Essential Reading

Insights from Quadrant
Insights from Quadrant

‘Anglo men’ beware!

Prime Minister Scott Morrison seems a jolly sort of chap, always ready with a smile when cameras are handy but on any normal day not likely to find much mirth in the pages of The Age and SMH. As an adult, he would likely lament that a pair of once-left-but-sane mastheads have populated their newsrooms with children seemingly determined to relive the salad days of student life by re-packaging the issues and fixations that fill the pages of Lot’s Wife and Honi Soit. Today, however, a report by Judith Ireland on Labor’s restive sisterhood must have prompted a prime ministerial grin that would put a Cheshire cat to shame.

A Labor-aligned women’s group has slammed the ‘lack of diversity’ among leadership positions in the party’s head office, saying “homogenous groupthink” from “Anglo men” meant Labor failed to sell its female-friendly policies to voters at the May federal election.

As an internal review into Labor’s doomed election campaign nears completion, EMILY’s List denounced it as ‘ineffective’ and damaged by ‘missed opportunities’, while arguing for more diversity in the party’s organisational structure…

…’White, Anglo men are not the only sources of knowledge in the party of campaign expertise,’ it said in a submission to the Labor Party’s 2019 federal election review.

It’s easy to picture Mr Morrison slapping his thigh with glee, perhaps even tossing a masculinst baseball cap into the air, at the thought of Labor rejecting all those homogenously groupthinking Anglo men — and then trying to sell that brand of ethnic-specific misandry to the electorate. Why, he must be so tickled that a donation to support Emily’s List and its further agitations could well be in the mail.

— roger franklin

Insights from Quadrant

Run silent, run $teep

In the Canberra Times, columnist Nicholas Stuart addresses the French submarines debacle, which can only grow worse as cost overruns mount, ‘mission creep’ sees design changes and the already outmoded technology on order becomes even more so:

…turn your sonar on, and examine why the submarine project in particular represents such a terrible way to spend defence dollars. Look at what the submarine does so terrifically today; then work out if it will still be able to achieve the same effect in 2035 when the first commissioned boat sinks under the water.

The key is to understand what we’re getting. A dozen subs is meant to buy deterrence but the expense is so huge it will completely unbalance the force. Crucially, there’s absolutely no guarantee the vessels won’t be technically irrelevant by the time they’re built, put out of operation by fleets of smaller, remotely operated underwater vessels on “seek and destroy” missions.

Let’s begin with the biggest problem: the laws of physics. They aren’t going to change, and this limits the submarines. Technology, however, is advancing, and that advantages their threats…

Submarines are traditionally said to represent the ‘silent service’. The silence in this instance would seem to begin with those on the government benches who know and understand Australia is buying a fleet of immensely expensive lemons and yet utter not a word in defence of an effective fleet.

What Hyman Rickover, father of the US nuclear navy, would have made of Australia’s decision, we’ll never know. Tom Lewis, writing for Quadrant, is another matter.

Insights from Quadrant

That old-time religion

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies has told Anglican supporters of same-sex marriage they should leave the church rather than “betray God’s word” in a scathing speech condemning progressive elements within the faith….

… “My own view is that if people wish to change the doctrine of our church, they should start a new church or join a church more aligned to their views – but do not ruin the Anglican Church by abandoning the plain teaching of Scripture. Please leave us.

“We have far too much work to do in evangelising Australia to be distracted by the constant pressure to change our doctrine in order to satisfy the lusts and pleasures of the world.”

Insights from Quadrant

Protest notes
from all over

Anyone who followed last week’s Extinction Rebellion disruptions will have seen news footage of protesters attempting to explain why blocking traffic, impeding productive citizens and parading in one’s underwear will help Gaia to recover from mankind’s alleged abuses. Incoherent, inarticulate and infuriatingly vague, they did not present as any sort of endorsement for Australia’s schools.

Their counterparts in England are smarter. According to Britain’s Mail on Sunday, they are being paid to make public nuisances of themselves:

Extinction Rebellion is paying activists up to £400 a week to lead the protests that have brought chaos to the streets of Britain, documents seen by The Mail on Sunday reveal.

Protesters have received payments totalling more than £70,000 in four months alone.

But the eco-protest group privately fears it could face a six-figure tax bill if the money, which is given as expenses, is deemed to be payment for work done on XR’s behalf.

Stupid is one thing, but at least the XR legions were relatively well mannered, which cannot be said of the pro-abortion mob encountered by Bill Thompson and captured in the clip below. The video blogger was verbally abused, roughed up and, at one point, had to stop a feral making off with his bicycle.

Despite a thick police presence and the victim’s eagerness to point out his assailant, VicPol wasn’t interested, telling him to take his complaint to a police station.

Such is life and policing in Victoria these days.

Warning: Those offended by foul language would do best not to watch the clip, as every second word — and T-shirt — is obscene.

Essential Reading

Insights from Quadrant
Insights from Quadrant

‘Anglo men’ beware!

Prime Minister Scott Morrison seems a jolly sort of chap, always ready with a smile when cameras are handy but on any normal day not likely to find much mirth in the pages of The Age and SMH. As an adult, he would likely lament that a pair of once-left-but-sane mastheads have populated their newsrooms with children seemingly determined to relive the salad days of student life by re-packaging the issues and fixations that fill the pages of Lot’s Wife and Honi Soit. Today, however, a report by Judith Ireland on Labor’s restive sisterhood must have prompted a prime ministerial grin that would put a Cheshire cat to shame.

A Labor-aligned women’s group has slammed the ‘lack of diversity’ among leadership positions in the party’s head office, saying “homogenous groupthink” from “Anglo men” meant Labor failed to sell its female-friendly policies to voters at the May federal election.

As an internal review into Labor’s doomed election campaign nears completion, EMILY’s List denounced it as ‘ineffective’ and damaged by ‘missed opportunities’, while arguing for more diversity in the party’s organisational structure…

…’White, Anglo men are not the only sources of knowledge in the party of campaign expertise,’ it said in a submission to the Labor Party’s 2019 federal election review.

It’s easy to picture Mr Morrison slapping his thigh with glee, perhaps even tossing a masculinst baseball cap into the air, at the thought of Labor rejecting all those homogenously groupthinking Anglo men — and then trying to sell that brand of ethnic-specific misandry to the electorate. Why, he must be so tickled that a donation to support Emily’s List and its further agitations could well be in the mail.

— roger franklin

Insights from Quadrant

Run silent, run $teep

In the Canberra Times, columnist Nicholas Stuart addresses the French submarines debacle, which can only grow worse as cost overruns mount, ‘mission creep’ sees design changes and the already outmoded technology on order becomes even more so:

…turn your sonar on, and examine why the submarine project in particular represents such a terrible way to spend defence dollars. Look at what the submarine does so terrifically today; then work out if it will still be able to achieve the same effect in 2035 when the first commissioned boat sinks under the water.

The key is to understand what we’re getting. A dozen subs is meant to buy deterrence but the expense is so huge it will completely unbalance the force. Crucially, there’s absolutely no guarantee the vessels won’t be technically irrelevant by the time they’re built, put out of operation by fleets of smaller, remotely operated underwater vessels on “seek and destroy” missions.

Let’s begin with the biggest problem: the laws of physics. They aren’t going to change, and this limits the submarines. Technology, however, is advancing, and that advantages their threats…

Submarines are traditionally said to represent the ‘silent service’. The silence in this instance would seem to begin with those on the government benches who know and understand Australia is buying a fleet of immensely expensive lemons and yet utter not a word in defence of an effective fleet.

What Hyman Rickover, father of the US nuclear navy, would have made of Australia’s decision, we’ll never know. Tom Lewis, writing for Quadrant, is another matter.

Insights from Quadrant

That old-time religion

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies has told Anglican supporters of same-sex marriage they should leave the church rather than “betray God’s word” in a scathing speech condemning progressive elements within the faith….

… “My own view is that if people wish to change the doctrine of our church, they should start a new church or join a church more aligned to their views – but do not ruin the Anglican Church by abandoning the plain teaching of Scripture. Please leave us.

“We have far too much work to do in evangelising Australia to be distracted by the constant pressure to change our doctrine in order to satisfy the lusts and pleasures of the world.”

Insights from Quadrant

Protest notes
from all over

Anyone who followed last week’s Extinction Rebellion disruptions will have seen news footage of protesters attempting to explain why blocking traffic, impeding productive citizens and parading in one’s underwear will help Gaia to recover from mankind’s alleged abuses. Incoherent, inarticulate and infuriatingly vague, they did not present as any sort of endorsement for Australia’s schools.

Their counterparts in England are smarter. According to Britain’s Mail on Sunday, they are being paid to make public nuisances of themselves:

Extinction Rebellion is paying activists up to £400 a week to lead the protests that have brought chaos to the streets of Britain, documents seen by The Mail on Sunday reveal.

Protesters have received payments totalling more than £70,000 in four months alone.

But the eco-protest group privately fears it could face a six-figure tax bill if the money, which is given as expenses, is deemed to be payment for work done on XR’s behalf.

Stupid is one thing, but at least the XR legions were relatively well mannered, which cannot be said of the pro-abortion mob encountered by Bill Thompson and captured in the clip below. The video blogger was verbally abused, roughed up and, at one point, had to stop a feral making off with his bicycle.

Despite a thick police presence and the victim’s eagerness to point out his assailant, VicPol wasn’t interested, telling him to take his complaint to a police station.

Such is life and policing in Victoria these days.

Warning: Those offended by foul language would do best not to watch the clip, as every second word — and T-shirt — is obscene.