Saturday, July 19, 2014

Buying Into War

Nobody should want to pick a fight. Least of all us.

Yet this is, it seems, exactly what Australia is doing.

This Canberra Times column asks if Tony Abbott is acting in Australia's interests or being cleverly manipulated by Shinzo Abe . . .

Friday, July 18, 2014


Things are getting pretty dysfunctional in Canberra. 

Our Clive, courtesy of the AFR

The attention's been focussed on Clive Palmer . . . but that's a problem for Tony Abbott. 

It's becoming obvious that power no longer resides with the PM, an issue explored in this column for the Canberra Times . . . 

Monday, July 7, 2014


Soon we'll have a bright new Defence White Paper.

But it's this man who'll probably have most to say about our security.

Prabowo looking Presidential

Prabowo looking Commanding

This column for the Canberra Times considered the link between the two issues . . . 


It's only natural for people in organisations to try and conform with the boss. After all, everyone knows that's the way to get ahead.

David Morrison providing some media training

(Naturally that's not the case in the media. By the way, did I mention my editor's great?)

So how does a leader create a 'learning organisation'?

I had to fit a lot into this column and didn't really get the chance to suggest that the Army still has a lot of work to do and doesn't cope with challenges particularly well.

Nevertheless, this is the piece that appeared in the Canberra Times . . .

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Spending. It's most bizarre.

Can you spot the Gold-plated taps?

Cuts everywhere . . . except the military.

This column for the Canberra Times asked, 'why'?

Saturday, May 31, 2014


I began this Saturday column looking at President Obama's West Point speech.

I should have made more of an issue of it. It's already become a classic case of leadership failure.

Here's the column:

Monday, May 19, 2014


The issue, I reckon, with this Budget isn't that it's harsh. It's that it's selective. 

Trouble selling?

Tuesday's Canberra Times column began examining how . . .