The National Day of Mourning for those affected by the February 7 bushfires in Victoria has been crowned this morning by a moving heart-warming event at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. With Ian Henderson of ABC Melbourne TV as the dignified MC, the service proceeded faultlessly through music, song, speech, vision and touching gesture to a final poignant address by our PM, the singing of We Are Australian led by singer Bruce Woodley, and the song Touch led by Michael Paynter, which invited everyone to reach out to those in need. Everyone did.
The event was brilliantly organized and superbly choreographed, everyone who spoke did so from the heart; no one was forgotten. It was an event that any who witnessed it will never forget.
Politics were set aside; no doubt with the resumption of Federal Parliament tomorrow, hostilities will resume. Pity.
Charade: an absurd pretence intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance.
We, the people, are the victims of such deliberate pretence by the political class.
Do any of you need convincing of this cruel reality?
If you do, reflect for a moment on the proceedings of Donald Trump’s ...
As we emerge from four years of disastrous Trump politics, fervently hoping for a modicum of normality in US politics, we find ourselves confronted with a growing phenomenon: the desire of many to live in a bubble of their own choice.
We saw this coming as the likes of Fox News in the US fostered ...
Older folks will remember the musical Hair with its opening song Aquarius:
”This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, When the Moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars."
Devoid of poetic imagination, astro...
There is an old joke about the boy who lived in Inflatable World who, after going on a rampage with a pin, was lying deflated in a bed in the Inflatable Hospital. His school principal was sitting beside him and giving him a lecture on ethics and morals; ‘your rampage has caused a lot of damage, you’...
I might have titled this piece ‘Rage’, but not wishing its thrust to be confused with Rage, the all-night music video program broadcast on the ABC on Friday nights and Saturdays, I have stuck with the less emotive word ‘anger’. You all know what ‘anger’ means.
It is with some trepidation that I w...
You might remember 2020. It was the year that Australia’s state and territory leaders demonstrated who really ran the country. At various times during 2020 a number of states and territories restricted entry to and movement around their jurisdictions on the basis of minimising the transmission of th...
First, you may be interested to read what I wrote over ten years ago, in September 2008, in a piece titled Welcome to the Political Sword blog. The history of The Political Sword though goes back further.
It began when Possum Comitatus (aka Scott Steel) gave me my first opportunity to have a blog...
Another year is behind us. It’s been the most torrid since the end of WWII. I don’t need to elaborate. Yet it has not bowed us. The human organism has a vast capacity to adapt and accomodate. While some have complained, most have simply ‘sucked it up’. Can you remember when last we have had to endur...
When we entered 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was ‘livin’ the dream’. He had narrowly won the 2019 election and after a few months of pushing the tautological fiction that the Australian budget was already in surplus next year, he was kicking back in Hawaii with ‘Jen and the girls’ having a gr...
As we exit the year past, what do you consider to be the most significant event of 2020?
Among a plethora of extraordinary events, as a doctor, the occurrence of COVID-19 gets my vote. Why?
Look at the statistics:
At the time of publication, this is the stark situation worldwide:
The world is redolent with danger. Even small children know the dangers in their playground: he knows he can fall from the monkey bars; she knows she can be injured by the seesaw if it gyrates unexpectedly. Every bulletin of news reminds us of dangers: on the road, at the seaside, on the ocean, at t...
Given recent events in Australia, you could say the price of political ideology is $1.2Billion, as that is the settlement the Coalition government negotiated to make the ‘robodebt’ class action go away without a court case. Probably more telling is there appears to be nothing for the thousands that ...
Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.Bernard Baruch
Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
In politics stupidity is not a handicap.Joseph Goebbels
In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.Abraham Lincoln
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.Noam Chomsky
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.Karl Popper
Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.
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