Author Archives: Guest Author

John Adams: Conservatives should prepare for a new SSM plebiscite no later than 2027

No matter the outcome of tomorrow’s same sex marriage postal vote, conservatives should not accept the outcome. In the parlance of public policy, the consideration and public debate on whether to allow same sex marriage (SSM) in Australia has been … Continue reading

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Peter O’Brien: Ardern on Manus

A week ago I sent the following letter to The Australian: Your editorial tells us Malcolm Turnbull and Jacinda Ardern  ‘are off to a good start’.  Really?  Let’s hope not. Here we have New Zealand’s neophyte PM throwing a grenade … Continue reading

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John Constantine: Dictated Law from Unelected Operatives

Back in the old days, the police always used to say their job was to enforce the laws made by elected officials, not make laws themselves. Now we see vicpol political operatives making submissions on gun laws, and even vicpol … Continue reading

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And There Was a Great Calm

                                       I There had been years of Passion—scorching, cold, And much Despair, and Anger heaving high, Care whitely watching, Sorrows manifold, Among … Continue reading

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Jason Potts and Marie-Anne Cam: With a new futures market, Bitcoin is going mainstream

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange will soon begin trading Bitcoin derivatives (futures contracts), signalling the cryptocurrency is now a mainstream asset class. Bitcoin has had limited use in the mainstream economy in part because the volatility of its price. The value … Continue reading

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Sanjeev Sabhlok: Stop worshipping the Constitution. Please start thinking.

Citizenship is meaningless if it does not include the right to represent the community in parliament. Australia citizenship is arguably worthless since our constitution imposes restrictions on citizens who can contest elections. But every policy must address a real problem. … Continue reading

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Greg Chapman: It’s Wombat Day

According to Australian folklore, if a wombat appears out of its barrow any time after January 1st on a sunny day, we will have 100 years of Global Warming. Some think this is a myth from the aboriginal dreamtime, but … Continue reading

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Peter O’Brien: More on the Cash affair

Further to my thoughts on the Michaelia Cash affair, I noticed Brad Norington using a curious turn of phrase in his article on this topic in the Weekend Australian. “The advisor, Dave de Garis, immediately took a political bullet for … Continue reading

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John Adams forecasts Turnbull’s fate

John Adams appearing on ABC’s ‘the DRUM’ on 10 June 2016, 3 weeks before the 2016 federal election as the first public commentator predicting the demise of Turnbull’s leadership if Turnbull won re-election. In a corresponding article in the Daily … Continue reading

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Allan Golombek: Technology’s Creative Destruction Is Pro-Worker

Fears of AI seem to be everywhere. One of its favorite hang-outs is, where several books — such as Martin Ford’s Rise of the Robots  — predict the end of work. They follow a well-tread path. Twenty-two years ago, Jeremy Rifkin … Continue reading

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