General News

Aug 25

An Unmitigated Triumph

Posted by: George Grundy

As America winds down its longest and most successful war, it’s worth taking a moment to celebrate just how much of a triumph virtually every aspect of the Afghan conflict has been. Many long wars experience ups and downs, and a thousand years of history suggested America might fail in its mission, but only Joe Biden’s misguided decision to end hostilities blots this otherwise faultless copybook. First, naturally, let’s look at the profits. Pretty much everyone has made an unparalleled…

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Aug 17

Barriers to Entry

Posted by: George Grundy

As Covid-19’s Delta strain outbreak broadens and extends Australia’s lockdown, Scott Morrison is finally paying a political price for his government’s historic botching of federal quarantine and vaccination policies. Morrison’s approval rating drop (of eight points) puts the PM back into negative net approval territory, strengthening an already broad consensus that the next election will likely be delayed until the last possible moment. On the face of it, Morrison faces an uphill task. New South Wales will not forget a…

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Aug 09

Australia’s Drift to the Right

Posted by: George Grundy

The launch of Sky News Regional this month further solidifies Rupert Murdoch’s already tight grip on Australia’s right-wing media landscape. The channel’s new broadcast partners Win and Southern Cross Austereo offer Sky up to seven million new viewers across regional Australia. Soon, our country cousins will be able to settle in each evening with the soothing company of Peta Credlin, Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones. Although regional viewership is currently small, Sky News’ national audience has grown dramatically in the…

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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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