Tag Archives: democracy

February 13

The loss of moral authority

It is interesting to note the Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, admonishing the Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier for promoting legislation decriminalising late-term abortions. Both of Queensland’s parliamentary leaders are women and both are apparently believers in Catholicism. Going for the jugular, Archbishop Coleridge said such legislation would make Queensland like Nazi Germany. More […]

September 09

The delusion of democracy

Australia went to the polls over the weekend and gave itself a new government. Lots of people are happy and lots of people are sad. That’s an inevitable consequence of choosing one side or another. In every lottery there are winners and losers. But is Australia well served by our democracy? Because I like the […]

The price of freedom is to not live in Russia

There is something about Russians and their love of ‘strong’ leaders that is frightening. Why would they continually subject themselves to rulers who oppress the masses? It is not as if the Russian people are unfamiliar with rebellions and revolutions but they seem unable – or unwilling, more intriguingly – to decisively throw off the […]

Nothing wrong with Darwinism

The death of Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister, has aroused a storm of controversy around the globe as pundits of every description strive to place her in a context that makes sense of her leadership. The vitriol poured out against Thatcher is unprecedented but serves to highlight the extent to which she polarised people. […]

A glimpse through the legal loophole

Most of us will never get entangled in legal proceedings which is a really good thing! The number of legal hoops we have to jump through in normal life is crazy enough without the uncertainty, if not fear and despair, that would embroil us if we had to endure a judicial hearing. Even though the […]

Go, China, you good thing!

People who keep putting China down for various aspects of its way of life are tiresome.  Okay, so it’s not a western-liberal capitalist democracy. Build a bridge and get over it, folks! China is still the future of the world. Big statement? Well, there’s no certainty about it but it sure isn’t impossible, either. The […]

Are MPs the right people to run the nation?

Australia is facing a brain drain right where we can least afford it: in the highest echelons of our national and state governments. The issue is that after each election, the government determines the composition of a Cabinet – a group of senior Ministers – who effectively become the board of directors and make the […]

Stop playing us for fools

As intelligent young men go, Queensland’s new Attorney-General is a nice guy and a pleasant human being. But he is a political animal, nonetheless, and he is playing games with his just released discussion paper on electoral reform. Jarrod Bleijie is a young man on the make. He has just three years in state parliament […]

Compulsory voting

‘Tis the silly season so far as news is concerned with very little happening, especially in the world of politics. As Australians, particularly, languish in our scorching summer heat, it’s a time when pollies like to run some strange ideas up flagpoles to see if anybody salutes. One such that has quite a lot of […]

Silly, bloody woman!

Australia’s Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, offends me. She sets my teeth on edge and I find her politics distasteful in the extreme. And, whatever her belief system, I don’t bloody like that, either. Yes, I am belabouring a point. I’m affronted by her attack on the most fundamental principle of our democratic system of governance: freedom […]