Progressives reluctant to recognise poverty progressAnis Rezae08 FEBRUARY 2019 | IDEAS@THECENTREIs the declining rate of global poverty simply a neoliberal lie, spread by the likes of Bill Gates?According to a British-based academic, the answer is yes — because the data on global poverty only ‘looks’ better because of communist China’s rapid development.This claim is blatantly wrong for … Continue reading Poverty Progress -How the Left Hate it.
Workers can unite but not with same urgency as in Marx’s timeGerard HendersonThe Australian, 28 October 2017New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern believes that capitalism has failed the nation. So does her deputy, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. A similar complaint is made in Britain by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who heads the opposition. … Continue reading Political Perspective
My open letter to Tony Burke (below) has made me think more about what I perceive as Australia's downward spiral as a consequence of being let down by politicians of all hues, particularly Greens. I mentioned policies relating to Energy,Water, and Internet (NBN). I now think we should add NDIS (Disability).Oh for some strong pro-active … Continue reading Government Failure
Tony,What a load of nonsense! The health of the basin did not collapse! The natural impact of the worst drought in recorded history was invalidly labeled as "mismanagement" and "over allocation". The flooding rains and big flows that followed the breaking of the drought took the basin back to robust health. Our ecology is geared … Continue reading Open Letter to Tony Burke, Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water
Lesson for Tony Abbott: think like an elite or quit public lifeBRENDAN O’NEILLTHE AUSTRALIANSEPTEMBER 19, 2015 12:00AMPrintSave for later122Whenever a party topples its leader, our first instinct is to go looking for the knife-wielders.Who plotted this? Who landed the first blow? Who played the Brutus role, siding with the ousters despite being mates with the doomed … Continue reading Brendan O’Neill Nail’s It
"The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled,public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance." - Cicero, 55 BCSo, evidently we've learned bugger all … Continue reading "When Will They Ever Learn"
We really can't afford another six months of the dysfunctional Gillard Government.Last week I sent the following email to Tony Windsor-without response. We need to apply some pressure."Dear Tony,Whilst you couldn't have been expected to have perfect foresight, the fact remains that you and Rob Oakeshott foisted this appalling Government on the Australian people.I appeal … Continue reading Dysfunctional Government
How's this for 'the voice of reason'-Short-sighted see hate at every turnGerard HendersonThe Sydney Morning Herald, 16 October 2012The whole story? ... Gillard presented herself as a political leaderwho is attacked because of her gender. Photo: Justin McManusAccording to the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, it is wrong to talk down the economy since Australia has one … Continue reading More Australian Politics
Food for thought from the ever thoughtful John Anderson-Crisis of political confidence: AndersonCOLIN BETTLES13 Oct, 2012 04:00 AMFORMER National Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, has lamented the diminished standards and lack of civility associated with public political discourse.Mr Anderson has been out of federal politics since his retirement in 2007, but the … Continue reading Australian Politics
John Clarke, Bryan Dawes skit[Scene: A car yard. BRYAN is perusing the stock. He is approached by JOHN] John: Morning! Looking for a new car? Bryan : Nope. New Prime Minister, actually. John: You're the third one this morning. Anything in mind? Bryan : You know...... nothing fancy, reliable, economical family model. Something to get … Continue reading Used Cars