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[26 Jan 2013 | One Comment | 3,177 views ]

IN most independent, Catholic and other private schools across Australia you will find plaques that serve as testaments to the fundraising activities of those school communities.
The plaques, be they old or new, pay tribute to the generosity of parents or benefactors, or sometimes simply dedicate premises to the “glory of God”. One way or another, these plaques are windows into the values that underpin each school.

When Julia Gillard introduced the Building the Education Revolution program, she insisted that every hall or new building would have a plaque that recognised the …

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[26 Jan 2013 | One Comment | 2,002 views ]

On this Australia Day it is appropriate to be reminded of the past weeks and the way Australians came together to assist in a time of natural disaster.
Whether it is bushfires, floods or some other catastrophe, rarely does a summer holiday season pass without a need for collective action from those who risk their own livelihoods to save and protect others. Although in times of crisis sacrifice seems to come naturally to many Australians, national goodwill is not so evident through the rest of the year, especially when politics are …

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[19 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 4,173 views ]

Do Australians want to create wealth or simply redistribute what we already have, asks ROSS FITZGERALD
With a federal election to be held this year, Australians must give serious consideration to the impact of policies promoted by Labor and by the Coalition in terms of building greater resilience and self-reliance in our society.

Australia has largely avoided the path taken by some European nations of a massive welfare state funded through high levels of taxation.
It is vital that as a nation we remain eternally vigilant against the false appeal of such systems.
This …

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[19 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 927 views ]

Long before they became our modern playground, the places where land, sea and sky meet were for tens of thousands of years home to Aboriginal people. As the NSW Deputy Opposition Leader, Linda Burney MP, points out in her foreword to this magnificently produced and beautifully illustrated book, Aboriginal culture and society falls into two broad groups – saltwater and freshwater people.

John Ogden’s ‘Saltwater People of the Fatal Shore’ deftly explores the physicality and natural and human history of Sydney’s southern beaches, from South Head to Port Hacking and the …

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[19 Jan 2013 | One Comment | 1,738 views ]

Simplistic approach proves devil is in the details of war
AS with many of Roland Perry’s previous works, which include biographies of Keith Miller, Donald Bradman and John Monash, ‘Pacific 360’ creates general interest in Australian history. However this book, while well written, is often simplistic in a way that seems not fully to appreciate the nuances involved in the Pacific War.

The subtitle, ‘Australia’s Battle for Survival in World War II’, alerts readers to Perry’s main contention: that in 1942 our nation faced the threat of Japanese invasion. Yet while he …

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[12 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 1,935 views ]

THE Coalition’s strategists were on high alert in the second half of last year as Julia Gillard made a flurry of policy announcements that could have been used as a platform for an early election.
The announcements – on health, disability and education – contained no details and there was no funding allocation but they had electoral appeal.
It now appears that this activity was part of the Prime Minister’s scheme to protect her leadership from a resurgent Kevin Rudd and to calm the frayed nerves of her Labor backbench. There is …

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[5 Jan 2013 | 9 Comments | 7,302 views ]

Recently Julia Gillard mused that she wanted to be able to say in years to come that she did things “that twenty, thirty years later are making a difference to Australia for the better.”
She does not have the luxury of time.
Even after her relatively short term as prime minister, her political legacy is set in stone.

Given that the full fallout from her disastrous term as Prime Minister will not be felt for many years, her legacy is already one of wasted opportunities, flawed judgment, poor policy implementation and ugly …

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[5 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 3,427 views ]

FIFTY years ago, journalist Alan Reid arranged for photographs to be taken of Labor’s then federal leader, Arthur Calwell, and his deputy, Gough Whitlam, waiting outside under a street light as ALP powerbrokers met in a Canberra hotel to determine a key item of ALP policy.
There could be no clearer evidence of their subservience to the party machine. Five damaging photographs appeared in Sydney’s ‘The Daily Telegraph’ on Friday, March 22, 1963.

In the wake of the December 1961 election, which Calwell lost by one seat, Liberal prime minister Robert Menzies …