• Revisiting the Republic

    Bob Ford     |      January 5, 2024

    Despite the rejection of a Republic in 1999, a more radical and comprehensive plan for a new national settlement, incorporating taxation and government as well as the severing of ties with the UK, could be a popular option.

  • Navy blues

    Bob Ford     |      December 24, 2023

    Australia’s failure to contribute a ship to allied efforts in the Red Sea to protect civilian shipping exemplifies a broader failure to support our allies and invest properly in naval capability.

  • Australia’s seismic tremor

    Bob Ford     |      November 12, 2023

    Shockwaves from the violence in the Middle East have exposed and exacerbated the growing fault lines in Australian society, and only a fresh commitment to liberal values and national unity will help to heal them.

  • Listening to other voices

    Bob Ford     |      September 14, 2023

    With the polls trending heavily against the ‘Yes’ campaign, more thought must be given to what happens if the Voice Referendum fails to pass in October and alternative ways to improve the lot of Australia’s first nations peoples.

  • Time for change

    Bob Ford     |      November 20, 2022

    Every crisis creates space for opportunity, and the government could use the current spurt in inflation to institute long-overdue taxation and daylight saving reform.

  • Russia’s way out – Putin must go

    Bob Ford     |      April 1, 2022

    Adding to the bounty on Putin’s arrest or assassination would be another way to ramp up pressure on Russia’s dictator, and might just offer the easiest end to his bloody campaign in Ukraine.

  • No taxation without representation

    Bob Ford     |      March 27, 2022

    Australia’s insistence on mandatory voting in elections does not guarantee proper representation for absent property owners and ratepayers in local government.

  • A question of heritage

    Bob Ford     |      March 26, 2022

    Australia has welcomed immigrants from many countries, and, together with indigenous people, we should all be Australians first.

  • Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

    Bob Ford     |      March 9, 2022

    The current flood crisis – and international events – highlight the need for better long term planning in government to protect the nation against both natural and man-made threats.

  • It’s time for action to save Ukraine

    Bob Ford     |      March 8, 2022

    With the situation in Ukraine reaching a critical point, Western democracies must back their rhetoric with action to force the Russian invaders back behind their borders once again.