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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Don’t Be Sorry!

Often in our day to day lives we go about our business somewhat mindlessly. Without much thought we fall into line with the prevailing thoughts of others and forget lessons we have learnt in the past. Sometimes we are encouraged to take a point of view we largely disagree with just because it is congruent […]

September 2, 2023

The Saga of the Great Voice Subterfuge

It seems to me a great tragedy Australia’s original inhabitants have emerged from the Dream Time only to be ensconced in the “woke” time. With the Voice referendum fast approaching and the rhetoric from both the Yes camp and the No camp hotting up, I thought it might be wise to take pause and reflect […]

August 16, 2023

Avoiding the Debate

I have often told you, my good friend and mentor, the good Dr Phil, taught me many years ago that the path to psychological maturity comprised three steps, viz: Know yourself. Accept yourself. Forget yourself. Unfortunately I am still getting to know myself and what I am learning I am finding difficult to accept! Perhaps […]

July 30, 2023

The Period When I Transitioned

I had been out of sorts for a while. I was smitten with some vague uneasiness that I felt hard to place. Even my wife noticed it. “You seem depressed,” she said. “What is wrong with you?” “I don’t know,” I responded. “I feel strangely dissolute.” “Typical male,” she replied.  “Suffer in silence and won’t […]

July 5, 2023

Oh What an Appalling ABC Coronation!

You can’t deny that the coronation of a British monarch is a significant event. There now have been two in my lifetime. I was in primary school when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned. And now when my faculties are again waning to childlike levels there has been another. A few weekends ago, embellished with the […]

June 3, 2023

The Voice vs Democracy

That life in a democracy is better than under any other form of government is attested to by the migration of hordes of people from undemocratic states into the democracies of Western Europe, North America, Australia and other democratic countries. Democracy is the peak achievement of Western civilisation. And whilst the left seems to want […]

April 28, 2023

Providing Proper Parenting for Our Children

In many ways I have had a fortunate life. One of the particular good fortunes I have experienced is to to have belonged to a loving and supportive family. My maternal grandmother had eleven children. She lived in a modest two-bedroom cottage. The kitchen/dining room was in a lean-to at the rear of the house […]

March 31, 2023

The Woke War of Words

What’s in a name? That which we call a roseBy any other name would smell as sweet; When in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet utters these words Shakespeare is displaying the fulsome naivety that prevailed before we were assailed by “wokedom”. In such innocent times we were not unduly concerned how we named things because there […]

March 8, 2023

The Uncomfortable Misguided Gender Divide

The lot of women has changed dramatically in my generation. When I married my wife, she was employed by the Queensland Public Service. But once we were married she was forced to resign. It was the State Government’s policy in those days not to employ married women. The old fashioned logic was that men were […]

February 24, 2023

On Victimhood

The human mind is surely the most complex phenomenon that we are aware of in the universe. Consequently it displays many perplexing and often seemingly contradictory traits. Many of us, erroneously, believe that we are autonomous when it comes to our behaviour so that our will has dominion such that we can just choose to […]

February 4, 2023