Climate Cult Kids On The March

 Comments Off on Climate Cult Kids On The March
May 222015

From Quadrant Online:

March of the Climate Cult Kiddies

Perhaps because of the koala costumes and elephant suits, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s zealots seem no more worthy of adult attention than any other noisy assembly of adolescent public nuisances. Dopey as the rank and file may be,  their leaders are a lesson in slick marketing

aycc smallThe Australian Youth Climate Coalition seems a formidable bunch. Its leaders, for example, use  their vast  membership roll as a weapon, such as badgering the Big Four coal-lending banks “on behalf of 110,000 young Australians”. The number dwarfs membership of the Liberal Party, about 80,000, and the Labor Party, 54,000.

Along the way, co-founders Anna Rose and Amanda McKenzie have been showered with honours and accolades from Labor governments, business, media (Fairfax), academia, even non-political Rotary. Rose’s latest citation, ACT Finalist for Australian of the Year 2015,  says  AYCC  “now boasts more than 110,000 young Australians who are standing up for their future.”

But there is something odd about this membership roll, which the 2014 annual report puts at 120,000. First, it’s free to join. The Liberals charge $35 (concession) to $100 pa in Victoria, while Labor in Victoria collects dues of between $34 (concession) and $224. The Institute of Public Affairs, with 3500 members, charges $88.
Continue reading »

Guildford Garbo Grief

 Comments Off on Guildford Garbo Grief
May 212015

Time: Around 9:30am this morning.
Place: Guildford (a small town in Central Victoria).

The driver of a Wheelie Waste garbage truck comes to the end of a dead-end street and attempts to turn in the council-provided turning circle (see pic below), carefully avoiding the impossible-to-miss-seeing rock in the middle.


Hmmmm…. shouldn’t be too difficult, should it? Er, um, well…..

Continue reading »

Is Arts Funding Value For Money?

 Comments Off on Is Arts Funding Value For Money?
May 162015

From Quadrant Online:

How to Rethink Arts Funding

Only time will tell if Senator George Brandis’ decision to re-direct some $104 million in arts funding will ameliorate the cronyism, bureaucratic imperatives and waste that characterise the business of getting and dispensing grants. It is a move Quadrant’s Michael Connor first urged in 2008

urinalIn theory government supports the arts. In reality the arts are directed by politicised bureaucrats who privilege the Left’s cultural domination. A major disburser of money is the Australia Council. Where razors and structural change were needed, the Howard government chose pragmatic, short-term measures and they parachuted intelligent individuals behind the lines, onto Australia Council boards, where they had little real effect. The Coalition had no policy for dealing with the Left’s corruption of our culture through funding they themselves provided. No attempt was made to eradicate the welfare mentality that had grown up around the arts industry since the Whitlam reforms of the 1970s, or to overturn the cultural dictatorship assumed by the Australia Council.

The Coalition is notoriously uninterested in funding culture: this is an advantage. If the Coalition drew on their free market and individualistic philosophies to encourage the resurgence of a cultural free market and aided artists to become capable of supporting themselves instead of beggars, they could open the door to long-overdue cultural renewal.
Continue reading »

The Insult Of The Burka

 Comments Off on The Insult Of The Burka
May 162015

From Quadrant Online:

The Burka’s Veiled Insult

The cloth that obliterates the face sends a message of separation and rejection, so it is no surprise that Australians of non-Muslim backgrounds are appalled. By blacking-out and demeaning womanhood,  an implanted culture bares its contempt for a tolerant and easy-going host

burka babeIt is said that within hours of birth a baby will respond to a human face. Adults can instantly recognise hundreds of faces. As we move among other people we constantly study faces and react to them. In any social interaction our gaze rarely moves away from the face or faces in front of us. And we are equally self-conscious of the effect our own face may be having on others. Our faces are the door to our identity, the first road to the person and mind behind that mobile and flexible mask of skin that may be the instrument of both revelation and concealment. It is the screen on which our emotions may be read and our motives guessed. It is canvas and billboard communicating an infinite variety of messages to others. We never cease to wonder what others are making of us. The idea of a faceless human society is unthinkable.
Continue reading »