Category Archives: Conservative politics

In academia who would self-report anything else?

I have just received a note from a journal that my article will not be included in a forthcoming overview of one of the world’s great economists (now sadly deceased). I am sorry to inform you that your proposal has … Continue reading

Posted in Conservative politics, Economics on the left | 16 Comments

Vikky Campion on the dysfunctional Coalition partnership

See Cardinoma on the open thread at 6.16. Just this week, the Liberals stole a seat from the Nats forever. Port Macquarie has become the only Liberal seat in the nation where not a single soul voted Liberal – not … Continue reading

Posted in Conservative politics, Rafe | 10 Comments

Liberal Wet compares Daniel Andrews to Teddy Roosevelt

Daniel Andrews ‘working his absolute guts out’, says NSW ex-premier Mike Baird. This just in from San Juan Hill: Victoria reaches grim new high of 19 deaths.

Posted in Conservative politics | 48 Comments

David Budstrup guest post. Light blue touch paper and stand clear.

Thanks to everyone who read and commented on the post “Some thoughts on an Australia Republic”. I expected a robust response and was not disappointed. Just for the record, I am 72 this year. I worked for 40+ years as … Continue reading

Posted in Conservative politics, Federal Politics, Guest Post | 43 Comments

Paul Kelly on Patrick J. Deneen

Paul Kelly has an oped in The Australian today revisiting one of his recent themes – the centre cannot hold. I want to focus on one aspect of his argument: The ultimate statement reflecting this rage is the 2018 book, … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Liberalism, Conservative politics, Culture Wars | 36 Comments

Paul Collits provides a bit of background on the state of NSW

Why did the State of New South Wales have such a mediocrity inflicted upon it as premier after Mike Baird’s exit from politics in January 2017?  Why did Australia get such an ersatz conservative as prime minister in 2018 after … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Conservative politics | 31 Comments

Who knows what will come next?

I would like to discuss a previous thread by one of our anonymous posters who wrote “about the only thing of note that I haven’t mentioned is the hysterical meltdown of those on the libertarian side of things to just … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Liberalism, Conservative politics | 13 Comments

Norman Swan v Peter Hitchens

Normal Swan has apparently become the guru of choice in Australia on the Corona Virus: Australia’s Coronavirus Guru Is Taking His New Celebrity Status Seriously. Perfect for the job: “seems calm, consistent, and knowledgeable. His delivery has been appropriately urgent, … Continue reading

Posted in Conservative politics, Media, Politics of the Left | 22 Comments

Uniting the Non-Left 1986

This was written in 1986 in response to a piece by Greg Sheridan in The Weekend Australian describing three strands of right-wing thought and floating the idea of a merger. He pondered the prospect of some masterly theorist effecting a … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Classical Economics, Conservative politics, Cultural Issues, Rafe | 31 Comments

Remind me: Who won the last election?

Update: From the Hansard: Senator KENEALLY (New South Wales—Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (15:55): I move: That the Senate— (a) notes that:    (i) on the same day that Queensland Police Commissioner, Ms Katarina Carroll, said it was inappropriate … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 election, Conservative politics, Taking out the trash | 81 Comments