Guest Notes

Rainy day notes

8 December 2018 9:00 am

As I write rain is absolutely bucketing down in the form of what is commonly known in the UK as…

Teaching notes

1 December 2018 9:00 am

TEACHER’S VOW TO TURN KIDS OFF LIBS: so read the lesser front-page headline of the Australian on November 21. From…

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 ……

Terrorism notes

24 November 2018 9:00 am

PM’s plain speaking about motivations and excuses The Commonwealth criminal code defines ‘terrorist act’ as one intended to coerce or…

Conservative notes

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Why don’t the Libs fight to win? Imagine that in getting your public affairs news you were restricted to the…

Remembrance notes

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Exactly a year ago I was on my way home starting the final stage of recovery from prolonged surgery.  Indeed…

Submarine notes

17 November 2018 9:00 am

A working sub fleet and crew tomorrow, for 1/2 the price Now we have a new PM, he should look…

Learning notes

3 November 2018 9:00 am

A week or so ago my wife thought she might be losing her mind when she heard the late Freddie…

Liberal notes

3 November 2018 9:00 am

The future in doubt No election result is a certainty in advance but all the evidence suggests that the federal…

Writer’s notes

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Travelling with The Gillian Like any writer waiting on the tarmac I was trying to think of ways to monetise…

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…

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…