Australia’s Uncontested Cultural Revolution

Almost inevitably it seems, we woke up on 26 January to see pictures of a bronze statue of James Cook lying on the ground having been sawn off at the ankles causing it to topple from its plinth. It seems as though the perpetrator of this act of vandalism believed he was making some sort […]

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On Australia Day

Many of the activists decrying the celebration of Australia Day on 26 January seem to be historically illiterate. They vilify Captain James Cook, implying that Cook was somehow responsible for the British settlement of Australia. They seem to confuse Cook’s discovery of Australia in 1770 when he mapped Australia’s east coast with the later settlement […]

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The Rights and Responsibilities of Parents and Teachers in the Education Process

Education is in crisis in Australia today. The international ranking of our educational outcomes has been on the decline for decades. Our teachers seem to be more dissatisfied with their profession than they have ever been. And all this increasing educational dysfunction has come to be despite huge increases in expenditure on education. No doubt […]

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Revisiting the Christmas Myth

What a strange contradictory world we live in. Or perhaps it might be more pertinent to say what strange contradictory beings we are! We live in troubled times.  There is armed conflict in Ukraine and the Middle East. The state pf our economy is parlous and many Australians are facing real cost of living pressures. […]

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Australia’s Uncontested Cultural Revolution


Almost inevitably it seems, we woke up on 26 January to see pictures of a bronze statue of James Cook lying on the ground having been sawn off at the ankles causing it to topple from its plinth. It seems as though the perpetrator of this act of vandalism believed he was making some sort […]

February 12, 2024

On Australia Day


Many of the activists decrying the celebration of Australia Day on 26 January seem to be historically illiterate. They vilify Captain James Cook, implying that Cook was somehow responsible for the British settlement of Australia. They seem to confuse Cook’s discovery of Australia in 1770 when he mapped Australia’s east coast with the later settlement […]

January 23, 2024

Revisiting the Christmas Myth


What a strange contradictory world we live in. Or perhaps it might be more pertinent to say what strange contradictory beings we are! We live in troubled times.  There is armed conflict in Ukraine and the Middle East. The state pf our economy is parlous and many Australians are facing real cost of living pressures. […]

December 31, 2023

The Elusive Notion of Time


For most of my adult life I have been fascinated by the notion of time. Time, and how we experience it, has many quandaries which science seems unable to satisfactorily explain. Einstein taught us that time was one of the four dimensions required to explain the physical universe. Whilst scientists insist that time is a […]

December 15, 2023

The Leftist Indoctrination of our Children


I have written many times before about the “long march of the left” through our institutions. It seems that march is now almost complete with our schools, our universities, government bureaucracies and even our corporates awash in political correctness and identity politics. (Here in Queensland even our newly appointed Chief Judge has declared that she […]

November 27, 2023

Let’s Have a Frank Talk about Immigration


The Australian economy is not in a particularly good place at present. Inflation remains stubbornly high; interest rates continue to rise; cost of living is soaring and government debt is at an alarming level. The Reserve Bank of Australia, charged with the responsibility of reigning in inflation, has only had moderate success despite raising interest […]

November 14, 2023

Lessons from the Voice Referendum


Well the Voice referendum has been a painful experience for a lot of us. It was essentially a divisive exercise that provided an opportunity for progressives to exaggerate perceived racism in the Australian population. It was built on an antidemocratic effort to give some Australians, based on their ancestry and history, additional benefits over and […]

October 22, 2023

The New Fundamentalism


In religion, fundamentalism would normally be interpreted as a belief that the doctrines espoused in the founding scriptures are literally true. As an extreme example, the fundamentalist Christian, Irish Bishop, James Ussher, relying on biblical genealogy, calculated that the earth had been created by God circa 4004 BC. Geologists, using more objective assessments, proved he […]

October 7, 2023

The Paradox of Hate Speech


“Hatred is the Winter of the Heart” – Victor Hugo According to the French geneticist, Matthieu Ricard, who left his scientific career to become a Buddhist monk in the Himalayas:  Of all the mental poisons, hatred is the most toxic. It is one of the chief causes of unhappiness and the driving force of all […]

September 19, 2023