The Aussie Pandemic Diaries


Date: October 6, 2021 Another week of cynicism, lies, prevarication and obfuscation. We should have a unique page in the thesaurus for the many ways we can label public discourse in Australian public life. Today Dan Tehan arrived in Paris. Yes, slow talking Dan, who is our Trade Minister. He is going to try and … Continue reading The Aussie Pandemic Diaries

Too little, too late, for everything


When a politician rises to the top of his profession we expect that he or she has always wanted the job, and that he or she has meticulously planned every step along the way. I would argue that Morrison is aware of his limitations, but he rose to the top despite not having a plan. … Continue reading Too little, too late, for everything

How can we trust Morrison’s word, or his motives, on anything?


Scott Morrison has now been Prime Minister for over three years. That means he has spent more time in the job than Turnbull, Whitlam, Rudd, or Abbott did. In those three years he has built a reputation as a man whose word cannot be trusted, and as a man who has given both his Ministers, … Continue reading How can we trust Morrison’s word, or his motives, on anything?

It’s the vaccine rollout, stupid


Bill Clinton certainly had a feel for what 'worked' in getting himself elected, and then re-elected. He knew that the electorate had one major concern, and all the other matters were just background noise. Cue Scott Morrison and his Government. The vaccine rollout, period. Fix that, and you are home. No more lockdowns, no more … Continue reading It’s the vaccine rollout, stupid

Catastrophes need drastic remedies and lots of cash


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 Catastrophes need drastic remedies and lots of cash

Morrison needs to finish one job at least


Scott Morrison has, in many ways, been 'saved' by the coronavirus. At the end of February and heading into March, his public standing was at rock-bottom. Scotty from Marketing was jeered at every time he went out in public, and journalists were daily questioning his honesty, and his competence. What went wrong for Morrison? He … Continue reading Morrison needs to finish one job at least

Sweden chose ‘herd immunity’ – Australia didn’t


Sweden chose the wrong strategy Considering how almost universally admired the Nordic countries are, Sweden has broken ranks with its neighbours, in the manner in which it has responded to the pandemic. The country has dealt with the Covid-19 virus very badly, and the proof that this is so, is its current death rate. It … Continue reading Sweden chose ‘herd immunity’ – Australia didn’t