Why conservative parties have become basket cases A common feature of today’s political environment is the identity crisis in conservative parties that have ruled much of the Western world in the post-war years. For example, Christian Democratic parties that blossomed in Europe and Latin America after World War Two are now struggling for survival. In Australia…

Exploring Australia-China history Canberra writer and journalist Rob Macklin has written a highly relevant, timely and utterly riveting book on the intricate relationship between Australia and China. Over the years, I’ve read most of Macklin’s 28 books but this is his best. It’s a cracker. With China established as Australia’s major trading partner, and the Beijing…

Why Scientology enjoys hidden protection from Oz politicians …Senator Nick Xenophon is the sole exception … how Rupert Murdoch became scientology’s public enemy No 1 … Israel’s nuclear arsenal revealed … Great Crashing Bores continued …. US cult’s dream run in Oz SOUTH Australian Senator Nick Xenophon this week launched “Fair Game – The incredible…

Hamilton Hume The Life and Times of Our Greatest Explorer By Robert Macklin Hatchette Australia 2016 A comprehensive biography of the explorer Hamilton Hume is long overdue. His outstanding contribution to Australian history has been scandalously neglected: most versions of 19th century colonial exploration were written by supporters of the pro-British and pro-colonialist ascendancy. Hume’s…