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Author Archives: John Menadue
What can Australia do to restore and preserve our sphere of influence in the South Pacific, and deny it to China?
Trumpian populism is destroying 70 years of global economic co-operation. What can we put in its place?
Our neighbours’ commitment to values and interests shared with Australia might prove feeble in the face of Chinese persuasion.
FINTAN O’TOOLE. Brexit Britain is wallowing in dangerous talk of national humiliation (The Guardian 15.6.2019)
The UK can only feel humiliated by the EU if it expects to be superior. This poisonous idea should be banished.
Some years ago, in his usually provocative way, Kishore Mahbubhani published a polemic, Can Asians Think? It was his push back against the uni-polar moment and the perceived arrogance of the Washington Consensus. Asia was capable of working out its … Continue reading
TOM ENGLELHARDT. We’re Not the Good Guys Why Is American Aggression Missing in Action? (TomDispatch.com 2.7.2019)
Headlined “U.S. Seeks Other Ways to Stop Iran Shy of War,” the article was tucked away on page A9 of a recent New York Times. Still, it caught my attention. Here’s the first paragraph: “American intelligence and military officers are working on additional … Continue reading
Here’s a word of advice to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Unless he wants to risk a smudge on his reputation of the sort that accompanies John Howard to this day: don’t get involved in conflict with Iran beyond limited naval … Continue reading
Last week Scott Morrison spelled out what he called his economic policy. But, as usual, it was little more than a series of motherhood slogans about the need for more productivity, less regulation, and a spot of union bashing for … Continue reading
Australia yet again at the bottom of the democracies for standards of public conduct, and the will to enforce them.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the graveyard, the exhumations have resumed.
Thanks to the many subscribers who have offered financial support to P & I in the future. I need to secure financial underwriting and arrange ‘back office’ support before we embark on fundraising. Thanks for your early response to this … Continue reading
ANDREW PODGER. More Carefully Designed, a Stage Three Tax Measure Could Be a Responsible and Genuine Reform
At the time of last year’s budget, I wrote a  revealing how neither the Government’s nor the Labor Party’s then proposed tax changes would simplify the personal income tax system or offer genuine long-term reform. This was largely because … Continue reading
Scott Morrison should spell out Australia’s opposition to Washington’s futile attempts to contain China.
It took just a month after the election for the miraculous Morrison mob to dial back up to peak crazy.
MAX HASTINGS. Boris Johnson: brilliant, warm, funny – and totally unfit to be PM (Daily Mail 11.10.2012)
For 20 years I have known London’s mayor as a god-medal egomaniac. If he gets into No. 10, I’m on the first plane out.
Christianity is an indispensable cog in the idea of “Western civilization” along with other core values of “the West” supposedly based on the moral and ethical foundations of Christianity. Perhaps no one can imagine “Western civilization” secluding Christianity as depicted … Continue reading
It is time for Australia to accept the reality of the rise of China and a resurgence of Russia.
About sixty years ago, as an undergraduate of Sydney University, I met a flat earther on the campus.
By attempting to “get tough” with China, US President Donald Trump’s administration is highlighting the extent to which America’s star has fallen this century. If the US ever wants to reclaim the standing it once had in the world, it … Continue reading
The crackpot president of the United States of America has so snarled up the gangplank to truth these past 29 months that no matter how much “evidence” he and his crew produce to prove that the Iranians have been trying to … Continue reading
Transport should not be a hostage to politics and ideology, but in Australia it has been since before the rival colonies of NSW and Victoria decided to have different railway gauges in the 19 th century and it is likely … Continue reading
For those who care more about good policy than party politics, there are unpleasant conclusions to be drawn from the federal election. The obvious one is that it was a case of policy overreach leading to failure.
JOHN HUDSON. Pompeo pledges not to wait for Britain’s elections to ‘push back’ against Corbyn and anti-Semitism (Washington Post 8.6.2019)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighed in on British politics during a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders, saying he would not wait for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to become prime minister of Britain to “push back” against him or … Continue reading
Back in the 1980s, Japan was portrayed as the greatest economic threat to the United States, and allegations of intellectual property theft were only part of Americans’ vilification. Thirty years later, Americans have made China the villain, when, just like … Continue reading
If Rugby Australia had existed in the first century of the Christian era, and Paul had had enough talent to be a contracted player, the sport’s national governing body presumably would have ripped up his contract once his first letter … Continue reading
Our Prime Minister assures us that the AFP raids of last week had absolutely nothing to do with him. Well, of course not – he and his government are never responsible for anything.
The Israel Folau saga is finally moving to the tribunals – first to the Fair Work Commission, and if that does not produce a result, on the Federal Court and perhaps beyond.
Shame and the fear of accountability for what has been done by our “security” authorities, not the law-breaking of leakers, is what this is all about.
RICHARD FLANAGAN. The AFP media raids aim to suppress the truth. Without it we head into the darkness of oppression. (The Guardian 6.6.2019)
In March of this year police union leaders warned that the Australian federal police was losing “its independence and integrity and must be separated from Peter Dutton’s home affairs portfolio”.
When people describe their part in events of our own life time, they often awaken in us recognition mixed with self-reproach. We recognise how greatly our attitudes have changed, but also that our images of significant people and movements are … Continue reading