• Now is not the right time . . .
    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was buried last week with all
    the pomp and ceremony the occasion deserved. Regardless
    of your views on the monarchy, for a person to perform the one
    role for 70 years without a break is an awe-inspiring effort.
  • Pick up the phone
    The Conversation, a news website operated and funded by a number
    of universities, has published a significant number of articles on Prime
    Minister Albanese’s Jobs and Skills Summit. Most of them, as has most
    of the reporting of the ‘summiteers’ work, have been broadly positive.
  • Promises, promises
    The problem with the proposed tax cuts, the Jobs Summit, the emissions reduction
    target or any other policy that Prime Minister Albanese took to the election is
    that it was a promise that was made in the run up to the election. Certainly, the
    world has changed since 2019 and if really expensive tax cuts that benefit the better
    off were ever a good idea, there is even less evidence to suggest they are now.
  • The downside of lower unemployment
    In the middle of the ‘should Morrison go’ or should he stay
    brouhaha a couple of weeks ago, there was some interesting
    news to think about — Australia’s unemployment rate is likely
    to be under 5% for some years to come.
  • They seem to have a plan
    At the beginning of August, Prime Minister Albanese’s ‘preferred prime minister’
    measure according to Newspoll was 61%. While pretty well every new political
    leader enjoys some fair winds and sunshine at the beginning of their term of office,
    Albanese is doing better than most. He seems to be confounding the experts that
    suggested the ‘honeymoon’ with the Australian public was over a month earlier.
  • The demise of misinformation
    Some probably have sympathy for the American ‘conservative warrior’
    Alex Jones who has recently lost a lawsuit instigated by the parents of one
    of the victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting. Jones has admitted he has
    been incorrectly claiming the shooting in 2012 as a hoax for years. Clearly,
    the Texas jury actually looked at the evidence when they found him guilty.

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Morrison is not a leader

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What was the alternative?

On Thursday 23 July, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced an ‘eye watering’ projected deficit of $1,844 Billion dollars in the 2020/21 financial year. For the Government that was announcing (with tortured grammar and celebratory coffee mugs less than 12 months ago) they were ‘already back ...

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Mutually assured destruction

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Is adversarial politics damaging our democracy?

It was twelve years ago, on July 10, 2008, before The Political Sword was inaugurated, that I wrote Is adversarial politics damaging our democracy?.  It was published on The Possum Box hosted by Possum Comitatus, who gave me my start at political blogging, for which I continue to be grateful. ...

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Nationalism really isn't easy

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The Trump dilemma

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Information and critical thinking do matter

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Morrison morphs into ‘Strict Father’ mode

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Double standards

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People trusted Holden

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Listen to the experts

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Is China a bully?

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Give us a break

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People that live in glass houses

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The Trump Dx – have we seen the clincher?

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Greed isn't good

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Never let a chance go by

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Will we go the way of the Athenians?

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A world we can't explain

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Ideology no longer rules

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