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‘WDWYFP’, the Signal China Really Deserves

‘WDWYFP’, the Signal China Really Deserves

In an article in Tuesday’s Australian, Greg Sheridan rightly calls out the arrogance of Chinese officials in seeking to block Sky News reporter Cheng Lei at the joint Li Qiang /Pekingese Albanese (thanks Johannes Leak!) press conference and, more importantly, Anthony Albanese’s typically pathetic response – ‘Nobody told me about
It’s American as Apple Somosa

It’s American as Apple Somosa

The un-bylined author of this Essential Reading item wasn’t the only one to draw a very large breath upon the news that the US national cricket team (above) recently beat Pakistan in the T20 World Cup.  Such a result by a cricketing minnow (the US made the tournament only because
The Vaping Bill Doubles Down on Failure

The Vaping Bill Doubles Down on Failure

The Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Vaping Reforms) Bill 2024 is set to be debated and voted on in the Senate on June 24. If the Senate bill is passed, Australia’s eight state and territory parliaments will each have to pass corresponding legislation. If they don’t, the survival of
Clash of the Climateers

Clash of the Climateers

It’s the slugfest of the century — Australia’s top climate alarmist Dr Joelle Gergis (above) duking it out with Anna-Maria Arabia, CEO of the Australian Academy of Science. The green-Left Academy wants any challenge to its global warming panics to be censored by the federal apparatus – see Shut Them
To Whom Much is Gibbon, Much is Undesired

To Whom Much is Gibbon, Much is Undesired

I have long struggled with the point of view of those on the left of the political spectrum. I have tongue-cheek suggested that alien body snatching has been at work. I have also idly speculated on the existence of a morbidity which selectively arrests the development of susceptible brains, keeping
Correlation, Causation and Catastrophists

Correlation, Causation and Catastrophists

It was World Environment Day on June 5 and UN Secretary-General António Guterres marked the occasion with a speech at the American Museum of Natural History. The “moment of truth” for climate action, he said, is now: We are playing Russian roulette with our planet. We need an exit ramp
The Swelling Ranks of Trump’s Australian Admirers

The Swelling Ranks of Trump’s Australian Admirers

We have now entered the latest stage of the judicial stitch-up of Donald Trump on bookkeeping misdemeanors which have, through the magic of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), morphed into criminal felonies attracting possible jail time and the certainty of ceaseless reiterations of the tag ‘convicted felon’. All this has been
Wokeshevism: Where Putin is Right about the West

Wokeshevism: Where Putin is Right about the West

The present war in Ukraine finds its parallel in the parting of ways between Russia and the West in all matters of culture. This found expression in 2021 when Russia’s Vladimir Putin, delivered an important speech at the Valday Club, an annual gathering of intellectuals, philosophers, writers, scholars, journalists, and
The ‘Serious Harm’ of Julie Inman Grant

The ‘Serious Harm’ of Julie Inman Grant

On May 30, Senate estimates had the pleasure of hearing ESafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant explain, after a fashion, how her ever-growing agency “protects” Australians. The highlight of the hearing came when Tasmanian Liberal Senator Claire Chandler, who has written of her frustration in The Spectator —  attempted to get
Donald Trump’s Get Out of Jail Card

Donald Trump’s Get Out of Jail Card

Anyone seeking to understand Donald Trump’s legal travails and what might be his next move will find it both informative and amusing to poke about in the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct’s (NYCJC) database of judges dragged off the bench. Helpfully, the Commission has made the determinations available
A ‘Gay Book Ban’ Own Goal

A ‘Gay Book Ban’ Own Goal

A plague on both your houses. Shakespeare’s famous line about two equally intransigent sides in a dispute could have been written about the imbroglio surrounding Cumberland Council’s recent decision to ban, through its library department, books intended for children about same-sex relationships and practices. Requiring that a title such as
Andrews gets a Gong. Now Botulism Wants One Too

Andrews gets a Gong. Now Botulism Wants One Too

So let me get this right. In awarding Daniel Andrews the Companion of the Order of Australia, this is what the Federal Labor government considers “eminent service to the people and parliament of Victoria, to public health, to policy and regulatory reform, and to infrastructure development”: Hotel Quarantine: Daniel Andrew’s

‘WDWYFP’, the Signal China Really Deserves

‘WDWYFP’, the Signal China Really Deserves
In an article in Tuesday’s Australian, Greg Sheridan rightly calls out the arrogance of Chinese officials in seeking to block Sky News reporter Cheng Lei at the joint Li Qiang /Pekingese Albanese (thanks Johannes Leak!) press conference and, more importantly, Anthony Albanese’s typically pathetic response – ‘Nobody told me about

It’s American as Apple Somosa

It’s American as Apple Somosa
The un-bylined author of this Essential Reading item wasn’t the only one to draw a very large breath upon the news that the US national cricket team (above) recently beat Pakistan in the T20 World Cup.  Such a result by a cricketing minnow (the US made the tournament only because

The Vaping Bill Doubles Down on Failure

The Vaping Bill Doubles Down on Failure
The Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Vaping Reforms) Bill 2024 is set to be debated and voted on in the Senate on June 24. If the Senate bill is passed, Australia’s eight state and territory parliaments will each have to pass corresponding legislation. If they don’t, the survival of

Clash of the Climateers

Clash of the Climateers
It’s the slugfest of the century — Australia’s top climate alarmist Dr Joelle Gergis (above) duking it out with Anna-Maria Arabia, CEO of the Australian Academy of Science. The green-Left Academy wants any challenge to its global warming panics to be censored by the federal apparatus – see Shut Them

To Whom Much is Gibbon, Much is Undesired

To Whom Much is Gibbon, Much is Undesired
I have long struggled with the point of view of those on the left of the political spectrum. I have tongue-cheek suggested that alien body snatching has been at work. I have also idly speculated on the existence of a morbidity which selectively arrests the development of susceptible brains, keeping

Correlation, Causation and Catastrophists

Correlation, Causation and Catastrophists
It was World Environment Day on June 5 and UN Secretary-General António Guterres marked the occasion with a speech at the American Museum of Natural History. The “moment of truth” for climate action, he said, is now: We are playing Russian roulette with our planet. We need an exit ramp

The Swelling Ranks of Trump’s Australian Admirers

The Swelling Ranks of Trump’s Australian Admirers
We have now entered the latest stage of the judicial stitch-up of Donald Trump on bookkeeping misdemeanors which have, through the magic of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), morphed into criminal felonies attracting possible jail time and the certainty of ceaseless reiterations of the tag ‘convicted felon’. All this has been

Wokeshevism: Where Putin is Right about the West

Wokeshevism: Where Putin is Right about the West
The present war in Ukraine finds its parallel in the parting of ways between Russia and the West in all matters of culture. This found expression in 2021 when Russia’s Vladimir Putin, delivered an important speech at the Valday Club, an annual gathering of intellectuals, philosophers, writers, scholars, journalists, and

The ‘Serious Harm’ of Julie Inman Grant

The ‘Serious Harm’ of Julie Inman Grant
On May 30, Senate estimates had the pleasure of hearing ESafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant explain, after a fashion, how her ever-growing agency “protects” Australians. The highlight of the hearing came when Tasmanian Liberal Senator Claire Chandler, who has written of her frustration in The Spectator —  attempted to get

Donald Trump’s Get Out of Jail Card

Donald Trump’s Get Out of Jail Card
Anyone seeking to understand Donald Trump’s legal travails and what might be his next move will find it both informative and amusing to poke about in the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct’s (NYCJC) database of judges dragged off the bench. Helpfully, the Commission has made the determinations available

A ‘Gay Book Ban’ Own Goal

A ‘Gay Book Ban’ Own Goal
A plague on both your houses. Shakespeare’s famous line about two equally intransigent sides in a dispute could have been written about the imbroglio surrounding Cumberland Council’s recent decision to ban, through its library department, books intended for children about same-sex relationships and practices. Requiring that a title such as

Andrews gets a Gong. Now Botulism Wants One Too

Andrews gets a Gong. Now Botulism Wants One Too
So let me get this right. In awarding Daniel Andrews the Companion of the Order of Australia, this is what the Federal Labor government considers “eminent service to the people and parliament of Victoria, to public health, to policy and regulatory reform, and to infrastructure development”: Hotel Quarantine: Daniel Andrew’s