Kim Wingerei blog posts

“Without idealists, the pragmatists would have nothing to do…”

Malcolm Turnbull Legacy

Malcolm Turnbull Legacy

What the Malcolm Turnbull legacy will be remains to be seen. When he appeared on a special edition of the ABC’s QandA last Thursday, he was as charming, evasive and polite as ever. We didn’t learn much, but is this the end of his political career as he claims, or the beginning of a new chapter?

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The American mid term elections had a little bit of everything for everybody. It will curb some of the worst excesses of Donald Trump, but it may also get a lot uglier before it gets any better.

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Accountable Leadership

Accountable Leadership

As much as we like to talk about the failures – or absence – of political leadership in Australia over the last decade, there is an equal dearth of responsible and accountable leadership everywhere – including in our favourite sport – Cricket.

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The Australian Spring of Politics

The Australian Spring of Politics

Democracy reform is long overdue. Is the election of independent Kerryn Phelps at the Wentworth by-election a sign of things to come – an Australian spring – led by independents? Or led by Bill Shorten? Or both.

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Wentworth Democracy

Wentworth Democracy

The Wentworth by-election may be the most hotly contested in living memory, and it also reveals much about why our democracy is broken and needs fixing!

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A Secular Nation

A Secular Nation

Australia is a secular nation. It is enshrined in our constitution, yet we have a Prime Minister and many others in Parliament who don’t quite seem to understand what that means. The Ruddock report reveals not only state laws in possible conflict with federal law, but with the constitution and the principles of secularism.

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Art Encounters of the Jones Kind

Art Encounters of the Jones Kind

Alan Jones’ bullying knows no bounds. And when Gladys Berejiklian instructed Opera House CEO Louise Herron to allow Jørn Utzon’s iconic sails to be defaced by advertising for a horse race, she enables it.

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The Ghosts of Eureka

The Ghosts of Eureka

The Ghosts of Eureka are still haunting us. Terra Australis has come a long way since the rebellions of 1854, but that last crucial step to  becoming a fully independent nation again remains elusive.

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The Politics of Change

The Politics of Change

As trust in our political leaders continue to decline, writings and commentary decrying the malaise in which our democracy finds itself in is booming, including Facebook-, Murdoch- and ABC-bashing, lamenting populism, trashing Trump-ism and generally blaming all the other ‘ism’s’ except one’s own.

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The Responsibility of Free Speech

The Responsibility of Free Speech

Free speech means the freedom of having any opinion, promoting any religion or ideology, distorting history and declaring that climate change is a hoax and that earth is not a planet but a pancake.

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