2 June, 2020

Yonder is the fourth estate

Edmund Burke was Anglo-Irish, a political theorist and statesman, and hugely influential as the founder of conservative political thought. To him is attributed an idea that implies that a free media is a prerequisite for good government: There are Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there […]
2 June, 2020

Talking about the future of the country

2 June, 2020


The rhetoric of an authoritarian state or leader always disappoints. When the authoritarian speaks they drain words of colour and life; the meaning, channelling Lewis Carroll, is pressed into service according to authoritarian need: ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just […]
2 June, 2020

Imagining the future

Of all the things we know to be true we know that we are going to die. What we do not know for certain is when. We also do not know precisely how human genius will counter the damage done by COVID-19—although that Australian governments, of all stripes, have been […]
5 May, 2020

Staff spotlight—Norman

Name: Norman Weir Age: 6 years old by human time or 42 years old by dog time. Job: Chief Working from Home Officer Favourite food: I love all foods! I have a diverse and mature palate. My absolute favourite food is cherry tomatoes straight from the vine. Hobbies: In my […]
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