Gerard Henderson

It’s all about feelings for climate change theorists on fires

2020-02-03T13:06:02+11:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

As with so many contemporary discussions, what is missing from the debate about the impact of climate change on drought and fire in Australia is a historical perspective. Along with a willingness by some to understand the principle of causality. On December 6, commentator Jane Caro forwarded a tweet to Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon, the member [...]

60 Minutes’ problematic Chinese spy scoop is no Petrov affair

2020-02-03T13:27:06+11:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

What was worrying about the self-proclaimed world exclusive story China’s Spy Secrets on the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes was the absence of doubt. Nine journalist Nick McKenzie introduced the program with evident certitude when he declared: “It’s probably a safe bet that the all-powerful Chinese President Xi Jinping is not a regular viewer of 60 [...]

Nation’s diminishing appetite for any form of palace coup

2020-02-03T13:22:27+11:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Along with 45 per cent of fellow Australians, I voted “Yes” on November 6, 1999 in the referendum as to whether Australia should become a republic.  I would do so again – provided the question was similar. It has been claimed by some republicans that the (then) constitutional monarchist prime minister John Howard rigged the [...]

Activist reporting to fore again in Pell appeal comment

2020-02-03T13:40:06+11:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

The increasing blur between the journalist as reporter and the journalist as activist was never more evident than before and after the High Court’s decision on Wednesday in George Pell v The Queen. The High Court rejected 21 out of 22 applications for leave to appeal on that day.  However, in Pell’s case, Justices Gordon [...]

The Conversation and the ABC demean public debate

2020-02-03T13:41:53+11:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

On any empirical analysis, Australia is one of the most stable democracies in the Western world.  Moreover, it suffers none of the current political tensions that afflict Australia’s closest allies, Britain and the United States, under the leadership of Boris Johnson and Donald J. Trump respectively. Even so, a degree of hyperbole prevails in the [...]

Labor must learn to listen before it can lead

2020-02-03T13:05:30+11:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

The Liberal Party turns 75 this Sunday.  It was on Friday October 13, 1944 that – at the invitation of Robert Menzies – delegates assembled at Canberra’s (old) Masonic Hall to discuss the establishment of a nationwide political movement. The conference commenced on a Friday and continued on Saturday and Monday.  At the time, there [...]

Scott Morrison and Alexander Downer tell it like it is, but is anyone listening?

2020-02-03T13:35:40+11:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

The 70th Anniversary on Tuesday of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) coming to power, under the leadership of Mao Zedong, happened to be accompanied by some welcome doses of reality by Australian political leaders past and present. But not before a few commentators exhibited a familiar softness with respect to the Chinese regime. Appearing in [...]

Britain’s Supreme Court sides with ‘European’ progressives

2020-02-03T14:07:35+11:00Categories: 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 [...]

Symbolic gestures do nothing to protect our children

2020-02-03T13:28:46+11:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

The decision of the Victorian government to force Catholic priests to break the seal (secrecy) of the confessional is the most recent example of symbolic politics.  Meaning it is a gesture which will have scant practical effect and could be counter-productive but is guaranteed to attract substantial publicity. The Catholic Church has taught for centuries [...]