What Kind of Conservative Wants a Shorten Victory?

The answer, Miranda, is none. I was a great admirer of Frank Devine. One of Australia’s greatest newspaper men, a person of imagination and integrity, and a superb writer. His daughter Miranda is an insightful and intelligent woman, and also a talented writer. I rarely disagree with her. But Miranda Devine has lost the plot …

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Yowch!

Now that is a lesson I should have learned long ago; don’t run for long distances in wet bathers. Some bits of me are feeling sharply uncomfortable. It was a nice run though. From Min Oil Beach, run, paddle, climb, jump, around to Redbanks. This is a photo I took a few years ago. Kathy …

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Of Course, I would Have …

Not waited? Called the police? Done something to help? Rescued the girls? Saved the planet? The need to believe ourselves morally superior to others has impacts on our understanding of history, the way we respond to calls for social or environmental action, and the way we interpret current events. The story of the story of …

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“Safe Schools” Has Nothing to do with Making Schools Safe

“How different then is that gentle, tentative sexuality between parent and child from the love of a paedophile and his/her lover?” “Love, warmth, support and nurture is an important part of the paedophilic relationship.” The author of these tributes to the beauty of ‘intergenerational love’ is Gary Dowsett, a professor at La Trobe University in …

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Life in Australian Aboriginal Communities

For, women, it was nasty, brutish and short.  An excerpt from an article by Tony Thomas on the Quadrant Magazine website. Newly-arrived British and French were shocked at the local misogyny they encountered. First Fleeter Watkin Tench noticed a young woman’s head “covered by contusions, and mangled by scars”. She also had a spear wound …

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