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Queensland Leadership – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Queensland Leadership – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Conservative Politics, Leadership, Politics, Queensland

The implications of (Joh’s) reign were clear as far back as Thursday, 25 May 1972, when, with McMahon leading Australia as Prime Minister, the Country party in Queensland took local full-page advertisements for the coming state election featuring pictures of Bjelke-Petersen with the headline: “While Australia searches for a leader Queensland has found Joh Bjelke-Petersen […]

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Edmund Burke on the French Revolution – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Edmund Burke on the French Revolution – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Democracy, History, Politics

A prescient Edmund Burke on the early days of the French Revolution: “It is known; that armies have hitherto yielded a very precarious and uncertain obedience to any senate, or popular authority; and they will least of all yield it to an assembly which is only to have a continuance of two years. The officers […]

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Before Partisan Press Secretaries – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Before Partisan Press Secretaries – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Australiana, History, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Spin, The Media

Yet he was surprised to be asked by Leonard whether he would like to be Menzies’ press secretary, succeeding Charles Meeking. Cockburn agreed to be interviewed by Menzies in Canberra. On meeting the Prime Minister, Cockburn told him he had to understand that until 1949 he had not voted for any party but the Labor […]

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Ming – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ming – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · History, Politics

Menzies was often referred to as ‘Ming’ after a comic-book character, Ming the Merciless, an evil Chinaman dressed in robes and with long fingernails. (Another explanation was that ‘Mingees’ was the Scottish pronunciation of Menzies.)

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Any Break From Routine May Herald for Them Unbearable News – “I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou

February 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Any Break From Routine May Herald for Them Unbearable News – “I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou · Conservative Politics, Culture, History

Her apprehension was evident in the hurried movements around the kitchen and in her lonely fearing eyes. The Black woman in the South who raises sons, grandsons and nephews had her heartstrings tied to a hanging noose. Any break from routine may herald for them unbearable news. For this reason, Southern Blacks until the present […]

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The English Revolution from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

November 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on The English Revolution from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell · Conservative Politics, Nationalism, Politics, Progressive Politics

Patriotism has nothing to do with Conservatism. It is actually the opposite of Conservatism, since it is a devotion to something that is always changing and yet is felt to be mystically the same. It is the bridge between the future and the past.

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Leadership and Pigeons – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on Leadership and Pigeons – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin · Conservative Politics, History, Leadership, Politics, Quotes, War, WW2

The Menzies government sank into disarray after its leader returned to Australia in May 1941. By now (Billy Hughes) was saying that Menzies ‘couldn’t lead a flock of homing pigeons.’

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Robert Menzies in 1931 commenting on proposals for stimulus spending during the depression.From “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on Robert Menzies in 1931 commenting on proposals for stimulus spending during the depression.From “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin · Australian Labor Party, Conservative Politics, Economics, History, Politics

If Australia were to surmount her troubles only by the abandonment of traditional British standards of honesty, justice, fair play and honest endeavour, it would be better for Australia that every citizen within her boundaries should die of starvation within the next 12 months.

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The Villains Keep Changing – “Casino Royale” – Ian Fleming

August 5th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Villains Keep Changing – “Casino Royale” – Ian Fleming · Communism, Conservative Politics, Politics

Today we are fighting Communism. Okay. If I’d been alive fifty years ago, the brand of Conservatism we have today would have been damn near called Communism and we should have been told to go and fight that. History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.’

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“Why I Am Not a Conservative” – Freidrick Hayek I think the final sentence is particularly perceptive here…

January 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on “Why I Am Not a Conservative” – Freidrick Hayek I think the final sentence is particularly perceptive here… · Philosophy, Progressive Politics, Uncategorized

I sometimes feel that the most conspicuous attribute of liberalism that distinguishes it as much from conservatism as from socialism is the view that moral beliefs concerning matters of conduct which do not directly interfere with the protected sphere of other persons do not justify coercion. This may also explain why it seems to be […]

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