Left with guilt

I had a wonderful discussion recently. An acquaintance informed me of her, and my guilt, for the sad plight of a multitude of cultures we could not even bother to name, as part of...

Well frankly, I find that offensive

If you happen to express an opinion which reflects the current state of Australian law, you run the risk of having your view dismissed and branded as “extremely hurtful.” The Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie...

Immigrants from other nations and cultures display shocking lack of diversity!

If we are expected to live in a society which is multi-ethnic and multicultural, why are we being so lenient on the lack of multi-ethnicity and multiculturalism of the people from different ethnicities and...

Weekend In-Depth: The Poor Old ABC’s blindness on Martin Place.

Today on Weekend In-Depth we look back at the events surrounding the Martin Place siege in December 2014, and the ABC's inability to call it for what it was: The poor old ABC. Its multiple...

De-construct me

I was born in to a very middle class, very ordinary, family, in Australia, forty something years ago. Both of my parents are of white Anglo-Saxon heritage, and descended from families that inhabited some...

Weekend Arts: Bass, the forgotten instrument in rock

I'm an avid 80's music fan and as I've been listening over the last couple of months, it has occurred to me that the bass is the forgotten instrument in Rock. The bass player doesn't...

Would Isaac Newton be employable in 2015?

A storm over gender politics has been whipped up in the wake of Professor Tim Hunt's remarks about women in the lab. The Nobel laureate's off-hand comments have been roundly condemned by commentators and...

Science fiction and the battle of futurology

Futurism in science fiction is what makes the genre both exciting and relevant, as it provides parables for how life could be organised here on Earth, and inspiration for where we could aim to...

Falling out of love with Professor Tim Hunt

Is there something wrong with this world when one of our most gifted scientists is forced to resign from his work – work that could significantly benefit humanity – because he said something stupid...

Borrowing From OUR Future (a follow-up to “Are we luring migrants to their deaths?”)

Recently, my fellow contributor David Hiscox wrote about the link between the expansion of social services and increasing national debt. As I read over his article linking paying for social services with deficit spending, and...

Quote of the Day, 10/6/2015.

Wednesday's Quote of the Day belongs to the Australian Treasurer, Joe Hockey. The XYZ is quoting his full response to two questions from a journalist yesterday, regarding housing affordability in Sydney, courtesy of Chris...

Australian aid and the radicalisation of Aceh

Following the devastating 2004 Boxing Day tsunami which killed more than 170,000 alone in Aceh province, the Australian Government pledged $1 billion towards the recovery and rebuilding operation. Since 2005, a radical form of Islam...

Quote of the Day 9/6/2015

Tuesday's Quote of the Day comes from an avid poster: "Capitalist parasite filth sit on their arses and do nothing." It is as though someone has looked deep in our hearts, and articulated exactly what we...

Feminists will forgive terrorists, but not Pastor Mark Driscoll

Controversy was sparked last week when Hillsong church announced that it was inviting the controversial American pastor Mark Driscoll to Australia to participate in their annual conference.  No sooner had the announcement been made than...

Dogged Dees Go Down: Courage and Character in football

Yesterday I watched my beloved Dees battle hard against a quality Collingwood side. For most of the match it was a riveting contest, with frequent momentum shifts and a couple of stirring fight-backs from...

Breaking News: If you alter the data, it is back on message.

Big climate news was trumpeted last week, with reports that the Global Warming Pause, which at first did not exist, then did exist but was not evidence that the theory was wrong, has gone...

Quote of the Day, 8/6/2015: Cracking the ton!

Today's Quote of the Day comes from an unnamed XYZ contributor: "Watching 'likes' for The XYZ is like watching Michael Clarke accumulate runs when you're following the test scores on your phone.  We've cracked the...

Conservative men physically stronger

Over many years, the argument has been put forward that progressives are more intelligent than conservatives. In fact, popular culture assumes that conservatives have conservative views because they are either one of two things:...

Weekend Arts: Every artist in Australia knows that public funding of the arts is...

The government can save billions of dollars in subsidies, grants, awards, and let's face it, welfare payments, by removing all funding for The Arts not directly linked to tertiary education. One, and only one,...

Weekend Arts: Ideological art

Here is a brief article on the nature of modern art, and an attempt at an explanation as to how it manages not to die.  The first thing which needs to be understood about...