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.

Brian Owler

Brian Owler is a first rate neurosurgeon and is the Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. In that role he has saved the lives of many children. It is a critical role and there are few … Continue reading

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Compare and contrast

Gotthard Base Tunnel Switzerland. Longest tunnel in the world at 57 km, with a total rail track length of 152 km. Opened on schedule in 2016. Total cost $AU 13.2 billion. WestConnex in Sydney. 33 km of road of which … Continue reading

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Gender diversity

In today’s Australian, Janet Albrechtsen reminds us that efforts to enforce gender quotas and the like are examples of good old rent seeking by a small number of rich elite white women. Do you notice the lack of diversity in … Continue reading

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President Strange Trump, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Donald

It is never good for one’s blood pressure to get too annoyed about events. In recent years I have become increasingly concerned and annoyed about the return of communism through trendy new sorties such as gender, diversity, race and identify … Continue reading

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Racism

There has been a performance at the Victorian College of Arts by a 20 year old student, Isabelle Mason, called Where We Stand that asks people to ‘process their positionality in a colonial state and in a world where whiteness … Continue reading

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Gender inequality

Over recent years there has been a growing concern about ‘gender inequality’ (see for example the Workplace Gender Equality Agency) with claims that women are systematically paid less than men. Many of these claims are refutable – see for example … Continue reading

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The priorities of Woolworths and Coles

Woolworths and Coles have both announced they will ban single use plastic bags, straws and other plastic items, apparently in response to customer demand. In the old days a customer who didn’t want something would not buy it. The modern … Continue reading

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A Royal Wedding

I cannot understand the obsession / fascination and media coverage of this Royal wedding. The ABC – it’s budget apparently cut to the bone – has sent Annabel Crabb and Jeremy Fernandez to London – to join existing ABC reporters based in … Continue reading

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Diversity

In an article in today’s Australian by the chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Elizabeth Proust, she states Australia needs more diversity on its boards, not less. Diversity of thought, experience, background, ethnicity and — yes — gender, … Continue reading

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The ABC versus the private sector

Tonight’s budget included a modest cut to the ABC budget, from  $1.132 billion in 2017-18 to $1.122bn in 2018-19, and $83.2 million over three years. That’s hardly the end of the world for the ABC, and far less than the … Continue reading

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