Odiousness comparisons in 280 characters or less

2021-08-02T09:16:28+10:0029 July 2021|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

It is a familiar fact that some of the best educated in our midst also sometimes seem the most unwise. Take Melbourne barrister Julian Burnside QC, for example. He voted for the Liberal Party up to and including John Howard’s victory over Labor’s Paul Keating in March 1996. Burnside then gradually moved to the left [...]

Governing can be difficult, while it’s easy to criticise

2021-07-27T09:23:12+10:0024 July 2021|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

One of the advantages of being a reporter, media presenter, commentator or academic is that you rarely, if ever, have to make decisions for which there are policy consequences. In short, critics say rather than do. On Thursday, Josh Frydenberg appeared on the ABC-TV News Breakfast program. Towards the end of the interview, the Treasurer [...]

Premier Daniel Andrews could try playing ball instead of politics

2021-07-19T09:29:55+10:0017 July 2021|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

On Wednesday, ABC Radio National Breakfast presenter Fran Kelly spoke to opposition Treasury spokesman Jim Chalmers, followed by Josh Frydenberg, about the Australian economy during the current Covid-19 lockdown in NSW. It came as no surprise that the former received a soft interview while the latter was consistently challenged and interrupted. What was surprising turned [...]


2021-02-24T12:09:16+11:003 February 2021|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

Executive Director of The Sydney Institute and columnist with The Australian, Dr Gerard Henderson was educated by the Jesuits at Melbourne’s Xavier College and raised a Catholic. Former Justice of the High Court of Australia, The Hon Michael Kirby AC GMC, grew up in a strong Anglican tradition – one that he has described as [...]

Kalgoorlie 1920 is no guide to Eden-Monaro today

2020-07-10T15:14:05+10:004 July 2020|Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Contrary to the prevailing mythology advanced by some commentators, there is no meaningful comparison between the Kalgoorlie by-election of December 1920 and today’s by-election in the NSW seat of Eden-Monaro. Sure, the former took place at the time of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1919-20 and the latter is under way during the COVID-19 pandemic [...]

Acknowledge past injustice without rewriting history

2020-06-23T10:50:45+10:0020 June 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 [...]

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

2020-05-27T12:07:25+10:009 May 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 [...]

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

2020-04-28T14:52:12+10:0028 April 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 [...]

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