Author Archives: Elliot Brice

This Time I’m Voting Labor – Proudly

I’m the kind of person who takes voting very seriously. Who you vote for is an expression of who you are and what you think is the right thing to do. I’ve thought about this a lot over the course of my adult life. I decided to be a Labor voter, as opposed to a […]

Trump can win

I realised today that Donald Trump can win. Not the nomination – that’s surely in the bag. The general election. That reality must be made clear. Do not underestimate him. Begin to emotionally prepare yourself. The time for jokes is over, the time for serious analysis is here. I realised this when reading Trump’s victory […]

Turnbull’s treating us like fools

When Malcolm Turnbull ascended to the Prime Ministership I warned that he would be worse than Tony Abbott. I never intended this to be hyperbole, I was speaking literally and today I feel sadly vindicated. After over six months of disappointment and appeasing the socially conservative wing of the Liberals, Turnbull has shown his true […]

The failure of Syriza is a failure of democracy itself

There are only thirty two surviving complete Greek tragedies known to exist, all written by one of three authors – Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides. Yet as of 2015 it is pretty safe to say that a thirty third Greek tragedy has been completed. This one has been written by too many people to name, but it […]

It’s time we talked about Merkel

The Germans dominate Europe, they use their power to ruin Greece and enforce their backward ideology, the laws and policies of Greece are not written in Athens but in Berlin, there are shortages for food and medicine across Greece, the people suffer horribly as the German government punishes them more the more they resist. No […]

The popularity of Malcolm Turnbull reveals a problem with the modern left.

Less than a week ago Tony Abbott faced off, and survived, a spill motion that may well have seen him replaced as Liberal leader – and hence Prime Minister – by Malcolm Turnbull. Many of my lefty friends, despite (or perhaps because of) their hatred of Abbott, rejoiced at the outcome. This joy was driven […]

The Sorry State of Israel’s Democracy

It is a turbulent time in Israel. The government, only weeks ago was trying to re-shape the nature of Israel’s democracy – to make it even less multicultural – and now the coalition government has collapsed, with elections called for March. These unpredictable events have their origins in the flare up of the Palestinian- Israeli conflict […]

Honouring Gough – coming up with big, bold ideas for the future.

Gough Whitlam was a great PM because he pushed boundaries and drove change with big, new and bold ideas. To honour him, we must be willing to accept and advocate for new and bold ideas that will make Australia a greater, fairer, more prosperous and more equal place to live. Most great policies began life […]

Gough Whitlam – The Greatest Australian

Yesterday when I told a colleague that I was upset about the passing of Gough Whitlam, it was pointed out to me that I was not even alive when he was Prime Minister. This, of course, is true. Nonetheless, I write this article to express why his death saddens me so. I may not have […]

Legalise drugs

Drugs – by which I mean currently illicit recreational drugs like marijuana, ecstacy, LSD and the like – should be legalised and regulated, and they should be done so with some urgency because every day the war on drugs continues the problem gets worse. Philosophically it seems to me fairly obvious that many if not […]