The less you see and hear of people like me, the better

There is an expression in American politics known as ‘inside the beltway’. It is a reference to the interstate highway that circles the capital city, Washington DC.

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The less you see and hear of people like me, the better

Australian welfare reform needs a Newstart

We were greeted with the news this week that Centrelink staff have been ordered to make phone calls to more than 80,000 single parents to apologise after advising them to destroy their pensioner concession cards.

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Australian welfare reform needs a Newstart

True leaders don’t fear failure

There are two types of people who reach leadership positions. One type is driven by the hope or desire to succeed; the other by the fear of failure.

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The formula for a happy marriage, sort of…

At the same time, many social scientists have observed that most young adults wish to marry, ‘but not just yet.’ This attitude is reflected in demographic trends. The median age of marriage has increased significantly over the past few decades.

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The formula for a happy marriage, sort of…

Nanny state calling stumps for no good reason

The news that a municipal council in Melbourne has banned local cricketers from playing the popular, fast-paced Twenty20 in more than 40 parks raises questions about the increasingly litigious and risk-averse culture in which we live today.

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The wooden puppet who dreamed of becoming PM…

In a democratic polity like Australia, there is a compact between the governing party and the governed people.

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Intoxicated with Power

Four years into the Rudd–Gillard Labor government, it is judged by the majority of the Australian people as a failure.

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Why Britain is broken, and how it might be fixed

The real test, when the riots subside, properties are restored and a semblance of order returns to the streets, is whether society has the courage to tackle the real causes.

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Why Britain is broken, and how it might be fixed

The Greens: Policies, Realities and Consequences

In a paper that I wrote last year, I noted that the Greens had been treated as a political curiosity for many years, but, “as a political party, they should be treated like any other political party and subjected to the same scrutiny.”

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The Greens: Policies, Realities and Consequences

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Edmund Burke once lamented that “the days of sophists, calculators and economists are upon us.”

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