• I reject the premise
    Have you ever noticed that if a number of politicians don’t
    really want to answer a question, they ‘reject the premise’
    or reject the characterisation’ rather than answer it?
    Current Prime Minister Morrison is a past master of the ‘art’.
  • Frydenberg’ s folly
    What’s happened to Josh Frydenberg? As many have commented,
    Frydenberg’s vicious attack on Victoria’s Premier, Dan Andrews,
    came as a surprise. It’s intensity was extraordinary. Why?
    Only he would know. We can but surmise. What did you conclude?
  • Now the blame game
    Do you, like me, bristle as you hear the political class playing the blame game?
    Seldom have we been so inundated with such a plethora of reports, inquiries,
    Royal Commissions and sundry investigations into past blunders. The Ruby
    Princess episode springs to mind, but there are many others. They all have
    something in common. They address the same question: ‘What happened?’
  • Politicians with a death wish
    You have to wonder if some with a high profile in the ALP have a political
    death wish. Recently, the government’s performance was summed up by
    the Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck sitting at an enquiry into aged care,
    speechless for half a minute because he couldn’t answer a pretty obvious
    question on the number of deaths in aged care homes due to COVID 19.
  • Morrison is not a leader
    Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President of the USA in the aftermath of the
    ‘Great Depression’ that commenced with the stock market crashes of 1929. Rather
    than riding out the Depression, promising business as usual at some point in the
    future, Roosevelt instituted a series of economic programs across the USA that focused
    on ‘the 3Rs’, relief for unemployed, recovery of the economy and reform of the financial system.
  • 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 in the black in the next financial year’, it’s a dramatic turn around.

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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

Fuelled by a number of world leaders and media outlets that should know better, the pandemic has generated considerable commentary about buying locally rather than imported products. In some ways, it does make sense as there is considerably less chance of the product made from material that is gener...

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The Trump dilemma

Don’t get me wrong. Trump is not the dilemma to which I’m referring. His behaviour is no longer a quandary. With every word he utters, with every tweet, he confirms that his mental state continues to deteriorate to the point where commentator after commentator expresses astonishment and alarm at his...

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Information and critical thinking do matter

When Prime Minister Morrison was advised there was the risk of uncontrolled spread of a deadly pandemic on the horizon early this year, he was slightly wiser than at Christmas when he left a burning Australia in the ‘capable’ hands of Deputy Prime Minister and National Party Leader Michael McCormack...

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Morrison morphs into ‘Strict Father’ mode

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Double standards

There has been general praise for the Australian Governments (at all levels) and their management of the COVID19 pandemic. While the politicians signed off on the decisions, they listened to and generally acted on the advice of the state and federal Chief Medical Officers. In comparison to a lot of ...

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People trusted Holden

In the 1970s and 1980s the slogan was ‘People trust Holden’; and they did. General Motors Holden had spent a lot of time and money over many years marketing Holden vehicles as Australia’s own car and as a result Holden sales were going gangbusters. While a considerable amount of design, engineerin...

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Listen to the experts

Are you as impressed as I am with Australia’s response to COVID-19? It is regarded as perhaps the most competent reaction, amongst similar nations, of how to manage an outbreak of a vicious virus. Why is it so? In my view, this outcome has resulted because our decision makers at both federal a...

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Is China a bully?

Is China a bully? If you stopped the average person in the street and asked this question, the answer would probably be a resounding ‘YES’. Why? A bully is defined as: Someone who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those whom they perceive as vulnerable. So how could China be a bully...

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Give us a break

A week or so ago, we discussed the union bashing disguised as concern for ‘essential workers’ from LNP MPs Andrew Laming and Peter Dutton. Unfortunately, the pitiful behaviours exhibited by these two LNP politicians is not reserved to the outer suburbs of Brisbane. It is on the record that the Prem...

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People that live in glass houses

You may have seen Federal MP Andrew Laming’s comment in the media recently suggesting that parents send their children back to school, regardless of the recommendations of the various Education Departments around Australia. The ABC’s version of the story is here. "Essential workers are being seco...

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The Trump Dx – have we seen the clincher?

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Greed isn't good

It seems Australia’s success so far in reducing the impacts of COVID 19 has a lot to do with the co-ordinated efforts of the various state governments and the federal government. Comparisons to other countries with similar qualities of life demonstrate Australians are experiencing less Coronavirus r...

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Never let a chance go by

Have you ever noticed there are some ‘special people’ in our society that are always hustling to gain a sniff of an advantage? With the current restrictions on life as we (used to) know it accepted by the majority of Australians in an effort to prevent a far worse tragedy, our hustlers seem to be li...

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Will we go the way of the Athenians?

As COVID-19 spreads relentlessly throughout the world, bringing with it the most devastating death toll that anyone alive can remember, people the world over are asking: How will it all end? With confirmed cases worldwide numbering almost 2.5 million, and deaths over 170,000 and rising, with the ...

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A world we can't explain

Up until recently, the last worldwide pandemic was the Spanish Flu at the end of the First World War. According to the National Museum of Australia, 50 million people died across the world. Australia introduced a quarantine in October 1918 however around 40% of our population were struck down by the...

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Ideology no longer rules

As the superannuation advertising says — compare the pair. Alan Jones and former Liberal Treasurer Peter Costello discussed the Rudd/Swan economic stimulus during the 2009 ‘Global Economic Crisis’ ALAN JONES: Well then knowing that he has got a massive problem with debt and deficits, massive p...

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The chickens are coming home to roost

Apart from the creation of a futures market in toilet paper, pasta and rice, the Coronavirus may also have a few positive political effects here and overseas. Firstly, the messaging from the government regarding protection of you and those around you seems to be based on the recommendations from th...

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The great awakening

No sooner had I completed a piece titled: How would YOU revive the economy? than it became redundant. A quick glance through it will show why it dated so rapidly. Like me, do you ponder why it took the dramatic events of recent days, of which you are all well aware, to bring about what can ...

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