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Opposition realises it’s the conservative vote that counts

2020-02-03T14:15:13+11:00November 2nd, 2019|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

It’s a brave Labor Party parliamentarian and self-declared “progressive” who admits to being “on the same side of an argument as Alan Jones” — on occasions at least. But that’s what Clare O’Neil, the Labor MP for Hotham in southeast Melbourne, told the John Curtin Research Centre on Thursday. O’Neil has not embraced the fan [...]

40 years on, welcome signs of a more constructive Aunty

2020-02-03T13:47:36+11:00October 19th, 2019|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

At the taxpayer-funded public broadcaster, it appears to be a case of in with the new, out with the old and bury the dead. Ita Buttrose, who became ABC chairwoman in February, is a distinct improvement on her predecessors James Spigelman and Justin Milne. She is more willing to accept that the public broadcaster is [...]

Britain’s Supreme Court sides with ‘European’ progressives

2020-02-03T14:07:35+11:00September 28th, 2019|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

On Wednesday, the morning after the unanimous decision of Britain’s Supreme Court in Miller v The Prime Minister, Jonathan Sumption appeared on Adam Boulton’s All Out Politics program on Sky News UK. Lord Sumption retired from the Supreme Court late last year. Earlier this year he delivered the Reith Lectures on BBC Radio 4. Boulton [...]

Lesson on Christian leadership ought to begin at home

2019-09-20T12:28:21+10:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration Kristina Keneally. In Nine Entertainment’s news­papers on Tuesday, Latika Bourke reported Tony Abbott’s speech to the Policy Exchange think tank in support of Britain exiting the EU — Brexit. The heading was “Tony Abbott quotes the Bible in London Brexit speech”. The biblical quote occurred close to the [...]

How Cormann saved the election for the Liberal Party

2019-11-11T08:49:59+11:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Scott Morrison, centre, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, left, and Senator Mathias Cormann, right, walk out of a press conference in July. It’s just over 100 days since the Coali­tion’s crushing victory over Labor at the federal election in May. Speaking on the occasion of Scott Morrison’s first anniversary as Prime Minister last Saturday, John Howard [...]

Facts give way to mockery in media’s reporting of politics

2018-01-19T10:53:13+11:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

Western democracies are witnessing a battle of the R-words; namely, respect and ridicule. In recent years, advocacy of respect has almost become a cliche. Even so, in the public debate, ridicule is increasingly present. On CNN’s State of the Union program last Sunday, Dana Bash interviewed Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of Watergate fame. The presenter asked [...]

Left’s year of Trump-phobia and other insults

2018-01-02T09:31:10+11:00January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

There was much hope that the Year of the Rooster would usher in a time of honesty and moral fortitude, which would fit in with the search for individual and collective wellness throughout the land. And there were good signs when it was realised that, contrary to many a prediction by Canberra academic Hugh White, [...]

Bennelong, New England will mean little by next election

2018-01-02T09:29:25+11:00January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

When is a by-election not really a by-election? When it’s the kind of event that was held in the Bennelong electorate last Saturday. It’s a rare occasion when a sitting member, such as the Liberal Party’s John Alexander, recontests in a by-election a seat they had previously held. There are four such occasions in Australian [...]

Abuse royal commission: Catholic institutions guilty but so are others

2017-12-18T08:06:40+11:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

In his final address to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Thursday, chairman Peter McClellan said: “The greatest number of alleged perpetrators and abused children, in church-managed facilities that we are aware of, were in Roman Catholic institutions.” That’s true. However, it is also true that the Catholic Church, in [...]