When you start relying on leaders from 25 years ago, you are truly desperate.
Nothing says desperation more than calling on the Hon. Bob Hawke to do your selling and evoking the memory of a labour dispute from more than a century ago. Alas, this is what the modern Labor party has come to in order to try and win some bush seats at the next election.
The outstanding success of the South Australian government of giving their people the highest power prices in the world is going to be replicated around the country.
Even as the whole nation is looking on in amazement as Jay Weatherill continues to display his incompetence and make his government a global laughing stock, other state governments are looking at imitating his policies. This is a bit like watching your friend walk down an alley, getting mugged and saying, ‘this looks fine’ and wandering down after them.
Senator Cory Bernardi came to Queensland last week to hold a series of meetings and interviews. I attended the Brisbane meeting on the 18th which was attended by 450+ people. Bernardi’s speech outlined the themes common to his vision and discussed in his book, ‘The Conservative Revolution’. The fundamental beliefs would be naturally understood by most Australians as common sense and are the underlying principles of liberal western democracy; people’s personal faith, the importance of family, a government that lives within its means and free enterprise.
The speech was well received with notable applause when he spoke about the abundance of green, red and blue tape holding business back and unnecessary duplication through government levels.
The crowd was a diverse mix of ages with the many young people in attendance challenging the consistently pushed media line that Labor and The Greens own the minds of the young. Continue reading
If it feels like you’re doing the Time Warp again, it’s because you are.
Our nominally conservative parties have been stuck in the castle with Frank N. Furter and seduced until they know the steps to the song without fail. While in power and bringing down the budget ‘it’s just a jump to the left’ and as we’ve seen in the LNP Queensland Convention while you’re in opposition, ‘and then a step to the right’, as they touch on the hot button issues that they think will bring back the fast leaking conservative vote. Continue reading
The ancient Greeks often used the art form of storytelling, using fables or parables to get a point across. One of the most worthy of telling is the punishment meted out to King Sisyphus by Zeus for his hubris in thinking that he was cleverer than the gods. He is the famous character that was condemned to the Underworld for eternity and punished forevermore by rolling a boulder up a steep hill, only to have it roll down to the bottom every time his task was nearly complete. The futility of the work was the true nature of the punishment and not the physical demands. Most people can handle hard physical labour and derive satisfaction from the results but futility is an unbearable torture.
And it is that key word, ‘futility’; no end, no relief, no success, no meaning.
Senator Cory Bernardi has set about the task of uniting the conservatives of Australia into a single political force, an incredible important task. But has he taken upon himself the task of Sisyphus? Continue reading
Eleven years ago, the US media started to produce glowing, servile reports about the junior senator from Illinois named Barack Obama. I remember reading an article in Time Magazine that had a curious lack of curiosity about it. The Senator was shown in flattering photos with good lighting, his megawatt smile beaming with confidence. Everything about him was wonderful. All his words had the ring of hope and change and even creaky floorboards stopped creaking when he walked on them. Continue reading
On May 4 The Australian’s Paul Maley ran an exclusive story with the New South Wales Counter Terrorism Minister, David Elliot. The headline read:
‘Terror cops ‘need more of your info’.
According to the minister, ‘Police increasingly will need to rely on basic information about people’s daily personal transactions – such as car hires, knife purchases or hotel bookings – if they are to prevent terrorist attacks.’ Continue reading