Gerard Henderson’s Weekly Column

ABC one-eyed on staff cuts

2020-06-30T10:38:43+10:00June 27th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

It is invariably a sad occasion when employees lose jobs through no fault of their own. This applies to the 250 job losses at the ABC that were ­announced by its managing director, David Anderson, on Wednesday. As it does to the forthcoming 6000 job cuts at Qantas, as well as to those recently announced [...]

Acknowledge past injustice without rewriting history

2020-06-23T10:50:45+10:00June 20th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Police guard the Lachlan Macquarie and Captain Cook statues in Sydney’s Hyde park after both were the target of vandals. Picture: Steve Tyson On Wednesday, ABC News and on television and the influential ABC AM radio program made much of an incident where a member of the NSW Police Force tactical operations unit [...]

No link to Australia but protesters will feel virtuous

2020-06-10T09:23:37+10:00June 6th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

Today will see what are presented as Black Lives Matter protests in Australian cities and elsewhere. Protesters will be remembering the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer who has been charged with murder. His three associates face somewhat lesser charges. A driving factor in some of these marches [...]

Hugs are nice, but industrial reform is more productive

2020-06-10T09:22:39+10:00May 30th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

Perhaps the only acceptable factor of the coronavirus pandemic is the outlawing of the hug, including the group hug — which apparently has been replaced by the virtual hug. This was evident when Scott Morrison addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday. The focus of the talk was the development of skills and reforming [...]

Royal commission denies George Pell legal justice

2020-05-27T12:06:52+10:00May 17th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

The ignorance of some journalists never seems to surprise. Take, for example, the release last week of the non-redacted report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse covering its case studies in the Catholic diocese of Ballarat and archdiocese of Melbourne. Sections of both reports had been delayed pending the result [...]

Coronavirus: Unlike Labor, unions, Scott Morrison is for the workers

2020-05-27T12:07:25+10:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

It’s only a few months ago that green-left types, including quite a few journalists, took delight in sneering at Scott Morrison as “Scotty from marketing”. Now, however, a more appropriate term would be “ScoMo for the workers”. It was around the turn of the 20th century that the Australian Labor Party was created out of [...]

Coronavirus: Good trade relationship with China doesn’t mean we’re kowtowing

2020-05-27T12:08:06+10:00May 2nd, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|

In the current debate on the Australia-China relationship that has been fuelled by China’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic, one opinion deserves special attention. It is that proffered by former prime minister John Howard as reported in The Australian on Monday. Howard said that Australia should take a pragmatic approach in its relationship with China. [...]

Malcolm Turnbull’s book omissions tell us more than the inclusions

2020-04-28T14:52:12+10:00April 28th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

As readers of Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story Silver Blaze will recall, Sherlock Holmes solves a crime by focusing on a dog that did not bark. It was, in Holmes’s terminology, another “elementary, my dear Watson” moment. It’s much the same with political biographies. Sometimes a former politician’s memoirs reveal more about the author when [...]