Other Politics

Sep 23

Sub-Standard

Posted by: George Grundy

This cannot stand. Even by the catastrophically low standards set by the current government, the announcement that Australia is to spend $90 billion on a fleet of nuclear submarines plumbs, if you will excuse me, new depths. France, which immediately recalled its ambassadors to the US and Australia, has every right to feel furiously aggrieved and humiliated. Just a few months ago, Scott Morrison visited Emmanuel Macron in Paris and was warmly embraced by France’s President. Yet we now know…

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Sep 06

Texas Handmaids

Posted by: George Grundy

And just like that it was gone. With little fanfare, and late at night, America’s Supreme Court this week declined a request to block a Texas law drastically restricting access to abortion services, effectively striking down 1973’s Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion in America. A day later the court formally voted 5-4 not to block the law. Texas’ new legislation, known as SB8, makes it illegal for a woman to get an abortion after the sixth week of…

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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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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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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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