Guest Notes

Kiwi notes

6 October 2018 9:00 am

The adoration of Ms Ardern I am just back from a week in New Zealand where my family and I…

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…

Racism notes

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Taking offence means we all walk on eggshells Recently, a controversial cartoon was drawn of a tennis champion which many…

Conservative notes

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The Right is cleaving Take a look at right-of-centre political parties in the Anglosphere. In Canada things are bad, very…

Right-of-return notes

8 September 2018 9:00 am

The Great Disrupter For decades the world has infantilised the Palestinians, calling them refugees when they are not refugees; justifying…

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…

Writer’s notes

8 September 2018 9:00 am

On writing Every writer writes an ‘on writing’ piece. So here’s mine. Last week in Melbourne, I went to a…

Liberal notes

1 September 2018 9:00 am

At the very moment the federal Liberal party was having another debate over leadership I happened to be launching a…

Reef notes

25 August 2018 9:00 am

In for a penny, in for half a billion bucks Okay, here’s an observation that ought to disturb you. Former…

Art Notes

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Every now and again, a friend of mine holds a ‘what’s your unpopular opinion?’ discussion in a club we jointly…

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…

Hungarian notes

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Merkel’s nemesis Before German Chancellor Angela Merkel picked a fight with her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán in 2015 by opening…

Brutopian notes

30 June 2018 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to be present at the launch of Kevin Donnelly’s vitally necessary new…

Diversity notes

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Abstractionitis revisited In its recently published survey, Leading for Change: A Blueprint for Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Leadership Revisited, the…

Kiwi notes

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The Socialist Ardernative New Zealand politics has thrown up some wonderful invective over the years. A favourite of mine originated…

Cricket notes

31 March 2018 9:00 am

From little sins big sins grow The Australian cricket team are a bunch of cheats. There is no other way…

Home & away notes

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Over the space of a decade or so, a number of young Australians managed to bring themselves forcefully to international…

Cautionary notes

10 March 2018 9:00 am

It strikes me sometimes as a fortuitous coincidence that the word communism shares its start with the word compulsion because…

Western civ notes

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Ramsay Centre’s Name Earlier this year, Dr Bella d’Abrera admirably drew attention to the backlash against the Ramsay Centre for…

iPad notes

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Distractions I sat nervously in the waiting area, tensely anticipating a diagnosis. After five minutes that seemed like five years,…

Satirical notes

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Night of the Black Hands It was a dark mid-March weekend night in Adelaide. The fine citizens of South Australia’s…

High horse notes

3 March 2018 9:00 am

For me, at least, one of the less edifying sights of recent times was watching Australia’s Prime Minister and his…

Neo-Marxist notes

17 February 2018 9:00 am

I can best explain my temporary absence from these pages by saying that I agreed to write a ‘short’ book…

Dietary notes

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Flopsy, mopsy, cottontail & peter Remember Beatrix Potter’s little rabbits that live in constant fear of Farmer Brown? Well they…

New Year’s musings

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Love me do I think we all understand how ‘user pays’ works. Say you go to the local municipal swimming…