Author Archives: Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

About Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

I'm a retired general who occasionally gets called back to save the republic before returning to my plough.

How things change

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, 10 September 2018: Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment. We face a direct existential threat. Climate change is moving faster than we are – and its … Continue reading

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Norman Swan: shut up

During a genuine national crisis or war there is only one strategy and that’s the Government’s. It may not be perfect, but then no other strategy will be perfect either. It is critical that our public institutions act with consistency … Continue reading

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A COVID-19 positive – No bigger picture

Oh dear. Malcolm Turnbull’s book launch has been wiped out. It is no more. It has ceased to be. It is bereft of life, and rests in peace. This is an ex book launch (apologies to Monty Python and the … Continue reading

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Give me liberty, or give me death

Attributed to Patrick Henry in 1775, liberty – including the right of free assembly – has always been a treasured and is critical to a free society. Benjamin Franklin rightly said  that They who can give up essential liberty to … Continue reading

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Morton’s Fork

The turmoil engulfing the world from the COVID-19 pandemic shows just how profoundly unsuitable Donald Trump is to being President of the United States. He has no idea whatsoever, and rather than rallying the people (as Winston Churchill did), he … Continue reading

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What does half a billion dollars buy?

Not much it seems. An aborted run for Super Tuesday, but not much else except a lot of embarrassment. Anyhow this shows that the American presidency is not for sale. Clive Palmer spent $60 million and got nowhere too. A … Continue reading

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Bureau of Meteorology forecasts

In an article in the Australian (11 December 2019) headed ‘no rain ’til April, BoM tells ministers’. The article continues: There will be no relief for drought-ravaged regions over the summer, with Bureau of Meteorology officials telling a meeting of … Continue reading

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There is no excuse for murder

There is certainly no excuse for the murder of Hannah Clarke and her three children by Rowan Baxter in a murder-suicide. Nor is there any excuse for the murder of four children by Charmaine McLeod on 27 May 2019 when she … Continue reading

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Lowering the blood alcohol level

There is yet another campaign to reduce the blood alcohol level in NSW from 0.05 to 0.02 by anti-alcohol wowsers who provide no evidence that there is a significantly higher incident rate for those with a BAC between 0.02 and … Continue reading

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ABC bias

Two articles on the ABC website tonight further confirm a systematic bias by ABC contributors to the left. One, about higher suicide rates by those aged between 45 and 54 states this: When starting to contextualise these staggering statistics, it’s important to … Continue reading

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