Friday, 22 August 2014 06:47
“It’s easier to fool people than convince them they’ve been fooled” Mark Twain
Around 2 weeks ago I was in Israel for the UK/Israel/Australia Dialogue in Jerusalem. Whenever my wife and I are there, our custom is to always visit my brother’s in-laws – the Galpers. Dr Galper is a twice-retired, doctor of geriatric medicine who worked at the Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon. He is much beloved in the city of some 120,000 people. Ziko and Blima are a hospitable couple, now in their 80s. Quietly, stoically, they stay in their home despite the entreaties of friends to take some refuge further North. Amanda and I thought it would be cowardly not to follow our normal custom of visiting them, regardless of the war and constant missile attacks on Ashkelon. Their experiences reminded me of the stories of my late father in law who told me of WW11 in England. He endured the Blitz in London, patiently sitting it out in an Anderson Shelter.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 04:11
“…if I wanted to attack aus I could have so easily”. “I love to slaughter [Australians] & ALLAH LOVEs when u dogs r slaughtered”.
Unhappily these mangled declarations cannot be dismissed as the twitter rantings of a barely literate juvenile. They are tweets by Khaled Sharrouf, one of around 60 Australians currently fighting in Iraq and Syria.
Monday, 16 June 2014 02:59
Back home, a fascinating dispute arose between Defence Minister David Johnston and Labor Parliamentary Secretary Michael Danby over the nature of the ANZUS alliance. Johnston said ANZUS does not necessarily commit us to getting involved in a military conflict in Asia that the US might be embroiled in. Danby said this was wrong in fact and undermined ANZUS … Johnston would have been better advised not to offer any response to a hypothetical - Greg Sheridan, The Australian, 16/06/2014
Johnston is maturing as a solid defence minister and Danby is one of parliament’s best on foreign affairs and security.'
Monday, 26 May 2014 09:00
Boko Haram are not, as some people have said, just extremists; they are jihadist terrorists. They hate modernity. They want us to return to 6th-century medievalism. They want to enslave women entirely and force them back into the Dark Ages, where they are owned, dressed and controlled by men. Boko Haram has come to mean 'Western education is forbidden', as the member for Berowra said, in the Hausa language. They are fighting against secular education, as the Nigerian jihadists see it.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:43
In the four years since the Rudd government converted Medibank Private Limited (MPL) into a profit-making insurer, the Commonwealth has peeled off $1.366 billion in dividends and taxes.
Profits after tax for MPL have totaled $964 million, and the health fund’s net assets totaled $1.4 billion at the end of last financial year. MPL has earned the Commonwealth a 16-fold return on the $85 million investment they put into it.
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