I first heard about a cashless society back in 1980 when I started work for the Commonwealth Bank. Our manager returned from a conference, informing us that the wheels had started turning to make Australia a cash-free society in as little as ten years. Thirty-seven years later, and long time after the end of my banking career, it seems we are finally getting very close to that point of cash becoming a thing of the past. But so far, I am not seeing anyone talk too much about the very real negative that can come with this unless a government finally steps up to the plate for real for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »

A pretty heavy rant in its way.

George Brandis, Senator, Attorney General

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis QC

The Attorney General is the nation’s first law officer. That makes her or him our highest law officer in the nation. So it is not unreasonable to expect our Federal Attorney General to be a paragon of legal virtue. However our Attorney General, Senator George Brandis, is anything but. Read the rest of this entry »

UPDATE: While posting this, news broke that Christensen has quit as National’s Whip.

UPDATE 2: I obviously must have had Pauline Hanson on my mind when I wrote this, accidentally declaring Christensen came from Oxley – her old seat. He is of course actually in Dawson.

1478560415009There can be no question about it – George Christensen is a renegade. Ever since he first entered parliament in 2010, he has gone his own way. The Nationals leader, Barnaby Joyce, has admitted that he cannot really discipline the maverick given his own troublesome past record. But just how fair dinkum is Christensen? Read the rest of this entry »

There is something about the Clive Palmer—his saga does not seem to want to end. But now things are getting murkier than ever. His nephew, Clive Mensink, has been overseas since last June, avoiding questions about the collapse of Queensland Nickel. But has Palmer had role in keeping Mensink conveniently out of the way? Has Palmer been attempted to pervert the course of justice? Read the rest of this entry »

There were many of us who thought Pauline Hanson’s departure from Federal Parliamentphon in 1998 meant an end to her as a political force. And we were wrong. Yet the rise of Hanson and the emergence and re-emergence of One Nation ultimately lacks a key component for long-term survival in government. The question then becomes, just how much damage will be done before they collapse for good? Read the rest of this entry »

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But I suspect my scribbles would be pretty heavily discounted to down to a dozen or two.

For various reasons, concern has been expressed about how armed conflict could result from Trump’s attitudes towards China. But I think a greater risk comes from North Korea. After all, when two unstable autocratic nutjobs both have all that power and are already showing disdain towards each other, the powder is very dry and just waiting a spark to erupt. Read the rest of this entry »

George Christensen – he is quite a puzzle.

I am pretty confident he holds onto his seat through some sort of influence at the local level of the Nationals. Holding some pretty good dirt on someone there? Read the rest of this entry »