Tuesday, 17 January 2017   The Australian state   5 comments 

David Rowe: AFR The age of entitlement is over. The age of personal responsibility has begun. Joe Hockey, 2 February 2014 Four discussions are going on right now that tells a lot about the current state of play between Australian government and society: means testing on pensions, the Centrelink fiasco, MPs expenses and the implementation […]

Failing state

Monday, 1 August 2016   The Australian state   1 comment 

As usual in Australia, race remains too central to the state to expect any sort of clarity on it.


Monday, 24 August 2015   Society, The Australian state   10 comments 

Or it may be possible that having got itself into a ludicrous position through culture war over-reach, that it could do nothing about even on its own terms, the anti-racist campaign against the public quietly tip-toed away from situation before it could get out of control.


Monday, 16 March 2015   The Australian state   10 comments 

The idea of shutting down remote communities because they are economically unviable is, of course, rubbish.

Home front – an update

Wednesday, 24 December 2014   Society, The Australian state   45 comments 

Rather than a rise of Islamophobia imagined by the left rising up against a foreign terrorist threat imagined by the right, what we had were people seeming to react to what it was, a small, but disturbing sign of social fracturing.


Wednesday, 22 October 2014   Political figures, The Australian state   18 comments 

It’s perhaps for the best that Gough’s not around to see the hash they’ll make of it.

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


Monday, 11 August 2014   State of the parties, The Australian state   13 comments 

We are talking not about a threat from overseas, than Australians going overseas to spread their chaos in other countries.

A hollow debate

Monday, 7 April 2014   The Australian state   21 comments 

The government has tried to use libertarian arguments to nullify and roll back a piece of anti-racist legislation but has nowhere to take it back to.

The last six years have shown that what asylum seekers have more to be concerned about is an insecure, out of control political class that targets the most vulnerable to make itself look in command.

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