Category Archives: International

Goodbye Menzies

The great political party, The Liberals, formed by Robert Menzies seven decades ago, is in its death throes. It has been assassinated by right wing zealots, none of whom would have ever been welcomed into its ranks by Australia’s longest serving Prime … Continue reading

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Iowa sends message to Australia

I have been an avid student of politics all my life, with American Presidential Elections always having a special fascination. My first experience of it was in 1940 when I was just 9 years old. I clearly remember sitting by … Continue reading

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The Royals and the Nazi Salute

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.

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Economic Growth or Quality of Life – measuring the progress of a nation.

Politicians and economists calculate the stature and prosperity of a nation by the annual percentage increase in its Gross Domestic Product. Governments rise and fall on the basis of this statistic, mainly because nations are declared to be in recession … Continue reading

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The Commonwealth of The South Pacific

Creating a Union of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands In the 1890s, when the Federation of Australian States was being fervently debated, there were seven negotiating parties at the table — five States on the Continent, plus Tasmania … Continue reading

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Can boat people be turned back?

In August  2001, MV Tampa, a freighter owned in Norway, was on the high seas south of Indonesia when it picked up a May Day call from Palapa 1, an overloaded people smuggling boat with 438 souls on board. It was … Continue reading

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Will Obama’s second term be a great one?

I hope so. He was disappointing in his first term, but he probably handled the volatile financial recession better than any of his political opponents could have done. He also had to overcome a lot of racist prejudice because he … Continue reading

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Beware the Social Distortion of Money.

The world’s most favoured and heated topic of conversation is money. It dominates every facet of life, and it is true to say that most people handle it badly. Governments manage it particularly poorly, as I have mentioned often in … Continue reading

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Is it time to embrace Community Capitalism?

Those grand times when some people made lots of money ceased forever when the Great Financial Crisis hit the world in 2008. It is a lie to promise people that it will happen again in its old freewheeling way. Capitalism … Continue reading

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Can Indonesia become our most important ally?

The first step in answering this question will be for us to decide that we do want Indonesia to be an integral part of our world. Nothing in our national body language to date conveys a genuine desire for this … Continue reading

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Who won the Games?

Australia went backwards at the London Olympics, but the Brits have enjoyed great success both in a sporting and organisational sense, except for their inability to sell tickets. There is no doubt that the Games did wonders for the morale … Continue reading

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Is it a sin to sell the farm?

The gossip around town is that a majority of Australians believe that, when foreigners invest in farming in Australia, they actually dig-up the land and take it back home, lamentably leaving us with a continent which is just a massive … Continue reading

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The Problem with President Romney

If the polls are to be believed, there is an even money chance that Mitt Romney will become President of the United States around 20 January, 2013. Presuming that this becomes a reality, we need to consider what the world … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Old British Empire -India’s role in our future economic growth?

Commentators of all persuasions give us constant reports, often positive and occasionally dismal, on the economic and political health of China, and incessantly tell us that our future will be determined by the power brokers of Peking. Rarely do they comment on India’s role in our … Continue reading

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The Bell Tolls for the Euro.

Every day I read the voluminous comments of eminent economists and columnists who make predictions about the future life or ultimate death of the European Community and the Euro. Just like climate change scientists, they are poles apart in their viewpoints, and so I can’t claim to be … Continue reading

Posted in Everald@Large Newsletter 2011, Funding and Finance, International

Obama and Sarkozy – are they assets or liabilities?

The future leadership of both the United States and France is an important issue for the world, and their respective Presidents — Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy — will face the voters within the next year. Both are in trouble. In fact, you have … Continue reading

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Too many people in the world!

Politicians go to extremes to avoid discussing this subject. Politicians across the globe take up the debate on climate change every day and tear one another apart in the process. Scientists do likewise. However, they all agree on one thing — no-one must raise … Continue reading

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