Category Archives: Quotidian

The long term price of short term election rorting for America

Andrew L. Urban Warren Mundine and Alan Jones had just spoken as we broke for morning tea. It was November 4, 2020, and the fateful US Presidential election results were coming in. Several hundred attendees at the 2020 CPAC* in … Continue reading

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Jacinta’s priceless contribution to Australia’s future

Andrew L. Urban Making indigenous ministries and agencies redundant is the best ultimate objective for Australia’s future in the affairs of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander peoples. That is the most positive and attractive argument put by indigenous coalition Senator … Continue reading

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A kiss is just a kiss … not

Andrew L. Urban Luis Rubiales has resigned as president of the Spanish Football Federation following criticism for kissing Spain forward Jenni Hermoso at the Women’s World Cup final presentation ceremony. Hermoso, 33, said the kiss after Spain beat England was … Continue reading

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Maui fires v Ukraine invasion is wrong contrast

Andrew L. Urban They’ve got the wrong comparison when they (voters, politicians and commentators) complain that while the Biden administration is handing Ukraine billions in military support, it is only handing out a mean spirited few hundred dollars to the … Continue reading

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Voice ruptures the bond

Andrew L. Urban No, no, no! It’s not the lack of detail nor the promise of its permanence in the constitution, nor that it is the path to treaty and to the fight for reparations. It is that it is … Continue reading

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The Voice would rhyme

Andrew L. Urban There’s a pub somewhere in the Aussie outback which displays a worn and fraying sign that says “Free beer tomorrow”. The larrikin spirit lives on. But could it also be a warning to Australians that not all … Continue reading

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What does reconciliation look like?

What does reconciliation look like? Andrew L. Urban Reconciliation. The word is used almost automatically, especially in the context of the arguments about the Voice referendum. It sounds so …. positive, peaceful, in contrast to the stormy seas in which … Continue reading

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Post-referendum blues

Andrew L. Urban Come the referendum and the Voice will be dead or alive. But the shouting will  continue. Post-referendum Australia will have been socially and politically poisoned by this debate, as illustrated by the vitriol and general nastiness of … Continue reading

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Tucker Carlson derails his brain over Ukraine

Andrew L. Urban  Conservative Fox News cable talk show host Tucker Carlson has a bee in his bonnet about the US heaping aid to help defend Ukraine against Russia’s illegal and barbaric invasion. The bee seems to have gorged on … Continue reading

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Democracy or Minocracy?

Andrew L. Urban If democracy is defined by majority rule, Australia is not a democracy; it’s a minocracy. The current Labour Government attracted less than 33% of the primary vote nationally at the 2022 election, the lowest since 1934. While … Continue reading

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