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Imagine Kim Jong’s-un’s power if CND and NDP had succeeded

2017-09-11T10:01:16+10:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

ust imagine the world today if the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament had achieved its ambitions within the Western democracies. For starters, North Korea’s communist dictator Kim Jong-un would be able to achieve his aim of uniting all of Korea by eliminating South Korea and would prove a deadly threat to Japan and, in time, the [...]

Sanctity of confessional early test of religious freedom

2017-09-11T09:27:42+10:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

It remains to be seen whether legislation to introduce same-sex marriage in Australia would have an adverse impact on religious freedom. This would depend on the plight of institutions or individuals who continued to teach that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others, subsequent to any [...]

Minchin’s Rant Counter-Productive to Yes Case on Same-Sex Marriage

2017-09-06T12:45:31+10:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

It’s not familiarity that breeds contempt. It’s alienation. I first learned of Tim Minchin’s song I Still Call Australia Homophobic, supporting a yes vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey, when it was posted on the ABC’s website late last week. Not long after Mark Maley (ABC News’ editorial policy manager) had felt the need to [...]

Imagine Kim Jong’s-un’s Power if CND and NDP Had Succeeded

2017-09-06T12:39:57+10:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

Just imagine the world today if the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament had achieved its ambitions within the Western democracies. For starters, North Korea’s communist dictator Kim Jong-un would be able to achieve his aim of uniting all of Korea by eliminating South Korea and would prove a deadly threat to Japan and, in time, the [...]

Mike Seccombe Errs in Finding Catholics at Heart of NSW Liberals Dispute

2017-09-06T11:59:33+10:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

The increasing number of sneering secularists in our midst focus primarily on believers of the Christian faith — with particular emphasis on socially conservative Catholics. The voice of the sneering secularist can be heard regularly on the ABC and in Fairfax Media publications. However, The Saturday Paper provides a boutique outlet for attacks on Christianity and especially [...]

MPs Should Know Their Citizenship Status Entering Parliament

2017-09-06T11:57:10+10:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

Malcolm Turnbull is correct. Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters were careless in not checking their citizenship status before nominating for election to the Senate. Moreover, as the Prime Minister said on Radio 5AA in Adelaide on Wednesday, Australians are “entitled to expect that, as the Constitution says, their parliamentary representatives have allegiance to [...]

Two Labor Figures, but Only One Gets the Numbers Right

2017-09-06T13:30:02+10:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

Two recent speeches to the Sydney Institute, one by a current and the other by a former key figure in the labour movement, have drawn attention to the low-profile but economically important issue of industrial relations reform. On August 3, opposition employment and workplace relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor delivered a considered address in which he [...]

Some Free Advice, Think Tank Agony Aunts: Put a Sock In It

2017-09-06T13:23:32+10:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

It seems that the season for providing gratuitous advice to the Australian government is upon us. How else to explain Lowy Institute executive director Michael Fullilove’s address to the National Press Club on Wednesday and the recent publication by United States Studies Centre research fellow Dougal Robinson? The assumption behind the message of both is [...]

Robert Menzies’ success was not based on ‘progressive’ policies

2017-07-17T09:41:40+10:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

If Malcolm Turnbull had led the Coalition to a convincing victory in the July 2016 election, it is unlikely his address to the Policy Exchange think tank in London would have caused such controversy back home. It’s just that the Prime Minister’s majority of one in the House of Representatives, along with the fact that [...]