Guest Notes

Neo-Marxist notes

17 February 2018 9:00 am

I can best explain my temporary absence from these pages by saying that I agreed to write a ‘short’ book…

Dietary notes

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Flopsy, mopsy, cottontail & peter Remember Beatrix Potter’s little rabbits that live in constant fear of Farmer Brown? Well they…

Arch-conservative notes

6 January 2018 9:00 am

A devoutly Catholic Polish couple I know who came to Australia thirty years ago to escape the extreme unpleasantness of…

New Year’s musings

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Love me do I think we all understand how ‘user pays’ works. Say you go to the local municipal swimming…

Seasonal notes

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Abbott and Trump are right   It is one year since Tony Abbott, recalling the role of the Australian Light…

Jolly notes

16 December 2017 9:00 am

La la land   ‘Tis the season to be jolly,  Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, Don we now our gay apparel … Oops,…

Australian notes

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Watching the feral soap-dodgers   Any other celebrity would be dozing in the VIP lounge, but I write from Sydney…

Teacher’s notes

9 December 2017 9:00 am

School makes you smarter In the most popular TED talk of all time, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case that…

Twilight notes

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Economic, political and diplomatic decline Australia under the Howard government was riding high, a nation almost uniquely debt-free, well governed,…

Dis-con notes

2 December 2017 9:00 am

No more shilly-shallying When Parliament sits on Monday, it will (I assume) be greeted by another Newspoll. The last one…

Rhetorical notes

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Some decades ago in Britain a better than average advertising copywriter came up with the following rather clever slogan: ‘Tern:…

Hawaiian notes

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Under Hawaiian eyes The Pearl Harbour memorial to the 1,177 American sailors and marines (1,102 still entombed) who lost their…

Citizenship notes

18 November 2017 9:00 am

It could have all been so much easier… Whatever the deal done by the Coalition and Labor, there always was…

New York notes

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Tantamount to a speechcrime New York is wonderfully offensive. Offensive to nature with its gravity-defying towers. Offensive to the tragic,…

Trump notes

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Trump’s America is doing better than it seems The other week I was trying to elicit some interest in politics…

Pilgrim’s notes

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Black paintings and missing uncle bill You know you live in relatively peaceful times when an insurrection leads to little…

SSM notes

4 November 2017 9:00 am

How would you react if you saw a somewhat naïve and impressionable friend about to step off the edge of…

Dis-con notes

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Toughen up, snowflakes Another parliamentary sitting week has passed, with nothing done to confront the fate that has been staring…

Kiwi notes

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Piggy’s prevaricating protégé Australians who like to poke fun at quaint, idiosyncratic New Zealand have, for once, got all the…

Trump notes

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Lefties on their knees Just when you thought political life in the United States simply could not become more polarised,…

Yes/No notes

7 October 2017 9:00 am

At least it shows we don’t need compulsory voting Australians are having their two bob’s worth on same-sex marriage.The first…

Identarian notes

30 September 2017 9:00 am

It is hard if not impossible to express my sympathy for Neil Brown adequately having taken full note of his…

Assassins notes

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Hashish, jihadists and the rule of fear There is a fifth column in our midst. People who have infiltrated our…

Kiwi notes

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Shadows on the cave wall Kiwis, punching above their weight on the world stage as per, have taken democracy to…

Arts notes

16 September 2017 9:00 am

I don’t know how many were present a week ago at The Speccie prolonged lunch but do know that I…