Guest Notes

Diversity notes

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Abstractionitis revisited In its recently published survey, Leading for Change: A Blueprint for Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Leadership Revisited, the…

Kiwi notes

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The Socialist Ardernative New Zealand politics has thrown up some wonderful invective over the years. A favourite of mine originated…

Cricket notes

31 March 2018 8:00 am

From little sins big sins grow The Australian cricket team are a bunch of cheats. There is no other way…

Home & away notes

31 March 2018 8:00 am

Over the space of a decade or so, a number of young Australians managed to bring themselves forcefully to international…

Cautionary notes

10 March 2018 9:00 am

It strikes me sometimes as a fortuitous coincidence that the word communism shares its start with the word compulsion because…

Western civ notes

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Ramsay Centre’s Name Earlier this year, Dr Bella d’Abrera admirably drew attention to the backlash against the Ramsay Centre for…

iPad notes

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Distractions I sat nervously in the waiting area, tensely anticipating a diagnosis. After five minutes that seemed like five years,…

Satirical notes

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Night of the Black Hands It was a dark mid-March weekend night in Adelaide. The fine citizens of South Australia’s…

High horse notes

3 March 2018 9:00 am

For me, at least, one of the less edifying sights of recent times was watching Australia’s Prime Minister and his…

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…