John Roskam’s Opinion Newsletter

We’re lucky – but not serious

May 28, 2023|

A snapshot of Australia in 2023 This week has given us a bit of a snapshot of Australia in 2023.  And what does that snapshot show?  We might be a lucky country - but we're not a serious country. (Although I should qualify the word 'lucky'.  'Luck' implies [...]

Being a minority of one

May 19, 2023|

You need to know you're not alone In Nineteen Eighty-Four there's scene in which Winston Smith ponders the purpose of his job which is to rewrite historical documents.  He asks 'I understand HOW: I do not understand WHY. He wondered, as he had many times wondered before, whether [...]

One word of truth

May 11, 2023|

Tucker Carlson said something you don't often hear. You've probably already watched or heard about Tucker Carlson's video that went up on Twitter yesterday.  He announced he'll be starting a new program on the platform.  As I'm writing this the video has been watched 119 million times. I [...]

Ordinary men doing extraordinary things

April 25, 2023|

Australia and the purpose of ANZAC Day ANZAC Day is almost all we've got left to share with each other. National Days are necessary to countries that are more than just geographical expressions.  People living in a community need something in common and beliefs and experiences that are shared in some [...]

When principles confront politics

April 18, 2023|

...and polls on the Voice and lessons in Australian history Thank you for your support and thank you for your interest in my One & Free newsletter.  After just a fortnight One & Free already has more than 2,000 subscribers from across Australia - including quite a few [...]

The Anger of the Elites

April 11, 2023|

Supporters of the Voice struggle to come to terms with democracy I've written this post after the news this morning that Julian Leeser has resigned from the Liberals' frontbench to campaign for a Yes vote at the Voice referendum. I know Julian and I provided him a reference when [...]