Bob Day

Camels on the Horizon

Camels on the Horizon

The story is told of the founder of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid, who, when asked about the future of his country replied: “My grandfather rode a camel. My father rode a camel. I drive a Mercedes. My son drives a Land Rover, and my grandson will drive a Land Rover.” “But my...

The Winning Circle

The Winning Circle

In ‘The Adventure of Silver Blaze’, one of the Sherlock Holmes short stories, Holmes is sent to investigate the disappearance – on the eve of an important race – of a champion racehorse called Silver Blaze, and the death of its trainer John Straker. In what has become...

The seven deadly sins

The seven deadly sins

We are all familiar with the story of Jesus overturning the trading tables and driving out the moneychangers from the temple. Following this outburst, Jesus was confronted by the chief priests and elders demanding to know by what authority he was doing these things....

The blame game

The blame game

On 1 July 2014, my first day as a Senator, Adelaide’s Advertiser newspaper published an opinion piece I had submitted titled, Shedding the ‘Bludger State’ tag, in which I implored the SA State Government to stop bludging on the other states and start...

The Seeds of Time

The Seeds of Time

In Act 1 of Shakespeare’s great play Macbeth, the three witches appear before Macbeth and his friend Banquo. The witches predict that Macbeth will be king, and that one of Banquo’s sons will also be king one day. Banquo is not convinced and responds, “If...

University River

University River

In William Blake’s hymn Jerusalem, the phrase ‘those dark Satanic mills’ was assumed to be referring to the cotton and woollen mills of his time and the mills’ terrible working conditions.Based on the date of the hymn and Blake’s religious background,...

Those who spend the money should raise the money

Those who spend the money should raise the money

On 1 July 2014, my first day as a Senator, Adelaide’s Advertiser newspaper published an opinion piece I had submitted titled, Shedding the ‘Bludger State’ tag, in which I implored the SA State Government to stop bludging on the other states and start...

No Laffing Matter

No Laffing Matter

An Australian was on holidays in the south of France. Strolling along outside his hotel, the Aussie was suddenly attracted by the screams of a young woman kneeling in front of a small child. The Aussie knew enough French to determine that the child had...

Aborigines here have the eternal key to reconciliation

Aborigines here have the eternal key to reconciliation

One hundred years ago this year, four young Indigenous evangelists first preached the Gospel at Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) 200 km west of Alice Springs. Ikuntji is the home of the Western Arrernte, Pintupi and Pitjantjatjara people. The evangelists’ aim was to...

Prison Break

Prison Break

In 1946, Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor and renowned author of the book Man’s Search for Meaning, proposed that the Statue of Liberty on the east coast of America be complemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the country’s west coast. He was later...

Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer

On the 14th of August, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was interviewed by Neil Mitchell on Melbourne’s 3AW. Part of the interview went like this:“Mr Albanese, if you were dictator, what’s the first thing you would do?”“Ban social media”, he replied....