Essential Reading

Insights from Quadrant
Insights from Quadrant

Gulled and loving it

It’s enough to make you feel the battle has been lost once and for all, that truth no longer counts and garlands rest, courtesy of the managerial satraps of which Edwin Dyga writes at left, on the heads of rogues. The latest frolic in the PC cesspit comes courtesy of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, which has just awarded its top prize to Bruce Pascoe for his Young Dark Emu. This decision came despite the CBCA being informed by a number of correspondents that the book, like its author, is a shameless fraud.

Below, friend of Quadrant Lindsay Hackett voices his disgust in a letter to those who decided lies are fit reading material for children.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia is to be condemned for awarding first prize to Bruce Pascoe’s book, Young Dark Emu. This book of fiction and distortion of fact does not comply with the selection criteria for the award which is that the book must have the prime intention of documenting factual material.

I am aware that the CBCA was informed by several people that Pascoe’s book was not factual, rather clearly an ideological piece of propaganda. Even a cursory investigation of Pascoe’s sources would have revealed the falsehood of his claims.

Australian children will now be brainwashed with Pascoe’s falsehoods. The CBCA should be ashamed and will, until reformed, have no relevance for those who really care about children’s literature.

Insights from Quadrant

How to revitalise
Australia’s economy

Andrew Stone’s important new book lays out an economic agenda that is coherent and comprehensive, yet politically achievable over the next three to five years by a federal government with the resolve to implement it.

Order your copy here.

Addressing immigration, the housing market, higher education reform, federal‑state relations, energy policy, workforce participation, welfare reform, budget repair, monetary policy and financial system regulation, the book demonstrates that good government worthy of the respect and support of the Australian people is not merely possible but vital.

What others are saying of Restoring Hope:

Niall Ferguson: “This is an ambitious program of structural as well as fiscal reform. Let us hope there are politicians willing to take the risks inherent in such a radical strategy.” 

Peter Costello:  “Andrew Stone reminds us that improving productivity is the key to future living standards in Australia. He identifies a range of areas where this could be examined. The hard work of economic reform cannot be done without explaining the options and building public support.”

John Howard:  “Andrew Stone has undertaken the difficult task of arguing in detail for a range of economic reforms. That he has done it at a time when, in the eyes of some, reform is in the doldrums is all the more praiseworthy. His analysis of the housing issue is impressive.”

Essential Reading

Insights from Quadrant
Insights from Quadrant

Gulled and loving it

It’s enough to make you feel the battle has been lost once and for all, that truth no longer counts and garlands rest, courtesy of the managerial satraps of which Edwin Dyga writes at left, on the heads of rogues. The latest frolic in the PC cesspit comes courtesy of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, which has just awarded its top prize to Bruce Pascoe for his Young Dark Emu. This decision came despite the CBCA being informed by a number of correspondents that the book, like its author, is a shameless fraud.

Below, friend of Quadrant Lindsay Hackett voices his disgust in a letter to those who decided lies are fit reading material for children.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia is to be condemned for awarding first prize to Bruce Pascoe’s book, Young Dark Emu. This book of fiction and distortion of fact does not comply with the selection criteria for the award which is that the book must have the prime intention of documenting factual material.

I am aware that the CBCA was informed by several people that Pascoe’s book was not factual, rather clearly an ideological piece of propaganda. Even a cursory investigation of Pascoe’s sources would have revealed the falsehood of his claims.

Australian children will now be brainwashed with Pascoe’s falsehoods. The CBCA should be ashamed and will, until reformed, have no relevance for those who really care about children’s literature.

Insights from Quadrant

How to revitalise
Australia’s economy

Andrew Stone’s important new book lays out an economic agenda that is coherent and comprehensive, yet politically achievable over the next three to five years by a federal government with the resolve to implement it.

Order your copy here.

Addressing immigration, the housing market, higher education reform, federal‑state relations, energy policy, workforce participation, welfare reform, budget repair, monetary policy and financial system regulation, the book demonstrates that good government worthy of the respect and support of the Australian people is not merely possible but vital.

What others are saying of Restoring Hope:

Niall Ferguson: “This is an ambitious program of structural as well as fiscal reform. Let us hope there are politicians willing to take the risks inherent in such a radical strategy.” 

Peter Costello:  “Andrew Stone reminds us that improving productivity is the key to future living standards in Australia. He identifies a range of areas where this could be examined. The hard work of economic reform cannot be done without explaining the options and building public support.”

John Howard:  “Andrew Stone has undertaken the difficult task of arguing in detail for a range of economic reforms. That he has done it at a time when, in the eyes of some, reform is in the doldrums is all the more praiseworthy. His analysis of the housing issue is impressive.”