Name: DR Timo Henckel

Bio: Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU

The World Financial Crisis: How Did It Happen? – 28th January 2009

Issue 594

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 594 1 July 2022 * * * * Stop Press – Highlights of ABC 90 Celebrate! Can You Bear It? – La Tingle plugs her Archibald Prize portrait on Twitter; Amy Remeikis gets clappy; Sean Kelly goes Green/Left mode in the Nine Newspapers An ABC Update – RN Breakfast lines […]

The Boxing Butterfly: A Life of Conviction – Margaret Cunneen SC, Andrew L Urban

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Why the media pile-on is just courting trouble

Some judges, among others, are known to grit their teeth. But it is a rare occasion when a member of the judiciary announces a decision “regrettably and with gritted teeth”. Yet these words were used at the conclusion of Chief Justice Lucy McCallum’s judgment in R v Lehrmann (No 3) in the ACT Supreme Court […]

Issue 593

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 593 24 June 2022 * * * * Stop Press – Network Ten’s double standard re Lisa Wilkinson Can You Bear It? – Waleed Aly sucks up to the ABC Radio Melbourne audience; Nine’s CBD column is tops for trivia; Kerri Sackville raises a stressed-out cat; Former teenage communist […]

The Liberal Party & the 2022 Federal Election – Dave Sharma and Hollie Hughes

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ABC ombudsman unlikely to rein in staff collective

Elections come and go, but the Australian left continues to regard the ABC as its property and is of the view that no one should interfere with ABC journalists who run the organisation like a staff collective. Take the recent controversy concerning the ABC board’s intention to establish an ombudsman position to improve the taxpayer-funded public […]

Issue 592

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 592 17 June 2022 * * * * Stop Press – The toxic and racist ABC revealed by the ABC; Juanita Phillips & Annika Smethurst demonstrate an obsession with conservative Christians; Q+A as flat as ever despite La Trioli’s promise Can You Bear It? – Jenna Price comes clean […]

Israel in 2022: Domestic Politics & Foreign Policy – Ehud Yaari

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Issue 591

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 591 10 June 2022 * * * * Can You Bear It? – Nikki Gemmell on the end of Morrison-era coal worship, as Labor turns to coal to solve the energy crisis; Saturday Extra brings on two guests with “different perspectives” who campaigned together to defeat the Liberal government; […]

The Albanese Government – What To Expect – Troy Bramston & Parnell McGuinness

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Pink Flower: Growing Up in Mao’s China – Amei Li

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Major party preferences empowered the teals and Greens

The important political news of the week is that Anthony Albanese has led Labor to a majority in the House of Representatives. A narrow majority of 77 out of 151 seats, but a majority nevertheless. It’s equivalent to the result attained by the Coalition in 2019 and one better than its margin in 2016. Primarily […]

Issue 590

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 590 3 June 2022 * * * * Stop Press – Middle-Aged Chaser Boy Charles Firth pulls embarrassing juvenile stunt; A lack of viewpoint diversity on Q+A Can You Bear It? – Richard Flanagan on the Liberal defeat as the collapse of The Soviet Union; Q+A promoted with […]

Albo’s dramas: Dilemmas, divisions and difficulties ahead

Without question, last Saturday’s election represented the greatest change in the Australian political system since the emergence of the two-party system in the years after Federation in 1901. It so happens that this could go hand-in-hand with one of the greatest challenges the Australian economy has faced in recent times. Namely, the possibility of a […]

Issue 589

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 589 27 May 2022 * * * * The inaugural issue of Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 Gerard Henderson’s […]

No such thing as a safe seat for either side these days

Most Australian elections at the federal level are close-run affairs and it is likely this will be the case again on Saturday. But this election could have significant outcomes beyond whether Scott Morrison or Anthony Albanese lead their respective party to victory. First up, the Liberal Party is facing challenges in what used to be […]

Issue 588

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 588 20 May 2022 * * * * Stop Press – Laura “ideological bastardry” Tingle bags other journos for a lack of professionalism; Q+A drops the pretence of a politically balanced audience; Peter Hartcher makes a legal error Can You Bear It? – The Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Michael […]

Messiah, Atheists and Deep Green Religion – Rachael Kohn

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MESSIAHS, ATHEISTS AND DEEP GREEN RELIGION

Dr Rachael Kohn AO is a familiar voice for thousands of ABC listeners as the former long time presenter of The Spirit of Things – programs about religion on the ABC, Australia’s national broadcaster. A collection of her essays on many of the topics her program discussed has now been published in her new book […]

Due process rolled in the push for a federal ICAC

Many journalists identify as commentators without an agenda. But this can be a manifestation of self-delusion. Take influential ABC presenter Virginia Trioli, for example. On April 26 during her Melbourne Radio 774 program she interviewed Stephen Charles QC, the co-author of Keeping Them Honest: The Case for a Genuine National Integrity Commission and Other Vital […]

Issue 587

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 587 13 May 2022 * * * *   Stop Press – PK seems to think the Liberal Party somehow controls the SMH front page; Michael Rowland questions why the AFP stopped an angry man from approaching the PM; La Trioli predicts (again) political annihilation for the […]

Federal Election 2022 – Aaron Patrick & Gemma Tognini

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2022 – DIFFERENT VIEWS

On Tuesday 10 May 2022, Aaron Patrick, Special Correspondent for The Australian financial Review, and Gemma Tognini, Executive Director, GT Communications and a contributor to The Australian spoke for The Sydney Institute in a discussion on the federal election campaign 2022 and how it seemed to be going for the political parties. The two speakers reflected […]

FEDERAL ELECTION 2022 – DIFFERENT VIEWS

On Tuesday 10 May 2022, Aaron Patrick, Special Correspondent for The Australian financial Review, and Gemma Tognini, Executive Director, GT Communications and a contributor to The Australian spoke for The Sydney Institute in a discussion on the federal election campaign 2022 and how it seemed to be going for the political parties. The two speakers reflected […]

Former leaders line up to betray party that made them

“Et tu, Brute?” to borrow from Shakespeare’s account of Julius Caesar’s reaction when he learnt that the previously loyal Brutus had joined his enemies. On Wednesday, the Nine newspapers ran an opinion piece by Fred Chaney, who served as a minister in Malcolm Fraser’s ­Coalition government and was deputy Liberal Party leader from 1989 to […]

Issue 586

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 586 6 May 2022 * * * * Stop Press – ABC AM’s unbalanced report on the election battle in North Sydney Can You Bear It? –  Nine’s Karl Quinn finds an excuse to blame conservatives for the abuse ABC presenters receive from leftists; SMH forgets the distinction between […]

Bob Hawke’s Demons – Troy Bramston

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BOB HAWKE: DEMONS AND DESTINY

In writing his biography of former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke – Bob Hawke – Demons and Destiny – award-winning and best-selling author Troy Bramston has assembled a remarkable record of Hawke’s upbringing and education, the people and events that shaped him, his rise through the union movement, his complex personality and personal life marked […]

Teal candidates get soft run as indie against Keneally is snubbed

Most ABC viewers, listeners and readers surely would be aware of Monique Ryan, the so-called teal independent who is attempting to defeat Liberal Party deputy leader Josh Frydenberg in the seat of Kooyong in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs in next month’s election. But few, if any, of those who get their news from the taxpayer-funded public […]

Issue 585

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 585 29 April 2022 * * * * Stop Press – Debate disappointment at the ABC; Sarah Ferguson’s Trump & Pell failures earn her the presenting gig at 7:30 Can You Bear It? – Court case of Chaser Boy not reported by the ABC; Barrie Cassidy wonders […]

THE GOD THAT FAILED – STUART MACINTYRE’S COMMUNIST PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

THE PARTY – THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF AUSTRALIA FROM HEYDAY TO RECKONING  by Stuart MacIntyre Allen & Unwin 2022, ISBN: 9781760875183 RRP $49.99 Reviewed by Keith Harvey   The Party is Stuart MacIntyre’s second volume of his history of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA). It will also be his last as, sadly, he died of […]

ROBERT MENZIES AT THE MICROPHONE

MENZIES: THE FORGOTTEN SPEECHES  By David Furse-Roberts Jeparit Press, 2017 ISBN-10: ‎ 1925501507 ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1925501506 RRP: $68.44 (HB) Reviewed by Paul Henderson   This book is about many of the forgotten speeches and broadcasts produced  by Australia’s longest serving prime minister, Robert Menzies. Before they were recently published, they have been preserved in the basement of […]

A PERSONAL VENDETTA IN AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY

LAVARACK: RIVAL GENERAL By Brett Lodge Robinson Reynolds London 2021 ISBN: 978 1 914973 50 5 RRP: $32.95 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   He held a distinguished military record in World War I and rose in the ranks, taking time after the war to remain in Britain with the Australian Imperial Force. When John […]

WHEN FAITH RULED AUSTRALIA

GOD AND MENZIES – THE FAITH THAT SHAPED A PRIME MINISTER AND HIS NATION by David Furse-Roberts Jeparit Press, 2021 ISBN: 9781922449641 RRP: $34.95 (pb) Reviewed by Paul Henderson   Probably, there have been more biographies written about Sir Robert Menzies than any other Australian politician. This is not surprising in that he is the […]

THE FLIPPING OF A COIN – AND THE SEARCH FOR ANSWERS

TOM STOPPARD – A LIFE By Hermione Lee Faber & Faber 2020 ISBN: 978 0 571 31443 0 RRP: $59.99 (HB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   It’s a big book, a bit short of 1000 pages with notes and index taken into account. At times, it seems to offer up compendium qualities as the biographer’s […]

ABC hurts its own case for hosting leaders’ debate

On the morning after Sky News’ people’s forum on Wednesday, ABC Radio National presenter Patricia Karvelas expressed concern that the first leaders’ debate in this year’s federal election campaign had not been shown on free-to-air television. She had in mind, in particular, the ABC. Karvelas made it clear that she spoke on behalf of some […]

Issue 584

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 584 22 April 2022 * * * * Stop Press – Another anti-Morrison stack on Q+A as even Speersy fails to interrupt Bob Katter; Dan Ziffer’s Vote Compass spin Can You Bear It? – Scott Burchill & Michael Rowland display still-untreated Murdochphobia; Citi’s award for economics goes […]

How independent are candidates if they have hidden past links to the Labor Party?

In the fog of political warfare that prevailed during the first week of the 2022 election campaign, two voices spoke with utmost clarity. Namely, film producer Jo Dyer and former Liberal Party prime minister John Howard. Dyer is running as an independent for the Adelaide-based seat of Boothby, currently held by the ­Liberal Party. She […]

Reflections of an Australian Ambassador to The US During The Trump Administration – Joe Hockey

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REFLECTIONS OF AN AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE US DURING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

Donald Trump’s unconventional presidency turned politics and diplomatic relations in Washington DC on its head. When The Hon Joe Hockey, former Australian federal Treasurer, found himself an unlikely diplomat in this new world order, his unorthodox dealmaking instincts placed him in the hot seat at precisely the right moment in history. In his new book […]

PM takes a public pummelling in a media pile-on

The lead-up to the coming election has witnessed the most substantial pile-on against an incumbent prime minister in living memory. Sure, Labor’s Julia Gillard endured considerable criticism and some abuse when she was prime minister after Labor’s narrow victory in 2010. But it was Kevin Rudd, not Gillard, who led the Australian Labor Party to […]

Issue 583

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 583 8 April 2022 * * * * Stop Press – La Trioli pulls double duty as presenter and panellist on Q+A Can You Bear It? – The Sydney Writers’ Festival justifies being a leftist stack on the grounds that Jordan Peterson is unwell; The Sydney Morning Herald breathlessly reports […]

Launch of Anne Henderson’s Margaret Guilfoyle – The Hon John Howard AC

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LAUNCH OF MARGARET GUILFOYLE – AN AUSTRALIAN BIOGRAPHICAL MONOGRAPH

On Wednesday 6 April 2022, at The Sydney Institute, The Hon John Howard AC launched Anne Henderson’s biography of Dame Margaret Guilfoyle – Number 13 in the Australian Biographical Monograph Series. Senator The Honorable Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle joined the Australian Senate in July 1971 and served as the first Australian woman to hold a […]

Fierravanti-Wells’ attack on PM fails the sniff test

It must be one of the biggest hits in the federal parliament since March 1971 when Liberal Party frontbench member Malcolm Fraser launched an all-out attack on his prime minister, John Gorton. Not long after, Gorton lost the Liberal Party leadership to William McMahon and stepped down as prime minister. Gorton never spoke to Fraser […]

Issue 582

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 582 1 April 2022 * * * * Stop Press – Q&Amob cheers for critics of the Morrison government; Yet another ABC internal hire; A MWD exclusive re the late Jon Stephens – An ABC Pedophile Can You Bear It? – Pro-ABC book takes aim at MWD; PK fails to correct […]

The Global Rise in Anti-Semitism – Practical Policy Solutions – Olga Deutsch

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THE GLOBAL RISE OF ANTI-SEMITISM – OLGA DEUTSCH

Olga Deutsch is the vice president of NGO Monitors, a globally recognised research institute promoting democratic values and good governance that works to ensure that decision makers and civil society operate in accordance with the principles of accountability, transparency, and universal human rights. Over the past 12 years Olga Deutsch has held senior positions in […]

Issue 581

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 581 25 March 2022 * * * * Can You Bear It? – The Australia Institute’s Ben Oquist plugs his organisation on the ad-free ABC; Anne Summers & Greg Jericho maintain the anti-Howard rage The Silence of the Aunty – All’s silent at the ABC re Die Laughing: […]

Federal lessons in SA’s swing to Malinauskas

There is little doubt that Scott Morrison, the Liberal Party and the Nationals would have preferred a different outcome to last Saturday’s South Australian election, especially in view of the significant swing to the Labor Party, led by Peter Malinauskas, in many seats. Nevertheless it should not have come as a great surprise that Labor […]

China, Russia, Ukraine – Morrison’s Mission – Paul Kelly

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The Duke of Windsor, His Wife & Adolf Hitler – Andrew Lownie

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CHINA, RUSSIA, UKRAINE – MORRISON’S MISSION

When he became Prime Minister in 2018, Scott Morrison was a foreign policy amateur confronted by unprecedented challenges: an assertive Beijing and a looming rivalry between the two biggest economies in world history, the United States and China. In Paul Kelly’s newly released Morrison’s Mission: How a Beginner Reshaped Australian Foreign Policy, Editor-at-large at The […]

Issue 580

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 580 18 March 2022 * * * * Stop Press – La Trioli leads the baying mob on Q+A Can You Bear It? – Murpharoo lectures caution re the “Mean Girls” controversy; The Silence of the Sisterhood; Fitz still in search of the Australian Zelenskyy; Mike Carlton blames Putin […]

Bushfires and floods, we’ve seen their like before

Since it started in 1989, ABC television’s Media Watch program has had only a series of leftist or left-of-centre (some like to use the term progressive) presenters. In short, it’s yet another manifestation of the taxpayer-funded public broadcaster as a conservative-free zone. Last Monday’s episode began as follows: “Hello, I’m Paul Barry, welcome to Media […]

Issue 579

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 579 14 March 2022 * * * * Stop Press – Insiders (so far) unrequited love for the PM; Morrison Government critic gets a soft interview on News Breakfast Can You Bear It? – Niki Savva still thinks the PM is hopeless; PK & Speersy think it’s terribly important whether journalists […]

Today’s Media Watch Dog – Postponed until Monday

Due to production problems, today’s issue of Media Watch Dog will come out on Monday 14 March at around the usual time of 4 pm. MWD intends to resume publication on Friday next week. For now, MWD publishes a brief obituary on Senator Kimberley Kitching (1970-2022). VALE KIMBERLEY KITCHING (1970—2022) Senator Kimberley Kitching was a […]

Lessons from the Pell Case – Frank Brennan, Monica Doumit & Gerard Henderson

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ABC’s concept of diversity means conservative-free

These days it’s all the rage at the ABC to talk about, and advocate for, diversity. That’s fine. The only problem is that, when leading figures at the taxpayer-funded public broadcaster refer to the need for diversity, they ignore the importance of political pluralism. In The Australian last Monday, Sophie Elsworth reported on the journalism […]

LESSONS FROM THE PELL CASE:  TWO YEARS AFTER THE HIGH COURT DECISION – GERARD HENDERSON

The long running events surrounding the accusations, criminal charges, trials, imprisonment, appeals and eventual exoneration of Australia’s Cardinal George Pell have been extensively covered both in the media and in court documents. However, only with the unanimous judgement of the full bench of the High Court of Australia, in favour of George Pell, could the […]

LESSONS FROM THE PELL CASE – TWO YEARS AFTER THE HIGH COURT DECISION – MONICA DOUMIT

The long running events surrounding the accusations, criminal charges, trials, imprisonment, appeals and eventual exoneration of Australia’s Cardinal George Pell have been extensively covered both in the media and in court documents. However, only with the unanimous judgement of the full bench of the High Court of Australia, in favour of George Pell, could the […]

LESSONS FROM THE PELL CASE – TWO YEARS AFTER THE HIGH COURT DECISION – FRANK BRENNAN

The long running events surrounding the accusations, criminal charges, trials, imprisonment, appeals and eventual exoneration of Australia’s Cardinal George Pell have been extensively covered both in the media and in court documents. However, only with the unanimous judgement of the full bench of the High Court of Australia, in favour of George Pell, could the […]

Issue 578

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 578 4 March 2022 * * * *   Stop Press – Phillip Adams reveals an airport punch-up with former PM Hawke; Peter Hartcher says Scott Morrison hasn’t been active enough in fighting the floods Can You Bear It? – An amazing lack of cultural diversity on […]

Pacifists need to get real about the threat Putin poses

It’s likely to go down as one of the most fatuous comments of the calendar year. The reference is to the tweet sent last Saturday by Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes which declared: “ ‘Make renewables not war’. Beautiful, simple, clear turn of phrase.” The following day, as revealed by Christine Lacy’s Margin Call column in The […]

A Future Made in Australia – Ed Husic

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Issue 577

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 577 28 February 2022 * * * * Stop Press – Norman Swan weighs in on Ukraine; No mention of President Trump’s support for Ukraine on Insiders Can You Bear It? – Peter Hartcher on Putin the “Fascist” (not communist); A reference to the sex lives of residents […]

Divided Liberals making a difficult task even harder

The Liberal Party has been Australia’s most successful political organisation since the end of World War II. In this time, it has been led by Australia’s two longest-serving prime ministers, Robert Menzies (16 years) and John Howard (close to 12 years), who are followed by Labor’s Bob Hawke (close to nine years) and the Liberal […]

The International Economy: A View From the United States – Adam Creighton

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THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY: A VIEW FROM THE UNITED STATES

Adam Creighton is The Australian’s Washington correspondent who, in 2021, began filing stories from a very much locked down Washington DC. He also took up his position during the first months of President Joe Biden’s Administration and as such has provided valuable insights to a US economy emerging from both pandemic and four years of […]

Issue 576

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 576 18 February 2022 * * * * Stop Press – Laura Tingle peddles a long-discredited conspiracy theory on 7:30 An ABC Update – Allegra Spender dodges the question on Q+A; Four Corners scales back the role of undecided voters in favor of more pundits Can You Bear It? – […]

Flawed Pell claims tumble down the ABC’s memory hole

Writing in The Spectator Australia online on February 12, Curtin University law school academic Rocco Loiacono referred to several “notorious cases of wrongful conviction” in Australia’s criminal law history. He cited well-known instances concerning Cardinal George Pell and Lindy Chamberlain in Victoria and the Northern Territory respectively – along with those of Colin Campbell Ross […]

The Duke of Windsor, His Wife & Adolf Hitler – Andrew Lownie

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Australian Politics 2022: An Update Aaron Patrick & Parnell McGuinness

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THE DUKE OF WINDSOR, HIS WIFE & ADOLF HITLER

On Wednesday 16 February 2022, The Sydney Institute conducted a Zoom meeting with internationally acclaimed historian and author Andrew Lownie from London. The discussion centred on the analysis and expose in Lownie’s most recent book – Traitor King – The Scandalous Exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Lownie’s work, using a vast collection […]

Scott Morrison may still manifest his way out of this one

It’s almost three years since Scott Morrison stood in front of Coalition supporters and declared his belief in miracles – one manifestation of which was the victory that day of the Liberal Party and the Nationals in the election of May 18, 2019, which many predicted Labor would win. Former prime minister Paul Keating was brought […]

Issue 575

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 575 11 February 2022 * * * * Stop Press – PK insists on having the last word when interviewing Peter Dutton Can You Bear It? – John Hewson bores on; Four Corners sets up Niki Savva & Katharine Murphy against a lone Grahame Morris; Crikey’s letters […]

Green-left media bias on display in press club pile-on

Waleed Aly is a left-of-centre kind of guy. A Monash University lecturer in politics, he co-presents The Project on the Ten Network along with The Minefield on ABC Radio National and writes a column for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. By his left-wing associations, you will know him. Needless to say, Aly is […]

AUSTRALIAN POLITICS 2022 – AN UPDATE

On Tuesday 8 February 2022, The Sydney Institute invited Aaron Patrick – senior correspondent at The Australian Financial Review, and Parnell McGuinness, Strategy & Policy at Agenda C & columnist The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age to return to the Institute to assess the state of politics at the start of an election year. After two years […]

AUSTRALIAN POLITICS 2022: AN UPDATE

On Tuesday 8 February 2022, The Sydney Institute invited Aaron Patrick – senior correspondent at The Australian Financial Review, and Parnell McGuinness, Strategy & Policy at Agenda C & columnist The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age to return to the Institute to assess the state of politics at the start of an election year. After two years […]

Issue 574

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 574 4 February 2022 * * * * Stop Press – Peter Dutton on the ABC/Guardian/Turnbull Axis; PVO praised and criticised anonymously; ABC stars whine about ABC funding Can You Bear It? – Niki Savva on Scott Morrison’s “Hindenburg exploding” speech to the National Press Club; John […]

An Update on President Joe Biden & US Politics – Miranda Devine

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AN UPDATE ON PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN & US POLITICS

Miranda Devine is currently a New York Post columnist and Fox News contributor. She also works for the Australian media as a Daily Telegraph columnist and a Sky News contributor. Her most recent book Laptop From Hell – Hunter Biden, Big Tech, and the Dirty Secrets the President Tried to Hide has opened up on the scandalous story […]

STANDING DOWN AND SELLING OUT

TRAITOR KING – THE SCANDALOUS EXILE OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR By Andrew Lownie Bonnier Books UK 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78870 487 8 RRP: $32.99 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   In his Traitor King – The Scandalous Exile of The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, author Andrew Lownie quotes British writer […]

Issue 573

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 573 28 January 2022 * * * * Stop Press – ABC fails to cover Haneen Zreika case; Another leftist stack at The Adelaide Writers’ Festival Can You Bear It? – 2022 kicks off with scant debate on The Drum & RN Breakfast; Nine’s Nick O’Malley & Tony Boyd read […]

ARM’s choice for republic looks like a model of failure

If anyone has doubts about whether to support the Australian choice model for an Australian republic, proposed by the Australian Republic Movement, they would be well advised to listen to last Wednesday’s Late Night Live program on ABC Radio National. Phillip Adams was in the presenter’s chair and one of his guests was ARM chairman […]

Issue 572

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 572 24 January 2022 * * * * Quelle Surprise! Jackie’s Back – MWD follows Laura Tingle in early return Stop Press – Lisa Wilkinson wows out for draconian restrictions in New Zealand; Niki Savva reports Canberra gossip on Morning Breakfast Can You Bear It? – Kate McClymont complains that SMH owes […]

LIGHT AND DARK – FRANCE AND THE FRENCH UNCOVERED

MISS DIOR A STORY OF COURAGE AND COUTURE By Justine Picardie Faber & Faber 2021 ISBN: 978 0 571 35652 2 RRP: $40 (HB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   Justine Picardie opens her Miss Dior A Story of Courage and Couture with the words: “This is the story of a ghost who walked into my […]

We’re no laughing stock … we’re the envy of the world

Groan. It’s around that time of the year again, in the lead-up to Australia Day, when some self-­important members of the citizenry feel the need to publicly declare that they are embarrassed and/or ashamed to be Australian. Until recent times, this faux breast-beating came primarily from the alienated left-wing intelligentsia. Invariably, they were well-educated and […]

AN UNSENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

SINK OR SWIM A MEMOIR By Saxby Pridmore Austin Macauley Publishers 2021 ISBN: 9781528910811 RRP: $ 21.46 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   Sink or Swim A Memoir by Saxby Pridmore AM is at times an eccentric read. At other moments it is piercingly descriptive with sentences those of a poet – short, unexpected and […]

FROM THE RIGHT, A LOOK AT THE LEFT

A LONG VIEW FROM THE LEFT  by Max Ogden Bad Apple Press, 2020 ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08LVBZZN5 RRP: $32.99 (pb) Reviewed by Keith Harvey   A Long View From The Left, subtitled: “From the CPA to the ALP, a lifetime of fighting for Australian workers’ rights by unionist and Communist Party of Australia (CPA) activist […]

A QUEST FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE

EAST WEST STREET – ON THE ORIGINS OF GENOCIDE AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY By Philippe Sands Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2017 ISBN: 9781474601917 RRP: $24.99 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   This is a monumental work that reads like a detective novel and impacts emotionally and intellectually with tsunami like effect. Readers who finish the book […]

KEEPING THE LABOR FAITH

LABOR PEOPLE – THE STORIES OF SIX TRUE BELIEVERS by Chris Bowen Monash University Publishing 2021 ISBN: 9781922464729 RRP: $29.95 (pb) Reviewed by Keith Harvey   Who was the first federal deputy leader of the Australian Labor Party? If you know the answer to this question, you either have an exceptional knowledge of Australian political history, […]

Sydney Festival boycott over Israel funding makes for strange bedfellows

If I was a young gay man, I would be disturbed to know that the Islamists who control Hamas in Gaza regard me as a “bestie”. But this is the fate that has befallen Australian comedian Tom Ballard, who identifies with the LGBTQI+ movement in Australia. On January 4, Nine journalist Garry Maddox reported that […]

ABC turns a blind eye to attack on Old Parliament House

It speaks volumes for the ABC that one of its key current affairs programs has discussed the first anniversary of the Capitol building riot in the US but ignored the alleged arson attack on Old Parliament House in Canberra on December 30 last year. On Radio National Breakfast last Thursday, presenter Hamish Macdonald interviewed Mick […]

Election 2022: ‘Mood’ will decide between two paths to power

And so it has come to pass that there will be an election in 2022. This should not have come as any surprise – despite the fact that quite a few commentators predicted an early poll. The truth is that this never made much sense. Moreover, Scott Morrison has consistently mentioned that his government would […]

A staggering 12 months of hubris and hapless hyperbole

This was the Year of the Ox – a symbol that represents, among other things, honesty. But, alas, not this time round. For we have lived through a period of massive hyperbole, wilful exaggeration, calculated deception and false prophecy on an industrial scale, along with bucketloads of pomposity and invincible ignorance. As can be judged […]

Another year of ABC bias is not to be celebrated

When the Queen had a bad 1992, she used the words “annus horribilis” to describe her fate. It was a year that saw the separation of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, the devastating fire at Windsor Castle, and more besides. On any objective analysis, the ABC experienced a difficult 2021. However, you would […]

2021 ANNUAL DINNER ADDRESS FOR THE SYDNEY INSTITUTE

The Sydney Institute’s much delayed Annual Dinner for 2020 was held on Monday 13 December 2021 at The Star in Sydney with some 800 guests. The guest speaker was The Hon Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister who was introduced by Senator the Hon Jane Hume, the Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital […]

Issue 571

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 571 10 December 2021 * * * * Lotsa Thanks – As MWD goes on a well-earned break Stop Press – David Brill misremembers the racism of Menzies & Holt; Zoe Daniel attempts to head to Canberra Media Fool of the Year – Sean Kelly dreams of Scott Morrison […]

Nothing Menzian about Holmes a Court’s political appropriation

If ever there was a case of political appropriation, this is it. In The Australian on Wednesday, Greg Brown reported that Simon Holmes a Court, the convener of Climate 200, has declared himself to be a “Menzian Liberal” who has lost faith in the modern Liberal Party. The reference is to Robert Menzies, who was United Australia […]

Margaret Cunneen SC Launching Gerard Henderson’s Cardinal Pell, The Media Pile-On & Collective Guilt

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CARDINAL PELL, THE MEDIA PILE-ON AND COLLECTIVE GUILT – BOOK LAUNCH

On Tuesday 7 December, barrister and senior counsel Margaret Cunneen SC launched Gerard Henderson’s Cardinal Pell, The Media Pile-on and Collective Guilt which, Margaret Cunneen’s words, “is a meticulous chronology which draws together all the stakeholders, as they would call themselves, in the attempted destruction of Cardinal George Pell. As Gerard illustrates so eloquently, they […]

LAUNCH OF CARDINAL GEORGE PELL, THE MEDIA PILE-ON & COLLECTIVE GUILT

On Tuesday 7 December, barrister and senior counsel Margaret Cunneen SC launched Gerard Henderson’s Cardinal Pell, The Media Pile-on and Collective Guilt which, Margaret Cunneen’s words, “is a meticulous chronology which draws together all the stakeholders, as they would call themselves, in the attempted destruction of Cardinal George Pell. As Gerard illustrates so eloquently, they […]

Issue 570

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 570 3 December 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Rich Capitalists for State Socialism get a run in AFR; Rowan Dean equates JobKeeper with police abuse of protestors; Fran (“I’m a retired activist”) Kelly gets the usual self-indulgent ABC send-off Can You Bear It? – A […]

AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL PROBLEMS AND CATHOLIC POLICY SOLUTIONS

Greg Craven AO is the former Vice Chancellor of Australian Catholic University, a commentator and constitutional lawyer. To coincide with the publication of his In The Shadow of The Cross: Catholic Social Teaching and Australian Politics, Greg Craven addressed The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 1 December 2021. In a speech that argued for a reappraisal […]

Issue 569

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 569 26 November 2021 * * * * Stop Press – ABC faves Craig Reucassel & Red Kerry to host Voices Of events; Fake News on Q+A Can You Bear It? – Malcolm Farr & Jonathan Green go in for some Morrison bashing on Twitter; Murpharoo mocks ‘saint’ […]

You can take it from Menzies – divided, the Liberals will fall

Looking at the state of the Liberal Party and the Nationals in Parliament House right now, it seems that their parliamentarians are undertaking a general rehearsal for the end of the (political) world as they know it, to somewhat ­rephrase an old saying. As a result, it will be an extraordinary achievement if Scott Morrison […]

Beating France to Botany Bay: The Race to Found Australia – Margaret Cameron-Ash

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BEATING FRANCE TO BOTANY BAY

Australia and its relations with France go back a long way – they began with the British. The French had a jump start in the race for a Pacific empire, but English officials then launched their own pursuit around the globe. The contestants finally met in Botany Bay, with the French just five days too […]

Issue 568

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 568 19 November 2021 * * * * Stop Press – David Marr returns with a secular sermon; George Megalogenis looks back rosily on the Whitlam economy Editorial – Ita Buttrose’s “We Warn the Kaiser” moment about a proposed Senate committee – That’s all folks Can You […]

Media Watch is progressively losing the plot

Believe it or not, Howard Kurtz’s MediaBuzz program on Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel in the US (it airs on Foxtel in Australia) is fair and balanced – whereas Paul Barry’s weekly ABC TV Media Watch program is devoid of pluralism. Before going to Fox News, Kurtz hosted CNN’s media criticism program Reliable Sources. Prior […]

Australia’s Family Law Courts: Decisions and Dilemma – Catharine Lumby & Camilla Nelson

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AUSTRALIA’S FAMILY COURTS – WHAT WORKS WHAT DOESN’T

The courts and how they affect children are increasingly of concern. Catharine Lumby – Professor of Media, University of Sydney – and Camilla Nelson – Associate Professor in Media, Notre Dame University – have now co-authored Broken Children, Parents, and Family Courts. Their work explores the complexities and failures of Australia’s family courts through the stories […]

Issue 567

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 567 12 November 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Some confusion re the timing of “Pig Iron Bob” on Q+A Can You Bear It? – Jon Faine radiates ignorance on Nuclear Submarines, Power & Waste; Justin Smith’s past role as a spruiker for Victoria Police; Imogen […]

Texts, lies and leading questions: a matter of context

The term fascist used to have real meaning. It applied to Benito Mussolini’s dictatorship that prevailed in Italy from the March on Rome in October 1922 until the man who liked to be called Il Duce was overthrown in July 1943. The word liar used to be applied to someone who said something false with […]

Report From the US – Annelise Nielsen

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Remembering Bill Leak – Fred Pawle

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REPORT FROM THE US

Annelise Nielsen is Sky News Australia’s Washington Correspondent. As Australia emerged from the years of pandemic, with the targets of COP26 and the AUKUS agreement into the future, the question to ask was what is the focus in Washington DC? With mid-term elections in the US just a year away and the Biden presidency under […]

Issue 566

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 566 5 November 2021 * * * * Stop Press – A Q&A pile-on for Greg Sheridan Editorial – 7:30’s sloppy and Labor-friendly coverage of JobKeeper Can You Bear It? – Good Weekend presents Simon Holmes à Court the Aussie “Brahmin”; Fitz believes Mike Cannon-Brookes’ tosh that he limits his carbon footprint as […]

ICAC’s ‘hat-trick’ of lynchings must not be extended

The concept that a book cannot be judged by its cover is a cliche of long standing. However, in democratic societies at least, it has been accepted that the scope of an ­organisation can be ascertained by its title. Not so the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. As the recent public hearings in ICAC’s Operation Keppel demonstrate, […]

POWER AND INFLUENCE – THE LEIBLER FACTOR 

THE POWER BROKER: MARK LEIBLER AN AUSTRALIAN JEWISH LIFE by Michael Gawenda Monash University Publishing 2020 ISBN:  9781925835809 RRP: $44.95 (HB)     DATELINE JERUSALEM: JOURNALISM’S TOUGHEST ASSIGNMENT By John Lyons Monash University Publishing 2021 ISBN: 9781922464842 RRP: $19.95 (PB)   Reviewed by Gerard Henderson Michael Gawenda is a former editor of The Age  in […]

REMEMBERING BILL LEAK

Fred Pawle spent three years researching and interviewing dozens of the late columnist Bill Leak’s friends and colleagues to create an intimate and honest biography. In his biography of Leak – Die Laughing – The Biography of Bill Leak – there is now a whole beautiful, but occasionally troubled, story behind an extraordinarily gifted Australian artist, […]

Issue 565

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 565 29 October 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Nakkiah Lui on the colonial ABC & Paul McDermott on sexist Bill Shakespeare Outside Insiders – PK, PVO & Ms Savva hopelessly wrong again; Speersy goes light on the interruptions with Matt Kean Can You Bear It? – […]

Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe and the Hunter/Gatherer Controversy – Geoffrey Blainey & Warren Mundine

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TAKING ON THE LEFT – A LONELY LONG DISTANCE STRUGGLE

Memoirs of a Cold War Warrior by Keith Harvey Connor Court Publishing, 2021 ISBN-10: ‎ 1922449482 ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1922449481 RRP $34.95 (pb) Reviewed by Michael Danby Armando Iannucci, the British Film director, evokes the blackest of black humour about “The Death of Stalin” in a film of that name. Those not acquainted with Soviet history might guess from […]

GRAFTON EVEREST MEETS THE TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY

The Lowest Depths by Ross Fitzgerald & Ian McFadyen Hybrid Publishers, Melbourne 2021 Print ISBN: 9781925736748, 1925736741 eText ISBN: 9781925736755, 192573675X RRP: $24.99 (pb) Reviewed by Alan Gregory   Graham Green’s term “An Entertainment”, probably best sums up this beautifully produced book. The Lowest Depths is a very good read, with equal elements of a socio-politico […]

A TWENTIETH CENTURY JANE AUSTEN WITH A BRONTE TOUCH

THE COUNTESS FROM KIRRIBILLI By Joyce Morgan Allen & Unwin 2021 ISBN: 978 01 76087 517 6 RRP: $32.99 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   She authored some twenty novels, a memoir entitled All The Dogs of My Life and a children’s book called The April Baby’s Book of Tunes. As to her name – […]

CANDIDLY SPEAKING – ISI LEIBLER’S WORLD OF ADVOCACY

Lone Voice – The Wars of Isi Leibler by Suzanne Rutland Hybrid Publishers 2021 IBSN: 978-1-925736-67-0 RRP: A$49.99   On 16 March 2021, Lone Voice – The Wars of Isi Leibler by Suzanne Rutland, was launched in a moving and memorable on-line ceremony from Bar Ilan University in Israel, in which Isi and Naomi Leibler were […]

THE KING IS BUT A MAN – BUT WHICH MAN?

FALL – THE MYSTERY OF ROBERT MAXWELL By John Preston Viking 2020 ISBN: 978 0 241 38867 9 RRP: $45 (HB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson The story line is not all that new – a rags to riches climb with a tragic end. A child born in poverty and deprivation goes on to become one […]

A FREE WORLD TRAGEDY – THE LEGACY OF ETHEL ROSENBERG

ETHEL ROSENBERG – A COLD WAR TRAGEDY By Anne Sebba Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2021 ISBN: 978 1 4746 1961 5 RRP: $32.99 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   It is not something most people under 50 can understand. The “cold” war between the Soviet Union and the United States of America beginning just a few […]

DARK EMU, BRUCE PASCOE AND THE HUNTER/GATHERER CONTROVERSY

Bruce Pascoe’s book, Dark Emu was published in March 2014. Praised by leftist revisionist historians it won awards and became part of education in schools about Indigenous Australian first peoples. The fundamental thesis of the book is that Indigenous Australians were not hunter gatherers at all but had a developed an agrarian economy along the lines of […]

DARK EMU, BRUCE PASCOE AND THE HUNTER/GATHERER CONTROVERSY

Bruce Pascoe’s book, Dark Emu was published in March 2014. Praised by leftist revisionist historians it won awards and became part of education in schools about Indigenous Australian first peoples. The fundamental thesis of the book is that Indigenous Australians were not hunter gatherers at all but had a developed an agrarian economy along the lines of […]

Issue 564

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 564 22 October 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Simon Holmes à Court takes over Q&A Can You Bear It? – Robyn Williams hosts false prophet Paul Ehrlich for a luvvies get-together; Tom Switzer forgets he ran for Liberal Party pre-selection; Dennis Atkins hopes that the […]

Emissions schism exposes Nationals’ innate vulnerability

The one-time British prime minister Harold Wilson is perhaps best remembered for having said, apparently in 1964, that a week is a long time in politics. Over half a century later, a day is a long time in politics. Just over a week ago, there was considerable talk about whether Scott Morrison would represent Australia at […]

Their Fiery Cross: Revisiting Australian Federation – William Coleman & Michael Sexton

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THE SENTIMENTAL STATE – AUSTRALIA’S FEDERATION

The COVID pandemic focussed Australians’ attention on the limits of their federation constitution. Border closures and state regulations have begged the question, “Did the Founding Fathers get it right?” Associate Professor at the Australian National University and author of Their Fiery Cross of Union – A Retelling of the Creation of the Australian Federation 1889-1914 William Coleman […]

THEIR FIERY CROSS – REVISITING AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION

The COVID pandemic focussed Australians’ attention on the limits of their federation constitution. Border closures and state regulations have begged the question, “Did the Founding Fathers get it right?” Associate Professor at the Australian National University and author of Their Fiery Cross of Union – A Retelling of the Creation of the Australian Federation 1889-1914 William Coleman […]

Issue 563

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 563 15 October 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Bonge spots a “demon lady” on Q&A Can You Bear It? – Leak not plugged on Insiders; Five Minutes with Fitz – Almost an Eternity; Jon Faine throws the switch to prophecy; Michael Rowland calls for more racial diversity […]

Royal heir chances his arm in our domestic politics

Where’s the Australian Republic Movement when it might be relevant? There was no sign of the normally loquacious Peter Fitz­Simons, the ARM’s chairman, after Prince Charles gave his interview with BBC climate editor Justin Rowlatt last Monday (London time). Strolling through the gardens of the royal family’s estate in Balmoral, the Prince of Wales saw […]

The Great Covid Panic – Gigi Foster

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THE GREAT COVID PANIC

How to make sense of the astonishing upheaval of February 2020 and following? Normal life – in which expected rights and freedoms were taken for granted – came to be replaced by a new society as managed by a medical/ruling elite that promised but failed to deliver virus mitigation, all in the name of public […]

Premier Perrottet is so much more than just his faith

It seems that the advent of Dominic Perrottet as Premier of NSW has placed Nine newspapers between The Rock and a contemporary sectarian hard place. How else to explain the article by Stephanie Dowrick (aka The Reverend Stephanie Dowrick) in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Monday? Dowrick’s piece – which was titled […]

Issue 562

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 562 8 October 2021 * * * * Stop Press –Michael Rowland gives a fawning interview to his boss; Fake News outbreak at ABC Ballarat Can You Bear It? – Dennis Atkins has another go at predicting the election date; Nika Savva on Scott Morrison (again); Jon […]

India and Pakistan after the Return of the Taliban – Sadanand Dhume

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INDIA AND PAKISTAN AFTER THE RETURN OF THE TALIBAN

Sadanand Dhume is an author, commentator and columnist with The Wall Street Journal. Among his published works is the best selling My Friend the Fanatic; Travels with a Radical Islamist. With the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, Sadanand Dhume wrote in The Wall Street Journal on 16 September 2021, “The return of Taliban rule in Afghanistan […]

Beware radical left behind ‘Voices of’ independents

Some Australians may regard it as amazing that Laura Tingle remains as the chief political correspondent for ABC television’s 7.30 program with regular appearances on Insiders, despite having accused the Scott Morrison-led Coalition of “ideological bastardry” in a late-night tweet not so long ago. For her part, Tingle told 7.30 viewers on Wednesday that former […]

Issue 561

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 561 1 October 2021 * * * * Stop Press – AFR overstates Gladys Berejiklian’s power; David Speers goes soft on Sally McManus Can You Bear It? – Sarah Ferguson assumes listeners know who “Tony” is; Fran Kelly talks to the UK’s woman in Canberra; Dan Ilic […]

China, The United States and all that – Thomas Friedman

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THE UNITED STATES, CHINA AND ALL THAT

Thomas Friedman is an American political commentator and author. He is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who is a weekly columnist for The New York Times. He has written extensively on foreign affairs, global trade, the  Middle East, globalisation and environmental issues. His best selling From Beirut to Jerusalem in 1989 was the winner of the National […]

Subs pact makes us a target for nuke attack? Gao figure

It was one of the more extraordinary interviews of recent memory – which was barely covered in the media. On Monday, Stan Grant interviewed Victor Gao on ABC television’s China Tonight program in the wake of the decision that Australia would purchase nuclear-powered submarines from the US or Britain under the new AUKUS trilateral security […]

Issue 560

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 560 24 September 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Hamish Macdonald lectures German policy expert on the climate achievements of Angela Merkel & lectures Barnaby Joyce on ABC editorial independence Can You Bear It? – Dennis Atkins & Malcolm Farr grump about the PM; Emma […]

Remembering Senator Neville Bonner – Michelle Grattan & Michael Reynolds

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REMEMBERING SENATOR NEVILLE BONNER AND HIS LEGACY

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Senator Neville Bonner’s taking his seat in the Australian senate, The Sydney Institute conducted a Zoom meeting on Wednesday 22 September 2021. The meeting hosted speakers Michelle Grattan AO, a professional fellow at the University of Canberra and chief political correspondent at The Conversation. Grattan was a member of […]

NEVILLE BONNER: A BEACON FOR INDIGENOUS REPRESENTATION

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Senator Neville Bonner’s taking his seat in the Australian senate, The Sydney Institute conducted a Zoom meeting on Wednesday 22 September 2021. The meeting hosted speakers Michelle Grattan AO, a professional fellow at the University of Canberra and chief political correspondent at The Conversation. Grattan was a member of […]

We’re ill-served when only the rich can take on Aunty

If Industry Minister Christian Porter is forced to quit the ministry on account of accepting anonymous donations to cover personal legal costs, then only super-rich politicians will be able to defend their reputations by means of defamation actions. The likes of Clive Palmer, who held the Queensland seat of Fairfax for the Palmer United Party […]

Issue 559

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 559 17 September 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Laura Tingle on Scott Morrison’s plan for a “khaki election”; Bonge & Fitz on Australia as North Korea Can You Bear It? – Niki Savva offers up some unsolicited and unhelpful advice for the PM on Insiders; Mike […]

Christianity and Australian Jurists – Chris Merritt, Justice Geoff Lindsay, Professor Wayne Hudson & Anne Henderson

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AUSTRALIAN JURISTS AND CHRISTIANITY: A DISCUSSION

In 2021, Federation Press released its Australian Jurists and Christianity, edited by Justice Geoffrey Lindsay and Professor Wayne Hudson – the Australian edition of an international series on Christianity and the law entitled Great Christian Jurists in [National] History. To launch the volume, under lockdown in pandemic times, The Sydney Institute conducted a Zoom meeting […]

AUSTRALIAN JURISTS AND CHRISTIANITY: A DISCUSSION

In 2021, Federation Press released its Australian Jurists and Christianity, edited by Justice Geoffrey Lindsay and Professor Wayne Hudson – the Australian edition of an international series on Christianity and the law entitled Great Christian Jurists in [National] History. To launch the volume, under lockdown inpandemic times, The Sydney Institute conducted a Zoom meeting led […]

AUSTRALIAN JURISTS AND CHRISTIANITY

In 2021, Federation Press released its Australian Jurists and Christianity, edited by Justice Geoffrey Lindsay and Professor Wayne Hudson – the Australian edition of an international series on Christianity and the law entitled Great Christian Jurists in [National] History. To launch the volume, under lockdown in pandemic times, The Sydney Institute conducted a Zoom meeting […]

ROBERT MENZIES AS CHRISTIAN JURIST

In 2021, Federation Press released its Australian Jurists and Christianity, edited by Justice Geoffrey Lindsay and Professor Wayne Hudson – the Australian edition of an international series on Christianity and the law entitled Great Christian Jurists in [National] History. To launch the volume, under lockdown in pandemic times, The Sydney Institute conducted a Zoom meeting […]

Suicide Prevention: What can be done? – The Hon David Coleman

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Sorry seems to be the hardest word for the ABC

Just when you thought no further apologies or settlements would be required by the ABC for some time at least, the ABC communications department was busy again this week. On Tuesday, ABC communications released a document by Peter Munro titled “ABC Statement on Ms Represented”. The documentary, which aired for a total of two hours […]

Issue 558

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 558 10 September 2021 * * * * Stop Press – The BBC’s Nick Bryant lets out a vaccine howler on News Breakfast; What Laura Tingle neglected to say about Norman Swan on last night’s 7:30; Another stack as Q+A channels The Melbourne Writers Festival Can You Bear It? – Karen Middleton on […]

SUICIDE PREVENTION IN AUSTRALIA – TOWARDS ZERO

With pandemic lockdowns and uncertainty, growing numbers of Australians experienced mental health problems while, even before the pandemic, youth suicides continued to be a growing concern. Significant reforms have occurred in Australia in the area of suicide prevention and it is agreed that an all-of-government response is required. What can be done? What is being […]

Leaders must be open to a vaccine-led recovery

Queensland – beautiful one year, closed for business the next. This could be the new slogan that defines what some call the Sunshine State if Queensland’s Labor Party Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stands by her statements of last Wednesday. Addressing the Queensland parliament on Wednesday, Palaszczuk said: “You open this state and you let the virus […]

Issue 557

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 557 3 September 2021 * * * * Stop Press – The miraculous conversion of Dr Swan; Kate Roffey passes along the political fudge on News Breakfast Editorial – ABC denial and the late Neville Wran Can You Bear It? – Michael Rowland gives Lisa Millar a rave […]

Twenty Years after 9/11 – The Hon John Howard

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TWENTY YEARS AFTER 9/11

After 20 years fighting in Afghanistan, the pull out of US troops from Afghanistan in August 2021 – as in South Vietnam decades earlier – became overwhelmed with ordinary citizens seeking to abandon the they feared, reprisals under the incoming Taliban government, because of their engagement with the occupying forces over two decades. Former Prime […]

Abandonment of Kabul is worse than the fall of Saigon

Contrary to some claims, the US’s abandonment of Afghanistan this month is not comparable with the US’s abandonment of South Vietnam in April 1975. It’s worse. However, Australia’s response to the humanitarian crisis that followed the defeats of the governments in Kabul and Saigon is far better today than it was almost a half-century ago. […]

Issue 556

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 556 27 August 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Virginia Trioli on NSW’s hospitals being overrun; The Today Show brings on “Dr” Bill Bowtell Can You Bear It? – La Trioli talks trauma to a five-year-old; John Hewson bores in at The Saturday Paper; Niki Savva scores an anti-Morrison […]

Afghanistan Today: Strategic and Social Issues – Sajjan Gohel & Ida Lichter

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AFGHANISTAN TODAY – STRATEGIC AND SOCIAL ISSUES

Dr Ida Lichter is an internationally known writer and commentator on women’s rights in Islamic societies. Her book, Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression, is a standard reference in many American universities. Dr Sajjan M. Gohel is the International Security Director for the London-based Asia-Pacific Foundation, a policy assessment think-tank monitoring emerging geopolitical threats. He acts […]

AFGHANISTAN TODAY – STRATEGIC AND SOCIAL ISSUES

Dr Sajjan M. Gohel is the International Security Director for the London-based Asia-Pacific Foundation, a policy assessment think-tank monitoring emerging geopolitical threats. He acts in a consultancy role for law enforcement agencies, foreign ministry and defence departments, and the international media.  Dr Ida Lichter is an internationally known writer and commentator on women’s rights in […]

Campbell Newman’s LDP bid an own-goal for the conservative side

Tony Abbott is the most recent of the four Liberal leaders who have led the Liberal Party-Nationals Coalition to government from opposition. The others are Liberal Party founder Robert Menzies (1949), Malcolm Fraser (1975) and John Howard (1996). Consequently, Abbott has some authority to speak to Coalition supporters. Discussing national politics during a podcast interview […]

Issue 555

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 555 20 August 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Julian Burnside on Scomo’s support for the Taliban; Lisa W. channels Alan J. on Gladys B. Can You Bear It? – SMH sits down with the beloved Dr Swan; Margaret Simons shocked that members of the same media […]

The ABC’s Luna Park Fire Conspiracy Beatup – Milton Cockburn & Troy Bramston

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THE ABC, THE LUNA PARK FIRE AND NEVILLE WRAN

ABC TV’s $2 million documentary was aired in February 2021. It made serious allegations in relation to the ghost train fire at Sydney’s Luna Park in June 1979. Those allegations involved then premier of New South Wales Neville Wran and criminal identity Abe Saffron. The program failed to substantiate these allegations and has been sharply […]

THE ABC, THE LUNA PARK FIRE AND NEVILLE WRAN

ABC TV’s $2 million documentary was aired in February 2021. It made serious allegations in relation to the ghost train fire at Sydney’s Luna Park in June 1979. Those allegations involved then premier of New South Wales Neville Wran and criminal identity Abe Saffron. The program failed to substantiate these allegations and has been sharply […]

Costly errors by ABC journalists spark staff policy changes

ABC management, along with many of its journalists, proclaims the ABC is Australia’s most trusted news source. This despite the fact, on the main evening TV news bulletins, the ABC regularly comes in third behind Channel 7 and Channel 9. It’s a matter of conjecture about why, if the ABC is correct, Australians prefer to […]

Issue 554

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 554 13 August 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Matt Canavan vs the field on Q&A Can You Bear It? – Insiders’ Insiders all in agreement; Niki Savva on the PM’s (alleged) potty-mouth; Fitz bungles his namesake apostle’s denial History Corner – Mistakes and Omissions in Annabel Crabb’s Ms […]

Christianity Today: A Time of Crisis? – Geraldine Doogue & Andrew West

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CHRISTIANITY TODAY – A TIME OF CRISIS?

In a Zoom meeting for The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 11 August 2021, commentator and long-time ABC presenter Geraldine Doogue joined Andrew West, presenter of the ABC’s Religion Report. Regarded by many who joined the meeting as one of The Sydney Institute’s best discussions, the conversation grappled with identity and meaning for Christians in a […]

CHRISTIANITY TODAY – A TIME OF CRISIS?

In a Zoom meeting for The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 11 August 2021, commentator and long-time ABC presenter Geraldine Doogue joined Andrew West, presenter of the ABC’s Religion Report. Regarded by many who joined the meeting as one of The Sydney Institute’s best discussions, the conversation grappled with identity and meaning for Christians in a […]

Why does the militant left hate religion?

Remember when the census was all about the Australian Bureau of Statistics collecting important statistical data? It’s a while now, since in recent years the national inventory has been weaponised by born-again atheists in their battle with believers. Or, rather, with believers of the Christian faith. Agnostics have no belief one way or the other […]

Issue 553

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 553 6 August 2021 * * * * Can You Bear It? – Niki Savva replaces John Hewson at Nine, same as it ever was; John Hewson joins The Saturday Paper, same as it ever was; Mark Kenny muddles up elections on Insiders; Translating David Speers with a little help […]

Australia’s Immigration Intake: Plus or Minus? – Judith Sloan & Saul Eslake

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AUSTRALIA’S IMMIGRATION INTAKE: PLUS OR MINUS?

According to Saul Eslake, one of Australia’s leading economic commentators, the closure of Australia’s border during the 2020-21 pandemic has given government policy makers “an unprecedented opportunity to take stock of Australia’s migration policy settings”. Contributing economics editor at The Australian Judith Sloan agrees and adds that “The bottom line is that it’s impossible to […]

THE ECONOMICS OF IMMIGRATION

According to Saul Eslake, one of Australia’s leading economic commentators, the closure of Australia’s border during the 2020-21 pandemic has given government policy makers “an unprecedented opportunity to take stock of Australia’s migration policy settings”. Contributing economics editor at The Australian Judith Sloan agrees and adds that “The bottom line is that it’s impossible to […]

Issue 552

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 552 30 July 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Another leftist stack on a post-Macdonald Q&A Can You Bear It? – Virginia Trioli: Ministerial Mind Reader; Alan Jones & Daisy Cousens on Scomo the authoritarian Stalinist; Bazza Cassidy’s Hunger Games with Uber Documentation – The Grattan […]

Odiousness comparisons in 280 characters or less

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

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 […]

Issue 551

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 551 23 July 2021 * * * * Stop Press – News Breakfast offers up unbalanced coverage of a surprisingly balanced Q&A; The ABC’s flagship current affairs program devotes more airtime to whining they can’t book guests Can You Bear It? – John Hewson’s exit rant at […]

Jennifer Hewett & Aaron Patrick – Zoom Discussion

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POLITICS NOW – COVID AND THE ECONOMY

As Sydney’s lockdown due to riding cases of the Delta strain of COVID took their toll, The Sydney Institute began another round of Zoom meetings for its members.  First in the series was a discussion with Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist for The Australian Financial Review and Aaron Patrick, Senior Correspondent for The Australian Financial Review […]

POLITICS NOW – COVID AND THE ECONOMY

As Sydney’s lockdown due to riding cases of the Delta strain of COVID took their toll, The Sydney Institute began another round of Zoom meetings for its members.  First in the series was a discussion with Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist for The Australian Financial Review and Aaron Patrick, Senior Correspondent for The Australian Financial Review […]

Issue 550

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 550 16 July 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Guest Presenter La Trioli has a whine about government ministers not appearing on Q&A Can You Bear It? – Fran Kelly wants to shut down the florists; Marian Wilkinson serves up climate fudge; Niki Savva to bookend […]

Premier Daniel Andrews could try playing ball instead of politics

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 […]

Puff-piece interview shows ABC lacking critical balance

It must surely pass for one of the softest political interviews in Australia this century so far. The reference is to the discussion between ABC 7.30 political correspondent Laura Tingle and former Liberal Party and independent parliamentarian Julia Banks. The interview took place on 7.30 on Monday to coincide with the publication of Julia Banks’ […]

Issue 549

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 549 9 July 2021 * * * * Stop Press – SMH’s David Crowe on Scott Morrison’s alleged problem with female voters; Dr Katie Allen offers up some sensible advice on Q&A Can You Bear It? – Jane Caro looks at the bright side of the pandemic; The Guardian’s Amy Remeikis runs […]

David O’Byrne fails to get the message and exits stage left

These days only Lunar Right ideological extremists and/or the genuinely deranged identify with fascism and Nazism along with Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, the respective leaders of these movements. But there are plenty in our midst who are still attracted to communism. The Australian Labor Party in Tasmania was in enough trouble at the start […]

Issue 548

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 548 2 July 2021 * * * * Stop Press – 7:30 executive producer Justin Stevens on his inability to book guests; Liberal MP Jason Falinski goes in for a Q+A pile-on before his jab Can You Bear It? – SMH’s Jenna Price on the benefits of […]

Barnaby Joyce’s return puts focus on realities of emission targets

There is a wise saying known to participants in, and observers of, leadership challenges that take place within the Westminster political system. Namely, the only colleagues whose promises can be trusted are the ones who readily declare that they will be supporting someone else. They have no reason to deceive or fudge. It’s much the […]

Issue 547

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 547 25 June 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Hamish Macdonald unsure why Coalition ministers don’t turn up to Q+A for a pile-on Editorial – The ABC’s double standard on declarations of interest Can You Bear It? – La Trioli digs deep to find examples […]

China’s Wuhan Laboratory and the COVID-19 pandemic – Sharri Markson

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LAB LEAK OR NATURAL EMERGENCE: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN WUHAN?

Sharri Markson is the Investigations Writer at The Australian and host of Sharri on Sky News Australia. In 2020, Sharri Markson began reporting on little known investigations being made into the origins of the global pandemic COVID-19. Commonly believed to have begun in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the general view was that the virus […]

Too many degrees of separation for everyone but Aunty

Four Corners last Monday was a reminder of the 1927 song, popularised by Elsa Lanchester, “I danced with a man who danced with a girl who danced with the Prince of Wales”. The program, presented by Louise Milligan with Sally Neighbour as executive producer, was titled The Great Awakening: A family divided by QAnon. Put […]

Issue 546

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 546 18 June 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Nine’s Bevan Shields interjects into Boris Johnson press conference; Michael Rowland & Casey Briggs let ABC Australians know what ABC Australians believe re Australia Day Can You Bear It? – Michael Rowland on the long, hard […]

Great friends, sure, but don’t lecture us on emissions targets

Scott Morrison is in Cornwall, the place of birth of the man he terms his fifth great-grandfather, who came out to Australia with the First Fleet as a convict. The Prime Minister has been invited by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the host of this year’s conference of the Group of Seven – comprising Canada, […]

Issue 545

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 545 11 June 2021 * * * *   Stop Press – Quelle Surprise! ABC defends ABC; Four Corners finds a QAnon conspiracy; John Ruddick’s Russia confusion Can You Bear It? – Chris Masters & Peter FitzSimons on the allegedly button-popping rage of Michael Kroger; AFR’s “Rear Window” on the lost […]

A Liberal Answer to National Reconciliation – Senator Andrew Bragg

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SEEING JUSTICE DONE – A TALE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN NAVY’S WAR HISTORY

Mutineers – A true story of heroes and villains by Robert Hadler Wilkinson Publishing 2021 ISBN: 9781925927573 $29.99 (pb) Reviewed by Paul Henderson The author wrote his first book, entitled Dark Secrets, which was published in 2020. Mutineers was published a year later. Both books are about interesting events in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), […]

MIDDLE-CLASS RADICALS – REMEMBERING THE SIXTIES

Radicals – Remembering The Sixties by Meredith Burgmann & Nadia Wheatley NewSouth Publishing 2021 ISBN: 9781742235899 RRP: $39.99 (pb) Reviewed by Keith Harvey   There were many important social and political issues worth taking up in the 1960s. These included Aboriginal and islander rights (including land rights), racism, apartheid, women’s rights, censorship (up to a point), […]

OVERTURNING MYTHS – AUSTRALIA’S EARLY FEMALE VOICE

Defiant Voices. How Australia’s Female Convicts Challenged Authority by Babette Smith NLA Publishing 2021 ISBN: 9780642279590 RRP: $49.99 (pb) Reviewed by William Coleman On the very wet night of 13 July 1781, John Price was drinking in William Wood’s pub “at the bottom of Chick-lane”, when one Elizabeth Barber, age 24, sat beside him. After a little […]

SECULAR AND RELIGIOUS COME TOGETHER

SECULAR AND RELIGIOUS COME TOGETHER Curious Obsessions in The History of Science and Spirituality By Rachael Kohn ABC Books 2021 ISBN-10 : 0733316387 ISBN-13 : 978-0733316388 RRP: $36.99 Reviewed by Monica Doumit The word “catholic” comes to us from the Greek word katholikos, which means “universal”.  In the Roman Catholic Church, this universality is often jokingly referred […]

DEEP WATERS – REPORTING ON THE AUSTRALIA CHINA RELATIONSHIP

The Truth About China: Propaganda, Patriotism and the Search for Answers by Bill Birtles  Allen & Unwin, 2021 ISBN: 9781760879860 RRP: $24.00  Reviewed by Milton Osborne It is a standard observation, not always honoured in reality, that journalists are not supposed to be the subject of their own reporting. Yet Bill Birtles has every reason to break with this “rule” as […]

BURAADJA, THE LIBERAL CASE FOR NATIONAL RECONCILIATION

Senator Andrew Bragg, Senator for New South Wales, has just released his publication Buraadja – The Liberal Case for National Reconciliation with the P M Glynn Institute. He argues that the history and philosophy underpinning the Liberal Party of Australia provides a workable answer in this constitutional debate for the Morrison   Government. On Tuesday 8 June, Senator […]

Aunty’s activist journos hail a victory that never was

And so it came to pass that Christian Porter’s defamation action against the ABC resulted in a settlement, going the way of many libel actions. Both sides had said they would fight the case until victory was resolved, and both sides backed off before the proposed hearing in the Federal Court. Some commentators believe Porter […]

Issue 544

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 544 4 June 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Conspiracy afoot at Four Corners; La Tingle & Speersy remember to forget Can You Bear It? – Bonge can’t criticise BBC journo Martin Bashir without taking a swipe at Rupert Murdoch; All in agreement on Insiders; Samantha Maiden […]

The Wars of Isi Liebler – Suzanne Rutland

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Two broadcasters, both alike in unaccountability

There was a world of difference between Diana, Princess of Wales (nee Spencer) and Neville Wran. The former was born into the titled English upper class and, for 15 years, was married to the heir to the British monarchy. The latter was a product of the working-class Sydney suburb of Balmain before what Paul Keating […]

Issue 543

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 543 28 May 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Dave Sharma vs the field re Israel; A repeated myth on Q+A Editorial – ABC management draws a line on staff tweets about the PM somewhere between fascist and ideological bastardry Can You Bear It? – Amy […]

LONE VOICE: THE WARS OF ISI LEIBLER, AN OVERVIEW

Suzanne D. Rutland (OAM PhD) is Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney. She is a renowned Australian Jewish historian and has published widely on Australian Jewish history, edits the Sydney edition of the AJHS Journal and has written on issues relating to the Shoah, Israel, Soviet Jewry and Jewish education. Her book, The Jews in Australia was […]

Censorship dressed as a plea for fairness in media reporting

It’s a long time since the media in Western nations was primarily sympathetic to Israel. This was the case in 1967 when there was widescale support for the Jewish state in the West during what became known as the Six-Day War. Israel, established by the authority of the UN in 1948, was less than two […]

Issue 542

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 542 21 May 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Luke McGregor dazzles the other panellists & host, cranking out speedy lines on Q+A; David Speers ignores the contributions of the Howard and Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison governments to renewable energy Editorial – New ABC Board appointments will not alter ABC’s […]

Liberal Party Principles and The Energy Portfolio – The Hon Angus Taylor

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Mutineers and Dark Secrets – Robert Hadler

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LIBERAL PARTY PRINCIPLES AND THE ENERGY PORTFOLIO

On Wednesday 19 May 2021, The Hon Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, addressed The Sydney Institute. In this important speech, given on the day of the announcement of the gas fired project at Kurri Kurri in New South Wales – a major Hunter Valley project – the minister outlined significant decisions being […]

MUTINY, MURDER AND POLITICAL CONTROVERSY

Robert Hadler is the author of Dark Secrets – The True Story of Murder in HMAS Australia  and, most recently, Mutineers – A True Story of Heroes and Villains which records the history of how five young Australian sailors seeking adventure in a far off war fell foul of British Imperial authority and sparked one of the most controversial events […]

As Coalition proves, good government adapts to challenges

British economist John Maynard Keynes is claimed to have said: “When events change, I change my mind; what do you do?” Or it may have been American economist Paul Samuelson. Or maybe neither of the above. But there is plausibility in the idea, whatever its source. Sure, this saying often has been evoked by individuals […]

Issue 541

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 541 14 May 2021 * * * * Stop Press: Last night’s Q+A – a pile-on against Morrison government Minister Jane Hume; 7:30’s Leigh Sales interrupts the PM much more than she does Anthony Albanese Editorial: ABC chair Ita Buttrose’s flawed political vision for the public broadcaster […]

Cancel Culture: Where to Next? – Kevin Donnelly

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Planning, Progress & Productivity, Post-Pandemic – The Hon Rob Stokes

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Morrison has never breached division of church and state

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese was interviewed by ABC Radio National presenter Fran Kelly on April 27 in the wake of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s address to the Australian Christian Churches national conference on the Gold Coast a week earlier. The speech was not released by the Prime Minister’s ­office but a video of the event […]

Issue 540

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 540 7 May 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Q&A ends with Hamish Macdonald interrupting a Liberal MP Can You Bear It? – Geoffrey Robertson QC compares his time in hotel quarantine with the plight of political prisoners; Niki Savva asks whether Josh Frydenberg would […]

CANCEL CULTURE – WHERE TO NEXT?

With the impact of Cancel Culture, not a week goes by without public controversy and debate. Examples include destroying statues, re-writing history, promoting gender fluidity in schools, opposing the establishment of the Ramsay Centre for the study of Western civilisation, attacking free speech and seeking to intimidate and silence those who don’t subscribe to Woke […]

Labor has a problem with men

The word around sections of the political commentariat is that the Coalition government in general and Scott Morrison in particular have a women problem. Meaning that the Morrison government is losing support among female voters to such an extent that, if continued, could lead to defeat in the next election, which is due by May […]

Issue 539

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 539 30 April 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Hamish Macdonald lacks courtesy when interrupting Senator Bridget McKenzie on Q+A Can You Bear It? – Dr Peter Collignon struggles to get a word in with Fran Kelly; Dr Norman Swan has a whine about his […]

PLANNING, PROGRESS, AND PRODUCTIVITY POST-PANDEMIC

The Hon Rob Stokes MP is NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces. Addressing The Sydney Institute on Thursday 29 April 2021 – in the Institute’s first face-to-face meeting following COVID-19 social distancing regulations were relaxed – the minister gave a wide-ranging speech on the transformation of global urban development up to 2020, alongside the […]

RADICALS — REMEMBERING THE SIXTIES

Meredith Burgmann – former president of the NSW Upper House – and writer Nadia Wheatley, who have put together Radicals – Remembering The Sixties, spoke for The Sydney Institute about the book and how it happened on Wednesday 28 April 2021. The book is a look back in time from a unique perspective. The voices […]

Five Eyes allies pick up the tab for NZ’s shortsighted policy

Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s visit to New Zealand this week came at a time of increasing disagreement between the two nations on a range of issues. But a viewer who watched the soft interview of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern by ABC TV News Breakfast presenters Lisa Millar and Michael Rowland on Tuesday would […]

Issue 538

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 538 23 April 2021 * * * * Stop Press – A Turnbull-led tag team on Q+A Editorial – It took the ABC three months to issue an obvious correction re the JobKeeper scheme Can You Bear It? – Fitz flubs a John Howard quote and comes out […]

Defiant Voices: The Legacy of Australia’s Convict Women – Babette Smith

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DEFIANT VOICES: THE LEGACY OF AUSTRALIA’S CONVICT WOMEN

The recorded stories of Australia’s convict women have taken time to defuse from those of a collection of lowly and wanton figures in the annuls of Australian history to something more positive about their lives. Historian Babette Smith is one who has done much to refocus attention on the contribution of Australia’s female convicts to […]

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How The Left Failed Its Great Society – Amity Shlaes – Zoom meeting

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Let’s not inflame China tensions with talk of war

It’s a phenomenon of our time that some men and women who receive an honorary doctorate from one of Australia’s tertiary ­institutions say something likely to attain media attention. And so it came to pass on Monday when Christopher Pyne, the former Liberal Party member for Sturt in Adelaide –—and a one-time defence minister — […]

Issue 537

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 537 16 April 2021 * * * * Stop Press – A leftist Melbourne stack on Q&A – with Norman Swan cast as the hero; Malcolm Turnbull to return to Q&A with or without leather jacket Can You Bear It? – Mike Carlton misplaces the start of […]

Crikey, it’s another intellectually light anti-Pell rant

In the wake of Easter, it was “sneering secularist Tuesday” at Crikey this week. The newsletter (editor-in-chief Peter Fray) ran an article by Adelaide-based journalist Tory Shepherd titled “Saints preserve us: what Pell’s Easter homily gets wrong about the holiday”. The reference was to Cardinal George Pell’s article “Reflection and belief in the quiet Eternal […]

Issue 536

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 536 9 April 2021 * * * * ·         Stop Press – Record low ratings for Q&A and a proposal for the ABC; 7:30’s Justin Stevens now plugging failure ·         Can You Bear It? – Fitz on “le tout Sydney” gathering to see Hamilton; Jon Faine (fresh off 25 years at the same prestigious job) […]

WHY DO WE FUND THE ARTS?

Paul Fletcher is the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts. On Wednesday 7 April 2021, Paul Fletcher addressed The Sydney Institute on the topic of funding the Arts. While making it clear that Coalition governments have been consistent supporters of the Arts in Australia, he cautioned that priorities are in constant need […]

Who’d be a guest with an ideological host such as Aunty?

Last Sunday, ABC TV Insiders presenter David Speers told viewers that neither Scott Morrison nor the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women Marise Payne had agreed to be interviewed for the program. Victorian Liberal Party backbenchers Katie Allen (MP for Higgins) and senator Sarah Henderson stepped up to the task and performed very well. But […]

A PIONEER IN A MAN’S WORLD

NOT ALWAYS DIPLOMATIC – AN AUSTRALIAN WOMAN’S JOURNEY THROUGH INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS By Sue Boyd UWA Publishing 2020 ISBN: 978-1-76080-149-6 RRP: $29.99 (PB) Reviewed By Anne Henderson Sue Boyd’s memoir begins with a meeting she had with Prime Minister Gough Whitlam after returning from her first overseas posting as an Australian diplomat in Portugal where the […]

LOUISE MILLIGAN’S WITNESS – FOR HERSELF AND THE GEORGE PELL PROSECUTION

Witness: An Investigation into the brutal cost of seeking justice by  Louise Milligan Hachette Australia 2020  ISBN:   9780733644634 RRP $34.99 Reviewed by Gerard Henderson The front cover of Witness describes the author as a “Walkley award-winning journalist and bestselling author of Cardinal’”. The full title of ABC TV journalist Louise Milligan’s first book is Cardinal: […]

FROM FOREIGN AFFAIRS TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – A REFLECTION

On Tuesday 30 March 2021, Dave Sharma, Member for Wentworth and former Australian Ambassador to Israel, gave a Zoom address to The Sydney Institute 30 March 2021. His topic ranged broadly, picking up threads from his multicultural growing up and Australian identity through to international work with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and on to […]

A LITTLE DARK GIRL ALWAYS CARRYING HER RADIO

CODE NAME MADELEINE – A SUFI SPY IN NAZI OCCUPIED PARIS By Arthur J Magida W W Norton & Company 2020 ISBN-10: 0393867552; ISBN-13: 978-0393867558; RRP: $44.95 (HB) By Anne Henderson Winston Churchill called the Special Operations Executive (SOE), which he created under his minister for economic warfare Hugh Dalton in July 1940, the “Ministry […]

SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS – PREMIER ASKIN AND THOSE ALLEGATIONS

SIR ROBERT ASKIN By Paul Loughnan Connor Court Publishing ISBN: 9781922449368 RRP: $19.95     Reviewed by Milton Cockburn No biography of Bob Askin has ever been published or, as far as I am aware, attempted. This is odd given that Askin is certainly the most controversial NSW premier since Jack Lang. For an account […]

1960s DREAMING – HOW A DECADE OF SOCIAL PLANNING FAILED TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT

GREAT SOCIETY – A NEW HISTORY By Amity Shlaes HarperCollins 2019 ISBN 0061706426 ISBN-13 9780061706424 RRP: $44.95 (HB) By Anne Henderson Stand-up US comedian Charles Fleischer is credited as the originator of the now well-worn line: “If you remember the ’60s, you really weren’t there.” Well, historians and archivists are another matter. Many were there and kept […]

Liberal rebels spurn party that brought them to political dance

Former Labor prime minister Paul Keating is reported to have declared that if you want a friend in politics get a dog. There are few real friendships in politics since nearly everyone is competing to become prime minister or opposition leader or hold cabinet or shadow cabinet positions. Friendship is one thing. Loyalty is another. […]

Issue 535

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 535 26 March 2021 * * * * Stop Press – 7:30 wheels out the empty chair for Scott Morrison Can You Bear It? – Samantha Maiden claims the circa 2018 parliamentary desk incident could have been prevented if The Liberal Party had run more women at […]

THE RISE AND FALL OF DONALD TRUMP – HOW, WHY AND WITH WHAT EFFECT

As the fallout from the defeat of Donald Trump by Joe Biden in the US presidential election 2020 subsided, on Tuesday 23 March 20021, The Sydney Institute conducted a Zoom meeting for members with former ABC foreign correspondent Zoe Daniel to reflect on what she had found in research for her book, written with colleague […]

Right is wrong at the left-stacked Sydney Writers’ Festival

There is nothing new about the left’s “long march through the institutions”, which presents today as the cancel culture. It was around at least the 1960s when political conservatives found it difficult to state their views on university campuses and elsewhere. It’s just that, in six decades, the march has travelled a long way. The term […]

Issue 534

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 534 19 March 2021 * * * * Stop Press – David Speers chuckles while discussing the sexist abuse of Nicolle Flint Can You Bear It? – Shane Wright on the WA Liberal Party’s shock-horror refusal to surrender a seat to the Labor Party; The Guardian’s Mike Bowers & […]

Daniel Walton – Rebuilding Australia: Seizing the chance to make things in a post-COVID world

Daniel Walton (National Secretary, Australian Workers Union) on Rebuilding Australia: Seizing the chance to make things in a post-COVID world.   Podcast: DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS

REBUILDING AUSTRALIA: SEIZING OUR CHANCE TO MAKE THINGS IN A POST-COVID WORLD

On Tuesday 16 March 2021, Daniel Walton, AWU National Secretary gave an address to The Sydney Institute, filmed for Youtube, in which he set out a vision for Australian manufacturing in an era of new green energy and global, climate change transformation of energy uses. Taking his cue from the innovative government support through such […]

THE AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY AND BUDGET 2021

Robert Gottliebsen has been writing and commentating on the Australian economy for more than half a century. These days, he is a regular columnist for The Australian. As Australia emerged from its 2020 pandemic lockdowns and social distancing, discussion of just how the 2021 Budget would handle the recovery began. In a comprehensive discussion via […]

Journalists need to stick to the facts, not their personal beliefs

In days of old, when most jour­nalists were reporters, a degree of scepticism prevailed with respect to claims by individuals. Nowadays, the increasing number of journalists who regard themselves as activists has led to a situation where large sections of the media believe what they want to believe — and ­campaign accordingly. Take CNN presenter Don Lemon, who is […]

Issue 533

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 533 12 March 2021 * * * * Stop Press: Q&A’s Sandalista Audience Returns to Barrack Against Conservatives  MWD Exclusive: ABC Chair Ita Buttrose Joins the ACTU’s Michele O’Neil & ACOSS’s Cassandra Goldie in Writing an Open Letter to PM Morrison  Can You Bear It? Jane Caro […]

THE VOICELESS DECADES

At a “virtual” function and discussion for The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 8 July 2020, Josephine Cashman, Indigenous lawyer and businesswoman, spoke for The Sydney Institute on the complexities surrounding leadership of Indigenous politics over decades. She was joined by Indigenous leader Warren Mundine who spoke frankly about the “truths” that matter to Indigenous Australians […]

Issue 532

As avid readers are aware, due to technical problems, Issue 532 of Media Watch Dog  did not come out on Friday.  Here it is today. The next issue will go out as normal next Friday. * * * * GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 532 8 March 2021 * * * * […]

All balance lost in the crucible of a witch trial

he past week has witnessed a modern-day remake of Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible with a baying mob, led by sections of the media, condemning Attorney-General Christian Porter as guilty of historical sexual assault without a trial and hoping for a political execution. It’s not a pleasant sight but one that is becoming all too […]

THE VOICELESS DECADES

At a “virtual” function and discussion for The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 8 July 2020, Josephine Cashman, Indigenous lawyer and businesswoman, spoke for The Sydney Institute on the complexities surrounding leadership of Indigenous politics over decades. She was joined by Indigenous leader Warren Mundine who spoke frankly about the “truths” that matter to Indigenous Australians […]

Rock Stars or Dogged Competitors? How to pick an Opposition Leader

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ROCK STARS OR DOGGED COMPETITORS? HOW TO PICK AN OPPOSITION LEADER

On Tuesday 2 March 2021, The Hon Michael Knight AO, former NSW politician and Minister for the Olympics in the Carr Government, spoke for The Sydney Institute in an address filmed for Youtube broadcast. At a time when the federal Labor opposition was facing challenges over its leadership at a time of pandemic, Michael Knight […]

AUSTRALIAN POLITICS – AS SEEN FROM VICTORIA

As debate over the culture within Parliament House Canberra erupted on social media and in mainstream media, and Australians adjusted to a second year under COVID regulations, former president of the Victorian Liberal Party and Sky News commentator Michael Kroger conducted a Zoom Sydney Institute meeting on Tuesday 2 March 2021. His theme was a […]

National cabinet: an exercise in unity minus real power

The real story about Australia’s national cabinet is that no such constitutional entity exists. Australia does not have a national cabinet today and it never has had a national government in the past. In view of this, the Morrison government has done remarkably well in giving the impression of greater unity in the nation than […]

Issue 531

Please note – Issue 532 has been delayed until Monday 8 March (around Gin & Tonic Time) GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 531 26 February 2021 * * * * Stop Press – 7:30 forgets which Prime Minister led Australia out of the Great Depression Can You Bear It? – Michelle Grattan & […]

JOE’S BIDEN’S AMERICA

In the wake of the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election and the instalment of the Biden administration, The Sydney Institute held a Zoom meeting, on Thursday 25 February 2021, with Barbara Heineback, former strategic consultant with the Clinton Administration, and Bruce Wolpe, Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the United States Studies […]

JOE’S BIDEN’S AMERICA

In the wake of the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election and the instalment of the Biden administration, The Sydney Institute held a Zoom meeting, on Thursday 25 February 2021, with Barbara Heineback, former strategic consultant with the Clinton Administration, and Bruce Wolpe, Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the United States Studies […]

Issue 530

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 530 19 February 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Steve Cannane fails to challenge Kevin Rudd’s Murdoch Media Monopoly Myth Can Your Bear It? – Nine’s Fitz still in a huff about his alleged lefty love-in; The Sydney Morning Herald’s letters:A conservative-free zone; The Saturday Paper’s […]

Sneering critics underestimate ‘Scotty’ at their peril

John Hyde, the one-time Liberal Party member for Moore in Perth, once told a story about the decline of morale among his colleagues during Malcolm Fraser’s third term as prime minister. As the 1983 election drew near, Fraser asked his colleagues for new ideas that the Coalition could take to the electorate. As Hyde reported, […]

Issue 529

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 529 12 February 2021 * * * * Stop Press – Mark Humphries returns; Adam Creighton resurrected Can You Bear It? – CBD on the provocative Leaks; Sally Neighbour’s non-correction correction, also starring Louise Milligan; Fitz can’t laugh at himself; Insiders to start holding panellists accountable for […]

AUSTRALIAN POLITICS – SCOTT MORRISON AND THE COALITION GOVERNMENT

As 2021 began to emerge from the worst of the pandemic of 2020, the Morrison Government faced new challenges. On Wednesday 10 February 2021, Paul Kelly, journalist, author and media commentator, conducted a Zoom meeting for Sydney Institute members. In a comprehensive discussion, Paul Kelly observed 2021 would be the year the prime minister Scott […]

ABC Four Corners’ Downfall fails to live up to the spin

It’s just over three weeks since ABC television Four Corners executive producer Sally Neighbour proudly tweeted that “the brilliant duo” — presenter Sarah Ferguson and producer Tony Jones — had been dispatched to the US “to cover Trump’s American carnage”. The announcement came as some surprise. For starters, on my count the ABC has three […]

Issue 528

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 528 5 February 2021 * * * * MWD Exclusive – ABC’s Nick Leys Boast that Aunty Finished Second Last in a Four-Horse Race Can You Bear It? Nine’s Peter Hartcher Reckons that Communist China is “Fascist”; The Guardian’s Katharine Murphy’s Big Time Fawn Over Mark Butler; […]

 GROWING UP IN AUSTRALIA – ONE PROTESTANT, ONE CATHOLIC – TWO VIEWS

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 […]

STAYING WITH THE COUNTRY – A LIFE OF JOHN McEWEN

STAYING WITH THE COUNTRY – A LIFE OF JOHN McEWEN John McEwen: The Right Man, Right Place, Right Time by  Bridget McKenzie Connor Court Publishing ISBN:  9781922449412 RRP $24.95 Reviewed by Paul Henderson John McEwen wrote an autobiography after he retired, but there have been few books written about him. One of those is the […]

ON THE INSIDE WITH CARDINAL GEORGE PELL

PRISON JOURNAL VOLUME 1 – The Cardinal Makes His Appeal By George Cardinal Pell Ignatius Press, Freedom Publishing 2020 ISBN 978-1-62164-448-4 (PB) ISBN 978-1-64229-142-1 (eBook) RRP: $39.95 (PB) By Anne Henderson For Catholics of 1950s Australia, the formal prayers said as the Rosary were very familiar. Families knelt in homes at night and together prayed the […]

LIVING WITH WRITERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

SIGNATURES  – LITERARY ENCOUNTERS OF A LIFETIME By David Pryce Jones Encounter Books 2020 ISBN  (HB) 9781641770903 RRP: $43.50 (HB) By Anne Henderson It’s a plain looking hardback – dark red with gold lettering and no dust jacket. The kind of book you might dig out of your grandparents’ library a half a century and […]

HOW AND WHEN MIGHT LABOR GOVERN

HOW AND WHEN MIGHT LABOR GOVERN The Write Stuff – Voices of Unity on Labor’s Future Nick Dyrenfurth and Misha Zelinsky (editors) Connor Court Publishing 2020 ISBN:9781922449429 RRP: $29.95 (pb) By Keith Harvey The Write Stuff – Voices of Unity on Labor’s Future is a significant book to understand the ALP today. Edited by the […]

THE TRUTH OF THE PALACE LETTERS: DECEIT, AMBUSH AND DISMISSAL IN 1975

In July 2020, the National Archives of Australia released the correspondence between Australia’s Governor General Sir John Kerr and Buckingham Palace during the constitutional crisis of 1975. This came about as the result of a High Court decision brought on by legal action from historian Jenny Hocking. In the wake of the Palace letters release, […]

SIR JOHN KERR AND THE DISMISSAL – THE TRUTH OF THE PALACE LETTERS  

In July 2020, the National Archives of Australia released the correspondence between Australia’s Governor General Sir John Kerr and Buckingham Palace during the constitutional crisis of 1975. This came about as the result of a High Court decision brought on by legal action from historian Jenny Hocking. In the wake of the Palace letters release, […]

IN DEFENCE OF SHAME – A VIEW

Tanveer Ahmed is a psychologist, author and columnist for the Australian Financial Review.  In his new book, In Defence of Shame, Dr Tanveer Ahmed looks at the history and contemporary rise of shame and its overlap with group identity morality and mental health. His arguments pose new perspectives for today’s more secularist Western societies. Monica […]

IN DEFENCE OF SHAME – A VIEW

Monica Doumit is the Director, Public Affairs and Engagement for the Archdiocese of Sydney and a columnist with The Catholic Weekly. Tanveer Ahmed is a psychologist, author and columnist for the Australian Financial Review.  In his new book, In Defence of Shame, Dr Tanveer Ahmed looks at the history and contemporary rise of shame and […]

Peter Cosgrove Book Launch

ON TUESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2020, FORMER GOVERNOR-GENERAL SIR PETER COSGROVE RECORDED A DISCUSSION WITH SYDNEY INSTITUTE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GERARD HENDERSON TO LAUNCH HIS NEW BOOK – YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE JOINED … A MEMOIR. Gerard Henderson: Peter Cosgrove makes a welcome return to The Sydney Institute; he gave our annual lecture some years ago and spoke […]

WRITING ABOUT PAUL RAMSAY

Angela Shanahan – columnist with The Australian – has written the biography of Paul Ramsay, founder of Ramsay Health which has been published as Paul Ramsay – A Man For Others. In a lasting legacy, Paul Ramsay bequeathed funds to establish the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation which will operate through the University of Queensland, […]

LAUNCHING ANGELA SHANAHAN’S PAUL RAMSAY – A MAN FOR OTHERS

Angela Shanahan – columnist with The Australian – has written the biography of Paul Ramsay, founder of Ramsay Health which has been published as Paul Ramsay – A Man For Others. In a lasting legacy, Paul Ramsay bequeathed funds to establish the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation which will operate through the University of Queensland, […]

SYDNEY, CRIME AND THE PANDEMIC OF 1919

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 engendered a look back at the global pandemic of 1919 known as the Spanish Flu. Nerida Campbell is a curator at Sydney Living Museums. Her most recent exhibition and publication, Underworld: Mugshots from the Roaring Twenties, explores the dark side of the 1920s from wayward flappers to stone-cold gangsters. To […]

A PROTESTANT PERSPECTIVE

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 essentially protestant. 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 […]

Aaron Patrick & Parnell McGuinness – Australian Politics 2021

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Conflicted ALP struggles to regain its purpose

It was a week in which Australian national politics moved quickly. The lead story in this paper last Saturday was Greg Brown’s exclusive that Scott Morrison has indicated that Australia will work towards net-zero emissions but is in no rush to sign up to a target to achieve this by 2050. For a while, it […]

Issue 527

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 527 29 January 2021 * * * * Stop Press: Michael Rowland fires up on the Daily Telegraph’s Front Page Jackie’s Back Howler of the Week: Virginia Haussegger’s wow factor about female Australian of the Year winners in 2021 – but not in 2015 Can You Bear […]

LOOKING AHEAD – AUSTRALIAN POLITICS 2021

At The Sydney Institute, on Wednesday 27 January 2021, as a second year of pandemic restrictions complicated Australian politics, Parnell McGuinness, columnist with The Australian Financial Review and communications strategist, joined Aaron Patrick, senior correspondent with The Australian Financial Review, to discuss where they saw the Australian political landscape heading as the nation and the world emerged […]

AUSTRALIA – POLITICS 2021

At The Sydney Institute, on Wednesday 27 January 2021, as a second year of pandemic restrictions complicated Australian politics, Parnell McGuinness, columnist with The Australian Financial Review and communications strategist, joined Aaron Patrick, senior correspondent with The Australian Financial Review, to discuss where they saw the Australian political landscape heading as the nation and the world emerged […]

AUSTRALIA – POLITICS 2021

AT THE SYDNEY INSTITUTE, ON WEDNESDAY 27 JANUARY 2021, FOLLOWING TALKS BY AARON PATRICK AND PARNELL MCGUINNESS ON “AUSTRALIAN POLITICS – 2021” –  SYDNEY INSTITUTE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GERARD HENDERSON LED THEM IN DISCUSSION OF THE ISSUES RAISED. Gerard Henderson: Thanks for two very informative papers. Now, I follow Parnell’s position, which I think is yours […]

Gestures only serve to divide rather than lead to progress

On ABC TV’s One Plus One on Monday, presenter Stan Grant introduced his guest Kodie Bedford with the following words: “She was a journalist, she’s a writer, she’s a storyteller – just don’t call her an Aboriginal storyteller.” Bedford’s first play Cursed! has just completed a season at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney. Born in […]

A BETTER NORMAL AFTER COVID-19

The Hon Tanya Plibersek is Shadow Minister for Education and Training and, until May 2019, was Deputy Leader of the Opposition. In the midst of the 2020 pandemic, Tanya Plibersek also put her mind to the sort of society Australia needed to develop after the experiences of 2020. Editing a collection of essays from a […]

THE RIGHT PATH TO A LABOR VICTORY

At the May 2019 federal election, Labor MP The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon only narrowly won his supposedly blue-ribbon Labor seat of Hunter in NSW. His experience has led him to argue that Labor’s push for more rapid green energy targets have led to a loss of voters in working class electorates like the Hunter Valley […]

Left selective in showing contempt, outrage

It was the incorrect answer to a politically correct question. On Wednesday, ABC Radio National Breakfast presenter Sally Sara interviewed New York-based Anti-Defamation League vice-president Greg Ehrie. The ADL is a leading anti-hate organisation, profoundly opposed to white supremacist groups and other extreme domestic ideologies. Discussion turned on the decision of Twitter and Facebook to […]

Democrats put congress in the grip of cancel culture

Let’s hear it for the aunts and uncles of recent memory. If Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has her way they are destined to be termed a “parent’s sibling”. On New Year’s Day, Pelosi introduced a resolution into the house setting out rules for the 117th congress. Section two includes […]

Uncertainty the only thing certain in 2021

It’s always foolish to make new year predictions — and much the same can be said of new year resolutions. The former invariably turn into false prophecy, the latter frequently fail in the implementation stage. What can be said of 2021 fairly safely is that Australia faces its most uncertain future for seven decades. In […]

Smelling a rat instead of optimism in 2020, year of identity crisis

Whatever happened to 2020, the Year of the Rat? Which, in this time of identity consciousness, is perhaps better termed the Year of the Rat, the Mouse and other Small Rodents. Alas, what was destined to be a time of plenty fuelled by optimism became an occasion of drought, fire, flood and pandemic-initiated (toilet roll) […]

Basic tenet of law spurned in ongoing pile-on of George Pell

On Wednesday night ABC Online ran this heading: “Judge in George Pell appeal case to preside over inquiry into Afghanistan war crime allegations”. The reference was to the decision by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to appoint judge Mark Weinberg QC as special inspector of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan inquiry. Now, Weinberg is one […]

The Right Path to Victory – Joel Fitzgibbon

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Workers know a job is better than no job

In the early 1980s, I worked in the central office of the commonwealth government department responsible for securing the implementation of awards determined by the (then) Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, now termed the Fair Work Commission. During the 1982-83 recession, unemployment rose to more than 10 per cent. This was at a time when Australia’s […]

Issue 526

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 526 11 December 2020 * * * * Stop Press – David Speers & Michael Rowland still ignorant of US election system Media Watch Dog Exclusive – An in-depth analysis of the ABC’s Blackburn Report re The Drum & Insiders MWD to take WEB Can You Bear […]

DEBUNKING CONSPIRACY THEORIES – THE DISMISSAL

The Truth of the Palace Letters: Deceit, Ambush and Dismissal in 1975 by Paul Kelly &  Troy Bramston  MUP 2020 ISBN: 9780522877557 RRP: $29.99 (pb) Reviewed by Gerard Henderson The strength of The Truth of the Palace Letters: Deceit, Ambush and Dismissal in 1975 is that it demolishes two seemingly conflicting conspiracy theories.  The first […]

A LIFE WELL LIVED – AND ENJOYED

You Shouldn’t Have Joined: A Memoir by  Peter Cosgrove Allen & Unwin 2020 ISBN: 9781760878528 RRP $49.99 (hb) Reviewed by Paul Henderson “You shouldn’t have joined”  is an excellent autobiography by Sir Peter Cosgrove. It is well written, covers a variety of topics and deals with a number of people who crossed his path. Cosgrove points […]

SCORES TO SETTLE – A ROUND OR MORE WITH LADY BLACK

Friends & Enemies – A Life in Vogue, Prison & Park Avenue by Barbara Amiel Pegasus Books 2020 ISBN10 1472134214 ISBN13 9781472134219 RRP – $65.99 (hb) – $34.99 (pb) by Anne Henderson Like its author, Barbara Amiel’s recently published Friends & Enemies – A Life in Vogue, Prison & Park Avenue is gutsy, candid, cutting, acute in […]

DAVID AND GOLIATH – HOW A BRITISH SOCIALIST TOOK ON STALIN AND WON

Ernest Bevin – Labour’s Churchill by Andrew Adonis Biteback Publishing 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78590 598 8 RRP – $42.24 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson In the reconstruction of Western Europe after World War II, one of the most significant figures was the UK Foreign Secretary, Labour’s Ernest Bevin. Without his efforts at the many negotiating […]

OH DARLING – HOW VERY HOME COUNTIES

Diary of an MP’s Wife – Inside and Outside Power By Sasha Swire Little, Brown 2020 ISBN10 1408713411 ISBN13 9781408713419 RRP: $49.99 (HB) By Anne Henderson There are various acidic assessments in Sasha Swire’s now published diaries – take your pick of some that give a flavour: “Truth is those Patersons really piss me off” […]

REVELATIONS APLENTY IN MURDER AT SEA

Dark Secrets: The True Story of Murder in HMAS Australia by Robert Hadler Publisher: Wilkinson Publishing 2020 ISBN: 9781925927436 RRP $29.99 (pb) by Paul Henderson Dark Secrets is about a young sailor, Jack Riley, who was murdered by two other sailors on HMAS Australia, the flagship of the Royal Australian Navy, in March 1942. The brutal […]

MOVING WITH THE WORLD – CHESTERTON’S CHURCH UNDER ATTACK

Sacred & Profane: Faith and Belief in a Secular Society By Peter Kurti (foreword by Henry Ergas) Connor Court 2020 ISBN: 9781922449238 RRP: $32.95  (pb) By Monica Doumit Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or […]

Letter to ABC’s chair is well within minister’s remit

The announcement by Communications Minister Paul Fletcher on Tuesday that he had written to ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose concerning the Four Corners program titled Inside the Canberra Bubble, which aired on November 9, was big news and rightly so, but in no sense history making. In May 2003, Howard government communications minister Richard Alston wrote […]

Issue 525

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 525 4 December 2020 * * * * Stop Press – The Project: News Delivered Inaccurately Can You Bear It? – Richard Ackland remembers Alan Ramsey – sort of; Fran Kelly & Laura Tingle on Australia-New Zealand relations; Cathy Wilcox’s Australia Alienation MWD Exclusive – Mark Humphries deletes […]

Trump ‘truth tellers’ need a refresher course in history

In her speech to the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation on November 12 (it was released on November 23), ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose decided it was appropriate to have a few parting shots at the (almost certainly) outgoing US President. Having favourably quoted The New York Times as asserting that Australia’s “conservative government” would go […]

Issue 524

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 524 27 November 2020 * * * * STOP PRESS: CATCHING UP ON THE ABC’S DIVERSITY ISSUE – STARRING JAMES MORROW, LEIGH SALES & VIRGINIA TRIOLI EDITORIAL: ITA BUTTROSE’S ABC LECTURE – AN EXERCISE IN DENIAL CAN YOU BEAR IT? NINE NEWSPAPERS’ CBD COLUMN & HOBART DINNER […]

Disagree with other views? Shut down the platform

During an uncharacteristically turbulent period in Australian politics, four incumbent prime ministers were dumped by their colleagues in less than a decade — namely Kevin Rudd (2010), Julia Gillard (2013), Tony Abbott (2015) and Malcolm Turnbull (2018). All four experienced huge disappointment, even grief, along with a sense of bitterness at not being able to […]

Issue 523

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 523 20 November 2020 * * * * Can You Bear It? – Stephen Brook disappoints Comrades Millar & Kennedy with his lack of Murdoch-phobia; Crikey’s false prophet Charlie Lewis; Four Corners first out of the block for a W.E.B.; Janine Perrett’s (media) secret; Jimmy from Hesket calls into Raf […]

After Covid-19: A New Normal? – Tanya Plibersek MP

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Labor’s climate realist knows it’s all about that base

t was around three decades between the start of World War I in July 1914 and the end of World War II in August 1945. In between, most of the world changed dramatically, never to return to its antebellum status. Yet we are led to expect that governments and political parties can commit realistically today […]

Issue 522

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 522 13 November 2020 * * * * Stop Press – Jacqueline Maley & Hamish Macdonald forget Julie Bishop – but Pru Goward remembers; ABC presenter Paul Kennedy complains about taxpayer funding for (non-ABC) media Editorial – Why the ABC campaigns against Sky News Can You Bear […]

You Shouldn’t Have Joined – Peter Cosgrove

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US election 2020: People speak but pundits don’t hear

Perhaps the most considered comment in the wake of the US election was proffered by David Brooks. The New York Times columnist tweeted on Wednesday: “Our job in the media is to capture reality so that when reality voices itself, like last night, people aren’t surprised. Pretty massive failure. We still are not good at […]

Issue 521

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 521 6 November 2020 * * * * Stop Press – 7:30’s predictably anti-Trump US election coverage; Tom Gleeson’s Hard Point; Hamish Macdonald on his intolerant audience MWD Exclusive – The Hon Jennifer Coate AO, The COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry & Burden of Proof – A New […]

The Truth of the Palace Letters – Paul Kelly & Troy Bramston

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COVID-19, COURT HEARINGS AND AUTOMATED DECISION-MAKING

The Hon Michael Kirby QC CMC is an international jurist, educator and former judge. He served as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission (1975-83); Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84); Judge of the Federal Court of Australia (1983-4); President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (1984-96); President […]

INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA AT A TIME OF “BLACK LIVES MATTER”

As riots and activists became the news in the US after the death of black American George Floyd at the hands of police, the issues of Indigenous deaths in custody in Australia and the state of Indigenous welfare became a discussion point yet again. At a “virtual” function and discussion for The Sydney Institute on […]

Democracy under attack from the censorious Left

Democratic politics, which can only function within a system of representative government, turns on the successful and peaceful regulation of difference. In other words, democracy is all about ­debate and discussion. In contemporary Western societies, this concept is under attack, primarily from the left, by means of de-platforming individuals. This amounts to non-violent silencing, or […]

Issue 520

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 520 30 October 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

THE TRANSITIONAL FORCE OF AMERICA’S FIRST (FOREIGN BORN) FIRST LADY

Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs Adams by Louisa Thomas Penguin Press New York 2016 ISBN: 9781410488145 (hb) ISBN: 9780399563133 (pb) ISBN: 9781101980828 (eb) RRP $25 (pb) $50 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson It says something about US presidents and their families that there have been only two foreign born US first ladies – US first […]

ELIZABETH MACARTHUR AS WE NEVER KNEW HER

A Room Made of Leaves  by Kate Grenville Text Publishing 2020 ISBN: 9781922330024 RRP: $39.99 (HB) By Anne Henderson Historians do their best with the remnants of the past at hand to decipher various truths of events and the people who made them happen. But it seems it is left to novelists to fill in […]

LOOKING AGAIN AT JAMES COOK’S LEGACY

Captain Cook’s Epic Voyage by Geoffrey Blainey Penguin Viking 2020 ISBN: 978 1 76089 509 9 RRP: $34.99 (HB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Looking back and looking back with the perspective of time is no bad thing. But looking back on events and people and recasting them out of ignorance and with ideological blinkers is […]

FELLOW TRAVELLERS TO THE END

The Mystery of Olga Chekhova  by Antony Beevor Penguin Books 2004 ISBN: 0 14 30 3596 (pb) ISBN: 0-670-03340-5 (hc) Reviewed by Anne Henderson No century in history has captured historians and scholars quite like the twentieth century with its political upheavals, bloodshed, revolutions, social dislocation and technological advancement brought on by world wars. The brutal […]

TODAY’S LIBERALISM – HOW TO WALK WITH MENZIES IN MIND

The New Social Contract – Renewing the liberal vision for Australia by Tim Wilson Connor Court 2020 ISBN: 9781922449030 RRP: $32.95 (PB) Reviewed By Paul Henderson This book is a very good read. It covers both aspects of liberalism and compares it with other forms of government. It is a very detailed and well argued […]

Late-night tweets reveal truth about ABC’s culture

Isn’t it interesting that so many of the best and brightest at the ABC, who spend their professional lives critiquing the political errors of others, make such mistakes themselves? Take the case of ABC chief political correspondent Laura Tingle, who appears regularly on 7.30. In my Media Watch Dog blog on October 16 I publicised the story […]

Issue 519

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 519 23 October 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Growing up Protestant & Catholic: Two Views – The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG & Gerard Henderson

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THE NEW SOCIAL CONTRACT – LIBERALISM AFTER CORONAVIRUS

Tim Wilson MP has been the Member for Goldstein since 2016, is Chairman of the House of Representatives Economics Committee and a Fellow of the P.M. Glynn Institute at the Australian Catholic University. Many will remember Tim Wilson as a former Human Rights Commissioner. On Monday 7 September 2020, Tim Wilson spoke for a Sydney […]

THE LETHAL COLLISION OF TWO PANDEMICS: COVID-19 AND AGEISM

Margaret Somerville is Professor of Bioethics at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Sydney and was the founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill university in Toronto, Canada. Somerville has authored several books – The Ethical Canary: Science, Society and the Human Spirit; Death Talk: The Case Against Euthanasia and […]

KEEPING CHINA’S RISE PEACEFUL

Om Tuesday 11 August 2020, The Hon Tony Abbott joined Tim Harcourt in a Sydney Institute YouTube broadcast. Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has been a strong supporter of free trade with China. However, with increasing tensions over the increase in China’s influence and resistance to appeals over human rights, Abbott believes Australia must […]

WE NEED CHINA – CHINA NEEDS US – CHINA, DIVERSIFICATION AND POST-COVID19 ECONOMY

Tim Harcourt is the JW Nevile Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, a former chief economist of the Australia Trade Commission and host of The Airport Economist www.theairporteconomist.com . On Tuesday 11 August, Tim Harcourt joined former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott to speak about ongoing Australia/China relations in the face of growing […]

SECTION 92 OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE CLOSURE OF STATE BORDERS

Anne Twomey is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney and Director of the Constitutional Reform Unit. Among her many publications are The Veiled Sceptre – Reserve Powers of Heads of State in Westminster Systems (2018) and Pitt Cobbett – A Portrait of Australia’s Constitution at 1919 (2019). On Wednesday 22 July 2020, […]

CHALLENGES TO STATE BORDER CLOSURES AND SECTION 92 AND THE 2020 PANDEMIC

Rosalind Dixon is a Professor of Law at the University of NSW. Her work focuses on comparative constitutional law and constitutional design, constitutional democracy, theories of constitutional dialogue and amendment, socio-economic rights and constitutional law and gender, and has been published in leading journals in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia. On Wednesday 22 […]

ICAC lines up a third innocent Liberal premier

It’s not clear yet but NSW’s Independent Commission Against Corruption could be about to achieve, in cricketing terms, a hat-trick. In this case it is the clean bowling of three successful NSW Liberal Party premiers — none of whom is corrupt. Without question, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has suffered huge personal embarrassment and considerable reputational […]

Issue 518

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 518 16 October 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Budget’s pandemic spending is the right thing to do

Despite the prevalence of the cliche “history repeats itself” — it rarely, if ever, does so. World War II was different from its predecessor. The Depression of 1929-31 was dissimilar from that of four decades earlier. And the Spanish flu of 1919-20 can be distinguished from the COVID-19 pandemic a century later. The same can be […]

Issue 517

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 517 09 October 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Remembering Paul Ramsay – Tony Abbott & Angela Shanahan

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Amy Coney Barrett is Trump’s Supreme Court pick, not the ‘Catholic choice’

It was a straightforward yet significant question. Once a week, ABC Radio Sydney 702 runs a “Trump Tuesday” segment. Richard Glover is the presenter and the usual guest commentator is David Smith from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. The USSC is essentially a hangout for supporters of the Democrats or […]

Issue 516

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 516 02 October 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Shame in Today’s World: Two Views – Tanveer Ahmed and Monica Doumit

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Kept in dark like mushrooms while Victoria suffers

At last. On Wednesday evening, the ABC’s 7.30 program discussed the Victorian COVID-19 hotel quarantine inquiry. Headed by former judge Jennifer Coate, it began proceedings on August 17. This first event was covered by 7.30, which presents itself as Australia’s leading news and current affairs program. And then the inquiry was dropped completely by 7.30 […]

Issue 515

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 515 25 September 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Andrews Government in Pursuit of Liberty’s Erosion

Where are Australia’s civil libertarians when you need them most? In the modern era, the human rights of all Australians have been most adversely affected during World War II and in the current pandemic. In the 1920s and into the 1940s, the civil libertarian with the highest profile was probably Herbert Vere Evatt. A former […]

Issue 514

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 514 18 September 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Sydney Crime and the 1919 Pandemic – Nerida Campbell

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History repeats with good governance in retreat

As a continent that interacts with the rest of the world, Australia cannot escape depressions, recessions or pandemics. However, colonial (before 1901), state and federal governments can make such disasters worse than should be the case. The depression of the early 1890s, the Great Depression of the 1930s, the recession of the early 90s and […]

Issue 513

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 513 11 September 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Liberalism after the Pandemic – Tim Wilson

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Truth unmasked: No, we’re not all in this together

Last week there was a question in Melbourne. And this week, across the Pacific, came an answer from San Francisco. On August 28, inner-city Melbourne-based ABC presenter Jonathan Green put out the following tweet towards the end of the Republican National Convention: “Watching trump — louche, glib, a shambling slob, slumped at the lectern, mouthing […]

Issue 512

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 512 4 September 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Grim power still in symbols of past

Perhaps it’s the advent of social media with the abundance of emojis and the like. Or maybe we live at a time so contemporary that there is scant historical awareness. Whatever the reason, communism and its past and present followers receive a relatively good media, with the exception of today’s Chinese Communist Party. And fascism […]

Issue 511

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 511 28 August 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

The Lethal Collision of Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and Ageism – Margaret Somerville

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Labor faces a divergence between its old and new base

When the Australian Labor Party splits it does so over policy — not personalities. So bitter are these disputes that those who have left, or been expelled from, Labor are invariably labelled “rats”. On Thursday, The Australian broke the news that Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon had told the Blenheim Partners podcast that Labor could divide in much […]

Issue 510

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 510 21 August 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

COVID-19 and The Challenge for The Courts – Michael Kirby

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE MEDIA

Australian Federal Police raids on the offices of the ABC and the home of a journalist with The Australian provoked a heated debate over press freedom in Australia during June 2019. Predictably, the debate gained widespread media coverage as the Australian media voiced its collective disapproval of the raids. To offer a more nuanced appraisal […]

Issue 509

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 509 14 August 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF COVID-19

Professor Gigi Foster is Director of Education at the UNSW. She received her BA from Yale (majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics) and her PhD in economics from the University of Maryland.​ Professor Foster’s research interests and contributions lie in the areas of education, social influence, behavioral economics, and the multi-disciplinary analysis of human behavior […]

REFLECTIONS DURING A PANDEMIC

Catherine McGregor is a freelance writer and a graduate of the Royal Military College who served in the Australian Defence Force for more than three decades including three operational deployments overseas. A well known commentator on television and in the press, McGregor has spent the pandemic reflecting on what it has meant for our national […]

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACTS OF COVID-19

Dr Tanveer Ahmed is a Sydney based psychiatrist and author. He works in private practice at the Hills Clinic, a public facility at Bankstown Community Health and visits jails for forensic assessments. He is the author of two books, The Exotic Rissole and Fragile Nation and has had various roles in the media, in both […]

OVERFLOWING ANGER VS VOICES OF HOPE – THE WORLD AFTER THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD

Barbara Heineback, former communications executive and strategic consultant with the Clinton Administration, now lives in Australia. Speaking for The Sydney Institute’s “virtual” talks program, Barbara Heineback gave an historical perspective of Black Lives Matter, reflecting on the death of George Floyd and its aftermath – the impact both domestically and globally. She reflected on American leadership, […]

FINDING YOUR BIRTH MOTHER – TEN DOORS DOWN

The Hon Robert Tickner grew up on the New South Wales mid-north coast and became an Aboriginal Legal Service lawyer and an alderman of the Sydney City Council. In 1984 he won the federal seat of Hughes, and in 1990 he became the federal minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. He is Australia’s […]

EMERGING FROM THE PANDEMIC: WHY IT WILL BE IMPORTANT TO MAKE THE MORAL CASE FOR POLICY REFORM

Parnell McGuinness a business owner, writer and communications strategist specialising in complex ideas and business-focused communications. She also fortnightly column for the Australian Financial Review on politics, economics, good ideas and great disasters. On 20 May 2020, Parnell McGuinness joined Adam Creighton, Economic editor at The Australian, in a discussion about the outlook both politically […]

GETTING OUT OF LOCKDOWN – ECONOMIC OUTLOOKS AFTER THE PANDEMIC

Adam Creighton is Economics editor at The Australian. He is also an award-winning journalist with a special interest in tax and financial policy. In 2019, he was a Journalist in Residence at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Adam Creighton has written for The Economist and The Wall Street Journal from London and […]

THE HIGH COURT’S DECISION ON THE RELEASE OF LETTERS BETWEEN GOVERNOR-GENERAL SIR JOHN KERR AND BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Anne Twomey is Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, Constitutional Reform Unit at the University of Sydney. She worked for the High Court of Australia as a Senior Research Officer, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Research Service as a researcher in the Law and Government Group, the Commonwealth Senate as Secretary to the Senate Legal and Constitutional […]

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO PARENTING OUR AGING PARENTS

Jean Kittson is an author, public speaker, actor, comedian and scriptwriter for stage, television, theatre and radio. Jean is also the Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia as well as a founding director of the National Cord Blood Bank, the inaugural chair of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation and a founding ambassador for Ovarian Cancer […]

POLITICS AND THE PANDEMIC

As the lockdown in Australia took effect during the first half of 2020, well known commentator and Editor-at-Large at The Australian Paul Kelly, spoke for The Sydney Institute in a filmed for Youtube broadcast about the implications of the pandemic for political and economic life in the Australian states. Paul Kelly’s speech filmed on 6 […]

Australia & China after Covid-19: Two Views – Tony Abbott & Tim Harcourt

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Coronavirus: How did Victoria get so much so wrong?

Around two months ago I walked up a one-way street in the Sydney CBD. A young man, wearing a mask approached me and asked, firmly but courteously, if I would use the opposite footpath. I did so. On looking around, I noticed two parked police cars and a bus. After passing the bus I looked […]

Issue 508

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 508 7 August 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Foolish Left no judge of economic success

Last weekend was a relatively quiet one in so far as news goes. Apart from the pandemic, that is. And an unexpected discussion about supply-side economics. On Friday July 24, Josh Frydenberg addressed the National Press Club in Canberra following the release, the previous day, of the Economic and Fiscal Update. Initially he focused on […]

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GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 507 31 July 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Academic freedom bows at the altar of social media

It’s out with philosophers John Stuart Mill, John Locke and Isaiah Berlin and it’s in with “the internet, social media and trolling”. According to the majority judgment of the Federal Court of Australia in James Cook University v Ridd handed down on Wednesday, that is. Peter Ridd was employed by James Cook University for 27 years […]

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GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 506 24 July 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

State Border Closures & the Section 92 Challenge in the High Court – Rosalind Dixon and Anne Twomey

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Whitlam dismissal ‘bombshell’ is nothing more than a fizzer

When it comes to promoting conspiracy theories in Australia, the left intelligentsia is tops. Remember the claim that the anti-communist Robert Menzies’ Coalition government organised the 1954 defection of diplomats Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov from the Soviet Union’s embassy in Canberra to discredit Labor leader Bert Evatt in the lead-up to the election that year? […]

Issue 505

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 505 17 July 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Warren Mundine & Josephine Cashman – Indigenous Australia in the Time of Black Lives Matter

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None of us is perfect, so why all this negative focus?

Perhaps the wisest teaching of the Christian faith turns on the doctrine of the fall — sometimes referred to as original sin. Namely, the notion that we are born imperfect and will die imperfect. This is said to be a consequence of the original sin of Adam when he disobeyed God’s commandment — but it’s […]

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GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 504 10 July 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Kalgoorlie 1920 is no guide to Eden-Monaro today

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 […]

Issue 503

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 503 3 July 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

YET AGAIN – LITTLE BOY LOST

Missing William Tyrrell by Caroline Overington Harper Collins 2020 ISBN:9781460758687 RRP $34.99 (pb) By Anne Henderson In popular crime fiction, the master detective pursues the clues, trusts instincts hewn over years of tracking the movements and signs in suspects and cracks the case after several mistaken scents. In a matter of weeks, even days, the […]

THE CHILDREN’S BACH RECONSIDERED

The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner Text Publishing 2019 ISBN: 9781922268365 $19.99 (pb) Reviewed by Peter Hayes About once a year on average I see someone giving Helen Garner’s 1984 novella The Children’s Bach an extravagant one-line review. Recently I saw an Oxford professor tweeting, “If you’re looking for something extraordinary to read, Helen Garner’s […]

LIBERATING ITALY FROM THE FASCISTS

A House in The Mountains – The Women Who Liberated Italy From Fascism by Caroline Moorehead Chatto & Windus 2019 ISBN: 9781784741419 RRP $35 (pb) $60 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson As the world undergoes a revision of historical monuments, care of the protests led by Black Lives Matter, it is timely to reflect on the […]

LAUGHING TILL THE END – WE ALL NEED IT

We Need to Talk About Mum and Dad – a Practical Guide to Parenting Our Ageing Parents by Jean Kittson Macmillan 2020 ISBN:9781743538890 $34.99 (pb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson It’s not something we try to think about. Dying. Certainly not for ourselves – though we do expect our parents to die before we do. And, […]

SAVING BRITAIN IN WAR AND PEACE – A COALITION OF OPPOSITES

Attlee and Churchill – Allies in War; Adversaries in Peace by Leo McKinstry Atlantic Books London 2019 ISBN: 9781848876606 $49.99 (hb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Extraordinary times can produce extraordinary outcomes. None quite so unusual or extraordinary as the partnership during the Second World War of Conservative Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his Labour parliamentary colleague […]

AINSLEY GOTTO’S GLASS CEILING

Ainsley Gotto by Ian Hancock      Connor Court Australia 2020 ISBN: 9781925826555 $49.95 (hb) Reviewed by Paul Henderson A very large number of books, both biographies and autobiographies, have been written about Australian federal politicians. However, not many books have been written about the people who work in Canberra. Three interesting ones are The Persuaders by James […]

ABC one-eyed on staff cuts

It is invariably a sad occasion when employees lose jobs through no fault of their own. This applies to the 250 job losses at the ABC that were ­announced by its managing director, David Anderson, on Wednesday. As it does to the forthcoming 6000 job cuts at Qantas, as well as to those recently announced […]

Issue 502

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 502 26 June 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Reflections During a Pandemic – Cate McGregor

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Acknowledge past injustice without rewriting history

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 had done a parody of the Aboriginal “welcome to country” ceremony. The occasion was a rowdy Christmas party in December last year at an inner-city […]

Issue 501

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 501 19 June 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

The US After the Death of George Floyd: Overflowing Anger vs Voices of Hope – Barbara Heinebeck

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Left quickly turns on its own in Black Lives Matter debate

It was just a matter of time before the contemporary left started turning on itself. After all, this had been the practice of communist and other radical left-wing movements in the 20th century. Splitting is what ideologues do to proclaim the truth of their particular ideologies. On any analysis, The New York Times is a […]

Issue 500

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 500 12 June 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

No link to Australia but protesters will feel virtuous

Today will see what are presented as Black Lives Matter protests in Australian cities and elsewhere. Protesters will be remembering the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer who has been charged with murder. His three associates face somewhat lesser charges. A driving factor in some of these marches […]

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GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 499 5 June 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

The High Court of Australia & the Release of the Palace Letters – Professor Anne Twomey

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Hugs are nice, but industrial reform is more productive

Perhaps the only acceptable factor of the coronavirus pandemic is the outlawing of the hug, including the group hug — which apparently has been replaced by the virtual hug. This was evident when Scott Morrison addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday. The focus of the talk was the development of skills and reforming […]

Issue 498

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 498 29 May 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

We Need to Talk About Mum & Dad – Jean Kittson

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Coronavirus has left Australia in better shape than most

In one of his final poems before dying at 59, Australian poet James McAuley wrote: “Winter will grow dark and cold / Before the wattle turns to gold. McAuley (born 1917), a Christian, apparently had in mind eternal life. But he well understood his immediate future on this earth, which was dark indeed. Treasury secretary […]

Issue 497

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 497 22 May 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Lockdown in a pandemic – how do we come out? -Adam Creighton & Parnell McGuinness

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Royal commission denies George Pell legal justice

The ignorance of some journalists never seems to surprise. Take, for example, the release last week of the non-redacted report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse covering its case studies in the Catholic diocese of Ballarat and archdiocese of Melbourne. Sections of both reports had been delayed pending the result […]

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GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 496 15 May 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

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

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 […]

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GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 495 8 May 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

FIFTY YEARS SOBER: AN ALCOHOLIC’S JOURNEY

Ross Fitzgerald AM is Emeritus Professor of History & Politics at Griffith and author of 42 books, including two memoirs and seven Grafton Everest adventures. Most recently he has published Fifty Years Sober: An Alcoholic’s Journey . In a speech at The Sydney Institute – recorded to camera for podcast and Youtube broadcast – on Monday 23 March 2020, Ross Fitzgerald recalled […]

AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES: A HISTORY

On Wednesday 5 February 2020, at The Sydney Institute, Paul Collins, writer and author of Burn: The epic story of bushfire in Australia, joined Jennifer Marohasy, biologist, columnist and blogger on climate, to present a range of views on the causes, impact and history of bushfires in Australia. Following what had been a unique and [...]

REMEMBERING THE VIETNAM WAR – THE BITE OF THE LOTUS

Carl Robinson lived the Vietnam War first as what he calls “an idealistic US do-gooder” and later as a journalist until he fled Saigon with his Vietnamese wife and some of his extended Vietnamese family on a US helicopter. His memoir of that time is now available in his newly published The Bite of The […]

CHILDREN, READING AND LIBRARIES

Ursula Dubarsovsky is a much awarded Australian writer of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults, whose work is characterised by a child’s vision and comic voice of both clarity and ambiguity. She has won nine national literary prizes, including five New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, more than any other writer in the Awards’ […]

REFLECTIONS ON THE HILTON BOMBING  

Imre Salusinszky is a journalist and author, most recently of The Hilton Bombing: Evan Pederick and the Ananda Marga? On Wednesday 8 April 2020, Imre Salusinszky recorded a talk for The Sydney Institute for podcast and Youtube and was interviewed by Gerard Henderson after his presentation. What follows is the paper given and the transcript […]

AINSLEY GOTTO – WORKING WITH JOHN GORTON

In 1968 the new Prime Minister, John Gorton, appointed Ainsley Gotto, aged 22, as his principal private secretary. She became one of the most talked about young women in Australia.  Hitherto, no woman had been so close to the centre of power, and certainly none was known publicly to be so close. A most private […]

Politics and the Pandemic – Paul Kelly

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Coronavirus: Good trade relationship with China doesn’t mean we’re kowtowing

In the current debate on the Australia-China relationship that has been fuelled by China’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic, one opinion deserves special attention. It is that proffered by former prime minister John Howard as reported in The Australian on Monday. Howard said that Australia should take a pragmatic approach in its relationship with China. […]

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GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 494 1 May 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

The Economic & Psychological Impacts of COVID-19 – Dr Gigi Foster & Dr Tanveer Ahmed

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

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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GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 493 24 April 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Morrison right to prioritise the wellbeing of the working class

The awareness gap between some Australians and others in the current economic and social crisis was never more evident than on ABC television’s The Drum, presented by Ellen Fanning, on Wednesday. Early in the program, discussion turned on whether, at a time of pandemic, Australian parliaments should be sitting. Panellist Elaine Pearson was of the […]

Issue 492

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 492 17 April 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Finding My Other Family – Robert Tickner

Robert Tickner speaks to The Sydney Institute about his book Ten Doors Down – the story of an extraordinary adoption reunion. Podcast: Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS

George Pell: Fairness trampled by social media mob

The unanimous decision of the High Court of Australia in Pell v The Queen raises an important question. Can a high-profile ­defendant receive a fair trial in the age of rampant social media? Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of historical child ­sexual abuse offences in a second trial following a hung jury at the […]

Imre Salusinszky – The Hilton Bombing: Evan Pederick and the Ananda Marga

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Issue 491

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 491 3 April 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s […]

Coronavirus: total economic shutdown not in anyone’s interest

This week Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nicholas Coatsworth said that on a per capita basis Australia had one of the lowest COVID-19 rates in the world — along with one of the lowest mortality rates. In recent times Coatsworth has contradicted some of the alarmist predictions of ABC health reporter Norman Swan, who featured on […]

Ursula Dubosarsky – Reading and Childhood Education

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ABC activists in a coronavirus battle

In my working life I will have lived through four recessions: the mid-1970s, early 80s, early 90s and the likely forthcoming recession. I barely noticed the severe economic downturn on the first two occasions. Between 1973 and 1975 I was a contracted academic at a university. In the early 80s I was a permanent employee […]

Issue 490

GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 490 27 March 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s Media […]

Ross Fitzgerald – Fifty Years Sober: An Alcoholic’s Journey

Ross Fitzgerald speaks to The Sydney Institute about his book Fifty Years Sober: An Alcoholic’s Journey Podcast: Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS

Coronavirus: Listen to the medics: confused messages create chaos

Scott Morrison responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by announ­cing the creation of a national cabinet composed of the leaders of commonwealth, state and territory governments. It’s not a national cabinet of the kind that was presided over by ­Neville Chamberlain and later Winston Churchill in Britain during World War II, which consisted of Conservative, Liberal […]

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GERARD HENDERSON’S MEDIA WATCH DOG ISSUE – NO. 489 20 March 2020 * * * * The inaugural issue of “Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch” was published in April 1988 – over a year before the first edition of the ABC TV Media Watch program went to air. Between November 1997 and October 2015 “Gerard Henderson’s Media […]

The Vietnam War: A Memoir – Carl Robinson

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Panic-buying not a sign of despair

It’s just a week since the video of three women yelling and fighting over toilet rolls in a supermarket in the Sydney suburb of Chullora went viral. Last Sunday evening, the day after the Chullora incident, about 87,000 people attended the Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch the final of the women’s T20 cricket World Cup […]