Mar 20 · By Share· 1 reaction ·
Some columns are tougher to write than others. This is one of the more difficult ones because I am struggling to put into words how I feel after the massacre in Christchurch last week.
The act was barbarous, made all the more heinous because it was perpetrated on those in a place of worship. Sacred places have always been sanctuary for the faithful, a place of peace, contemplation, prayer and personal reflection. In this instance, and in others like it previously, I have little concern as to the specific beliefs of the worshippers. They were the innocent victims of a madman violently pursuing a dangerous ideology.
Mar 13 · By Share· 1 reaction ·
I watched the final part of The Godfather trilogy on the weekend which explores the attempt by Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) to make his criminal family enterprise a legitimate one.
In one scene, a frustrated Godfather despairs of the mafia business “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”
Mar 06 · By Share· 1 reaction ·
Australia’s economic growth figures have been released today and they paint a sobering picture.
Yes, our economy has continued its unprecedented 27th year of expansion but Australians are actually feeling worse rather than better off. Despite all the convoluted economic spin and political sophistry the dichotomy can be explained in a single word. Immigration.
Governments love immigration because it brings more people into the country and these people all have to consume goods and services. This consumption is reflected in the headline economic growth figure known as Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
However, while this plays well for the political narrative, the flood of people puts increasing pressure on government expenditure, infrastructure demands, our health and welfare system whilst also putting downward pressure on wages.
Feb 27 · By Share· 1 reaction ·
This week I am fortunate enough to be doing one of my favourite things - driving around the great state of South Australia to have a chat with people in some of our regional communities.
It’s amazing how much you learn outside the Canberra bubble. It doesn’t take long to realise that so many people seem to have given up on politics and politicians.
Feb 20 · By Share· 1 reaction ·
In recent weeks I have raised concerns about the growing socialist tendencies of our major parties. Despite the ample evidence that Government meddling makes almost every matter they are trying to fix worse, it doesn’t stop them from ‘doing stuff.’ No sooner have we cleaned up one mess from the last price intervention rolled down from Capital Hill, they’re pushing others.
The activity of ‘doing’ rather than actual outcomes, is the stock-in-trade of government and this brings out the worst in many elected representatives.
Feb 13 · By Share· 1 reaction ·
If you act in haste you can repent at leisure - I must have heard those words a hundred times or more during my childhood. They are an enduring wisdom advising prudence and caution before action. It is an inherently conservative disposition that used to be considered ‘common sense’.
Alas, common sense has become rather rare and is sorely needed in our public realm. Its absence was evident during the first meaningful debate to take place in this parliamentary year. The subject matter was removing one of the planks in Australia’s comprehensive border protection policy.
Feb 06 · By Share· 1 reaction ·
It is hard to believe that socialism is alive and well anywhere in the world, let alone Australia. Perhaps ‘alive and well’ should be shortened to simply ‘alive’ as no good comes from socialism or socialist policies.
Lying in that halfway house between capitalism and communism, the socialist claims to occupy the sensible centre (hasn’t that become a popular term lately?) as if they have discovered how to enact the utopian dream.
Jan 30 · By Share·
Truth Is The New Hate Speech - If you doubt that, just consider the latest virtue-signalling stoush between television living legend Kerri-Anne Kennerley and self-appointed PC ‘celebrity’ Yumi Stynes.
Now I confess to never having heard of Yumi Stynes until she decided to call KAK a ‘racist’ on national television. Of course, the slur wasn’t because Kerri-Anne actually said anything racist but because she dared to actually mention some of the dysfunction within aboriginal communities.
Jan 23 · By Share· 1 reaction ·
Time to pause and contemplate the nature of things is a wonderful luxury. Many would consider it a necessity to actually maintain mental health and manage the demands of the 24/7 modern world. Quiet reflection also provides perspective with which we can make prudent decisions.
Unfortunately, the luxury of this time is the one thing that is becoming less available as almost every minute of every day is filled with screens, noise and entertainment. It seems as if no-one can cope with switching off anymore, lest they miss a social media ‘like’ or interaction.
Jan 16 · By Share· 2 reactions ·
It’s great to be back with the Common Sense community after a very restful break. I hope you managed to spend some time with those close to you and that this first missive finds you refreshed and ready for an exciting year.
I always love a New Year. It presents an opportunity to clear the decks and change tack if necessary. Many people make resolutions that rarely see the distance but it’s still a worthwhile endeavour to acknowledge areas where we can improve ourselves, our relationships or our work.