What the energy ‘debate’ can teach us about economics

Allen Myers If, like me, you’ve forced yourself to read the accounts of the energy “debate” between the parliamentary parties and between the federal and state governments, you might have noticed something: virtually all of the discussion revolves around whether any particular measure, or the discussi...CONTINUE READING

McMahon moments and Australian media

Allen Myers Liberal treasurer, later prime minister, William McMahon was admired for his apparently encyclopaedic knowledge of the Australian economy, being able to quote pages of statistics on the spur of the moment during debates in parliament. Only years later was it revealed that McMahon simply ma...CONTINUE READING

McMahon moments and Australian media

Allen Myers Liberal treasurer, later prime minister, William McMahon was admired for his apparently encyclopaedic knowledge of the Australian economy, being able to quote pages of statistics on the spur of the moment during debates in parliament. Only years later was it revealed that McMahon simply ma...CONTINUE READING

Let’s not hear it for detente

Allen Myers I agree with Corey Oakley’s criticism (Red Flag 99) of the fixation of most US liberals on the suspected collaboration between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign, which has been amplified by the Trump-Putin meetings in Hamburg. This focus distracts fro...CONTINUE READING

Pauline, go to the bottom of the class

Allen Myers Pauline Hanson has kept her name in the news by saying that children with autism or other disabilities should be taught in separate classrooms. In a speech whose syntax would have disqualified her for citizenship if the government’s planned English proficiency test were in effect, Hanson s...CONTINUE READING

Pauline, go to the bottom of the class

Allen Myers Pauline Hanson has kept her name in the news by saying that children with autism or other disabilities should be taught in separate classrooms. In a speech, the syntax of which would have disqualified her for citizenship if the government’s planned English proficiency test were in effect,...CONTINUE READING

A letter to the minister for bigotry

Allen Myers Dear Mr Dutton, I was interested in your recent remarks about the ancestry of 33 people charged with terrorism offences. Even if some of those charged are eventually cleared (that possibility is why we have trials, after all), your figures were significant because they indicate that the fe...CONTINUE READING

Seeking historical parallels

Allen Myers Why is it that, seeing Trump’s victory, I immediately thought of Grigori Rasputin? Rasputin, for those of you with short memories, was the not very holy Russian monk who had enormous influence over the tsarist family in the decade leading up to the Russian Revolution. Russian royalists, an...CONTINUE READING

What’s behind the carry-on about Long Tan?

Allen Myers When considering the fuss made about Vietnamese restrictions on Australian plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan, we should think of a story that did not appear in Australian newspapers on 20 February 1992: “DARWIN – On the 50th anniversary of the bombing of D...CONTINUE READING