Category Archives: Australian Story

Mayhem in Melbourne for reasons utterly unknown to the police

Having just crossed the road on a couple of occasions in the past week in front of Flinders Street station at Elizabeth it is odd to be thinking of these things and watching events unfold from Sydney where I am … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story | 199 Comments

The poetry of F.C. Meyer and why he is still discussed today

Discussed here: “The joy of ‘real’ bad poetry lies, of course, in the fact that it is unconsciously bad” but comes via Ace of Spades. It’s the kind of thing that makes me proud to be an Australian. And yet, … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Books and writing | 25 Comments

The only thing Obama ever said I can wholeheartedly agree with

From The Australian via Andrew Bolt: It’s one of former ambassador Kim Beazle y’s favourite White House stories: the time Tony Abbott met Barack Obama in the Oval Office. “I was deeply worried,” Beazley told an audience gathered for a superannuation conference in Sydney yesterday. “It … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Australian Story | 44 Comments

“Trusting the ABC was a rookie mistake”

An interesting article about the hysterics at the ABC and their fellow hysteric our interim Prime Minister: Four Corners stopped truth from ruining its ripping yarn. It’s about how nothing has come of the Royal Commission after “the ABC’s Four … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Federal Politics, Media | 25 Comments

Managed trade is not free trade

I don’t think I am reading this chart wrong. It’s from The Australian in its front page story today: Free-trade rollback to hit jobs, pay. And there are all the benefits, such as the rise in real wages, which was … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Economics and economy | 61 Comments

What about PEFO?

Yesterday I heard Mitch Fifield being interviewed on ABC radio. Listen from the 2.01 hour mark for the interview. At 2.09.36 mark we have this exchange: Epstein: That’s the same thing as saying it’s Labor’s fault you broke your promise. … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Budget | 32 Comments

The public cost of supporting those who game the welfare system

This is how the welfare system works: it is as if someone has moved into your house, uses your kitchen, bathroom and one bedroom, but doesn’t contribute to the groceries or help to pay the rent. There may be reasons … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Wasteful Spending | 81 Comments

This will be THE major issue at the next election

Greens, Labor sink Peter Dutton’s citizenship crackdown: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s overhaul of Australian citizenship laws have suffered a major setback with his reforms unable to pass the parliament ahead of a Senate imposed deadline — an outcome hailed as … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Politics | 117 Comments

News from up the street

J.E Sefton likes to begin his round-up of news at Ace of Spades with “links from around the world, across the nation and up your street”. Well this one is literally up my street. You can read the details here … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Media | 25 Comments

“Oh, that is brilliant!”

From Tim Blair who titled his post This Doesn’t Happen. I’m merely posting it as a public service message since this is the sort of thing that must come to a stop immediately. And it is an absolute protocol in … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story | 83 Comments