The One Word We’re Not Hearing: ‘Alleged’

22nd November 2020 Comments (23) The One Word We’re Not Hearing: ‘Alleged’Peter Smith Quadrant Online 22nd November 2020 To put it mildly, “alleged” is an all-important word and concept in Australian jurisprudence, as is its companion phrase, “the presumption of innocence.” Together they safeguard our very freedom. When those alleged to have committed a crimeContinue reading “The One Word We’re Not Hearing: ‘Alleged’”

From ‘Angry Penguins’ to an Unquestioned ‘Emu’

26th August 2020 Tony Thomas Have Australian schools gone green-barmy or what? Yet another “teachers’ guide” is operative about would-be “Aborigine” Bruce Pascoe and his Dark Emu fantasy. This book has done well for him, selling more than 260,000 copies.  His fantasy involves pre-colonial Aboriginal agriculturalists. Pascoe isolates atypical facets, distorts explorers’ reports, and addsContinue reading “From ‘Angry Penguins’ to an Unquestioned ‘Emu’”

Christians in a Fragile Democracy: An Interview with John Anderson

15/09/2020  |  Akos Balogh © Tuesday 15th September marks International Democracy Day, and there’s a lot of concern over the state of democracies both here and abroad. To reflect on this from a Christian perspective, TGCA spoke with John Anderson, a former Deputy PM, and now social commentator. (N.B. This is an edited version ofContinue reading “Christians in a Fragile Democracy: An Interview with John Anderson”

The Grievance Industrial Complex and Me

21st August 2020 Damien Richardson I was five years old when Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was sacked by Sir John Kerr on November 11, 1975 — too young to deal with the political upheaval the dismissal caused in my working-class family. I guess I absorbed and internalised that resentment, as it wasn’t until I enteredContinue reading “The Grievance Industrial Complex and Me”

The Future Flood of COVID Furphies

17th September 2020 Comments (16) Peter Smith Frequent contributor At the Anglican service I attend each Sunday, my church currently draws only about only one-third the number of people as compared with pre-COVID times. Precautions are taken. There is ample space and pews are marked to ensure social distancing, procedures are in place (e.g., noContinue reading “The Future Flood of COVID Furphies”

Victoria’s Epidemic of Despair

27th September 2020 Comments (2) Christopher Heathcote The Victorian government has devised a new solution to mental health problems.  Using legislation under its “State of Emergency”, the police now arrest and fine persons suffering mental health problems who try to make any form of public outcry over their afflictions.  The premier, Daniel Andrews, has setContinue reading “Victoria’s Epidemic of Despair”

Koalas versus ‘Experts’

5th July 2020 Comments (5) Vic Jurskis In my book, The Great Koala Scam, I make the following observation.  “Koalas are a rare species in healthy forests. Where they are plentiful, their numbers must inevitably crash, and fires will inevitably explode.” In 2019, I gave evidence to this effect before a NSW parliamentary inquiry examiningContinue reading “Koalas versus ‘Experts’”

Women Under the Spell

20th October 2019 Comments (12) Augusto Zimmermann The connections of early feminism with secular ideologies such as liberalism and socialism are well known. I have myself written about these in several of my articles, including a chapter in my book on Western legal theory. However, the spiritual dimensions that underpinned the early feminist movement inContinue reading “Women Under the Spell”

A Warm Afternoon with Cardinal Pell

14th August 2020 Comments (15) Wanda Skowronska It has been four months since Cardinal George Pell was freed from Victoria’s Barwon Prison on April 7, after the High Court unanimously overturned his convictions. During his 400 days in jail many people, myself among them, sent the Cardinal letters and cards of support, hoping and prayingContinue reading “A Warm Afternoon with Cardinal Pell”