John Roskam’s Opinion Newsletter

A government halfway done

November 28, 2023|

Anthony Albanese struggles to comprehend the country's challenges Last week was the halfway mark of the Albanese government's first term in office.  It's far too early to say its 'first and last' term but yesterday's Newspoll did have Labor and the Coalition in a dead heat at 50-50.  [...]

The left would rather scoff than understand

November 19, 2023|

The Alliance for Responsible Citizenship conference was in a country close to breaking It's now just over a week since I returned to Melbourne from the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship (ARC) conference in London.  But as good as ARC was I've spent I've spent more time thinking about [...]

Reflections on 14 October

October 24, 2023|

The referendum result was a statement about the equality of all Australians I spent 14 October at Ravenswood Heights Primary School in Launceston wearing a t-shirt saying 'Vote NO to the Voice of Division' and handing out 'How to vote NO' leaflets. I was there because Tasmania was [...]

The moral void of our institutions

October 13, 2023|

What occurred was not an 'escalation of hostilities in the Middle East' This was written by Allison Pearson in the UK Telegraph on Tuesday. Several years ago, I was chairing a panel of writers talking about motherhood when an Orthodox Jewish author made an observation I have never [...]

The ‘Who’ of the Referendum

October 5, 2023|

And a Liberal future for No-voting Labor voters Over the years I've read my fair share of management books.  During my seventeen years as executive director of the Institute of Public Affairs I'd try to read  one or two of them a year.  Out of all of them [...]

A vote for the Australian way of life

September 27, 2023|

A lack of 'details' is not why the Voice is failing I've started my emails to you over the last few weeks now with the line 'Another week…another poll has support for the Voice falling.'  And that's how I'll start today.  Two polls came out on Monday - the [...]

What leaders have in common.

September 18, 2023|

They see the truth and speak it. 'You could have heard a pin drop.' That was my first reaction at the end of Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price's speech at the National Press Club on Thursday last week. What you've heard about the speech is true - it was [...]

Labor’s Voice disinformation

September 10, 2023|

'Conservative mega corporations' are imaginary I wonder whether this counts as Voice campaign 'disinformation'. I'm on the ALP email distribution list and a few days ago this message arrived in my inbox. Dear John The John Farnham Voice ad is going live tonight, and we need your help [...]

With Jacinta Nampijinpa Price in Melbourne

August 31, 2023|

... and what Malcolm Turnbull used to say about the Voice So now we've got a date - Saturday, 14 October. There might topics other than the referendum I'll be writing about over the next few weeks - but it's unlikely. I named this newsletter 'One & Free' [...]