• Up In Arms

    In a world of perpetual outrage, there are some guaranteed instant argument creators. I’ll be discussing one of them this week so prepare yourself.

    Here goes…

    Last weekend I shot a dozen different firearms and fired off hundreds of rounds as part of my firearms licence training. It was fantastic fun.

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  • They Can Dish It Out...

    An interesting thing happened to me last week. I was effectively refused service by a business because of my conservative beliefs. I am okay with that because I believe that every private business has a right to choose who they want as a customer.

    Perhaps the business is worried that an association with a brand diametrically opposed to their own would be negative for them. It may be that they are having to choose between one client and another. To me, it really doesn’t matter what the reason, a private business is free to choose who they want to provide services for and the conditions surrounding the provision of those services.

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  • Let Freedom Find Its Voice

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    Last week I attended a free speech forum in Queensland. It was organised by a group of young people who are committed to celebrating and defending our freedoms lest they be lost to them and future generations.

    The group began to host liberty events in Townsville and are now expanding across Queensland. I hope their movement catches on and is embraced across the land.

    Their cause is shared by many but their real message to me that night was one of hope.

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  • Nothing To See Here, Move Along

    One stereotypical movie scene features an horrific murder or terrible accident, with crowds of onlookers seeking a glimpse of the macabre and a hapless police officer ushering them on whilst repeating “Nothing to see here. Move along”

    It’s a scene that we see played out by politicians seeking to hide their lack of insight or cover their shortcomings all too often.  In recent times the routine has largely been played out in reference to China.

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  • Short-Term Sugar Hits Don't Work

    No matter how they try to spin it, the result of the by-election in Wentworth was a disaster for the Coalition. It was a record swing against a government and suggests they will get absolutely smashed at the next federal election.

    That’s not good for the country or for the future of the Liberal Party. It also highlights just how important the decision of the Australian Conservatives to focus on building a strong Senate team is at the next Election.

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  • Behaviour Before Identity

    Last week I attended a funeral for a man I didn’t know well but who had a significant impact on my family. He died suddenly and far too early at just 60 years of age.

    He was the Grade 2 teacher at my children’s primary school and both of my boys had the joy of being in his class over a decade ago. He was a wonderful teacher and knew how to engage with every student to encourage their learning and development. He made school fun whilst never neglecting the important educational building blocks.

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  • The World Has Gone Completely Mad

    “The world has gone completely mad.”

    That’s a phrase I utter almost every day when confronted by the absurdities, deceptions and idiocy of public advocacy groups and government.

    So many groups are now hell-bent on fuelling the grievance industry and generating new ‘victims’ on an almost daily basis that you need to question the motives behind almost every public utterance.

    Sometimes ‘public interest’ advocacy seems to be all about money and even seemingly reputable organisations are not above selling out to feather their own nest.

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  • Keeping China in Check

    After a glorious long weekend (for most of the country) it can be hard to return to work.

    However, recent events have me more worried about the future of Australia; just how many of these problems result from naiveté and wilful inaction by political leaders?

    Regular readers will know that I have previously said that politicians only like to respond after a crisis has developed so they can ride in like a knight in shining armour to save us from the latest peril. After all, you get no credit preventing something most people don’t know about!

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  • I Have A Dream...

    Newly minted PM Scott Morrison has strongly defended Australia Day in the face of more leftist councils withdrawing their support.

    "Australia Day is our national day," the Prime Minister said. "That is the day that Australia's history changed. And it should be a day to recognise all Australians from our first to our most recent.

    "I don't think engaging in this sort of indulgent self-loathing actually makes our country stronger.”

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  • Bullying? What A Load Of Old Cobblers

    Sometimes I feel sorry for the kids of today. They are vulnerable to the experimental whims of alleged adults who make mountains out of molehills whilst simultaneously belittling some genuine concerns.

    Regrettably, it is all been done in the name of helping children but I suspect it is having the opposite effect.

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