Monday, 30 December 2013

And A Happy New Year

Celebrated Herald Sun psychic The Great and Mysterious Tim Blair strikes again. Of his master list of 2014 predictions, these were among my favourites:

An international oil conglomerate led by the French Total company secures drilling rights to independent senator Nick Xenophon’s hair.

A Twitter conflict between British CNN host Piers Morgan and Australian lawn bowls enthusiast Neville Clayton results in Morgan facing six deliveries from the 72-year-old at Sydney’s Camperdown Bowling and Recreation Park. Morgan suffers only slight cuts and bruises.

After being denied access to Uluru, four Swedish tourists climb Clive Palmer.

A petition calling for increased ABC funding is tabled in parliament. All 1285 signatories are staffers at the broadcaster’s 15-minute-per-week Media Watch program.

Kim Beasley consults defamation lawyers after being described in print as a “former Labor leader.” A spokesman for Beasley says that his preferred phrasing is “former Labor leader who is not Mark Latham, Kevin Rudd or Julia Gillard.”

The first patient to be successfully treated under US President Barack Obama’s breakthrough universal healthcare system is an unnamed Michigan housewife whose procedure to correct a deviated septum cost her $1.2 million and all feeling in the left side of her body.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Tim Blair's The Wall

So you thought you might like to go to the show?

To feel the warm thrill of confusion - that space cadet glow?

Tim Blair has a wonderful new nation-building (trans = wasteful and debt-inducing) project to solve the ACT's current financial worries.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Yes We Can

And we will. Join Tim Wilson Appreciation Day on Facebook.

Having said that, I still don't think we actually have time for a long march through the institutions, and it might be better off just repealing the relevant sections of legislation that inflicted these bodies on us in the first place.

This means holding a Senate majority, of course, but until that happens, any body that can be shut down without repealing legislation should be shut down. We just can't afford these things any more.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Happy Birthday Madame Callas

Maria Callas would have turned 90 today, if she hadn't decided that being skinny was more important than being a fabulous singer ...

or perhaps not ... who knows?

I can't find a live video recording of La Callas singing one of my favourites, 'Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix' (Saint Saens, Samson et Dalila) so you'll have to make to with bits of Carmen in recital.

Carmen, anecdotally, was a role Callas would not play on stage because she would have to show her ankles, which she believed were fat.

And of course fat ankles are impossible. You can sing like a goddess and be beautiful and act your way out of a series of wet paper bags and just generally be incredible, but fat ankles - well.

May she - and her imaginary fat ankles - rest happily in peace

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Bring On The Republic

I am indebted to Bruce at for this trenchant republican manifesto.

Bruce, we - the apathetic monarchists with an interest in recreational shooting - salute you.
I’m an apathetic monarchist by inclination since it ain’t broke, needs no fixing yet, and we don’t have to pay for Liz’s upkeep. But I’m quite willing to consider a different model, so here’s my modest suggestion.
Institute a republic and an office of President chosen by the ruling federal party in Canberra of the time.
Give that person a 44 magnum and a passport and $5 million escrow account in Switzerland, and permission to shoot dead one person of their choice during their term of 5 years. The President would have no other power. The $5 million would be collectible on execution of the single responsibility of their office.
I guarantee two things. One, the choice of officeholder will be made very carefully, and two, the views of the President would be quite well listened to.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Nice Little Earner

Wondering why Tony Abbott's suddenly being hassled by the Indonesian government over something that happened under another Australian government in 2009?

Recent convictions of relatively low-level members of the Indonesian military leave little doubt their superiors are also doing nicely by helping people smugglers. Is it any wonder they want to see more boats heading south?


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Requiescat in pace

I hope she inherits everything, and can now have a financially secure and good life.

Note to all Australian priests: please stay out of karaoke bars in South East Asia, unless you are there on an actual mission from God.

(last day of the Octave of All Souls today, by the way)

Here is an extract from erstwhile Fr Lee's blog - the last post was, oddly enough, on death:
I was always unafraid of death prior to meeting Josefina. Now I am afraid of what impact my death would have on her. Now that we are expecting a baby, my desire to stay alive increases (although I do believe that if I died right now they would be better off financially).
I think it is people in our lives that give us less confidence in the future which is why I think priests and celibate people with no dependents and no real attachment to people are so able to espouse the hope of eternal life so realistically at a funeral.
Kevin, you were - as always - only half-right.

Priests and celibate people with no dependents are not people with 'no real attachment to people'.

Priests and celibate people love dearly and closely, even without spouses and dependents.
And it's precisely because they love dearly and closely, that they can make that sacrifice to ensure that a whole lot of people can be touched by God's love, who may never have any other chance at knowing it.
If you had understood that, you'd still be a priest. And alive.
May you rest in peace.

Friday, 8 November 2013

The Dawson Society - A Good Thing

As you all know, I never go anywhere, so it was very surprising that I managed to sneak out of the house and have a great time last Wednesday night.

I went to the last Dawson Society event for 2013 and heard Senator-elect for WA Joe Bullock speaking on the subject of faith and politics. He was marvellous; such a good speaker on his feet, and handled the questions with aplomb (taking no prisoners).

The Dawson Society is the brainchild of local lads Thomas Gourlay and Daniel Matthys, aided and abetted by other good people who you will find on their website. Here is their raison d'etre:

The Christopher Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture is an informal, not-for-profit association founded to encourage lay Christian engagement with contemporary philosophical and cultural issues. The Society takes its name from Christopher Dawson, the great English historian of the 20th century who throughout his work saw the world of spiritual belief “as the dynamic element in history and as a real world-transforming power.” It is the hope of the founders that in some small way the Dawson Society may uphold and continue the work of its namesake.

This translates in real life to the back room at Rosie O'Grady's in Northbridge, with very a respectable $25 pub grub sit-down dinner, a cash bar, a stage with a mike, and what must have been over 100 very cheerful and chatty people.

It was a hoot. Next time, you should come too. If you want to subscribe to their newsletter and find out when they're next meeting, email them at

Saturday, 2 November 2013

It's A Girl!

As many of you know, I'm a Patron of Abortion Grief Australia, so I like to talk about them whenever I can.

(I've started saying Patron with a Capital P, because some people were assuming I was a client of AGA. I'm not a client of AGA and never have been, but I was very chuffed to have been invited to be a Patron by the WA office.)

Anyhoo, one of my bugbears is also femicide. So I'm very pleased to announce that the 40 Days for Life campaign in Perth is hosting the premiere Perth screening of the film It's A Girl.
Here's the summary from the press release:
In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide”. Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members. The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls.
Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women.

You can watch the trailer here:

or at:

and find out more about the screening at:

Sunday, 27 October 2013

The Religion of Peace, Continued

From Fox News:
Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.

The four men were sentenced Oct. 6 after being arrested in a house church last December and charged with consuming alcohol in violation of the theocracy's strict laws, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide. They were among several Christians punished for their faith in a nation where converting from Islam to Christianity can bring the death penalty. According to a new October UN report by Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, such persecution is common, despite new President Hasan Rouhani's pledge to be a moderate.

“At least 20 Christians were in custody in July 2013," Shaheed wrote. "In addition, violations of the rights of Christians, particularly those belonging to evangelical Protestant groups, many of whom are converts, who proselytize to and serve Iranian Christians of Muslim background, continue to be reported.”

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Religion of Peace

Islam holds women in high respect.

They're so much more polite, for example, than horrid Western men who just treat women as sex objects.

That's why this is happening.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Wonders Will Never Cease

Peter Van Onselen has suddenly realised that the universities have been hoodwinking us for ages.

If only he’d noticed this under the Labor government.

Then he could have said something.

And I’m sure he would have.

In the Australian, of course.

Without a doubt.

Friday, 20 September 2013


Yep. Still got bronchitis.

But I think I've turned a corner.

Mind you, I've been saying that for weeks, and am starting to feel like the lady in Terry Gilliam's Brazil who has increasingly unsuccessful plastic surgery as the film progresses: 'The bandages will be off any day now'.

But it's my birthday today, and it's wonderful.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Bill Shorten for ALP Leader - Immediately

Chief Clown chief contender is well-known Oompa Loompa, Bill Shorten (below: Bill shares a joke with senior ACTU colleagues at the 2012 Congress).

This happy news also appears at Quadrant OnLine, but you don't get the full Joe Miller of the ACTU thing unless you can see the full photo.

Check out the guy on the far right. Is it Bill Ludwig? Answers on the back of a postcard, please.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

A Slight Change of Pace

Two weeks to go to the Federal election, which means it's time for something completely different. I love this film, and I think it deserves another airing.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Clowns, Considered has been running a very interesting thread on whether Kevin Rudd is turning into a scary clown. I would extend that by default to the entire Labor operation; I'm really just waiting for the absurdly small car to drive in and the current Rudd front bench to come tumbling out of it before throwing cream pies at each other.

Best answer so far has been from poster YT, who wins the Internet today.

Clowns are scary per se; to talk about 'scary clowns' is a tautology. So it's the photo gallery, as usual. You be the judge.


Cutting Edge Reviews, Daily Life-Style

To my great surprise, Alecia Simmonds has published a review of Daniel Bergner's book What Do Women Really Want? in Daily Life, that source of all feminine online wisdom, on 14 August 2013.

I'm not surprised to find that she's reviewed it, but I am surprised at by how much she's missed the boat, given that she's working exclusively in the electronic media.

This book - which caused a huge storm, and should have been top of Simmonds' reading list if she takes herself seriously as a thoroughly modern commentator on all things female, sexual, intellectual, etc - was published on 4 June 2013.

Bettina Arndt previewed it on 1 June 2013 in the Financial Review.

It was reviewed in the Daily Mail (UIK) on 2 July 2013.

Extracts were published in the Guardian (UK) on 5 July 2013.

Two international reviews from the Guardian and the Atlantic were reproduced in the Tasmanian Times on 9 July 2013.

It was reviewed again in the Guardian (UK) on 11 July 2013.

It was reviewed by Ruby Hamad on Daily Life on 25 July 2013.

Oh well. Maybe she was sick that week.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013


At long last, I am completely vindicated.

For many months now, I have maintained that this current ALP government is taking its policy direction from old TV reruns. So far I've found similarities to 'amnesia episode' tropes, Hogan's Heroes, Dad's Army , Rocky and Bullwinkle, and Gilligan's Island.

Today, the Daily Telegraph has backed me up at last. Let this be a lesson to you all in perseverance.

Update from - a new Hitler meme!

Monday, 5 August 2013

What Was Your Surname Again?

Do listen to this if you get a moment. It's a fascinating insight into what happens when a senior ALP figure (who is at the same time too young to know the real world) steps outside the MSM bubble and gets called to account for misrepresentation.

Below: an artist's impression of David Bradbury, Assistant Treasurer, fleeing in horror as he realises that not everyone in the mainstream media agrees with him.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Thursday, 1 August 2013

David Murray on the Continuing Crisis - Redux

I've noticed that this post is hugely popular, but that it's got a broken link.

The 31 March 2013 episode of The Bolt Report in which it appeared is on YouTube, so here's the new link.

Murray's spiel is still a really good short summary of the economic problems we're facing and continue to face. It's also a good reminder of Rudd's profligacy during his first Prime Ministership.

It starts at 03.50.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Happy Birthday To You

Dearly beloved - we are gathered here today in the sight of God to celebrate the fact that, on 15 July this blog celebrated its first birthday.

And I forgot completely.

So thank you to all of my readers - all 42,532 of you. Special prayers for all of you, even my stalkers.

Some stats for the wonks:

Average monthly views: 3455

Most popular post: @Pontifex - The Truth is Out (1592 views)

Second most popular post: David Murray on the Continuing Crisis (1010 views)

Third most popular post: Blue Tie Mining (565 views)

Most common traffic source: Quadrant Online - which wins on both URLs (710) and referring (5158)

Second most common traffic source: (514 and 1961 respectively)

Most common search entry: transverse city (16)

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Frock On

Naturally my eye was caught by this article:

WA Academic Creates the Perfect Little Black Dress

Well, whose wouldn't be. I read with interest how Danijela Kambaskovic - UWA Adjunct Professor, feminism and ancient history scholar, and associate investigator at my favourite research centre of all time, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions 1100-1800 - has developed a rather snazzy on-line business designing and selling a range of little black dresses.

Most of those involved are UWA humanities scholars. I don’t know whether to applaud their entrepreneurial skills, or wonder why they’re receiving taxpayers’ money to study the Renaissance, etc, at the same time as they develop this rather interesting-looking business.

Quite possibly I will do both.

Sadly, for me the dresses are neither here nor there; some are lovely, but I also think that perhaps the boots were a mistake. (And at 5 feet nothing, I'd be dragging most of these on the ground like a train behind me.)

But still, it's interesting, and I'm sure she'll do well out of it.

PS I’m still waiting for the study showing that funding research into the history of medieval emotions is lowering the WA suicide rate.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

A Pacific Solution? No Wukkas

More at Quadrant Online. You know it makes sense.

PS. Hope they send us lots of cashed-up US troops, like they did last time ...

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The Horror! The Horror!

On Saturday night I made an awful discovery.

I and 13 of my close relatives were at Kailis in Leederville, having a splendiferous feed of fish products after my nephew Justin's wedding. We were in our good clothes. The wine was flowing freely. In fact, all was tickety-boo until my sister Catherine told me that Kevin Rudd's birthday was 21 September.

I mocked her roundly. My brother Tony got his phone and googled the matter, and there it was.

Kevin Rudd's birthday is 21 September.

So is mine.

For those of you who care about these things even more than I do, it's also the birthday of:
  • Savonarola, famous Florentine ascetic and fanatic
  • H G Wells, famous fantasist and philanderer
  • Leonard Cohen, famous poetic depressive
  • the late Larry Hagman, famous TV astronaut and oil mogul
  • Liam Gallagher, famous public drunk and brawler
I'm quite fond of all these men, actually, especially Savonarola, who features in a stained glass window in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare is buried.

It just goes to show.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Ask Your Doctor If You Don't Believe Me

Had a thoughtful rant today at QED, a rant which is not for the squeamish, the faint-hearted, and those who think babies come from under cabbages. 

QED isn't actually 'my' blog per se; it just feels that way sometimes.

And if you want to know where Ottoline and Ptolemy come from ...

Saturday, 13 July 2013

A No Pot-Pourri Riot

I should have known there was something wrong when I saw the shop sign from halfway up the  road that runs through Toodyay, a very pretty little country town outside Perth.

I could have sworn it said, 'Toodyay Popery and Craft'.

I said this to my sister. She started laughing. What the shop sign actually said was 'Toodyay Drapery and Craft'.

Thankfully this was after we'd had the most superb meat pie I've ever eaten in my life from the Toodyay bakery on the same road, plus a vanilla slice that would make angels weep with envy.

We stopped at Noble Falls on the way home, and I paddled. Then we went to the pub across the road. It was a beautiful sunny winter's day, and the waterfall had water in it.

However, by the time I got home, the 'hayfever' I'd left home with that morning had metamorphosed into a hideous viral thing involving prodigious sneezing, streaming nose, muscle aches, and fatigue.

To make matters worse, for days now I have been unable to access one of my favourite blogs, Eccles and Bosco is Saved. Bruvver Eccles, one of the English-speaking world's most incisive and uncannily accurate Catholic bloggers and journalists, was hacked a while back, and I don't think he's fully recovered, because stops responding when I go to his page.

I will be back when I am feeling more up to things. Meanwhile, I did have a tiny rant on QED the other day.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Two Down, Lots To Go

I am very proud to be a patron of the national association Abortion Grief Australia, which does so much to help women struggling with (often decades-long) unhappiness, anger and regret.

It's an association I would like to see go out of business for all the right reasons, namely lack of demand. Sadly, this seems very far in the future.

So I was delighted to receive this wonderful message earlier this week:

"After eleven years of providing abortions, the Women's Clinic in Jones St Balcatta permanently closed on Monday 1st July 2013.

This is no accident, but a surely the result of the prayers, sacrifices, witness and faithfulness of so many Christians: those who have taken part in the three 40 Days for Life campaigns in Perth; those who have attended the Helper's weekly prayer vigils including those outside the Balcatta clinic for the past 10 1/2 years and those who have never ceased to pray and believe that there will be an end to abortion.

We praise and thank God for His great Mercy. There will be a final vigil at Balcatta on Friday morning in thanksgiving for the closure of this house of death, in remembrance of all the babies who have died there, to pray for women and men who have been wounded by abortion and for Dr Judith Nash and staff."

The final prayer vigil was on Friday. This follows the news that in the UK, the abortion mill in Bedford Square has just closed, again after years of peaceful protests which offered alternatives to women in crisis.

We all know that often the plan is to amalgamate these facilities or put them back into large hospitals, but thankfully we can keep offering alternatives, no matter where these facilities are.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Let's Try That Again, Shall We

Alannah McTiernan has run into a spot of bother. The former WA pollie has announced that she'll be contesting the federal seat of Perth in the next election(whenever it is). Thing is, a criminal charge is about to be laid against her husband.

No biggie. Until you put it through my patented Media Bias Translator. ™

"Newly anointed Liberal candidate for the federal seat of Perth, Josephine Bloggs, has moved to head off potential controversy, warning a criminal charge is likely to be laid against her husband.

Ms Bloggs said her husband, lawyer Tim McTernan, probably faced a charge in the next month regarding the administration of a trust fund.

He had brought his mistake to the attention of the Legal Practice Board, she said.

The matter had been referred to police and they had said they would likely lay a charge.

"This could have become an issue for him and we need to get that out at the beginning," Ms Bloggs told reporters.

"I have been thinking very deeply of whether it was fair to subject him to that level of public attention.

"He assured me that he shares my political views and philosophies. He wanted me to go forward."

In 2005 Ms Bloggs was accused of a conflict of interest after it emerged her husband held a small amount of shares in gas utility Alinta when cabinet made a decision in principle to support a stamp duty concession on the sale of the Epic Energy pipeline to a consortium including Alinta.

She told parliament she did not declare the shareholding because she was not aware her husband held the stock and promised to declare such interests in future."

Reads rather differently, doesn't it. I can see the ABC heading for the phones right now.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Lord of the Rings

I will leave you to allocate ALP leadership roles to the characters portrayed below.

But I'll give you a few hints.

Frodo has carried the Ring through a long and arduous journey to the cracks of Mount Doom.

On this long and arduous journey, Frodo has been stalked by a horrid little creature that was once what he was - a Ring-Bearer. The horrid little creature, called Gollum, has become obsessed with the Ring and wants it back. He follows Sam and Frodo, and serves them to the best of his ability so as to be close to the Ring. But eventually he betrays them and tries to have them eaten by a giant spider, so as to claim the Ring back. However, they survive and escape.

So here we are, at the crack of Mount Doom. Frodo is about to throw the Ring in and destroy it, when he decides that actually he will keep the Ring for his own power and aggrandisement. But all this time, Gollum has been sneaking along behind them. He leaps - and snaps! - and the Ring is his.

For a while, anyway.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

You'll Be Soorryyyyy ...

I can see that I need to post this again:

A Trip Down Amnesia Lane

 Here, for my readers' benefit, are just some of the reasons they shouldn't be glad if Ruddy comes back.


Warning: this last one is agonising to watch. You have to listen to him and KOB for AGES. And then at the end of it all, his dummy-spit isn't very interesting. (I also road-tested the 'swearing outtakes' video, and even that was dull.)

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Nowhere to Run To, Baby

Nowhere to hide ...

And they're off and racing in the 14 September Carnival.


Rob Oakeshott won't contest his seat of Lyne, even though he is happy to tell the world what a fine job he's been doing. And of course he's not standing down because he's going to get thrashed, and quite possibly tarred and feathered.

No, it's because 'The demands on an Independent MP in a regional seat are very high. It is for this reason that I cannot bring myself to commit to the coming three years.

It is out of respect for my community, for the role of Members of Parliament, and the commitment and time required to do the job, that I make today’s announcement.'

So really, he's doing it because he's a fine person, inside and out. Of course he is. And he proudly reminds us of his role in the debacle of the last three years:

'Three years ago, a supply and confidence agreement was reached to allow the commissioning of a Prime Minister and for a Parliament to start.

I am pleased we have reached the full three years, supply has been delivered, and confidence in the Parliament has also been delivered. The fact that we are now at the second last sitting day of a full three-year term is proof of this.'

Uh huh. And the other proof of Oakeshott's fine work would be the massive budget black hole, a divided country, a snarling caucus, a cowardly attempt by the Attorney General to gag free speech, the introduction of taxes that didn't raise revenue, uncosted national financial schemes that promise much and deliver nothing, and a tissue of lies spun by the Prime Minister's Office on a daily basis.
Good one, Rob. We, the voters of Australia, award you a standing ovation. Or rather, we would, if you were actually going to contest your seat. Which you aren't. Even though you've been doing such a fine job there, by your own account.

Meanwhile, Australia's other contender for the coveted role of Least Popular Independent, Tony Windsor, will also not be contesting his seat. Instead, he pleads health issues and a desire to spend more time with his family. In fact, Windsor says he wants to take his 21 year old son to Africa.

Once again, the voters of Australia salute you, Tony. In the absence of being able to chuck you out of your seat personally, I would be glad to endorse a 0.005% addition to the Medicare levy to allow us to buy you a one-way ticket there.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Knit 1, Purl 2

I've got some knitting ideas for the Prime Minister.

1) She could help our Defence Forces cope with increasing budget cuts and inferior equipment:

2) How about knitting some new voters? (If she starts now, the ALP might just scrape across the line by September.)
These ones come from a 'MummyBlogger' pattern, but there are other patterns available, including 'RustedOnALP', 'Hipster' and 'PollHatingSpeechWriter'.

3) And here's the obvious answer to the car manufacturing problem in Australia.

So far I haven't found any knitting patterns for budget surpluses, money, industries or small businesses. But I'll keep looking.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Willy Wonka and the Labor Party

Thank you to all of you who did your homework and sent me such amusing answers.

The correct answer is, of course, that we've now made the transition from The Court Jester to Willy Wonka and the Labor Party.

So far Augustus Gloop has been sucked through the chocolate extraction pipe system and sent to the Fudge Room for drinking too greedily from the chocolate river of electoral goodwill.
Now Violet Beauregarde has almost completed her transformation into a giant blueberry after chewing the Misogyny Gum. Any minute now, she should explode.

And all the while, those Oompa Loompas keep singing about it, in between perving at Kate Ellis’ legs.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Quadrant QED Posts, 2013

For more QED posts, see:  

QED Posts, 2009
QED Posts, 2010
QED Posts, 2011
QED Posts, 2012

The facts of life
July 15, 2013
The child is the father of the man, but it's still handy to know a little about his grandfather's DNA. Single mums by choice, please take note

Why Quigley pulled his own plug
July 12, 2013
It may be that the NBN chief jumped before he was pushed, but his motive is of academic interest in comparison with the goild-plated mega-mess he has left behind.

Consistent to the final drop
June 26, 2013
Julia Gillard has left the stage as she governed, which is to say in a billow of delusion, victimhood and, to put it bluntly, more of the same old lies

Fresh from the zoo, Obama's latest ambassador
June 24, 2013
Diplomats come and diplomats go, but seldom has Australia seen a US envoy boasting the credentials of John Berry

Aside from cold pies, what's on Shorten's mind?
June 23, 2013
Loyal backer of our beleagured Prime Minister? Numbers man with a shifty eye for the main chance? With apologies to the late Danny Kaye, the next few days should establish if he is prepared to grab the goblet or let this cup pass him by. Then again, maybe not

Roxon: Gone, unmourned and best forgotten
June 18, 2013If you really need another example of what is wrong with today's Labor, look no further the departing figure of Nicola Roxon.

Girls and women, heed the Gillard example
June 14, 2013
She owes her place to quotas and those union boys who opened the door to the Lodge and have not yet decided to evict her. There's a lesson there, but not one our gender-persecuted PM is ever likely to preach

The Rudd we've never known
June 13, 2013
A leading pundit sees in the ousted Labor leader the seeds of greatness. He must have confused him with another fair-haired and slightly less annoying Queenslander

May 17, 2013
Round up the usual suspect cliches and hoary myths -- the dubious documentarian will tap them all as he turns his camera's selective focus on pallid Australia's oppression of Aborigines
May 15, 2013
Our Prime Minister had need of Kleenex when introducing the NDIS to Parliament. So what is she has to cry about? 

May 6, 2013
That notion of parallel universes, so beloved of science fiction writers, is no longer a mere theory. If we are to judge by Julia Gillard's assertion that her party will carry the day on September 14, the one she inhabits must be a wonderful place indeed 

May 1, 2013
A multiple-personalities diagnosis has not stopped a Melbourne embezzler being sent away for a stretch of hard time. Many voters will wish to see the same legal principle observed in September 

April 27, 2013
With the cost of so-called 'morning after' pill poised to be underwritten and all the usual suspects cheering, recall all those assurances that sex ed would greatly reduce unwanted pregnancy. It didn't and this won't  

April 11, 2013
Four happy scholarships winners are off to Oxford and Cambridge in the name of fostering Indigenous achievement. The thing is, though, the recipients already boast lustrous CVs. What about a little help for Aborigines who have not yet got afoot on the ladder? 

April 2, 2013
If ABC movie critic Margaret Pomerantz did not know Franklin Delano Roosevelt had feet of clay when it came to marital fidelity, it can only be because she chose not wonder what was beneath those trousers pooled at his ankles  

March 11, 2013
Antony Green's legs were new, the sausage-sizzle spear-carriers weren't, and the spectacle of a born-to-the-purple Baby Beazely coming a cropper was quite simply delicious 

February 12, 2013
Until white smoke rises over the Vatican, predicting who will lead the Catholic Church is going to be a game to keep many "informed" sources very busy
February 8, 2013
If profits are common property, as our Treasurer seems to believe, let's all claim a share of with the wealth he has created. Please, stop laughing....
February 2, 2013
Labor's ship is foundering and some of the nastiest creatures Australian political life has seen in living memory are bolting for their comfy, pension-padded holes behind the skirting board. Hallelujah!
January 25, 2013
The campaign to regulate speech and save the preciously sensitive from offence has added the name of Basil fawlty to its long and growing list of unlikely martyrs. What's next, neutering Mrs Slocombe's animal companion?  

January 22, 2013
A perfectly presentable Labor senator from the Northern Territory has been bumped by prime ministerial edict, to be replaced by an Indigenous woman who is not even a member of the ALP. Tokenism, anyone?  

January 14, 2013
Journalism is history's first draft, but sometimes a re-write gets much closer to the truth.
The usual suspects (Doomed Planet)
January 9, 2013
It is only a draft copy of the IPCC's next report and a leaked one at that, but the names of the Australasian section's authors are unlikely to be revised. That's the thing about making a career in warmism -- it's good, solid, dependable work.   

January 7, 2013

Does a green-dipped sense of moral superiority give an anti-coal activist the right to mount a hoax that throws the stock market into turmoil? That's a question it may well fall to the courts to decide.
January 3, 2013
If Jenny Macklin ever shacks up with Adam Bandt,  they will find the welfare system offers adjustments and rewards for cohabitation. There is even a little calculator to work it all out.

  January 1, 2013

Funny thing about people whose wealth attracts the attention of those determined to redistribute it: the well-heeled can afford the sharpest accountants


Quadrant QED Posts, 2012

For more QED posts, see:

QED Posts, 2009

QED Posts, 2010

QED Posts, 2011

QED Posts, 2013

Harassment? Well, that depends...December 12, 2012
If you work for a member of parliament, especially a Federal one, you might like to think about the following.

Bob Carr, blind to all but the main chance
December 4, 2012
John Faulkner has begged the NSW branch of the ALP to clean up its act. This would be the same NSW where our unelected Foreign Minister Bob Carr was Labor Premier from 1995-2005.

Gillard's less-than-shining knight

November 27, 2012
Bruce Wilson has finally emerged and said that his ex-girlfriend of 17 years ago knew nothing about his profitable slush fund and other unusual financial activities.

Wither my free speech?

November 24, 2012
I drive to work along Stirling Highway, and on the way I pass the electoral office of the Member for Cottesloe, who also happens to be the Premier of Western Australia. On Fridays, it’s not uncommon to see a very, very small group of protesters outside this office. They are mostly female and of indeterminate age and sexual orientation, so I probably shouldn’t speculate on either.

Let's have a proper probe
November 14, 2012

There ought to be a Royal Commission, and so say all of us. I think everyone will be very happy to see that decades of child abuse are finally being investigated by the highest moral authorities in the land (the ABC, the Fairfax press, and the Gillard government).

A deluded feminism's real damage
November 12, 2012
My Quadrant Online colleague Steve Kates is in the crosshairs for daring to note that modern feminism has produced a bitter harvest. Those screams of outrage? Sometimes the truth hurts.
November 9, 2012
It seems some academics are finding a lucrative little money-spinner, or so authorities assert. Let us hail the profit motive, if not the debasement of our universities that has brought it to the fore.

Early Christmas for the ARC crew
November 6, 2012
No need to wait for Santa if you are one of the recipients of 2013's research grants because the goodies are in the mail. As expected, projects focusing on climate change do very, very well.

Rocky dawn of that Asian Century
October 31, 2012
Kevin Rudd had a reputation for airborne surliness when still jetting about the world, as a balled-out flight attendant could testify. Just lately he has missed a chance to redeem himself.

Wives and mothers-in-law first
October 25, 2012
The polls strongly suggest the Gillard government is a sinking ship, which may explain why Labor insiders are lining up at the purser's office to make their withdrawals.

Australia comes of age, like really
By Ainu Campbell-Barracks October 19, 2012
Australia bags a seat on the Security Council! Surely this is our nation's greatest achievement since the stump-jump plough.

Rogue citizen alert!
October 15, 2012
An unauthorised visitor to Parliament House has landed in a bit of trouble. Didn't he know the right ways to mix and mingle with Canberra's servants of the people?

How to offend Julia Gillard
October 9, 2012
Union ripoff artists, dirty texters, a brothel buff on the cross-bench and whispering catalysts for an Australia Day race riot don't ruffle the PM in the least. But point out her tolerance for crooks, sleaze and spivs and the shrieks will be deafening.

Goring the right ox
October 8, 2012
So, you thought honesty is a universal concept. Not for those on the left, where consistency is a very fluid concept.

Free speech saves lives
September 13, 2012
Use your words, parents tell tantrum-prone toddlers. The same advice applies to Muslim mobs whose readiness to take offence has so often erupted in violence and bloodshed.

A gay-marriage tax?
September 7, 2012
If all those smokers were to quit their habit, Prime Minister Gillard would need to find something else to tax.

Gillard's incorrigible dunces
September 5, 2012
Another day, another election-inspired plan to “fix” education. Expect more waste, cant and the profligate incompetence that this government has made its hallmark.

Hiding Behind Her Own Skirts
August 24, 2012
How dare they, those sexist brutes! Why, if a male lawyer had set up a bogus bank account for a light-fingered lover no one would have had a harsh word. That's what our PM wants you to believe

News from a parallel universe
August 22, 2012
Calls for an inquiry into the Reserve Bank are all very well and good, but isn’t there another target whose dirty laundry is worth a public washing?

August 17, 2012
A reader's guide to cartoonist Pickering's ongoing coverage of our Prime Minister's misadventures, amorous and otherwise, with former beau Bruce Wilson and those AWU bank accounts.

August 7, 2012
Here are some of the ways in which the NDIS - a scheme which is supposed to help genuinely disadvantaged people who are doing it really, really tough - could have been funded from as far back as 2007, when this government was first elected.
August 4, 2012
Now it’s just getting plain weird. A roomful of painfully embarrassed people will witness Australia’s clown prince of economics and unreconstructed distributivist Wayne Swan engage in death-defying feats of Dad-trying-to-be-cool.

July 24, 2012
UPDATED. Did you know that climate change will impact upon our sheds, our ability to reason, our food supply, our newspapers, our Trekkies, and - most surprisingly of all - former Australian Attorney-General H V Evatt?

June 20, 2012
I see Gina Rinehart raising an invisible two fingers to the Gillard government, the ABC, and indeed an entire host of people who I wouldn’t cross the street for if my life depended on it.

May 25, 2012
Take my advice and he could have a nice career ahead of him as an after-dinner speaker and even have his own talk show.

May 22, 2012
When a very public person is innocent of a crime of which they have been accused, what do they do?

May 14, 2012
At the weekend, Craig Thomson claimed that he has been set up. Here are some suggestions which he might like to pursue as possible explanations.

May 9, 2012
Spending someone else’s money on dinners and hookers and plane fares is pretty much illegal; that should be fairly obvious. But if he bankrolled his election campaign with union funds, Thomson can argue that he had ample precedent.

April 18, 2012
James Delingpole began his tour of Australia in Perth last night and when he opened the floor up to questions that we really saw him in his element.

April 16, 2012
So why has Bob Brown stepped down?

April 5, 2012
Isn’t it reassuring to think that all along we had an arts sector that thrived on lack of funding - that positively cried out not to be subsidised, as this would surely strangle the muse?

March 10, 2012
No wonder payback has proved unstoppable in remote Aboriginal communities — no one is actually trying to stop it.  

March 2, 2012
Wayne Swan, on around $270,000 a year, minimum, not counting his allowances, tells us that the super-rich (viz., people much richer than Wayne Swan) are trying to poison our country.

March 1, 2012
While every other headline in Australian newspapers on this troubled issue of child protection focused on the need to overhaul Victorian state government services  your ABC decided that, as usual, the real culprit was organised religion.

February 19, 2012
Kevin Rudd and the ‘porn star”.

February 16, 2012
What most people seem to overlook in this ongoing and fascinating scandal is exactly what union this is. Just whose money are these people mismanaging and quite possibly misusing?

February 9, 2012
Being the life and times of Peter Slipper.

January 31, 2012
Gary Oldman’s wonderful, but only because you know he’s not being Gary Oldman’s usual screen self. Instead he just potters about with a big pair of glasses on.

January 20, 2012
This really is serious news: given the state of the rest of the economy, we may be looking at a Wiggles-led recovery in 2012.