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Abusive left can’t cop the idea of an electable Dutton

2024-04-08T09:08:32+10:006 April 2024|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column, Uncategorized|

What’s frequently missing from the Australian political debate is a sense of historical perspective. Look at it this way. No federal government in Australia has been defeated after serving only one term in office in nearly a century. And that was at a most unusual time. In December 1928, James Scullin led the Australian Labor [...]

Faith schools stoush a solution looking for a problem

2024-04-04T12:00:45+11:0030 March 2024|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column, Uncategorized|

Once upon a time, the term sectarianism was used in Australia to describe hostility to the Catholic Church in general and Catholics in particular. Anti-Catholic sectarianism has never gone away, but it has diminished dramatically from around half a century ago. It has been replaced by a more general form of sectarianism directed at religion [...]

It is anti-Semitism that is soaring, not Islamophobia

2024-03-25T12:04:51+11:0023 March 2024|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column, Uncategorized|

The prevalence of moral equivalence in the debate over the Israel-Hamas war was evident on the ABC Radio National Breakfast program on Wednesday. Presenter Patricia Karvelas interviewed opposition Senate leader Simon Birmingham on a range of issues. Karvelas put this proposition to Birmingham: “Anti-Semitism is on the rise, Islamophobia is on the rise, in the [...]

7.30 pushes usual buttons in all-out nuclear attack

2024-03-18T09:35:27+11:0016 March 2024|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column, Uncategorized|

It’s a tale of two interviews. On Tuesday, Sarah Ferguson interviewed opposition climate change and energy spokesman Ted O’Brien on ABC TV’s 7.30. The following morning former Liberal Party prime minister Malcolm Turnbull was interviewed on ABC Radio National Breakfast by Patricia Karvelas. Turnbull seems to have a particular relationship with RN Breakfast. It is [...]

Liberals entitled to claim Dunkley as a ‘morale’ victory

2024-03-11T09:11:09+11:009 March 2024|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column, Uncategorized|

In politics, as in war, morale matters. A high level of morale does not necessarily result in victory – but it is difficult to win without it. What was notable about the aftermath of the by-election last Saturday in Dunkley, in southern Melbourne, turned on the morale evident among Liberal Party supporters. Sure, Labor won [...]

Writers festivals an anti-Israel pile-on you’re paying for

2024-03-04T09:21:46+11:002 March 2024|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column, Uncategorized|

Come autumn, come the season of literary festivals starting with the Adelaide Writers’ Week on Saturday and followed by similar events in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, and more later in the year. In contemporary Australia, literary festivals are best defined as occasions when a group of leftist or left-of-centre public servants get bucketloads of taxpayer money [...]

Issue 665

2023-12-15T18:35:42+11:0015 December 2023|Categories: Latest Media Watch Dog, Media Watch Dog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 665 15 December 2023 * * * * Stop Press – PK speaks for Australians on Israel-Hamas war; Josh Taylor brings back the Guardian/ABC Axis on News Breakfast Can You Bear It? – Niki Savva dismisses her one-time employment by Peter Costello; Sydney University deputy vice-chancellor goes on The Drum to [...]

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