Weekday Reading #12

Where’s the Attorney-General on vaccine mandates? (Spectator Australia)

This week much attention has been on Coalition MPs and Senators hearing the vox populi following the ever-increasing demonstrations around Australia and demanding that the government do something to stop state premiers and territory chief ministers threatening people’s livelihoods and their ability to participate in everyday life with vaccine mandates and passports.

As Senator Matt Canavan told Paul Murray on Monday night on Sky (and I’m paraphrasing), if we don’t stand up now to this overreach, where will it end? Already these power-drunk premiers are talking of excluding kids as young as five from society if they don’t get the jab, thus completely sidelining those whose decision it should actually be: their parents – and no one else’s. And that is not just me saying that. Dr Nick Coatsworth has said it, too, in the clearest possible way.

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Understanding conservative thought

My article in the November Quadrant, Conservative Thought in the Time of Covid (Part II), has now been put online where anyone can read it. It is strictly a discussion of political philosophy from a conservative perspective, or from what I think ought to be a conservative perspective. This is not everyone’s interest since this is totally abstracted from any particular issue, but goes to the essence of what I think a conservative philosophy consists of.

This is the conclusion, but it comes at the end of more than 9000 words, which are found in the first instalment that was published in October and now the lead up to where I conclude with what I think is the core issue of conservatism. This Continue reading “Understanding conservative thought”

Mater’s Musings #42: Stop the mendacity…it’s in black and white

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve had a gutful of people telling me the current covid vaccines in Australia have gone through all the trials (albeit expediated) that other, more traditional vaccines have. It just isn’t true, and Health Department ads in major newspapers saying so, doesn’t automatically change that.

Government departments and government-funded organisations all over the country went into PR overdrive with these vaccines, none more so than the NCIRS (National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance – a close cousin of AusVaxSafety and PAEDS). This organisation is “primarily funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments”.

They came out of the gates strongly with a webpage explaining both the ‘traditional pathway’ for vaccine development and the ‘pandemic speed’ development of Covid-19 vaccines. You have to look carefully to notice the most relevant bit around ‘provisional approval’ in the pandemic speed pathway.

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Weekday Reading #11

Remembering Trans Deaths Rightly (The American Conservative)

So I decided to research each of that year’s deaths, including by searching publicly available information on local news sites, scouring court records, and calling homicide departments (as necessary). What I found belied the narrative of the LGBT groups—a narrative used to pursue political ends even sympathetic Americans might reasonably reject.

In reality, very few—if any—of that year’s victims could be said to have succumbed to outright bigotry of the kind advocates rightly decry. Rather, most seemed to have died in gang-land disputes, domestic- and intimate-partner disputes, drug disputes, and other such violence that sadly plagues low-income minority communities across the land, especially in inner cities.

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Novavax the vaccine for the vaxxine-hesitant

This is my kind of article: Novavax: the good vaccine. It’s not that most of us are in any sense “anti-vaxxers” but lots of us are very reluctant to take any of the currently existing experimental forms now on offer. But there is Novavax which many of us have been looking out for. Who can be sure of any of it, but here we find it discussed in a very positive way. But first, there is a discussion of Daniel Andrews in a way that makes me trust her judgement just that little bit more.

He takes away your freedom to work. He prevents you from seeing friends and loved ones. He only lets you watch programs which distort your sense of reality and supress your independent thought. He watches and monitors everywhere you go. He threatens to keep you locked up if you don’t comply.

And the final straw?

He forces you to get a medical treatment that you never wanted.

In many ways, Victoria’s relationship with Daniel Andrews resembles more of an abusive relationship than a government that is in power to serve the people.

Victoria’s two-tiered society has witnessed the use of isolationist language and tactics to separate the vaccinated from the unvaccinated. 

Dictator Dan pushes Victorians to consider the vaccinated as superior citizens and the unvaccinated as less than helots.

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Daniel Andrews’ Victoria: “a sadistic experiment with unintended consequences”

I hate to dwell on Daniel Andrews but he represents a measure of incompetence and stupidity that will be hard for any future premier to exceed. However, I am drawn to all this again by Nick Cater’s article in The Oz today whose title sets the scene: The tyranny of ineptitude drives more to the streets.

I will stick to the highlights, but Andrews is a sad example of how fear and uncertainty can make absolutely anyone an apparent refuge, even when he has overseen the worst record anywhere in Australia, perhaps even across the world, shaded only by the devastating results achieved by Andrew Cuomo in New York (from whom Andrews may well have copied much of what he has done). All this is from Nick.

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The real political extremists

She really is a fool of the highest order. Then there’s this: Andrews accuses PM of ‘pandering to extremists’.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of “pandering to extremists” in the wake of a large protest in Melbourne.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Melbourne’s CBD in opposition to the state government’s pandemic laws and COVID-19 vaccination policies.

The peaceful protest capped off a week of demonstrations at State Parliament where there were some ugly scenes including the parading of gallows.

Asked about the threats during the week, Mr Morrison said such behaviour had no place in public protest but could understand why some Victorians were frustrated with the state government.


Mr Andrews on Sunday said those comments were offensive to the 5 million Victorians who had received their vaccinations.

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