John Roskam’s Opinion Newsletter2023-04-21T11:42:52+10:00

John Roskam’s Opinion Newsletter

IPA Senior Fellow John Roskam explains the good, bad and ugly of Australian politics in his weekly opinion newsletter, One & Free.

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.  If that result was repeated at a federal election the [...]

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 what I saw in the UK.  It's hard to escape [...]

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 supposed to be a 'swing' state in the referendum. In [...]

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 forgotten.  Twins were not viewed as a blessing in her [...]

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 two that stand out - 'Good to Great' by Jim [...]

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 AFR/Freshwater poll had the Yes vote down to 33% and [...]