The Book of Scott

Jul 02

The Book of Scott

Posted by: George Grundy

Imagine Australia without religion – a modern, pluralistic, slightly drunk society united by a belief in science and human nature, whose people based their lives on the wisdom of Plato, Darwin and Penny Wong. Australia is already (thank you god) one of the least religious nations on earth, with over 30% of its population having no religious affiliation (a number that grows each time the question is asked). So actually, life wouldn’t look very different. And then one day the…

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Jun 08

The Third Time

Posted by: George Grundy

This time there’s no doubt as to the protagonists. Donald Trump and senior members of his family and administration fomented a violent attack on the US Capitol, on the day the 2020 election results were due to be certified by Congress. The aim was clearly to disrupt or stop the vote count that confirmed Joe Biden as President. Rioters had come prepared, wearing gas masks and combat fatigues, and carrying plastic cuffs and pepper spray. Extremist groups had planned their…

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May 17

The Political Narrowcasting of Scott Morrison

Posted by: George Grundy

‘How good is Australia. And how good are Australians.’ When Scott Morrison took the stage to celebrate his 2019 election win, he centred his speech around the people of Australia, the ‘quiet Australians’ as he called them, and his intention to govern for those people. Two years on, it’s a very different picture. Morrison has presided over one of the most corrupt governments in Australian history. Senior colleagues have been accused of sexual impropriety. Government debt has gone through the…

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Apr 08

American Democracy Still Up for Grabs

Posted by: George Grundy

As Donald Trump rapidly fades from public life, it would be easy to imagine that the threat to America’s democracy has passed. Joe Biden’s first few months of administration have been competent, stable and popular. A degree of normalcy appears to be returning. Yet, rather than reflect on a brand that has lost the popular vote in seven of the last eight elections, Republicans have chosen instead to double-down on their commitment to minority rule. Driven in part by the…

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Mar 29

A Rogues’ Gallery

Posted by: George Grundy

Rape at Parliament house, sex in prayer rooms, male prostitutes, staffers masturbating on desks – what the hell is going on? This government, led by the most religious Prime Minister we’ve ever had, looks like a Viagra-fuelled party scene from Animal House right now. If this was the management of a fish and chip shop you wouldn’t let your daughter pick up the dinner. Corrupt and feckless governments often reach a moment of critical mass when the sheer volume of…

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