d e a n   f o r b e s                                                                  w a l k i n g ,  n o t  r u n n i n g . . .
 
  1. E P H E M E R A L  

  2. Random Thoughts, Irritations and Speculations







  3. A turndown in the numbers of new Coronavirus infections in late March indicated Australia, along with Japan, South Korea and New Zealand are coping, just. Ensuring the economy is functioning well in the circumstances is another huge issue.

  4. 5 April 2020


  5. It is Sunday and there a few on the streets. COVID - 19 is taking a toll. Small higher education providers are struggling just as are other businesses. It will test our resilience like never before.

  6. 22 March 2020


  7. The intensity and focus of Australia’s response to COVID - 19 is impressive. Trump’s comments on the virus were rambling and incomprehensible. An embarrassment.      

  8. 16 March 2020 


  9. Crikey, COVID - 19 is making its mark globally. After a sluggish start the Australian government is listening to the health experts. The next three months are crucial.    

  10. 14 March 2020


  11. Remember Barry McGuire’s 1965 song ‘On the Eve of Destruction‘? It’s on my mind. But despite global warming and the Coronavirus I don’t think we’re on the path to destruction. And I’m not stock-piling toilet paper.    

  12. 6 March 2020


  13. Shops are selling out of sensible products like hand cleansers, but why the rush on toilet rolls? Sydney’s response to the Coronavirus threat at the local level will be interesting to follow.

  14. 4 March 2020


  15. It is increasingly evident that the Morrison government has lost momentum. Does it have the skills, or the desire, to rejuvenate as it shuffles towards the political centre?    

  16. 29 February 2020


  17. Male violence against women and children in family relationships is cowardly, disgusting and far too frequent. Our failure to protect vulnerable women and children requires a new approach.    

  18. 22 February 2020


  19. Australia’s travel bans on Chinese students due to concerns about the coronavirus may well have long term financial consequences. There is growing concern because of the potential impact in higher education institutions.   

  20. 19 February 2020            


  21. China’s threats to Taiwan are increasing and becoming more belligerent. They pose a threat to peace and economic growth across the Indo-Pacific region.   

  22. 12 February 2020


  23. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo is visiting Australia. Will it significantly improve connections between the two countries? Could Scott Morrison achieve what other PMs have been unable to?  

  24. 10 February 2020


  25. The moronic responses to climate change concerns by some senior government figures and the (mostly Murdoch) media gangs is an embarrassment. We need more deep and coherent media discussion, not rants from egotist.

  26. 5 February 2020


  27. The loss of life due to the coronavirus is mounting. For higher ed providers, especially high ranked universities, the financial fallout will also have a huge impact on student revenue.

  28.        3 February 2020


  29. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is struggling to recover his mojo. After an impressive start last year he is less convincing and not reading the mood of the middle class.

  30.        30 January 2020


  31. Weather is not the same as climate. Too many activists are not aware of the difference and hence weaken the case for a long term climate change strategy.

  32.        23 January 2020


  33. The media’s attention to the plans of a minor English royal and his family is depressing. Even the ABC is drowning us in the coverage.      

  34. 21 January 2020


  35. The enormous cost of addressing climate change is seldom canvassed. Activists ignore it and so does the press. We need to know the likely impact on our economy and standard of living.    

  36. 8 January 2020


  37. Climate change and insufficient attention to reducing under growth in high risk forests may have contributed to the ferocity of the fires. An informed investigation should be able to provide a clear and unbiased assessment of all the key factors.    

  38. 5 January 2020


  39. The persistent bush fires have caused much angst and suffering. It is irritating that too many commentators have used the situation to push their ragged views on climate matters   

  40. 20 December 2019


  41. Jeremy Corbyn was not expected to win, but few anticipated such a trouncing. Labor/Labour in Australia and the UK need to shape 2020 versions of the strategies of Tony Blair, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. 

  42. 15 December 2019


  43. Originality is talent. Talent is originality. Making profound statements is banal. Banal is responding to profound statements. 

  44. 8 December 2019


  45. Interested in contemporary art? You must see Sydney Central Coast artist Marionne van Katwijk’s new website. Two of my favourites are Fleurieu (South Australian’s will recognise this) and Night Ride. Hint - search in Canvas.

  46. 15 November 2019


  47. Newstart payments have not changed since 1994. They should increase at the rate of inflation. It might be necessary to have a di     

  48. 7 November 2019


  49. In the 18th century the word ‘trump’ was slang for fart.     

  50. 31 October 2019


  51. Congratulations Adelaide United on winning the Football Federation Australia Cup, with a 4-0 victory over Melbourne City. Their third success having defeating Perth Glory in 2014 and Sydney FC in 2018.     

  52. 23 October 2019


  53. The California Institute of Technology received $1.12 billion for climate change. It re-affirms the seriousness of the situation and how costly it will be to have an impact.    

  54. 11 October 2019


  55. Isn’t it irritating that the winners of two of the major football leagues played their grand finals in their home cities. Why can’t the grand finals be held at a neutral venue? .    

  56. 8 October 2019


  57. The Weekend Australian’s obsession with letters denying climate change science while providing no credible evidence or references to scientific sources is a disgrace.    

  58. 25 September 2019


  59. Kiribati’s decision to cease ties with Taiwan and its expected new link with China has implications for Australia. Restructuring  Pacific island links will stretch our regional capabilities.  

  60. 21 September 2019


  61. Drought, warm winter-spring weather and extensive fires in eastern Australia are an indication of continuing changes in weather patterns. Another sombre reminder of climate shifts.  

  62. 17 September 2019


  63. China’s aggression in the Indo Pacific and in Australia poses risks to our economy, security and social cohesion. Our responses must be precise and nuanced.  

  64. 14 September 2019


  65. President Joko Widodo seems committed to moving Indonesia’s capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan.   He has not given an explanation, but wouldn’t a new capital in a more central location be better for Indonesia?  

  66. 28 August 2019


  67. PM Scott Morrison was boxed into an awkward corner during his visit to the Pacific. He urgently needs to explain his stand on climate change and reinforce his Pacific island links.  

  68. 22 August 2019


  69. Reducing Australia’s annual immigration to 160,000 per year over next four years is a good move. Major cities will remain the destination of choice; regional towns are unlikely to attract many.  

  70. 8 August 2019


  71. The economics of the response to global warming are largely ignored. If Bjorn Lomborg is even half correct, current strategies will be far too expensive for countries to sustain.   

  72. 24 July 2019


  73. Government regulators are currently prominent. The banking/financial review continues and higher ed and the trade sector are active and hopefully productive. How will we know the impact?  

  74. 23 July 2019


  75. My twitter following has been around 650 for what seems an eternity. Fortunately I attract a few followers for my posts on Linked In and on this webpage. You can see why I call it ‘walking, not running’. 

  76. 1 July 2019


  77. It is eye-wateringly cold in Sydney today. If anyone says it proves global warming is not happening I will explode. The Commentary page in the WkNd Aus does, of course. But they are funsters.   

  78. 23 June 2019


  79. The way in which the police launched the raid on News Corp editor Annika Smethurst was chilling. It is not a good sign for our democracy or our freedoms of speech. We should all be concerned

  80. 8 June 2019


  81. Evolving a strong, yet nuanced, connection with China is a high priority. Trump’s foreign policy  ineptitude has to be managed.  Essential the FM Marise Payne gets this right.   

  82. 1 June 2019


  83. What comes next? The government has to set out its priorities for the next three years. They must be honest and reveal how they will address the difficult issues such as climate change.

  84. 22 May 2019


  85. I blogged through the 18 May election. It wasn’t easy keeping up. Like many I       

  86. thought Labor would win, especially with a boost in sentiment from Bob Hawkes’ passing.

  87. 22 May 2019


  88. Twitter and some other social media are in meltdown over the results of the election

  89. 20 May 2019


  90. The Liberal National Party has won the 18 May election, with a significant and unexpected win in the House of Representatives. Congrats to Scott Morrison. Labor leader Bill Shorten has resigned.  

  91. 18 May 2019


  92. Saturday is election day. Who will be the next Prime Minister? Tanya Plibersek will win the Sydney seat in the House of Representatives. A ridiculous 105 candidates for the Upper House in NSW.

  93. 15 May 2019


  94. Following senior ministerial defections, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will face a no-confidence vote next week. PNG needs a new leadership team. It’s time.

  95. 4 May 2019


  96. Labor will win the 18 May election with a small majority in the Reps. The Liberal National Party might have squeezed back in if it had a credible policy framework to deal with climate change.     

  97. 4 May 2019


  98. The Sri Lanka bombings remind us yet again of the dangers associated with murderous radical religious groups. More must be done by the leaders of the major religions to stop the violence.

  99. 22 April 2019


  100. Election day approaches so the media shift further to the left (the ABC, Nine Fairfax group, the Guardian) or the right (the Murdoch press and the ranting TV and radio shock-jocksI). I avoid them.  

  101. April 2019


  102. North Korea is restoring rocket sites while China’s bullish behaviour in the South China Sea continues. Trump is distracted and unlikely to have a positive influence on either situation.

  103. March 2019


  104. How can governments nullify the impact of the most dangerous incarcerated terrorists from across the political spectrum? Sadly, a viable humane strategy is urgently needed.

  105. March 2019


  106. ABC journalists’ political affiliations: Greens 41.2%; Labor 32.3%; Coalition 14.7%; other 11.7%.

  107. Not a good look, ABC.

  108. March 2019


  109. March 2019 56% in the age range of 18-24% favour a ‘mostly socialist’ system. 22% of over 65’s also. Where is this going? Harvard Caps Harris Poll.

  110. March 2019


  111. Identity politics is a growing concern. Some say it will continue to increase in importance. Will this

  112. introduce a new distortion into public policy and development?

  113. March 2019


Foreign aid. Is it of declining importance for government and the community at large?

March 2019