The Price of Principles

It is becoming increasingly clear that there is no prospect of a Liberal party led by Malcom Turnbull ever returning to the party’s former core values of social conservatism, fiscal responsibility and personal integrity. Being determined to win at any cost, and make any promises to do so, is not a win at all. Certainly …

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18C Human Rights Madness at QUT

I spent some time at QUT studying law. It was an interesting experience. I knew when one of the lecturers made the claim that the Blackstone contained the “rule of thumb” – a provision in law that men could beat their wives with a rod provided it was no thicker than a thumb – that …

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A Modest Proposal

Well I was wrong about 4,000 new jobs in Adelaide at a cost of an additional $18 billion to build the subs here. Christopher Pyne says it’s 2,800 jobs. Let’s be generous and say 3,000.   That’s $6 million per job.   I have an idea. Why not let the Federal government pay 3,000 unemployed …

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China Denies US Aircraft Carrier Entry to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is part of China, so the Chinese are entitled to do that. The concern is that the refusal is likely an expression of China’s disapproval of the US/Philippines alliance, and joint US/Philippine opposition to China’s expanionism in the South China Sea. “Beijing denied a US aircraft carrier permission to make a port call in …

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If Trump Gets the Nomination …

Trump may get the nomination. There are not enough delegates left for any other candidate to win the required number. If Cruz won every remaining delegate, he would force a contested convention, but still not have the numbers to win. I have said from the first primary that the only way the Republicans could lose …

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Subs Scam Could Cost the Election

Since the announcement that Australia’s new submarines were to be built in Adelaide by a French company, from the only poll that ever gets it right, punters:   • Labor closes in on the Coalition, odds cut into $3.25 to win the election.   • Coalition drifts from $1.25 out to $1.33.   • All …

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Building Submarines in Adelaide… Why?

I cannot join in the general rejoicing about the subs being built in Adelaide. Submarines and other defense requirements should be built so as to provide the best possible equipment for our defense personnel, at the best possible value for Australian taxpayers. Building the subs in Adelaide will cost an additional $18 billion. That is, …

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Norfolk Island Transition

Over the last twelve months the administration of Norfolk Island has gradually been assumed by the Australia Federal Government. Norfolk Island is part of Australia, but has been largely autonomous. No outsiders have been allowed to purchase property there, and those who come from outside to provide services are generally limited to a three year …

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Tonga, or Not So Tonga

Tonga pleads with the world: Global warming is real and is affecting us today. Save our pacific island 😢 Two different islands, neither in Tonga There’s only one problem: the picture shows two different islands, neither of which is in Tonga. The top photo is Kwajalein Island and the bottom photo is Ebeye Island. Although both in …

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A Cleaner, Greener World Thanks to Coal and Oil

No more the grinding poverty and filth of 150 years ago. Fossil fuels have made the world a safer, cleaner, greener place. That’s something to celebrate! From Viv Forbes at Carbon Sense. It was petroleum that provided the kerosene that replaced whale oil in lamps and greatly reduced the slaughter of whales. Coal saved the …

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Offensive Erdogan Poetry Competition

Definitely a contest worth entering: From Douglas Murray at The Spectator Introducing ‘The President Erdogan Offensive Poetry Competition’ – £1000 prize to be won. Nobody should be surprised that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has instituted effective blasphemy laws to defend himself from criticism in Turkey. But many of us had assumed that these lèse-majesté …

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Wisdom and Justice are Not Always Popular and Easy

via Andrew Bolt: Antigone’s brave stance for Justice and Nature against unjust human laws is what electrified me. We in the Western world live in days of mad, accelerating, and bewildering change. A same-sex couple is the same as a man and a woman; male and female is an illusion; an unborn baby has a …

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