The National Security Editor at The Oz speaks out

There are times when I think the media are inhabited by clueless clowns and then there are times when I think things are even worse. This is written by the person The Australian has designated as its “National Security Editor”: Tony Abbott’s vacillations leave him at risk of permanent irrelevance. I realise the difficulties of a cabinet government, in which his cabinet contained Malcolm, Julie and Christopher, and the intractability of a hostile Senate, which made impossible passing some of the things the Libs wished to do, are beyond the comprehension of some people, but here we are.

Having presided over the most brutal emasculation of the Westminster system since Federation, Tony Abbott is now busy singing the praises of Western civilisation. . . .

It was Abbott, who along with other conservative MPs, foisted the same-sex marriage plebiscite on this country. Plebiscites are grimy, divisive affairs, beloved by tyrants as a means of mobilising one group in society against another. They are kryptonite to a Westminster democracy, which holds the parliament as the supreme source of moral authority. . . .

Wasn’t it Abbott who fought to the wire for the right of priests and celebrants to refuse to solemnise gay marriages? Indeed it was. But where was Abbott when Pauline Hanson walked into the Senate chamber in a full length burqa? . . .

As for free speech, the sine qua non of all democratic life, Abbott’s record is none too flash. He flirted with the idea of banning Hizb ut Tahrir, a militant Islamic group whose anti-Western bluster is offensive, but otherwise harmless. . . .

He has since called for the entire abolition of the Human Rights Commission, a consequence-free act of political posturing that does nothing to remove one of the country’s most illiberal laws, one his government left encoded in our statutes.

Etc, etc. I’ll pick a couple from the comments. If there was one that supported what he wrote I completely missed it.

An amazing blend of Abbott hatred, SSM enthusiasm and a wilful blindness to the dangers posed to western society by the likes of Hizb ut Tahrir. Gee I am glad you write about security and do not have the job of maintaining it.

I for one support Tony in this. Christianity is a core element of the Western tradition, not Islam. Islam is in fact against the Western tradition in many of its practices. How can the author be so selective in this aspect. It is an Abbott bashing exercise first and foremost and expects us to overlook the disingenuous and fallacious arguments that he cobbles together in a lame attempt to convince the reader that this is more than just a hate-filled diatribe against TA.

Buying the OZ is like voting for the Libs. You wouldn’t do it except that all of the others are worse. Not much worse as this shows, but still worse.

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64 Responses to The National Security Editor at The Oz speaks out

  1. stackja

    NSE that is not serious ever. Oz getting like Fairfax. Soon go out of business like Fairfax.

  2. candy

    It’s more that they love Malcolm Turnbull, an elite, cultured, urbane, wealthy progressive well dressed gentleman. He is the very model of a PM for the elite Oz. Each to their own.

  3. Myrddin Seren

    Wasn’t it Abbott who fought to the wire for the right of priests and celebrants to refuse to solemnise gay marriages? Indeed it was. But where was Abbott when Pauline Hanson walked into the Senate chamber in a full length burqa? . . .

    WTF is this ‘gotcha’ supposed to be ?

    Pauline Hanson wears a burqa to make a political point. Is this supposed to be some imposition on the practice of Islam ??

    Some members of the gallery seem to be losing their s**t.

  4. Empire

    Murdoch and his idiot children are a national security issue.

    Postal surveys? However ill advised, not so much.

    Print media and its digital progeny are dead. Nobody with a brain or a spine is interested in writing for them and increasingly, nobody wants to read them.

  5. C.L.

    Plebiscites are grimy, divisive affairs, beloved by tyrants as a means of mobilising one group in society against another.

    Any examples? I can’t think of any.

    They are kryptonite to a Westminster democracy, which holds the parliament as the supreme source of moral authority. . .

    Nope. Westminster democracy holds God as the supreme source of moral authority.

    Who is this historically illiterate imbecile?

  6. .

    …parliament as the supreme source of moral authority…

    I’m speechless.

  7. val majkus

    has Nikki Savva gone on holidays?

  8. Des Deskperson

    The “National Security Editor” is one Paul Maley. There isn’t much about him on line, although his twitter feed indicates a dyed in the wool ‘progressive’.

    https://twitter.com/paul_maley?lang=en&ref_src=twsrc%5Eappleosx%7Ctwcamp%5Esafari%7Ctwgr%5Esearch

    It’s a reasonable working assumption that people in the media, academia, the arts and entertainment with the same surnames are related, so one wonders if he is the son or other close relative of Professor William Maley

    http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/08/08/3563311.htm

    foreign policy expert, open borders advocate, Islamophile and all round ‘progressive’ privileged scion of Canberra’s diplomatic/political/academic elite hereditary caste. That connection alone would probably be enough to qualify Paul as a ‘National Security Editor ‘.

    Maybe he’s also related to Fairfax para-iantellectial Jacqueline Maley.

  9. sabena

    If you look at the list of the articles he has written-see here:
    https://muckrack.com/paul-maley/articles

    you’ll see that this appears to be his first effort-and a pretty poor effort it is.

  10. Ivan Denisovich

    Maybe he’s also related to Fairfax para-iantellectial Jacqueline Maley.

    Yes, she’s his sister. Their mother was a senior writer at SMH in the 70s.

  11. Once upon a time, people bought newspapers to read the “news”.
    A good newspaper journalist would record for posterity exactly what had happened that was “new”.
    On occasion, an editor might produce an EDITORIAL in which he might express he OPINION on the news of the day.
    But those times are gone.
    “Reporters” refuse to simply report the news. Journalism schools teach them how to lie, twist, obfuscate, conflate and spin a story until it is not recognisable to those who are intimately familiar with the facts.
    The piece in question is an example of this phenomenon.

  12. A Lurker

    …parliament as the supreme source of moral authority…

    I’m speechless.

    I’m not surprised that this is what the media/political class believe.
    They are a law unto themselves – holding themselves even above God’s law.

  13. The Australian once again shows that it’s not a paper worth buying once in a blue moon, let alone signing up for an annual subscription.

    I’m glad it’s behind a paywall, then I have no urge to read the crap that it publishes. I get my Leftist views from The Age and Their ABC (at least there’s no pretence as to who they support).

  14. Des Deskperson

    “Maybe he’s also related to Fairfax para-iantellectial Jacqueline Maley.

    Yes, she’s his sister. Their mother was a senior writer at SMH in the 70s.”

    They are a whole f***ing dynasty, they make the Saxe-Coburgs look like foundlings: From Crikey:

    Raymond Maley: The former chief political correspondent for the SMH and press secretary for Bob Menzies (died in the job) had a brother Barry (of CIS fame/notoriety) who married Yon Maley – daughter of Vincent Wright, who was chief state and federal political correspondent for The Mirror (Sydney) and first president of the press gallery. Yon Maley worked as a writer and editor for KG Murray magazines for several years (in particular House & Garden) before becoming an academic. Their son Mark Maley is executive producer of Insight, a former executive producer of the 7.30 Report and The Walsh Report and a former Four Corners producer. Mark married Karen Maley, a senior writer at the SMH and AFR before she moved into corporate advisory. Mark’s brother Nick Maley married Judy O’Connor, a senior writer at the SMH in the 70s. Their daughter, Jaqueline Maley is now a reporter for the SMH and their son Paul is a media analyst, writer and regular reviewer for The Australian. Raymond’s other brother Ken’s grandson a sports reporter/producer at Fox Sports.

    Talk about white privilege!! And I bet they are all staunch republicans who by definition should despise entitlement based on heredity.

    And given the cross contact with politics and prime ministers, I’d bet that Professor William Maley is also somehow related.

  15. MPH

    We are some way behind the USA but I certainly see parallels – over there, the more Trump does the right thing and things improve, the more the loony elites double down on their hysterical nonsense. Unfortunately no one in Australian politics (or any other Western parliament) has worked this out and given the media the stomping they deserve.

  16. The Deplorable Barking Toad

    “Alex Maley” – has Nikki transgendered?

    Thought I was browsing the SMH/Age/Canberra Times when I read that turgid piece.

  17. Roger

    …parliament as the supreme source of moral authority…

    Progressives used to advocate for liberty of conscience once.

    Now they want to impose the moral authority of parliaments upon us.

  18. .

    Well Lurker, like Rev. Lovejoy says “Once something has been approved by the government it’s no longer immoral.”

  19. mh

    The clearer it becomes to the nation that Malcolm Turnbull couldn’t lead anyone out of the mists of a Turkish bath, the more hysterical the Oz believes it has to become about Tony Abbott.

    The Editor of the Australian needs to swallow his pride and apologise for backing such a fuckwit as Turnbull.
    Then resign.

  20. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    …parliament as the supreme source of moral authority…

    Except when it outlaws ssm and closes our borders.

  21. sabena

    Des Deskperson:
    What you have written shows clearly their party inclination-the Greens.All white,often privately educated,university educated and not in any occupation that produces money but rather leeches it off others.

  22. Dr Fred Lenin

    Ther has never been a law made under our system that cannot be repealed if the majority wish to do so . A true Australian government would spend months repealing the communust shit inflicted on us by the useless career politicians and the owners of the political parties who bought them . There would be much to do to liberate Australians from the oppression of the fools who have been running the circus .

  23. Up The Workers!

    Is there any chance that we could find out the names of the other contenders that this egregious idiot ‘out-idioted’ for his job?

    Are people born THAT stupid, or do they have to study to become like that?

  24. Tintarella di Luna

    Des Deskperson
    #2560959, posted on November 21, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Greatly appreciated wonder if the former CEO of the Accountants Guild who was paid millions and left under a cloud part of the Maley dsyentry

  25. Tintarella di Luna

    ooop I meant dynasty

  26. Tintarella di Luna

    Is there any chance that we could find out the names of the other contenders that this egregious idiot ‘out-idioted’ for his job?

    Are people born THAT stupid, or do they have to study to become like that?

    My dear papa said that those who went to university came out more stupid, so I guess they study to become that stupid.

  27. Bruce

    @ Myrddin Seren:

    “Some members of the gallery seem to be losing their s**t.

    Quite a few appear to be so full of it, they could stand to lose some..

  28. Viva

    More vitriol following on from the abuse tipped on Abbott from a former so called “friend” Cate McGregor. His colleagues openly diss him and his family members show disrespect for his view on ss”m”. And that doesn’t even take into account the abuse copped as PM. How much can this guy put up with?

  29. Des Deskperson

    Speaking of privileged. ‘progressive’ dynasties , here’s Anna Broinowski:

    https://www.penguin.com.au/authors/anna-broinowski

    Fourth generation Canberra politico/bureaucratic elite, daughter of ‘progressive’ royalty Richard and Alison Broinowski and niece of Helen Caldecott, a connection that the Penguin blurb for Anna’s book on Helen.
    doesn’t somehow seem to mention.

  30. But where was Abbott when Pauline Hanson walked into the Senate chamber in a full length burqa?

    In the other chamber, you clueless twit.

  31. Tinta, I prefer your original word. It didn’t seem incorrect to me.
    dsyentry indeed.

  32. Robber Baron

    They fear an Abbott resurrection.

    Maol has made such a hash of the PMship that only Julie is the answer and any MP considering Abbott for a second go at PM, has just been given a reminder of the press coverage that will flood the daily newspapers. It can never be Abbott again!

  33. Barry 1963

    Steve, you end a question with a question mark.

  34. Wal of Ipswich

    Is it in the online version, didn’t see it in the physical paper.

    I have read the Oz man & boy for 50+ years & it is miles ahead of its competitors. Balanced, with a Tory tinge. But balance is a foreign concept to the fascists who comment here.

  35. I have read the Oz man & boy for 50+ years & it is miles ahead of its competitors. Balanced, with a Tory tinge. But balance is a foreign concept to the fascists who comment here.

    Could you please direct me to a version of the Oz that reflects Australian values from 50+ years ago.

    Fascists?

  36. But balance is a foreign concept to the fascists who comment here.

    I just wanted to add. So you consider anyone that thinks Turnbull, Bishop and Pyne are complete clusterfucks is a fascist? Where do I get that shit that you’re smoking/drinking/eating?

  37. NuThink

    here’s Anna Broinowski

    is that the same Anna Broinowski who traveled to North Korea with a bunch of actors and was mightily impressed with the North Koreans movie making.

    It’s more that they love Malcolm Turnbull, an elite, cultured, urbane, wealthy progressive well dressed gentleman.

    Candy, do you actually know what those words I’ve marked actually mean?

  38. miltonf

    Why pay good money to be lectured and insulted?

  39. Wal of Ipswich

    Bemused asks a lot from my short comment. First, if you want to assess balance & values over 50+ years read the 16000+ editions printed so far, like I have. Second, I made no allusion of the fuckwittery of Malcolm’s closest advisers. A totally different matter. Third, since you ask I’m drinking XXXX Bitter. Try it some time, it may make your comments coherent.

  40. Boambee John

    Roger
    #2560968, posted on November 21, 2017 at 3:25 pm
    …parliament as the supreme source of moral authority…

    Progressives used to advocate for liberty of conscience once.

    They were hot for the right of conscientious objection to serving in Vietnam.

  41. A Lurker

    I have read the Oz man & boy for 50+ years & it is miles ahead of its competitors. Balanced, with a Tory tinge. But balance is a foreign concept to the fascists who comment here.

    Tory?
    Trouble at pit eh comrade?

    Fascists?
    Why is it that Leftists always project.

    Balance?
    Oh that balance that lies somewhere between the Greens and the Labor-Left.

  42. Tim Neilson

    I have read the Oz man & boy for 50+ years & it is miles ahead of its competitors. Balanced, with a Tory tinge. But balance is a foreign concept to the fascists who comment here.

    The use of the word “Tory” is the dead giveaway here.

    Moby!

  43. Tom

    The National Security Editor at The Oz speaks out

    That would be one of the mad, Marxist snakes of the Maley family that Desky profiles above at 3.13pm. They’re like the mad Baird Marxists that infect Their ABC, ShakeMyHamas and NSW Lieboral politics.

    None of them would know the public interest if it jumped up and bit them on the balls. They’re revolutionary social wreckers dedicated to destroying capitalism and the wealth that gave them their bourgeouis lifestyle.

  44. .

    “We have your children….”

    Sixty years later, that is enough to indoctrinate three generations of graduates with absurd Marxism.

  45. Bemused asks a lot from my short comment.

    Your comment said a lot about you.

    First, if you want to assess balance & values over 50+ years read the 16000+ editions printed so far, like I have. Second, I made no allusion of the fuckwittery of Malcolm’s closest advisers. A totally different matter.

    It’s not really a different matter. The Oz has debased itself, like the Liberal Party, abandoning its historical base and is now pandering to the Left.

    Third, since you ask I’m drinking XXXX Bitter. Try it some time, it may make your comments coherent.

    That explains a lot. Try drinking real beer.

  46. Wal of Ipswich

    I am apparently a leftist because I use the word Tory. I use it as a compliment & identify as such. I do not like group think pile on as often happens on this blog, and describe it as fascist. Maybe too strong? But I don’t like describing strangers as stupid, even if they are.

    And my choice of beer is criticised. It was $39 bucks a case at Dan Murphy’s last week. Pensioners cannot be choosers.

  47. Wal of Ipswich
    #2561250, posted on November 21, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    If you can’t control your tongue, don’t complain if your teeth get knocked out.

  48. Wal of Ipswich

    Sigh. Another TOKYO (Tough On Keyboard, Yellow Otherwise).

  49. Wal of Ipswich
    #2561277, posted on November 21, 2017 at 7:49 pm
    Sigh. Another TOKYO (Tough On Keyboard, Yellow Otherwise).

    Really? Guess who hides behind a keyboard and who doesn’t?

  50. BorisG

    I’d say I usually disagree with Steve Kates on almost everything, but this one is an exception. And Mr. Ipswich, rather than commenting on 50 years of Oz, can you express an opinion on the quoted article specifically.

    If you have trouble accessing it, just paste ‘Tony Abbott’s vacillations leave him at risk of permanent irrelevance.’ into Google. No subscription needed.

  51. egg_

    Is this article from the Oz from the parallel Clown Universe?

  52. BorisG

    And to make it clear, I agree 100% with Steve’s post. Abbott was far from ideal PM, but is mostly doing the right things now, and is certainly not irrelevant.

  53. Wal of Ipswich
    #2561277, posted on November 21, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Sigh. Another TOKYO (Tough On Keyboard, Yellow Otherwise).

    Hi Alan

  54. Rabz

    Grate. Wal of Ipswich is Bob from Toowoomba.

    He’ll deny it, of course.

  55. Charlie

    Buying the OZ is like voting for the Libs

    There is absolutely no reason to buy dead tree news, or even pay a dime for any sort of news, in this day and age. Stop supporting this treasonous bullshit with your hard earned money

  56. Marcus Classis

    The man is not only an imbecile, he’s incapable of logical thought and has just proven himself to be semi-literate.

  57. Up The Workers!

    Poor Jerry Hall.

    With every passing day she feels old age creeping up on her.

    She seems fatally attracted to “strolling bones”. At least 74-year-old Mick still has many of his own marbles all roughly in the same place, whereas poor old 86-year-old Rupert is getting more and more like Commissar Mal Fraser did in his dotage.

    The way Rupert is going, he could end up as Kim Jong Un’s successor – he moves in ever-decreasing left-hand circles.

  58. Jo Smyth

    The Australian practically every day, has an article which is largely anti Abbott and articles which are sneakily in support of Turnbull. Without fail Tony Abbott gets hundreds of comments, largely in support and Turnbull gets comments largely stating how useless he is and why is he still there. If the Australian newspaper hasn’t worked out by now where their loyalty should lie in relation to their readers, then no wonder people are cancelling their subscriptions.

  59. OldOzzie

    Don’t know Graham Richardson sums up Turnbull succinctly in The Australian

    Malcolm Turnbull is a fearful PM, distrusted and detested

    If there was a sliver of respectability left with the Prime Minister and his government, it was well and truly smashed and trashed on Monday. The announcement that the first week of parliamentary sitting would be cancelled demonstrated why there is a pall of crisis clouding the government and why Malcolm Turnbull has been on the wrong end of 23 Newspolls in a row. There are senior Ministers who had argued some weeks ago to cancel that week of Parliament when there was only one vote (Barnaby Joyce) down. Unsurprisingly, they were furious that the PM once again failed to be decisive. He dithered for so long that by the time he made the decision public, John Alexander had fallen on his sword over his dual citizenship.

    A decision that would have been viewed at best with scepticism, now looked like one born of fear.

    These days our PM is a bundle of fears. He fears the sitting of the Australian Parliament because it may well deliver a Royal Commission into the banks and he continues to ride shotgun for his mates in the big four. He fears Bill Shorten who seems to have his measure.

    He fears his own party room where he knows the tide of rebellion and discontent is rising fast. He fears that John Alexander could be defeated in the Bennelong by-election and bring down the house of cards. He fears Julie Bishop, whose ratings leave his flailing in their wake. It is a fair bet that these days our PM fears getting out of bed each morning.

    Alan Jones and I were having a pleasant dinner at the legendary Sydney restaurant Beppi’s on Monday night. Neither of us particularly like being treated like complete mugs either. We both received a text from Christopher Pyne which piqued our interest, along with our annoyance. It read as follows: “By the way, this isn’t a surprise to Labor. We briefed them about it two weeks ago.”

    The head waiter whispered in my ear that as a matter of sheer coincidence Bill Shorten was in the house. Given my lack of mobility I asked him to tell Bill we were there and asked him to say hello. Far from being “briefed”, the only reference to postponing Parliament at the meeting Shorten had with Turnbull a couple of weeks earlier was when Shorten says he made it crystal clear that the Opposition wanted the Parliament to sit and deal with all legislation that came before it, whether it was controversial or not. He had even put that in writing to the PM.

    Apparently, Pyne thought Jones and I were such mugs that we would accept that Labor had been briefed on the government’s decision and sat mute for a full two weeks without using what can only be described as political gold for the Opposition, when a government is running scared of the Australian Parliament and the Opposition chooses to ignore it.

    Pyne, I know the decision is indefensible. I know how desperate you and your mates are. I know the stuff about waiting for the same sex marriage bill is total waffle. I know you are usually too smart to carry on with crap like this. I don’t know what has happened to you but I hope you get over it.

    Someone in the Liberal Party room has to put an end to this misery. Someone with integrity and guts must rise to his or her feet and call the PM for what he is: an isolated, aloof figure, distrusted by his own, and detested by too many.

    A many who has zero political intelligence and absolutely no self-awareness as to how Australians regard him.

    It is easy to work out how the Opposition Leader regards him. When Shorten met with the PM he brought with him Penny Wong and three note takers. Once bitten …

  60. Seco

    This just again demonstrates why the Liberals were complete fools to think that doing anything to allow homosexuals to marry would curry them any favour with the Left. Well done to the Liberals, you got homosexual marriage over the line and you won next to zero votes for it, in fact you’ve probably lost some.

  61. Kneel

    “Progressives used to advocate for liberty of conscience once.

    Now they want to impose the moral authority of parliaments upon us.”

    And “anti-facists” now insist that “your views are too objectionable to be allowed to be heard”.
    At university, you need “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” to be sure you don’t get challenged by ideas you don’t like.
    “progressives” used to want to “stick it to the man” – then they became “the man” and now want to stick it to “the people” instead.

    Orwell would be proud of ’em – not what they’re doing, but that they managed to get away with it.

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