The Unsung Heroes Of Election ’19 Just as the automobile displaced the horse and buggy, so too assembly-line car workers displaced the craftsmen who made buggies and buggy-whips, and as their profession died out, with it sadly died the skills and knowledge of their craft. Today we’re witnessing another such extinction: journalism. This piece is […]
There is a blot on our escutcheon! A stain on our reputation! Our name is mud! Oh, the ignominy of it all. Our politicians happily lie, cheat, and steal openly from the public purse, and then lie about cheating and stealing from the public purse. But we don’t cheat at ball games. We happily incarcerate children, even […]
For some time now I’ve watched with growing dismay as our once superlative public broadcaster is slowly gutted and made over as a cheap copy of commercial stations. There are many lies told as the rationale for this slow bleeding out of Aunty, and probably the biggest and simplest is that the ABC should, or […]
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT Department of Social Services Has absolutely nothing to do with this PRESS RELEASE Like Kevin Andrews, I will not be opening the World Congress of Families. Like Kevin, I have decided to issue a Press Release to explain my decision. Like Kevin, I have decided nonetheless to publish the speech I would have […]
From Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, broadcast 26/2/14. “We also owe you an apology. Yet again the ABC has been guilty of broadcasting unsubstantiated allegations. The allegations made by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison were that most of the rioting on Manus Island occurred outside the detention centre. The ABC now accepts that we were wrong […]
The Prime Minister One-Term Tony today explained that the Navy had been playing cricket when their boat repeatedly strayed over the boundary into Indonesia. “We have awarded Indonesia 30 runs, on the ‘over the fence is 6 and out’ rule”, One-Term explained.
In a shock announcement, Prime Minister One-term Tony has revealed that Australia is to have a Science Minister after all. It’s Canada’s ex-Defence Minister, Paul Hell-Yeah. “Just as, aaaaah, there was only one woman, errrrr, smart enough for cabinet, until, aaaah, now there was nobody smart enough to be Science Minister”, One-term announced.
The American author and humourist James Thurber delighted in language and word games. His (notionally) children’s book “The Wonderful O”, for example, is a joyous romp through the language. One of my favourite Thurber asides takes place while he is in hospital. He quizzes a nurse “What’s a seven letter word containing three “u”s?”. She […]