What is a welfare state, and does Australia need, or want, one?


Welfare state, a concept of government in which the state ... plays a key role in the protection and promotion of the economic and social well-being of citizens. It is based on the principles of equality of opportunity, equitable distribution of wealth, and public responsibility for those unable to avail themselves of the minimal provisions … Continue reading What is a welfare state, and does Australia need, or want, one?

Big disasters need big government


Australia has been through four natural disasters this year; the drought, the bushfires, the pandemic and the global climate catastrophe . Each of them has provided us with varying degrees of physical exposure, but if you were not directly and personally exposed to any of them, your mental health was probably affected. Big government is … Continue reading Big disasters need big government

Second outbreak of Covid-19


It is clear that, after our initial success in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, Australians are disappointed and even angry that we have been thrown back into lockdown. Rates of infection have, relatively speaking, shot up. The entire Melbourne Metro area has been locked down, residents of high rise towers have been placed under virtual … Continue reading Second outbreak of Covid-19

Is our alliance with America worth it?


Almost eighty years ago Prime Minister John Curtin prepared a New Year’s Eve message for the Australian people. It was written three weeks after the war with Japan had begun. It was published in the Melbourne Herald on 27 December, 1941:  ‘Without any inhibitions of any kind, I make it quite clear that Australia looks … Continue reading Is our alliance with America worth it?

Morrison throws to vaudeville


Fresh from his redemption after The Great Bush-fire Debacle, Scott Morrison is reverting to type. In a farcical press conference he stated that Australia's institutions and businesses were being targeted by a sophisticated state-based cyber actor. In an unexpected outbreak of coyness he was unable to name the state-based actor. We were left to ponder … Continue reading Morrison throws to vaudeville

2020 Honours List a sick joke


There are some moments in a country's history when the bullshit becomes too much to bear. This year's Queen's Birthday (2020) Honours List is one such moment, where the entire apparatus of Government, with its 'jobs for the boys', non-stop rorts, lies and evasions, its insider jokes and its lack of shame tips us over … Continue reading 2020 Honours List a sick joke

Arise Sir Tony!


At the risk of beating the same old drum, this current Government seems to be heading steadily down the ethical and moral drain, ever since the unexpected election win. So much of the country's malaise, however, can be traced back to the ascension of one Tony Abbott, firstly as Opposition Leader, and then, unbelievably, as … Continue reading Arise Sir Tony!

Our George Floyd Moment


In 2015 David Dungay Jnr died at Long Bay jail. He was 26 years old, he was indigenous, and he suffered from significant health issues. These included childhood-onset Type 1 Diabetes. His death happened as a consequence of his being moved from one cell to another. He was being moved because Mr Dungay's blood sugar … Continue reading Our George Floyd Moment