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It was in the year 1912 that John Flynn established the Australian Inland Mission. Immediately, he set out to establish a MANTLE OF SAFETY across the Continent, resulting in the founding of many Bush Hospitals, the Pedal Radio, Royal Flying … Continue reading
The Angry Vote is growing throughout Australia and is doing so at an ever increasing pace as voters grow more and more disenchanted with a political establishment which is so appallingly out of touch with the aspirations of voters. Currently, Angry Voters … Continue reading
Controversy has raged around the five million dollars in salary and bonuses paid to the Chief Executive of Australia Post and the ridiculous manner in which those who were responsible tried to hide their stupidity. Clearly, there is something wrong when the CEO of … Continue reading
My end of year travels enabled me to take in some Christmas functions in Adelaide Melbourne Sydney and Brisbane. Inevitably, the conversations got to focus on the sad state of politics and a few facts became indelibly clear. Malcolm Turnbull has reached rock bottom and few … Continue reading
At Budget time every year, and at every election, Australia’s Age Pensioners take an unwarranted political and social pounding. They are accused of being an intolerable burden on younger taxpayers who are concerned that most pensioners may be welfare cheats. The cynical aspect of … Continue reading
GREY POWER article in Courier Mail QWeekend, October 1-2,2016 By GRANTLEE KIEZA It’s high noon in Canberra as Everald Compton gets ready to march toward the microphone and into battle at the National Press Club. A few weeks short of his … Continue reading
Man on Twenty Dollar Notes: Compton puts words in John Flynn’s mouth – Book Review by Ross Fitzgerald
Book review by Columnist for The Australian – Ross Fitzgerald (Published in The Weekend Australian, 9 July 2016) Decades ago, when I was a student at Melbourne High School, I was entranced by reading a battered biography of John Flynn, … Continue reading
My holiday reading included a very readable book called Born to Rule, an unauthorised biography of Malcolm Turnbull by veteran journalist Paddy Manning. I enjoyed it immensely. Paddy makes it clear he is not a Turnbull fan, but he treats … Continue reading
I have been around for 84 years, none of them ever boring, but 2015 has been a corker. Happily, the two most incompetent political leaders of my era were removed from power – Tony Abbott in Canberra and Campbell Newman … Continue reading
I am a committed environmentalist, actually a conservative Green, but I am convinced that Climate Change Conferences are a colossal waste of time and money, as was proved by the ridiculous disaster of Copenhagen a few short years ago.
Every religion worships the same God. We have different names for God and we worship Him (or Her) in different ways. Even within a particular religion, there are wide differences of opinion about how God should be worshipped and how the … Continue reading
I was at Primary School when Hitler rose to power in the pre-war era of the 1930’s and thought of him as a big joke.
Two thousand and sixty years after his assassination, Julius Caesar has a simple message for leaders of nations that they will ignore at their peril. When you rely on creating divisions in society as your prime means of remaining in power, your … Continue reading
Australia does not need three levels of government. Nor does it need as many parliamentarians and public servants as we now have.
Whenever I speak at a meeting of Older Australians, questions are often asked about Elder Abuse. It is an issue of growing concern that now needs significant attention.
Pope Francis has issued an encyclical on the Environment called Laudato Si in which he firmly and clearly outlines his views on global warming, climate change and pollution, while linking them with poverty, employment, economics, science and religion.