BBC appear unhappy about looming cuts

The British government are doing what any sensible government would do. Cutting an out of control organisation down to size, and insisting the BBC be a public service broadcaster in the public interest, not an...
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ABC’s Leigh Sales, Malcolm Turnbull and the ‘XYZ Effect’

The ABC's Leigh Sales and the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull discuss the 'XYZ Effect'.  

Why ‘the Greens’ silent on Iran nuclear deal?

The only place the Greens seem to be talking about the Iran nuclear deal struck yesterday is in your XYZ's satire department. The Australian Greens appear to have not released any media statements on this...

Greece: one week celebrations, the next violence and riots

Last week I wrote: "As Greeks celebrate in the streets this week over the 'no' vote victory, these celebrations could turn to riots and civil unrest this time next week..." My prediction has come true. But...

‘Shorten-speak’

As is clear from the exchange below from The Australian's 'Strewth' column, Bill Shorten has a lot of trouble answering simple yes / no questions with anything less than a mind numbingly, long winded,...

BREAKING NEWS: Kim Jong Un to appear on Q&A!

BREAKING NEWS. Reclusive Dear Leader Kim Jong Un, and the deceased star of the cult film 'Weekend at Bernies', pictured here in a rare photo opportunity at a Greens Party fundraiser, are to appear...

CSIRO $120 million ship: up the creek without a paddle?

Like the ABC, I used to have great respect for the CSIRO, the great Aussie inventors of Wi-Fi, the Hills Hoist and the Victa lawn mower. Well, maybe not the last two, but you...

XYZ SATIRE: Australian Greens Express Enthusiastic Support for Iranian Nuclear Program!

The leader of the Australian Greens, Richard Di Natale, announced today that his party had pledged its full support to Iran's fledgeling nuclear program. He described the UN sponsored sanctions regime against Iran as...

On Missing the Point Completely

Today’s musings begin with a personal disclosure – Boethius is a partnered philosopher. The POB (‘Partner of Boethius’) is a very gentle soul, not given to expletive peppered rants during late night repeats of...

A special Q&A next week

A special Q&A next week. For the first time we are live from a pre school in the heart land of Australian suburbia. With affordable child care sure to be an issue in the...

The Nanny State and the Reasonable Man

Following on from some reflection about the Nanny State, I would like to explore the nanny state's relationship with the reasonable man. "In law, a reasonable person (historically reasonable man) is a composite of a...

It’s time to end our abusive relationship with the ABC.

If I can risk a little self mockery, it seems that our forum doubles on Mondays and Tuesdays as a self-help group for those who can't believe what Q&A did this time, and surely...

Staying in the closet

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend a session of LGBTIQ training. The presenter of this training, a woman from a homosexual human resources advocacy organisation stressed that there are still some gay, lesbian, bisexual,...

What will be the next ‘big thing’ in the anti-Civilisation movement?

It was reported this weekend that change in the Sun's activity will plunge the earth into a mini ice age. New models of the Sun's solar cycle is generating 'unprecedentedly accurate predictions,' suggesting that...

10 things I’d rather be doing at 9.30pm tonight instead of putting myself through...

10 things I'd rather be doing at 9.30pm tonight instead of putting myself through another Q&A: 1. Watching 'An Inconvenient Truth' over cocktails at a Greenpeace fundraiser 2. Listening to Philip Adams on Radio National 3. Attending...

The coming insect apocalypse and how to avoid it…

One of the weirdest films I had to watch at school in the early 1970’s as part of my education was ‘The Hellstrom Chronicle,’ a sort of science fiction documentary presented in an earnestly...

Sarah Sea Patrol

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is to spend the winter break from federal parliament in the sunny Mediterranean, taking part in search and rescue operations with the Italian navy. The Senator was reported to be very...

Who is really responsible for the Nanny State?

On a very superficial level I agree with the basic arguments of this article - idiots spoil it for everyone, people who move into the inner-city shouldn't complain about the noise, etc. But there is...

The Arrogance of the ABC

The arrogance of the ABC together with its utter contempt for the taxpayers who fund it, is perfectly captured in the quote below from a 'senior ABC source,' in today's Sneering Morning Herald. It's...

Tattoos – a modern attempt to find meaning?

I find it startling how mainstream tattoos have become in just the last few years. I remember that up until the late 1990s, tattoos were the choice tribal and identity markers for those on the...