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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
There are thousands of laws that provide the basis of governing our nation. Every one of them can be improved in order to meet the needs of a changing world, particularly taxation laws, as they are an out of date … Continue reading
Australia’s best selling author is Peter Fitzsimons and I have enjoyed reading every one of his books. He is a dynamic public speaker, a talented journalist whose articles enjoy top rating and, in the world of sport, he is renowned as a … Continue reading
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.
(An expanded version of my earlier article entitled The Use and Abuse of Superannuation) Even those who do not like him will acknowledge that Australia owes a huge debt of gratitude to Paul Keating. During his term as Prime Minister … Continue reading
(For an expanded version of this article see also “The Superannuation Revolution”) Australia owes a huge debt of gratitude to Paul Keating. He established compulsory superannuation two decades ago despite a hostile Opposition that declared it to be a step … Continue reading
To find Australia’s last nation building venture we must go back two thirds of a century to the Snowy River. We have to take our minds back the same number of years to discover a nation builder, Flynn of the … Continue reading
There are far too many bright young Australians who are unemployed. Many of them have visionary ideas for new and innovative business ventures, but are thwarted by a lack of capital, experience and opportunity. There are many older Australians who want to … Continue reading
Last week, I outlined a plan to drought proof our Australian continent by sending tropical water south via dry river beds and connecting channels. The concept is fundamentally sound, but it will become a reality only if the private sector provides … Continue reading
Australia is the driest continent on earth. Yet we invest tiny dollars in water even though we are aware that Australia has the potential to become the food bowl of the world. Unaccountably, we are willing to risk only miserable dollars in … Continue reading
My first visit to Parliament in Canberra to attend a Budget speech occurred half a century ago when Harold Holt was Treasurer and he delivered it in the old Parliament House.
Back in October, I told friends in the Queensland Liberal National Party that they would lose the election they faced in 2015. They looked at me kindly and quietly wondered whether the first signs of dementia were emerging. I spelled-out the … Continue reading