Category Archives: By The Way

Wrong, Penny Wong

Andrew L. Urban. How can some leading Australian politicians be so misguided and so wrong-headed as to call for the recognition of a Palestine state, as Senator Penny Wong did at the recent Labour National Conference?  “Fatah and Hamas have … Continue reading

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Just a bunch of white males …

Andrew L. Urban. We get a bad rep these days, men. Whether middle aged or old … We are the all powerful patriarchy, suppressing women and gays, racist the lot of us, sexist and misogynistic. And too much mansplaining. We’ve … Continue reading

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It’s Jewrusalem, stupid

Andrew L. Urban. Nothing so infuriates the fervent anti-Semites, angry Islamists and narrow minded Arabs as a confirmation of Israel as a legitimate, sovereign, democratic state. They don’t have one themselves, you see, and historic enmities remain – are forever … Continue reading

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Lunch with Leo and Sir Francis – on the black comedy of climate change

Andrew L. Urban. I was having a chat with renowned Russian writer Leo Tolstoy and brilliant British empiricist and champion of the scientific method, Sir Francis Bacon, the other day during a rare time warp event at my kitchen table … Continue reading

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Memo to Republicans: Australia not a real colony

Andrew L. Urban The fundamental difference between Australia as a ‘colony’ and every other colony of an imperial power is that Britain sent its own citizens (however unwilling) to establish it. Never mind the reasons, the important point in any … Continue reading

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Book reviews: Mark Latham, David Leyonhjelm: Australian Warriors for Liberty

Outsiders – ‘I won’t be silenced’  By Mark Latham Wilkinson Publishing, paperback, 208 pages,  October 2017, rrp $39.99 Freedom’s Salesman By David Leyonhjelm Wilkinson Publishing, paperback, 367 pages, October 2017, rrp $44.99 By Andrew L. Urban. It is sobering if not downright … Continue reading

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Debunked: climate hypothesis elevated to ruling theory

By Andrew L. Urban. Even as President Donald Trump was rescinding Obama era climate policies last week, respected and disenchanted climate scientist, Dr Judith Curry, was giving evidence to the US Congress as to why climate science has failed public … Continue reading

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It’s not racism, stupid

By Andrew L. Urban. Those who accused Bill Leak of racism over his August 4, 2016 indigenous policeman, father & son cartoon and see racism in Pauline Hanson’s policies on migration make the same mistake; they reach for their racism … Continue reading

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Fact-fluidity the new journalism

By Andrew L. Urban. Gender-fluidity leads to fact-fluidity, it seems, and as gender fluid floods the schools (that are safe), so fact-fluidity is being introduced into our profession like a virus, direct from the University of Columbia Journalism Review distributed … Continue reading

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Australian Republic a cause not a reality

By Andrew L. Urban. It is not the idea that our system is broke but the emotive plea “our Head of State should be Australian” that drives the movement for an Australian republic. It needs no explanation and brooks no … Continue reading

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