Protecting unborn lives - CQ Today

We have sacrificed a lot to protect life over the past year. We shut down shops and schools, we have closed our borders and it remains illegal to leave Australia without permission. I have been pleasantly surprised by how willing Australians have been to protect life even when the costs have been large and those who were most at risk of coronavirus, elderly Australians, only made up a small share of our overall population. Read more

Backing Team Australia - CQ Today

In 1934 as managing director of BHP, Essington Lewis travelled to Japan, he was concerned that Japan was headed to war. So on his return, Lewis immediately drew up plans for BHP to start stockpiling raw materials and to manufacture munitions to improve Australia’s defence. Read more

More like George, please - CQ Today

A couple of years ago I travelled up to Ayr to speak to a throng of angry cane farmers facing an unfair negotiating position against the multinational sugar refiner, Wilmar. We were in the federal seat of Dawson, held by George Christensen. The farmers wanted us, as federal government representatives, to regulate so they would have a more balanced negotiating position. The Queensland government had previously regulated the space until the Beattie government had deregulated theindustry. Read more

Don’t fall into an old trap - CQ Today

In Exodus, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, tells him that he is trying to do too much at once. Jethro tells Moses that “you will wear yourselves out, because the task is too heavy for you. You cannot handle it alone.” It is a trap that we fall into too often in modern times. We try to make someone or something do too many things. Some stark examples are evident this week. Read more

Prince’s passing brings the end of an era - CQ Today

Prince Philip’s passing feels like it is the end of a generation but I hope that his spirit of duty, service and loyalty is more widespread than we think. I am an optimist given the genuine outpouring of grief and respect for a man whose life was more about the how than the what. Prince Philip made no breakthrough inventions, he did not employ thousands through business, and he wasn’t a leader of a nation or party. He is an everyday man’s hero, however, because he approached the sacrifices he made with the good humour of an everyday, down to-earth man. Read more

No excuse to keep falling for China’s climate scam - CQ Today

Last week my six-year-old son came home from school crying. He claimed he had been ‘scammed’ by the school because he had failed to win a prize in an Easter raffle. In his view he had paid to enter, so he should have got something in exchange! An easy trap for young players but we have no such excuse if we continue to fall for China’s climate scam. Read more

History shows that we all have our crosses to bear - CQ Today

I met my wife doing Edmund Rice Camps with the Christian Brothers. We spent university holidays with disadvantaged children on camps. We would try to instil a sense of belonging among kids whose everyday life was full of turmoil. I remember one camp where we embarked on long and arduous bushwalks. I led a group of boys who couldn't stop whingeing the whole time. They wanted their PlayStations, they wanted to go to McDonalds, it was probably easier to move a container ship stuck in the Suez Canal than to get them up and walk another mile.  Read more

It needs to be our choice - CQ Today

Last year I had to get some teeth out. The dentist sat me down and took me through the risks of getting the local anaesthetic, including that I could die. I had the choice and I went ahead. Sometime this year I will probably get the coronavirus vaccine. Like all medical treatments there will be some risk but, again, it should be my choice. There is enormous social pressure for everyone to get the coronavirus vaccine. That is understandable given the costs of lockdowns and restrictions over the past year. But in the rush to put COVID behind us we should protect the principle that each individual should have a choice over their own health. Read more

Don’t turn back on coal - CQ Today

On 9 September 2016, the smokestacks at the Playford coal fired power station were blown up. The then Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill, was adamant that "There's no future in coal-fired power generation." By the end of the month, the lights in the whole of South Australia went out as lack of reliable electricity exposed the weakness of renewable electricity. The South Australian Government then spent over $500 million on a gas fired power plant to firm up supply. Read more

Great country of promise - CQ Today

Some days I wonder why I put my hand up for a job that typically sees me away from my wife and 5 kids for more than 200 nights a year. Then there are other days when I remember why it is all worthwhile. Last week I had the privilege of travelling to the Adani Carmichael mine. This was my third visit to the site and previously I was always struck by it being in the middle of nowhere. You can draw a circle, of 150 kilometres in radius, around Carmichael and you won't encompass a single substantial town. Read more


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