Guest Notes

Right-of-return notes

8 September 2018 9:00 am

The Great Disrupter For decades the world has infantilised the Palestinians, calling them refugees when they are not refugees; justifying…

Writer’s notes

8 September 2018 9:00 am

On writing Every writer writes an ‘on writing’ piece. So here’s mine. Last week in Melbourne, I went to a…

Liberal notes

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Time of turmoil

Reef notes

25 August 2018 9:00 am

In for a penny, in for half a billion bucks Okay, here’s an observation that ought to disturb you. Former…

Art Notes

28 July 2018 9:00 am

There are too many artists, most of them crap

Dis-con notes

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Are they blind? It is seven months since my last Dis-Con Notes (‘No More Shilly-Shallying’, 2/12/17). Meanwhile the Liberal party…

Brutopian notes

30 June 2018 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to be present at the launch of Kevin Donnelly’s vitally necessary new…

Hungarian notes

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Merkel’s nemesis Before German Chancellor Angela Merkel picked a fight with her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán in 2015 by opening…

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…