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Australia’s place in Asia

Australia’s place in Asia

Dec 3, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

INDONESIAN SPYING The Indonesian spying controversy threw into stark relief Australia’s problem of finding a comfortable and productive place among its regional neighbours in this so-called Asian Century. Indeed, you have to wonder whether it is possible while an Anglophile like Tony Abbott is running the Government,           When he took his Prime Ministerial oath of office, ...Continue Reading

Sophistry and Spin

Sophistry and Spin

Nov 9, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

Canberra’s Labor supporters could not help but be dismayed by the performance of their Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh in a recent interview with ABC radio’s Adam Shirley. It was an exercise in sophistry worthy of its own episode of Yes Minister…except, of course that Mr Leigh is not a minister and will not become ...Continue Reading

Climate Change Armada Heading Our way

Climate Change Armada Heading Our way

Oct 23, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

CLIMATE CHANGE ARMADA HEADING OUR WAY Canowindra has to be the most interesting and delightful country town in Canberra’s hinterland. A visit there last week to give a talk at the town’s exciting bushranger festival revealed the countryside in all its glory…full dams, green pasture, golden crops of canola and stock in peak condition. But there’s the ...Continue Reading

Rudd’s a Goner

Rudd’s a Goner

Aug 13, 2013 2 Comments ›› admin

RUDD'S A GONER I HAVE learned the hard way never to underestimate Kevin Rudd. During his exile in the political wilderness, there were times when I rated his chances of a return to The Lodge as somewhere between zero and Buckley’s. So much for my fabled political antennae. Indeed, there was a time when regular readers might recall I ...Continue Reading

Dark Paradise – Norfolk Island – Isolation, Savagery, Mystery and Murder

Dark Paradise – Norfolk Island – Isolation, Savagery, Mystery and Murder

Jul 15, 2013 13 Comments ›› admin

DARK PARADISE  Norfolk Island  Isolation, Savagery, Mystery and Murder Read an excerpt here  Listen to a recent radio interview Robert gave about the book to PM's Mark Colvin From convicts to mutineers to modern scandals, Robert Macklin taps the history of Norfolk Island. Robert Macklin has successfully woven together the stories of the early settlement of New South Wales, the ...Continue Reading