Oz Politics Archive
Politicians are building more barriers to repel the views of their voters, and a directionless centre-right is at the forefront.
Voters want doers, not talkers. On Western Civilisation, just as on everything else.
Indoctrination from school scolds – and the overweening hypocrisy of the gender, racial and other narratives they push – are creating spontaneous, if cynical, teenage conservatives.
Party machines and voting methods insulate our political class from voter accountability. Primaries can change that.
The failings of ministers and their offices ensure continuing bureaucratic failure. That the political class across all political parties sees this as normal and acceptable is an important reason that it is losing legitimacy.
Articles about personal or intra-party spats write themselves. Take a longer and broader view, however, and what we see is the bipartisan breakdown of political class legitimacy
Peta Credlin gets Trumpery story precisely backwards. The political class’ smug dismissal of voter concerns is a bipartisan sin.
By releasing a goal for NSW to be carbon neutral by mid-century, the state is falling into line with states such as South Australia. Beyond satire indeed.
There can be no better or more welcoming approach to housing the remaining 8.000 Syrians and Iraqis than to dedicate a mere 30% of University-provided accommodation to doing good.
All of these are people #IllRideWith. For my safety? Perhaps. But more for engagement with their strength of character, and because they represent real bravery in a time of fakes.
Hume's 1741 view on faction fits nicely with contemporary intra-political party issues, and with concerns about the members of the political class.
Knee jerk opponents and proponents of teaching Latin in Australia miss the fact parent, school and teacher cultures are what determine educational success.
The Commonwealth needs to sh*t or get off the pot. Either do something that will make a difference to the ABC's perpetual propaganda, or spend your time somewhere else. Pretending to act may be this government's core competency everywhere except within 100km of Christmas Island, but all it does is piss away political capital for no benefit.
In the interests of transparency, Councils should be held in a restaurant with a lounge attached (and perhaps a back room or two). That way the real business of boozing, gladhanding, number crunching and building ever closer relations with party members of the appropriate sex could occur without the distraction of meeting procedure.
Face it. Joining any political party is like choosing between starvation and eating rotten meat. You make the necessary choice, but that doesn't remove the smell or the lingering bad taste in your mouth.
It's the price you pay for engaging beyond hashtags and well-applauded snide remarks at gatherings of humanities graduates.