Category Archives: Social issues

The anti-Morrison pile-on will bolster his base

Like the “Never Trump” bubble in the US, the perverse effect of this summer’s anti-Morrison pile-on will be to bolster the Prime Minister’s political base.

This article originally appeared in the Australian Financial Review on 18 February 2020.

It is a truism that Australia trails the world by 10 years on any major trend, but in this era of globalisation, we catch on faster to some of the most odious cultural movements.

Notable among these is the way in which some American media has merged itself into the Never Trump movement, a completely counterproductive move that has increased polarisation and has the perverse effect of making Trump’s followers double down in support of him – regardless of how heinously he disregards accountability. Continue reading

The Drum, Friday 17 January 2020

the drum

Host: Adam Spencer
Panel: Parnell McGuinness, Kirsten Banks, James Hennessy

What is a ‘Betelgeuse’ and why has it got astronomers so excited? Also, the panel discusses growing concerns over large advertisers influencing commercial news and we geek out on some exciting scientific developments and the good, bad – and permanence – of tattoos.

Full episode here - ABC’s The Drum, Friday, 17 January 2020

Virtue signalling as the nation burns

Greenies who back costly renewables over workable nuclear energy are doing more than anyone to keep coal in business.

This article originally appeared in the Australian Financial Review on 21 January 2020

If this is a climate emergency, then it’s time for us to demand actions that produce results.

We don’t need a royal commission into the bushfires. A royal commission would be a costly way to find out what past reviews and royal commissions have found: namely that the Australian bush is full of highly flammable trees and that, as population increases create suburban sprawl and lifestyle preferences entice treechangers into leafy regions, more people and assets are at risk.

Refusal to accept nuclear means a longer dependence on coal. Not for Syndication Continue reading

Morrison must reconcile the extremists

It will not be enough to announce a prudent pragmatic approach to climate change. The Prime Minister will also have to find a way to satisfy the fanatics on both sides of the climate wars.

This article originally appeared in the Australian Financial Review on 7 January 2020

The bushfires have brought out the best in Australians. And the bushfires have also shown us the worst: hysterical, inflexible, identity-obsessed and vengeful.

“This will be Exhibit A in the coming climate trials,” Greens MP Adam Bandt tweeted, above a photo of Liberals celebrating the passing of the Carbon Tax Repeal Bills. Assuming his goal is consensus on the need for climate action, he just set the cause back significantly. Continue reading

The lunatics declare war on the centre

The shouty progressive left is bent on alienating the mainstream population. Too many conservatives are anxious to follow suit.

This article originally appeared in the Australian Financial Review on 11 December 2019

Sometimes you see a culture get a little bit crazier right before your very eyes. And thanks to Twitter, these moments are becoming more frequent. As the “cancel” decade draws to a close, the thumb-slamming warriors have abandoned reason itself.

In 2019, the term “cancel culture” entered the Macquarie Dictionary as its word of the year. “The attitudes within a community which call for or bring about the withdrawal of support from a public figure … usually in response to an accusation of a socially unacceptable action or comment by the figure” is a very prim way of describing a baying mob set on destroying the livelihoods of anyone who commits real or perceived transgressions. Continue reading