1 July, 2020

The challenge we face

In 2018, the ABC and SBS were reviewed to determine whether or not they operated efficiently. Among other things, the reviewers wrote in the executive summary that: Both the ABC and SBS are focused on improving the efficiency of their operations in order to maximise resources devoted to the creation […]
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

Was the decision of governments in Australia to bring on a recession to fight COVID-19 the right one? How do governments trade-off the misery caused by COVID-19 and the misery cause by mass unemployment? Is spend, spend, spend the right response from government? As we bring the pandemic under control, […]
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 […]
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