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No Aussie knighthood for Winston

31 January 2015

January marked fifty years since the passing of Winston Churchill. In commenting on the anniversary, Prime Minister Tony Abbott recalled what Sir Robert Menzies said at the funeral in 1965:… Read more

Don’t poke fun at the terrorists

31 January 2015

On Thursday July 3, 2014, the Jakarta Post, an English-language paper with a circulation of around 40,000, published a cartoon in its daily print edition. It was a few days… Read more

The viper lurking in our bosom

31 January 2015

During my recent visit to Australia, as I advocated for Project Rozana, the Israeli-Palestinian health mission, I also delivered lectures on Islamism. For many years I have held a publicly… Read more

Coolies sold down the river by the bamboo ceiling

31 January 2015

Believe it or not, the purpose of publishing the ‘Daily Life’ section of the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald is not to justify shutting down all university departments that… Read more

Censorship guide

31 January 2015

Here is a wee little guide for all of you people who work for the ABC, or Get-Up!, or the Australian Human Rights Commission, or who happen to be some… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

31 January 2015

The ghost of a long-dead Sydney stockbroking firm is hexing Queensland Liberal-National Premier Campbell Newman in the closing stages of his State election campaign. He and his deputy Jeff Seeney… Read more

Jarryd Hayne, meet Adam Smith

24 January 2015

Imagine that a Visiting Martian has just landed on earth. The first thing he or she does is to read Adam Smith’s magisterial The Wealth of Nations. Then our inter-planetary… Read more

Zut alors – who am I?

24 January 2015

So, I ordered my‘Je suis Charlie’ tee-shirt. Whether I agreed with the crassness and crudities of Charlie Hebdo or not, I needed to stand against the murderous fanaticism I had… Read more

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Could an ‘Aussie Hebdo’ survive?

24 January 2015

Imagine a government introducing legislation to declare unlawful anything done in public, including the media, which is offensive to Muslims, such as a cartoon in the Charlie Hebdo style. And… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

17 January 2015

The Australian National University’s ‘ethical’ dumping of $16 million in Australian resource stocks last October has progressed from ‘stupid’ (as described at the time by Prime Minister Tony Abbott) to… Read more

Demonstrators wave posters reading ‘Je suis Charlie (I am Charlie)’, during the Unity rally Marche Republicaine in Paris in tribute to the 17 victims of the Charlie Hebdo killing spreeby three Islamist terrorists.

Responding to murderous bullies

17 January 2015

The Paris terrorists who murdered in the name of their religion opted to attack people who draw cartoons. They didn’t blow up an army base. They didn’t kill a President… Read more

Charlie, the Prophet and the Pope

17 January 2015

Much has been made in the last few days about the supposed ‘equal opportunity satire’ of the left wing French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. While Charlie – as the paper has… Read more

Butcher’s knives, bombs and airplanes

17 January 2015

When two dozen militants from Lashkar-e-Taiba wrought havoc across Mumbai in 2008, it was the first example of a strategic evolution in transnational jihadism: the use of firearms, in lieu… Read more

Crowe’s water diviner is out of his depth

10 January 2015

To much fanfare, Russell Crowe’s first film as a director, The Water Diviner, was released on Boxing Day. It appears at a key moment – the focus of the film,… Read more

Daniel Ward, winner of the inaugural $5,000 Thawley Prize

The telegram that saved us from technocracy

10 January 2015

Just as the seasoned roué can but guess at the number of his bastard offspring, the Commonwealth government gropes vainly for a tally of public bodies it has spawned. According… Read more

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Lock up yer dole-bludgin’ daughters

10 January 2015

Just picture it. Joe Hockey is delivering his second Budget. Everyone is crying for his blood and if it goes badly, he’s out they whisper. And then he says it:… Read more

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A Muslim’s ambush: how I was stitched up by Australian breakfast TV

10 January 2015

On a recent trip to Australia I was booked by Ch7′s Weekend Sunrise to discuss Project Rozana, an Israeli-Palestinian initiative to train West Bank physicians (predominantly Palestinian Muslims)in Israel’s Hadassah hospital. As an… Read more

The sordid state of voting for the Senate

3 January 2015

Australia is one of the oldest continuing democracies in the world. As our constitution says, the politicians are ‘directly chosen by the people’. Not always. We now have senators who… Read more

The ABC deprives us of quality content

3 January 2015

Most Australians like at least one branch of the ABC: retirees can’t live without Radio National, the quasi-educated adore Dr Who, singlet-wearing-ecstasy-ingesters are well accommodated by Triple J, and once… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

3 January 2015

Wow! Not a pretty sight, these wounds Australia is beginning to suffer in the word’s current cut-throat competitive commodities killing campaign. Before long, corporate victims will join the ‘disappeared’ off… Read more

The Yanks are too childish to play rugby

3 January 2015

Does the name Nigel Melville ring a bell? If you like watching rugby and you’re over 40 it should, because Nigel Melville was once a bloody good scrum-half. He was… Read more

Wicked versus Stupid

13 December 2014

Why is it so hard for those with ‘lefty’ political sensibilities to be funny when they write about politics? And why do those with ‘righty’ political sensibilities so frequently surrender… Read more

The real War on Christmas

13 December 2014

One of the long, drawn-out religio-cultural battles in the United States is over Christmas. In fact, it’s a War on Christmas. Conservative and evangelical commentators claim the festival is facing… Read more

King hit by the moral crusaders

13 December 2014

At the Milton Hotel in Newtown in inner-Sydney, near the corner of King Street and Missenden Road, a young man, Daniel Ryan, consumed four beers on a Saturday afternoon. An… Read more

Abbott’s vow of silence

13 December 2014

Without even a John McTernan to guide them, the Liberal Party of Australia has generated a communications debacle which would have made the Scotsman proud. The media lock-down with which… Read more