European fascism & Australian liberal-conservatism

The Oslo murders recall an older Europe: an act of fascist terror committed against supporters of a left-wing political party, indeed because of the killers concern with government policy he was more likely to attack supporters of a moderate left party because he saw it as having an impact on politics.

One Nation and the Tea Parties, Hutaree and the New Guard

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Tip/Wag – Hutaree Militia & ABC www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care Reform Can the ‘Tea Parties’ attract significant support from outside conservative ranks? I doubt it. What does Australian history tell us about militias? Nate Silver discusses recent polling: There are two […]

From Milne Bay to 9/11

Why might people like us machine gun drowning sailors (or torture prisoners) ? Reading Mark Johnston’s Fighting the Enemy: Australian soldiers and their adversaries in World War II which sheds some light on this question. The hierarchy of enemies is not surprising, Italians were despised, Germans respected (and postwar polls showed they were popular migrants), […]

Family law and the Australian right

D. Kemp, Foundations for Australian Political Analysis: Politics and Authority, Oxford University Press, 1988 B. Maley, Marriage, Divorce and Family Justice, Centre for Independent Studies, Policy Monograph No. 23, 1992 B. Maley, Family and Marriage in Australia, Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney, Policy Monograph No. 43, 2000. P. Saunders, Australia‚Äôs welfare habit and how to […]