Now the alarm bells ring in parliament
by Jack Cade
You have to wonder what goes on inside the heads of our politicians and security agencies. I listen to government talking heads and alleged ‘experts’ and realise that just like their counterparts in the UK, Canada and the US they are not absorbing the lessons and don’t really have an effective appreciation of Islamic terrorism in this country. [Read more & Comments]
“Good at decapitation, are you sir?”
Terrorism 101: let them leave but never return
When first mooted by the government to detect and halt would be terrorists at their point of departure to fight in foreign wars was always doomed to failure. Much was written in these pages and the many comments at large indicated popular opinion thought letting such vermin leave Australia but preventing their return would be the better option. [Read more & Comments]
Testing UN relevance
The United Nations Human Rights Committee is putting pressure on China to ensure the people of Hong Kong are given the right to elect their own leader without Beijing’s interference.
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Prime Minister Abbott says!
Today, I announced that next week’s Red Tape Repeal Day will remove almost 1,000 unnecessary pieces of legislation and regulation.
Since the election, this government has reduced annual red tape costs by over $2 billion – this doubles our original commitment to cut red tape by $1 billion a year. [Read more & Comments]
When journos had common sense…
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Paedophilia is a right?
Is the Next Big Thing recognising paedophilia as a ‘genetic disability’?
It could well be because lawyers are toying with a field of enquiry called “legal limitations on intimate decisions”. This effectively means constructing arguments for legalising almost any kind of sexual activity, especially paedophilia.
Pointing the way to this happy paedophilia future is Margo Kaplan, an assistant professor of law.
It is a crowded field, that of ‘sexperts’, so why single out Ms Kaplan for attention? [Read more & Comments]
Gough – as I saw him
No doubt for the next week or two we’ll be saturation bombed with reflections, recollections, memories, anecdotes and all the rest of it about Australia’s 21st Prime Minister, Edward Gough Whitlam, and the tragi-comedy of his Government between 2nd December 1972 and 11th November 1975. Gough was Prime Minister for 1074 days, give or take a few hours, and the gong is still vibrating.
There’ll be all the re-analysis of his recognition of China, Soviet incorporation of the Baltic States, Indonesia’s invasion of East Timor, ending conscription and all the “big picture stuff” like Medibank and Murphy’s Law and, of course, “Blue Poles” which really was a big picture that’s still hanging in the National Gallery.
But I’d like to reflect on what Whitlam’s government meant for me personally.
I came from a working class family descended on my father’s side from convicts who arrived on the Second Fleet in 1789 and free settlers from Cornwall who arrived in 1848 as “bounty immigrants”. [Read more & Comments]
Clever penmanship wins a laugh
Columnist Andrew Bolt published an excerpt from the Australian Financial Review penned by the humorous Rowan Dean. Clever indeed!
Although rusted-on Labor stalwarts are ever ready to lampoon the coalition in the most cruel manner it runs that they can find nothing to laugh about in themselves. We’ve all met people like that, ready to dish it out but never to receive. It’s funny that no one really cares about that.
Now for a hearty laugh—start the day well! [Read more & Comments]