MORALITY

Dr Kevin or Mr Rudd?

It is, surely, impossible for someone to appear respectable in public but in private to turn into a tantrum-throwing, swearing, and callous manipulator capable of doing anything to advance themselves. So, let’s leave the realm of fantasy and instead discuss the real subject of this column: Australian politics.
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NUCLEAR (ARMED) SUBMARINES

Empress of Britain at John Brown's yard near G...

Empress of Britain at John Brown’s yard near Glasgow (Photo credit: neil1877)

There’s nothing like the ultimate deterrent.

It’s what ‘defence’ is all about. Being able to hurt an opponent so much that they decide not to tangle with you. This is very different, of course, from the ability to fight a war.

Currently, Australia has a defence force armed and equipped to do the latter. Some people want to do the former. The only way we can is with a nuclear armed submarine, as this article in the Canberra Times suggested . . .

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Jan. 6, 2012: First ship of a joint expedition...

Jan. 6, 2012: First ship of a joint expeditionary force, HMAS CHOULES at Garden Island – RAN. (Photo credit: Kookaburra2011)

We need a new Defence White Paper.

It shouldn’t be like the last one – a definitive statement of government policy. Instead it needs to play with three concepts: what will war be like in the future, what weapons will be decisive, and how can we obtain and build these.

This piece appears in the Canberra Times today . . .

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BUDGET BLUES

ch_narrow_stuart-20130520174910292405-300x0It’s a week since the Budget, but so what? What’s happened to turn Labor – or Australia’s – fortunes around?

I would argue nothing. This document has confirmed, conclusively, that Labor is now in opposition and Tony Abbott’s setting the political agenda, as this piece published in the Canberra Times asserts . . .

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FRONT-END LOADED

English: Spending on U.S. healthcare as a perc...

English: Spending on U.S. healthcare as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s a problem with the Budget released on Tuesday.

Although it all adds up today, recurrent expenditure still appears to significantly outweigh revenue.

In other words, there’s a problem, as this article which appears in The Canberra Times suggests . . .

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