Cultural Cringe

Australia is being made to rhyme with failure. These words, written after the Second World War to describe our “cultural cringe”, are echoing through the arts community. Once again, we are importing hosts for local TV shows. I know there’s…

THE DISGRACE THAT STOPPED A NATION

It’s no wonder we’ve lost faith in our institutions. Yesterday, Australians were treated to 55 minutes of a Federal MP behaving like a five-year-old boy. “I didn’t do anything wrong. It was the other kids’ fault. I’m a good boy,…

SHARING IS LOVING AND CARING

Boo hoo, big business. So you have to fill out an extra form to keep making all that lovely money. Diddums. In the words of that great philosopher Chopper Read, “Harden the f*#k up”. The Business Council of Australia and…

SHOULD CHARITY ALWAYS BEGIN AT HOME?

Tomorrow, one of the world’s wealthiest nations will rob the poorest of the poor. The Gillard Government reportedly plans to break its promise to increase aid from 0.35% to 0.5% of Gross National Income by 2015. This is so it…

The ‘Daddy Wars’.

Two men walk into a bar. (I promise there are no horses, Irishmen or priests in this anecdote.) One turns to the other and says, “I heard Dave’s gone back to work. Can you believe it? His kid’s only three…

We Need to Talk About Dementia

“He’s a dangerous psychopath.” That was the response of one family member when my beloved great uncle was diagnosed with dementia. Sure, Uncle Rod would get testy from time to time. He’d whack the floor with his cane when he…

Enough with the Dick Jokes

I’ve had enough dick to last a lifetime. And I’m not talking about my sex life. It’s the testosterone-throbbing, fart-fuelled, penis-pumped American sitcom. Two and a Half Men is clearly created by a man with half a brain. Yesterday, he…