Gerard Henderson’s Weekly Column

Democracy under attack from the censorious Left

2020-11-02T10:42:53+11:00October 31st, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

Democratic politics, which can only function within a system of representative government, turns on the successful and peaceful regulation of difference. In other words, democracy is all about ­debate and discussion. In contemporary Western societies, this concept is under attack, primarily from the left, by means of de-platforming individuals. This amounts to non-violent silencing, or [...]

Late-night tweets reveal truth about ABC’s culture

2020-10-26T10:06:57+11:00October 24th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

Isn’t it interesting that so many of the best and brightest at the ABC, who spend their professional lives critiquing the political errors of others, make such mistakes themselves? Take the case of ABC chief political correspondent Laura Tingle, who appears regularly on 7.30. In my Media Watch Dog blog on October 16 I publicised the story [...]

ICAC lines up a third innocent Liberal premier

2020-10-19T11:43:30+11:00October 17th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

It’s not clear yet but NSW’s Independent Commission Against Corruption could be about to achieve, in cricketing terms, a hat-trick. In this case it is the clean bowling of three successful NSW Liberal Party premiers — none of whom is corrupt. Without question, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has suffered huge personal embarrassment and considerable reputational [...]

Budget’s pandemic spending is the right thing to do

2020-10-26T11:57:31+11:00October 10th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column, Uncategorized|

Despite the prevalence of the cliche “history repeats itself” — it rarely, if ever, does so. World War II was different from its predecessor. The Depression of 1929-31 was dissimilar from that of four decades earlier. And the Spanish flu of 1919-20 can be distinguished from the COVID-19 pandemic a century later. The same can be [...]

Amy Coney Barrett is Trump’s Supreme Court pick, not the ‘Catholic choice’

2020-10-12T12:25:30+11:00October 3rd, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

It was a straightforward yet significant question. Once a week, ABC Radio Sydney 702 runs a “Trump Tuesday” segment. Richard Glover is the presenter and the usual guest commentator is David Smith from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. The USSC is essentially a hangout for supporters of the Democrats or [...]

Kept in dark like mushrooms while Victoria suffers

2020-10-02T13:57:22+10:00September 26th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

At last. On Wednesday evening, the ABC’s 7.30 program discussed the Victorian COVID-19 hotel quarantine inquiry. Headed by former judge Jennifer Coate, it began proceedings on August 17. This first event was covered by 7.30, which presents itself as Australia’s leading news and current affairs program. And then the inquiry was dropped completely by 7.30 [...]

History repeats with good governance in retreat

2020-09-16T09:41:42+10:00September 12th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

As a continent that interacts with the rest of the world, Australia cannot escape depressions, recessions or pandemics. However, colonial (before 1901), state and federal governments can make such disasters worse than should be the case. The depression of the early 1890s, the Great Depression of the 1930s, the recession of the early 90s and [...]

Truth unmasked: No, we’re not all in this together

2020-09-16T09:37:57+10:00September 5th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

Last week there was a question in Melbourne. And this week, across the Pacific, came an answer from San Francisco. On August 28, inner-city Melbourne-based ABC presenter Jonathan Green put out the following tweet towards the end of the Republican National Convention: “Watching trump — louche, glib, a shambling slob, slumped at the lectern, mouthing [...]