Ever blameless, forever beset by sexism and now, courtesy of the TURC report, unlikely to stand in the dock, the Moaner from Altona chronicles her years in the Lodge, a book that - surprise! surprise! - has been swallowed in a gulp by Anne Summers. To read my article, "Julia Gillard's Tall Story", click link: http://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2014/12/julia-gillards-tall-story/
I wrote the following article about ISIS in Australia almost a month ago. It has just been published in the Winter 2014 edition of Salisbury Review. Tragically, today's jihadist attack in Martin Place, Sydney, makes it that more relevant. Click here to read the piece: http://www.salisburyreview.com/sydney.pdf
In his Herald Sun op-ed this morning, Andrew Bolt argues that Tony Abbott should be given a break by conservatives: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/hes-flawed-but-needs-a-break/story-fni0ffxg-1227155788437 Bolt makes a number of excellent points, including the fact that people who identify themselves as conservatives (or libertarians or libertarian-conservatives or right-wing or Centre-Right or whatever) are not tribal in the way leftists are. We think for ourselves and do not rely on an ideology to decode the world for us. It is right and proper that conservatives should critique Abbott. Nevertheless, there are what we might call "purists" who flay the Abbott government at every turn because it does not perfectly match their expectations.
Bolt gives the example of the Coalition handing over $200 million to the UN Green Climate Fund. Many of us do not believe that, after 18 years and three months of no rise in the global temperature, Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) can any longer be called, well, catastrophic. Bolt reminds us, nevertheless, that the ideologically-driven Labor government (2007-2013) spent $10 billion buying off the Greens. My own small contribution to the subject can be found here: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2014/11/tony-abbott-right-person-right-time/
Finally, it is a perfectly reasonable argument to make that one should not have to vote for Abbott only because the alternative is so bad. But the Abbott government - to take one area as an example - has not been merely less bad on the matter of irregular maritime arrivals but absolutely brilliant. The article at the following link goes, I think, some way to corroborating that: http://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2014/07-08/boat-people-brought-rudd-gillard/
There are those who argue that Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's Operation Sovereign Borders is the exception rather than the rule amongst the government's initiatives, and yet that would be unfair. The trade deals with South Korea, Japan and, yes, China are worthy of mention. And so is the re-alignment with India. Australia's foreign policy prowess under Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop is unprecedented. That most Sydney Morning Herald readers and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aficionados are unaware of this is hardly the fault of Abbott.
The real struggle ahead for the Coalition government, in my humble opinion, is a cultural one. Abbott's commitment to the importance of Villers-Bretonneux, not to mention the whole Team Australia concept and the National Curriculum, are important pointers to the future. The Long War (2001-) is a civilisation struggle that runs along the fault lines of the world and the fault lines in our own country. The Australian Greens' insistence that Islamic State psychotics are not terrorists and Labor's refusal to countenance Australian military assistance for the heroic women and men of Rojava (northern Syria) tells us much of what we need to know about modern-day leftism. The soft totalitarianism of the left is with us every day in every way, as this one example illustrates: http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2014/12/professor-stanley-liars/
Finally, the Abbott government's solidarity with the State of Israel in its struggle against Islamic apocalyptic millennialism contrasts starkly with the attitudes now ascendent in the Australian Labor Party, let alone the Australian Greens. Yes, the Abbott government might have sold the May 2014 Budget better, but some proportion, please.
Here is an assessment of the Syrian Civil War made by Dr Christof Lehman, a consultant on conflict resolution, back in August 8, 2013. I am not one for ad hominem attacks and so, in a personal sense, I wish Christof the very best. Nevertheless, it is worth reading his 2013 missive if only to marvel at how this fellow could get absolutely everything wrong. It is like a miracle in reverse: http://nsnbc.me/2013/08/08/euus-al-qaeda-massacres-on-kurds-for-oil-and-secession/
I do not believe in Santa but this photoshopped image is real
Just quietly, if I were of a Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) bent and read what was at the other end of the following link I might very well lose my anti-bourgeois bohemian 'religion' and even have a nervous breakdown. So, if you believe in CAGW, and a latter-day faith in CAGW props up your worldview, please do not click on this link. Again, I warn you, comrade, do not click on the following link. The truth can be a terrible thing: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/12/03/onward-marches-the-great-pause/
Here is a fascinating insight into the mentality of the leaders of the Anbar tribes who are currently losing out against the millenialist psychotics known as the Islamic State (IS). Eventually they will be a part of a complicated alliance that destroys the IS, the ultimate result being an Iraqi state but not a unitary Iraqi state: http://www.aawsat.net/2014/12/article55339148
As I wrote in the July 2014 edition of Quadrant: "There are, to repeat, only two moral options available on the subject of the people-smuggling industry and the deaths of innocent people on the high seas. You can be an anti-bourgeois bohemian internationalist and demand our border control regime be minimized to such an extent that there no longer remains grounds for the middleman, the people-smuggler, to ply his trade. Conversely, you can adopt a comprehensive border protection program: offshore processing facilities; towing-back procedures; a degree of secrecy to foil the calculations of people-smugglers; and, not least, a strong determination to carry out the policy." The ALP, tragically, chose a third way and much suffering ensued. See the whole article:
The December 2014 issue of Quadrant is almost upon us and maybe I am providing some kind of exclusive (or indiscretion) with the above visual. For this edition I wrote an appraisal of Julia Gillard's political memoir My Story. Usually I never know in advance the title the editors have chosen to bestow - it is always better than my own descriptive heading. Keith and George, in this case, have gone for "Julia Gillard's Tall Story".