabriel Moens has explored the implications.  Originally published at The Epoch Times.

Thursday, 29 April 2021 07:17

Unforgiven

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The late Frank Devine once said, during the debate over saying "sorry", that the Aborigines should just forgive us.  In the age of the politicisation of everything, of group rights, of cancel culture and of the rejection of Christian forgiveness in public life, Frank's implied hope is forlorn.  We are unforgiven, even when we have done nothing wrong, and they are a-coming for us.

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 01:53

Remembering Andrew Peacock

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Andrew Peacock has passed away, an event accompanied by glowing tributes (inevitably, "great Australian") from the political class, present and past.  How good was Peacock?  And what, if any, were his achievements?

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