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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

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

Did Sexism bring down Julia Gillard?

Did Sexism bring down Julia Gillard?

Jun 28, 2013 1 Comment ›› admin

DID SEXISM BRING DOWN JULIA GILLARD? Is Julia Gillard a victim of sexism? Was she singled out by the misogynists for special treatment? Is this the reason that she had such awful numbers in the opinion polls that her Party sacked her? Her feminist supporters have no doubt that the answer is overwhelmingly ‘yes’. I’m not so ...Continue Reading

Religious Censorship at ANU

Religious Censorship at ANU

Jun 6, 2013 2 Comments ›› admin

RELIGIOUS CENSORSHIP AT ANU The ANU should hang its head in shame. Students and staff have stood idly by while their own administrators have attacked their freedom of speech and expression. They, like the Chancelry, have buckled when threatened by religious bullies. And they have done so with barely a peep.           The facts of the case ...Continue Reading

Julia: A Fighting Chance?

Julia: A Fighting Chance?

May 22, 2013 14 Comments ›› admin

THE CASE FOR KEEPING JULIA Should she stay or should she go? Prime Minister Julia GillardIt seems I’m the only columnist left in Australia who thinks Julia Gillard and her excellent government have a reasonable chance of winning the September 14 election. Call me quixotic if you like, but I just can’t believe that my fellow ...Continue Reading