Parliament resumes next week for what will be a testing year for the government and opposition.
Media reports indicate our national debt will hit $500 billion in coming weeks with no sign of slowing. The irresponsible approach by the opposition and populist Senate crossbench to proposed spending cuts loads our children and grandchildren with an economic burden they do not deserve.
It’s great to be back on Australian soil. Whatever the merits of other nations, I remain firmly of the view that Australia is the greatest country in the world. My aim is to keep it that way (and make it better) for generations to come.
It’s three degrees and the first tiny flakes of snow are falling in Manhattan. Somehow I find it symbolic, given that my secondment to the United Nations and my stay here is drawing to a close. The end of one season and the beginning of another.
I have no idea who will win tomorrow’s US presidential election. The character of the candidates, the Electoral College system, voluntary voting and the division within American society itself make it a difficult race to call. Whilst Clinton is the favourite according to the polls and the media, Trump could just pull off an extraordinary victory – or he could get thrashed!
For all the innovation that America and its entrepreneurs have driven over many decades, they still haven’t got a clue about coffee. The default option here is a tepid brew of dirty dishwater served in as large a cardboard cup as possible. Sometimes they’ll add ice and call it ‘cold brew’ but the only word that I feel does American coffee justice is ‘awful’!