Gerard Henderson’s Weekly Column

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 [...]

Grim power still in symbols of past

2020-09-16T10:49:18+10:00August 29th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

Perhaps it’s the advent of social media with the abundance of emojis and the like. Or maybe we live at a time so contemporary that there is scant historical awareness. Whatever the reason, communism and its past and present followers receive a relatively good media, with the exception of today’s Chinese Communist Party. And fascism [...]

Labor faces a divergence between its old and new base

2020-08-24T16:04:56+10:00August 22nd, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

When the Australian Labor Party splits it does so over policy — not personalities. So bitter are these disputes that those who have left, or been expelled from, Labor are invariably labelled “rats”. On Thursday, The Australian broke the news that Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon had told the Blenheim Partners podcast that Labor could divide in much [...]

Foolish Left no judge of economic success

2020-08-04T13:35:11+10:00August 1st, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

Last weekend was a relatively quiet one in so far as news goes. Apart from the pandemic, that is. And an unexpected discussion about supply-side economics. On Friday July 24, Josh Frydenberg addressed the National Press Club in Canberra following the release, the previous day, of the Economic and Fiscal Update. Initially he focused on [...]

Academic freedom bows at the altar of social media

2020-07-28T09:45:12+10:00July 25th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

It’s out with philosophers John Stuart Mill, John Locke and Isaiah Berlin and it’s in with “the internet, social media and trolling”. According to the majority judgment of the Federal Court of Australia in James Cook University v Ridd handed down on Wednesday, that is. Peter Ridd was employed by James Cook University for 27 years [...]

Whitlam dismissal ‘bombshell’ is nothing more than a fizzer

2020-07-23T14:34:20+10:00July 18th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

When it comes to promoting conspiracy theories in Australia, the left intelligentsia is tops. Remember the claim that the anti-communist Robert Menzies’ Coalition government organised the 1954 defection of diplomats Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov from the Soviet Union’s embassy in Canberra to discredit Labor leader Bert Evatt in the lead-up to the election that year? [...]