Elections

Donald Trump Vote Was All About Voters Having A Different Choice
18 November 2016

Donald Trump Vote Was All About Voters Having A Different Choice

Last Wednesday afternoon, just as it was becoming clear Donald Trump would win the US presidential election Aaron Patrick, senior writer at this paper reported on an insight he had gained from an unnamed minister in the Turnbull government. When asked about whether there were any lessons for Australia from what had just happened in the United States the minister
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Rowan Callick On Chinese Democracy
17 November 2016

Rowan Callick On Chinese Democracy

A fascinating piece from Rowan Callick in The Australian today on the repressive nature of Chinese democracy, where those insufficiently loyal to the ruling Communist party are not allowed to participate: Today, under Xi Jinping, we are seeing clear limits on how far popular representation can go. This approach is now being applied consistently, through mainland China and in special administrative regions
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Donald Trump Will Lead The US In The Right Direction. We Should Take Note
10 November 2016

Donald Trump Will Lead The US In The Right Direction. We Should Take Note

Donald Trump’s historic victory represents a huge opportunity for middle America. It is a rejection of liberal internationalism, political correctness and the progressive politics of urban elites in favour of traditional American values – love of country, family and, for many, faith. Like Brexit, it heralds a return to the pre-eminence of the nation state, of national sovereignty and democracy.
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Malcolm Turnbull Must Ignore The Luvvies – He Leads A Centre-Right Party
21 October 2016

Malcolm Turnbull Must Ignore The Luvvies – He Leads A Centre-Right Party

Tony Abbott is right. Australians are sick of the revolving door of prime ministers. As Abbott said on Wednesday, there’s not going to be a change in the Liberal leadership “any time soon”. Liberal MPs are still too bruised by last year’s leadership contest and a close-run election to contemplate either going back to Abbott, or moving to the next
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How To Defuse The Authoritarian Populist Timebomb
17 September 2016

How To Defuse The Authoritarian Populist Timebomb

It is no foregone conclusion that simply giving government more power and money will fix income inequality. Adam Smith once wryly said “there is a great deal of ruin in a nation”, and many would argue this statement is aptly represented in the reemergence of an anti‑immigration, anti‑trade populism mainly on the right, but also from the far left, in
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Malcolm Turnbull Is Set On Making Super Another ETS Moment For Himself
15 July 2016

Malcolm Turnbull Is Set On Making Super Another ETS Moment For Himself

In 2009 as the leader of the opposition Malcolm Turnbull supported the introduction of an emissions trading scheme. He maintained his support for an ETS in the face of overwhelming opposition from the grassroots members of his own party, and against the grave concerns of many of his parliamentary colleagues. It did not end well for Turnbull. Seven years later,
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Populism Is Not A Dirty Word
10 July 2016

Populism Is Not A Dirty Word

The political news right now is Malcolm Turnbull’s tenuous hold on government. But tight elections aren’t unusual. The real significance of the 2016 election is how it reveals the growing dissatisfaction with the political class and mainstream parties. This is a thread that links the support for Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson in Australia with the support for Donald Trump
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Saying You Have A Plan Isn’t Enough To Win An Election
4 July 2016

Saying You Have A Plan Isn’t Enough To Win An Election

It is not enough to say you have a plan for a strong new economy. You actually have to have one. And it has to be simple enough to sell to the average voter. That means cutting taxes, not increasing them; cutting government spending, not increasing it. This is the clear message voters have sent to the Coalition following the
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CD Kemp Lecture: Does Western Civilization Have a Future?
17 August 2006

CD Kemp Lecture: Does Western Civilization Have a Future?

Mark Steyn: I’m honored to be asked to give the C D Kemp Lecture before members of the Institute he founded and which lives on after him. I’ve been in Australia for a couple of weeks on what I like to think of as my ‘Head for the hills! It’s the end of the world!’ tour. But don’t worry, it’s
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