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

Christian Porter’s inevitable fall


Christian Porter is something of a cliché. Brilliant, charming, gifted, but apparently a tortured soul. Searching for what? Authenticity, or respite from all the privilege and expectations, piled onto his young shoulders? Could he be the lonely high achiever, doomed to be separated from his fellows by his towering intellect, and his looming date with … Continue reading Christian Porter’s inevitable fall

JobKeeper was just another rort (but big!)


When this Government decides on a program which distributes taxpayers' money, it seems that they never start with a blank sheet of paper. The spreadsheets might be pre-populated with Coalition seats, as in the case of the "sports rorts affair", although some of the cash went to vulnerable seats, which might, under favourable conditions, swing … Continue reading JobKeeper was just another rort (but big!)

Morrison has made a Faustian deal with the cabinet


Australians have never seen the like of this Government before, precisely because of the unlucky convergence of two unique circumstances. The first is Scott Morrison's relentless ambition, and the second is the sycophantic, supine nature of his governmental colleagues. Scott Morrison has become a scourge on this democracy. His anti-social and ideologically driven policies have … Continue reading Morrison has made a Faustian deal with the cabinet

Team Australia-some key players


2020 has been a tough year. Let us take a look at the list, where they are at, what they have produced in 2020, and what we can expect in season 2021. I want to take a look at the players first, and leave the evaluation of the coach to last. Obviously he has a … Continue reading Team Australia-some key players

Morrison’s economic plans reflect his lack of life experience


While he plans to line the pockets of his mates and the wealthy with ridiculous tax-cuts, we have all read the reports that, with the cuts to Jobseeker and Jobkeeper, Morrison and his sorry acolyte Frydenburg, will be throwing millions of Australians into poverty, and even hunger. Poverty seems more palatable, pardon the pun, but … Continue reading Morrison’s economic plans reflect his lack of life experience

2 neo-lib clowns


Josh Frydenburg showed his true colours during the second wave of coronavirus. He ripped into the Victorian Premier almost daily, and blamed him personally. Obviously if Daniel Andrews is in charge, and the outbreak occurred on his watch, then at some point in time, he will be held to account. The major problem is that … Continue reading 2 neo-lib clowns

Privatisation – who is it good for?


Privatisation is one of those terms which politicians avoid using. That is because the public does not like the idea, or its outcomes. It can be used in a number of ways, but most of us regard it as meaning “selling off a publicly owned asset, usually to the detriment of good government”. In other words, … Continue reading Privatisation – who is it good for?