Monday, 17 June 2013

Quadrant QED Posts, 2012

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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.

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