John Stone

Dis-con notes

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Reshuffle revisited On 5 July we learned that the Minister for Finance, Senator Mathias Cormann, will leave parliament towards the…

Australian notes

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Chinese aggression and the New Cold War Over recent weeks commentators both in Australia and abroad have drawn attention to…

Dis-con notes

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Get a wriggle on, ScoMo Previous Dis-Con Notes (25/04/20 and 16/05/20) proposed eleven policy reforms for Prime Minister Morrison’s consideration.…

Dis-Con notes

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Well done, Angus Six weeks ago I advised the prime minister to undertake a ministerial reshuffle. Three weeks ago I…

Dis-con notes

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

Some policy reforms, Mr Morrison Three weeks ago I advised Scott Morrison to dump seven Liberal and LNP ‘Duds’ from…

Dis-con notes

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Time for a re-shuffle, Mr Morrison Since its re-election the Morrison government has been beset by one ‘crisis’, real or…

Dis-con notes

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Wrong way, go back My last Dis-Con Note (‘Watching and hoping, Mr Morrison’, 13/07/19) pointed out that, despite his ‘miracle’…

Dis-con notes

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Watching and hoping, Mr Morrison   With our post-election parliament finally operative, what can we now expect from the new…

Dis-con notes

11 May 2019 9:00 am

How to Vote, conservatively With only a week until the election, we Dis-Cons (disaffected conservatives) face a dilemma. A Labor…

Dis-con notes

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Next please, PM Last week’s editorial, ‘In praise of the PM’, rightly gave Prime Minister Scott Morrison ‘full marks ……

Dis-con notes

20 October 2018 9:00 am

The UN at work A recent Dis-Con Note, ‘ScoMo’s (recommended) manifesto’, mentioned two international meetings in December pursuing the United…

Dis-con notes

6 October 2018 9:00 am

ScoMo’s (recommended) manifesto Everyone seeking, like myself, to avoid a Labor government must wish Prime Minister Morrison well. However, in…

Dis-con notes

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Does Morrison cut the mustard? The first quality Napoleon Bonaparte sought in his generals was that they were lucky. Scott…

Dear Paul

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Three major articles by the Australian’s editor-at-large Paul Kelly, and Tony Abbott’s even more major Heritage Foundation speech in Washington,…

Dis-con notes

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Are they blind? It is seven months since my last Dis-Con Notes (‘No More Shilly-Shallying’, 2/12/17). Meanwhile the Liberal party…

Populate or perish: destroying the village to save it from perishing?

29 March 2018 3:05 pm

Greg Sheridan’s article “Great leaders knew immigration truth: populate or perish” from Saturday’s Weekend Australian assails “the decisive turn by…

Since when was common sense discrimination?

23 March 2018 7:33 am

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s remarks about white South African farmers, including possibly granting them special immigration consideration, evoked charges…

If you don’t fight, you lose

14 March 2018 12:23 pm

A concatenation of events can sometimes resolve a conundrum, and that happened when, on Sunday, I was watching Sky News’s…

Dis-con notes

2 December 2017 9:00 am

No more shilly-shallying When Parliament sits on Monday, it will (I assume) be greeted by another Newspoll. The last one…

Enough is enough: we are all Australians

31 October 2017 8:19 pm

After 50 years of unremitting failure in Aboriginal affairs, it’s time to say, “Enough is enough”! Our once boundless goodwill…

Dis-con notes

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Toughen up, snowflakes Another parliamentary sitting week has passed, with nothing done to confront the fate that has been staring…

The recognition racket

1 June 2017 7:13 am

Given the outcome of last week’s grand talk-fest at the lavish Sails in the Desert resort at Yulara, near Ayers…

Constitutional recognition? Tell ’em they’re dreamin’

19 October 2016 7:03 am

In Canberra today the Constitutional Education Foundation of Australia will hold a Forum on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal Australians…

Time to talk frankly on immigration

29 September 2016 1:46 pm

Last week The Australian editorialised on Australia’s immigration policies, noting that the Prime Minister’s “reception this week at an invitation-only UN summit on…

Malcolm Turnbull: supreme narcissist

28 July 2016 1:45 am

Over lunch with friends on June 30, we all guessed the election outcome. I thought the Coalition would lose 11…