Author: Peter Smith

  • The curse of politicised priests

    I have been lucky. For the last ten years or so I have attended a church without discovering the political beliefs of the two ministers in charge during that time; this despite having been on Parish Council for the past five years and having participating in lots of Bible-study sessions. Alas, after only a few…

  • Fickle, Thy Name is Wind

    It is a still in Sydney town, the trees show no movement, as I walk for the paper and a coffee on this Saturday morning. Mind you, it is sunny, so there’s that. No doubt the grid is being fed by households with subsidised rooftop solar panels and by the solar blots strewn across the…

  • To serve or not to serve, that is the question

    Received a letter from the NSW government dated May 30, informing me that I had been included on the jury roll from June 2024 to June 2025. In a subsequent, hard-on-the-heels, letter dated June 4, I was told that I had been randomly selected for jury duty for a trial of 12 weeks in estimated…

  • Florence’s Futile Burrowing

    I see that the Snowy 2.0 giant boring machine Florence, weighing 2400 tonnes and measuring 143 metres in length and 11 metres in diameter, is stuck again. It was stuck in soft ground between October 2022 and December 2023. It is now stuck in hard ground. Goldilocks-like, the machine only thrives in ground which is…

  • Put on your lifebelts, Kids on the Bridge

    Jim Chalmers had a piece in The Monthly in February 2023 “Capitalism after the crises,” in which he invented a new form of capitalism; namely, “values-based capitalism.” Before Jim’s new form of capitalism we have had inclusive capitalism, conscious capitalism, cooperative capitalism and stakeholder capitalism (courtesy of Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum). Thus Jim is…

  • Inflation on the Mend – For Now

    Inflation is a terrible thing. It impacts people and businesses differently in ways difficult to control and manage. It robs people of their savings, particularly those on the wrong side of 60 years who are holding their savings in banks or in other fixed-income forms. It increases the cost of living for those who can…

  • An Enervating Energy Future

    AEMO has had to urgently update and reissue its ironically titled yearly report Electricity Statement of Opportunities. Opportunities, to be clear, which are contingent on destroying Australia’s reliable and cheap energy and replacing it with unreliable and expensive energy.  However, apparently building renewables and battery storage has not gone as speedily as planned. The report issued…

  • TULIP versus ruinous Labor

    Christianity isn’t as straightforward as I once thought it was. Ignorance is bliss they say. I am not sure about that but the more you learn about Christianity the more complex it gets. True, Christ’s death on the cross and His  physical resurrection, and the grace this brought, are true unchanging tenets of the faith.…

  • Australia ain’t what it was

    Australia voted for the non-existent Palestinian state to be accorded (almost) full membership of the UN. Even the UK didn’t go that far, abstaining, along with 24 other countries. Eight honourable countries voted with Israel to oppose the resolution – the USA, Hungary, PNG, Nauru, Micronesia, Palau, the Czech Republic and Argentina. Australia was part of…

  • The beach which banned vanilla ice cream

    There is a well-known duopoly model in economics which explores what happens when two ice cream sellers occupy a beach. The two ice cream sellers will tend to congregate at the centre of the beach. If either of them were to move they would give their competitor an advantage in being closer to a larger…