In our latest edition, Mark Durie writes of multiculturalism's erosion of marriage laws, and the traffic in young girls and women.
Darryl McCann surveys the wreckage of what passed for President Obama's approach to the Middle East.
Frank Salter and Tony Thomas on mooted changes to the Constitution and a further setback for those who persist in promoting the myth of the Stolen Generation.
Plus, Peter Ryan, the fiction of Morris Lurie, books, TV and poetry.
Unless a macabre fascination with the death throes of two once-decent newspapers is your motivation, it is likely you no longer waste time and money on The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, its even more addled Fairfax stablemate. Every now and then, however, something worth reading slips through the filter of undergrad sensibilities and actually makes it into print, an opinion column by frequent Quadrant contributor Jim Allen (left) being the most recent of those rare examples.
"In the US there are no hate speech laws of any kind. In France there are plenty. Where do you think Jews or Muslims are better integrated into society as equal citizens?"
The full article is available via the link below.
Want to banish the darkness with those special, vigil-night candles that burnish an already elevated sense of self-esteem? Simple! Grab an issue — this week’s catalyst for moral preening is, once again, boat people — and all the usual suspects will turn out to denounce the Coalition, accuse Immigration Minister Scott Morrison of Nazi tendencies and assure each other that they are so much better than their fellow Australians, bigots and racist swine one and all.
Well everyone must have their fun … including Zeg, who has a little sport with Christine “Red Queen” Milne.
Funny thing, but does anyone remember a candlelit vigil for the 1000-plus souls known to have perished on the voyage to Christmas Island?
The case notes suggest that only a medical miracle-worker can put the condition imperilling Australia's healthcare system into remission, not to mention getting the legacy of a big-spending, long-gone Prime Minister off the Abbott government's back.
In reporting on the downfall and conviction of brothel-creeping ex-union chief, parliamentarian and serial liar Craig Thomson, the ABC reports everything -- except for one small detail.
Follow the link below and see if you can spot what the national broadcaster neglected to mention.
Hint: It is a political party whose name begins with "L", ends with "R", and has "ABO" in the middle.
Funny, isn't it, that the ABC would somehow omit that small detail?
Andrew Bolt has posted an enigmatic item at his blog, writing that his employer's gun-shy lawyers forced him to spike a blog post. The columnist, you might recall, came to grief in the courtroom of Judge Mordecai Bromberg, who ruled that he had stoked the fires of racial animosity by daring to note that some remarkably pale Aborigines had advanced their careers, and done quite nicely in the process, at the taxpayers' expense.
What could this item have been? The only hint Bolt provided was that the deep-sixed blog post concerned "a recent publication" by DFAT. Talk about red rags and bulls! No sooner had the post gone public than cyber sleuths were picking through DFAT's website in an ad hoc effort to solve the mystery. Various theories were soon being shared on blogs and via social media.
Could the offending item be the official profile of "Sarah -- Indigenous cadet", a former Fairfax journalist and now "Desk Officer, Trade and Economic Diplomacy Division"?
That is Sarah's picture, copied from the DFAT website. Her full DFAT profile can be found here, including advice to fellow Aborigines that, in Canberra, "it just takes a little bit of time to work out how to fit in."