The Dangerous Despotism of Scott Morrison MP

It has been another one of those weeks. A week where the Australian government surpasses itself in its three top capacities: deceit, cruelty and incompetence. I intended to document the depths of deceit, cruelty and incompetence of each minister in the Abbott Cabinet today, as per my post last week. The bit about how every … Continue reading The Dangerous Despotism of Scott Morrison MP

I will not be lectured on the Dutton diagnosis by this press gallery

The second most powerful man in Australia is hospitalised with Covid-19. In a crowded field, few men have done more to tear at the fabric of the Australian polity than Peter Dutton. In June 2018, Dutton claimed the cruel and compassion-free asylum seeker policy of his government – designed by Scott Morrison and Jim ‘butcher … Continue reading I will not be lectured on the Dutton diagnosis by this press gallery

Heroes of Green Wattle Creek (and the leaders who abandoned them)

As one of the longest and hottest days of the year dawned, Australians woke up to the news that two volunteer fire fighters, Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O’Dwyer, are dead. The photos, published by the NSW Rural Fire Service, of each man smiling proudly and holding his baby for the camera are gut wrenching. They … Continue reading Heroes of Green Wattle Creek (and the leaders who abandoned them)

Lies, damn lies and the flatlining economy

There are two main layers to the misinformation that dominates coverage of the economy during this election campaign. The first is the Coalition relying on major media to report its economic narrative for the entire ‘policy’ component of its re-election strategy. Everything else is meat pies and footy, horserace ephemera, church on Sunday, pub on … Continue reading Lies, damn lies and the flatlining economy

Australian Election 2019 Guide 1: Refuting the Rhetoric

Some time in the first half of 2019, the third conservative Australian prime minister in five years will be compelled to call an election, which his Coalition government will lose. That man is Scott Morrison, the dodgily-selected member for Cook, representing one of the whitest and most racist areas of Sydney. The career best of … Continue reading Australian Election 2019 Guide 1: Refuting the Rhetoric

Journosplaining and other profitable pursuits

This post is written on the assumption that the current Australian government is defunct. Every outward sign appears, on my reading, to be the tip an iceberg, moving rapidly across the rising electoral oceans, to sink the Liberal Party of Australia. Good. First, a caveat: I am ignoring the Nationals today because they are already … Continue reading Journosplaining and other profitable pursuits

An interpretation of the ideologies of the Liberal Party of Australia

Around the time former Attorney-General George Brandis was made High Commissioner in London, I read that the Liberal Party of Australia caucus is an estimated two-thirds conservative and one-third ‘classical’ liberal. The context was the creation of a Home Affairs ‘mega-ministry’, a kind of government-sponsored corporate raid. The new department subsumed some AGD responsibilities, and … Continue reading An interpretation of the ideologies of the Liberal Party of Australia