Peris Enterprises Pty Ltd

Quadrant Online Editor Roger Franklin has penned a very interesting evaluation of the performance of Peris Enterprises Pty Ltd and her stewardship with taxpayer funds. Of interest to many might be when was the website of Peris Enterprises removed from view? Was it recent? GC.Ed.

We have heard much over the past few days of senator-to-be Nova Peris’ many milestones – the gold medals, the dedication and determination and, most admirable of all in our Prime Minister’s reckoning, the signal achievement of having been born black. “This was about my desire to ensure that Labor had within its caucus… an Indigenous Australian," Gillard explained.

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Labor’s Mike Kelly – another revisionist

Charles Everist

Has desperation caused Parliamentary Secretary of Defence Mike Kelly to denigrate Sir Robert Menzies with revisionist twaddle? Does Kelly truly believe his writings or has he sold his integrity for political gain? Contributor Charles Everist might think so. GC.Ed.

Last year I wrote an article in the Melbourne University Liberal Club’s magazine Right Angles, defending Sir Robert Menzies from the constant and scurrilous attacks hurled by Australian academics. Prophetic my writing turned out now given Labor’s Mike Kelly, whose recent slander of Menzies has made the pages of the nation’s major newspapers. His piece for The Australian Jewish News, was quickly dismissed by Kooyong MP Josh Frydenbourg, former Howard Minister David Kemp, and Menzies’ daughter Heather Henderson.

Kelly has accused Menzies of sympathising with Hitler’s ‘achievements’ and thereafter, deliberately advocating the policy of appeasement prior to World War II. However, Kelly fails to recognise that appeasement was the popular foreign policy programme used throughout Hitler’s rise. The leading politicians of the world accepted and supported appeasement, except for Winston Churchill, isolated in political wilderness. 

Moreover, in 1933, the Young Nationalist Organisation (which Menzies created) commented in its journal The Australian Statesmen, ‘nobody can for one moment condone the Nazi policy of extirpating everything Jewish, but then a revolution is very seldom a peaceful one’. Australian political conservatives during the 1930s looked at Europe and were nothing more than intrigued by the political potency of fascism, although disgusted by the Nazi programme. They regarded Hitler as a political genius, gaining the support of a German people, ravaged by war, reparations and depression. However, they never condoned nor supported his many demonic ideas and actions. Kelly’s apparent evidence for Menzies’ support of Hitler has therefore been completely misinterpreted.

Nazism was completely incongruous with the multiplicity of achievements Menzies made throughout his distinguished career and that of his rhetoric. He opposed all forms of socialism (including Nazism) because the excessive state enshrines everything about what Ronald Reagan termed ‘the evil empire’. Nevertheless and for that reason, the left in Australia remain hell bent on tearing down and pillaging the Menzian legacy. Leftist academics like Stuart Macintyre have written with great disdain for Menzies and his contemporaries, citing nothing but their own generational reading of the times. Taking slack in and writing history for political gain is tantamount to academic fraud. As a holder of a PhD from the University of New South Wales, Mike Kelly should know better than to be so liberal with telling that  story of Australia’s past.  

Despite his fatuous attempt, Kelly can not diminish the fact that Liberals in Australia have remained the greatest supporters of a Jewish state of Israel. As a Liberal Student myself, I’ve been apart of many counter-protests against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, where Socialist students chant the lines ‘out, out Israel out!’ and ‘from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!’. These protestors are not promoting peace between Israel and Palestine; they call for the extermination of a democratic state, supplanting it for a cultist Arab government, posing the greatest military threat to the free world. 

These Marxists very easily find themselves in Kelly’s ALP and the Greens in future years. If we allow their chants to be realised, Hitler’s dream and not Menzies’ will have in part come true.

Charles is a third year member of the Melbourne
University Liberal Club. Whilst studying politics and Australian studies, he’ll
be increasing the fight against academic bias in the nation’s tertiary

He’s Back – Thomson AWU

Gillard's long distance run to the ballot box may hit a roadblock if police have the goods on Thomson. His lawyer laughs off the possibility of criminal charges. We will soon know. GC.Ed.

LABOR'S election campaign could suffer an early setback in the key battleground of NSW, with heightened speculation that Victorian police will shortly lay charges against suspended ALP MP Craig Thomson.

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Amazing Magic-gas Discovery


Viv takes aim at "an Australian guru" for his failed predictions about rain in Queensland in particular. But, does the great guru feel like a complete fool when he watches Brisbane drown for a second time in two years? GC.Ed.

It has been discovered that Australian coal has a magical property – it is one of a small group of coals which produces an invisible gas with super-natural properties.

This magic gas, carbon dioxide, first became famous for its claimed ability to warm the whole world, thus removing the threat of a new ice age. The British academic who reported this magic power claimed that winter snow would become “a very rare and exciting event”.

Then an Australian guru predicted that just a tiny addition of magic-gas to the atmosphere would abolish floods, and billions of dollars were spent constructing water desalination plants to combat his forecast of never-ending droughts.

Then after massive snows in Britain and huge floods in Australia, it was widely reported that magic-gas could produce both heatwaves and snowstorms, floods and droughts and even bushfires, cyclones and tornadoes, depending on the way the political winds were blowing in that country.

Strangely, only a few countries are able to produce “magic-gas”. A special exclusive club called the Kyoto Club was formed for these lucky countries. Membership fees are stratospheric, but members are rewarded with invitations to lavish UN conventions at top tourist destinations. However, many founding members have allowed their membership to lapse, leaving only EU, Australia and New Zealand as fully paid up members.

Coals burnt in Russia, India, China, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Canada and USA produce carbon dioxide but their gas apparently lacks the magic climate-altering properties of Australian magic-gas. Amazingly, these properties are lost if Australian coal is burnt overseas – once loaded on a ship the magic disappears.

There are a few unpatriotic Australians who think the whole “magic-gas” thing is a big con, and just an excuse for a new tax. Worried that the world may become sceptical of the magic-gas story, CSIRO has been charged to re-educate these dangerous and deluded sceptics. Vast sums are also being spent by academics to invent more climate-bending properties for carbon dioxide, and regular dramatic announcements are expected on the ABC and the BBC.

In 2007, Tim Flannery predicted cities such as Brisbane would never again have dam-filling rains, as global warming had caused "a 20 per cent decrease in rainfall in some areas" and made the soil too hot, "so even the rain that falls isn't actually going to fill our dams and river systems … ".

Viv Forbes,

Rosewood    Qld   Australia

Let’s get Cory Bernardi

There has been much said for and against Cory Bernardi on this forum recently about his links to various entities and matters of non-disclosure. Bernardi himself cannot comment as legal action has been taken. However, this article posted on Quadrant should put to rest much of the nonsense report by Fairfax media. Of course, there will always be those who will believe what they want. That's how smear works. GC.Ed.

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Australian libertarian conference

The Australian Libertarian Society, in conjunction with The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance (owners of Menzies House),the Institute for Public Affairs (IPA) and Mannkal Economic Education Foundation are organising the First Australian Libertarian Conference at Sydney City RSL for the   on the 6th and 7th of April. Present will be some of the best and brightest national and international speakers, and this will be a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and enjoy a fun-filled weekend of learning, friendship and friendly debate. 

Special guest speaker is Dr Tom Palmer from the Atlas Network and Cato Institute in the USA.

Other guest speakers include  Prof Sinclair Davidson,  Chris Berg and Tim Wilson from the Institute of Public Affairs, Dr Eric Crampton from Cantubury University in New Zealand , Adam Creighton and  Cassandra Wilkinson from The Australian, NSW Government Whip in the Legislative Council The Hon Dr Peter Phelps MLC, National President of Family First Bob Day AO, A/Prof Jason PottsDr Ben O’NeilDr Michael KeaneCr Clinton MeadJennifer Buckingham, and many more!

Pricing & registration

For two days of exciting speakers and good debate, and a two-course Saturday dinner at Bar Luca, the early bird price is only$100 for adults and $70 for students. Day sessions include tea/coffee, but you will need to arrange for your own lunch. The dinner will include a presentation by Tom Palmer, who is scheduled to talk about libertarianism in the Middle East and around the developing world. Prices will increase closer to the event, but for the moment, the pricing schedule is below:


Saturday sessions: $40
Sunday sessions: $40
Saturday dinner: $40
Package deal: $100


Saturday sessions: $30
Sunday sessions: $30
Saturday dinner: $30
Package deal: $70

You can register and pay either by cheque, direct debit, or online credit card payment. If you pay by cheque or direct debit, please make sure to also e-mail your details to Tim Andrews ( at the same time so we can record your payment and ensure you are properly registered. Also, if you think you have a good reason why you should be given a discounted price, please e-mail and we will consider on a case by case basis.

* For online registration and payment, please visit our sister site hosted by the Australian Taxpayers Alliance.

* Cheques can be made payable to “Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance” and mailed to PO Box A2208, South Sydney, NSW, 1235.

* Direct debit can be sent to “Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance” (BSB 012-019, Account 1844-52668).

Hope to see you there! 

What are your values?

Dean Hamstead

Dean Hamstead suggests that self-evaluation can be a good thing but making sense of left-wing ideology can be an exercise in futility. GC.Ed.

From time to time I enjoy robust discussion with friends of mine who find left wing politics make more sense to them. Often this is via social media – where I post a link to an article or a meme, and discussion will ignite! Such discussion is useful because most of the time I am genuinely interested to understand why they disagree – thus allowing me to make more relevant talking points in the future.

But… I use the term 'robust discussion' loosely because so often I find these friends unable to rigorously discuss one issue without deflecting on to other issues. Fox news seems to come up frequently, as does gun control and marriage – even if the topic is educational outcomes, productivity or economic policy.

Today, I had such a discussion and found myself wondering why my friend couldn't address the issue at hand (economic fairness in this case) – I found myself asking two questions of that person which, I theorize that without being able to answer them – how could anyone argue a topic with conviction? Or more to the point, how could anyone possibly stay on topic.

1. What are your core values/beliefs?

2. How do your positions reflect these values?

Here is an example for myself.

Q1. Economic freedom provides the best outcome over all.

Q2. My positions on education are that schools should be able to hire and fire as any other business might. If a teacher is productive, the schools should compete for that teacher by offering more money thus rewarding the teacher for better outcomes – and if that teacher isn't productive the school should be able to let that person go, then hire better teachers. The employment certainty of teachers shouldn't be any better or worse than professionals in any other sector.

As my own views have matured I have found that often my views on certain issues conflict with what I consider my core beliefs and values. This has allowed me to reflect upon them and reconsider my position – often I come to the realization that my original position wasn't well thought out and was often simply an accepted value from 'society'.

For example, I used to feel that funding to private schools from the government was inappropriate as parents either take 'free' public education or opt out. When I examined this view, I came to feel that it was incorrect – I felt more and more that education shouldn't be a role of government, I felt that private sector solutions are superior, I felt that parents and children should have choice, I felt that if government wants to 'help' it should do so by supporting parents decisions not making them for them, but I also felt that there should be education for the children in society whos family has the lowest income. After consideration I found myself agreeing with a voucher driven charter school system.

Hopefully the above example doesn't overshadow the point I am trying to make – or more correctly, the thought process I am trying to invoke. Have you thought about what you believe in? Are your views in line with what you believe in? How do you express those values when you explain your views to your friends and family?

Dean Hamstead is a Sydney-based Telecommunications and Computing Engineer who specialises in open source systems and works for a major Telco. He has also spent a number of years working abroad and for local government, and his hobbies are running regular computer gaming events and sailing yachts.