One of the fascinating things about Australian politics is its sensitivity to global politics, a sensitivity that is often disguised unconvincingly by politicians and those with an interest in pretending that it all emanates from the security compound on Capital Hill – even though much of the public is fairly wise to the fact that […]

A mini Menzies ice age

Tuesday, 27 December 2016   International relations   1 comment 

Howard’s attempt to rehabilitate Menzies this year on telly may have been unconvincing, but its timing wasn’t too bad, since right now Australia is going through a late Menzies period – politically paralysed in the face of international change.


Friday, 18 November 2016   International relations, Other   4 comments 

That other basket of people are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy […]

At the centre of it was a democratic vote that is now likely to systematically and carefully annulled. It is hard to see who has an interest in preventing it.

Conservatives will be grateful to Cameron to allow them to forget the whole ghastly business.

The pitch. Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say China in a trade deal? I beat China all the time. All the time. Republican and US Presidential front-runner Donald Trump […]

What was supposed to be significant in a democracy was not the hundreds or thousands in a political party but the millions in society they represented.

This has the making of being a regional diplomatic disaster.

Why should community leaders be as responsible as anyone else for these jihadists and why would they be able to do anything about it?

Disaster politics

Thursday, 31 July 2014   International relations   15 comments 

The last few weeks have reminded that in recent years something rather unpleasant has entered politics.

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